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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
Before we turn the page on January 2021, I wanted to do something that I’ve had in my mind ever since we turned the calendar to the new year and presented our readers with our annual Year in Review … more
The 2021 General Assembly has officially begun. I am looking forward to a session full of new legislation and exciting challenges. In this week’s column I will talk about my policy and budget … more
This is my first legislative session as the new Senate Democratic Leader, and we are wasting no time getting to work. Unfortunately, there is a huge amount of work to do, because 2020 was a … more
Well it is official, I’m now unemployed. I went to school today and took early retirement. I never thought I would be done this soon in life, but I have my health to get back so I can enjoy my life … more
"Lord of our lives and sovereign of our beloved nation, we deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of … more
You're thumbing through and reading my favorite issue of the year. This is our annual "Year in Review" edition. On pages 8-15 you'll see 2020 in photos, as we reprint some of the most memorable … more
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