Iowa Capital Dispatch editor Kathie Obradovich has been covering Iowa government and politics for more than 30 years, most recently as political columnist and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register. She previously covered the Iowa Statehouse for 10 years for newspapers in Davenport, Waterloo, Sioux City, Mason City and Muscatine. She is a leading voice on Iowa politics and makes regular appearances on state, national and international news programs. She has led national-award-winning coverage of the Iowa Caucuses and the Register’s Iowa Poll.
‘Parental rights’ advocates don’t really trust parents
By: Kathie Obradovich - March 13, 2023
This commentary was originally published in the Iowa Capital Dispatch. We’ve been hearing often from Iowa Republicans that they “trust” parents. Gov. Kim Reynolds spent most of the COVID-19 pandemic saying she trusted parents (more than school administrators) to decide whether their kids should attend classes in person and wear masks to protect themselves and […]
Don’t claim to support law enforcement if you demonize the FBI and IRS
By: Kathie Obradovich - August 16, 2022
A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Iowa Capital Dispatch. This may come as news to Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and many of his fellow Republicans: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is a law enforcement agency. So is the Internal Revenue Service. Most people already think of the FBI as an elite […]
Misinformation is deadly. What are we going to do about it?
By: Kathie Obradovich - April 26, 2022
This commentary originally appeared in the Iowa Capital Dispatch. Misinformation is deadly. It kills humans and democracy. All of us have some responsibility for this serious threat to society. All of us are affected by it, regardless of whether we use social media. And all of us need to do something about it. The examples […]