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The present is but a fleeting moment. The future, an abstraction. All else is history. If you don’t know history, you don’t know much. more
The closer we get to what I predict will be our most contentious presidential election on Nov. 3, 2020, the word "socialist" will increasingly be used to label many candidates seeking political office.  The S-word sends shivers down the spine of many Americans. more
On the campaign trail not only did I meet many voters; I met many dogs and cats as well.  And while I met folks with a variety of opinions, we could always agree that we loved our pets. Unfortunately, not everyone is as kind to pets as they should be.  So, in an effort to bring something forward that we can all agree on, I introduced HF737. more
Iowa’s three Democratic U.S. Representatives – Dave Loebsack, Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne – called on the Department of Justice to drop its effort to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would lead to the loss of patient protections, including for those with pre-existing conditions, reopening the prescription drug donut hole, removing the ban on lifetime limits and taking away the ability for young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until 26. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Loebsack called on the administration to halt its efforts to strike down the ACA: more
This Tuesday I had the opportunity to introduce a group of Empower House members on the house floor. The group visited the Capitol in congruence with Brain Injury Advocacy Day on the Hill. more
Before the majority of white settlers started to move into this region, the land was wild. more
One of the bills passed in the Senate this week is Senate File 341, which brings some much needed changes to the current protections for service animals and assistance animals in housing and public places. more
I was 13 when I met the late Charlotte Borlaug, Dr. Norman Borlaug’s youngest sister. As she chronicled her account of growing up in Cresco, Iowa, with her headstrong brother, she shared the family mantra: “If you can’t get it one way, try it at a different angle.” more
The scary facts: more
This week, the Iowa Senate passed important reforms to how judges are picked in Iowa. Senate File 237 makes a number of changes to judicial nominating commissions in order to give the people of Iowa more of a voice, increase accountability, and bring balance to commissions across the state. more
On Feb. 15, President Trump declared a national state of emergency. On Feb. 14, Congress passed a funding bill that includes both a dramatic increase in immigrant detention and $1.375 billion for wall construction. more
The Legislature’s first funnel was this week, which means our focus has been narrowed to bills that have a better chance of being debated on the floor and signed into law, including: more
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