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I appreciate the suggestions for story ideas! Based on the poll, I am getting the impression that people would like to see more Bleeding Heartland articles cross-posted in this space. Is that right?
Thanks for all your good work Laura. I'd like to see more investigative reporting that follows the money. For example, can we dig deeper into the money the legislators stole from the Leopold Center to give to the ISU which made the mistake of giving some of it to UI for water monitoring only to have the Republicans then take that back and give it to IDALS. Talk about consolidating power! I see Ralph is calling it retaliation. I don't think it is. I think it's part of a much bigger fascist tendency and yes, I use that word advisedly, of those in power now - hand pick Supreme Court Justices so law suits won't go anywhere, gut the auditor's office's ability to monitor the money, campaign hard to get rid of a watchdog AG, stop funding stuff that doesn't serve your personal and political purposes.
Or a story on the many millions of ARPA and other federal funds that IDALS and Kim Reynolds are sitting on. Or how local elected Republicans like Jeff Kaufmann in my county are writing checks out of those federal funds (and now the IRA) like they're Santa Claus while cursing the Biden Administration. When will anyone actually make them answer to that? Who will force them to answer the question? I'm counting on you and Investigate Midwest to find a way. Thank you.
During my tenure at IEC, while Obama was President. we considered petitioning EPA to withdraw DNR authority to administer federal water quality laws, which includes CAFO permitting. Can this be explored in an article? A second question to explore: will ISU's recent support of funding water quality sensors be a cause for retaliation?
I'd like to know why AFSCME Council 61 president Rick Eilander suddenly stepped down 2 weeks after publicly calling out Kim Reynolds for 'reorganizing government to give herself more power.'
I'd like to know why there's been zero reporting on this.
Especially in light of the recent death of yet another corrections worker - the very subject Eilander was angry about Reynolds with: Iowa's prison crisis.
Someone should talk to Rick Eilander.
Thanks for your thoughts.
I covered the caucuses back in the day. It was lots of fun writing about candidates when they blew through town.
Deep down, though, I thought it was all hype.
I so appreciate the deeper dives into what is occurring under the radar. I appreciate what you are doing and how informative it is when you can’t see behind the scenes. Thank you.
What's the mood of Iowa Democrats as 2024 approaches?
Have they accepted their (apparent) loss of first in the nation status to South Carolina?