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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says her signature on a COVID-19 immunity bill for businesses and health care facilities that fail to protect their staff and customers or patients represents a “balance.” more
With about 125 days remaining until the Nov. 3 presidential election, it's paramount voters get focused. Seven realities awaiting the electorate have less to do with the candidates than one may think. more
One of the significant casualties of the interrupted 2020 legislative session was any effort to pay for the ambitious mental health expansion that lawmakers have approved the past two years in a row. more
The legislature adjourned for the year on Sunday, June 14. This year’s session was definitely different than previous years. While we didn’t get to all the legislation we wanted, we were still able to accomplish a lot in the time we did have. more
The legislature adjourned for the year on Sunday, June 14. This year’s session was definitely different than previous years. While we didn’t get to all the legislation we wanted, I am proud of what we were still able to accomplish in the time we did have. more
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” more
Dissertation on "Lay" and "Lie." more
The coronavirus legislative session of 2020 ended like a slow-moving train derailment, as legislators wrapped up the session with emotional, partisan debates over abortion and absentee voting. But along the way, there have been some golden moments of harmony, of such genuine bipartisan cooperation and responsiveness to Iowans that it could almost restore one’s faith in government. more
Iowans are amazing. The level of civic engagement among our citizens is unrivaled. We proved that once again when voters turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in the June primary election. Despite an ongoing pandemic and civil unrest across the state, Iowans were determined to make their voices heard the best way possible: by voting. more
As a sixth-generation pig farmer, I thought I had seen, or at least heard, it all. From the challenges my family and other pig farmers have weathered over the years, such as disease outbreaks and trade barriers to volatile markets that impact our bottom lines. Yet, the food supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19 is unlike anything we have experienced. Certainly, the virus spread has made planning for food production, and the things we all do as Americans, a challenge everywhere. more
The Senate continued to debate policy bills this week as we were in the home stretch toward adjournment of the 2020 session. Bills of note this week included: more
In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of state legislatures are facing revenue declines of up to 33 percent, thus forcing them to enact budgets with significant spending reductions when compared to the previous fiscal year. more
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