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The high cost of childcare is often a major problem for many families struggling to get by. Oftentimes, one parent is forced to stay at home and take care of children, not by choice but due to the unaffordable costs of day care. This forces many Iowans out of the workforce at a time when businesses are struggling to find more employees. more
This week we passed a number of bills based on ideas from constituents and issues that came up over the summer and fall. On Sept. 11, 2019, a few county courthouses were broken into in central Iowa. more
In the ninth week of the legislative session, we continued our work debating bills and sending them to the House of Representatives. Here are a few bills that passed through the Senate this week: more
Canceling university classes and other “social distancing” measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended public health consequence: reducing the state’s and nation’s blood supply. more
By now COVID-19 has impacted hundreds (if not thousands) of small businesses in our community. People are postponing travel plans, they are not spending their dollars on local restaurants or retail – and are canceling events left and right. This is wreaking havoc on small businesses. more
Do you remember thriving downtowns, even in rural areas, with cafes, diners, restaurants and maybe even lunch wagons; hardware, clothes, book and department stores (some with lunch counters); TV-, car- and shoe-repair shacks; smoke, pet, barber, beauty, music and antique shops? more
March 18, 2015: For the first time in school history, the North Scott boys’ basketball team were state champions. After taking out Waukee and Iowa City West earlier in the week, the Lancers faced off against MAC rivals Pleasant Valley in the championship game, 44-36. more
"The Second Amendment states: 'A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.' Clearly this right referred to the people as a whole and not as individuals ..." more
Thirty-two years ago this month, Tim and I drove with our infant daughter and a loyal, mixed-breed dog from our home in southern Missouri to Iowa. more
"I fear that instead of safely reopening, what this carelessness will result in, is that the virus, even if the numbers drop during the summer, will hang around in big enough numbers all across the country to be poised to strike quickly and in a big way in the fall and winter ..." more
Prepare for some civic lifting heavier than any flood fight. more
Additional reopenings throughout the state will start this week and next week after a new proclamation from Gov. Reynolds. Starting May 22, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and museums were allowed to reopen again, as long as they can accommodate reasonable public health measures. Pools will only be allowed to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons. more
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