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U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst hugs a constituent at an event in Jefferson in 2015. Ernst said she is hitting the pause button on hugging in the current climate in which allegations of unwanted and inappropriate touching regularly arise with public figures. Ernst said she doesn’t want a warm, friendly embrace to be misinterpreted, meaning handshakes and simple “hellos” are safer for someone with a national profile and reputation to protect.
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst hugs a constituent at an event in Jefferson in 2015. Ernst said she is hitting the pause button on hugging in the current climate in which allegations of unwanted and inappropriate touching regularly arise with public figures. Ernst said she doesn’t want a warm, friendly embrace to be misinterpreted, meaning handshakes and simple “hellos” are safer for someone with a national profile and reputation to protect.

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, an old-school rural populist with a folksy approach to retail politics, says she’s suspended the practice of giving hugs — gestures that have been primary features of her small-town way of greeting constituents and others in professional settings — for fear the embraces will be misinterpreted in the #MeToo era, the modern climate of evolving protocol on personal interaction.

  • Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, the vice president when the Obama administration eight years ago seeded the Manning Regional Healthcare Center with a $21-million federal low-interest loan, used the iconic backdrop of the Hausbarn in that city to release his national strategy for rural revitalization, a sweeping plan aimed at boosting the lives of the 20 percent of Americans who live outside of cities and suburbs.

  • Biden to campaign in Manning Tuesday

    Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, a former vice president who continues to lead most major primary polls in a crowded nominating field, is campaigning in Carroll County Tuesday.

  • Greene County producers describe trade, immigration hits under Trump

    Months of trade war with China have depressed Iowa farm markets and outlook while record-low, long-term jobless rates in west-central Iowa are devastating to a labor-starved agricultural sector, farmers and ag businesspeople told Montana’s governor in Rippey Tuesday afternoon.

  • South Bend mayor: Turn channel on Trump

    The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told a Fourth of July crowd at Carroll’s Graham Park that he won’t be smothered by President Donald Trump’s relentless tweeting, the political tentacles that reach from cellphones and cable TV screens to snare the daily narrative, the national oxygen.

  • Harris Independence Day speech lifts independent press

    Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris stressed the foundational role of an independent press with a spirited and layered defense of the role of the news media in a Fourth of July speech in Council Bluffs.

  • Former Iowa Congressman Berkley Bedell endorses Elizabeth Warren

    Former Iowa Congressman Berkley Bedell, a prairie populist who represented northwest Iowa for 12 years, has endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president.

  • Some popular Democratic ideas will give Trump 10-point win, Delaney says

    Forcing people off private health insurance and requiring taxpayers to wipe out student-loan debt for others — after they’ve sacrificed and strived to retire their own college costs and boost their insurance plans, often over decades — is a losing prescription in the White House race, Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney said Saturday in Guthrie County.

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg to attend Carroll County Democrats’ 4th of July BBQ at Graham Park

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will join the Carroll County Democrats for a family-friendly Independence Day celebration at Graham Park in Carroll from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

  • Bullock: Supreme Court needs rural voice

    Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the two-day, two-tiered Democratic presidential debates are missing an authentic rural voice — his.

  • Carroll County leaders hit halls of Congress, the White House grounds

    Carroll County economic-development leaders took their case for a raft of initiatives from expanding natural gas service in Manning to digital job opportunities in the county to improvements at the Carroll Recreation Center to the halls of Congress and the White House last week.

  • Republican King challenger to hold Carroll event

    Carroll-area student Dausin Olberding will host Bret Richards, Primary candidate for United States Congress and challenger to incumbent Steve King, in Carroll next month.

  • Bullock makes case for 2020

    Oh, the things you overhear at the coffee shop.

  • In Jefferson, governor spotlights DMACC tech scholarships

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds heralded a growing collaboration of Silicon Valley, major American corporations and local development leaders aimed at using a rural tech-jobs hub in Jefferson as a model for the nation during an event in Jefferson June 5.

  • Ro Khanna’s aim for America: Extend to mend

    U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, the California Democrat who represents Silicon Valley, says extending digital job growth from wealthy technology enclaves on the coasts to challenged rural regions is the way to bridge a seam-ripping rural-urban divide and restore desperately needed harmony in the nation.

  • Republicans rebuke Mauro’s ‘offensive’ comments on Ernst’s military service

    Republicans forcefully pushed back Monday night on just-announced Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Eddie Mauro’s contention that Iowans deserve a “different kind of courage” than Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, showed in the military — a hierarchical environment Mauro suggests restricts independent thinking and forces veterans to “fall in line,” an experience he says Ernst can’t shake in her current role.

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