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IowaWatch, the nonprofit news organization that is part of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, is teaming up with the nonprofit Iowa City movie theater, Filmscene, to show the documentary film “Dark Money” on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The weekly public affairs program, Ethical Perspectives on the News, dug into how the news media function in American society, particularly in this era when reporters are under heavy criticism for the work they do, and how they do it.
As one of the nation’s leading producers of wind energy, Iowa has abundant — but also sporadic — energy resources. State officials see huge potential for batteries to help make the most of its wind and solar generation, and they hope to test it with a new grant-funded project.
The eight candidates for four contested Johnson County, Iowa, seats in the Iowa General Assembly have been invited to participate in a candidates forum on Monday, Sept. 10, at 2 pm at the Coralville Public Library. Lyle Muller, of IowaWatch, will moderate the forum, which will be sponsored by the Johnson County Task Force on Aging.
Distraction appears to be a main focus so far in the race for Iowa governor. Election Day is two months away. The decision Iowans make on Nov. 6 will be an important factor in where our state is headed. But instead of having a full and frank debate over important issues and ideas that will shape Iowa’s future, Gov. Kim Reynolds and, to a lesser extent, Fred Hubbell are allowing the race to revolve around sideshow issues.
Whirlpool’s $1.7 billion acquisition of Maytag, a storied Iowa brand of home appliances, offers a fascinating window into international trade and tariffs. At the time of the 2006 deal, Whirlpool was the largest appliance maker in the United States. Maytag was its biggest competitor. Together, they built about half of all washing machines sold in the U.S.
Federal regulators worried about their new dominance, but the company said foreign competition, primarily from South Korea’s Samsung and LG, would keep Whirlpool’s market clout in check. That certainly occurred.