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When I was approached to serve as the sole judge for the Wilton Public Library Edible Books Challenge March 30, I must admit I thought it was a joke. For anyone who really knows me, it doesn’t … more
We are approaching what could be the last week of the session. Many policy items of significance continue to be worked on. If any one big piece of policy has a breakthrough I will send everyone an … more
When I heard that an out-of-state investment group was purchasing manufactured housing communities in Iowa, I was surprised — and then I heard how much they were planning to raise the rent. And … more
My mother didn’t teach my brother and me how to cook. My wife, Sherry, believes that was a mistake. So Sherry made sure she taught our daughter and three sons how to cook, and she also taught me. … more
With the birth of our new website wdadvocatenews.com in 2016, I was asked a few times about the newspaper, more specifically, if we are “getting rid of the paper” or “Will we still have the … more
While knocking on your doors last year, I heard many comments about childcare. The high costs and limited availability of childcare can be a significant barrier for parents getting into and … more
April 3, 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court’s Varnum vs. Brien decision, which legalized same-sex marriage in our state. We were only the third state in America to … more
To truly do the 121st Wilton High School Alumni Banquet justice, I must refer to an old juvenile adage of simply — “You had to be there.” For the second straight year, Joe Brammeier (WHS … 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
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
During every legislative session I either host or attend 20-plus legislative forums and listening posts. They take place in every corner of the district plus Muscatine and Iowa City. Constituent … more
For those of us that watch cable news nightly or even take it step(s) further and watch Fox News, CNN, MSNBC or other stations, one thing that has remained a constant in the past couple years is that … more
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