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A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth

December 31, 2019 Ten years ago this month, Sen. Mary Landrieu and I founded the bipartisan Senate Caucus on Foster Yout. more »»

Out with the old; In with the new

December 29, 2019 Every year has its ups and downs and 2019 was no different. Probably for each one of you, there were times of celebration and times of sadness and disappointment. more »»

What is electronic media doing to our health?

December 28, 2019 “Switching off” and turning to print is better for your health and it may also be the answer to a good night’s sleep. more »»

2020—Perfect visison!

December 28, 2019 A song I remember from the late 60’s was Zager and Evan’s “In the Year 2525” —depressing song at best, detailing a pessimistic future. more »»

For long time Hawk fans

December 27, 2019 For some people, the passing of Hayden Fry might not carry much meaning.But for those who have been Hawk fans for decades, his memory brings back some wonderful moments. more »»

Marshalltown Community College es para mi

December 26, 2019 Marshalltown Community College is here to provide a high quality, success-focused education for all students. more »»

The Birth of the Child!

December 25, 2019 My wife gave live birth three times, and we share the grief with those who’ve lost a child. more »»

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

December 24, 2019 In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia O’Hanlon (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus really existed. more »»

Christmas at Sheda’s Grocery Store

December 22, 2019 It all started the day after Thanksgiving when a shipment of 75-100 Christmas Trees came to our grocery store for sale to one and all. What an exciting time. more »»

University of Iowa utility secrecy: A blow to public accountability

December 20, 2019 The Iowa Board of Regents unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday turning operation and management of the University of Iowa power plant and water treatment plant over to a French business... more »»

The Electoral College and American Constitutionalism

December 14, 2019 Senator, and Democrat presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren declared recently that her goal if elected is “to be the last American president elected by the Electoral College” and her “second term... more »»

Smaller, independent physician practices urge Congress to solve surprise billing the right way

December 11, 2019 Washington, DC-In a letter sent to Congress last week, nearly 900 smaller and independent physician practices across medical specialties outline the potentially devastating unintended consequences... more »»

USDA restores original intent of SNAP: A second chance, not a way of life

December 9, 2019 Washington, D.C.- At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. more »»

Be more like Chuck

December 5, 2019 I begin with a personal story. A few weeks back, when the EPA (and White House) were messing around with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the very lives of rural Iowans, I called the D.C. more »»

Make Small Business Saturday more than a one-time event

November 29, 2019 November 30, 2019, is Small Business Saturday. Starting in 2010, American Express designated this day—the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year—to encourage people to “Shop Small. more »»

Nation celebrates its 399th annual feast

November 28, 2019 In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. more »»

The New York Times: Why Almost Nobody Will Defend the Iowa Caucuses

November 20, 2019 As leading Democrats fight for ballot access, voting rights and diverse representation, their marquee presidential contest is hard to participate in and takes place in a state that is 90 percent... more »»

Closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities

November 15, 2019 Historically across the state of Iowa, students with disabilities have not been making acceptable achievement gains. more »»

Rural broadband is key to 21st century success

November 13, 2019 When was the last time that you unfolded a map for directions before a road trip or required a postage stamp to send a photograph to a friend? More likely than not, you have turned to a phone,... more »»

How Congress can fix high drug prices

October 30, 2019 Washington is consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment, Ukraine, and transcripts. Every question we receive from the D.C. press corps is about that. more »»



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