What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread.
I didn't post a year-end summary of Iowa politics news from 2013, but two big stories are obvious bookends: Senator Tom Harkin's decision in January not to seek re-election, and Representative Tom Latham following suit in December. Other important developments ranged from the surprising (a highly productive legislative session despite divided control) to the expected (Representative Steve King making national news with offensive remarks).
The Sioux City Journal compiled King's highlight reel for 2013. "Cantaloupe calves" seems destined to become a lasting catch phrase, and may stir nightmares for Republican strategists hoping to make inroads with Latino voters. But King can feel successful in that immigration reform now appears less likely to pass than it did early last year.