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Survey: Newspapers still top choice for local news

July 1, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, ILL.—People prefer newspapers for their local news over TV and the internet, according to a survey conducted for the National Newspaper Association. more »»

Q & A:Backlogs Continue at the VA

June 28, 2017 Q: What new action has Congress taken to fix systemic flaws at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? A: During the Obama administration, widely reported scandals involving wait times and... more »»

Fees in the State of Iowa: The Forgotten Rules, Regulations, and Costs on the Taxpayers

June 26, 2017 The Iowa Department of Revenue reports 1,451 fees are imposed and collected by the State of Iowa. The taxpayers of Iowa may not necessarily be aware of the many fees that exis. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

June 23, 2017 The legislative session adjourned a little over a month ago. more »»

Should Iowa high school students be required to pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam before they graduate?

June 22, 2017 Joe Foss Institute and its Civic Education Initiative are working to reverse the unfortunate trend of declining civic education. more »»

Livestock farming appeals to Iowa youth

June 16, 2017 Iowa's youth continues to have a strong interest in livestock farming according to the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF) recent survey of Iowa FFA member. more »»

Consumer Focus: Avoid the SCAMptons: Online Booking Scams

June 12, 2017 Arriving at your dream summer vacation destination without a lodging reservation would be a real nightmare. more »»

Inside the Iowa House

June 10, 2017 At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, Iowa to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. more »»

Ode to Our Small Town

June 8, 2017 They tore down the depot where folks rode the train, But I did not speak out. I could not complain. They tore down two dear elementary schools, But I did not speak out, it wouldn't be cool. more »»

The American Health Care Act

June 2, 2017 This month the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to fix Obamacare. more »»

Iowa Republican women

June 1, 2017 The first woman to serve on the Iowa Supreme Court was Republican Linda Kinney Neuman, who was appointed in 1986 by Republican Governor Terry Branstad. more »»

Memorial Day and the Price of Freedom

May 29, 2017 Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

May 2, 2017 In this week’s newsletter I would like to reflect back at this year’s session of the Senate. As a first year senator, I can say it has been busy. more »»

District 72 Update

April 30, 2017 District 72 Update Newsletter for Thursday, April 20, 2017 We began debating the appropriations bills this week, passing the Education Appropriations and the Administration and Regulations... more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

April 28, 2017 In the Legislature There is less than a week left for our scheduled end of this legislative session. The 100th day is April 18. more »»

Utility-scale solar benefits Iowa

April 27, 2017 The energy landscape is continually evolving across the country and the world at an unprecedented rate. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

April 21, 2017 Newsletter for Thursday, April 13, 2017 On Wednesday, April 12th, the Tama County Pork Producers generously provided a free lunch to all the folks at the capitol as a way of showcasing our county’s... more »»

The Boy Scouts?

April 19, 2017 A news release issued on April 12 by the Boy Scouts of America - Hawkeye Area Council announces a Pinewood Derby. more »»

Propane-powered school buses: Good use of VW settlement funds

April 15, 2017 Citizens of Iowa have a unique opportunity to positively impact our state’s air quality, our children’s health, and the financial health of our schools. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

April 14, 2017 In the Legislature This week had a lot of floor debate due to the second funnel concluding last week. more »»



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