Clay Masters http://iowapublicradio.org en A Tourist Town Takes on RAGBRAI http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tourist-town-takes-ragbrai <p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:26 +0000 Clay Masters 44164 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Tourist Town Takes on RAGBRAI Conservative or Consistent? The 2013 - 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/conservative-or-consistent-2013-2014-us-supreme-court-session <p>While some say this year's Supreme Court session was conservative, others have characterized it as consistent. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:38:32 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 43547 at http://iowapublicradio.org Conservative or Consistent? The 2013 - 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Session Siouxland Recovers from Floods http://iowapublicradio.org/post/siouxland-recovers-floods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Torrential downpours in northwest Iowa caused rivers to swell… floodwaters damaged homes, businesses and farmland. &nbsp;Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are assessing the area to see if it qualifies for federal help. State officials on Monday said public infrastructure sustained more than $15 million worth of damage in the state.</span></p><p>That doesn’t include homes, businesses and farmland in Rock Valley and other parts of the region that were destroyed.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:30:28 +0000 Clay Masters 42822 at http://iowapublicradio.org Siouxland Recovers from Floods Jolie Holland's 'Wine Dark Sea' Influenced by Many Art Forms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jolie-hollands-wine-dark-sea-influenced-many-art-forms <p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:32:00 +0000 Clay Masters 42634 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jolie Holland's 'Wine Dark Sea' Influenced by Many Art Forms Ernst Gets GOP Senate Nomination, 3rd District Republican Race Goes to Convention http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ernst-gets-gop-senate-nomination-3rd-district-republican-race-goes-convention <p></p><p></p><p>Democratic and Republican Primary voters went to the polls Tuesday to select candidates for the 2014 general election, but for Third-District Republicans it's not over yet. The biggest race last night was for the U.S. Senate Republican primary nomination. State Senator Joni Ernst easily won that race.&nbsp;IPR's Clay Masters talks with University of Northern Iowa Political Science Professor Donna Hoffman about last night's results.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:23:25 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah Boden 41689 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ernst Gets GOP Senate Nomination, 3rd District Republican Race Goes to Convention Hopes of Breaking up the Political Boys Club in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hopes-breaking-political-boys-club-iowa <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa will hold its primary on Tuesday, June 3. Democratic Senator Tom Harkin is retiring and that’s set off a domino effect of politicians vying for higher office and this midterm election could make history if voters send a woman to Washington. It’s just one of two states that have never done so or elected a woman as governor; the other is Mississippi.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Clay Masters 41461 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hopes of Breaking up the Political Boys Club in Iowa White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/white-house-climate-change-task-force-meets-des-moines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National leaders, governors, mayors and tribal leaders met in Des Moines this week for a task force meeting that will make recommendations to the White House this fall.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IPR's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Clay Masters talked with Des Moines Mayor Frank&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cownie</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about what those recommendations might look like.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:33:10 +0000 Clay Masters 40723 at http://iowapublicradio.org White House Climate Change Task Force Meets in Des Moines 2014 Primary Elections: U.S. Senate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2014-primary-elections-us-senate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Senator Tom Harkin announced last year he was retiring. It’s been decades since Iowa’s had an open senate seat.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:52:09 +0000 Clay Masters 40721 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2014 Primary Elections: U.S. Senate 2014 Primary Elections: The Third District http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2014-primary-elections-third-district <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the biggest surprises this 2014 Iowa election season was Third District Republican Congressman Tom Latham’s announcement late last year he would not seek re-election. Thanks to redistricting in 2012 it was incumbent versus incumbent in the third district when Latham faced another longtime congressman, Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In 2014, it’s a crowded group of Republicans running to face a Democrat who’s been in the race for almost a year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:36:38 +0000 Clay Masters 40658 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2014 Primary Elections: The Third District 2014 Primary Elections: The First District http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2014-primary-elections-first-district <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than a year ago, the 2014 mid-term election looked like a sleepy one in Iowa. But a U.S. Senate seat and two congressional districts are up for grabs without incumbents. With the primary election a little more than two weeks away, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IPR's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Clay Masters takes a look at the open races. Iowa's first congressional district is in northeast Iowa and includes the cities of Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. Wed, 14 May 2014 11:27:38 +0000 Clay Masters 40600 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2014 Primary Elections: The First District Randy Brubaker and the Iowa Visual History Center http://iowapublicradio.org/post/randy-brubaker-and-iowa-visual-history-center <p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:48:45 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah Boden 40493 at http://iowapublicradio.org Randy Brubaker and the Iowa Visual History Center Session Ends, Campaigning Begins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/session-ends-campaigning-begins <p>The Iowa Legislature adjourned last week and even though it’s an election year, lawmakers managed to get a few big items accomplished, including a $7-billion budget and a bill that decriminalizes some forms of medical marijuana in the state. At the same time, priority bills from the governor to crack down on schoolyard bullying and expand broadband to rural parts of the state failed. Mon, 05 May 2014 21:20:51 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 40191 at http://iowapublicradio.org Session Ends, Campaigning Begins What Got Done in the 2014 Iowa Legislative Session? