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Most of us grew up hearing that actions speak louder than words. In an election season, this maxim is more important than ever, especially as we evaluate the fitness of incumbents for reelection. Unfortunately, Sen. Joni Ernst falls far short on an issue of critical importance.

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Doesn’t it just seem like one thing after another?

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In the fall of 2010, I knocked on the door of a 70-year-old woman in rural Grundy Center, Iowa. I was there on a mission: get Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds elected governor and lieutenant governor of Iowa.

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What a year 2020 has been and continues to be. We are dealing with civil unrest, prolonged drought and a pandemic that has touched more lives for longer than anything in generations.

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Iowa’s beer distributors are local, family-owned, independent businesses that employ thousands of Iowans in stable, high-quality jobs. In normal times, Iowa’s beer distributors are the people working behind the scenes to get your beer where it needs to go — from the brewer to the place you e…

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Adequately funding Iowa’s Medicaid program helps to equip health care workers to do our jobs and save lives. The ongoing pandemic has pushed Medicaid to its limits as more and more Iowans rely on the program and health care workers are already experiencing more shortages of critical personal…

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One of Iowa’s leading voices on community development spies opportunities for rural Iowa as those living in larger cities look to escape population density and the health threats associated with it, while also leaving behind a raft of other challenges, from high rent and long commutes to uns…

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As a farm kid growing up outside a small town of 500, I loved everything about the Fourth of July. The fire department street dance, BBQ chicken, swimming, the annual parade, volleyball and softball tournaments, and even a horse show that I competed in. At night, everyone grabbed their blank…

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On Friday, June 19th, the nation will honor an event that occurred 155 years ago. It is an event that has never received the nationwide attention that it deserves. But it is a day that all freedom loving people in the United States should celebrate. And it is a day that I successfully worked…

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Now is our time to lead. A chance to quarterback the Great Comeback, to pass the baton to the latest and greatest generation. These next few months could lead to significant ramifications lasting long after the fact.

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Following is the speech retired USAFR Col. Robert W. Peters prepared to give at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony in Carroll, which has been canceled because of continued precautions against the spread of COVID-19.

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Citizens from Carroll County and surrounding areas are proud of their communities — deservedly so. Here is my story: I swell with pride as I watch the Manning community respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. What do I see?

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At the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, the board met with County Engineer Zac Anderson and approved a utility permit he recommended. It involved the boring of an electrical line by Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative between Sections 21 and 22 of Maple River Township f…

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This coronavirus pandemic has produced changes for all of us that feel very strange. I now have a face mask in one of my car’s drink holders and a pair of washable gloves in the other. My calendar consists entirely of meetings scheduled at my computer.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified many problems in our country. One of the most glaring is the disappearance of local journalism. While people are increasingly turning to local journalists for information on how the pandemic is impacting their communities, advertisers are cutting their bud…

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Each morning Sen. Joni Ernst walks into her Red Oak kitchen, and while getting nourishment for the day, listens to her local radio station, KCSI, which she tells us is about a mile from her house. She follows that up later in the day with consumption of her local newspaper, The Red Oak Express.

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Meat processing plants are high risk for spreading COVID-19, and many are shutting down. Animals due for processing have nowhere to go, and they are being culled.

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SIOUX CITY: Right now, the failures of our healthcare system are on full display. Hospitals and their healthcare workers are overwhelmed and strapped for resources. Patients are receiving bills for COVID-19 testing and treatment that reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. The death cou…

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As I watch this pandemic unfold in slow motion and as our elected officials responded even more slowly, I’m newly reminded why I am running to unseat Joni Ernst: because Iowans deserve decisive leadership in Washington.

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While we float at home in a weird dream without imminent end, patriots in the packinghouse suit up to feed us.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds tweeted on Monday afternoon that she and Governor Rickets (of Nebraska) spoke with leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci over the phone to discuss “shelter-in-place.”

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Like many of you, my parents live in a rural area and drive half an hour to shop for groceries, go to church and see a doctor. If a single community hospital closes in Iowa, too many folks like them will have to drive hours or, even worse, go without the care they need.

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It comes as no small relief in these quarters that our local Republican legislators are not on board with Gov. Kim Reynolds’s plan to raise the sales tax for mental health, natural resources and property tax relief.