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"Since his first election to the Scott County Board of Supervisors in 2016, Ken Beck has been instrumental in making amazing things happen for the betterment of the county and all of us who reside in it.  I’ll cite a few of the myriad of reasons Ken has earned my vote for a third term ..." more
"Those who know Ken will agree that he is responsive, engaged in the community, understands the need to be accountable to the taxpayers and gets the job done ..." more
"I wanted to express my appreciation for the recent gathering in Iowa City featuring House Speaker Mike Johnson, hosted by our congresswoman, Rep. Mariannette Miller Meeks ..." more
"What would make a person vote for a man who is only interested in bettering himself at the expense of others, namely our country ..." more
"You don’t have to vote for Joe.  Write in Nikki ..." more
A group of good-hearted volunteers in the Quad Cities is welcoming refugees and putting into practice the Biblical injunctions, "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen. 4: 9) and "I was a stranger and you invited me in." (Mt. 25:35). more
May 1, 1974: A 21-year-old Bettendorf man was seriously injured after he stopped to help another driver change a flat tire along Highway 61 near Interstate 80. A southbound vehicle veered off the roadway, pinning the man between it and the disabled vehicle. The man was taken to Mercy Hospital, where one of his legs had to be amputated. more
The 2024 session was a big win for Iowans, and we passed some major legislation to address the concerns of Iowans and the issues important to them. With all these accomplishments, we are looking forward to getting back home to our districts, spending time with our families, and talking with constituents about our successes this year. more
"Is it wrong to ask highly paid professionals to TRY to respond in English, even though it might be a broken-English? When they try, I’ll be the first to congratulate them ..." more
Thank you to readers who said they appreciated last week's "Impressions" which explained the difficult choices in the Israeli-Hamas War – thanks largely to the teaching pastor, the Rev. Peter Pettit, of St. Paul Lutheran. One reader wrote, "Thanks for your explanation of the Israel/Hamas war. I didn't understand what was going on, but your article helped me to grasp the problem." more
April 24, 1974: North Scott teachers were preparing to enter contract negotiations with the district and asked for a $1,000 pay increase, to $8,400 for the 1974-75 school year. Jack Dudley of the North Scott Education Association said the district had not kept pace with the cost of living. Dudley said the average teacher was paid $10,290 in the last school year, which worked out to about $4.82 per hour, assuming a teacher only worked eight hours per day during the nine-month contract period. Starting sweepers at Caterpillar earned $4.95 per hour. more
On April 10, the Iowa House passed House File 2641 by a near unanimous 96-aye to 1-nay vote. HF 2641 is the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) departmental bill. The measure proposes a number of changes to the Code that make technical corrections to update Code verbiage, remove dormant or obsolete program and Code provisions, and restructures Code language concerning the Choose Iowa Promotional Program. more
House File 2634 removes the $7.0 million cap on the real estate transfer tax (RETT) that is deposited in the housing trust fund (HTF)—resulting in an increase to that fund and affordable housing across the state. The bill passed out of the House Economic Growth and Technology and Ways and Means Committees as well as off the House Floor unanimously. more
"... I cannot recommend this play highly enough. It is a testament to the enduring relevance and transformative potential of the theatrical arts ..." more
"Volunteers are an essential extension of the Compassus hospice care team. From directly interacting with patients and families to working with care team members behind the scenes to help operations run smoothly, they provide a vital service ..." more
Lancer Productions’ presentation of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opens this weekend, and I have much to report. more
The images are grim, and the April 10 first-person report from the Amnesty International fieldworker inside Gaza is sickening: more
April 18, 1984: Doug Otto was hired as the fourth superintendent in North Scott’s history. Otto was currently serving as the superintendent at Rockridge, Ill., and would replace Robert “Bear” Stevens, who was taking a position as superintendent in Glenbard, Ill. more
The 14th week included a lot of floor debate as we work through bills going through both the House and the Senate. more
The 14th week of the 2024 legislative session brought more bills to the House floor. As Chairman of the House Appropriation Committee, I have scheduled budget bills to start being voted on within our committee. We will soon be reaching the end of our session. more
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