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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 »»

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 »»



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