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District 72 Update

January 28, 2016 Newsletter for January 21, 2016 We are finishing our second week of the session and the pomp and circumstance of the first week is behind us and the real work of the Legislature is underway. more »»

Review of 2015: Senate Gets to Work

January 25, 2016 At year’s end, most Americans take stock of the previous 12 months and consider if they met their goals for the year. more »»

Empowering educators through teacher leadership

January 22, 2016 As a result of funding provided by the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) grant, many Iowa schools are placing teachers into newly created leadership positions. more »»

District 72 Update

January 22, 2016 The 2016 legislative session is underway. Monday morning we began with the swearing in of Rep. Linda Upmeyer as our new Speaker of the House. more »»

Iowa courts strive for justice for all

January 20, 2016 Iowa’s courts are committed to: ·Protecting Iowa’s children ·Operating an efficient, full-service court system ·Providing faster and less costly resolution of legal disputes ·Operating in an open an... more »»

Times change...

January 15, 2016 In not that many days of the past, campaign operatives were “glad-handing” the voters. more »»

Thinking About Giving? - Consider Tama County Community Foundation

January 11, 2016 Thinking about giving. Are we like Rodin’s statue “The Thinker” and ponder about giving our money and to whom or what charity? I bet we do in some form. more »»

-IOWA WATCH - Iowa’s Judicial Branch flunks transparency survey despite landmark reports availability

January 8, 2016 EDITOR'S NOTE: IowaWatch assistant editor, data analyst and reporter Lauren Mills participated in the Iowa portion of this investigation, asking predetermined questions, doing follow-up interviews,... more »»

Truth or Dare: Crunch Time for ObamaCare

January 7, 2016 In the old game by this name, participants are first asked if they want to agree to “tell the truth” about what they will be asked (usually something embarrassing), or if not, if they will “do a... more »»

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 »»



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