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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 »»

Boosting quality in every Iowa classroom

May 20, 2015 Iowa is among the first states to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the status of the teaching professio. more »»

Court’s budget must ensure justice for all Iowans

May 13, 2015 Iowa’s court system works for all Iowans. Our Judicial Branch: • Enforces criminal laws. • Resolves civil legal disputes, thus maintaining a stable and robust business environment. more »»

Toledo Police Chief reminds of mowing reulations

May 12, 2015 Dear Toledo Residents, The mowing season is now upon us, and the Toledo Police Department would like to remind residents of the following city ordinance regarding lawn grasses and weeds. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

May 1, 2015 Week 14 This Tuesday was marked by another tradition, the induction of new members to the Pioneer Lawmakers. more »»

Religious Pluralism: John Hick and the Elephant with Every Other Name

March 5, 2015 The famous poem written to illustrate what happens when six blind men try to describe the elephant that none of them have seen, has been used to describe religious pluralism. more »»

Grassley Question and Answer: Housing and Urban Development spending

February 25, 2015 Q: What have you learned through your oversight of federal housing programs? A: The U.S. more »»

Sodders: Vote to reverse Iowa’s slide in school investment

February 20, 2015 (Des Moines) On Tuesday, Feb. 10, State Senator Steve Sodders (D-State Center) voted to reverse the trend that has made Iowa 35th in the nation in terms of per student investment. more »»

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 »»



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