The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17, but it won’t happen anytime soon.That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially o
Tax Reform and Budget:
A birthday party is a fun way to recognize important milestones in a child’s life. Family and friends are invited to join in the fun, and everyone enjoys a day of celebration.
As I write this we just survived perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season, and are bracing for another round later this week. It is not an April Fools joke, although it is indeed the month of April.
 For me it started with Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech in 1963 when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out.

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Dear Dave, I received a call the other day from a company saying it could negotiate the balance on my credit cards to a lesser amount. The caller also said they could get me a zero-percent interest rate until the debts were paid off, and then the accounts would be closed. I’m kind of starting over...
We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress—I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it—is in deep trouble. And no one seems to be offering hope. Its public standing is abysmal,...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Iowa is the #1 Rated State in the United States: Iowa was rated the number one state to reside in according to the U.S. News and World Report. The U.S. News and World Report based their ratings on education, health care, infrastructure, economy, opportunity, crime,...
Are diversity and assimilation compatible? They are, but that didn’t help Iowa U.S. 4th District Representative Steve King whose recent comments caused quite a stir. In his indelicate manner, King supported assimilation as the real strength in America, not diversity as is prominently proclaimed—and...
Too often we don’t work together to solve problems. Each party demonizes its adversary; respectful deliberation and civil discourse come to a halt. The President and the Congress must work across partisan, ideological and geographic divisions to restore compromise and negotiation to a central role...
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I will agree with that to a certain extent, in that it is more difficult to get an old dog—like myself—up to speed with anything new. For example, I recently switched from an iPhone, after six or seven years (virtually my entire smartphone life) to a...
I believe I have already expounded on my lack of mathmatical prowess, but today I will again prove, that I just don’t get it. Already facing a tough budget, due to what many claim are revenues that fell short of projections, the Iowa House rushed through a tax cut bill that would reduce not only...
Will a youth movement be the catalyst to make meaningful progress on reducing mass violence? I don’t care where it starts as long as it “gets the ball rolling.” However, no progress will be made unless a body of “common ground” is created. The process will commence with intense disagreement, but...
Dear Dave, My wife and I have $72,000 in debt from student loans and a car loan. We’re trying to pay off our debt using the debt snowball system, and we each make about $45,000 a year. She’s a teacher, and she’s planning on going back to school for her master’s degree, but she’s thinking about...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Per Pupil Equity and Transportation Funding: The Iowa House of Representatives passed the per pupil equity and transportation bill, SF455, on the floor. This bill will provide a supplement for any public school that has transportation costs of more than $432. These...

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