Well, it took me quite some time following our last national tragedy to write this column, partially because I wanted to wrap my head around the issue and not just give a knee jerk opinion in the heat of the moment.
Q: Who launched a “day of thanksgiving” to unite America “with one heart and one voice”?
Our nation is struggling with finding solutions to problems of violence—in particular violent episodes in which guns are used to take multiple lives.
The old adage that if you want to be successful, you need to think big, may contain more than a grain of truth. However, thinking small is not a bad idea either.
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

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Our system of government was designed to be of the people, by the people and for the people. To protect the God-given natural rights of each citizen and preserve our liberty, the U.S. Constitution was specifically designed to limit governmental power. That’s why we have checks and balances to keep...
I have been thinking about this issue since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia several weeks back, and today I have received the perfect opportunity to react, as the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa Senator, Charles Grassley provides his views on the subject just...
Third grade marks an important time in a child’s education as they move from what is often known as the “lower grades” to the “upper grades.” It is a critical time in students’ learning as they become more independent readers and learners. Being at “grade level” is important at any age, but third...
This week was the first week after the funnel.   That first week results in an enormous amount of floor debate.  The House begins sending over bills to the Senate and Senate bills to the House.  The vast majority of bills passed this week were very non-controversial.  There were a lot of clean up...
This month marked the 207th anniversary of the birth of America’s 16th president. School kids across Iowa can tell you that Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin. Many also will know he learned the value of hard work splitting rails and performing other farm chores before becoming a lawyer and...
The Iowa Legislative session is about half over with the completion of funnel week. It is a busy time when many are studying bills at all hours of the day and night before attending committee meetings to decide which ideas will advance to debate on the floor.  In between these intense moments, I...
Every now and then, I’m asked if I miss serving in Congress. My stock answer is that no, I don’t really miss it, but there are definitely times when I’d like to jump right into a policy debate or be in a position to call congressional hearings. This is one of those times. Over the last few weeks,...
The first week of February started with Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation caucus.  I was not aware most other states do not go through the process of speeches for candidates on caucus night and I am again impressed with how diligent we are at really knowing the candidates.  Iowa is not a state “driven by...
Happy New Year! The 2016 Legislative Session started on January 11 with all of the usual pomp and circumstance.  I am honored to be able to represent the people of Senate District 4 in the Iowa Legislature. The second day of session Governor Branstad delivered his Condition of the State address,...
For the last few years, the Obama Administration had been pursuing a national rating system for colleges and universities. The complexities of implementing such a system led them to abandon the effort, but some of the data that would have been used for constructing the system is now available...

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