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Democrats have a one-vote margin in the Senate. They can’t work just with progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. They also need to embrace moderates like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.


CLINTON — A Clinton man is charged with two felony and two misdemeanor drug charges stemming from a traffic stop earlier this week.

DEAR ANNIE: I am a man in my late 50s. Until recently, I was in a long-distance relationship with a woman — let’s call her “Maria” — who lives about a thousand miles away from me. Last month, out of the blue, she accused me of cheating on her with her cousin, who lives about 45 minutes away …

When Sen. Joe Manchin announced he would oppose the For the People Act, Steve Benen of MSNBC spoke for many Democrats when he declared that “Joe Manchin is prepared to be remembered by history as the senator who did little more than hope as his country’s democracy unraveled.”

HR 1 has achieved sacrosanct status on the center-left, such that the nation’s democratic future is said to depend on it.

THE CONVERSATION – Raising money online from a group of donors, known as crowdfunding, is relatively new. The term was coined in 2006 by entrepreneur Michael Sullivan.


The last year has been difficult for all of us, especially our frontline healthcare workers and providers. Throughout the pandemic, our healthcare system was stretched to the limit and tested time and time again.

The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote local businesses and quality of life and to get out the word that Clinton, Camanche and Fulton, Illinois are the preeminent destinations to live, stay, work and play.

Recent high-profile “ransomware” attacks on the world’s largest meat-packing company and the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline have underscored how gangs of extortionist hackers can disrupt the economy and put lives and livelihoods at risk.

As a financial professional, my main function is that of a risk manager. I primarily view things through the lens of risk versus reward. However, there is another dimension that also deserves attention, but it takes a bit more effort to see it clearly. The concept that I am referring to is c…

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of what some say was the worst documented civil war in our state. To African Americans, this Memorial Day weekend means so much. The loss of generational wealth through housing and businesses forever changed May 31-June 1, 1921. This year, we celebrate love and resilience for people who have never given up the fight for justice and equality.

More than 450,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses in less than a decade. Though the synthetic and powerful opioid fentanyl now is the leading cause of opioid overdose deaths, the epidemic had its roots in prescription opioid addiction.

For more than a year, we’ve been trained to follow the science on COVID-19 transmission: Stay 6 feet apart, wash your hands, wear a mask.

We ended the 2021 legislative session a few weeks behind schedule, but I am proud of what we accomplished. Throughout the year, we heard from Iowans who want to keep more of the money that they earn, business owners looking for workers and parents who wanted their kids back in the classroom …

On the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, dozens of gunshots rang out in the middle of the day at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, forcing reporters and bystanders to duck and cover.

There’s no doubt about it: it’s been a long year. Just ask any small business, restaurant, or other employer across our state. Fortunately, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Because of Operation Warp Speed, we now have vaccines; and COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are trending down. In Iowa, folks are ready to return to “normal life,” and for our businesses, that means operating at full capacity.

When I was on the Clinton City Council, the police requested that the noise ordinance be amended to what it is now. The amendment was made and since then I have seen no evidence that any effort has been made to enforce the ordinance.

THE CONVERSATION — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a partisan divide has existed over the appropriate government response to the public health crisis. Democrats have been more likely to favor stricter policies such as prolonged economic shutdowns, limits on gathering in groups and mask man…

The stock market craze over the past year or so has allowed many people to see the benefits and risks to investing their disposal income.

This year, due to guidelines restricting outdoor activities, many children will be stuck inside when they should be outdoors in the sunlight playing, learning new skills, making friends, and enjoying their childhoods.


In March, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), rose 0.6%, the largest one-month increase since August 2012. Over the previous 12 months, the increase was 2.6%, the highest year-over-year inflation rate since August 2018.

DEAR ANNIE: My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We have never had an easy marriage, and I am considering leaving him.

The next time you’re walking into a restaurant or grocery store, or pretty much any business, pause to look at the door. Near the sign about wearing a face mask, you’ll probably see a “help wanted” sign.

DEAR ANNIE: I’m a 34-year-old man with a superb wife. We’ve been married eight years, and things are great between us. The problem is my mother-in-law. I’m sleeping with her.


The Senate at Work: In the Iowa Senate, week 17 focused on wrapping up priorities legislation for Iowans, confirming Governor Reynolds’ appointees and debating bills that were sent back to us from the Iowa House.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I are grateful to have recently received our second Moderna vaccine. When the crush relents, would you see any difficulty in adding the J&J vaccine at my own expense? It seems that the different vaccines vary in how they protect against different strains, and …

DEAR ANNIE: I’ve been with the same guy for three years. At first, he was incredibly thoughtful and sweet. Over time, I’ve grown frustrated with how unaffectionate he is. Getting him to express his love feels like trying to wring juice from a dried-out lemon. And he’s never introduced me to …

THE CONVERSATION — Two vaccines – the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S. and the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe – have been linked to an increased chance of a rare type of blood clot. Researchers are investigating what causes these clots and are starting to propose some answers. Dr. Mo…


Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

For all the parents feeling exhausted by the cooking, cleaning and planning of a million meals during the pandemic, there’s some good news. Commensality, or the sharing of food with others, is beneficial for your physical and mental health.

Over 100 years ago, financial markets looked much different than they do today. Then, there wasn’t really a concept of “the market.” There were simply individual stocks to buy and sell. Investment performance was solely determined by investor’s acumen in picking the right stocks to buy. This…

With spring planting underway, a drive along country roads underscores the importance of the season as farmers begin getting their crops into the ground.

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