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Liberty Lost

November 26, 2013 Liberty is lost when it’s seized by government or freely relinquished in response to false pretenses and misleading promises. Liberty isn’t lost all at once; it’s lost bit by bit. more »»

Assault on Ethanol Misses its Mark

November 26, 2013 As its market share dips, Big Oil is doubling down to swat down its perennial piñata. more »»

Slices of Life - When weird things make us happy

November 26, 2013 I have a friend who wondered out loud on Facebook whether it was weird for her to be excited about the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner. more »»

Q&A on Budget Conference

November 26, 2013 Q: What are the next steps to resolve the budget impasse in Washington? A: The 16-day partial government shutdown ended with a deal to appoint a budget conference that includes 29 lawmakers from the... more »»

Honoring Our Veterans and Service Members

November 15, 2013 November 11 is Veterans Day, a time to honor all American veterans, living and dead, for their service to our country. Iowa is home to about 240,000 veterans. more »»

Slices of Life - Becoming a breadwinner

November 15, 2013 I’ve never been much of a breadwinner. Heck, I’m not much of a bread baker, and possess neither the mixing nor measuring skills required to take home any ribbons from any country fair. more »»

Q&A on National Adoption Month

November 15, 2013 Q: Why is National Adoption Month observed in November? A: During this season of thanksgiving, millions of American households open their homes to friends and family from near and far. more »»

The Braley Brief: Coming together to lend a helping hand

November 8, 2013 On Saturday, millions of Americans gathered in communities across the country to participate in Make A Difference Day. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: It's Medicare Open Enrollment Time

November 8, 2013 Each year, seniors in Iowa and across the country have an opportunity to adjust their Medicare health benefits for the coming year. more »»

Slices of Life - Living in the moment

November 8, 2013 “You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.” These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s ba. more »»

Seqsquicentennial salute to Gettysburg Address

November 8, 2013 It was seven score and 10 years ago. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now legendary Gettysburg Address. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Suicide survivors

November 1, 2013 Dear Editor, Each day in the U.S. more »»

Slices of Life - Picture day

November 1, 2013 It was picture day at school today. We nearly missed the annual event. more »»

Apply for new business property tax credit

November 1, 2013 The Iowa Department of Revenue and local governments are rolling out the new Business Property Tax Credit the Legislature approved this year (Senate File 295). more »»

Q&A on the Farm & Food Bill

November 1, 2013 Q: What is the status of the farm and food bill? A: The clock is ticking for the U.S. more »»

Slices of Life - Coming clean

October 25, 2013 Last weekend I came out of the closet - with an armload that included an old Christmas sweater, two pairs of mom jeans and a maternity top from 1997. more »»

State government is working for you

October 25, 2013 During the federal government shutdown, I get many questions about how things are working at the state level. I’m proud to say the state of Iowa is open for business. more »»

Ongoing problem of dangerous synthetic drugs

October 25, 2013 Madam Chairman, it’s been over two years since this caucus held its first hearing on synthetic drug abuse. At that hearing, we heard testimony from a constituent of mine named Michael Rozga. Mr. more »»

Slices of Life - A case of the blurbs

October 18, 2013 Blurt: verb 1. An impulsive comment or question that comes across as inappropriate or unwanted. 2. To utter abruptly. 3. To speak out of turn. 4. more »»

New Affordable Health Care Options

October 11, 2013 Iowa is a national leader when it comes to health insurance coverage for our citizens. We worked successfully in recent years to ensure all Iowa kids can see a doctor when they need to. more »»



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