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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 »»

More Iowa students at Iowa colleges

December 17, 2014 There’s been much recent public discussion about the best way to allocate state funding for our three public universities. more »»

How about a present for your community?

December 12, 2014 Several studies indicate that the average spending per person for Holiday Season gifts ranges from $100 to $1000. All of that tends to go to other individuals. more »»

Financial health of Iowa

December 11, 2014 Truth in Accounting provides an annual report about the financial health of Iowa and all 49 other state. more »»

Cultivating Americans’ farming knowledge

December 6, 2014 Know the difference between a Holstein and a Hereford? You’re in rare company. According to a new survey, nearly three in four Americans admit that they know “very little or nothing” about farming. more »»

Contrary to stereotypes, millennials rely on newspaper media to be engaged and informed

December 5, 2014 It has become a never-ending quest to define millennials. Those between the age of 18 and 34 are often portrayed as a self-absorbed, narcissistic generation obsessed with technolog. more »»

Federalism and the future of constitutional government

December 3, 2014 The late intellectual historian Stephen J. Tonsor wrote that in America “the Founding is determinative, and the Constitution stands at the very center of American political conservatism. more »»

Sodders sees opportunities to expand Iowa’s middle class

November 28, 2014 State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center will help shape the work of the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature by serving on several Iowa Senate committees. more »»

A time to reflect on blessings and your community

November 26, 2014 The “Season of Giving” is upon us, the season where many of us feel compelled to find that “perfect” gift for our loved ones. more »»

We want veterans to make Iowa their home

November 19, 2014 In 2007, the Iowa Senate established a Veterans Affairs Committee, which has since approved wide-ranging initiatives to help veterans, service members and their families. more »»

After 94 years Iowans send a woman to Washington

November 12, 2014 With Joni Ernst elected as Iowa’s newest U.S. senator last Tuesday night, leaders of 50-50 in 2020 are celebrating, but know much is left to do for the state to attain political gender equity. more »»

Newspaper media takes center stage during the holiday shopping season

November 5, 2014 There is only one question on the minds of retailers and advertisers for the next two months – what is the best way to reach consumers? The answer this year, as it has for many years prior, is... more »»

Veterans Day - It’s a day of remembrance honoring military veterans for their service and sacrifice

November 4, 2014 During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called on his countrymen in his famous Gettysburg Address to ensure that liberty “shall not perish from the earth. more »»

My Vision For Iowa

October 25, 2014 We’re nearing the end of campaign season, and it can be difficult for a candidate’s message to cut through the noise. That’s why I’m sharing my ideas and vision for Iowa directly. more »»

Balancing Scales of Justice for whistleblowers

October 24, 2014 Pressure to go along to get along starts early in life. A student who tells the teacher about playground misbehaviors may face taunts as a tattletale. more »»

Iowa General Assembly spending data for 2014

October 15, 2014 This is the seventh year in which Public Interest Institute has updated the citizens of Iowa about Iowa Vote Tally. more »»

Even the shouting Is over – Now what?...We’re happy!

October 13, 2014 The month of May was filled with graduations, relatives visiting, parties attended, photos taken, and “shrines” to the graduates crafted by their doting mothers. I know, I am one. more »»

Keeping Iowa a great place for seniors

October 9, 2014 Did you know that Iowa is among America’s top ten Best Places to Retire? There are many good reasons for seniors to choose Iowa as their home. more »»



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