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-got-done-2014-iowa-legislative-session <p></p><p></p><p>The Iowa Legislature adjourned last week. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters checks in with Statehouse&nbsp;Correspondent Joyce Russell to discuss what got done this legislative year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 12:33:10 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 40154 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Got Done in the 2014 Iowa Legislative Session? Neighboring States Wrestle with Many of the Same Issues http://iowapublicradio.org/post/neighboring-states-wrestle-many-same-issues <p>While there are many differences between Iowa and our neighboring states, there are also many similarities.&nbsp; For example, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill to allow the use of a cannabis extract for the treatment of seizures, while Minnesota's state legislature is still working on a similar proposal.&nbsp; In recent weeks, an effort to decriminalize the possession of cannabis oil has gained ground in the Iowa statehouse.&nbsp; In this week's legislative show, Host Clay Masters talks with statehouse reporters in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri to compare Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:06:59 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 39836 at http://iowapublicradio.org Neighboring States Wrestle with Many of the Same Issues Iowa Lawmakers Expect to Adjourn this Week http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-lawmakers-expect-adjourn-week <p></p><p>The predictions are out there that Iowa's legislative session will wrap up early this week. On Mondays we check in with IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell to make sense of everything going on up at the capitol.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:04:10 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 39809 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Lawmakers Expect to Adjourn this Week Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back http://iowapublicradio.org/post/remembering-jason-molina-musician-who-refused-look-back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Musician Jason Molina influenced many of his peers and sold tens of thousands of records for a small independent label from Indiana. Molina died at age 39 a little more than a year ago from organ failure due to alcohol abuse. But now two new releases are paying tribute to the musician. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters has more.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Clay Masters 39503 at http://iowapublicradio.org Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back Bill on Greyhound Racing Being Drafted at Statehouse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bill-greyhound-racing-being-drafted-statehouse-0 <p>A bill is being drafted at the Iowa Statehouse to separate greyhound racing from the two casinos that no longer want to support it.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters spoke with Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls, who says the agreement provides both a "soft landing" and a "second chance" for the greyhound industry.&nbsp; That means breeders who want to quit breeding dogs for racing can receive a payout, and the Iowa Greyhound Association will get a chance to manage a track for themselves.&nbsp; Currently casino revenues in Dubuque and Council Bluffs have been supplementing the purses paid at the t Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:58:39 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Clay Masters 39469 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bill on Greyhound Racing Being Drafted at Statehouse Lawmakers Hold Out Hope for Texting Bill and Gas Tax http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-hold-out-hope-texting-bill-and-gas-tax <p>The Chairs of the Iowa Senate and House Transportation Committees say they're still hopeful two key proposals can win approval in the final days of the legislative session.&nbsp; A bill approved by the Iowa Senate would've made texting while driving a primary offense.&nbsp; In other words, an officer could stop and ticket a driver for texting while driving, without the driver committing another moving violation.&nbsp; That bill failed to win approval before a funnel deadline in the House, but Senator Tod Bowman, a Maquoketa Democrat, says the bill will likely come up again in future session Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:21:38 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 39116 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lawmakers Hold Out Hope for Texting Bill and Gas Tax The Week Ahead at the Statehouse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/week-ahead-statehouse <p>Calls for further hearings regarding secret settlements, funding for Iowa's three Regent universities and an uncertain future for anti-bullying legislation.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell speaks with </span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Morning Edition Host Clay Masters.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:30:56 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 39094 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Week Ahead at the Statehouse Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum in Statehouse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-bill-gains-momentum-statehouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill allowing Iowans to use medical marijuana in the form of cannabis oil is still alive at the statehouse. The Iowa Senate will move a medical marijuana bill before the end of the session. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:50:17 +0000 Clay Masters 38953 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum in Statehouse Branstad on Settlements, Medical Marijuana http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-settlements-medical-marijuana <p>Despite predictions for a speedy session in which nothing of substance was accomplished, the 2014 legislative session has had plenty of controversy.