Where, oh where, are today’s Bob Rays?

It’s hard for those of us of a certain vintage to realize it has been 39 years since Robert Ray was Iowa’s governor. In spite of the passage of so much time, his name was on the minds of many people last week. What triggered the Bob Ray memories was Gov. Kim Reynolds’ interview with WHO Radio on Thursday. Reynolds was asked about the thousands of children, mostly from Central America, who are showing up this year at our border with Mexico without their parents. They arrive hoping to be allowed to live in the United States with relatives or sponsors, freeing them from the deadly violence and the grip of poverty so common where they came from.

News Quiz: Iowa’s Governors

Terry Branstad’s inauguration for a sixth term as Iowa governor is scheduled for Jan. 16, extending his record as Iowa’s longest-serving governor. Test your knowledge on some of the other chief executives who have served the state during its history.

Tim Pawlenty

T-Paw Tees Off Presidential Run

Take an in-depth look at former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, the most recent addition to the republican presidential nomination race. Nicknamed T-Paw by his supporters, has spent considerable time in the Hawkeye state.