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Tax Provisions Become Last Minute Business

January 9, 2015 Among the last votes of the Senate’s lame duck session this year was extending expired tax provisions. more »»

New Year to Focus on Job Creation, Fiscal Responsibility

January 9, 2015 We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015. more »»

Slices of Life - Tooth fairy loses her oomph

January 2, 2015 Our household is reaching the tail end of tooth loss. It’s been a decade-long endeavor where the tooth fairy went from super benefactor to sleeping beauty. more »»

Q&A on 114th Congress

January 2, 2015 Q: What’s in store for your work in the next Congress? A: In January the 114th Congress will gavel to order under new leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representative. more »»

Fairness & equity in Iowa Schools

January 2, 2015 The Iowa School Foundation Formula Committee presented recommendations to legislators recently to update Iowa's current school funding formula, with the aim to create more equal access to educationa... more »»

Slices of Life - The season of believing

December 25, 2014 I believe in Santa Claus. When you critically examine the whole narrative, what’s not to believe? Logic is logic and should dictate our beliefs, or lack thereof. Let’s start with the big guy’s attire. more »»

Serving in Iowa's Interest

December 25, 2014 Almost two years ago I announced I was not going to seek a sixth term in the United States Senate.That decision and announcement did not seem all that difficult or hard at that time. more »»

Building Strong Communities

December 25, 2014 Several studies indicate that the average spending per person for Holiday Season gifts ranges from $100 to $1000. All of that tends to go to other individuals. more »»

Newspapers going strong into 2015

December 25, 2014 The past twelve months have been an invigorating time for the newspaper media business. The next twelve are shaping up to be even better. more »»

False Claims Act: The Little Engine That Could

December 19, 2014 Holding wrongdoers to account helps to uphold the public trust held by government, recover hard-earned tax dollars lost to fraud and strengthen our system of voluntary tax complianc. more »»

Slices of Life - X marks the spot

December 12, 2014 When they were putting together the English alphabet, the letter X got the short end of his two sticks. more »»

Tax Extenders Limbo

December 12, 2014 Every year or two, Congress has to decide whether to continue more than 50 tax provisions that aren’t permanent law. more »»

Clutivating Americans' Farming Knowledge

December 12, 2014 Know the difference between a Holstein and a Hereford? You’re in rare company. According to a new survey, nearly three in four Americans admit that they know “very little or nothing” about farming. more »»

Slices of Life - AM or PM

December 5, 2014 “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?” The idea of time and running late have been an issue since at least 1969 when the band, Chicago, sang this snappy tune. more »»

Unfinished Business

December 5, 2014 During the tugs of war that crop up in Washington during political debates and policymaking, it’s not surprising the act of legislating has often been compared to the art of sausage making. more »»

Slices of Life - Reader feedback of the best kind

November 26, 2014 It’s not uncommon for readers to contact me and share their thoughts. Their opinions can often be categorized one of two ways: love or hate. They either love a particular column, or they hate it. more »»

Adoption Secures the Blessings of Hope, Home

November 26, 2014 There’s no place like home. During this season of thanksgiving, celebrating life’s blessings with family and friends offers Americans a time-treasured ritual observed for generations. more »»

Newspapers take center stage during holiday shopping season

November 26, 2014 There is only one question on the minds of retailers and advertisers for the next two months what is the best way to reach consumers? The answer this year, as it has for many years prior, is... more »»

Paid Leave or Paid Vacation?

November 21, 2014 The old saying is, there’s strength in numbers. more »»

We Want Veterans to Make Iowa Their Home

November 21, 2014 In 2007, the Iowa Senate established a Veterans Affairs Committee, which has since approved wide-ranging initiatives to help veterans, service members and their families. more »»



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