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Iowa Legislature- District 72 update

February 13, 2015 On Thursday the legislature heard the Condition of the Guard speech delivered by Major General Timothy Orr. more »»

Iowa needs more skilled workers to expand middle class

February 11, 2015 Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the No. 1 obstacle to growing our economy. more »»

New Year, New Congress: Listen, Learn and Lead

February 7, 2015 Voters sent Washington a message in November. Lawmakers can make the most of the historic election in the new year by making fresh resolutions for the new Congress. Let’s listen, learn and lead. more »»

State Rep. Fisher reports - Week 3

February 6, 2015 Week 3 Committee work on bills is in full swing. more »»

Nothing’s the matter with Kansas

February 4, 2015 In 2004 the book What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, by Thomas Frank, was published to glowing reviews from the liberal media and Democrat activists. more »»

Mediacom Offers Broadband Speeds Six Times Faster Than The New FCC Benchmark

February 4, 2015 West Des Moines, IA – February 4, 2015 – Mediacom Communications Corporation today released the following statement regarding the updated broadband benchmark set by the Federal Communications... more »»

One suggestion for reversing rural population loss

February 2, 2015 Iowa, like many other rural states, is having a problem with population loss. The most obvious evidence of this is our loss of a Congressional seat in the 2010 national censu. more »»

Taxpayers suffer when Internal Revenue service misplaces priorities

January 30, 2015 Get ready for the credibility gap to vault north between the IRS and the taxpaying public. more »»

Newspaper media are vital for compelling storytelling

January 30, 2015 We live in a world of instant gratification. We have an abundance of information at our fingertips and the ability to stay up-to-date on world events within seconds. more »»

Education funding in Iowa - what does it mean for our rural schools?

January 28, 2015 On occasion, I may encourage parents, staff, and other members of the public to please speak out for adequate funding and resources for our schools. more »»

District 72 Update

January 27, 2015 Week 2 The formalities that mark the first week have given way to committee meetings. Bills are getting filed and assigned to committees and subcommittees. We’ve gotten down to business. more »»

Call to action on Highway 30 east of Tama

January 26, 2015 Dave's New Year's resolution was to begin walking each day to improve his health. Living in a very rural area he often would walk for miles upon miles before returning hom. more »»

Iowa courts expand their success

January 24, 2015 The Chief Justice of Iowa’s Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators this week that Iowans can be proud of our state’s court system, which is one of the best in the nation. more »»

District 72 Update

January 23, 2015 The 2015 Legislative Session is well underway. The first week as always is filled with tradition and formality. Monday morning we were sworn in for the 86th General Assembly. more »»

School Board Association backs call for broadband expansion

January 21, 2015 The Iowa Association of School Boards applauds President Obama and Governor Branstad for making expansion of broadband access, in both urban and rural areas, a priority. more »»

Sodders: 2015 Session should help Iowa’s middle class

January 17, 2015 The 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature began on Monday, January 12. more »»

Transparency in union negotiations

January 16, 2015 On November 4, 2014, voters in Colorado had the opportunity to vote on Prop 104. This Proposition passed with 70 percent approval. more »»

Attacks on journalists are an attack on freedom and must not be tolerated

January 14, 2015 Last Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. more »»

New year to focus on job creation, fiscal responsibility

January 10, 2015 We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015. more »»

Career - and college -ready: Did you know?

January 9, 2015 As a parent, I believe most of us want our children to be successful throughout their lifetime. I have yet to meet a parent who says, “I want my child to fail in school and live a life of poverty. more »»



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