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Growing up in Asmara, Eritrea, our three bedroom open home was just like you might see in Florida. more
The prairie grass waved gently in the wind, and the river flowed as it always had, uncaring of the scene that was being carried out just a short distance to the west. more
I opposed Senate File 634 and encouraged the Governor to veto the bill. As state treasurer, I have been a vocal advocate for the hardworking Iowans, their families, and their communities, who depend on IPERS in retirement. more
On July 2, 1919, Iowa became the 10th state to ratify the right of all citizens, regardless of gender, to vote. Commemoration and celebration – from an Iowa perspective – of this 100-year anniversary is starting throughout the state. Twenty-six different projects and activities which are intended to educate the public regarding this monumental achievement have been in the planning stage since 2017. more
Ice, snow, and frigid temperatures push dreams of vacation into planning mode. Anyone familiar with my habits and obsessions will tell you that traveling is my passion and I crave adventure. It’s amazing how hours in a mini-van can bring a family closer and transform argumentative teenagers into temporary friends. When traveling anywhere, I do my research. Planning ahead saves time and energy on a vacation where you’re supposed to be relaxing. I’m often asked about travel details, so I thought I’d share some tips. more
When I thought about running for the Iowa Senate, I thought about how I could impact positive change with my experience, education and background. I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to do, but after being on the school board for a full term of four years, I quickly learned that if I wanted to really impact education as well as other priorities that are important to me, that I needed to be in the Iowa Senate. I was worried after being on a non-partisan school board that the state legislative process would be frustrating and unproductive. While it was frustrating at times, I feel like it was the right decision for me, and I felt like I was able to use my skills, education and background to make a real difference in my first session as a state senator. more
Forty years ago a group of DeWitt business people marched up and down Sixth Avenue garnering support to make an offer on the “Majestic Theater,” historically known as the Operahouse. more
Public safety is frequently one of the top things that Iowans identify as something the Legislature needs to address. We have taken this topic seriously, passing many bills this session that will keep students, motorists, and senior citizens safe across our state. more
I’ve been a special ed teacher at the Edward White Elementary School in Eldridge for five years. more
The Iowa Senate unanimously advanced a bill this week aimed at shining the light on costs that help determine drug pricing. Senate File 563 deals with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are third-party companies who act as prescription drug middlemen to develop plans for state government employees, commercial health entities, and for employers who self-insure. more
The Better Business Bureau has encountered several moving companies that are causing headaches for consumers and the BBB. Last August, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati announced indictments against several moving companies and individuals based in locations throughout the country.  more
Listen: lately, it seems like life has been hard. This winter was hard. Everything is hard. I need a vacation. You need a vacation. We all need a vacation. more
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