Thursday, May 28, 2015


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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Posted February 04, 2015in Civic Skinny

Rastetter and Fred Hubbell led political givers of 2014.

Gleanings from the final round of campaign reports from state and local candidates: Bruce Rastetter appears to have given more money to state and local candidates last year than any other Iowan.  All told, he gave $104,846.19, according to reports on file at the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

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Posted January 28, 2015in Civic Skinny

Gortz Haus settles complaints, now welcomes gays

The couple who own the Gortz Haus Gallery have agreed that gay people now can rent the facility for weddings. The couple has dropped its lawsuit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and made a financial settlement with the two men who wanted to get married there but were turned

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Posted January 21, 2015in Civic Skinny

Creditors Get 12 Cents on Every Dollar Tirrell Owes.

If Marty Tirrell owes you money — and if he does, you’re not alone — here’s the good news: You will be paid. Here’s the not-so-good news: You will be paid 12 cents on the dollar. Tirrell, the sports broadcaster, emerged from bankruptcy court the other day. His creditors are

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Posted January 14, 2015in Civic Skinny

Vilsack Wants Iowa Dems to Shape Up — But Why?

Tom Vilsack is stepping back into Iowa politics. He has asked a couple of big hitters — Tim and Toni Urban and Fred and Charlotte Hubbell — to gather some other big contributors at the Urban house this Friday evening to “explore how to position the party for better results

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Posted January 07, 2015in Civic Skinny

Twist: Branstad calls Godfrey suit harassment, says Godfrey should pay those LaMarca bills.

Gov. Terry Branstad and his fellow defendants in the long and nasty harassment, discrimination, extortion, retaliation and defamation lawsuit filed by former Workers Compensation Director Chris Godfrey, want to turn the tables. If Godfrey wins, besides any damages he might be awarded he will in all likelihood recover from taxpayers

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