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Here comes a cakewalk for Democrats

At this point in Donald Trump’s presidency, we’ve become almost numb to the daily panic and screeching that defines his press coverage. Some can’t take it anymore. They shouldn’t show CNN at airports for fear those people will jump out of their planes in midair to escape it all. But ...

Year one of Junior Achievement a huge success

In January of 2018, Marshalltown Schools began its implementation of Junior Achievement (JA) with kindergarten through fifth grade. Since that time, 94 volunteers have been paired with 128 classrooms to deliver lessons provided by Junior Achievement. Fifty-three businesses in the Marshalltown ...

If you’re running for President, you should be talking to journalists

Earlier this month, my husband, Sen. Sherrod Brown, went on a listening tour of four early-primary states as he considered running for president. I traveled with him to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as did a caravan of political reporters waiting to see if he would announce ...

Chicago’s clues for the 2020 Democrats

There was a record-sized field of candidates containing as many women as men. Their surnames ranged from the long familiar to the novel and exotic; they had multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds, and at least one gay candidate was in the running. This sounds like the ever-expanding list of ...

College cheating scandal

Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people involved in cheating and bribery in order to get their children admitted to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities such as Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Southern California and UCLA. ...

Into the Quadragesima

In A.D. 324, Constantine became the undisputed ruler of the whole Roman Empire. Once secured in that position, Constantine demanded that persecution of Christians stop. Between the death of Christ around A.D. 33 and the rise of Constantine’s father, Constantius Chlorus, to caesar of the ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, Today I am writing about a topic near to my heart: nutrition and cancer, or more pointedly, nutrition myths and cancer. My clinical experience included 12 years of oncology nutrition, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Good nutrition can help prevent some types of cancer, ...

Sherrod Brown will be missed

Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party — a list ...

Is diversity a root cause of dual loyalty?

“We can’t be divided by race, religion, by tribe. We’re defined by those enduring principles in the Constitution, even though we don’t necessarily all know them.” So Joe Biden told the firefighters union this week. But does Joe really believe that? Or does that not sound more ...

Thank you, Bubba and Tuck

Some days you wake up and think, “Nope, not getting up.” I call these column days. Then, there are those other times when you practically hurl yourself from the sheets in a grande jete because: Bubba the Love Sponge and Tucker Carlson. I call these proof of the deity. Bubba is a radio ...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Since I don’t have a drop of Irish blood running through my veins but I do like corned beef, I have a very easy dip for you today. Corned Beef Dip Mix: 3 small packages corned beef, chopped 1/2 c. green pepper, chopped 1/2 c. onions, chopped 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 8 oz. ...

63red Safe offers safe haven for Trumpers

So I go to my barber for a shave. While I’m waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He’s no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we’ve got the whole shop laughing as we rip Trump’s idiocy. My barber ...

House Democrats finding it hard to confront anti-Semitism

The Democratic Party is having a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House ruined a week in which the Democrats were ...

Swimmin’ with the fishes

Several years ago before we were married, my wife and I dated and lived apart. Together we bought a fish, because at the time that was all the commitment as I could handle and nothing says eternal love like a slimy creature with a two-year lifespan. Below is an email sent to her after an ... ...

‘Yo, your face is changing colors.’

“Yo, your face is changing colors. You upset?” “Yeah, dog, read my lips.” This is how I imagined conversations would unravel around the dinner table as I clutched $3 mood lipstick in my hands. It promised to change from orange to purple based on a mood change of calm to stressed. ...

A devil mink

Mayhem struck the Empty Nest Farm. I was a little late doing the morning chores. It wasn’t until 11 a.m. or so before I got out to feed Blossom and take care of the hens. Before I pulled open the door to the hen house, I thought I heard some strange clucking. Sure enough, I was confronted ...

Floods across corn belt

A massive storm swept from Colorado into the Midwest, bringing hurricane-strength winds and blizzard conditions to the western half of the Corn Belt. As the storm moved east, the snow shifted to rain, bringing floods as water overwhelmed frozen fields and rivers. While this extreme weather ...

An open-water misadventure

After spending months confined to my house watching and reading fishing materials or, at best, dangling a small jig inside an ice tent, I was relieved to get out on the open water this week, even though it didn’t exactly go to my liking. The spot I chose was Three Bridges County Park near ...

Busy week on the House floor

We quickly shifted gears this week, spending much more time in caucus meetings reviewing bills and then debating them on the floor. We debated and passed over 40 bills this week. Many of the bills are non-controversial, taking but a few minutes to discuss and vote on them. Roughly 90 percent of ...

30+ bills passed out of Senate

Week nine in the Iowa Senate included some of the first major debate of this year. Just this week, we passed over 30 bills out of the Senate chamber. The Senate passed Senate File 536 on Wednesday, which took out a restriction in the Iowa code that limited the operation of tele-pharmacies in ...