Iowa Youth Presidential Straw Poll To Be Held On January 26

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office has announced that it is organizing a statewide Youth Straw Poll, scheduled to take place in schools across Iowa, on Tuesday, January 26. The goal of the Straw Poll is to engage students in a hands-on learning experience that will inspire them to participate in civics in their community. Approximately […]

King for a day. The rest of the year, not so much.

Since 1986, Americans have observed the third Monday of January as a federal holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Schools and communities put on marches and commemorative events. Some workers (sadly not including most of the working poor of all races to whose advancement King dedicated his life) get the day off. It’s an election […]

Whatever’s Going On in Oregon, It’s Not Terrorism

A key to understanding the political world lies in realizing that the words terrorism and terrorist are inherently political terms. This has been clear in international affairs, but we now see this in domestic matters, specifically the case involving ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond and the takeover of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building […]

Moore To Present ISU’s Martin Luther King Legacy Series Keynote On Jan 25

Author, combat veteran and Rhodes Scholar Wes Moore will present the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series keynote address at Iowa State University on Monday, Jan. 25. “Social Justice, Public Service and the Search for a Life that Matters” will be at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and […]

The Self-Driving Dilemma: Safety Versus Freedom

A new study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute examines the difference between regular automobiles and the new “self-driving” models. According to the study (commissioned by an admittedly self-interested party, Google) humans behind the wheel crash 4.2 times per million miles, self-driving cars only 3.2 times per million miles. And the self-driving era is in […]

Iran Nuclear Deal a ‘Historic Milestone’

The Arms Control Association praised the implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal as a “historic milestone” on January 16. In Washington D.C., EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States completed requirements for implementing “the historic July […]

Opinion: Cruz Vs Branstad-Offending The Corn God

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and his son Eric have decided to go after Senator Ted Cruz, the front runner for the Iowa Republican Caucus, because he doesn’t support extending the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) ethanol subsidy, which is their favorite government welfare program, past 2022.  For years, not supporting ethanol has been described as a […]

Opinion: What Caused Ben Carson’s Campaign To Implode?

There are a number of things that made Ben Carson’s campaign for President of the United States to implode. The national commentators are always going to point to his lack of foreign policy experience, but the truth is that Carson did not capitalize on his national profile. The man certainly can give a great speech, […]