Latest Iowa state government News

Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins named acting chief

Nov. 21, 2019 11:21 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins will serve as the court’s chief justice until a successor to Chief Justice Mark Cady can be appointed. Cady died unexpectedly Nov. 15 at age 66. A court spokesman says Thursday that Iowa law requires the chief justice to name another...

Nebraska inmates can apply to serve sentences in home states

Nov. 20, 2019 11:34 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska corrections department has asked more than 600 inmates to say if they would prefer to serve their sentences in facilities in their home states, opening the door to transfers that could help ease overcrowding in Nebraska’s prisons. The Correctional Services...

Public memorial service set for Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady

Nov. 20, 2019 6:03 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The family of Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady is holding a public memorial service to celebrate his life at Drake University in Des Moines, where Cady earned undergraduate and law degrees. Cady, of Fort Dodge, died unexpectedly Friday night of a heart attack in Des Moines. He...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Harris’ Iowa pivot struggles to turn interest into momentum

Nov. 16, 2019 1:09 AM EST

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — As he watched Kamala Harris speak recently at a historic hotel in northern Iowa, Jim Davis told the California senator she reminded him of Jimmy Carter, the little-known Georgia governor whose success in the 1976 caucuses helped vault him to the White House. “You’re...

Judge rejects former Iowa governor move to toss jury verdict

Nov. 13, 2019 6:06 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge rejected a request by former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s lawyers to set aside a jury verdict that concluded Branstad had discriminated against a former state official because the official is gay. In a ruling filed Tuesday, district court Judge Brad McCall summarily...

The Latest: Bloomberg would focus on Super Tuesday states

Nov. 9, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michael Bloomberg opening the door to a 2020 Democratic presidential bid (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Michael Bloomberg plans to focus his likely presidential campaign on Super Tuesday states, skipping early voting states where other candidates have spent months meeting...

Top Iowa aide to Steyer's campaign resigns after AP report

Nov. 8, 2019 8:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top Iowa aide to businessman Tom Steyer resigned Friday, a day after The Associated Press revealed he had privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing Steyer's White House bid. Steyer's Democratic presidential campaign announced the...

Bloomberg to pass on Iowa, NH, focus on Super Tuesday states

Nov. 8, 2019 8:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg plans to skip early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire if he launches a presidential bid and instead focus his efforts on the crush of states that vote on Super Tuesday and beyond. It's a strategy that acknowledges the limitations of entering the race at this late...

Court: Iowa college can't count value of Grant Wood panels

Nov. 8, 2019 2:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A small Eastern Iowa liberal arts college must continue to carry seven donated paintings by artist Grant Wood on its books as restricted assets unavailable for sale, the Iowa Supreme Court said Friday, dealing a financial blow to the college's endowment fund which can't count the...