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Slices of Life - Big game, bigger commercials

February 6, 2015 It’s the time of year when the term “F-word” takes on a whole new meaning. Especially if, like me, you reside in a home with a bunch of football fanatic. more »»

New Year, New Congress: Listen, Learn, & Lead

February 6, 2015 Voters sent Washington a message in November. Lawmakers can make the most of the historic election in the new year by making fresh resolutions for the new Congress. Let’s listen, learn and lead. more »»

Q&A: Medicare Advisory Panel

February 6, 2015 Q: What is the Independent Payment Advisory Board? A: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains a slew of unpopular provisions that will figure prominently on the radar screen of the 114th Congress. more »»

Investing in Schools Keeps Iowans Competitive

January 30, 2015 Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. more »»

District 72 Update

January 23, 2015 Back in Session The 2015 Legislative Session is well underway. The first week as always is filled with tradition and formality. Monday morning we were sworn in for the 86th General Assembly. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Kellogg column

January 23, 2015 Heath Kellogg, I never could tell a good joke, so reading your column the first of the year put a smile on my face (the joke about the Hell’s Angel biker drinking the other guy’s poision. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Marriage equality

January 23, 2015 To the Editor, On Friday the Supreme Court announced it will take up same sex marriage. more »»

From the Hawkeye CC Board of Trustees

January 23, 2015 To the Editor -   The Board of Trustees of Hawkeye Community College would like to extend a sincere thank you to the voters and taxpayers of our communities for their past support of the Colleg. more »»

Iowa Courts Expand Their Successess

January 23, 2015 The Chief Justice of Iowa’s Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators this week that Iowans can be proud of our state’s court system, which is one of the best in the nation. more »»

Obama's Executive Overreach No Laughing Matter

January 16, 2015 A recent Saturday Night Live skit tapped into a deep concern among Americans about the President’s excessive use of executive authority. more »»

Slices of Life - Hiding behind the monogram

January 16, 2015 They sat indiscriminately on the clearance rack marked down like a thousand percent from their initial price. Hand towels. Not your everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill hand towels. more »»

2015 session should help Iowa's middle class

January 16, 2015 The 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature began on Monday, January 12. more »»

Slices of Life - Credit card reject

January 9, 2015 It was a simple trip to the grocery store. Something I could probably do in my sleep. Pick up a few items, hit the checkout line and bag up the goods. I’d even remembered my coupons. more »»

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 »»



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