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'May you live in interesting times" is an expression loosely attributed to the Chinese, but with no proof of its origin. Whether Chinese or not, it applies to the current time. Presidential impeachment hearings are under way, and on Feb. 2-4 we will have the Super Bowl, Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses and President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech. more
Jan. 25, 1995: Gov. Terry Branstad visited Neil Armstrong Elementary School to present the school with the F.I.N.E award. The governor praised the school for its peer-tutoring program. Teacher Kathy Coffman accepted the award, along with teachers and volunteers Chris Green, Julie Gill, Lyman Miller, Shellee Statser, Barb Cecil, Sandy Kendrick, Lynette Berg and Deb Brix more
Women age 50 and over are saying they plan to vote in large numbers in Iowa and nationally and there’s no issue they care about more than health care, according to a Harris Poll conducted for AARP and released first to Iowa Capital Dispatch. more
This week the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Budget Committee heard from the Local Food and Farm Initiative. This organization strives to expand opportunities for economic growth through smaller diversified farms and food systems. They also stressed the need for statewide coordination of these efforts. One suggestion was for the Department of Ag to have a statewide coordinator. This person’s responsibility would be to create a process by which producers and end users could connect. more
This week I chaired a subcommittee for SSB 3016 that will conform Iowa Code to federal changes of the minimum age to purchase and possess or use tobacco to 21. I was thrilled to have a group of students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in DeWitt who have been advocating for this issue participate in the subcommittee remotely via Skype. They educated the committee on the dangers of vaping as well as other related issued they would like to see address. more
Over the last nine years, investment in Iowa’s schools has increased by $863 million, or 35 percent. House Republicans are committed to putting Iowa schools first, and we have made it a priority to set SSA as early as possible. In doing so, school boards will have the time they need in order to plan their budgets for the 2020-21 school year. more
A joint resolution that would make the subject of abortion neutral in the Iowa Constitution is one of the first bills moving through the legislative process. This change to Iowa’s Constitution does not prevent abortions. And, the U.S. Supreme Court precedent still prohibits states from banning all abortions under the U.S. Constitution. What this amendment does do is add new language to the Iowa Constitution stating it does not secure or protect a right to an abortion or require public funding for an abortion. more
"A new Family Y facility in Eldridge would be a great asset to the North Scott area and to the North Scott School District ..." more
"Eldridge is in dire need of an adequate modern facility where its residents can exercise, recreate and socialize. We need a clean, safe state-of-the-art facility to work out, to shoot hoops, and to swim ..." more
"Much has been discussed and written about the proposed North Scott community Y facility. I’d like to recap in the form of a Top 10 list ..." more
"My candidate, Bernie Sanders, has a history of fighting for equality, opposing the war machine, fighting bad trade deals that put corporations ahead of workers and the environment ..." more
"Here is the bottom line: corporations expect a return on their investments. Bernie Sanders is the ONLY candidate who takes NO corporate contributions ..." more
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