Clay Masters

Clay Masters appears in the following:

Got Corn? Ethanol Is No Longer King In Iowa Among Candidates

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Candidates' waning interest in the corn fuel shows that Iowa's role in shaping policy debates may be declining.


Big Money And Backstabbing Have Become Part Of The Iowa Game

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The hyperfocus on Iowa as the first presidential nominating contest has meant more money — and sometimes leaving allegiances behind — for consultants, who can make up to $10,000 a month.


Pizza Ranch: Fueling Campaigns On Cheese And Chicken

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Among heating lamps and sneeze guards, you could just meet the next president. Candidates love the chain because it's ubiquitous and cheap.


Patients In Iowa Worry About Private Management Of Medicaid

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The way one fifth of Iowa's residents get health care is about to change. The governor is putting Medicaid in the hands of private insurance companies, and 11 firms are vying for that business.


With The Spotlight Gone, Omaha's Music Scene Grows

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Omaha built its musical reputation on acts like Bright Eyes and its label Saddle Creek Records. While some of its biggest names have moved to New York City and Chicago, a community still flourishes.


GOP Suitors Woo Iowa With Bikes, Barbeque And Barnstorming

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Iowa's freshman Sen. Joni Ernst hosted a herd of potential Republican presidential candidates for her first-ever Roast and Ride event, asserting herself as a force in presidential politics.


The Iowa Beyond Hay Bales, Corn Fields And Deep-Fried Butter

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Each political season, Iowa attracts candidates and the hoardes of staff and media that follow them. But some wish campaigns would broaden their scope.


Iowa Water Lawsuit Calls Some Farming Practices Into Question

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The state's largest water utility is suing county boards for polluting rivers the city uses for drinking water.


Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Obamacare provided billions in seed money to help establish insurance companies called co-ops. One of the biggest has now gone under, and its state overseer is telling clients to switch carriers.


For Pieta Brown, Music Is A Father-Daughter Dance

Saturday, December 27, 2014

As a child, Brown had to connect with her folk singer dad, Greg Brown, from a distance. Now, as adults and peers, their musical lives are intertwined.


Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites

Thursday, October 23, 2014

National Park Service officials approved $3 million in illegal construction projects over a decade that damaged one of the nation's most sacred Indian burial sites in northeast Iowa.


Proposed Oil Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Business is booming in North Dakota's Bakken Shale oilfields. Companies are working on pipeline proposals. One calls for a pipeline to be built from Iowa's northwest corner to its southeast corner.


Remembering Jason Molina, A Musician Who Refused To Look Back

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Molina's songs turned a tiny Midwest indie label into an industry mainstay and influenced scores of musicians — facts borne in two new releases around the anniversary of his death.


'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Guitarist and songwriter David Dondero has been touring the world and putting out records for nearly two decades. He's a favorite among critics and other musicians, but he's barely ma...


A Unique Digital Music Service, For Locals Only

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Just as e-books have begun working their way into libraries, librarians are grappling with how to embrace digital music. At the Iowa City Public Library, an unusual licensing arrangem...


William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar

Saturday, August 17, 2013

After years spent working as a Nashville sideman, the 33-year-old guitarist is making his name as an instrumental soloist. While his songs lack lyrics, they're not short on backstory.


Iowa Rebrands Medicaid Coverage

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Iowa's Republican Governor Terry Branstad is pushing to make Iowa the healthiest state. Under the Affordable Care Act, states are deciding whether to expand Medicaid and that's created an opportunity for compromise in Iowa.