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Iowa City, Iowa, and Public Power

The Options, The Issues, The Vote November 8, 2005

Nicholas Johnson

[Created August 29, 2005]

[Note: Nicholas Johnson has no formal ties to either MidAmerican or Citizens for Public Power, although he receives information from both. Aside from the potential impact of public power on his monthly utility bills and property taxes he has nothing to gain or lose from the proposal, financially, professionally, politically, socially or personally. He's just trying to figure out the legal and political significance of the forthcoming vote.]

Here are links to some public power material. (More will be added from time to time.)


Nicholas Johnson, "Power Question is Simple One," Iowa City Press-Citizen, August 29, 2005, p. 11A

Nicholas Johnson, "The Significance of Iowa City's 'Public Power' Vote; Where Are the Relevant Statutory Provisions and What Do They Say?" August 1, 2005 (linked August 29, 2005)

Carol Spaziani, "'Yes' on November 8 Provides Options," Iowa City Press-Citizen, July 25, 2005.

Abigail McWilliam, "Ballot's Power Questions Murky; Wording Leaves Voters Unsure of Issue," Iowa City Press-Citizen, August 13, 2005.

Abigail McWilliam, "A Look at Public Power; Iowa City Could Join Those Using Municipal Utility," Iowa City Press-Citizen, July 30, 2005.

Paula S. Dierenfeld, Letter to the Editor ("Know Facts on Public Power"), Iowa City Press-Citizen, September 23, 2005.

Web Sites

American Public Power Association

Citizens for Public Power [Iowa City, Iowa]

Committee for MidAmerican Energy

Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

MidAmerican Energy