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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 »»

A judge should not prohibit publishing facts

January 9, 2019 On the morning of Aug. 31, shortly after 8:30, a 12-year-old boy pulled out a gun in his seventh-grade classroom in Eldridge, a community just north of Davenport. more »»

Q & A: First Step Act

January 4, 2019 Q: What is the First Step Act? A: The bipartisan First Step Act restructures federal criminal sentencing laws for the first time in decades. more »»

Five tips for staying on track in the new year

January 2, 2019 (Family Features) While many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an equation, health doesn’t have a start or end dat. more »»

A new year

January 2, 2019 2019... more »»

It’s your right, it’s your business

December 31, 2018 Every action of government is your business. Every document held in government halls is your piece of paper. Every penny spent by government is your money. more »»

6.5 million dollars for radios????

December 28, 2018 Six and a half million dollars is a lot of money. more »»

Q & A: Internships Offer “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Experience”

December 18, 2018 Q: Why do you offer internship opportunities in your Senate offices? A: Throughout my public service, I have worked to engage younger generations to actively participate in civic life. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

December 13, 2018 As we gear up for the 88th General Assembly of the Iowa Legislature, I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and input to help solve challenges we have faced in central Iowa and our... more »»

District 72 Update

December 7, 2018 District 72 Newsletter November, 2018 I am honored and humbled to once again be elected to the Iowa House of Representatives to serve the people of District 7. more »»

Now Playing: Two Views of the Orhpeum

December 6, 2018 By Bob Untiedt Orpheum Center Director Earlier this year, a senior manager at a large company, new to town, mentioned that he and his family came to a movie the Orpheum had offered for free to his... more »»

Smart meter judgment day is today

December 5, 2018 Fairfield, Iowa– Unknown to most Iowans, a battle has been underway before the Iowa Utilities Board over Alliant Energy’s plan to require Alliant customers to either pay Alliant certain fees or... more »»

Christmas is for singing

December 2, 2018 It was early Christmas Eve in 1818 when the priests of St. Nicholas Church in Obernadorf, Austria, learned that the broken pipe organ would not be repaired in time to the Christmas Eve Midnight Mas. more »»

Q & A: First Step Act

December 1, 2018 Q: Why do you support the First Step Act... more »»

U.S. Air Froce $1,280 cups

November 30, 2018 You sent me to Congress with a specific mission: cut wasteful spending and make Washington squeal. more »»

Working together to support youth mental health

November 28, 2018 We’ve all heard the alarming statistics: One in five children have or will have signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder. more »»

Q&A: Thanksgiving Message

November 22, 2018 Q: How does Iowa rank for civic engagement? A: As the launching pad for the presidential campaign trail, Iowans are an engaged electorate. more »»

Q & A: Veterans Day

November 11, 2018 Q: As we observe the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day, what is your message to Iowans? A: First, I join with all of my fellow Americans to pay tribute to all of the men and women who have... more »»

Practice kindness to make a difference

November 8, 2018 AMES – Another day, another act of incivility, anger or violence. Ever-pervasive attitudes of self-centeredness and disregard for others seem to symbolize our times. more »»



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