Important and controversial “stuff” is happening and I’m asking myself, “What should I think about this?” Distinguish that question from “What DO I think about this?” I’m trying to move from a quick emotional reaction to an objectively reasoned op
As usual, I read Steve Bakke’s piece and find both things with which to agree and disagree. For the sake of brevity, I will address both—but one in more detail than the other.
Many years ago, my great uncle purchased a grocery store in Hopkins, Missouri from a previous owner.
Americans disagree with one another on all kinds of issues. We need to accept and tolerate those differences, because we are far stronger when we seek to reconcile them rather than ignore or exacerbate them.
LMCS is graduating another group of seniors this weekend, with thousands more across the country graduating in the next several weeks, and once again, those graduates will be greeted by a challenging world.
Resolving the conflicts dividing our country will require a devotion to facts, dialogue and compromise

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It’s no surprise that obstruction is the new buzzword for Washington, D.C.  With Justice Scalia’s death and our own Senator Charles Grassley in the center of the storm, I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this obstruction for the next year. What might surprise Iowans is that the GOP...
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,...

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