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And Those Candidates Just Keep on Coming…and Coming…

Possible 2016 Presidential candidate Chris Christie was in town last(Thur) night, campaigning on behalf of Governor Branstad and his ticket. Christie spoke to a crowd of 200-plus at the Winegard Companies’ new, Mt. Pleasant Street warehouse & plant, telling of his friendship with the long-time Governor and comparing being asked to help Branstad with being asked to take batting practice with Mickey Mantle.  Branstad, who’s seeking his 6th, non-consecutive term, was there, as were Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and 2nd District Congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Late this morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch and his running mate, Monica Vernon, made a stop at Des Moines County party headquarters in Burlington, giving the volunteers there a pep talk in a voice that’s showing the strain of a long campaign. Continue Reading


A Bacon-Lover’s Paradise

Bacon lovers from around the region are invited to join a bacon-loving celebration this Saturday at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium. It’s the first ever Baconpalooza, which Executive Director of the Auditorium, Chewi Lockhart hopes to make an annual event… Lockhart says if you love bacon and beer, this is the place to be. There will be a variety of bacon foods such as bacon donuts, bacon cinnamon rolls, bacon mac and cheese, jalapeno wantons, and more. It’s a 21 and older event. Continue Reading

Burlington Bees

Bees Lose; ND, Van Buren Advance in H-S Baseball

The Burlington Bees lost to the South Bend Silver Hawks 6-3 last night at Four Winds Field. The Bees are now 13-13 in the second half of the season and 51-44 overall, while the Hawks move to 17-9 and 57-38.   The teams will play again tonight in South Bend and you can hear all the action on KBUR, starting with Michael Broskowski’s pregame show at 6:15.  

In high school baseball last night…

(Class 1A district semifinal) ND 2, Danville 0

(Class 1A district semifinal) Van Buren 11, New London 1

Notre Dame and Van Buren will play each other tomorrow in Danville for the district title.  


BHS hosts Cedar Rapids Washington at 7 pm in a 4A substate quarterfinal

Mt. Pleasant play Oskaloosa at Fairfield at 5 pm in a 3A district semifinal

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Clinton’s “Hard Choices” Available Tuesday at Bookstores

Hillary Clinton’s book “Hard Choices” is being released Tuesday and a poll of likely Iowa Caucus-goers will be released this week as well to see how Clinton might fare in the 2016 presidential race against an array of Republican foes.  

Christopher Budzisz is the political science professor who directs the Loras College Poll. The poll was conducted this past Wednesday and Thursday, as surveyers sought to discover how Iowa’s 2014 race for governor and the U.S. senate was going. Republicans in congress have raised questions about Clinton’s conduct of foreign policy while she served as secretary of state during President Obama’s first term, especially her handling of security at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed in the fall of 2012. Republican strategist Karl Rove has even questioned Clinton’s physical health. Continue Reading

Heaton Over Holmstrom in Henry

In one of the few local legislative races, 84th District Republican Representative Dave Heaton of Mt. Pleasant easily beat GOP challenger Ralph Holmstrom, also from Mt. Pleasant. There was no competition for any of the Henry County elected offices, although Democrat Mary Hoyer will challenge Republican incumbent Mark Lindeen for a Supervisor’s seat, come November. Continue Reading