Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Iowa Capital Dispatch Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

By: and - October 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the Biden administration until […]

Former Wisconsin dentist wants an Iowa judge to overturn his license revocation

By: - July 12, 2022

A dentist who has faced disciplinary action in at least three states is challenging Iowa’s decision to revoke his license to practice. Dr. Jack Elder, who until recently practiced dentistry in Lake City, is taking the Iowa Dental Board to court in an effort to have a Polk County judge review and overturn the board’s […]

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Iowa fast-food worker’s wage lawsuit survives in U.S. Supreme Court

By: - May 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a small, but potentially significant, victory to a fast-food worker from Iowa. The court did not address the basic premise of Robyn Morgan’s lawsuit — that the Taco Bell restaurant she worked for had violated wage-and-hour laws. The court did, however, address a procedural issue that could have major […]

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U.S. Supreme Court will hear dispute over California’s pork-sale restrictions

By: - April 6, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear pork producers’ legal challenge of a California law that restricts the sale of pork in that state. The lawsuit, filed by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), attempts to nullify California’s voter-approved ballot measure dealing with hog confinement. The measure, […]