Easter Week

April 1st, 2015

Growing up this was frankly not that important of a week or time of year for me. I did not appreciate what this week means and reminds us all of each and every year. As a kid, Christmas was my favorite holiday. The people, the presents, the music, all the anticipation, all the build up…it […]

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Happy Birthday, Mom

March 27th, 2015

March 27 is my Mom’s birthday. This year she turns 75 years old! I have taken to each year now recounting that it is my Mom’s birthday and also talking about how it just isn’t the same anymore because of her struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. Days like this you can’t help but be flooded by […]

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Behind-the-scenes at the 2015 IA Ag Summit

March 9th, 2015

A few behind-the-scenes reflections and details from the 2015 Iowa Ag Summit… 1.) Number of attendees: 1,000+ 2.) Credentialed media: 271 3.) Press from 6 countries represented 4.) There is no greater advocate for Iowa and the caucuses than Gov. Branstad. He spent a lot of time backstage giving candidates advice. Most of it can […]

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Recap of the Iowa Ag Summit

March 7th, 2015

I graded all of the candidate speakers at the inaugural Iowa Ag Summit on March 7 in Des Moines. Check them out here, and be sure to let me know what you think!

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Grading the Candidates: Scott Walker

March 7th, 2015

Being the final speaker of the day is always tough but Governor Scott Walker does well, as expected:

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Grading the Candidates: Rick Santorum

March 7th, 2015

The former Pennsylvania Senator came back to the Hawkeye State, where he won the caucuses three years ago, and impressed once more:

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Grading the Candidates: George Pataki

March 7th, 2015

The former New York Governor addressed the Iowa Ag Summit and did quite well:

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Grading the Candidates: Lindsey Graham

March 7th, 2015

The Senator from South Carolina brought a lot of laughs and made a lot of good points:

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Grading the Candidates: Ted Cruz

March 7th, 2015

The first message to miss the mark today, although the Senator delivered it well as usual:

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Grading the Candidates: Rick Perry

March 7th, 2015

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry wowed the crowd at today’s Ag Summit:

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