William Petroski, The Des Moines Register

William Petroski

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by William:

2020 Iowa caucus: President Trump recaptures overwhelming Iowa Republican support

Trump easily defeated party challengers in former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh in Monday's Iowa caucus. → Read More

Chuck Grassley hails 'historic' bipartisan criminal justice bill; 'Trump wanted this real bad'

If the bill hadn't passed this year, it likely would have been dead in a new Congress. → Read More

Iowa Poll: Trump has big fan base among Iowa Republicans, but they welcome challengers

Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley are seen more favorably than other potential challengers to Trump. Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake rate poorly. → Read More

Iowa Lottery wants e-tickets, mobile app payments for cashless consumer convenience

The Iowa Lottery had a record $371 million in sales last year, but players want more convenience and cashless choices, said Lottery VP Mary Neubauer. → Read More

IPERS' unfunded pension liabilities total $6.8 billion, will get worse before better

IPERS' nearly $7 billion in unfunded liabilities is traced to insufficient contributions, recessions in 2001 and 2009, and mortality table changes. → Read More

Only one Iowa inmate seeks to keep lawsuit alive overturning prison pornography ban

The only Fort Dodge inmate still pursuing the case is Michael Wayne Lindgren, 44, a repeat offender currently serving time for burglary. → Read More

Iowa inmates sue to overturn state law banning pornography in prison

Fifty-eight Iowa inmates are suing state officials in federal court, seeking $25,000 each in damages. → Read More

Amtrak ridership in Iowa falls, but advocates still hope for Des Moines passenger train

"Not to complete the line through Iowa would be a huge missed opportunity for this state," says state Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines. → Read More

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds bluntly tells Steve King to decide future amid racism allegations

“I think that Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th District or do something else," Reynolds said. → Read More

Who is Matt Whitaker? Ex-Hawkeyes tight end and federal prosecutor becomes acting attorney general

President Donald Trump named Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general after firing Jeff Sessions. Whitaker had been Sessions' chief of staff. → Read More

Iowa Poll: Trump seen unfavorably by majority; men and women split on Justice Kavanaugh

President Trump clearly remains a divisive politician in Iowa, with 43 percent of Iowans saying they have a very unfavorable view of the president. → Read More

State workers' unions in Iowa overwhelmingly win re-certification

Most bargaining units representing local governments and school districts were also being re-certified. But some very small bargaining units were not. → Read More

IPERS' fiscal health improves, but political controversy lingers

IPERS' health still improved after it lowered its economic assumptions from 7.5 percent to 7.0 percent for investment returns, officials said. → Read More

Bernie Sanders rallies Iowa Democrats for J.D. Scholten in bid to oust U.S. Rep. Steve King

Sanders spent much of his speech blasting President Donald Trump, calling him a "pathological liar" who has no political beliefs and "an opportunist of the worst kind." → Read More

Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King endorses white nationalist Canadian politician

Toronto mayor candidate Faith Goldy claims Canada is undergoing a "white genocide" and was on a neo-Nazi web site. → Read More

VP Mike Pence to campaign in Iowa for U.S. Rep. David Young on Friday

The rally will be open to the public but a free advance ticket is required for entry. → Read More

Iowa House panel dismisses 'partisan', 'disturbing' ethics complaints against Abby Finkenauer

"I have no time for partisan politics on the Ethics Committee," said Rep. Rob Taylor, a Republican. → Read More

Iowans awaiting Trump: 'I love him. He is doing awesome things for our country.'

There were long lines of Trump supporters outside the Council Bluff Mid-America Center more than three hours before the president was scheduled → Read More

Fact check: Cindy Axne helped lead push for all-day kindergarten. Others did, too

"I can't say for sure if she was 'The Leader,' but she was very actively involved," said retired superintendent Tom Narak. "She was a key person." → Read More

Is Rep. Steve King in trouble? Democrat J.D. Scholten bets hustle, grit, are keys to upset

"If you want change, this is the race to get in. If you are frustrated by ... Washington, D.C., I am right there with you," Scholten says. → Read More