Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
On the show today, we spent some time talking about the Republican Party’s advice to itself on ways to win elections in 2014 and 2016. Lots of, and no sarcasm from me here, good ideas on how to move the party forward--make it more inclusive, reach out to minorities, realize that it alienated a huge part of it’s potential voting block by giving in to the crazier voices on immigration, and so on. Whether the party has the gumption or wherewithal to carry those ideas forward is yet to be determined.
That being said, I have an idea for the GOP if it wants to be taken seriously—especially by young people, independents, and those who have more than two brain cells to rub together. You ready for this revelation? My Dem friends aren’t going to be happy that I’m sharing with you, but here it is—
YOU HAVE TO STOP INVITING SARAH PALIN TO YOUR EVENTS.
Forgive the analogy, but it’s the one that came to mind when I saw her become a prop comic with a Super Big Gulp cup at CPAC Saturday night…
You know what happens when you feed a stray animal? It continues to show up at your back door, looking for another bowl of kibble. To me, this is what the half-term governor from Wasilla’s become in 2013. I am stunned that anyone in the GOP tabs her with any sort of credibility. Believe me, Democrat giggle quietly while sharing high-fives every time she shows up behind some podium to do some talkin’ and some check cashin’.
While she certainly had a roll to fill with the McCain campaign in 2008, her time has passed. Even without Tina Fey’s help, she’s become a joke that is its own punch line. Let me put it to you like this. Anyone whose shared reality-TV time on the same network that brought the nation Honey Boo-Boo, well…I think you can do the math.
Andy Warhol said everyone will get 15 minutes of fame. If that’s true, Palin’s quarter-hour ran out three years ago. For the good of the party, Palin needs to go quietly into that good night.