Since well before we became a country to the present day, America has attracted people who are willing to leave behind everything and everyone they know and settle in a strange land just to have the opportunity to work hard and provide for their f
Dear Dave, Do you have any tips for how single people can stay on track with their finances? Deb
As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome.
As we enter November, we also enter a time of celebration, kicking off this month with Thanksgiving.
We have now hit November, which means the holiday shopping season is hitting full stride, in a sprint until the end of the year, when things will suddenly drop off.
There is too much violence in America—gun violence in particular. The mass murders in Las Vegas brought the gun control debate to renewed prominence. There are between 12,000 and 13,000 gun deaths from homicide and accidents each year in the U.S.

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Hearing Protection Act Last week the Iowa Legislature sent HF 2279 to the governor’s desk for approval. HF 2279 legalizes the sale and use of gun suppressors which muffle the sound of various firearms. Individuals wishing to purchase a suppressor will be required to pass a federal background check...
Iowa is one of the best states in the nation in terms of accessibility to the polls. Participating in the electoral process is a civic responsibility that I feel every eligible citizen should undertake. Throughout my tenures as Iowa’s Secretary of State, I have worked vigorously to encourage and...
Despite our repeated efforts to stop or delay it, Governor Branstad’s ill-conceived plan to turn over management of Iowa Medicaid to three out-of-state companies becomes a reality for 560,000 Iowans on April 1. Medicaid recipients, health care providers and advocates are worried and frustrated...
Every day we face personal challenges—those with fellow employees, family, home, vehicle, travel, electronics, health and many others. They consume our time, cause frustration and challenge our patience. As society advances, the range and type of challenges increase. As a result, the priority of...
Openness is not a panacea, but it makes good government more likely. Representative democracy depends on our ability to know what’s being done in our name. We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet...
Despite our repeated efforts to stop or delay it, Governor Branstad’s ill-conceived plan to turn over management of Iowa Medicaid to three out-of-state companies becomes a reality for 560,000 Iowans on April 1. Medicaid recipients, health care providers and advocates are worried and frustrated...
I have used this space to rant about politicians in the past, most recently under the heading “Put up or Shut up.” In light of the state legislature agreeing—finally—to a funding figure for public schools next year, it is time for another rant. For a group of men and women who claim that children...
Money is a source of conflict in nearly a third of all relationships, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. When it comes to budgeting, two can quickly turn into a crowd. That’s because some of us like to save our nickels, while others would prefer to spend every last...
U.S. wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today, with more than $156 million dollars going to landowners in counties with below average incomes. Wind energy...
Believe it or not, the process of planning a vacation can be an enjoyable one. Even the part where you determine how to pay for it. You read that right. Just figuring out how to pull off your next getaway gives you a sense of relief and control that makes the actual trip all the more fun. Here are...

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