The Republicans have failed to make headway reforming Obamacare, but their effort isn’t over. And there will continue to be lots of politics in the “fix vs. repeal/replace” debate.
There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy.
I think I know who I am, after living in this skin for over 50 years now. But, recent developments have given me some pause, and shook my feeling of certainty, which has led to further questions.
Are you packing up your car and hitting the road this summer? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by AAA, road trips are the most popular type of vacation for families in the U.S. in 2017.
It’s a Chicken or Egg Thing!
Not that wall. The wall I am talking about is much closer to home, and more imaginary than brick and mortar.

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It is kind of a sad statement on our country, that in 2017, it is still news about women making strides in the political arena, especially since women have had the right to vote for over 100 years. But, the reality is, that while women have made strides in many areas of society—including...
You may not have seen one in your neighborhood yet, but the tiny house phenomenon has spread across the country. For some, the move is driven by a desire to downsize and live a minimalistic lifestyle. Others see it as a way to decrease their impact on the environment. Economics are often a large...
In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/I see lots of funny men/ Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/Some with a fountain pen.” The fountain pens are doing the serious stealing these days. For example, while you would get hard time in prison...
This discussion of assimilation is an expansion of a topic I introduced in a recent article about “Diversity, Identity Politics and E Pluribus Unum.” Here are the major points of that article: • In the recent past, Americans have tried to deemphasize our differences following the principle of E...
Survivors of assault and abuse often live in constant fear. Their days are filled with anxiety, knowing that their abuser or attacker might strike again. The Safe at Home program exists to aid survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and trafficking by providing them with a legal...
The U.S. continues to develop new clean and renewable energy resources to replace aging, carbon-emitting generating facilities. Lightly populated rural areas provide ample space for this new development, namely wind energy. Rural communities stand to benefit from new economic activity, tax revenue...
As I write this, we are less than a week from the scheduled end of the 2017 legislative session. The last day we get paid is April 18 and we are working hard to stay close to that for adjournment. The last week of the legislative session is spent finalizing the budget for the next year. That has...
What a beautiful spring we are having across the state of Iowa! The blooming flowers and green grass makes it hard to stay inside on these warm sunny days. At the Capitol this week, the Senate debated House File 564. This bill addressed school funding flexibility. This is especially important for...
The legislature had a lot of floor debate during this rainy week, but the sun finally came out on Thursday in Des Moines. Groundskeepers at the Capitol even mowed the lawn for the first time of the mowing season. The green grass marks springtime and songbirds returning to Iowa. It also marks the...
With less than two weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, attention is turning to finalizing the budget. I have heard from many organizations and individuals that are saying, “I know this is a tight year, but please don’t cut my budget. Cut someone else’s.” Of course, that is impossible. Think...

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