&nbsp; <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-medical-cannabis-juvenile-home-and-secret-settlements">Governor Terry Branstad was a guest on IPR’s River to River on Monday.</a></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:35:04 +0000 Clay Masters 38774 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad on Settlements, Medical Marijuana Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-children-stuck-mental-health-waiting-list <p>Children with serious mental health issues are waiting as long as two years to receive services in their communities.&nbsp; Host Clay Masters talks with Tammy from Iowa City whose son has been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.&nbsp; She says services like respite care are essential for families exhausted from caring for a suicidal or angry child.&nbsp; But such services aren't covered by insurance.&nbsp; A children's mental health waiver is designed to cover the gap between what insurance covers and what services ar Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:53:20 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38748 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Children Stuck on Mental Health Waiting List Branstad 'Working With Legislators' Towards Medical Marijuana Bill This Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-working-legislators-towards-medical-marijuana-bill-session <p>Governor Terry Branstad said Monday he would consider signing a bill with limited allowances for medical cannabis to be prescribed in Iowa. During an appearance on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River, Branstad said he did not want to create more problems or unintended consequences by signing marijuana legislation.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:35:10 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters & Dean Borg 38736 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad 'Working With Legislators' Towards Medical Marijuana Bill This Session Branstad on Medical Cannabis, Juvenile Home, and Secret Settlements http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-medical-cannabis-juvenile-home-and-secret-settlements <p>Iowa Governor Terry&nbsp;Branstad would support a bill with limited medical uses for cannabis if it looks similar to legislation passed in Utah. &nbsp;Host Clay Masters talks with Branstad&nbsp;about medical marijuana, the juvenile home, secret settlements, and more on this Legislative Day edition of River to River from the Law Library at the Iowa state capitol building.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:30:12 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38737 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad on Medical Cannabis, Juvenile Home, and Secret Settlements Debate over Confidential Settlements to State Workers Continues http://iowapublicradio.org/post/debate-over-confidential-settlements-state-workers-continues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:12:20 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 38724 at http://iowapublicradio.org Debate over Confidential Settlements to State Workers Continues After the Wedding: Five Years After Varnum http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-wedding-five-years-after-varnum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>It’s been 5 years since the Iowa Supreme Court decision of Varnum versus Brien that paved the way for same sex marriage in the state and Iowa’s public opinion is changing.</p><p>In 1996, Rob Gilmer and his husband Rene Orduna opened the restaurant Dixie Quick's in Omaha. They were running out of space in their Nebraska restaurant and after the Iowa Supreme Court decision they decided to move the restaurant to Council Bluffs.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 38530 at http://iowapublicradio.org After the Wedding: Five Years After Varnum New Iowa GOP Chairman on Uniting Party http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-iowa-gop-chairman-uniting-party <p></p><p>The Iowa Republican party has a new chairman. Former chair A.J. Spiker announced his resignation last month, he left to join Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s political action committee. Over the weekend the Iowa GOP Board elected former state legislator and lobbyist for social conservative organization The Family&nbsp;Leader, Danny Carroll. He shares his thoughts on several issues with IPR's Clay Masters.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:35:57 +0000 Clay Masters 38494 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Iowa GOP Chairman on Uniting Party Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shifting-views-medical-cannabis-iowa-legislature <p>Views on medical marijuana appear to be shifting in the Iowa Senate and among the GOP.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em> - what this may mean for cannabis in Iowa moving forward.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:48:23 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 38376 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shifting Views on Medical Cannabis in the Iowa Legislature Confidential Settlements Still Front and Center at Iowa Statehouse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/confidential-settlements-still-front-and-center-iowa-statehouse <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The issue of the Branstad&nbsp;administration's confidential settlements with laid-off state workers still seems to be front and center at the capitol. As much as $400,000 &nbsp;was given out to fired workers. That doesn't show up on any budgets or balance sheets. The governor for his part has outlawed such settlements. IPR's Clay Masters checks in with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell to discuss where things stand with the settlements and other issues up for discussion in the legislature this week.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:53:11 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 38372 at http://iowapublicradio.org Confidential Settlements Still Front and Center at Iowa Statehouse Sen. John Culver Reflects on Bipartisanship of Congress http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sen-john-culver-reflects-bipartisanship-congress <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Democratic U.S. Senator John Culver served 16 years in Congress. He now lives in Washington D.C., but he’ll be back in Iowa later this week to visit the Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indianola</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:56:18 +0000 Clay Masters 38079 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sen. John Culver Reflects on Bipartisanship of Congress