Author Archives: Jeff Stein

Iowa Politics — Wed. Feb. 06, 2019

Iowa Politics — Wed. Feb. 06, 2019

The State of the Union You heard the President’s State of the Union message live on KXEL last night, as well as the Democrats’ response. The speech was even longer than last year’s and yielded very few surprises. The President’s staff crafted a message that on the face of it was the picture of conciliation.…Read more »

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Tue. Feb. 05, 2019

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Tue. Feb. 05, 2019

On the Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019 edition of the program: Waterloo native, author and historian Mike Chapman remembers fellow Waterloo native, actress Julie Adams, who died Sunday at age 92…perhaps best known for her role in “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”. Presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump gives insight into the President’s state of mind as…Read more »

Iowa Politics — Tue. Feb. 05, 2019

Iowa Politics — Tue. Feb. 05, 2019

Legal Weed It’s a proposal that, by his own admission, doesn’t stand a chance of passage. But that didn’t stop Iowa City state senator Joe Bolkcom from making it yesterday…a suggestion that recreational marijuana should be legalized in our state and taxed like alcohol. In Sen. Bolkcom’s words, “marijuana prohibition in Iowa has failed and…Read more »

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Mon. Feb. 04, 2019

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Mon. Feb. 04, 2019

On the Monday, Feb. 04, 2019 edition of the program: Aaron Lehman of the Iowa Farmers Union discusses Trump Administration trade policies and what he and IFU members would like to see happen. Erin Murphy of Lee Enterprises shares information from his Reporter’s Notebook on the 2020 Iowa Caucuses to be held 52 weeks from…Read more »

Iowa Politics — Mon. Feb. 04, 2019

Iowa Politics — Mon. Feb. 04, 2019

Crossing the Border I’m often confused by some of the discussion concerning border security. Granted, I don’t tend to travel outside the country any more, but I can recall being about 7 years of age, the summer of 1970, when we went on a family vacation to the East Coast. That included a trip to…Read more »

Iowa Politics — Fri. Feb. 01, 2019

Iowa Politics — Fri. Feb. 01, 2019

A More Crowded Field In what is becoming the norm, another politician used social media to release a video announcing a presidential run today. The latest is New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who started hiring staff last November when he made an appearance in Des Moines; he says he plans a return to the state…Read more »

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Fri. Feb. 01, 2019

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Fri. Feb. 01, 2019

On the Friday, Feb. 01, 2019 edition of the program: Michael Swanger of Iowa History Journal notes the upcoming 60th anniversary of “The Day The Music Died”. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is touring Iowa this week as he contemplates a run for the presidency in 2020. Author and journalist Dr. Jerome Corsi discusses his…Read more »

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Thu. Jan. 31, 2019

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Thu. Jan. 31, 2019

On the Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 edition of the program: Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper discusses his new segments on HDNet Movies tied to Academy Award-winning movies. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) was in the Cedar Valley Wednesday as part of the “Condition of the State Tour”, and talks about Iowa’s business climate and related…Read more »

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Wed. Jan. 30, 2019

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Wed. Jan. 30, 2019

On the Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 edition of the program: Former Trump Administration official Marc Lotter discusses the political impact of the government shutdown and previews next week’s State of the Union address. Georgia Van Gundy of the Iowa Business Council shares proposals to enhance Iowa’s business competitiveness, in light of new data in the…Read more »

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Tue. Jan. 29, 2019

KXEL Live & Local with Jeff Stein–Tue. Jan. 29, 2019

On the Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 edition of the program: U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-New Hartford) discusses the impact of the government shutdown, if the president lost leverage in reopening the government, and comments made by U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa 4th). Waterloo native, author and historian Mike Chapman shares the story of Nashua’s Little…Read more »