Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Posted April 22, 2015in Civic Skinny

Brownell sends blistering memo — and wishes he hadn’t.

Bob Brownell, the usually mild-mannered Republican Polk County supervisor, sent an intemperate email six weeks ago blistering Democratic legislator Tony Bisignano (“Senator Boozehound”) and plotting how to use a Bisignano-backed bill to embarrass Democrats and take over the state Senate in the 2016 election. He sent it to seven Republican

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Posted April 15, 2015in Civic Skinny

The resume inflation of the Regents’ Bob Donley.

Bob Donley, the executive director of the Board of Regents, is a finalist to be chancellor of the North Dakota University system. The list of eight finalists was pared from 21 last month and will be cut further this week. Donley’s letter of application says he is “chief executive officer”

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Posted April 08, 2015in Civic Skinny

Tirrell: A divorce, a lawsuit — and another bankruptcy?

Marty Tirrell update: 1. A $350,000 suit against him has been reinstituted in Houston, Texas. 2. His wife was granted a divorce on March 24. He did not show up in court. 3. And, according to the divorce papers, he plans to file bankruptcy again. First, the suit. Gow Broadcasting

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Posted March 25, 2015in Civic Skinny

Klinefeldt for Congress? Byers’ and Meyer’s salaries.

Nick Klinefeldt for Congress? The U.S. Attorney is the guy that the Democratic Party in Washington wants to run against first-term Republican Congressman David Young. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee thinks Klinefeldt could win — he’s young and smart and solid and has no known political baggage — and the

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Posted March 18, 2015in Civic Skinny

Feds sent in big gun to prosecute abusive ex-cop.

The government wasn’t taking any chances in the second — and successful — trial of former Des Moines cop Colin Boone last week. The feds sent in Barbara (Bobbi) Bernstein to argue the case in senior judge Robert Pratt’s courtroom. She’s the deputy chief of the criminal section of the

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Posted March 11, 2015in Civic Skinny

Judge list is cut to 11; Eric Branstad buys a house.

Eleven people apparently have made the cut for second interviews with the Grassley pals who are screening applicants to advise him on whom to back for two open federal judgeships in Iowa. Yes, Chuck Grassley is a Republican and Barack Obama is a Democrat, but Grassley isn’t just any Republican;

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Posted March 04, 2015in Civic Skinny

Civic Skinny has taken a much needed vacation and will be back next week.

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Posted February 25, 2015in Civic Skinny

Some questions and some answers about AIB deal. State stops some refunds. Channel 8 deserves credit.

Some questions: Who owns AIB? Every Iowan. What if the AIB-University of Iowa deal falls through? Who knows. Does the AIB board have to keep the school alive? No. Can the trustees decide to sell the site to a developer? Under some circumstances. What circumstances? If they use the proceeds

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Posted February 16, 2015in Civic Skinny

Bob Mahaffey won’t seek re-election to the city council.

Bob Mahaffey is not going to seek re-election this fall to the Des Moines City Council. His decision — which had not been made public until now — could set off a scramble for the northeast seat that the long-time Anderson-Erickson executive has filled for the past 12 years. “I

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Posted February 11, 2015in Civic Skinny

41 apply to Grassley for Iowa federal judgeships.

A screening committee set up by Sen. Charles Grassley has received 41 applications from Iowans hoping for one of the two federal judgeships that soon will open in Iowa. It’s an odd situation: A Republican Senator seemingly taking charge of sending names to a Democratic president for judicial openings in

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