Reynolds Appoints Kelly Kennedy Garcia to Head Iowa Dept. of Human Services

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that she will appoint Kelly Kennedy Garcia as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Foxhoven, Reynolds In Dispute Over Reasons for Change at DHS

Former DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven claims he was asked for his resignation after questioning the legality of a salary agreement between DHS and the Governor’s office.

Foxhoven Resigns at DHS at Reynolds’ Request

Jerry Foxhoven resigned as Iowa Department of Human Services director after Gov. Kim Reynolds requested it. She named Gerd Clabaugh as his replacement.

35th Baby Declared a Safe Haven Baby in Iowa

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) officials have used the state’s safe haven procedures for the 35th time since the law went into effect.

Iowa Judge Orders Sex Ed Funding for Abortion Providers to Continue

Polk County District Court Judge Joseph Seidlin temporary blocked a new law that restricts abortion providers from receiving state sex education grant money.

Reynolds Signs Bill Enhancing Iowa’s Newborn Safe Haven Law

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed seven bills on Thursday, one of which was SF 360 which expands and enhances Iowa’s newborn “safe haven” law originally enacted in 2002.

The Des Moines Register Push Polls Anti-Homeschooling Narrative

The Des Moines Register followed up years of anti-homeschooling coverage with a push poll that supports the change in Iowa’s law they advocated for.

Matt McCoy’s Questionable Disclosure of a DHS Confidential Briefing

Did State Senator Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) cross the line in his disclosure to The Des Moines Register of his DHS briefing about the Natalie Finn case?

Matt McCoy Wants School Districts to Check-in on Homeschoolers

In response to Natalie Finn’s death State Senator Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) proposes that school districts physically check-in on homeschoolers quarterly.

Did the Iowa Senate Open the Door to More Child Data Collection?

SF 454 that passed in the Iowa Senate could open the door to more data collection of Iowa’s students to provide an overview of their health and well-being.

Iowa’s Uninsured Number Still High After Obamacare Outreach

(Watchdog.org) Des Moines, IA – Only one quarter of Iowans without health…

Iowa Races to the Early Childhood Trough

The State of Iowa’s application for a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant opens up Iowa to Federal involvement in early childhood education.

What the Iowa Youth Survey Asks Teens

Caffeinated Thoughts has obtained a copy of questions asked by the Iowa Youth Survey that is given to 6th, 8th, and 11th graders in Iowa every two years.

Branstad Orders Higher Standards of Care for Iowa Juvenile Home

Governor Terry Branstad ordered the Iowa Juvenile Home to adopt higher standards in care in response to inappropriate use of isolation cells.

Iowa Juvenile Home Under Fire for Use of Isolation Cells

The Iowa Juvenile Home is under fire for its use of isolation cells, but Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says the leadership and its practices have changed.

Iowa Right to Life: Battle Against Abortion Is Far From Over

Iowa Right to Life: Iowa Legislature adjourned Sine Die, but the battle against abortion in the state of Iowa is far from over.