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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
Editor’s note: The following is a paid editorial by Fred Grunder of Wilton.Editor:Like many people, I feel this nation is at a crucial turning point. The election in November of 2020 may decide … 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
The following was submitted by Dave Larson, Bennett CSD Principal/Superintendent.Bennett Community School District (CSD) will have an upcoming special election on Tuesday, Feb. 5 for Bennett School … more
I begin this week with a bit of venting so please bear with me. To all activities directors and principals within the River Valley Conference (RVC), the time is NOW to revamp the RVC wrestling … more
I had some good conversations and interaction at the Iowa City forums last weekend. There are always a few who want to make it political and disrupt, but the vast majority were interested in civil … more
With the first two weeks of our legislative session in the books, the General Assembly has moved past the “welcome back” phase straight into the “filing legislation” phase. Our first … more
In a follow-up to last week's column, I wanted to note that I did end up receiving correspondence from former Wilton wrestler Eli Faison, who was recently forced to retire from the sport he loves due … more
On the morning of Monday, Jan. 14, my family and I made our way to the Iowa Capitol for my swearing-in ceremony. As I entered the Senate chamber, I spoke briefly with the Senate Doorman, Frank … more
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