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Education is key to 2011 session

June 2, 2011 I recently had the opportunity to give the commencement address at Indian Hills Community College. In my speech, I highlighted the coming retirement of Senate President Jack Kibbie. more »»

Senator Sodders host Tama meeting on Friday

June 2, 2011 State Senator Steve Sodders will host a public meeting on the state budget this Friday, June 3, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in Tama in the public lounge of the Tama Civic Center. more »»

Kapucian Korner

May 5, 2011 Welcome from under the Golden Dome! We had a lot of discussions at the Capitol this week. One thing is clear; there is no agreement on closing down this session. more »»

Timing and tactics: Why it is important

April 30, 2011 During my eleven years serving as your Representative I have learned a lot about being effective in Des Moines and advancing certain agendas for the good of Iowans. more »»

Property tax break, redistricting will benefit Iowans

April 24, 2011 We took some significant votes this week that will change the face of Iowa. Today I voted in support of the new redistricting map. more »»

When is it time to compromise?

April 23, 2011 We have two weeks to go in this session. There is so much to do and so far to go. The House and Senate are miles apart on both policy and appropriation bills. more »»

Neogitaitons to determine length of Iowa Legislative session

April 22, 2011 Greetings from under the Golden Dome! We are slowly coming to the close of the 2011 Iowa Legislative Session. Much work is left to be done on the appropriations bills. more »»

Greetings from under the golden dome!

April 14, 2011 TAMA NEWS-HERALD -Once every decade, Iowa’s political landscape changes – and sometimes the shifts can be pretty dramatic. That time has come once again. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

March 25, 2011 Greetings from under the golden dome!! A couple of bills of interest that we are studying ---- Iowa is the undisputed national leader in livestock production. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

March 8, 2011 Greetings from Des Moines as a busy week goes by! This week is the first funnel week; the point in time where the Iowa Legislature begins to narrow their work load. more »»

House Labor Committee passes collective bargaining reform in marathon committee meeting

March 7, 2011 Last Friday morning at 6:04 a.m. the House Labor committee passed HSB 117. Debate began the previous day at 5 p.m. after already having met for two hours earlier in the day. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

March 1, 2011 Greetings from under the golden dome! While we continue to lack for much floor debate in the senate, we are rapidly approaching “the funnel.” Next week is funnel week. more »»

Listening to Iowans

February 24, 2011 The Iowa House of Representatives passed a historic bill yesterday, Feb. 16. If HF194 becomes law, it would be the first time since 1997 that significant tax relief has been given to Iowans. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 23, 2011 Greetings from Des Moines! As week six winds down here in the Iowa Senate, we are finally beginning some substantive debat. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 17, 2011 Greetings from under the golden dome in Des Moines. One bill per week. That’s the average pace of debate in the Iowa Senate after five weeks of session. more »»

“Re-Open Iowa for Business”

February 12, 2011 As Old Man Winter reminded us that we are in the heart of winter, we continued to work here at the Capitol. more »»

Particiaption "By the people"

February 10, 2011 What a difference a year makes…. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 7, 2011 Greetings from the Statehouse as another week goes by! Minutes ago I returned from the House of Representatives where Governor Branstad presented the keynote on his budget proposal. more »»

ObamaCare and the Iowa Juvenile Home

January 31, 2011 TOLEDO CHRONICLE - At the end of the first week of session, I was told that a DHS facility in my district, the Iowa State Juvenile Home, was going to experience severe cuts and program eliminatio. more »»

Investing in Iowans will help grow our economy

January 30, 2011 This legislative session, we are staying focused on creating good jobs and improving the economy. more »»



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