Farm income declines while ethanol profits boom

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  Commentary, Iowa Commentary  /  No Comments

A TALE OF TWO ECONOMIES: As farm income continue to slump, the ethanol industry is enjoying a boom, thanks in large part to the federal government's Renewable Fuel Standard.

Hard work and determination may be traditional ingredients for success, but they’re no match for having the federal government force customers to buy your product.

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Jennifer’s tragic story

By   /  February 11, 2014  /  Commentary, Illinois WatchBlog, Iowa Commentary  /  No Comments

ANOTHER TRIAL: The man accused of killing Jennifer Ann Lewis will get a third trial.

By Scott Reeder
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The phone call came the other day as I drove to work.
A tired, sad voice said, “Scott there’s going to be another murder trial.”
My shoulders sagged. My 3-year-old daughter fidgeted in the backseat. And my mind was suddenly remembering a night of horror 24 years earlier.
I could still hear my [...]

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Open up IA: Don’t shield welfare transactions

By   /  April 18, 2013  /  Commentary, Iowa Commentary  /  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 new boss, same as the old boss?

By   /  April 12, 2013  /  Commentary, Iowa Commentary  /  1 Comment

Tom Vilsack

By Graham Gillette | Special Contributor
One of the worst kept secrets in Iowa is that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, is considering a run for governor.
Many in Iowa’s Democratic Party see Vilsack as potentially the only one among them capable of beating Republican Gov. Terry Branstad in a 2014 match-up. Vilsack, a [...]

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Des Moines school board continues to operate in the dark

By   /  March 13, 2013  /  Commentary, Iowa, Iowa Commentary  /  5 Comments

DMPS Board-meeting

By Graham Gillette | Special Contributor to Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES — When the Des Moines School Board began its search for a new superintendent in May, district spokesman Phil Roeder advised the board to present a united front to the public and to applicants.
Only the board president should speak to the media, and bold and [...]

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