Politics

Former Iowa Rep. Kevin McCarthy running for Polk County attorney

Kevin McCarthy, wearing a bright blue shirt and yellow tie, delivers a speech as the Iowa House minority leader back in 2011.
Kevin McCarthy delivering a speech on the final day of the 2011 Iowa Legislative session. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP

Former Iowa House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is running for Polk County attorney.

Why it matters: The office shapes the direction of local law enforcement and whoever lands the job will likely bring policy change.

  • John Sarcone, a Democrat who has held the office for more than three decades, isn't seeking re-election this year.
Linh Ta
Jan 18, 2022 - Politics

Deidre DeJear explains decision to sit while officers recognized

Deidre DeJear, a Democrat running for governor
Deidre DeJear speaks during an interview with Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Tim Coffey in Clear Lake, Iowa in 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Deidre DeJear, a prominent Democrat running for governor, is speaking out about why she didn't join a standing ovation acknowledging Iowa's law enforcement during Gov. Kim Reynolds' state address last week.

Driving the news: Iowa Field Report, a conservative news outlet, tweeted a picture of DeJear sitting during the governor's speech.

  • She was attending as a guest of Iowa Rep. Chris Hall of Sioux City.

Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy stripped of appointments

A photo of Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy.
Matt McCoy, back in 2014. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP

Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy was removed from almost all county-appointed boards, committees and commissions through a resolution approved by the other four supervisors Tuesday.

  • His remaining role is the last alternate — behind the other supervisors — to the Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments.

Why it matters: The Democrat and former state senator is running for re-election this year.

  • And without the appointments, McCoy will no longer have a say in certain county business.
Linh Ta
Jan 12, 2022 - Politics

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds wants tax cuts and teacher bonuses

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa.
Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature on Jan. 11, 2022. Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Gov. Kim Reynolds gave her fourth annual Condition of the State address Tuesday night, prioritizing tax cuts and worker shortages in her speech.

Some of her proposals:

  • Gradually set income tax to a flat 4% rate over the next four years, as well as eliminate retirement income tax.
  • Reduce state unemployment benefit eligibility from six to four months.

Indira Sheumaker, Des Moines' newest councilperson, sworn into office

A photo of Indira Sheumaker.
Indira Sheumaker (left) was sworn in as a City Council member last night during a ceremony that included her “Oath to the People,” that she repeated with her sister, Paden Sheumaker (right). Photo courtesy of the city of Des Moines

Indira Sheumaker officially took her seat on the Des Moines City Council last night.

  • Sheumaker rose to prominence for her activism during BLM protests in 2020, beating Ward 1 incumbent Bill Gray 47% to 35% in November.
Jason Clayworth
Updated Jan 7, 2022 - Politics

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack's son joins pipeline company

Photo illustration of a pipeline with abstract shapes.
Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Ashley Cooper/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images

Jess Vilsack has taken a job as the general counsel of Summit Carbon Solutions, Mother Jones reports.

Catch up fast: Summit was started by GOP "kingmaker" Bruce Rastetter. The Ames-based company has proposed a $4.5 billion carbon capture pipeline project that would cross 30 Iowa counties, including Polk.

  • Vilsack is the son of former Iowa Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack, who is the current U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary.
Linh Ta
Jan 5, 2022 - Politics

Iowa Legislature: What to expect in the 2022 session

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks at a press conference
Gov. Kim Reynolds attends a pre-session press conference on Jan. 4, 2022. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Gov. Kim Reynolds and key Iowa lawmakers shared their legislative priorities during a news conference Tuesday — giving a preview of what to expect this session.

  • The Republican trifecta continues as conservative lawmakers have heavy sway in what bills are prioritized and passed.

Below are some of the major issues this year and where state lawmakers stand:

Linh Ta
Jan 4, 2022 - Politics

Gov. Kim Reynolds supports legislation targeting school books

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg
Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks with reporters at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 4, 2022. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she supports legislation addressing controversial books in school libraries, citing the need for more transparency about what's on shelves.

Driving the news: Books are the latest battle in schools as parents and conservative lawmakers move to ban literature they consider inappropriate, which oftentimes includes sexual content, race or LGBTQ issues.

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