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Finishing the state budget

April 15, 2012 It happens every session – the Legislature reaches a point where everyone is concerned about the budget. more »»

ICBA and Lincoln Savings Bank: Go Local During Community Banking Month

April 13, 2012 April is Community Banking Month, and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and Lincoln Savings Bank are encouraging consumers and small business owners to Go Local by banking locally... more »»

Only Faith Pleases God

April 8, 2012 Since the beginning of time man has been trying to find a way to please God through some act of self-denial, or good works that will get the attention of God. more »»

A Matter of Wills

April 8, 2012 Not my will, but Thine be done. Spoke in agony, by our Lord. As images of a Roman cross, Could no longer be ignored. From a similar garden long ago Had fallen all mankind. more »»

EPA rules and farms

April 7, 2012 Greetings from under the Golden Dome,  Action here at the State House becomes strange this time of year. Erratic may be a better ter. more »»

We need fair and sound fiscal health, too

April 3, 2012 Health care benefits are a hot topic.  A major concern is benefits and costs for government workers.  Many states – 19 in FY2009 – have zero funds set aside to fund retiree healthcare benefits. more »»

A Republic, not a Democracy: A defense of the Electoral College

March 27, 2012 The Electoral College is one of the most misunderstood aspects of American government and historically it has come under fire for being “un-democratic. more »»


March 21, 2012 Ever wonder how your regularly used cosmetics or cleaning supplies got passed to be used in human society? The most common answer given by over 75% of America: Animal Testin. more »»

Second Funnel Week

March 20, 2012 Greetings from under the Golden Dome This is the second funnel week in the Iowa Legislature. more »»

Champions For Christ Are Yielded and Obedient

March 18, 2012 The Apostle Paul understood probably better than anyone that the key to being a champion for Christ was to be surrendered to Christ and live the crucified life of yieldedness and obedience. more »»

Just watching bad stuff happen

March 10, 2012 At my last routine checkup, my doctor brought in a physician’s assistant who was ‘in training’ and there to observe. more »»

Watergate and regulatory burden

March 7, 2012 What do the infamous Watergate scandal and overwhelming regulatory burden on community banks have in common? “Follow the Money.” Many of us remember this quip from the Watergate scandal. more »»

Grocers support bill requiring out-of-state vendors to collect sales tax

March 3, 2012 The Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) has announced its support of legislation SSB 3178, which will level the playing field and support local businesses. more »»

Highway safety

March 1, 2012 Greetings from under the dome,  If you’ve ever had to pull over on the shoulder of a busy highway, you know how dangerous it can be. more »»

Leadership Programs through Iowa Valley Community College District

February 28, 2012 Ever wondered “Why doesn’t someone do something about ______ (fill in the blank) to improve my community?” Leadership programs give an individual the awareness, training, and networking to be that... more »»

Tax increment financing: Piracy and cows

February 27, 2012 When a city approves a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) zone, the property taxes collected are not divided between the city, county, and school districts  Instead the increased (increment) revenue is... more »»

It’s all about money

February 23, 2012 This next week is known as “funnel week”, which means that those policy bills that involve funding need to be out of committee next week. more »»

Gas Tax Bill

February 21, 2012   Greetings from under the dome,  This week the Senate Transportation Committee passed Senate Study Bill 3141, more commonly referred to as the Gas Tax Bill. more »»

Some like it hot!

February 16, 2012 Have you ever thought about whether your job is a “hot” one? Depending on what’s going on around campus, some days my job is hotter than others. more »»

Youth and farm work

February 14, 2012 Greetings from under the dome,  Governor Branstad, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Senate Republicans this week commended the United States Department of Labor after learning that the... more »»



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