Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me.
Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine
Last Monday, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2018 session.
Greetings from Capitol Hill Governor Reynolds Condition of the State Address
Set aside for the moment, philosophical and scientific climate change arguing. Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord brought “energy and the environment” back into the news.
I hope that in 2018 we can re-focus on one of the defining characteristics of being an American: that we devote ourselves to something larger than ourselves

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High-quality preschool is a critical investment in our future workforce and economy, not just a way to support working parents with child care needs. Studies show the long-term value of high-quality preschool for children, families and communities. Preschool kids are: • 25 percent less likely to...
On Friday when most Iowans were celebrating this team’s or that team’s victory in the NCAA basketball tournament, I was celebrating a come-from-behind victory for the people of Iowa. The victory didn’t come at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It came at 1111 E. Court Ave., where the Iowa Supreme...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: K-12 Funding On Tuesday, March 22, the Iowa House and Iowa Senate reached an agreement on K-12 education funding for the upcoming school year (2016-2017). A joint conference committee has agreed to provide an increase of 2.25 percent to K-12 schools, which amounts to...
Honoring Atomic Veterans This week, I had the rare privilege of managing a resolution to honor some of our country’s unsung heroes. From 1948-1958, the U.S. military conducted a number of tests on the nuclear bomb. Many of those involved were exposed to high levels of radiation which affected...
A bipartisan initiative passed the Legislature on March 15, providing a tax cut to thousands of Iowans. House File 2433, which aligns Iowa’s tax code with many federal tax changes for 2015, includes these highlights: • Farmers and small business owners - Section 179 expensing allows them to take...
If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political elite, and they don’t believe that the realm where politicians ply their craft—...
Tax season is upon us once again.  Across the country, millions of Americans are taking time out of their busy schedules to file their tax returns.  But with tax season, unfortunately, comes a tide of deceitful tax scammers who prey upon Americans and try to bilk them out of their hard-earned money...
Session schedule The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to complete its session on April 19. Before this deadline, the legislature must come to an agreement on the seven components of the state budget. Over the next month our attention will be turning more heavily to discussing the budget so that we...
A bipartisan initiative passed the Legislature on March 15, providing a tax cut to thousands of Iowans. House File 2433, which aligns Iowa’s tax code with many federal tax changes for 2015, includes these highlights: • Farmers and small business owners - Section 179 expensing allows them to take...
National Ag Day We started the week by celebrating National Ag Day on Tuesday when we took time to appreciate the fact that everyone in the United States, as my colleague, Senator Zumbach, told us, “has bountiful, high quality, safe, environmentally friendly, low cost food.” Iowa has the...

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