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Trials and testing

June 3, 2012 I recently attended a funeral of two great saints of God. Each had lived very long lives. One had lived to an age of 100 years and the other to an age of 10. more »»

State funding for community colleges: What does it mean?

May 25, 2012   The legislative session for 2012 has now closed. Not to anyone’s surprise, funding for education was a critical topic of discussion and compromise. more »»

The Truth about Postal Reform

May 19, 2012 Now that US Senate has passed a bill, S 1789, to reform the ailing US Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House of Representatives. more »»

Bullying the farm kid

May 16, 2012 It’s a parent’s nightmare; seeing your child bullied for standing up for his lifestyle or what he believe. more »»

The Truth about Postal Reform

May 14, 2012 Now that US Senate has passed a bill, S 1789, to reform the ailing US Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House of Representatives. more »»

National School Board Recognition Week May 6-12

May 10, 2012 Everyone should join school systems throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Iowa’s annual School Board Member Recognition Week May 6-1. more »»

“Sowing the Seeds for Success” of their students

May 6, 2012 Volunteer school board members spend thousands of hours each year analyzing budgets, monitoring student achievement data, adopting effective policies and making key decisions to ensure that each... more »»

Role of the State of Iowa Long Term Care Ombudsman

May 4, 2012 I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself - I am Deanna Clingan-Fischer, a lawyer, an advocate, and the current State of Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman. more »»

Iowa Valley: Long-term partner to Workforce Development

May 2, 2012 Iowa’s local workforce infrastructure is designed with partnerships between locally identified partners and Iowa Workforce Development. more »»

“It’s time to plant corn”

April 25, 2012 Greetings from under the Golden Dome,  This is the time of year at the Capitol when the tea leaves become particularly hard to read. more »»

The approaching fiscal Armageddon

April 18, 2012   President Barack Obama recently proposed a new budget of $3.8 trillion, which includes tax increases as well as additional economic stimulus money. more »»

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 »»



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