Joe biden

Editorial: Biden scores big win 


Many with insights deeper than ours believe the Biden Administration will have a difficult time moving a massive infrastructure bill through Congress. After all, the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill passed with just 50 votes in the Senate (plus one with Vice President Kamala Harris). The $15 minimum wage got waylaid, with Biden promising it will live to see another day. […]

Editorial: Supply chain security 


President Joe Biden has called for a review of critical supply chains in light of national security over the next 100 days. The pandemic exposed our vulnerabilities by off-shoring production of key items: pharmaceuticals, surgical masks and gloves, computer chips and electric vehicle batteries, among others. Tax policy helped drive these industries to China and elsewhere, and it can drive them […]

Vilsack sees big shift in ag induced by climate

FREE Iowan reprises role with pledge to diverse, resilient food systems

US Agriculture Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack of West Des Moines promised Monday to quickly ramp up efforts to make agriculture an integral tool in battling climate change. In his first interview since being asked to serve by President Joe Biden, Vilsack told The Storm Lake Times that a “fairly significant shift” is occurring toward conservation agriculture that involves far more […]

Editorial: Biden’s difficult choice 


No person other than Joe Biden is more responsible for his presidential nomination than Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, dean of South Carolina politics who endorsed the former vice-president’s campaign that  was limping out of Iowa and New Hampshire. Biden went on to sweep the all-important Black primary vote, and eventually defeat President Trump. When Clyburn speaks, Biden listens.  […]

Editorial: President Trump’s last gasps


Unable to forestall Joe Biden’s inauguration, President Donald Trump’s scheme appears to be mucking up the works to lay the foundation for a 2024 campaign or, at least, to further establish his brand as a fighter. When the dust settles by January, Trump will have been defined as a loser at the polls and in the courts he thought he […]

Editorial: Vote for Biden, Greenfield, Scholten, Huddleston


Those who have not voted have less than a week to do so. For those catching up, today we restate our endorsements for the November general elections — a vote as historic as any for Iowa and the nation. We have a president with a sneering contempt for the rule of law, a senator up for re-election who refuses to […]