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Five priorities to reduce opioid overdose death in Iowa

October 7, 2017 Prescription opioid drug overdose death has become an increasingly well-documented epidemic in Iowa and across the country in the last 15 year. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

October 4, 2017 This has been the fastest moving summer ever! This summer was filled with many hours of meetings, seminars, emails, phone calls and good old fashioned hard wor. more »»

Congressman Blum’s September 2017 Mailbag

September 30, 2017 Do Members of Congress really receive their full salary as a pension after serving only one term? Judy from Cedar Rapids on Facebook The Congressional pension plan is one I have long regarded as a... more »»

Marshalltown Commnuity College's commitment to campus safety

September 29, 2017 What keeps me up at night? As a parent, wife, daughter, friend, colleague, and college leader there are many issues and concerns that oftentimes keep “the sandman” away. more »»

A community compromise

September 27, 2017 As a supporter and participant in the arts, I would ask the new owners of our Toledo community building to consider merging it with the theater as an Arts comple. more »»

Grassley, Ernst urge inclusion of drug take back programs in federal Anti-opioid Abuse Report

September 15, 2017 Editor’s Note; The Toledo Police Department is conducting a drug take back day this Saturday, Sept. 17. For information on products accepted contact Chief Bob Kendall 641-484-3013. WASHINGTON – Sen. more »»

President Trump’s American System: Why rebuilding 0ur infrastructure and placing America first will help our national economy

September 7, 2017 In Ohio, President Donald Trump discussed his plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Rebuilding the national infrastructure is just one aspect of President Trump’s America First economic agenda. more »»

Undercover government report shows just how ineffective this Telecom Program is

August 30, 2017 This June, the Government Accountability Office published a report on the federal government’s Lifeline program, one of four programs established in the decades long pursuit of “universal service. more »»

On the Stump: Politics

August 26, 2017 Senator Ernst tours Iowa Premium, Tama U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) toured and eet with officials of Iowa Premium, the Tama beef packing plant on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 23. more »»

Not all Civil War monuments are disrespectful

August 24, 2017 To Editor John Speer- A conversation in my office occurred about the Civil War Monuments and Statues. I live near Atlanta, GA so as you probably can imagine the conversations are strong. more »»

Single-payer: Coming soon to a theater near you?

August 8, 2017 Hollywood loves a sequel. This summer, studios are releasing a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean, a third edition of the Despicable Me franchise, and another Spiderma. more »»

What is civil forfeiture?

August 5, 2017 Q: What is civil asset forfeiture? A: Civil asset forfeiture laws empower the government to seize property linked to prohibited behavior and criminal enterprise. more »»

Swift bipartisan action needed on health care

August 5, 2017 With the Senate’s failure to pass health care legislation in last week’s votes, Congress should turn to a bipartisan approach. more »»

Tax reform and priority-based budgeting can solve Iowa’s economic problems

August 2, 2017 Iowa policymakers are facing a problem because revenues are not rising as predicted by the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC). more »»

Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act

July 26, 2017 Making sure that Iowa seniors who have worked hard and played by the rules their whole lives get the benefits they have earned was one of the reasons I ran for Congress. more »»

Good News for Iowa Beef

July 17, 2017 Q: What’s the update regarding China’s ban on American beef? A: The door to the world’s most-populated country and second-largest economy re-opened this summer to U.. more »»

Here we go, again

July 13, 2017 This summer has an added attraction for downtown Marshalltown. more »»

Q & A: Affordable Health Care Act

July 8, 2017 Q: Why are changes needed to fix the Affordable Care Act? A: No piece of legislation is perfect, especially one that restructures one-sixth of the U.S. economy. more »»

Iowa Supreme Court: Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Budget; More Than 150 Unfilled Positions Will Remain Vacant

July 6, 2017 Des Moines–– On June 28 the Iowa Supreme Court approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Iowa Judicial Branch budget that begins July 1, 2017. more »»



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