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  • Details, dodges and dreams

    Check the transcript. The word-for-word accounting of Iowa Public Television’s 3rd District Congressional debate Thursday in Council Bluffs is remarkably revealing.

  • Sarah Palin, Joni Ernst’s political jukebox hero
    Political question of the day for Iowans: What’s worse, being Sarah Palin, or wanting to be like Sarah Palin? 
  • Stolen nights and places in between
    It started as instinct. I was 10. I didn't have the words to summon an explanation. 
  • How can Koch-bottled Ernst be 'philosophically opposed' to what's right for Iowa?
    About the only thing Gov. Terry Branstad didn't do one recent Wednesday for energy production in west-central Iowa was to check the porch bulbs or flip on the night lights for residents himself in Glidden and Coon Rapids before leaving the region. 
  • Move to rural Iowa, our days are longer
    As a former resident of the Washington, D.C., area I did the commute thing - for four years. I recall these days each time I visit from Iowa. 
  • Is Carroll ready for transatlantic bicycle adaptation?
    A few years ago, I was in San Luis Obispo, California, headed down a one-way street to visit the historic Spanish mission. I was in a right turning lane that fed the mission and had a green light. I turned right and nearly hit a bicyclist in a right bike lane that ran adjacent to the road. 
  • Joni Ernst, meet your Snake River Canyon
    With all that bread-bagging of shoes and hog castrating on the farm, life for a young Joni Ernst surely didn't afford a lot of time for leisurely television. 
  • Masterful and measured
    David Young, who showed he could spin a good joke and is blessed with a king's ransom of wit, told Republican 3rd Congressional District convention delegates Saturday that Washington, D.C., is obsessed with celebrity, that the nation's capital has turned into "Hollywood for ugly people." 
  • Skanks and hags and Wonder Bread bags
    I consider Facebook in much the same way I do public restrooms. Yes, I could make other arrangements, but in modern America, with all the travel, and the necessity of employing millenials, I'm going to have to use both. I just try and get in and out of the social-media site and highly trafficked toilet facilities as quickly as possible. 
  • A Polk County insider earns his rural boots
    Tears rolled for many reasons as the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a gambling license for Greene County in a suspense-filled session at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. 
  • Say 'yes' to a collection of 
rural Iowa counties that dared
    I'm proud to serve on the Carroll and Greene county economic development corporations. I'm here today as a designated representative of the Carroll Area Development Corporation, which voted unanimously to support the Wild Rose Entertainment complex plan that's brought us all here together. 
  • Rough edges linger from Braley insult
    Perhaps no area of the state has such a celebrated agricultural history. Adair County. 
  • Really, do you think of me as a 'Holocaust' survivor?
    I'm a bastard. Not in the way you're probably thinking right now. Which is open to interpretation. But in a first-reference manner as defined by Webster's - "an illegitimate child." Which is a fact. 
  • Dangerous ISU math: 7 strikes, Veishea not out
    Let's get this straight. Former Iowa State University basketball coach Larry Eustachy admitted to being an alcoholic - not after a drunken-driving accident or hurting anyone, but following the release of some embarrassing photos involving Natural Light and fully clothed smooching with coeds - and he doesn't get a second chance in Ames. 
  • Clovis: Criminalizing abortion 'a bridge too far'
    Sam Clovis is clear on his campaign website.

    "I believe life begins at conception and life should be protected from conception to natural, dignified death. 
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