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The 2021 session is now in its second week of overtime. Republicans — who control the House, Senate, and governor’s office — are still not in agreement with each other about the state budget, … more
W hen you’ve had 67 birthdays, it may be difficult to come up with a new way to celebrate. It may be tough to come up with new surprises for that person. So is the case for my father … more
The 2021 legislative session is now in overtime. Although the scheduled end date was April 30, most of the state budget still must be finalized and discussions about taxes are ongoing. There are also … more
This column comes to our readers six months (to the day) from COVID-19 finding its way into the office of your hometown newspaper. It was Nov. 5 when I was tested for COVID-19. I went to our … more
Fifty years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising American workers the right to safety on the job. This was a big win for hard-working Americans. It has prevented … more
If given an opportunity to speak in front of 200-plus people, most of whom you know, would you do it? I’m reminded of former studies finding that many people find public speaking more frightening … more
We are now entering into the last couple weeks of session and budget negotiations are underway. As we work through the state’s priorities, I wanted to write about a few priorities I promised all of … more
Students of all ages have had a challenging time the last 13 months, attempting to learn in new ways and under changing circumstances. Fortunately, because of President Biden’s American Rescue … more
I spend a fair amount of time in this space bagging on social media — how pointlessly addicted we are to it, the ridiculous amount of merit we hold in things we see on it, the fact we mindlessly … more
Last week the Iowa House passed our “Back the Blue” bill with bipartisan support. This was a significant campaign promise I was thrilled to act on. The legislation increases protections and … more
The federal American Rescue Plan signed into law last month is one of the most pro-family, pro-education pieces of legislation in American history. In his first 100 days, President Biden has already … more
First the trade wars, then the pandemic and the derecho. They’ve all roiled the economy for Iowa farmers, folks living and working in rural areas, and anyone in an ag-related field. Even though … more
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