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  • Republican Heaven
    And they’re off.  By many measures — including that of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron — the 2016 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses, a political endurance test, started Saturday with a marathon cattle call at Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place as White House aspirants, conservative thought-leaders and key national Republican figures spoke, one by one, for about nine hours. 
  • Carroll’s Tracy loses Iowa Dem chair bid to Des Moines doctor
    Dr. Andy McGuire, of Des Moines, president and chief operating officer of Meridian Health Plan, on Saturday was elected chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party. 
  • Duffy inspired by colleagues courageous cartoons
    Veteran Iowa cartoonist Brian Duffy — whose creative works readers digest regularly in this newspaper —

    says corporate control and an ethos of commercialism have largely watered down American newspaper cartoons to the point where they offer only glimmers of what his peers at a now high-profile French satirical newspaper are producing. 
  • Last Democrat standing
    Southeastern Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack will earn a distinction next week he’d prefer to reject. 
  • Younger voters had bigger role in ISL win
    Older Carroll voters continued a trend of swelling the polls for local elections with the passage earlier this month of the Carroll Community School District’s instructional support levy. However, with an aggressive turnout effort aimed at parents of school kids, voters in their 30s and 40s made up a larger percentage of the voting electorate than in recent local elections, an analysis of data from the Carroll County Auditor’s Office shows. 
  • Coon Rapids’ Howell takes fuel fight to D.C.
    Bill Howell can quickly roll out the numbers, describe with passion and detail the lift the ethanol-empowering Renewable Fuel Standard brings to Carroll-area agriculture. 
  • Carroll Democrat Tracy seeks state party chair
    Carroll County Democratic Party Co-Chairman Tim Tracy, a long-time economic-development advocate for rural Iowa, joined on Saturday a field of four candidates seeking to become the next chairman of the state political party in the wake of a devastating election for Democrats with a national spotlight now turning to the presidential caucuses. 
  • Stevens, Stubbe voted into office
    A special election in Ralston to fill two vacancies ushered a newcomer and a veteran into office. 
  • Kanne takes second shot at Carroll supervisors’ open seat
    Carroll real-estate broker and appraiser Don Kanne has filed as an independent for the 2nd District Carroll County supervisors seat, setting up a rematch of the Democratic primary in the November general election. 
  • Nearly 80 percent of voters in the City of Carroll who rejected a referendum last Tuesday to pay for the majority of a lazy river at the Family Aquatic Center were 50 years of age or older, continuing a trend in recent municipal elections dominated by grayer residents. 
  • Kuemper alum falls short in House bid
    Kuemper Catholic High School alum Paul Thelen, a Vail-area Democrat, Tuesday lost a bid for the Iowa House District 18 seat. 
  • Danzer, Schettler, Dopheide triumph in county races
    Experience trumped a fresh face in one of this year’s contested Carroll County races. 
  • King cruises to re-election with 62% support
    U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, captured 37 of the 39 counties the 4th congressional district to easily win re-election Tuesday. 
  • Carroll area buoys Ernst for historic night
    In saying hello to Iowa Tuesday night, U.S. Sen.-elect Joni Ernst’s mere presence on the winner’s stage signaled a good-bye to Mississippi. 
  • Best defeats two-term incumbent Muhlbauer
    Glidden Republican Brian Best Tuesday night won a seat in the Iowa House, ousting two-term incumbent State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer, a Manilla Democrat. 
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