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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
One big topic of conversations at the capitol last week was Senate File 348. This bill is from Gov. Kim Reynolds and allows for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives by a pharmacist without a previous consultation and prescription of a doctor. more
Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. They know that the below-ground parts of a tree are kept insulated by a layer of snow, and that is important to winter survival, but the exposed parts of a tree are not so protected. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of trees, shrubs and perennials. more
Editor's note: Extension of the Local Option Sales Tax, of which Rep. Mommsen writes, beyond 2029 is a necessary first step for the North Scott School District to be able to sell bonds for the YMCA project it is pursuing in cooperation with the city of Eldridge and the Scott County Family Y. more
One of the biggest issues that the Legislature is considering this session is whether the state should legalize sports betting. This conversation became a possibility last year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited gambling on professional and college sports. more
A woman’s bra is not the first thing that comes to mind when considering ways to empower survivors of human trafficking. Yet this unassuming undergarment has the power to bring freedom and hope to women who need to support themselves in other ways.  more
Teenagers rarely come to the doctor’s office unless they have strep throat, cough, or an injury. more
The House Majority has continually made Iowa’s K-12 schools one of our top priorities every year. more
This has been a trying couple weeks for our families, schools, and community. The frigid weather has gripped much of the country, produced record-breaking lows across the Midwest. more
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