Sunday, August 2, 2015

Posted May 13, 2015in Civic Skinny

Culver eyes Congress in 2016, or maybe in 2018

Chet Culver is testing the waters. The former governor is checking with former aides and former donors with the idea of relaunching his political career, which came to an abrupt end when he was unseated by Terry Branstad in 2010. “I’m giving serious thought to getting back in the ring,”

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Posted May 06, 2015in Civic Skinny

Godfrey bills now near $770,000. Van Orsdel home sold.

Your tax dollars at work: The cost to the state in defending the lawsuit filed by former Workers’ Compensation Director Chris Godfrey now tops $750,000. The state Executive Council this week will consider — and surely approve — an invoice from the LaMarca law firm for $120,135.43 for defending Gov.

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Posted April 29, 2015in Civic Skinny

Anonymous fellow Democrats pile on Matt McCoy.

Some of his fellow Democrats are anonymously stabbing Matt McCoy in the back. Or maybe in the front. McCoy, the 49-year-old state senator who represents sections of Des Moines and West Des Moines, is considering running for Congress against Republican incumbent David Young. McCoy would be a strong candidate —

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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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