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Last week was the first “funnel deadline.” This means that a bill needed to make it out of a full committee in either the House or Senate for it to be eligible to move forward. Each year, … more
Life won’t get back to normal until we end the COVID-19 pandemic and fully re-open our state. Many Iowans are still contracting COVID-19, and too many are dying. The vaccine roll out has been … more
We were saddened this week to hear of the passing of Wally Kelding of Davenport. His obituary can be viewed on page 6. It's hard to live in Durant or Wilton and not know, or have interacted with … more
We were shocked and saddened this week upon learning of the death of Treye Beinke, a Wilton High School graduate from the class of 1999. I was immediately reminded of a story we did on Beinke in … more
This week, I will write about three bills that have a direct impact on all of you. I serve on the Ways and Means Committee, which is the committee that handles all legislation involving taxes and … more
It’s been nearly a full year since the novel coronavirus arrived in Iowa. Throughout the past year, more than 5,000 Iowans have lost their lives, workers and businesses have been hard hit, and … more
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
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