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Posted January 20, 2016in Civic Skinny

Delay in Water Works suit is bad for Des Moines in Legislature.

Bad news for Des Moines: Federal Judge Mark Bennett’s decision last week to ask the Iowa Supreme Court to rule on some legal issues before he hears the lawsuit the Des Moines Water Works filed against three drainage districts in northern Iowa probably will mean the actual lawsuit won’t be

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Posted January 13, 2016in Civic Skinny

‘Check our progress,’ Branstad said. So Cityview did.

Five years ago, when Gov. Terry Branstad resumed office after a 12-year pause, he said the budget practices of the past — presumably he meant under Govs. Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver — amounted to “a mountain of broken promises.” He said that, in contrast, the Branstad administration would not

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Posted January 06, 2016in Civic Skinny

Iowa Republicans voted against courthouse for Des Moines.

Two days before Christmas, The Des Moines Register reported that almost a week earlier — it takes a while for news to get from Washington to Des Moines — Congress had approved and President Barack Obama had signed a bill that includes plans to build a new federal courthouse in

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Posted December 23, 2015in Civic Skinny

Merry Christmas!

Twelve drummers drumming… …for Sara Boese at Polk County and Sarai Rice at the Des Moines Area Religious Council, who want to feed the hungry…and John Mauro and the Board of Supervisors, who will get that done…and shame on those who look the other way…and for the volunteers at Bidwell

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Posted December 16, 2015in Civic Skinny

What’s in the legal memo advising Hensley on housing vote?

If a city council person thought she might have a conflict of interests on a coming vote on a controversial issue, and if she asked the city lawyer for an opinion, and if he gave her an opinion that said she could vote on the issue, and if she did

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Posted December 09, 2015in Civic Skinny

The Register’s circulation drops — yet again.

Circulation of The Des Moines Register continues to fall in both the metro area and the state at large. An increase in the numbers of people buying the digital edition doesn’t come close to offsetting the precipitous drop in subscribers to the print edition. Statewide, circulation of the print and

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Posted December 02, 2015in Civic Skinny

Big bonuses are in store for assistant coaches,

The most successful labor union dealing with the state of Iowa has but 13 members. They get big annual raises, are covered by one rather simple document, are rewarded with hefty performance-based bonuses and don’t pay a penny in dues. And there’s no rule against nepotism. All 13 make more

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Posted November 25, 2015in Civic Skinny

Sabbaticals: writing a memoir on being an alcoholic;

Your tax dollars at work: Meriam Belli, an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa, will take off the spring semester of 2017 to study “the international funerary industry and…the politics of burial.” She “will explore funerary industries and burial societies, conduct interviews, and gather data in France,

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Posted November 18, 2015in Civic Skinny

Chet Culver moves closer to a Congressional run.

Former Governor Chet Culver is getting closer to deciding to run for Congress in the Third Congressional District. He is looking at the numbers — the money numbers and the registration numbers — and lining up a staff. He is studying the issues and talking to longtime supporters. He is

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Posted November 11, 2015in Civic Skinny

Why the downtown Y still has no swimming pool.

He has sold the naming rights for $1 million. He has built the building that will house the Prairie Meadows Pool at the new $40 million Wellmark YMCA downtown. Now all Vernon Delpesce needs is the pool. But to get it, the chief executive of the YMCA of Greater Des

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