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Did you know that rule changed?

August 19, 2015 Each year a plethora of rules are changed in the state of Iowa by the various agencies and boards, and we usually have no idea that something has changed until it affects us. more »»

On the Stump: The Polls are coming! The Polls are coming!

August 15, 2015 Secretary of State’s fair booth to feature presidential poll DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate plans to include a Presidential Straw Poll at his office's booth during the 2015 Iowa... more »»

Being “house rich” – Affordable housing, foreclosures, and home size

August 13, 2015 Many people are concerned about housing affordability, especially following the Great Recession of 2009. more »»

Service Contracts and Extended Warranties

August 9, 2015 When you pay for an extended service contract, you and the contract provider are essentially making a bet. more »»

Ensuring good health care for vulnerable Iowans

August 6, 2015 We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were established on July 30, 196. more »»

Eastern Iowa is now part of Chicago!

August 4, 2015 The distance from Chicago to Dubuque, or Clinton, or Davenport is around 200 miles. It’s almost 250 from Burlington. more »»

Questions and answers: Americans With Disabilities Act

July 31, 2015 Q: How has the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) shaped American society? A: The landmark civil rights law this summer observes 25 years since President George H.W. more »»

Is the mail on time in rural areas? U.S. Postal Service is going to be asking

July 30, 2015 WASHINGTON—Small towns and rural areas may soon get more attention from the U.S. Postal Service, following several years of post office and mail sorting facility closings. more »»

Grassley- Questions and answers- Social Security

July 23, 2015 Q: How does Social Security measure up 80 years after being signed into law? A: Generations of Americans have been protected against poverty thanks in large measure to this social safety net signed... more »»

Transparency at the county level in Iowa

July 20, 2015 Public Interest Institute works to focus on issues pertaining to transparency and specifically tries to focus on Iowa issues. more »»

Veto of Mental Health Institute funding hurts vulnerable Iowans

July 17, 2015 As part of ongoing efforts to improve mental health services, we voted this year to make it easier for Iowans to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment closer to home. more »»

We need to strengthen biodefense now

July 14, 2015 The United Nations Security Council recently heard firsthand testimony from the victims of a chemical-weapons attack in Syria. more »»

Encourage Iowans to consider school board service

July 2, 2015 Editor’s Note: Iowa school board elections are on Sept. 8, 2015. The candidate filing period is July 6-30. more »»

Enhancing Iowa’s economy

July 2, 2015 I was asked to lead a trade delegation to Taiwan in July. Taiwan is one of Iowa’s biggest markets for ag exports. more »»

The Cost of a Day in London – 1971 vs. 2015

June 24, 2015 My wife and I lived in England from 1971 to 1975, when I was in the Air Force. I was stationed at RAF Upper Heyford, just north of Oxford. e lived in an apartment in Oxford. more »»

School funding compromise breaks gridlock, ends session

June 19, 2015 The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. more »»

Class of 2015: Live with Purpose

June 8, 2015 Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Leaving high school or college certainly brings mixed feelings. Remember, closing one door opens an opportunity to knock on another one. more »»

Student achievement, quality schools remain key sticking points

June 5, 2015 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, QUALITY SCHOOLS REMAIN KEY STICKING POINTS Adam has made it through another year at Iowa State with great grades. He is now studying journalism and media. more »»

The real debt for all public entities in Iowa

May 29, 2015 On February 9, 2015, the State Treasurer of Iowa, Michael L. Fitzgerald, released the report of outstanding debt obligations for state and local government. more »»

Recognition for local school board members

May 23, 2015 IVCCD, South Tama Boards recognized for service “School Boards Strengthen Public Education” is the theme of Iowa’s School Board Recognition Month, being celebrated this month statewid. more »»



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