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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 »»

Slices of Life - Mother's Day can be one of those days

May 15, 2015 Seasons come and go. The sun rises and sets. We celebrate beginnings, endings and all things in between. This weekend, we celebrate mothers. more »»

Medicare Boost for Iowans

May 15, 2015 Young, old or in between, every worker collecting a paycheck has a stake in Medicar. more »»

Q&A: National Foster Care Month

May 15, 2015 Q: Why is the month of May designated to observe the nation’s foster care system? A: It’s a good opportunity to highlight an important issue that affects 400,000 children in America. more »»

Slices of Life - Thoughtful thoughts

April 24, 2015 My youngest is sick and lying on the couch - because that is what you do on sick days. I didn’t question him this morning when he told me he wasn’t feeling well. I could tell it was the truth. more »»

Q&A: Preventing Sexual Assault

April 24, 2015 Q: What more can be done to reduce sexual violence in society? A: The President signed a proclamation making April National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Mont. more »»

School Funding Fits Into State Budget Plans

April 24, 2015 Senate Democrats continue to get public support for our compromise proposal to increase basic school funding next school year by 2.625 percent. more »»

Slices of Life - Life's truths: Part 2

April 10, 2015 Here we are, back again to gain a little insight about the truths in life we occasionally ignore, sometimes acknowledge and often stumble upon when we least expect it. more »»



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