Many have been decrying the lack of political discourse over the past few years, and how uncivil we have become as a society.
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S.
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken.
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover.
At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder.
Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities and all sorts of opportunities.

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The job of being a citizen—and being a member of Congress—has gotten much harder of late. As sources of information proliferate and “news” not actually grounded in fact grows common on social media, Americans have to work to sort reality from fiction and insight from disinformation. This is a...
I have heard a lot of anti- college talk lately, and wanted to weigh in with more food for thought. I get the luster of a college degree has been lessened by spiraling costs associated with obtaining a four year degree—well over $75,000, even at a public institution. This leads to debt for most...
Budget Update The State Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met Tuesday and lowered expected FY 17 revenues by $105.9 million.  That comes after the REC had already previously lowered expected FY 17 revenues in December by $117 million. Gov. Branstad has proposed using money in the state’s Cash...
On Jan. 30, 2017, I issued a statement telling IPERS members they should be concerned about the future of their benefits. Since that time, my concern has continued to grow. After witnessing how quickly the legislature and governor were willing to move without input from the people regarding the...
With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment. These are, indeed, worth our attention—but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our representative democracy. I want to lay them out in one place,...
Once again, I ask a question to which there can be no definitive yes or no answer, but still I wonder. In talking about elected representatives, I would guess that the closer we the electors are to those whom we place in office, the more we are actually represented. One, the issues are typically...
This was the ninth week of the legislative session. Last week was our first funnel week, meaning this week was full of debate on the Senate floor as we come up on more deadlines for bills. The second funnel week is at the end of March, when Senate bills need to be through House committees in order...
Update on HF 517 On Tuesday, March 7, the House passed HF 517 which greatly improves the laws regarding concealed carry and 2nd Amendment rights. HF 517 makes positive changes to several portions of Iowa’s gun regulations. Below are several improvements to Iowa code made by HF 517: - HF 517...
Pop culture has not only taken over America’s entertainment world, it is now running the nation’s broader sociopolitical sphere. Actors and musicians are considered heroes instead of people in uniform who protect the nation and our communities. People follow countless singers on social media, but...
There is no doubt that scams have gone high tech, but the riskiest scam is the face-to-face home improvement scam, with fake check scams running a close second, according to the new BBB Risk Index, a sophisticated analysis that goes beyond volume to look at the risk each scam type poses. The BBB...

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