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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
On Feb. 9 and 10, I held my first “wave” of 2019 listening post events. I held seven listening posts in a 36-hour span across three counties, driving just over 150 miles to Tipton, … more
I had a very interesting yet pleasant experience while attending the Durant vs. Danville Regional girls’ basketball game Feb. 9. I needed it after our Wildcat girls suffered such a heart-wrenching … more
As we begin our fourth week of the legislative session, many topics of interest are making their way through the committee process. This involves subcommittees, testimony from the public and input … more
This week, Iowa Republicans released their plan to fundamentally alter how judges are nominated in our state. You may have heard about this in the paper or on social media, so I wanted to spend a … more
I must begin this week with a little housekeeping. First I want to publically recognize our city workers who battled to keep the streets clear, garbage picked up etc. during the last two weeks of … more
In my first column, I wrote about my top four priorities for this session. They were EMS funding, improving mental health care, education policy and funding, and combating animal cruelty. Those are … more
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, I delivered my first “point of personal privilege” (i.e., speech) on the floor of the Iowa Senate. I wanted to share the message with you — here is a slightly abridged … more
Congratulations! You survived the late January deep freeze. If you hadn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this. Our below-zero weather, with temperatures warmer in Antarctica than they were here, … more
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