Dear Dave,
I recently read an article in another publication about Iowa’s recent anti-abortion legislation. The writer posed good questions while demonstrating clever use of pro-abortion logic.
Dear Dave,
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges
13.11 percent, 6.19 percent and 8.04 percent—Those are the statewide, Winnebago and Worth county voter turnouts for the recently concluded primary elections. Needless to say, all figures are well short of a majority.
In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law.

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Budget This week included an historic event for me. The Administration & Regulation Committee approved a budget that reduced what taxpayers spend on 13 different state agencies. The reduction was only half a percent across the board, but I don’t recall any other actual decrease in funding of a...
HF 2442 HF 2442 eliminates the requirement that taxpayers indicate whether they have health insurance for their children on their tax returns. The bill has a retroactive applicability provision that makes it apply on and after Jan. 1, 2016. I was glad to support this bill because I believe it...
The connection between alcohol, drugs and crime is an ongoing concern. Drinking and drugs can negatively affect all aspects of a person’s life; hurt family, friends and community; and create public safety and economic problems, according to the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence...
I get it, Mother Nature likes to frequently remind us who is actually in charge, and the seasons will change when she says they will change—and not a day sooner. That does not, however, mean that we have to enjoy the decisions she makes, especially when we are approaching the middle of April and...
Honoring Veterans The first official action of the Senate this past week was the passage of a resolution commemorating April 6, 2016, as the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I want to sincerely thank all veterans who have put themselves at risk in order...
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...

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