As I watch the deeply divided Democrats try to unify around a presidential candidate who can beat President Donald Trump, I find myself longing surprisingly for the days of the smoke-filled room.

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The legislature’s first funnel was last week, which means our focus has been narrowed to bills that have a better chance of being debated on the floor and signed into law.

Before former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg threw his hat into the 2020 presidential race, he defended the New York Police Department’s use of “stop, question and frisk” policing. At a United States Naval Academy’s 2019 Leadership Conference, Bloomberg said, “We focused on keeping ki…

The pre-Nevada Democratic debate was a gift to Donald Trump. Instead of training their fire on the incumbent, or on the vulnerable front-runner, Bernie Sanders, the candidates tore Mike Bloomberg to shreds while saving plenty of darts for one another. That nice young man Pete Buttigieg becam…

If next February Democrats control the presidency and both houses of Congress – this is neither probable nor highly improbable – the legislative branch’s most consequential member might be chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Oregon’s Ron Wyden, 70, and in his fifth term, understands th…

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Iowa Senate Joint Resolution 2001, known as the “Protect Life” amendment by its supporters, proposes amending our state constitution by adding a provision which, if ratified, will allow our government to ban all abortions in Iowa, with no exceptions.

After three failures as the Democratic presidential nominee (1896, 1900, 1908), Nebraska’s William Jennings Bryan, a populist teetotaler, told a story about a drunk who, after being hurled out of a club a third time, dusted himself off and said: “They can’t fool me. Those fellows don’t want …

Diabetes continues to spread like an epidemic. There are 150 million people afflicted with diabetes worldwide, with 30 million in the US alone.

The Iowa House of Representatives held its first floor debate of the session this week, passing several critical pieces of legislation with one of them being additional flood relief funds.

“A More or Less Perfect Union” is a three-part series, produced by Free to Choose Network, that will air on various PBS stations across the nation starting in February.

DEAR ANNIE: My brother recently told me that my sister-in-law (his wife) was anxious about an upcoming family lunch we’d both be at because she thought I was mad at her. The reason? I’d responded to one of her texts with “Thanks,” followed by a period. She thought because I didn’t use an exc…

In 2010, Iowans voted to amend the constitution and create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund with the purpose of “protecting and enhancing water quality and natural areas in this state.” To date, the trust has remained unfunded. By raising the sales tax, the amendment w…

DEAR ANNIE: My boyfriend and I have been together for just over a year and a half. While we were first getting to know each other, he made me aware of his depression, which he is currently on medication for (and has been for about a year now). He also goes to therapy.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am having a serious, lengthy battle with cellulitis on my lower leg. For nearly three months, nothing any doctor has recommended or prescribed has worked. The inflammation and skin discoloration have not abated even with three days of intravenous injections of antibiotics a…

WASHINGTON — Dang, if he didn’t do it again: Donald John Trump slid out the back door and won the Iowa caucuses Monday night, thanks to a vote-counting app apocalypse, and he was acquitted on the two impeachment charges leveled against him.

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up the text of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech in full public view, her supporters saw defiance of both his policies and his earlier refusal to shake her hand. But her political opponents cried foul, calling it “unbecoming” and “nasty.”…

I have been teaching economics since 1967 – 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo’s law about the independent influence of gravity on falling objects has not changed, neither have the fundamenta…

The progressive party’s Iowa caucuses were a hilarious parody of progressive governance – ambitious, complex, subtle and a carnival of unintended consequences. The party that promises to fine-tune everything, from the production of wealth to the allocation of health care to the administratio…

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The Coronavirus 2020 outbreak has caused havoc in China and panic all over the world. Currently, there have been more than 259 deaths in China and more than 12,000 infected cases confirmed as of Feb. 1, 2020.

It’s the fourth week of the Iowa General Assembly’s 2020 legislative session – the official adjournment date is April 21, so we only have about 10 weeks left (although we often remain in session weeks or even months after we’re scheduled to adjourn).

This week, the House Majority announced a K-12 funding package for the 2020-21 school year that will provide schools with additional resources that they can depend on.

DEAR ANNIE: My spouse and I are in our 70s, with numerous health issues. We decided we needed to sell our large home and move to something easier to maintain. We made the mistake of hiring the younger brother (“Jim”) of our best friend and neighbor “Jane.” Both assured us this business relat…

Kobe is dead.”

When the Senate acquits the president, he will launch a vindication tour proclaiming that his prosecution was persecution that validated his coveted victim status: Crybaby conservatism’s leader has been tormented by unhinged elites. The entire impeachment episode might boost his reelection c…

During President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial, we’ll hear a lot of talk about our rules for governing. One frequent claim is that our nation is a democracy. If we’ve become a democracy, it would represent a deep betrayal of our founders, who saw democracy as another form of tyranny. I…

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The second week of the legislative session was a short one due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. However, that day off did not mean the week was any less busy. Subcommittees have already started on a number of topics and we’re starting to hear from groups and departments on proposed b…

Millions of people who could possibly benefit from getting a check from the U.S. Treasury don’t. They are eligible to receive, in the words of the IRS, “the federal government’s largest benefit for workers,” the EITC (earned income tax credit).

In July 2018, Commentary published an article by Yuval Levin that caused everyone who thinks about the balance of power among the branches in Washington, D.C., to say: “Of course! That’s it exactly!”

On Dec. 13, the U.S. and China announced a phase-one trade agreement just before new tariffs were schedule to go into effect. Six days later, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, virtually assuring enactmen…

It’s nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I’d begin thi…

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When former U.S. Rep. Ed Mezvinsky was making his first run for Congress during the Watergate scandal in 1972, the question of whether President Richard Nixon should be impeached was not on voters’ minds.

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Renee' Sampson Fox, 61 of Clinton, died Saturday, February 22nd at Genesis East Hospital Davenport. Cremation rites will be accorded with a Celebration of Life to take place at a later date. Complete obituary at www.papefh.com

Allen S. Judd 76 of Prairie Du Chien, WI, formerly of Clinton, passed away Saturday, February 22nd at Mayo Clinic Healthy Systems in LaCrosse, WI. Further arrangements are pending with Pape Funeral Home.

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