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  • Ag Talk
    Here’s the upshot: More than 250 members of the media from around the globe trained their journalistic tools on top-shelf Iowa agriculture topics for nearly seven hours Saturday at the Iowa Ag Summit, a gathering hosted by rural entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter, a key figure in GOP politics and the president of the Iowa Board of Regents. 
  • Ernst: Don’t deport the kids
    Newly installed U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a  Red Oak Republican, breaks with many conservatives in agreeing with President Barack Obama on a highly controversial element of White House-directed immigration reform. 
  • The biggest challenge facing homegrown Iowa businesses trying to expand is a lack of employees — and immigration could be key, Gov. Terry Branstad says. 
  • Senator Ernst on being president: ‘Never say never’
    U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s meteoric rise from an obscure, and initially lightly funded, GOP primary hopeful from rural southwest Iowa to nationally televised profile delivering the rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union won’t lead to a White House candidacy for her any time soon, the freshman senator from Red Oak said Wednesday afternoon in Carroll. 
  • New Democratic chair: Expect to see me in Iowa’s small towns
    The new chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, Des Moines physician Andy McGuire, pledged an aggressive 99-county party rejuvenation and stressed her plan to be visible in rural Iowa. 
  • Des Moines Police escorted 13 pro-immigration protesters from the balcony of Hoyt Sherman Place after they interrupted Rick Perry and Chris Christie’s Iowa Freedom Summit speeches Saturday afternoon with questions about their stances on deporting people living in the United States without proper documents. 
  • DTH asks Trump: Why haven’t you built in Iowa?
    The Daily Times Herald joined other media in questioning celebrity businessman and real-estate magnate Donald Trump during a news conference following the New Yorker’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines.

     
  • 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. 
 
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