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January 30, 2015 We live in a world of instant gratification. We have an abundance of information at our fingertips and the ability to stay up-to-date on world events within seconds. more »»

Education funding in Iowa - what does it mean for our rural schools?

January 28, 2015 On occasion, I may encourage parents, staff, and other members of the public to please speak out for adequate funding and resources for our schools. more »»

District 72 Update

January 27, 2015 Week 2 The formalities that mark the first week have given way to committee meetings. Bills are getting filed and assigned to committees and subcommittees. We’ve gotten down to business. more »»

Call to action on Highway 30 east of Tama

January 26, 2015 Dave's New Year's resolution was to begin walking each day to improve his health. Living in a very rural area he often would walk for miles upon miles before returning hom. more »»

Iowa courts expand their success

January 24, 2015 The Chief Justice of Iowa’s Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators this week that Iowans can be proud of our state’s court system, which is one of the best in the nation. more »»

District 72 Update

January 23, 2015 The 2015 Legislative Session is well underway. The first week as always is filled with tradition and formality. Monday morning we were sworn in for the 86th General Assembly. more »»

School Board Association backs call for broadband expansion

January 21, 2015 The Iowa Association of School Boards applauds President Obama and Governor Branstad for making expansion of broadband access, in both urban and rural areas, a priority. more »»

Sodders: 2015 Session should help Iowa’s middle class

January 17, 2015 The 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature began on Monday, January 12. more »»

Transparency in union negotiations

January 16, 2015 On November 4, 2014, voters in Colorado had the opportunity to vote on Prop 104. This Proposition passed with 70 percent approval. more »»

Attacks on journalists are an attack on freedom and must not be tolerated

January 14, 2015 Last Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. more »»

New year to focus on job creation, fiscal responsibility

January 10, 2015 We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015. more »»

Career - and college -ready: Did you know?

January 9, 2015 As a parent, I believe most of us want our children to be successful throughout their lifetime. I have yet to meet a parent who says, “I want my child to fail in school and live a life of poverty. more »»

The American economic crisis remains

January 7, 2015 The United States may be “officially” out of the Great Recession, but the economy still faces serious structural problems. more »»

How the Grinch taxed your Christmas candy

January 2, 2015 As the holidays approached and you stocked up on candy canes or chocolate Santas, do you know if you paid sales tax on that candy to the state of Iowa? Here in Iowa, most food is exempt from sales... more »»

Obama’s executive overreach no laughing matter

December 31, 2014 A recent Saturday Night Live skit tapped into a deep concern among Americans about the President’s excessive use of executive authority. more »»

Serving in Iowa’s interest

December 29, 2014 Almost two years ago I announced I was not going to seek a sixth term in the United States Senate.That decision and announcement did not seem all that difficult or hard at that time. more »»

Legislators receive recommendations for fairness and equity in Iowa’s schools

December 26, 2014 DES?MOINES- The Iowa School Foundation Formula Committee presented recommendations to legislators recently to update Iowa’s current school funding formula, with the aim to create more equal access... more »»

Use the most productive energy source possible

December 24, 2014 An important part of the energy discussion is that different sources of energy are appropriate for different needs. more »»

Geothermal Energy in Iowa Has Potential

December 20, 2014 More Americans are coming to their senses and becoming skeptics about global warming. more »»

U.S. Census Bureau: State and local government spending grows faster than revenue

December 19, 2014 Between 2007 and 2012, total expenditures for state and local governments increased by 18.2 percent, from $2.7 trillion to $3.2 trillion, while total revenue declined 1. more »»



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