Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman

Iowa Capital Dispatch senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.

Cows on dairy farm

Dairy farmer: Fix ‘broken’ milk pricing system

By: - September 20, 2021

A Granville, Iowa, dairy farmer appealed to a Senate subcommittee recently to help fix a “broken” milk-pricing system she said has worsened conditions in an era of financial uncertainty. Christina Zuiderveen, managing partner of Black Soil Dairy LLC and an industry leader, said the federal milk marketing orders system “promised dairy producers that if their […]

On ADA’s 31st anniversary, Biden recalls Harkin’s historic role

By: - July 26, 2021

President Joe Biden on Monday recalled a hallmark moment in the career of former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.  At a White House ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which Harkin authored and sponsored, Biden described the moment just before the Senate passed the bipartisan bill. “On the floor of […]

Minnesota joins lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

By: - July 8, 2021

Minnesota is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the Midwest, Iowa, Missouri and South Dakota also are involved with the lawsuit, Utah v. Google. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store […]

Farmer harvesting soybeans near Worthington, Minnesota

Klobuchar, Smith join Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in push for biofuels

By: - June 23, 2021

Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar joined Iowa GOP U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst on Tuesday to push for stronger support of biofuels.  At a Senate subcommittee hearing that Smith chaired, Klobuchar cited a recent chorus of rumor-fueled complaints alleging the Biden administration may be preparing to approve more controversial ethanol waivers for small oil refineries.  […]

Midwest attorneys general ask Supreme Court to block biofuels exemptions

By: - April 1, 2021

Attorney General Keith Ellison and seven other attorneys general have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to side with biofuels interests in a fight over small-refinery exemptions. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson led the effort to file an eight-state amicus brief with the nation’s high court. To Miller’s surprise, the […]