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Oh, sure, it’s the Democrats who have a problem

The laziest and most common campaign story right now is a version of the following: “The Democrats are in disarray!” “The Democrats are failing to coalesce around a single candidate!” “The Democrats are handing this election to the Republicans!” Add a story or two about the ...

Another year of the interloper?

It’s a familiar plotline. An interloper runs for a party’s presidential nomination and, with an anti-insider pitch, scores wins and near-wins in the first contests with vote pluralities. His numerous opponents, fearful of antagonizing his enthusiastic supporters, launch attacks on one ...

The Irony of the Centrist-Progressive debate

With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters and pundits descending on the tiniest blip in polls, this campaign already feels never-ending. But at long last, we’re beginning what matters: Voting! As you would expect, Trump and his sycophantic ...

Democrats should be panicking

Legendary Democratic strategist James Carville was interviewed by Vox’s Sean Illing last week after Carville’s doom-and-gloom jeremiad on MSNBC got a lot of people’s attention. In his inimitable fashion, Carville warned that Democrats’ love affair with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is ...

Conflicting information is frustrating

Dear Dietitian, I have been educating myself on healthy nutrition. There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet and sometimes it’s downright frustrating. Can you help steer me in the right direction? Thanks, Jim Dear Jim, Believe me, I share in your frustration in regards ...

Winning means coming in first

In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who finishes in ...

An establishment in panic

From the day he entered the race, Joe Biden was the great hope of the Democratic establishment to spare them from the horrifying prospect of a 2020 race between The Donald and Bernie Sanders. Today, that same establishment wants Joe out of the race. Why has Biden suddenly become an ...

Vote blue, no matter who?

Vote blue, no matter who. That’s the fall election mantra of Democrats desperate to cleanse the White House of its current occupant. But here’s the question some African Americans are now asking: What if the “who” is Michael Bloomberg? What if the former New York City mayor is the man ...

Democrats, Republicans have undergone a role reversal

For most of my life the rule of thumb was that the GOP was the ideological party and the Democratic Party was the coalitional party. This always was an overgeneralization. Democrats had an ideological perspective, and Republicans had coalitional interests. But from the New Deal to around the ...

Electricity shockingly cheap

Prices for power are dropping across the United States as electricity generation costs plummet. In many markets, the wholesale price for electricity has been cut nearly in half over the last two years. Costs are dropping as natural gas sank this week to nearly a four-year low near $1.75 per ...

Rejected bills interesting to know about

Week five is done and many bills are working their way through the committee process.  While the bills that pass through committee get most of the attention, often times the bills that are rejected are interesting to know about as well.  One such bill that crossed my desk this week as ...

Legislature approaches first funnel week

Week five of the 2020 legislature continued at a rapid pace. One subcommittee to highlight this week was for SF 2176, a bill I sponsored in the Senate. SF 2176 is a companion bill to HF 2350, a bill Representative John Landon, (R-Ankeny), sponsored in the House. SF 2176/HF 2350 are bills ...

Statehouse news

Friends, There are fun activities on Saturday for you to take part in. February 15th Events Pancake Breakfast Pancake breakfast sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 310. Menu: Pancakes, sausage, juice, & coffee with strawberry & blueberry sauce. Tickets $6.00 (Children 5 and under FREE) ...

Colonoscopy chronology

My wife and I mark our time together by colonoscopies. Yup. You see, we had just started going together. It was our second date. I had to have someone with me or the hospital wouldn’t perform the surgery. (I don’t know why they call it surgery.) So, I asked Ginnie if she would accompany me ...

The glorious alternative reality of Leftism

In 1966, there were 654 murders in New York City. The next year, that number increased by about a hundred. Then two hundred. By the mid-1970s, nearly 1,700 people were being murdered every year in New York City. That insane level of violence maintained until the early 1990s. Then, in 1994, the ...

Narrow victory for Sanders in New Hampshire muddles Democratic race

After the first two delegate-selecting contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has solidified his hold on the Democratic progressive wing. But still to be decided is who will carry the party’s moderate banner in the fight to take on Donald Trump. Former South Bend ...

DeVos doubles down on education reforms

I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president’s proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes “a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ... and let ...

Parents of 2020 seniors saving $1.5 million

During the last year, Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) has had the opportunity to share with numerous community groups how proud we are of our concurrent enrollment students — high schoolers earning college credit — and our partnerships with school districts across the ...

What a state of our Union

Well, I’ve finally attended a Trump rally. I thought I was showing up for Tuesday’s State of the Union address, but as soon as Donald Trump refused to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand, it was clear that even basic protocol would elude this impeached president. I sat in the ...

Democrats’ blunders help create favorable winds for Trump

Are we watching a great political party commit suicide? For more than a year, Democratic candidates, up to 26 of them at one point, have been crisscrossing Iowa’s 99 counties, seeking votes in Iowa’s precinct caucuses. They were duly held on Monday night. But the Iowa Democratic Party ...