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Iowa is represented in the U.S. House by three Republicans and one Democrat. After last year's census, an independent advisory commission drew a new map that reaffirmed the current balance, but made one of the Republican districts slightly more competitive.

Richard Deming, the son of a grain elevator worker and grocery store clerk from small-town South Dakota, is a modest, soft-spoken man. He has spent the majority of his adult life with people when they are most vulnerable — when they or loved ones are fighting cancer.

Every century has its giants who influence millions and leave a widespread legacy. Among the top in the 20th century were Sigmund Freud and Simon Kuznets.

Remember the media cheers for Sen. John McCain when he stopped the effort to repeal Obamacare? McCain was a Republican frustrating a Republican policy goal, which was enough to earn the highest praise in some media circles. "It was a stunning moment," The New York Times reported, "a flash of…

I see that Matt Pringle wants to be a city councilman. You don't know anything about Pringle? I can tell you about him! I have known Matt and Tori since they were kids. I have known their kids since they were kids.

Remember when President Joe Biden stunned the political world by threatening to veto a bipartisan $1.1 trillion traditional infrastructure spending bill that he, Joe Biden, had just encouraged the Senate to pass?

Earlier this year, Washington Democrats rammed through a massive, nearly $2 trillion bill full of partisan pet projects and Democratic Party wish list items under the guise of “COVID relief”—all without any Republican support. Fast forward to today, they are looking to continue down their re…

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of the invisible wounds many face and the resources available to help both veterans and civilians get the mental health help they need.

It is hard to imagine anything more despicable than former Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of women and girls. That is, it’s hard to imagine anything worse until you hear the stories of Nassar’s victims who tried to speak up only to be ignored, doubted and otherwise mi…

It may seem improbable but Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey built something in 1928 on the North Shore of Lake Superior which rivals the famous Sistine Chapel in Rome.

The news out of Afghanistan last week about the terrorist bombing at the airport in Kabul brought fresh heartache — and old memories — to Iowa.

Regarding the national news media's freakout over President Biden's role in the Taliban's seizure of Afghanistan, we haven't seen such passionate unanimity among the Washington commentariat since they went all-in on invading Iraq back in 2003.

The man who answered the door at a farm house west of Bloomfield one afternoon in the early 1970s was an imposing figure, even without that thick beard on his chin.

This week, Iowa earned a worldwide spotlight. Thanks in part to the 1989 Field of Dreams film, Dyersville, Iowa hosted the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees in an event that captured social media awe.

Remember the Texas Democrats? Last month, 51 Democratic state lawmakers boarded private planes in Austin, headed for Washington, D.C. Their purpose was to stop a Republican elections bill they characterized as "Jim Crow 2.0" by fleeing the state and thus denying the legislature a quorum.

When the Senate passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill with 19 Republican votes, Sen. Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican who helped forge the compromise, proclaimed, "This process of starting from the center out has worked."

According to recent numbers shared by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents have encountered over 200,000 migrants at our southern border in July alone. Daily encounters are estimated at around 6,779 individuals per day, reaching the highest levels of illegal border crossings in over 2…

It is hard to imagine Norman Borlaug ever joining in singing “Jolene” or “9 to 5.” I can’t picture him harmonizing in a heart-tugging rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”

Currently, our nation is wrestling with mind boggling problems relating to our 250-year history. The issues are complex and unfortunately highly charged with confrontational politics. In this wilderness, it is helpful to acquire some perspective on the very nature of history which may offer …

The richest man on Earth briefly lost that title Tuesday morning, but only because for a few floaty minutes he was no longer on Earth. Jeff Bezos has spent two decades using his Amazon wealth to underwrite a rocket venture, Blue Origin. On Tuesday the company launched its first manned flight…

In a society saturated with politics, primary schools teach third-graders to check their racial privilege or lack thereof, and local television weather reports veer into climate science. Many people, finding insufficient satisfaction in just doing their jobs, grasp for the prestige and excit…

Iowans want to know what their local governments—county supervisors, city councils, school boards—are up to. They always have. The very first newspapers in many of the state’s counties regularly published local public notices, paid for by local governments. It’s an American tradition that go…

In a time of deep partisanship, clean water should be an obvious policy area where lawmakers can collaborate. It is crucial to the lifeblood of our country and ensuring its accessibility is critical to protecting American families.

Donald Trump says fraud is the only reason he lost the 2020 election. Some even think Mr. Trump will be reinstated once the truth comes out. Anyone who finds this narrative at all appealing should take 30 minutes to read the investigative report posted last week by Michigan Republicans. It’s…

Iowans have reason to be optimistic. The state and the country are getting back to business, but the reality is the COVID-19 pandemic scarred our economy. Although Iowa businesses are challenged by a lack of workers, nationwide too many people continue to struggle with unemployment. In order…

Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to help protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19.

This weekend, we celebrate the 245th anniversary of our nation’s independence. As we use this time to celebrate our freedom with family and friends, we must take a moment to remember what Independence Day means to us as a nation.

On June 6, we were picking up a cake for a special birthday/anniversary celebration at Hy-Vee. In checking out, the generous lady in line ahead of us at the register said, "Put that cake on my tab!"