A Missing “Core”

Despite good news about inclusive growth, Des Moines’ urban core continues to be left behind.

The Challenge to Break The “Political Glass Ceiling”

“When will Iowa elect a woman to Congress?” From Roxanne Conlin to Lynn Cutler, from Bonnie Campbell to Elaine Baxter to Marianne Miller-Meeks and Joni Ernst, Iowa get a scornful finger wagging for being unable to break past the proverbial “glass ceiling” with respects to women advancing beyond elected state government and representing Iowa in…

It’s Not A “Term” Of Endearment

Last week, my family and I made our first ever trip to Florida for a long overdue family vacation. Given that I’ve been busy and haven’t posted in a while, it was good to get away from Des Moines and unplug mentally…sort of. There was no way that I was going to part with my…

The Last Great Barrier: The Locker Room

Over the past few days, four individuals revealed in different stories that they were coming out as gay.   CNN anchor Don Lemon, Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts, former Villanova University basketball player Will Sheridan, and Jared Max, a sports radio host on ESPN 1050-AM in New York.  All but Lemon are directly linked to the sports world:  one as…