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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
On the morning of Saturday, March 23, we had our final round of legislative forums hosted by the League of Women Voters for this 2019 legislative session. They were well attended, and we had some … 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
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
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