• Yesterday in this segment, we talked about high tax states and noted that our neighbors in Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin pay some of the highest state and local taxes in the nation.
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  • All the talk about tax reform has led us to realize a few things about the system.
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  • It’s safe to say this is a unique time in politics, but it’s not just in Iowa or the United States.
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  • IowaStartingLine.com is a website run by Democrats…this week, they announced results of a poll they commissioned on the 2018 Democrat race for governor. Given the numbers, it’s not surprising that the Fred Hubbell campaign was quick to issue news releases about the results.
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  • The news first broke late yesterday morning here on KXEL…Sioux Citian Sam Clovis had withdrawn his name from consideration for a position with the USDA. The nomination of the Air Force veteran and former college economics professor had been controversial from the start, with some on both sides of the political spectrum suggesting Clovis was not qualified to become the USDA’s Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, often called the department’s “chief scientist”, and his nomination hearings set for next Thursday were bound to be prickly.
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  • Following government and politics closely comes with the job I have. Most often, it's interesting and important. But the divisiveness of today's political scene along with the tone of social media attacks can get to be a little much at times. So it was last Friday.
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  • He became a media symbol for law and order. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, known for housing prisoners in tents outside to make sure there was always a bed for a prisoner, reinstating striped uniforms, and other such things.
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  • As predicted, President Trump's campaign rally in Arizona last night, paid for by his reelection campaign, was vintage Trump on the stump.
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  • The president delivered a sober, straight from the text speech last night in front of a military audience, setting forth a new plan for Afghanistan and by extension, all U.S. military conflicts.
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  • Depending on your age, you either remember Jerry Lewis as the zany comedian teamed with Dean Martin to become the hottest act in the country in the 1950s. Or perhaps you remember him from movies with roles ranging from "The Nutty Professor" to "The King of Comedy".
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