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April 2013 - Volume 19, Number 2


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What's New at Public Interest Institute?

by Deborah D. Thornton

The Iowa Association of Political Scientists met at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, on March 1 and 2, 2013. PII President Dr. Don Racheter, Research Vice President Amy Frantz, IT Specialist Jennifer Crull, and Research Analyst John Hendrickson all attended. Dr. Racheter served as a panel chairman.


The meeting included a speaker and panel discussion on judicial retention and impact of the separation of powers in Iowa. The panel included Justice Thomas Waterman of the Iowa Supreme Court and Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride from the Illinois Supreme Court.


Racheter was also elected Secretary for a three-year term and Frantz continues as Treasurer. Next year’s meeting will be March 2014, hosted by Central College in Pella.


We have published two POLICY STUDIES since the first of the year. They include: #13-1: “School Choice: Not if the Unions Have any Say” by Deborah Thornton, and #13-2: “Creating A Fair Property Tax System: Is it Possible?” by Jennifer Crull.


The January issue of FACTS AND OPINIONS included the lead article, “Cancer Treatment Nothing Short of Grueling: Cancer Research Needs Tissue,” featuring the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.


The February IOWA ECONOMIC SCORECARD led with an article by Analyst and Editor Thornton, “Mirror, Mirror On the Wall; Who’s the ‘Fairest’ of Them All?” reviewing issues of both tax and free speech fairness. Economics Professor Patrick Barron of Iowa City wrote on the euro debt situation.


In February the IOWA TRANSPARENCY NEWSLETTER featured an article by IT Specialist Crull on the new Iowa state government transparency Website. Located at, the site provides much useful data concerning state government spending. It is well worth an hour of your time.


We move forward into spring with much work to do. Follow us on Facebook at Public Interest Institute.


FACTS & OPINIONS is one of our quarterly membership newsletters, arriving in January, April, July, and October. It consists of short articles of public interest with an emphasis on current issues.


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