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Editorials

Iowans are Worldwide leaders

The 40th World Economic Forum (WEF) was held in Davos, Switzerland in January. The WEF is “an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world” by engaging leaders to shape policy. There are 1,000 business members, plus government, non-governmental, and ...

Online poker is already here-Like it or not

Search “online poker game” on the internet. Yes-you guessed it- more than a million results - “About 18,300,000 results” according to Google, in fact. Of course not all of these results are offering an online poker game you bet your own money in. Everything from”how to play”, ...

The Kapucian Korner

Greetings from Des Moines as a busy week goes by! This week is the first funnel week; the point in time where the Iowa Legislature begins to narrow their work load. We started the week with over 140 bills. These bills were sponsored by our members and ended up still languishing in committee, ...

Proposed legal notices legislation:A bad idea

I’m the publisher of an Iowa daily newspaper. As is the case with most American dailies, a corporation owns my newspaper and my corporate owners do not live in my city. Consequently, they require a great deal of accountability from me. I regularly send them the financial and operational ...

Nine Spiritual Children Every Christian Should Reproduce

God’s desire is that His new creation (“If any man be in Christ he is a new creation” II Cor. 5:17) do the same as he ordered his old creation, but it was never attained because Adam and Eve sinned. “And God blessed them and God said unto them be fruitful and multiply and replenish the ...

Listening to Iowans

The Iowa House of Representatives passed a historic bill yesterday, Feb. 16. If HF194 becomes law, it would be the first time since 1997 that significant tax relief has been given to Iowans. With 106,000 people unemployed in our state and the Tax Foundation’s 2011 State Business Tax Climate ...

The Kapucian Korner

Greetings from Des Moines! As week six winds down here in the Iowa Senate, we are finally beginning some substantive debate. Last night the Senate passed the 2% allowable growth rate for school districts. The House version was 0%, as was the Governor’s recommendation. So I am sure this one ...

The New Deal Dilemma

In Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan, Michael Barone wrote that “the New Deal changed American life by changing the relationship between Americans and their government.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, was designed to fight the Great Depression, ...

The Kapucian Korner

Greetings from under the golden dome in Des Moines. One bill per week. That’s the average pace of debate in the Iowa Senate after five weeks of session. As we get ever closer to the halfway point of the 2011 session, the Iowa Senate is becoming known more for what it has not done– than ...