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Tuesday night was an incredibly special night not just for Governor Kim Reynolds, but for all of Iowa. At least it should have been. As Iowans, we should always be proud when one of our own is rewarded for their work and earns time in the national spotlight.

Governor Reynolds delivered a great response to President Joe Biden’s address. She made a clear and — to many — convincing case why America is headed in the wrong direction.

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In doing so, she was also able to highlight how her conservative leadership has impacted the lives of everyday Iowans.

As most of our readers know, we’re not here to be slappies for politicians. We’re not entirely comfortable with the celebrity-like treatment we give our elected officials. Heck, we’ve criticized Gov. Reynolds before and there will likely be times where we criticize her again — let’s be honest, she isn’t losing in November.

Hopefully, people realize and recognize we’re not cheerleaders. We’re honest observers. Our praise should mean a little more since we’ve demonstrated a willingness to criticize when criticism is warranted.

We don’t ALWAYS agree with Governor Reynolds. But here’s the thing, we don’t have to have total agreement with her on every issue to celebrate our governor being selected as THE person to give the Republican response to the State of the Union.

Regardless of disagreements, she earned the opportunity. She has undoubtedly moved the ball in the right direction on many issues since taking over as governor.

Countless Iowans have benefitted from her time as the executive of this state — Republican, Democrat and Independent. Whether they care to admit it or not.

Political differences aside, Tuesday night was a night to be proud of Iowa and proud of our Governor.

Author: Jacob Hall

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