Citizens Express Concern About The USDA’s Rural Broadband Plan

Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service. These are just some of the concerns contained in nearly 300 public comments on Rural Broadband Pilot Program proposed by the USDA, a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found.

Iowan Almost Missed First U.S. Vote, But Auditor Brought The Voter Back To Cast A Ballot

A new Iowa City voter who recently passed a test to become a U.S. citizen but had not yet participated in a swearing-in ceremony almost lost a chance to vote Tuesday. But County Auditor Travis Weipert tracked the voter down so that the voter could return to the polling place and cast a ballot. “I’m one of those who, I want you to vote if you’re a U.S. citizen,” Weipert said Tuesday night. The voter, at the IC22 precinct at Shimek Elementary School in Johnson County, was questioned about being eligible to vote when registering at the precinct. One of the first questions when registering asks if the person registering is a U.S. citizen.

Podcast Primer: For Tuesday’s Mid-Term Election In Iowa

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Iowa’s race for secretary of agriculture and land stewardship has gotten strong attention this year for several reasons, including:

a trade war with China affecting the sale of soybeans to that country,
dropping commodity prices,
a need for farm labor, and
the fact that neither the Republican nor Democrat seeking the seat held it at the beginning of this year. Incumbent Republican Mike Naig ascended to the seat earlier this year after Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey resigned to become an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Naig had worked since 2013 as a deputy in Northey’s office before Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed him to complete Northey’s term. “I bring all of that experience. I bring all of the, having traveled the state now for the last seven, eight months as the secretary interacting with Iowans.