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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 »»

Opening up “public records”

September 25, 2014 As the number of exemptions to Iowa’s public records law has ballooned to 67, so, too, has the ability of public bodies to operate in secrecy. Take the case of a working group appointed by Go. more »»

What is ISIS?

September 23, 2014 Q: What is ISIS? A: A radical group of Islamic extremists operating from the Middle East, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State), is escalating its terrorist insurgency... more »»

Iowa ranks high for fiscal responsibility

September 19, 2014 A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best run states in the country. As your state senator, I am committed to keeping Iowa’s finances in good shape. more »»

Working families: The foundation of a strong Iowa economy

September 15, 2014 September kicks off with Labor Day, a time to celebrate the achievements of working families as the foundation of a strong economy. more »»

Demand for smoke-free housing grows

September 12, 2014 The demand as well as the supply for smoke-free rental properties appears to be growing in Iowa. more »»

Watch the bell

September 10, 2014 At least it will ring out a warning unless they peddle the clapper first. more »»



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