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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
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
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