Teacher and students in a classroom.

‘Parental rights’ advocates don’t really trust parents | Kathie Obradovich

BY: - March 7, 2023

The only ones getting protection are the powerful interest groups that the politicians can trust to get them reelected.

Jane Nguyen grew up in Iowa knowing little about her own Vietnamese heritage. (Photo courtesy of Jane Nguyen)

Asian in the ′80s: A glorious time of innocence, a time of great ignorance | Opinion

BY: - January 25, 2023

It was a bumpy road, but eventually I learned being different is what makes me special.

An illustration of the COVID-19 virus. (Image by Fotograzia/Getty Images)

Citing Medicaid costs, GOP governors call for an end to pandemic public health emergency

BY: and - December 22, 2022

'It is time we move on from the pandemic,” the governors’ Monday letter argued.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a web designer can refuse to create wedding websites for same-sex couples. (Photo illustration by Iowa Capital Dispatch with images via Canva)

The U.S. Supreme Court could fall on this slippery slope of discrimination | Opinion

BY: - December 15, 2022

The court has the potential to drag our country back 75 years, before it was made clear there is no place for discrimination in the U.S.

People hate collectively to feel a sense of belonging. (Photo via Canva)

These are the optics of American hate | Opinion

BY: - November 9, 2022

The road to hell isn’t paved anymore with good intentions. The asphalt is hatred.

Former President Donald Trump, shown here in a 2016 file photo, is still claiming the 2020 election was "rigged." (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

We have to raise our expectations for election losers | Kathie Obradovich

BY: - November 8, 2022

That job is to accept the election results once the votes are counted, encourage their supporters to do the same, and then step aside.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks trade at a Woodward, Iowa farm on 8/18/22 (Photo by Jared Strong/Iowa Capital Dispatch).

Federal government has given $800M to keep indebted farmers afloat

BY: - October 19, 2022

Pennsylvania's farm loan obligations totaled $69.4M, according to federal data.

Iowa fast-food worker’s wage lawsuit survives in U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - May 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed a small, but potentially significant, victory to a fast-food worker from Iowa and, perhaps. beyond.


When will our ‘pro-life’ leaders do something about gun deaths? | Opinion

BY: - May 18, 2022

By Randy Evans Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the shortcake she and her sister were eager to enjoy. But their plans went awry Saturday afternoon. Salter’s work shift ended sooner than he […]

Lack of confidence in U.S. elections is just one example of the danger to democracy posed by misinformation and disinformation, much of it spread by social media. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

Misinformation is deadly. What are we going to do about it? | Kathie Obradovich

BY: - April 26, 2022

All of us have some responsibility for this serious threat to society. And all of us need to do something about it.


This is exactly what white privilege looks like | Opinion

BY: - April 11, 2022

A police officer chided white journalist for not carrying his weapon. A Black lawmaker was arrested for carrying his.

Elderly Iowans being harmed by their state insurance regulators, Pa. officials tell federal judge

BY: - April 6, 2022

By Clark Kauffman Elderly Iowans are being harmed by their state insurance commissioner in a fight over long-term care insurance, Pennsylvania officials told a federal judge this week. In March, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Douglas M. Ommen filed a petition in Polk County District Court seeking to intervene in the state of Pennsylvania’s efforts to address […]