CLEAR LAKE, IA — Recent polling pushes the narrative of Iowa as the presidential election’s ultimate battleground state. With both major party nominees falling within the margin of error, the question is whether such a tight race indicates voter excitement or apathy.

I traveled out of the state’s urban centers…

Spending a week in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention was what I expected it to be: hectic, hot, crowded and simultaneously depressing and inspiring.

An Uber ride, three airports, two airplanes and a rental car trip led me back to my own bed and family. A full night of…

PHILADELPHIA — I was standing outside of the Iowa delegation’s hotel this afternoon, watching crowds of people pour by while an older black man yelled for their attention.

The man, who I later learned was Brian Blake, shook a one-color tabloid at those passing by and alternated yelling his frustrations…

Gasps rippled throughout the nation Monday night when U.S. Rep. Steve King seemed to imply that Christian white people contributed more to civilization than other categories of people. But not so much in Iowa.

Chalk it up to desensitization. King has represented some portion of the state for nearly two…

Abortion restrictions imposed by the Texas Legislature in the name of women’s health should have never made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Demonstrators celebrate at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2016 after the Court struck down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that were specifically designed to shut down clinics. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

No matter what side of the abortion debate you are on, the dirty little not-so-secret behind regulations thinly wrapped inside a facade of improving women’s health was…

Let’s start this off by saying what shouldn’t need to be said: Allow the dead to be buried before attempting to fundraise on their graves.

I was not surprised to receive an email from Bob Vander Plaats noting how he and other Christians are misunderstood victims of hate in the…

I know I should be paying attention to what the politicians are saying about the massacre in Orlando. It’s my job after all to listen and offer an opinion.

But each time I try to focus on the details, I’m swept away by memories.

Instead of trying to make sense…

Lynda Waddington

Sometimes dances in the rain. Often sings in the car. Always loves the journey. Columnist at The Gazette; this space is my own.

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