Iowa

Iowa Caucuses Did One Thing Right: Require Paper Ballots

COMMENTARY | Although there will rightly be a lot of retrospection about what went wrong with the Iowa caucuses, the use of paper ballots as a backup means the event will also be a case study in how to recover from a poorly run election.

Why the Iowa Caucus Birthed a Thousand Conspiracy Theories

COMMENTARY | A panicked electorate is more susceptible to believing claims without evidence.

A Reckoning Over Iowa

The privileged status of the early-voting states could come under threat if they elevate a candidate next month who ultimately loses to Donald Trump.

How One Community Embraced and Saved its Oddball Roadside Attraction

Facing safety concerns, Jones County, Iowa found a way to preserve its famed hula hoop tree.

How the Iowa Caucus Disenfranchises Voters

Democrats want to make voting more inclusive. In Iowa, they’re struggling.

Election Officials Spar Over Speed, Scope of Voter Registration Upgrades

A long-planned overhaul of Iowa’s voter registration database will not be completed before the 2020 elections.

New Law Will Establish State Children's Mental Health System

Legislators in Iowa passed a measure expanding behavioral and mental health services for children, but advocates say the law lacks permanent funding.

States Could See 'Unprecedented' Flooding

NOAA's spring outlook, issued Thursday, predicts a heightened flood risk, even as states in the Midwest are dealing with historic flooding.

Cities Scramble to Shelter Homeless as Bitter Cold Weather Sets In

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago ticket and debt collection reforms … Denver minimum wage … N.C.’s hate crime increase … and an 18-year-old mayor’s agenda.

The Impacts of Iowa’s Underground Needle Exchanges

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Miami’s strong-mayor vote ... N.C.’s Florence road damage estimate … Texas special education funding … and Calif. DMV warns of new scam.

Counting Kicks to Prevent Stillbirths

A handful of states have adopted an Iowa campaign encouraging mothers to monitor fetal kicks.

Moody’s: Trump’s $12B Farmer Bailout Won’t Have the Desired Effect

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota have the most to lose in a “trade war” with China.

What Iowa Can Tell Us About Full Employment

Want to know where the economy is headed? Look at Des Moines.

Share of Kids Facing Food Insecurity Still Above Pre-Recession Levels

“In 16 states, more than one-in-five children live in food insecure households,” new research from The Hamilton Project notes.

When Rivers Come to 'Greet' a City

An Iowa mayor and a D.C. city official reflect on flooding and other "resiliency" issues affecting their towns.

Iowa Soybean Farmers Could Become the Face of a Trade War With China

Already hit by falling agricultural commodity prices, retaliatory tariffs would effectively kick producers while they’re down.

Iowa Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief This Spring. At Least for Now.

A University of Iowa study examines just how frequent flooding is in some parts of the state.

Cage-Free-Egg Laws Spur Cage Match Between States

When California and Massachusetts enacted laws requiring that eggs produced and sold there be raised cage-free, 13 states including some of the nation’s largest egg producers sued.

U.S. Farmers Are 'Collateral Damage' in Trump's China Trade Dispute

States that produce some of these agricultural commodities are pawns in the president's tit-for-tat with Beijing.

Iowa’s Costly Tunnels Cause Ongoing Headache for State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Some want Detroit to exclude a recalcitrant suburban neighbor; Bay Area cities gearing up for autonomous vehicles; New Jersey praised for bail system overhaul; souring tribal relations in an Oklahoma county.