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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 »»

Real Costs of Health Care Law

October 11, 2013 At the end of this year, the coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act will take effect. more »»

The Braley Brief: Setting our Students Up for Success

October 11, 2013 Common sense tells us that students thrive when they’re able to learn in a climate where they feel safe from things like bullying and harassment, allowing them to focus on class and the material... more »»

Slices of Life - Helping with homework

October 11, 2013 I am every parent. Or most parents. more »»

Putin’s Op-Ed — A Different Perspective

October 4, 2013 “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Harvest Safety

September 27, 2013 Dear Editor, Fall is the time of Harvest. Colors of the landscape rapidly change from shades of green to various shades of red, yellow and brown. more »»

Slices of Life - Out with the old, in with the new

September 27, 2013 This week I said goodbye to an old friend and our parting was bittersweet. We’d spent nearly every day together for more than seven years. Lately, however, he just hadn’t been reliable. more »»

The Braley Brief: A Unilateral Response is Not the Answer

September 27, 2013 On August 21, Bashar al-Assad, the brutal dictator who rules Syria, used chemical weapons against his own people, killing hundreds of civilians including women and children. more »»

Agriculture Key to American Prosperity

September 27, 2013 As the heat index rises along the Potomac, it’s easy to understand why ice cream was a favored treat at Mount Vernon, the home of America’s first presiden. more »»

Slices of Life - Remember when...

September 20, 2013 There are certain dates that stick in our memories. September 11, 2001 is one for most of u. more »»

Reeling in Patent Trolls

September 20, 2013 The resilient U.S. economy owes in large measure its global reputation for prosperity to the ideas, innovation and invention rooted deeply in our American heritage. more »»

Slices of Life - A slippery path

September 13, 2013 I realize this is old news and I am way behind the times, but what’s new? I’ve always been a little late coming to the party; I’ve been wearing the same jean jacket since the 1990s. more »»

Is It Possible Al Qaeda (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?

September 13, 2013 Washington says it has proof that Syria used sarin gas on its own people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta and that only the regime could have been responsible. more »»

Tackling Iowa's Need for More Skilled Workers

September 13, 2013 Iowa remains one of the most affordable places to live and do business, and that success is reflected in one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. more »»

Slices of Life - Saying goodbye, for now, again

September 6, 2013 I thought it would be easier the second time around, but I was wrong. We are packing up our oldest son for college this week and I find my eyes watering inexplicably. more »»

Letter to the Editor: DVA/SAC closing

September 6, 2013 Dear Editor: It is with much sadness that I write this letter. more »»



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