As a citizen living in Iowa and transplanted from Kansas, I can tell that Mr. Barone is spot on. I have been amazed at the differences between the Hawkeye state compared to either Kansas or Missouri which you would think be very similar as close neighbors. The farms in this state are very well kept and efficient which reflects the peoples care in what they own. They will reach out a hand in assistence, but not necessarily in close friendship. They seem both conservative and liberal at the same time. All of this is reflected in the two Senators - Chuck Grassley a well right of center republican, and Tom Harkin who lives on the far left.