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School Funding Compromise Breaks Gridlock, Ends Session

June 26, 2015 The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. more »»

Slices of Life - Summer metamorphosis

June 19, 2015 They are waiting to become frogs. Except they don’t know it yet. They probably never will. The change will be so gradual they won’t even sense they are changing at all. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Family farms only!

June 19, 2015 Dear Editor, What we need in Iowa is only family farms. I encourage everyone to write, call or email Branstad, Mr. Gipp, the DNR director, and your reps in congress to change laws for the DNR. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Music Battle Royale

June 19, 2015 Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Dengler Domain Music Battle Royale. Two number one Billboard singles from two different decades are pitted against each other. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Traer a special place

June 19, 2015 After 57 years away, Traer is still a special place ….. I live in New York but my roots are in Traer. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Gauchos

June 12, 2015 They could be skirts, but the legs are separate. They could be pants, but they do not stretch to the ankle. They could be shorts, but they are not as baggy. more »»

Slices of Life - Imperfect parenting of imperfect kids

June 12, 2015 This message goes out to the young mom with three boys who recently apologized about not being able to stifle her energetic brood - and to the parents of all kids who have ever acted out in public,... more »»

Student Achievement, Quality Schools Remain Sticking Points

June 12, 2015 Adam has made it through another year at Iowa State with great grades. He is now studying journalism and media. He was able to apply for and got an internship with the Times-Republican. more »»

Biofuels Under Attack: Same Old Story

June 12, 2015 It’s been a familiar few weeks for biofuels. First, chain restaurants and chicken producers blamed ethanol for raising food prices. more »»

The Dengler Domain: The Internet

June 5, 2015 I am writing for the Traer Star-Clipper because I want to figure out how the old days match up with today’s society. I want to relive the past and see its impact. more »»

Slices of Life - Discord in the bedroom

June 5, 2015 My husband and I have been wrestling with an issue that affects most happy couples at one time or another. It’s the between-the-sheets secret that causes irritation, frustration and sleep deprivation. more »»

New Laws Benefit Those Who Served and Sacrificed

June 5, 2015 Memorial Day was last Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Force. more »»

Class of 2015: Live With Purpose

June 5, 2015 Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Leaving high school or college certainly brings mixed feelings. Remember, closing one door opens an opportunity to knock on another one. more »»

Slices of Life - It's a small world

May 29, 2015 I don’t go to the mall much. It hasn’t always been this way. I used to be an experienced and proficient shopper. Hobnobbing at the mall was one of my main talents and preferred hobbies. more »»

Progress Toward Trade Expansion

May 29, 2015 Legislation to expand international trade is moving forward in the Senate. I voted in favor of debating a bill to restore Trade Promotion Authority for the executive branch. more »»

Boosting Quality in Every Iowa Classroom

May 29, 2015 Iowa is among the first states to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the status of the teaching professio. more »»

Q&A: Avian Flu

May 29, 2015 Q: How is the avian influenza affecting Iowa’s poultry farms and egg production? A: The contagious disease known as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is wiping out tens of millions of birds... more »»

Slices of Life - Young and in love

May 22, 2015 Our family is growing. Daughter number one and only recently got engaged, which means there is a wedding and new son-in-law in our future. The engagement took my husband by surprise. more »»

Refreshing Juvenile Justice

May 22, 2015 As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as part of my Victims Reform Agenda, I’ve put reform and renewal of the juvenile justice law on the committee’s docket. more »»

House Needs to Act on Bipartisan Anti-Bullying Bill

May 22, 2015 In 2007, the Iowa Legislature required school districts to adopt safe school policies to guard against harassment and bullying. Unfortunately, there is still too much of it going on. more »»

 
 

 

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