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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley took to Twitter last week to encourage all eligible Iowans and Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. more
If a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth, as journalist Michael Kinsley famously wrote, what do you call it when a bureaucrat blurts out the real story about a politician? more
Controversy, of sorts, arrived in my driveway last week. more
Even though the city of Eldridge is named after Jacob Eldridge, the man never lived there.    more
Countryside Community Theatre’s production of "The Music Man" (June 25-27 and July 1-3) in the beautiful North Scott Fine Arts Auditorium will carry fond memories not only for the 14-person artistic and production team, 24 members of the orchestra and 32 cast members, but by the nearly 1,500 people who attended the Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey book, music, lyrics and story staged in 1912 for the residents of River City, Iowa (aka, Eldridge). more
Last week’s district court ruling that struck down a 2020 Iowa law was notable not only as the latest skirmish in the war over abortion rights, but also for the way the judge took Iowa lawmakers to task for the shortcuts they have been taking with the legislative process. more
Scott County Democrats, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, just completed a brief 14-day effort cultivating a staggering 6,211 eligible Scott County Iowa voters’ signatures to petition for a special election for the position of county auditor. The auditor is the office in charge of overseeing all elections in Scott County, and the person whose integrity is responsible for preserving our most basic democratic principle, our right to vote.  The only other reported attempts to force a special election in Scott County resulted in collecting just over 3,500 signatures in more than a month's time.      more
Among many post-pandemic challenges facing communities across the nation, Scott County has two somewhat unique problems that require our immediate and focused attention. more
The story played like the opening bell of the campaign for 2022 gubernatorial election: State Auditor Rob Sand, potential Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, accused her of improperly using federal coronavirus aid dollars for “self-promotion.” more
Few things in life come with clear, concise and reliable instructions. more
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the Senate’s consideration of a proposal to establish a separate commission to examine the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The senator voted No: more
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many elderly Americans isolated from their loved ones. As scofflaws often do, they have taken this vulnerability and turned it into an opportunity to line their own pockets.    more
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