DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top Iowa aide to businessman Tom Steyer has resigned a day after The Associated Press revealed he had privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing Steyer’s White House bid. The Steyer campaign announced Patrick Murphy’s resignation on Friday. In a statement Thursday, the former Iowa House speaker apologized for but did not deny the interactions and said the concerns from his former colleagues about his overtures were the result of “miscommunication.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg plans to focus his likely presidential run on Super Tuesday states, skipping early voting states where other candidates have spent months campaigning. Bloomberg adviser Howard Wolfson says other candidates already have a big head start in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. So Bloomberg would focus on the states that vote March 3, hoping to quickly amass delegates in California, Virginia and elsewhere. He is expected to decide on whether to run in the coming days.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a small liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids must continue to classify seven paintings by artist Grant Wood as restricted gifts that cannot be sold. Coe College doesn’t want to sell the art but has always considered the paintings unrestricted gifts which allowed the college to carry their value on its books as an asset and boost the value of its endowment fund. An auditor reclassified it as restricted property, which reduces the endowment fund assets by $5.4 million.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Appeals Court has ruled against a convicted killer who says he “died” during a medical emergency and thus fulfilled his life sentence. Benjamin Schreiber has been serving the life term since being convicted in 1997. Schreiber sought release in April 2018, saying that because he momentarily died before being resuscitated at a hospital in 2015, he should be freed. The appellate court backed a district judge who ruled that Schreiber’s filing confirmed that he was still among the living.