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Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

February 24, 2019 In the Legislature As we moved into the fifth week of the legislative session, subcommittee work remained the primary focus while bills have been moving through the Senate. more »»

District 72 Update

February 22, 2019 Newsletter for February 14, 2019 Work continues at a fast pac. more »»

A vignette from the 1979 Iranian Revolution

February 20, 2019 In case you’ve missed it, 11 February was the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. On 14 February 1979, the U.S. more »»

How to fix home-improvement headaches

February 17, 2019 Bill creating a contractor bond would help consumers recover money-------- It’s become a familiar story: A home improvement contractor takes money from several homeowners but leaves behind nothing... more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

February 17, 2019 In the Legislature The attention of many Iowans was focused on the work being done in the Senate this week. more »»

The legislative priorities of Iowa’s community colleges

February 15, 2019 After the Iowa Legislature adjourns, Iowa’s Community College Presidents and Trustees review the activity of the past session and look to the future to identify issues that impact the statewide... more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

February 13, 2019 In the Legislature- This week we continued to run at a busy pace. more »»

Here’s what you can do about fake news before the 2020 election

February 12, 2019 In 2019, Iowans will hear the phrase “fake news” whenever a report sullies a political party or presidential hopeful. We may support or scorn candidates without knowing fact from factoi. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

February 11, 2019 Last week was a shortened week due to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Most of the week was spent working on subcommittee assignments. more »»

Now is the time!

February 6, 2019 As a science teacher I understand that you are officially dead when your heart stops beating. more »»

Sports Betting101: What Iowa stands to gain from legal sports betting market

February 5, 2019 With Iowa’s 2019 legislative session in full swing, many policymakers have sports betting on their minds. more »»

District 72 Update

February 5, 2019 Newsletter for January 31, 2019 In spite of the cold and nasty weather, the legislature met in session every day this week. more »»

District 72 Update

February 3, 2019 The ceremonies and speeches are done and the House has gotten down to business this week in spite of the cold and freezing rain. more »»

Making laws should not be about lawmakers’ convenience

February 1, 2019 One of the biggest contrasts in public access to state and local governments in Iowa came into focus last week, and Iowans should be concerned by what occurre. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

January 30, 2019 In the Legislature This week was the first week of the 88th General Assembly and the first week of the 2019 legislative sessio. more »»

A survivor shares her story of human trafficking

January 29, 2019 January is both Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month. Trafficking and stalking are problems that continue to plague our society. more »»

Capitol Update

January 26, 2019 The legislative session is well underway. As always, the first week is filled with ceremony and speeches, but this year we also saw the inauguration of Governor Reynolds and Lt.Gov. Gregg on Frida. more »»

Use the Iowa Juvenile Home campus to further economic opportunity

January 24, 2019 Taking some action on the part of the City of Toledo on the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls campus here is a commendable step in the right direction. more »»

Marshalltown Community College is focused on student success and retention

January 21, 2019 The issues of student success and retention are something on which all colleges across the United States are focused. more »»

What you lose when you lose local news: People are less likely to vote, and politics become more polarized

January 17, 2019 In November 2016, as election results began rolling in, the maps showing state-by-state Senate and presidential wins started to look like they were plotting the same rac. more »»



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