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I’m working on a story for next month. And it’s kind of an unbelievable story, although what I’m about to tell you might seem unremarkable. So you’ll just have to trust me for now. But I did want you to meet two characters. more
March 13, 1974: A group of Eldridge residents said they planned to fight the U.S. Department of Transportation’s plan to abandon the Milwaukee Railroad spur from Bettendorf to Mount Joy and Eldridge. “The economic impact of its loss could be very serious,” wrote the North Scott Industrial Development Board. The Milwaukee Railroad said it also planned to fight the DOT on the matter. more
Last week, the House of Representatives had a busy week of debate. more
The Iowa House unanimously passed House File 2581, a bill to make changes to the Iowa One Call system. Iowa One Call is the 8-1-1 phone number that Iowans call before they dig to ensure that underground utilities are not harmed. The Iowa One Call system currently processes over 540,000 tickets and coordinates more than 2.7 million locate requests per year throughout Iowa. more
"Feeling the obligation to recognize the governor's skills and offer thanks of relief, Bill Wohlford, former course co-owner sharpened his carving tools and parodied Iowa's iconic artist, Grant Wood, with a version of his 'American Gothic' ..." more
"The HAVlife Foundation seeks to allow all youth to experience life in the fullest - increasing exposure to positive community influences and enhancing the development of a positive and confident approach to citizenship ..." more
"Please vote for democracy! Our lives and those of our children depend on it ..." more
Four years ago this week, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, voters of Eldridge and the North Scott School District, in separate measures, gave thumbs up to funding a YMCA in Eldridge. The taxpayers would build it, and the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley would run it. more
March 6, 1974: The North Scott School District purchased 13 acres of land in Park View for $26,000. While the site had been eyed for an elementary school in the past, the land purchase did not guarantee a school would be built there. Any construction would require a bond referendum. more
Republicans in the Iowa Legislature say they don’t want politics in your kid’s classroom. But that’s not true. They don’t mind politics in your kid’s classroom—as long as it’s their politics. more
Last week was filled with idea exchange, constituent input and debate/decision, below are the detailed  results of that work along with a few additional highlights of activities in committee. more
Our second legislative deadline for this year’s legislative session is getting closer. The eighth week of the session focused on debate, as well as starting our work on the bills we’ve received from the House of Representatives. more
"... Trump wants to win to save his power over others. That’s his drug ..." more
"Harmony and cooperation have been broken by the Republicans. Iowans deserve the freedom to join in a union. They deserve the right to negotiate for working conditions ..." more
"Democracy is easy to take for granted because we have always had it.  But democracy in Iowa is weak and our freedoms are being chipped away by a very partisan government in Des Moines ..." more
If you were asked to write a 500-word essay about our hometown, Eldridge, what would you say? Perhaps something like this: more
Feb. 27, 1974: An effort was underway to establish an ambulance service in Eldridge, the city council learned. The proposed service would be part of a countywide network, including the LeClaire Ambulance and newly established services in Buffalo and Durant. Areas outside of Davenport were currently serviced by a private company, M&M Ambulance Service. Mike Hunt of LeClaire showed the council an outline of a program that would provide ambulance service to all Scott County residents in a maximum 15-minute response time. more
The Iowa Senate concluded our first big deadline of the session, and last week we focused on floor debate. In between debates, I had the opportunity to meet with AEA members to continue the discussion about the proposed legislation. more
On Feb. 19, the Iowa House of Representatives started debate, and I managed a bill on the floor that I introduced this session, House File 2249. more
Following our first legislative deadline last week, the seventh week of session in the Iowa Senate focused on floor debate. After bills pass the Senate, they are sent to the House of Representatives for their consideration. more
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