Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Posted February 11, 2016

The long-awaited, first-in-the-nation caucus (Iowa) and primary (New Hampshire) are over. There have been a few surprises -- Donald Trump did not win Iowa, Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points in New Hampshire, and outperformed her with women voters by 11 points.

Posted February 04, 2016

This week's much anticipated Iowa Caucus marked the start of the presidential nomination process for both the Democratic and Republican parties. It was quite an event.

Posted January 28, 2016

This Monday, Iowa will kick off the 2016 presidential primary process. Iowans closely guard their station as residents of the first state in the union to voice their choice for the presidential nominee for the Republican and Democratic parties.

Posted January 21, 2016

No one, with the possible exception of Donald Trump, could have predicted six months ago that the billionaire real estate magnate would be sitting atop the Republican presidential nomination field less than two weeks before the first caucus in Iowa.

Posted January 14, 2016

While members of the news media and Democrats paint Republicans as the party of angry old white men, the world around them is changing.

Posted January 07, 2016

We've all had it happen to us. When an unpleasant issue (involving a child, co-worker, employee or whoever) needs confrontation and resolution, the other party attempts to distract us and refocus our attention elsewhere.

Posted December 31, 2015

I've always loved the time between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The celebration of Christ's birth has just occurred -- renewing me spiritually and reminding me that the gift of salvation is due to God's grace -- not anything that I have accomplished.

Posted December 24, 2015

Memories fill our Christmas tree. It stands in our living room, filled with white lights and ornaments. Our ornaments reflect the life of our family: varied and interesting, some old, some new, some precious and some ordinary.

Posted December 23, 2015

Memories fill our Christmas tree. It stands in our living room, filled with white lights and ornaments. Our ornaments reflect the life of our family: varied and interesting, some old, some new, some precious and some ordinary.

Posted December 17, 2015

One Christmas season when I was in elementary school, during the long, lean years when my father was running for U.S. Congress (he lost twice before winning), my family's Christmas tree was the castoff from the local middle school.

Posted December 10, 2015

Last Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, which left 14 people dead, was carried out by radical Islamists whose actions shook the nation.

Posted December 03, 2015

December is often the time of too many events, too many parties, too many obligations, too many gifts and too much family.

Posted November 26, 2015

While a few members of my extended family celebrate Thanksgiving as a prelude to the sales that follow Thanksgiving, I think of it as the day before the turkey leftovers.

Posted November 19, 2015

When terrible events happen, leaders address the safety concerns of their communities, and then reach out to various factions to ensure a solution is reached.

Posted November 12, 2015

This week we celebrate Veterans Day, a day of appreciation and gratitude for all who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Posted November 05, 2015

Last Thursday, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected speaker of the House. At 45, he is the youngest person to get that job -- other than the only younger speaker, James G. Blaine, who was elected in 1869 when he was 39.

Posted October 29, 2015

n October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who proclaimed at that time, "We will not forget that Liberty has made her home here, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. ... A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression until Liberty enlightens the world."

Posted October 22, 2015

According to Gallup, only 14 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. Does the problem lie within the issues or the process?

Posted October 15, 2015

Posted October 08, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the original heir apparent to her party's nomination, has been plagued by continuing and continual questions regarding her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.