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Congressman Blum recaps first year

December 31, 2015 Just over a year ago, Eastern Iowans sent me to Washington to represent them in Congress. more »»

How the Grinch taxed your Christmas candy

December 24, 2015 As the holidays approach and you stock up on candy canes or chocolate Santas, do you know if you paid sales tax on that candy to the state of Iowa? Here in Iowa, most food is exempt from sales tax,... more »»

Question & answer: New K-12 Education Law

December 21, 2015 Q: What is the Every Student Succeeds Act? A: In the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since 2001, the Republican-led Congress restored a much greater degree of... more »»

Iowa’s egg farmers recover with firm commitment to produce safe, quality eggs

December 17, 2015 There is no doubt that the terrible events of Spring 2015, when Iowa’s egg farming community faced one of the most devastating times in our history with the multi-state avian influenza (AI) outbreak... more »»

“Free” government money is rarely free

December 9, 2015 The federal government gave out grants to state and local governments totaling more than $628 billion last year, according to the Congressional Research Service. more »»

A more user-friendly state government

December 4, 2015 I am committed to maintaining a state government that runs efficiently, offers good service to Iowans and is transparent in its operations. more »»

To restore the middle-class look to President Calvin Coolidge

December 2, 2015 Calvin Coolidge is most often remembered for his dry wit, silence, and conservative economic and foreign policies, but he is not often remembered as a friend of labor. more »»

Q & A: The REACH Act for rural hospitals

December 1, 2015 Q: Why are you working to advance Medicare reforms for rural hospitals? A: This past year, I’ve heard a good deal of feedback from my town meetings in Iowa that acute health care... more »»

Iowa Area Education Agency Online:A great resource for Iowa’s students and families

December 1, 2015 Iowa AEA Online is a statewide collaborative project provided by Iowa’s Area Education Agencie. more »»

Iowa General Assembly cost of sponsored legislation

November 30, 2015 The first session of the 86th Legislative Assembly has come to a close, and now is the time we analyze its fiscal aspects. more »»

Love Lost

November 27, 2015 Editor's Note: Mary McBee is a Tama resident. Among jobs during her career was as a reporter for The Tama News-Herald and Toledo Chroincle. more »»

A Thanksgiving Message from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

November 25, 2015 On this November 26, 2015, as you carve the turkey, and look around the table at your loved ones, there are important lessons you can teach both young and old about our American Thanksgiving holiday. more »»

Measuring student success in community colleges

November 23, 2015 Local students enroll in community colleges for a variety of reasons. more »»

More pro-growth policies needed in Iowa’s budget

November 14, 2015 The 2016 Fiscal Year budget was a divisive issue for the Iowa Legislature. Disagreement centered on spending for education and the closure of two state mental-health facilities. more »»

Gradma's Book of Wisdom

November 11, 2015 Photographs being taken and compiled by Sheryl Chute... more »»

Three new laws help veterans in need

November 11, 2015 Veterans Day, today- Wednesday, November 11—a time to honor those who have served our country and made great sacrifices in their military duty. more »»

It’s time to renew the American century

November 5, 2015 Henry Luce, the late publisher of Time and Life magazines, described the 20th century as the American Century. Today, in the 21st century, the United States is in declin. more »»

Local elections and newspapers

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 »»



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