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Des Moines mayor considers possible bid against Iowa’s governor

By   /  May 31, 2013  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

By Graham Gillette | For Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES — Democrats across Iowa have yet to attract solid candidates to challenge Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to announce a run for an unprecedented sixth term. Des Moines, however, is proving to be an exception to that rule. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie has confirmed with Iowa […]

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Open up IA: Don’t shield welfare transactions

By   /  April 18, 2013  /  Commentary, Iowa  /  No Comments

n 1973, then California Gov. Ronald Reagan said government officials derive their “ultimate authority from the people. And we have an obligation to make sure that in carrying out our responsibilities, we do so at a price they can afford.” Forty years later some in Iowa government are shirking that responsibility.

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Iowa agencies left to police themselves

By   /  January 30, 2013  /  Commentary, Iowa  /  No Comments

By Graham Gillette | Special to Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES – Iowans have little way to monitor public officials’ compliance with transparency laws. Even if they do find possible violations, the state affords them few avenues to hold leaders accountable. Take for example the Des Moines School Board. It held a closed session in May […]

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