Saturday, September 5, 2015


Posted September 02, 2015in Center Stage, Featured Story

Surprises — serious and otherwise

Up in Ames, they’ve joined the new millennium. Over at the Playhouse, the audience creates a Beatles set, while Des Moines Young Artists participate in a high school shooting. Tallgrass, meantime, offers a reading of an all-new homegrown script. The Temple Theater will bring back Dixie in drag, and the

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Posted September 02, 2015in Featured Story, Locker Room

Good morrow, lords and ladies

Hear ye, hear ye! Your attention, please. The Iowa State Fair may be the largest in the state, but if you’re tired of being a spectator, get in on the action at a Renaissance Faire. Lords and ladies are encouraged to come out and take part in the merry-making revelry

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Posted September 02, 2015in Civic Skinny, Featured Story

McCoy eyes John Mauro’s seat. Hagenow gets strong foe.

State Sen. Matt McCoy, who has decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for Congress from the Third District, now plans to run for Polk County Supervisor in three years when John Mauro’s term is up. He admires Mauro — “an excellent supervisor, a mentor and, more importantly, a friend”

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Posted May 13, 2013in Featured Story, Iowa Watchdog

Special interests drive Iowa education reforms

DES MOINES – Good intentions aren’t the only driving force behind Iowa’s education reform efforts. State education agencies, special interest groups and for-profit education companies have spent thousands in 2012 and 2013 to hire lobbyists and pad the campaign coffers of lawmakers who sit on key committees. Many of these

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Posted May 09, 2013in Featured Story, Iowa Watchdog

Lawmakers’ families bring home big perks

DES MOINES – Family members and close friends of Iowa‘s Congressional Delegation benefit from their position, whether it be special one-time funding for an alma mater or hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to one lawmaker’s son for working on his campaign, a review federal records shows. Take for example

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Posted May 08, 2013in Featured Story, Political Mercury

Roberts remains in Senate mix

Former State Rep. Rod Roberts, R-Carroll, is one of many Iowa Republicans in a political career holding pattern as U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, continues to roll over a decision about a Senate bid. “I think that needle’s just a little over 50-50 right now, just a little over,” King

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Posted May 08, 2013in Featured Story, Food Dude

La Rosa, an Iowa Classic

La Rosa opened 10 years ago. Rosa Martinez was a already a local legend then, first for selling tamales in the parking lot of the original La Tapatia Tienda, then for vending homemade chicken dinners in parking lots of Hispanic businesses.  From the beginning, visits to La Rosa were more

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Posted May 08, 2013in Civic Skinny, Featured Story

Changes at Channel 8. Lawsuits. A dress code.

No shoes, no shirt, no paycheck: There will be a dress code for Des Moines Register workers after they move to Capital Square next month. They’re being told about it at meetings this week. Laura Hollingsworth will continue to oversee the Register from her new job as publisher of The

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Posted May 03, 2013in Featured Story, Iowa Watchdog

Court orders Des Moines board to turn over closed-session tape

A Polk County judge Friday agreed to review the tape of a closed-door meeting held by the Des Moines School Board in regards to former Superintendent Nancy Sebring’s controversial departure. Graham Gillette, a former school board member, brought a lawsuit against the district last year requesting that a judge review

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Posted May 02, 2013in Featured Story, Iowa Watchdog

Iowa lawmakers stall on measure to track welfare spending

DES MOINES – A bill to limit the use of Iowa welfare dollars at strip clubs, bars and casinos stalled Wednesday when members of the Iowa House approved an amended version they then returned to the Iowa Senate. With the Legislative session winding down, House members spent more than four

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