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October 2013 - Volume 19, Number 4


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What’s New At Public Interest Institute




In 1996, Public Interest Institute developed and started distributing THE IOWA CIVICS PROJECT, a thirteen-unit curriculum on Iowa state and local government.


The chapters explore the historical development of government in Iowa; the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of state government; authorities, boards, commissions, councils, and districts; local governments; education; political parties; interest groups; parliamentary procedure; the mass media; voting and elections; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.


The series is free to any teacher, government or private school, or homeschooling parents wanting to teach this curriculum.


E-mail us us at: for more information.


POLICY STUDIES released this summer include #13-5, Electricity — Make it, Use it — 24/7/365 by Analyst Deborah D. Thornton.


POLICY STUDIES on federalism, income tax cuts, and pension reform will be published this fall.

The August IOWA TRANSPARENCY NEWSLETTER featured “Iowa General Assembly Spending Data for 2013” by IT Specialist Jennifer Crull. The Vote Tally results used to generate this analysis are on-line and available at: <>.


The September issue of LIMITS featured “Secure Liberty with Local Initiative and Referendum,” by Leslie Graves and Geoff Pallay.


State Policy Network Annual Convention Held


PII President Dr. Don Racheter attended the State Policy Network 21st annual conference, September 23-27 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


The conference set a new record for attendance. It was a very informative event featuring excellent limited-government speakers.


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.


FACTS & OPINIONS is published by Public Interest Institute at Iowa Wesleyan College, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, research and educational institute, whose activities are supported by contributions from private individuals, corporations, companies, and foundations. The Institute does not accept government grants.


Contributions are tax-deductible under sections 501(c)(3) and 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Permission to reprint or copy in whole or part is granted, provided a version of this credit line is used: "Reprinted by permission from FACTS & OPINIONS, a quarterly newsletter of Public Interest
Institute." The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Public Interest Institute.


If you have an article you believe is worth sharing, please send it to us. All or a portion of your article may be used. The articles in this publication are brought to you in the interest of a better-informed citizenry, because IDEAS DO MATTER.



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