The Doublespeak Award was established in 1974 and is given by the National Council of Teachers of English. The ironic, annual tribute recognizes individuals and entities using language that is, among other things, deceptive, evasive and confusing.
Recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, President Bill Clinton, the tobacco industry and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
In 2015, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst was granted the award for referring to Keystone XL Pipeline legislation as the “Keystone Jobs Bill” in her response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Last year the council voted unanimously to bestow it on President Donald Trump, who characterized political opponents as dishonest “while spinning unsubstantiated claims of his own.”
Now the award committee is seeking nominations for 2017. Iowans should nominate Gov. Kim Reynolds for her misleading rhetoric on the Medicaid privatization experiment implemented by her former boss. Her statements deserve recognition.