Small family-run farms that raise organically, without genetically modifying crops or by reducing their use of pesticides and antibiotics, are such a small part of the federal government’s definition of a family farm that they often are lost in the crowd when it comes to government and industry support.
Consumer advocates are attacking a bill heading for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate that would clear legal obstacles for the deployment of driverless cars — a proposal that, critics say, lacks safeguards needed to protect the public and largely would let vehicle manufacturers regulate themselves. A special report from Fairwarning.org.
Eastern Iowans interested in politics are trying to have civil conversations about this issues dividing them. They’ve joined an nationwide movement called Better Angels, a bipartisan citizen’s effort to bring Republicans and Democrats together to talk to one another in a civil manner.
DON’T MISS AN IOWAWATCH STORY. SUBSCRIBE NOW TO OUR NEWSLETTER. The Trump Administration’s ability to enact the voters’ will is impeded by a continual stream of nationwide court injunctions, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a group of federal and state judges, lawyers and other legal experts in Des Moines today. It’s a theme Sessions has pressed for much of this year, saying government “needs to run the table” to enact policies that one judge can delay. “We’re defending the Constitutional structure against nationwide injunctions,” Sessions said in a speech in which he praised U.S. Department of Justice lawyers for working hard and judges who provide good justice, are honest and able and who provide consistency with legal values culled from British traditions dating to when this country consisted of colonies. The nationwide injunctions to which he referred were issued by federal judges in one district but carried weight nationally.
ByChristopher Walljasper/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
As President Donald Trump continues to wage a multi-front trade war with some of the United States’ biggest economic partners, farmers have borne some of the heaviest financial burden. More than a third of the country’s trade disputes relate to agriculture, an analysis of disputes submitted to the World Trade Organization showed.
IowaWatch interviews in three politically diverse counties in the state that hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential precinct caucuses revealed that, while residents there say civil conversation about politics is a common goal, polarization remains a powerful force that can halt any chance of some Iowans even wanting to talk about politics at all.
BySophia Schillinger and Sabine Martin/IowaWatch-Cedar Falls Tiger Hi-Line report |
Iowa state Sen. Bill Dotzler has traveled across Iowa’s country roads on his bicycle while training and riding for RAGBRAI. On these rides, he pays attention to farmers spraying pesticides in fields along his routes. “I’ve been out on the roads where you can see sprayers in high winds situations. You know you kind of pedal as fast as you can so you don’t get hit with it,” Dotzler, a Waterloo Democrat, said. But any efforts to add regulations to pesticide spraying in recent years at the Iowa Legislature have not gone anywhere.
I first encountered Smith on the school bus 1977. I was 6 years old, and he was 16, a journalist and native Iowan writes in this first-person examination for the Investigative Reporting Workshop into the life of an Iowa pedophile.
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The New Hampshire Presidential Primary may be two years away, but in the current political climate it is never too early to begin the groundwork for a run. March was a good example. During the month, President Donald Trump returned to New Hampshire for the first time since his election. He made two stops, one at Manchester Community College to unveil his program to fight the growing opioid addiction epidemic, and Manchester Central Fire Station where the “safe station” program began. Three days later Vice President Mike Pence was in the Granite State as the featured speaker at a program to tout the GOP tax reform/cut package passed last year.
What’s the benefit of swapping out an inefficient light bulb? How a state answers a question like that, and others, determines which energy conservation efforts are funded by utilities and which ones get scrapped as too costly.