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Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids — The Path Forward

March 15, 2017 Untreated hearing loss is a major health problem in the United States, particularly for older American. more »»

Democracy dies behind closed doors

March 15, 2017 Democracies die behind closed doors. Those were the words of federal judge Damon Keith about secret deportation hearings after the 9/11 attacks. more »»

Iowa’s tax receipts are still rising, even with calls for budget cuts

March 14, 2017 Following the December meeting of Iowa’s Revenue Estimating Conference (REC), news outlets began to report that the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) state budget — which runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30,... more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

March 11, 2017 In the Legislature This week was our first funnel week and it is one of the busiest weeks we have in the legislature. more »»

Inside the Iowa House

March 9, 2017 Vouchers up next According to the special interests running the show for Republicans at the State Capitol these days, the next priority of the Iowa Legislature will be vouchers that siphon funding... more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

March 8, 2017 Newsletter for Thursday, March 2, 2017 This week is funnel week, when all individually filed bills need to be through the committee process to be eligible for floor action. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

March 4, 2017 After weeks of contention in the Senate, we have found bipartisanship as we passed SF 1 and SF 180 though the Senate, both with a 50-0 vote. more »»

Ideas for the Juvenile Home reuse

March 3, 2017 The Toledo Chronicle Editor asked me to write down the ideas I had, saying he thought I was on the right track and furthermore the current crop of ideas aren’t “thinking big enough.”. more »»

Keeping our promise on the Supreme Court

March 2, 2017 The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant and a revered defender of the Constitution and the limited role of the judiciary in our Republic. more »»

Iowa Valley Continuing Education is on a mission

February 28, 2017 Iowa Valley Continuing Education is on a mission to prepare individuals for college and fulfilling careers through English language learning and high school equivalency classes. more »»

Inside the Iowa House: The Special Interest Fix on Collective Bargaining

February 26, 2017 The last two weeks have been the most contentious in my 17 years in the Legislature. more »»

Democrats view of Iowa’s collective bargining bill

February 24, 2017 DES MOINES - In response to the passing of Republican-sponsored, SF213 and HF291, bills that gut a Chapter 20 law that has worked well for forty years to the benefit of working men and women in... more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

February 24, 2017 On Thursday the Iowa Legislature passed collective bargaining reforms for public sector employees. This legislation will update the existing Chapter 20 laws for Iowa public sector employees. more »»

District 72 Update

February 22, 2017 Week 6 was marked by considerable debate time with debate into the late evening Tuesday and Wednesday nights on House File 291, Collective Bargaining Reform. more »»

Time to mandate Emergency Medical Services in Iowa?

February 17, 2017 Since the November, 2016, General Election, it’s been said: the rural areas have spoken - the heartland has felt left out - the cities and big counties have dictated too much policy. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

February 16, 2017 In the Senate: We are already in week five and busy with committee work. We are coming up on our first funnel wee. more »»

Vital flow of information is threatened

February 15, 2017 A public notice published by the government is not really public Once a year, all local governments in Iowa are required to publish a public notice in a newspaper listing the salaries of every one o... more »»

Iowa’s privileged class: State-government employees

February 15, 2017 Iowa has the largest Pay Gap in the nation. more »»

Cornfields, common sense and community

February 13, 2017 Editor’s Note; This is a new legislative column submitterd by State Senator Jeff Edler (R-State?Center) who was elected in November, 2106, to Iowa Senate Seat 36 representing Tama, Marshall and a... more »»

Trip to Germany / France will broaden your perspective

February 11, 2017 I was blessed to grow up in rural Iowa as a youth. Unfortunately, I did not fully appreciate how lucky I wa. more »»



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