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Transparency Works

July 22, 2018 Q: How does transparency hold government accountable? A: Sometimes I wonder if people get tired of this Iowa senator talking about transparency and accountability. more »»

How It Started

July 20, 2018 In 1976, Bonnie Crawford and her son Brad were in a building in lowa City. They sat in a hallway of outside a room waiting to go in that room for her 10:30 appointment. more »»

Calls for “working together in a respectful manner”

July 18, 2018 Last week we celebrated National Civility Day, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you that brought the current political divide into a more profound perspective for me. more »»

Q & A: Immigration

July 11, 2018 Q: What needs to be done to fix our nation’s immigration policies? A: By all accounts, the current immigration system is broken. The last major overhaul was adopted 32 years ago in 1986. more »»

Remembering the 1967 Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty

July 6, 2018 “If it was an accident, it was the best planned accident I’ve ever heard of” - USS Liberty survivor On June 8, 1967,... more »»

Spirit of the community

July 4, 2018 As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I’m reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just a... more »»

Tax-reform legislation proving its worth

July 3, 2018 It’s been six months since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law. Since then, there have been continuous, positive economic developments in Iowa and throughout the country. Last month, the U. more »»

Third time around for this call for a state ambulance service study

June 29, 2018 A News-Herald editorial concerning the need for a study of mandating ambulance service in Iowa was emailed to Iowa’s 50 state senators. Some replied - some did not. more »»

Q & A: Farm Bill Update

June 21, 2018 Q: What’s on the table for renewing the next Farm Bill? A: The Agricultural Act of 2014, more commonly known as the Farm Bill, will expire on Sept. 30. more »»

Tired of fake news? Turn to newspapers

May 31, 2018 Do you use social media as a news source? Are you sure you can separate fact from fiction? In January 2018, Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times decided to turn off all his digital news notifications... more »»

In Flanders Fields

May 28, 2018 The GreatWar 1914-1918 Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefield. more »»

Inside the Iowa House - 2018 Session Adjourns

May 24, 2018 Many years ago, my great uncle purchased a grocery store in Hopkins, Missouri from a previous owner. more »»

Remembering ‘Elbe Day’

May 21, 2018 Seventy three years ago on April 25, American and Soviet soldiers met as wartime allies against Nazi Germany in the closing days of World War II near Torgau, an obscure German town on the Elbe Rive. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

May 20, 2018 In the Legislature Another busy pro-Iowa, pro-growth year in the 87th General Assembly has come to a close! A big promise was kept for Iowan. more »»


May 18, 2018 There have always been killings amongst humans beyond the constant larger wars, and there have long been ‘individual assassinations’ … of presidents, of beloved or brutal leaders. more »»

Honor school board members during May

May 16, 2018 May is School Board Recognition Month and an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor more than 2,000 locally elected school board members for their dedication to children and schoo. more »»

America’s Leaders Need to Wake Up and Do a Better Job Competing With China

May 11, 2018 Tariffs aren’t the only issue on the table when it comes to U.S.-China relations. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

May 9, 2018 Newsletter for Thursday, May 3, 2018 Week 17 was marked by more debate on budget bills and the debate on a bill to ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected. more »»

On the Stump: Politics 2018

May 4, 2018 State Rep. more »»

Cancer Research Saves Lives

May 4, 2018 Q: Why did you join the effort to designate May as National Cancer Research month? A: Receiving a cancer diagnosis delivers an emotional punch to millions of American families who quickly pin... more »»



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