Combined, Robert Aderholt and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Dana Rohrbacher of California, Steve King of Iowa, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi have made ten false or misleading statements about the OISM’s Global Warming Petition Project.
Dear America: Iowa laughs at your “polar vortex”
I don’t want to make light of the cold snap sweeping the eastern half of the country. I know it’s dangerous and I hope everyone reading is warm and safe. That said, […]
Slate’s gerrymandering puzzles
Chris Kirk of Slate published six puzzles that graphically demonstrate just how badly some states’ Congressional districts are gerrymandered to guarantee Congressional majorities and protect existing Representatives.
The Des Moines Register's presidential endorsement is short-sighted and shallow; Iowa deserves better journalism
by Andrea Frantz My husband and I, Iowa natives both, recently returned to our home state after 14 years in Pennsylvania. There were many things to look forward to as we anticipated […]
Iowa nice, but the caucuses are still a huge problem
Have you seen the vid on Youtube called “Iowa Nice”? If not, let’s start there. The producer of the video, Scott Siepker, is an Iowa State University grad and host of Iowa Outdoors […]
REMembering: from Reynolds Auditorium to Carver Hawkeye
You’ve probably heard by now: REM, one of the progenitors of alt.rock has called it quits after 30 years and 15 albums. The first five REM records (Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the […]
The promise of Iowa: an ArtSunday photoessay
by Andrea Frantz And so for you, I came this far across the tracks, ten miles above the limit, and with no seatbelt, and I’d do it again, For tonight I went […]
Children of the City of Certainties, part 1: in 1954
Children feel both overawed and utterly repulsed by their parents. We are children, going from literal to hidden to metaphorical to crisis childhood, careening from pillar to post across the jukebox townships that are our lives. All of us, all, spin out skeins of push and pull, memory and revision, a miserable, familiar, exquisite chrysalis of family that promises a moth that cannot emerge…
Nota Bene #108: Mm-mm, Time for Pi
“If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.” Who said it?
Democracy & Elitism 3: burning down the straw man, and who are these out-of-touch "liberal elites," anyway?
Part 3 in a series. Let’s begin with a quick trivia question. What legislator’s Top 20 donor list includes the following? Blackstone Group (Financial Services) Bain Capital FPL Group (Energy) DLA Piper (Corporate […]