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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: Campaigns don’t stop


The next campaigns are already in germination. There is talk of another Donald Trump campaign in 2024. Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton have eyes on Iowa. The landscape for the midterm elections of 2022 is being surveyed. Gov. Reynolds and Sen. Chuck Grassley, both Republicans, will be up for re-election. There will be races for Congress and statehouse as well. […]

GOP wallops Democrats in BV County

Storm Lake reliably blue, with lagging turnout

Tuesday’s election results showed Buena Vista County is a microcosm of Democrats’ struggles nationwide: a lack of machinery that boosts turnout among voters of color while Republican turnout in rural communities was stronger than ever.  Despite weeks of absentee voting and centralized, same-day locations in Storm Lake, only 65% of registered voters in BV County cast ballots on Tuesday.  Auditor […]

Republicans make their case in BV County ahead of election


As the clock at Lakeside Presbyterian Church struck 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Storm Lake High School’s gymnasiums filled with voters eager to cast their ballots.  If that’s any indication,  Buena Vista County Auditor Sue Lloyd’s expectation of record turnout should be considered a prophecy.  The county’s absentee precinct on Monday counted a record 4,786 ballots, a 57% increase from […]

Republicans bring 2020 campaign to Alta