• It's fine for the Republicans to hold the majority in both houses of Congress...but that doesn't mean smooth sailing for everything. Witness the current conversations over keeping the government funded past this week.
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  • The Iowa Legislature adjourned Saturday morning as you were having breakfast following a marathon day Friday and lasted overnight into Saturday.
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  • Many of you listening are in the Fourth Congressional District, which includes Butler County and stretches through Ames into Sioux City...essentially, northwest Iowa.
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  • For 20 years, Bill O'Reilly's nightly program on the Fox News Channel has led the ratings and defined the tone of political discussion. It led to his lucrative radio program and best-selling books. And seemingly suddenly, it ended yesterday literally a few hours after he shook hands with the Pope at the Vatican.
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  • We've talked before about how far Republicans who hold majorities in both the Iowa House and Senate can go on certain issues without going too far...in essence, crossing a line that will turn independents away in the next election.
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  • It's well proven that all politics is local. Obviously, if folks in one area get ideas similar to folks in another area, you get a movement that leads to electing an outsider like Donald Trump as president. But district by district, precinct by precinct, all politics really is local.
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  • It used to be that your federal income taxes were due on April 15 every year...but when that falls during a weekend, it gets moved...and now that a number of New England states celebrate Patriots Day as a holiday today...well, April 15 is now April 18, tomorrow.
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  • I must say I'm surprised that it happened, but I think it's a good thing for our political system.
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  • This is the time of year when you wake up in the morning and learn that lots of interesting things happen after dark in Des Moines.
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  • It is generally agreed that Adolph Hitler was the worst person on Earth in the 20th Century...although there are some who want to give Joseph Stalin strong consideration for that role.
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