Thumbs up to state Rep. Gary Mohr, R-Bettendorf, for showing up when so many are ducking out.
Federal lawmakers, particularly Republicans, are avoiding town hall meetings like the plague because the thought of facing their constituents is just too much to bear. Few Iowa lawmakers dared face the backlash preceding this week's contentious vote to roll back Iowa's collective bargaining law.
But not Mohr, a freshman lawmaker from Bettendorf. Last week, several union leaders showed up at one of his previously scheduled meet-and-greets. It was in the morning, on a week day. They invited him to a union-organized event the following Saturday, which, predictably, offered a substantially larger, less-friendly crowd.
Mohr showed up. He fielded questions. He took the heat.
Agree or not with Mohr's support for the overhaul of Chapter 20, his willingness to face his constituents is something everyone should respect.
Thumbs down to Iowa High School Athletic Association and it's half-baked sequestration of media not paying for special access to Iowa's high school wrestling championship.
The scheme to stick rest of the press corps in a side room backfired Friday when the television broadcasting the matches went dead.
Our own Matt Coss didn't hide his displeasure on Twitter.
"There was a burning smell for about a minute. Not a good sign. Can somebody make a Best Buy run?"
Just let reporters do their jobs, please.
Thumbs down to yet another defeat that will extend Illinois' budget stalemate.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked a state court to approve the withholding of paychecks for state workers since the money hasn't actually been appropriated. St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien refused, upholding an earlier ruling.
Madigan's move would have almost assuredly resulted in a shutdown, which, in turn, would have forced the General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner to do something.
Instead, Illinois just keeps on keepin' on, man.