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I sit here on a Monday night trying to wrap my head around the past 72 hours or so within the Wilton school system. During a week in which the school boards in Durant and Wilton are on the verge of … more
    Water Quality—This week we passed our first major piece of legislation. It is a first step in dealing with water quality in our state. I supported the bill. It passed in both chambers with … more
    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds were elected on two promises: Raising family incomes by 25 percent and creating 200,000 new Iowa jobs within four years. Republican … more
We were honored to be named the Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Outstanding Business at the annual Chamber dinner held Jan. 15 at the Wilton Community Center.     Our modest 4-person staff … more
    Committee work is underway as the second week of session has come and gone. For a reminder, I serve on the following committees: State Government, Local Government, Environmental Protection, … more
    I’ve joined 20 of my colleagues in the Iowa Senate to introduce SF 2058, a bill to end privatized Medicaid and put Iowans back in control of a state-run system that provides affordable … more
I am going to yield most of my column space this week to a longer than usual letter to the editor from Jeff Kaufmann. Depending on who you are and/or your age, you may know Jeff for one of several … more
    The first week of session is steeped in tradition. Leaders from the three branches of state government share their vision for a better Iowa. There are lots of good ideas, but ultimately, we … more
    The first week of our 2018 legislative session highlighted the Governor’s State of the State speech. It was a historic speech as Gov. Kim Reynolds is the first woman to serve as governor of … more
With the 2018 Iowa Legislative session officially under way, we begin this week with more politically charged columns. State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann has submitted his first editorial of the session (see … more
    The 2018 Legislative session has officially begun. I expect a busy year and always appreciate when my constituents respond to this column with feedback. For my first column of 2018 I want to … more
To pick up on last week’s theme of stories to watch heading into 2018, one big one I didn’t mention was the Durant Eighth Street project.     By far the major project for the city of Durant … more
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