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This column contains everything you ever wanted to know – or perhaps never wanted to know – about fruitcakes. And when I say fruitcakes, I’m talking about those cakes that contain dried fruit … more
Here are some scraps from an old reporter’s notepad: When it comes to Iowa’s 20 safest cities, Eldridge ranks no. 5. That’s according to an Oct. 26 report from safewise.com, which … more
It’s been awhile since I’ve had HBO as part of my local cable package. To say I’m having withdrawals is an understatement. One of the shows I miss the most is “Real Time with Bill … more
The passing of President George H.W. Bush last week had me traveling down several different avenues of thought in the days that followed.Bush served the nation as the 41st president from 1989-1993, … more
Recent flooding across Iowa has caused, by Governor Reynolds’ estimation, approximately $1.6 billion — with a “B” — in property damages, since floodwaters started rising in mid March. Some … more
Last week the Capitol saw a big priority of mine make important progress. I have been a champion of fighting animal cruelty for the last several years, and last week one of the bills I have been … more
Having made it through the first funnel week, we kept up the momentum and launched into floor debate. As a freshman legislator, I am still learning the protocol and decorum of floor speaking, and … more
The theme of this week’s column is highlighting the bipartisan work we are doing in Des Moines. Iowa is not Washington, D.C. We are required to pass a balanced budget and that requires working … more
The NCAA tournament bracket is out. March Madness is upon us. My favorite time of year! Each year, tens of millions of Americans fill out brackets while looking to pick that ultimate upset — or … more
This week begins the holiday season and hopefully I’m not the only one wondering where summer, fall, and for that matter 2018, has gone! As we give thanks this week with family and friends, … more
This week is our first funnel deadline in the Legislature. All 150 legislators are permitted to file a bill on any topic they choose. This leads to hundreds and even thousands of bills being … more
The best part of my Monday morning drive to Des Moines runs straight through a recently completed 58-turbine wind farm in Poweshiek County. The slow, elegant blades always fill me with hope and … more
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