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Encountering Chuck Grassley

The conventions dispersed and the road home was ahead as Blog for Iowa writers engaged with Senator Chuck Grassley last Friday. Both Trish Nelson, in a chance meeting in Mount Pleasant, and Dave Bradley, at a town hall event in … Continue reading

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August Recess

SOLON, Iowa — While Trish Nelson takes a well-deserved break, I will attempt to fill her shoes at Blog for Iowa. Delegates from the national party conventions dispersed last week and there is a lot to write about. Party and … Continue reading

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March To The Finish

BIG GROVE TOWNSHIP, Iowa — This headline in yesterday’s Boston Globe says it well, “Clinton and Trump are now the presumptive nominees. Get used to it.” Author James Pindell attributes the appellation to math. “They have accumulated more delegates than … Continue reading

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Iowa Caucus — Seven Days Out

Stuff is getting real as we enter the last days before the first in the nation Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1. The Democratic race has been somewhat dull and uninspiring. Set aside the hubris-imbued early drop-outs (Lincoln Chafee and Jim … Continue reading

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It Is Time To Ditch The Iowa Caucuses

When our family lived in Indiana, the 1988 Democratic nominee for president was mostly decided when our May 3 primary arrived. Michael Dukakis had been dominating previous primary contests and was expected to get the nod for president. He did. … Continue reading

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It Takes More Than A President

It’s hard to disagree with Bernie Sanders (I-VT): a political revolution is needed to make sustained, progressive change in the U.S. political system. It takes more than a president. “No president, not the best intentioned in the world can implement … Continue reading

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5 Take-Aways From The Wing Ding

Clear Lake, where the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding was held Friday, was an impossible venue for most Iowa working people. Over 160 miles away in my case, driving there after work was not an option. To make up for the … Continue reading

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40 Red, White And Blue Shoestrings

There is no clearer evidence Republicans seek to unravel United States leadership in the world than their failure to understand the countries extending from China to Sub-Saharan Africa Two things stood out last week: Republican knee-jerk reaction to the United … Continue reading

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Rob Hogg Forms Exploratory Committee For US Senate

When I spoke to Rob Hogg about his July 8 announcement, he emphasized it was an exploratory committee to consider a run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Chuck Grassley. If Hogg was precise about framing the discussion, it matches his … Continue reading

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Hillary And The Golden Road

The energy and excitement of Hillary Clinton’s Iowa organizers is very high. On a scale of 1-10, it’s a 16. In May I met with Clinton campaign organizer Janice Rottenberg at the North Dodge Hy-Vee in Iowa City. She was … Continue reading

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