Abdi Sharif’s Revolution

On a warm evening last year in late August, a crowd gathered at Edna Griffin Park in the River Bend neighborhood on the near...

Iowa’s Grand Old Paranoia

Among Joni Ernst's missteps in her campaign for re-election to a second term in the US Senate, one of the most glaring happened during...

Sexual Harassment, Booze, and Barbecue: Inside Bruce Gerleman’s Restaurant Empire

In early June, shortly after restaurant dining returned to Des Moines from the COVID-19 shutdown, Kelly Anderson Vizcarra took her two sons, ages seven...

Confederate Monuments in Iowa: Their Monsters and the Movements They Require

The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born; now is the time of monsters. — Antonio Gramsci Iowa is one of the whitest...

The Mountebank of Main Street

Find all of our reporting on the fallout from Scott Griffen’s dishonest business practices by clicking this link. I “A major catalyst for Ames” Thursday, November 8,...

Steve King’s White America

From the May-June and November-December 2018 print editions of the Informer. PART I: THE CONGRESSMAN'S FORMATIVE YEARS There’s an anecdote Steve King likes to tell the...

In First Town Hall, Steve King Casts Himself As Truth-Telling Victim of the Establishment

Kicking off an apparent effort to solidify his 2020 re-election odds after a remarkably close campaign last year in Iowa’s deep-red 4th District, Congressman...

Iowa Before Roe v. Wade

Iowa’s previous watershed moment in the battle over abortion rights happened during a period of social change in the early 1970s, as lawmakers and...

The Separate World of Taco Trucks in Des Moines

Around lunch time on a mid-October day on Des Moines’ east side, just past the gleaming and gold domes of the state Capitol building,...

Steve King’s Closing Argument: An Impassioned Defense of Austria’s Far Right

Amid a week of the most intense media scrutiny he’s ever faced, the air of inevitability about his re-election Tuesday dissipating in dramatic fashion...