Marriage is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so the last thing you want to do is go in unprepared.
This week, Mandy and Tom, my former sister-in-law and brother-in-law, came to visit.
Q: What does a recent report card about lawmakers tell Iowans about your work in Congress?
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day that focuses on romantic love, but is more appropriately a day to celebrate love in all its forms—with beloved friends, close relatives, even the furry members of the family.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Supplemental State Aid and School Transportation Costs:
I sit here in disappointed wonder and, paraphrasing a Bible verse, I’m asking: “What hath mankind wrought?”

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Historical discussions and debates are not uncommon in my social sphere. Both my brother and my sweetheart are history majors (and almost annoyingly intelligent) and very well-versed in little-known happenings of history around the world. I, myself, was somewhat indifferent about history as a class...
 Can I be honest? I’m tired of hearing people make millionaires out to be big, bad wolves. That all wealthy people are evil, greedy, self-centered people who inherited or stole money to get rich. It’s as if there were something wrong with being wealthy. Listen, people: money is neutral—what...
As you may be aware, I love to travel. Love. Distance doesn’t matter,—my bucket list definitely contains more international locations than domestic—though, throughout the years my parents have taken us in all directions across the U.S., so there aren’t many more cities I desperately want to visit...
Q: Did you achieve what you set out to do in four years as chairman of the Judiciary Committee? A: Serving as chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee was a hard-earned privilege I was honored to fulfill after climbing the rungs of the seniority ladder. I first landed an assignment on this...
How do we increase healthy, fresh foods in rural America? One way is to identify new opportunities for people to access food. Here are five suggestions for your community. 1. Mobile grocery stores or veggie vans are refrigerated vans or trucks that bring affordable produce into communities at a...
Short term planning Dear Dave, My husband and I are completely debt-free, and we’re saving up for our first house. We currently have about $90,000 in savings, and we’d like to buy a home with cash in the next few years. Where should we put our money, so it will work for us while we save more?...
With December now officially underway, many households are likely prepping and planning for the holiday festivities (and foods) that typically come with the last month of the year. It is a notoriously busy and belly-filling time of year, for certain. However, many holiday foods (throughout the year...
Parents, do you have a rising or current college student? Have you filled out this year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) yet? You might be thinking, “Nope. We don’t have time to fill out another form,” But trust me, the potential savings are worth making time for. Here’s are five...
Do what’s best for you Dear Dave, I’ll be graduating from college with no debt in a couple of weeks, and I have a good job waiting for me in January. During the last few years, I’ve managed to save almost $25,000 from my part-time jobs while in school. My car is pretty beaten up and old, so I’ve...
Dear Editor, When it comes to Iowa’s water quality problems, the elephant in the room is the multinational pork industry. Iowa’s roughly 24 million hogs produce 260 million gallons of feces and urine EVERY DAY. Is it any wonder that most of our water is polluted with animal “waste?” By not...

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