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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
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
I travel the country attending both state level and national press conventions, always hearing wonderful ideas being implemented at newspapers both large and small. Sometimes we even execute those … more
Funnel week has come and gone and many bad bills have gone away and work on many great bills wait to be done. This is the time of the year where dollars are appropriated and I wanted to share a few … more
On Saturday, March 2, I visited a Stanwood farm operation and held five listening post events across Cedar County — sandwiched between a pancake breakfast and a spaghetti dinner. It was great to … more
In staying with the political correctness theme of last week, I thought we’d dive into University of Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin's discipline this week. For those of us out there … 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
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
I’ve been stuck thinking a lot this week about political correctness. Based on my job and the news and political shows I watch on TV, I actually shake my head at how sensitive we’ve gotten in a … more
This week, I’m proud to announce the launch of the Iowa Future Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of Iowa’s youngest legislators. Alongside my Future Caucus co-chairs, fellow Senator Zach … more
As we begin the seventh week of the Legislative Session, many policies and committee work begin to take shape. My State Government Committee has been one of the busiest in the Capitol. To date, we … more
If I wasn't there, I wouldn't have believed it. In a matter of around 45-60 minutes, the Durant bowling team members had their hearts ripped from their chests and put back in again by the Iowa High … more
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