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November 2, 2015 November is election time in America. Voters in many local municipalities will go to the polls soon to choose local public officials. more »»

Inside the Iowa House: The Governor Who Thought He Was King

October 31, 2015 Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. more »»

On the stump: Political notes 2015

October 23, 2015 •From the press office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): “The decision by the Bureau of Prisons to completely remove pork from its menus was ham-handed at bes. more »»

Three ways Iowa is ensuring safety and justice for victims

October 21, 2015 Iowa is taking positive steps to help survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking and violent crimes. Here are three recent pieces of good news: 1. more »»

The forgotten Alexander Hamilton

October 16, 2015 Instead of removing Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill, it would be better for Americans to rediscover the principles and philosophy of one of our greatest Founding Father. more »»

The attacks on TABOR continue

October 11, 2015 Do Legislators have a Constitutional right to impose taxes on citizens and to deny citizens any veto power over those actions? A group of politicians in Colorado seems to think so, and are continuin... more »»

On the stump: Political notes 2015

October 8, 2015 •Received on Oct. 2 by fax - yes fax, not email: Carol Torkko is announcing her candidacy for President of hte United States. more »»

Have you thought about MCC?

October 6, 2015 “Have you thought about MCC?” Those were the words that one mother told me she asked her son as he was making his college decision. more »»

“Police Body Camera Video: Who Gets to See?”

October 1, 2015 As police departments across the nation and in Iowa begin equipping their officers with body cameras, a central question has emerged: Who gets to see the footage? It’s a question that has pitted... more »»

What is a “Sin Tax”?

September 25, 2015 As a Director of the National Taxpayers Union, I am not that keen on any kind of tax, but as a Political Scientist, I know that “government is the price for civilization” and “taxes are the price fo... more »»

Widespread support for water quality improvements

September 23, 2015 The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award was presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. more »»

An economics lesson from President Warren G. Harding

September 18, 2015 The United States economy struggles to recover from the Great Recession. more »»

Make an impact in your community, vote this Tuesday

September 7, 2015 This Tuesday, September 8, important elections will take place in your community. The next leaders of your local school board and community colleges will be determined at the ballot box. more »»

It's time to get going on the future of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls campus in Toledo

September 3, 2015 TO: Hon. Terry Branstad Governor of Iowa Charles Palmer Director Iowa Department of Human Services State Senator Steve Sodders State Rep. more »»

Did you know that rule changed?

August 19, 2015 Each year a plethora of rules are changed in the state of Iowa by the various agencies and boards, and we usually have no idea that something has changed until it affects us. more »»

On the Stump: The Polls are coming! The Polls are coming!

August 15, 2015 Secretary of State’s fair booth to feature presidential poll DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate plans to include a Presidential Straw Poll at his office's booth during the 2015 Iowa... more »»

Being “house rich” – Affordable housing, foreclosures, and home size

August 13, 2015 Many people are concerned about housing affordability, especially following the Great Recession of 2009. more »»

Service Contracts and Extended Warranties

August 9, 2015 When you pay for an extended service contract, you and the contract provider are essentially making a bet. more »»

Ensuring good health care for vulnerable Iowans

August 6, 2015 We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were established on July 30, 196. more »»

Eastern Iowa is now part of Chicago!

August 4, 2015 The distance from Chicago to Dubuque, or Clinton, or Davenport is around 200 miles. It’s almost 250 from Burlington. more »»



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