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Like a politician, if I tried hard enough, I could probably argue that every month at the Advocate News is our busiest month — or more specifically, my busiest month. However, whether I’m being a … more
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased many Iowans’ appreciation of “essential workers.” These are folks who continue to punch the clock daily, spending long hours doing jobs that we couldn’t do … more
This week I will write about the election integrity bill. I first want to address the question of why we are doing an election bill. Two of the major responsibilities of the State Government … more
I shouldn’t have done it — and I didn’t learn my lesson as I did it three times throughout the NFL playoffs. I picked against Tom Brady, and paid for it, watching his new team win the Super … more
One of our first priorities each session is approving education funding for the upcoming school year. This allows districts to prioritize their budgets in a way that provides students the best … more
This week I will write about a series of childcare bills that passed the Iowa House, a serious healthcare issue, and a preview for next week’s column. Childcare access and affordability have become … more
I did not know who Congressman Dean Phillips of Minnesota was until last week, when I happened to hear a replay of a speech Mr. Phillips made on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Feb. 4, … more
To begin this week’s column, I want to report back to you how the second Government Oversight hearing on free speech went. Last week, I wrote about the testimony of the University of Iowa dental … more
Senate Democrats have proposed a COVID Recovery Plan to help Iowans and get our state back on track. It addresses many long-standing needs that have become critical over the last year. Access to … more
The focus of this week’s column will be a Government Oversight hearing I participated in last week. The topic was free speech and the University of Iowa. The committee heard testimony from Michael … more
This week, two bills harmful to Iowa schools were fast-tracked through the Iowa Senate before most Iowans had time to learn about them and make their voices heard. Senate Democrats tried to pump the … more
Couple of things recently with regard to new COVID-19 related regulations that had me scratching my head a bit. The first was a few weeks ago when, seemingly in the middle of the night, Iowa … more
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