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In November, I wrote in this space about the Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) efforts to make the INA All-State selection process more Democratic with online voting, starting with football last … more
    Health care - Last year, Iowa made national headlines when two of the three statewide health insurance carriers announced that they would no longer be participating in the individual insurance … more
    A bill to legalize discrimination based on religious beliefs is eligible for debate in the Iowa Senate.     SF 2338 passed the Senate Local Government Committee along party lines on Feb. … more
It’s been a busy February here at the Advocate News. Of course every month of every year is busy when a staff of four attempts to cover two communities. We’ve been out front with story after … more
    Iowans want a tax system that is fair to everyone, not just the special interests. Because of the state’s cobbled together tax policies, many Iowans believe the system is rigged against … more
    The first funnel deadline has come and gone. We can now focus on the bills that have a legitimate chance of passage and becoming law. This week I will write about four bills. I have heard from … more
After months of reporting and recent weeks of anticipation, including my prediction last week, Wilton Superintendent Joe Burnett will become Durant’s next leader as the districts will share … more
    This week is the final week that bills originating in the House have an opportunity to pass a House Committee. Bills that do not survive this week are more than likely done for this session. I … more
    People who torture, abuse, neglect or abandon dogs, cats and other companion animals will face harsher penalties if Senate File 2181 becomes law. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary … more
    The recent false alarm in Hawaii about a ballistic missile attack reminded me of a fateful Saturday – Feb. 20, 1971 – that the Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS) put out a false national … more
Last week’s column was supposed to be about predictions. However, a social media post by a Wilton secondary student on a Friday night made me pivot hard to plan B. I tried to give a timeline of … more
    There are two more full weeks of committee work before the first “funnel” deadline.  This deadline is designed to winnow the thousands of bills to a few that have a chance to pass the … more
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