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Federal Nutrition Issues, SNAP– Sec. Vilsack Remarks

Christopher Doering reported on Monday at The Des Moines Register Online that, “The food stamp program is being unfairly targeted by Republican lawmakers despite evidence it helps children, the elderly and other Americans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday. Show More Summary

Granddad Walks 35 Miles To Work Every Day To Support Sick Wife And Grandson

2 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

To support his ailing wife and earn a paycheck, a 61-year-old Iowa man sometimes walks 35 miles to his job as an overnight janitor. Steve Simoff told the Des Moines Register that he leaves his basement apartment in a small town by the Missouri border by 3:30 p.m. Show More Summary

An Interview with Kerry Howley

In Kerry Howley's debut, Thrown, a graduate student in philosophy wanders from the staid atmosphere of a phenomenology conference in downtown Des Moines to discover two closed doors with a framed sign: "Midwest Cage Championship." Inside, she watches one, two,...

Tax Roundup, 3/2/15: Thawing Iowa’s frosty business tax climate. And: film credit post-production!

Baby steps towards fixing Iowa’s business tax climate. At, the Des Moines Business Record’s Business Professionals’ Blog, I discuss […]

A Closer Look at Beef Prices- Sunday’s Des Moines Register

Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of the Business Section in Sunday’s Des Moines Register that, “If the snow piled on your patio has you dreaming of firing up the summer grill, make sure to imagine doling out even more cash for the juicy steaks and hamburgers you’re flipping. “Beef prices climbed 19 percent […]

Job Interviews: To Tell the Truth

Are you watching "The Bachelor?" I haven't watched it for years until a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled upon a television scene that looked remarkably like Des Moines, Iowa and lo and behold – it was! Then I...

HP CEO Meg Whitman makes the whole company follow the advice in this book (HPQ)

Hewlett-Packard has over 300,000 employees. That's bigger than the entire population of Des Moines, Iowa... by about 100,000 people. How do you maneuver and lead such a huge team? Answer: you make all the managers read the same strategy book and follow that books' advice. Show More Summary

Mom Kicked Daughter While Drunk On Hand Sanitizer: Cops

A mother in West Des Moines, Iowa, is facing child endangerment charges after allegedly kicking her daughter while drunk on hand sanitizer. Jennife... Read more: Bad Parenting, Mug Shots, Jennifer Jane Olney, Too Much to Drink, Jennifer Jane Olney Hand Sanitizer, Dumb Crime, Iowa Crime, Jennifer Jane Olney Kicked Daughter, Crime News

Tax Roundup, 2/24/15: Iowa gas tax boost vote may be today. And: are tax credit subsidies on the way out?

It looks like the gas tax increase will come to a vote today, reports the Des Moines Register: Rep. Josh Byrnes, […]

Tax Roundup, 2/25/15: Iowa gas tax boost goes to Governor. And: an appointment with Sauron.

Both houses of the Iowa General Assembly approved a 10-cent per gallon gas tax increase yesterday. The Des Moines Register reports: […]

Nostalgic for factual recall

Two quotes from today’s article in The Des Moines Register, Iowa Poll: Common Core not so radioactive for Iowans: Ah, the good old days When Iowa Poll respondents opposed to Common Core standards were asked about their objections, some lamented the shift from traditional teaching methods such as rote memorization of facts and formulas to [...]

Highway Speeds Could Increase To 75 MPH

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Senate panel has approved a bill that could increase the speed limit on some Iowa highways to 75 mph. Members of a transportation subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration. The bill would allow the state Department of Transportation to increase the [...]

IOWA: Republicans Introduce Bill For Referendum To Repeal Marriage

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Des Moines Register: Nearly six years after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously legalized same-sex marriage, 23 Republican lawmakers are still battling to overturn the ruling. Sen. Dennis Guth, R-Klemme, and Rep. Greg Heartsill,...Show More Summary

“People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16

At an under-the-radar town hall in Des Moines, Sanders had the crowd begging for more. Here's why it matters

Sen. Bernie Sanders savages GOP’s vision for America in ‘litmus test’ of presidential run

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Senator Bernie Sanders is touring Iowa this week in what he is calling a “litmus test” for a presidential run in 2016 — and the Vermont independent isn’t pulling any punches. The Des Moines Register‘s Josh Hafner reported that at Drake University on Friday, the...

Saturday Update: Highlights on the U.S. Ag Economy

Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of the Business Section in Saturday’s Des Moines Register that, “Deere & Co., the maker of farm and construction equipment, said net income plummeted 43 percent in the first quarter with lower corn and soybean prices reducing demand for big green combines and tractors. “The Moline, Ill.-based company […]

Investigation Into Ron Paul’s 2012 Campaign “Expanding”

A federal investigation into events surrounding the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign in Iowa is ongoing and “expanding,” the Des Moines Register reported today. During a brief hearing that included federal prosecutors and the attorney...Show More Summary

And Now For Something Completely Normal

last weekHumor : The Hairpin

by Definitely "Haley" Hello, it is I, Haley Bertha Mlotek, editor of esteemed website You might have heard some rumors that I was away this week filming The Real World: Des Moines but that is not true! I have been here all week, sitting at my desk in Canada, listening to the Drake and reading the World Wide Web. Show More Summary

Rick Green will be publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer

Rick Green, president and publisher of The Des Moines Register, will become president and publisher of the The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett announced Wednesday. Green will also become regional president of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing, according to the press release. Show More Summary

Will Iowa Be the Next State to Ban Gay 'Conversion Therapy'?

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

An Iowa Senate subcommittee voted 2-1 on Wednesday to advance a bill banning harmful gay "conversion therapy" for minors, the Des Moines Register reports: Most people who spoke at Tuesday's hearing supported the ban, including support from some religious organizations....

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