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We at the Advocate News are continuing to track down leads with regard to coronavirus aka COVID-19. We have provided readers with a comprehensive array of stories related to the topic this week. … more
It all started Feb. 3, the night of the Iowa Caucuses. I mention the term “POM” often in this space. It stands for prisoner of the moment. Call it POM from just one editor/reporter if you like, … more
This week I would like to give you brief updates on a variety of topics that I know are of interest to folks back home. Access to Affordable Healthcare — Healthcare costs have exploded over the … more
This past week, the Senate approved SF 2360, which is a step toward fixing what has become an overwhelming concern for our schools. Classroom safety and disruptive classroom behavior received a … more
You’re probably thinking I’m going to talk about basketball. Nope! I’m going to talk about a couple other good things that happen in the month of March. The first of those being “Spring … more
As we head toward spring, several events pulled me in many different directions last week. From a fire at the old Wilton college to a trek to Des Moines for state wrestling, that was just the tip of … more
Many of you have heard about the turmoil in Johnson County concerning their zoning ordinance. I view this ordinance as anti-agriculture and illegal. We are working on two bills in the Iowa … more
The late night hours of Feb. 3 and all day Feb. 4 was supposed to be our moment. We were supposed to get Iowa Caucus results late that Monday night. Then the nation and world would have all day Feb. … more
Dear Iowa Democrats: I wanted to send you one final note before I depart as chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. When I became chair in 2017, I took over at a time when our party was … more
This week I am very happy to report progress on EMS as an essential service. I have written about this issue over the years and we are finally getting progress. In the Iowa code it says counties and … more
Over the weekend, I completed my first “round” of listening post events, with stops in Stanwood, Clarence, Lowden, Tipton, Solon, Mechanicsville and Coralville. As always, I enjoyed visiting with … more
One day in the newsroom, we were discussing things for the upcoming paper and it was suggested that I write an editorial for the paper and thus “Keeping you in ‘Chek” was born. My plan is to … more
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