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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
We’re a mere few days away from perhaps the largest athletic event of the year at Wilton High School — District wrestling — which the Beaver wrestling program will host Saturday, Feb. 15. … more
We had a short week at the Statehouse due to the caucuses occurring on a Monday evening, and the tradition is for the Legislature not to meet for a formal session the day of the caucuses. The first … more
This week I want to write about the progress of two bills brought to me by constituents. I also want to discuss various pieces of legislation focusing on childcare. Nursing shortages are a real … more
We’ll try our best to put a bow on the football season this week with some Super Bowl talk and even some fantasy football updates. There may even be a little pop culture mixed in. I learned … more
In today’s column, I want to talk about how to effectively communicate with your state legislator by email. One of the hardest things to adapt to as a new legislator in today’s world is the … more
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