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...

Iowa College Campuses Respond To Bias- And Hate-Related Incidences

As soon as students get off Highway 30 and arrive at Iowa State University, in Ames, they are greeted with bright yellow banners saying,...

What Does Pete Brownell Know About Russia’s Ties to the NRA and Donald...

On May 7, the National Rifle Association announced that Pete Brownell, CEO of the Iowa firearms accessories giant Brownells Inc., was stepping down as...

Steve King’s White America

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

School Deform in Iowa: A Historic and Present Danger

Dear Governor Branstad, I think it would be good if Iowa had school vouchers. It doesn’t seem fair that if I want to go to...

TigerSwan’s Surveillance of Protesters in Iowa Continues

Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access crude oil pipeline began service June 1, but a private security firm employed by the company last year to...

The Trump Inauguration and the Rising Tide of Far-Right Nationalism in America

At noon on the eve of Inauguration Day, a few short hours after arriving in Washington DC on an overnight road trip from Ames,...

Vulgar Scenes from Trump’s Return to Des Moines

“Lock her up! Lock her up!” the crowd gathered Friday afternoon in Des Moines chants. Gov. Terry Branstad appears to begin nodding and then...

The Bakken Pipeline Resistance: A Dispatch from the Des Moines River Flotilla

We almost don’t make it to the put-in site in time to join the flotilla against the Bakken pipeline on the Des Moines River....