“Wow, that’s big news!” said Rep. Phyllis Thede, D-Bettendorf, on learning the news of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s retirement plans while at the Scott County Legislative Forum.

“Braley vs. Latham would be a good race. Both intelligent, neither belonging to the extreme fringes of their parties. If the Iowa GOP is smart (a gigantic if) they will strongly encourage Steve King to stay put,” said qctimes.com commenter Wheezy on Sunday.