Paul Brennan reports on politics and public policy for Iowa Watchdog. Before joining in December, 2013, Paul wrote for numerous publications from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles (and many places in between), covering a wide range of topics, from skateparks to cloning. Paul lives in Des Moines.

Iowa law makes marijuana oil legal to possess but impossible to get

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments


Paperwork and bureaucracy but no actual medicine. That’s Iowa’s new prescription for children suffering from intractable epilepsy.

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State audit uncovers misuse of county credit cards

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

photo courtesy of Monona County

Brooke Kuhlmann’s promising career as a county auditor ended after her arrest on drug charges. Now a report documents her misuse of official credit cards.

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Lax oversight may have led to $279,000 misappropriation, auditor says

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

BIG MONEY: The AFL-CIO coalition spends tens of millions on politics each year

Lax oversight allowed a secretary at the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District to misappropriate $279,000. It’s an old story in rural Iowa.

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IRS decides Iowan is not authorized to speak on his own behalf

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Iowa, IRS, News  /  No Comments

photo by Paul Brennan

The IRS has informed Jason Dinesen he’s not authorized to speak on his own behalf.

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Iowa city to pay thousands to be a ‘community of distinction’

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

photo courtesy of city of Wapello

Wapello is going to spend thousands to appear on an infomercial produced by a company whose CEO has been accused of defrauding clients in the past.

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Ending special tax privileges could save families thousands

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Iowa, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

photo by Alan Cleaver via flickr commons

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeremy Horpedahl knows most people find the tax code to be complicated, boring and hard to understand.
He also knows the tax code is so complicated because it is boring and hard to understand.
“Most people don’t have the time or interest to examine the issues. That make [...]

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