Marriage is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so the last thing you want to do is go in unprepared.
This week, Mandy and Tom, my former sister-in-law and brother-in-law, came to visit.
Q: What does a recent report card about lawmakers tell Iowans about your work in Congress?
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day that focuses on romantic love, but is more appropriately a day to celebrate love in all its forms—with beloved friends, close relatives, even the furry members of the family.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Supplemental State Aid and School Transportation Costs:
I sit here in disappointed wonder and, paraphrasing a Bible verse, I’m asking: “What hath mankind wrought?”

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Greetings from Capitol Hill: Bills Introduced: This week I have filed a new bill, HF 78, relating to the earliest school start date. This bill gives Iowa K-12 schools permission to start after the last day of the Iowa State Fair. HF 117, relating to the composition of county compensation boards...
Dear Editor, I wish to respond to the letter to the Editor in the January 23 issue of your newspaper regarding the issue of same sex marriage and whether Salem Lutheran or any church should allow this.  I believe this is not an issue of showing love to the parties involved, we should all do this...
One of the lovely things about being a writer is that I can work in my pajamas if I want. (For the record: I do not—although what I wear could easily double for pajamas in a pinch.) The not-so-lovely part is that I am almost always alone and have few opportunities for making friends. I sit at my...
Space. “The final frontier.” I’m just going to say it: I love space. And with recent happenings on our own little rock we call Earth, it’s really the only hopeful and exciting topic I can think to ramble geekily about—so, sit tight. It seems to me that the notion that other life—alien...
 Q: How can transparency help lower drug prices?   A: Affordable health care ranks high among kitchen table concerns for millions of Americans. Paying for prescription medications and sorting out medical bills swallow a disproportionate amount of time and money for so many families. That explains...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Rep. Tedd Gassman joined legislators from across the state for the first day of Iowa House Session, Jan. 14. Gassman is “excited” to be back and working with the 88th General Assembly where he will be working with the Education, Economic Growth, Environmental...
Dear Fellow Believers, The discussion regarding whether or not to allow same sex marriage in the church has begun, thanks to the calling, bravery, and commitment of some of my closest, most faith-filled friends. The invitation was extended to open a dialogue . . . begin the discussion. One such...
I cleaned out my sock drawer today. I realize this probably doesn’t qualify as big news, but it was cathartic for me. It turns out I had accumulated a large selection of socks that fell into one of three categories: socks that were technically fine but hadn’t been worn in years, socks that had...
It is abundantly evident, given the continuation of the pointless shut down of the government, that those who feel the consequences—federal workers, citizens, the lifeblood of the nation—have essentially no power or say in ending this fruitless, pandering political reach, and those that do . . ....
Iowans understand how important trade is to our state. Iowa’s economy depends on fair and free trade. It’s one of the top issues Iowans talk to me about during my 99 annual county meetings, through calls and emails and when Iowans visit my office in Washington, D.C. The renegotiation of the North...

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