Perry Beerman

Perry Beerman

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.

FAA: Michigan laser pointers targeted aircraft in flight 810 times over last decade

By: and - September 7, 2021

People in Michigan pointed lasers at aircraft in flight 810 times from 2010 to 2020, breaking federal law, records show. Michigan had the 22nd most incidents in the report of data from all 50 states, as well as and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands and […]

AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to block biofuels exemptions

By: and - April 1, 2021

The state of Michigan has joined seven others in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to side with biofuels interests in a fight over small-refinery exemptions. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the amicus brief Wednesday. Iowa is the top producer of both ethanol and the corn it is made of, and a major producer of […]

Farmers call for voluntary, financially appealing programs to fight climate change

By: - March 12, 2021

Congress should use voluntary, financially appealing programs to encourage farmers and foresters to help address climate change, experts told the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday.  Speakers from the corn and soybean fields of Illinois to the rice fields of Arkansas told the panel that it would be best to work through existing farm programs to coax farmers […]

Stabenow blasts Trump admin over GAO report showing southern advantage in trade deal aid

By: and - September 17, 2020

The nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office this week reported that eight of the nine states receiving the highest trade-war aid payments per acre in 2019 were in the South. Michigan ranked 23rd. The GAO launched an investigation at the request of U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). The money from the Market Facilitation […]