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Businesswoman, political consultant, author and advocate for women's issues Kathy Groob will be keynote speaker at the 50-50 in 2020 Blueprint for Winning Academy banquet, taking place Friday night, January 10, 2014, at the West Des Moines Marriott.Groob, who founded and facilitates ElectWomen.com,... More >>

Let's you and my campaign manager fight
So this is rich.Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tyler Olson has suspended his role in the campaign.So he can't attack the governor — or his primary opponents.But while Olson is dealing with family matters (pending divorce), his campaign manager sends out attacks like this?FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMO... More >>

Ray Walton named interim director at Culver Policy Center
Simpson College has announced that Ray Walton has been named interim director of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center, to be effective at the end of this semester. Walton will replace Mary Sheka, who will be leaving the college to become director of the Iowa Mentoring Partnership.Ray WaltonThe... More >>

Funding the nation’s common defense
By U.S. Sen. Charles GrassleyIowa RepublicanAmong the objectives named in the preamble of the Constitution, the Founders specified one of the primary responsibilities of governance for the newly formed republic is to provide for the nation’s common defense.  For more than two centuries, the Un... More >>

Roberts sees ‘window’ for possible U.S. Senate race
Saying deliberations on a possible U.S. Senate bid have “widened and deepened,” former State Rep. Rod Roberts remains “seriously interested” in the prospect of running to succeed Tom Harkin.“I still believe that this fall is the window of opportunity for others to come in,” Roberts, a Carroll Repub... More >>

Thanks For Nothing
Native American perspectives on ThanksgivingBy Douglas BurnsFor most of the United States, Thanksgiving is a day during which that most popular of contemporary sins — gluttony — is celebrated with gusto and gravy.Americans eat, watch football and stop stuffing the stuffing into their gullets in ju... More >>

Assault on Ethanol Misses Its Mark
By U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley As its market share dips, Big Oil is doubling down to swat down its perennial piñata. This time around, petroleum producers and food conglomerates are using environmental groups as political cover to gain traction on efforts to pull the plug on the Renewable Fuels St... More >>

Ike’s House
Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum honors distinguished MidwesternerBy DOUGLAS BURNSABILENE, KansasAfter the success of D-Day, a reporter asked Ida Eisenhower, mother of the commander of the Allied invasion of Europe, if she was proud of her son.“Which one?” replied Ida Eisenhower, who h... More >>

Whitaker would only serve two terms?
Just going through my emails and came across this letter sent from a supporter of Matt Whitaker -- a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. So he would serve only two terms?One of the reasons smaller, rural states are able to get favorable federal action is through seniority — of the likes Senat... More >>

Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director, Keep Iowa BeautifulCo-Author: Martha McCormick – Education ConsultantNovember, 2013When the discussion turns to the topic of economic development, we quickly shift into thinking about traditional approaches – attracting new business, new factories or growing a... More >>

Q&A on National Adoption Month with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
Q: Why is National Adoption Month observed in November?A: During this season of thanksgiving, millions of American households open their homes to friends and family from near and far. We come together to celebrate cherished traditions that have been handed down for generations. Hosp... More >>

Statement by the President on Senate Passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013
For more than two centuries, the story of our nation has been the story of more citizens realizing the rights and freedoms that are our birthright as Americans. Today, a bipartisan majority in the Senate took another important step in this journey by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,... More >>

Harkin Welcomes White House Support for Minimum Wage Proposal
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement upon learning of President Barack Obama’s support for legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and index it to inflati... More >>

Big Can Be Beautiful
Smart government is better than small government.  By DONALD KAULI have a question: If this is the greatest country in the world, why do we keep acting so dumb?I suppose the sequestration of the federal budget isn’t as dumb as deliberately going over the fiscal cliff, but it’s plenty dumb... More >>

Head of FOX News expects to talk from the dead to his kid
Fox News boss Roger Ailes is thinking a lot about mortality these days, according to excerpts Vanity Fair published of a biography soon to be released.Ailes, 72, is putting together a memory box for his 12-year-old son including quotes from Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War."Ailes also thinks he'll be able... More >>

Ladbrokes odds on the 2016 presidential race
The British gambling operation has the following odds for the winner of the 2016 presidential race:Hillary Clinton          4/1Marco Rubio 10/1 Paul Ryan 12/1 Jeb Bush 16/1 Chris Christie 16/1 Joe Biden 20/1 Bobby Jindal 20/1 Andr... More >>

What is Businessweek thinking?
Really, this latest Businessweek cover -- from 2013 -- would have been considered racist in the 1970s. Wow.... More >>

Statement from President Obama on economic issues
Statement from the PresidentToday, Republicans in the Senate faced a choice about how to grow our economy and reduce our deficit.  And instead of closing a single tax loophole that benefits the well-off and well-connected, they chose to cut vital services for children, seniors, our men and wom... More >>

Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Bring More Transparency to Federal Courtrooms
            WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressman Steve King, both of Iowa, are leading an effort to bring more transparency into federal courtrooms by introducing the “Sunshine in the Courtroom Act.”  The legislation allows ... More >>

Senator Charles Grassley on sequestration
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Reps. Braley and Terry Object to Russian Ban of US Meat
Urge US Trade Representative to enforce Russia’s compliance with WTO agriculture trade standardsWashington, D.C. – Reps. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Lee Terry (R-NE) today are urging U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to take aggressive action to enforce Russia’s compliance with World Trade Organizatio... More >>

Survey: Community papers still tops for local news
By The National Newspaper Association COLUMBIA, MO—Community newspaper readers, surveyed recently, still say they prefer their local papers for getting their news and information. The survey was conducted in small U.S. towns and cities where the circulation size of the local newspaper was 15,000 or... More >>

Saturday mail loss stings worst in small towns
By The National Newspaper AssociationWhy do small town newspapers publish on Saturdays?The Saturday paper isn’t only for football as it is in many Texas towns, said Mary Judson, publisher of the Port Aransas South Jetty in Texas. It provides coupons for the sales, announcements for Sunday church ev... More >>

Inside talk with Braley and Siepker
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Thoughts on shame in the school lunch line
By DOUGLAS BURNSThe brilliant actress Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey” quoted the playwright Noel Coward on “60 Minutes” Sunday night in talking about her advancing age. She’s 78.“It seems like you eat breakfast every 30 minutes,” Smith said, referring to how days go racing by as one matures.Fair en... More >>

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