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Posted October 22, 2014in Civic Skinny

Tunks has political edge in police-chief search. Gasp: Populist Art Cullen endorses Branstad.

The opening for police chief of Des Moines was posted on Friday, and since it’s a Civil Service job, it’s an elaborate process to choose a chief. There will be interviews and exams of a sort, and up to 40 names could be sent on to new city manager Scott

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Posted October 15, 2014in Civic Skinny

By the numbers: voting and jail statistics. And four Polk inmates who have settled in.

Some numbers: At the end of last week, there were 835 inmates in the Polk County jail. Of those, 128 had been in jail for less than a week — many for just one night as they awaited release following arrests for things like drunk driving or prostitution. But four

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Posted October 08, 2014in Civic Skinny

Feds ask: Are Register reporters due overtime pay? Huh? Branstad team had no idea Godfrey is gay.

The United States Department of Labor is checking with some current and former Des Moines Register reporters to see if they were paid for all the hours they worked. The Department says it “can’t comment on ongoing investigations” — which sort of confirms there is an ongoing investigation. A former

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Posted October 06, 2014in Civic Skinny

Feds ask: Are Register reporters due overtime pay? Huh? Branstad team had no idea Godfrey is gay.

The United States Department of Labor is checking with some current and former Des Moines Register reporters to see if they were paid for all the hours they worked. The Department says it “can’t comment on ongoing investigations” — which sort of confirms there is an ongoing investigation. A former

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Posted October 01, 2014in Civic Skinny

Curiouser and Curiouser: AG enters Godfrey case, Conlin wants LaMarca removed. Selzer’s the best. Randy Evans, Bryce Miller, Pulitzer winner leaving Register.

Randy Evans, the editor of the editorial pages of The Des Moines Register who has spent the better part of his life in the newsroom, is leaving the newspaper in December. Bryce Miller, the sports columnist and former sports editor for The Des Moines Register, also is leaving the newspaper.

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Posted September 24, 2014in Civic Skinny

Register to chop 16% of news staff, add odd titles. Court: Jailed Luebke owes credit union $35,000.

The restructured Des Moines Register newsroom will “deliver much more,” Amalie Nash told the newspaper’s readers Tuesday, but the newspaper will be delivering that “much more” with much less. The staff is being cut by 16 percent — 18 positions. Nash, the top news executive at the newspaper, told Cityview

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Posted September 17, 2014in Civic Skinny

Scott Sanders is likely to be named city manager. Erik Wheater pleads guilty. The Harkin Stir Fry?

Unless something goes awry within the next few days, Scott Sanders soon will be the city manager of Des Moines. The council is going through the motions of another broad search to replace the retired Rick Clark — the first one failed this summer when Sean Stegall of Elgin, Illinois,

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Posted September 10, 2014in Civic Skinny

Sen. Tom Harkin gets ready for the final Steak Fry. He has been Iowa’s worrying mother and rich uncle.

Tom Harkin is on his final lap. Instead of spending his days and nights campaigning for a sixth term in the United States Senate, he and his wife and children and grandchildren took a trip to Australia late last month. Instead of making endless calls to raise millions to run

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Posted September 03, 2014in Civic Skinny

With no foes, Democrats will control county till 2019. Register sets bizarre process for keeping news jobs.

Democrats will continue to control Polk County for the next four years. That was assured at 5 p.m. on Wednesday of last week, the deadline to file for county offices. No one chose to run against John Mauro, Angela Connolly or Tom Hockensmith, the three Democrats who control the Board

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Posted August 27, 2014in Civic Skinny

Catching up: Fair’s sidewalk evangelist appeals. Tirrells file for bankruptcy. Gortz Haus update.

Jason Powell, who was told by Iowa State Fair officials and then by Federal Judge Robert Pratt that his sidewalk preaching interfered with traffic, last week appealed Pratt’s ruling to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Powell, a “professing Christian who is compelled to share his faith with others in

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