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Explore our history and culture this summer

June 25, 2016 Iowans and out-of-state visitors looking for interesting things to do this summer have lots of choices. more »»

Iowans heed the call for pollinator habitat development

June 22, 2016 In 2016, the Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA), worked with Iowa farmers and landowners to convert 97,371 acres of cropland to new pollinator habitat plantings by utilizing the Conservation Reserve... more »»

State benefit plans

June 8, 2016 The Iowa General Assembly (IGA) needs to change the pension system for state employees from the current Defined Benefit (DB) plan to a Defined Contribution (DC) plan as soon as possible (ASAP). more »»

Veterans can fill skilled job openings

June 4, 2016 Iowa needs skilled workers to fill immediate openings and anticipated retirements over the next five years. more »»

Ernst condemns VA Secretary’s comments on wait times

June 3, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. more »»

Vote Tuesday, June 7

June 1, 2016 Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 7, and I encourage all eligible Iowans to make their voices heard by participating. Exercising the right to vote is one of our most important civic duties. more »»

Q&A: Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 Q: Why is Memorial Day a federal holiday? A: This holiday observes the ultimate sacrifice of more than 1 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces and lost their lives in the line of duty. more »»

Why history is important in our public life

May 18, 2016 History is not just a matter of personal opinion, individual preference, or sectarian dogma. It is about truth: what is real, reliable, and factual. more »»

May is School Board Recognition Month

May 16, 2016 Facts from The Iowa Association of School Boards Role of School Board Members- Vision: The school board engages the community in setting the course to guide local education, keeping student... more »»

Iowa’s “Bucket List”

May 12, 2016 The concept of the “bucket list” gained great attention from the film The Bucket List a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reine. more »»

May Monthly Consumer Focus: Dietary supplements

May 6, 2016 When you pick up a prescription medication, it’s likely a drug that’s been clinically tested, is proven safe, and is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). more »»

The crisis of liberalism

May 4, 2016 The national debt has risen to over $19 trillion, and this unfortunate milestone suggests some serious fiscal problems ahead for the United States. more »»

Keeping vulnerable kids a priority

May 3, 2016 Every child deserves a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are there to help abused and neglected children by serving as their voice in court. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

April 30, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, April 21, 2016 This was week 15 of the session and we are now past the 100 day mark. more »»

How Iowa compares

April 29, 2016 We are all familiar with Iowa’s income tax system, with its nine income brackets, federal deductibility, standard deduction, and personal exemption. more »»

To itemize or not to itemize:What did you choose this year?

April 25, 2016 As we file our taxes each year, we all come to the question of whether to use the standard deduction or to itemize our deductions. Itemizing requires more paperwork, but can result in less tax owe. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

April 22, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, April 14, 2016 I skipped publishing a newsletter last week due to the slow pace. more »»

Preventing domestic violence and its consequences

April 20, 2016 To help in the fight against domestic violence and ensure the safety of victims, the Iowa Senate unanimously approved two major bills. more »»

Classroom cost questions

April 14, 2016 The portables need to be replaced. No doubt about it. It is my understanding that we are currently going to get a 9 classroom addition to the high school for a price tag of $5. more »»

Preventing drug overdose deaths

April 9, 2016 Prescription overdoses kill more Americans each year than all other drugs combined. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 44 people die from a prescription painkiller overdose every day. more »»



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