The Iowa Supreme Court continues state-wide tour

by Ryan Koopmans | September 16, 2013

By Ryan Koopmans

The Iowa Supreme Court announced today that Fort Dodge will be the first stop on its 2012-2013 state-wide tour.  The Court began hearing cases outside Des Moines after the 2010 retention elections, and according to Iowa law professor Toddy Pettys, that may have helped turn the tide in the 2012 retention vote.

Today, Pettys spoke with Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah Boden about his new article, Retention Redux: Iowa 2012, and about the Court’s increased focus on transparency and outreach.  You can listen to the 20-minute segment here, and you can download Pettys’s article here.




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