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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Budgets are a moral document. They are supposed to reflect the state’s priorities. Years ago, we all understood that to develop Iowa’s economy and grow its population, we needed to invest in education to build our skilled workforce. We prided ourselves upon fairness and looking out for the state’s...
The Bottle Bill Over the last few weeks the House has been discussing ways to improve the recycling measures in our state. A bill was proposed earlier in session which would have repealed the “bottle bill” in order to replace it with different recycling laws. I have done a fair amount of research...
The Education Appropriations Subcommittee of the Iowa legislature proposed a budget bill this week that would eliminate several programs that support rural Iowans. Programs on the chopping block include the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Flood Center. “The Center for Rural...
You’re not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they’re due a larger refund, most of us fear the worst—an audit. Those fears may be largely unfounded for the average household....
The recent announcement by FBI Director James Comey that his agency is investigating links between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia has upended Washington. Yet, there needs to be an even stronger and broader investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. There are really two...
Whether we like the ACA, hate the ACA, or are somewhere in between, most realize that something needs to be done regarding health care in our country. The question is what? As Republicans have found out, saying something is bad and must be removed is easy, but finding a replacement, not so much...
BY SCOTT ANDERSON WCFB BOARD PRESIDENT On March 13-16, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. to represent Winnebago County, and along with 40 other members, the State of Iowa on the Iowa Farm Bureau National Policy Trip. The purpose of this trip was to discuss the concerns of the...
Maybe your financial house is in order. Your debt is manageable or paid off. You have an emergency fund and now you're looking for ways to grow your wealth. Or, perhaps you're planning ahead by learning about different investments options. Have you considered becoming a landlord? Rent prices tend...
As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times. In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists? It would not change the issues at hand. On the one side, you’d have the Republican majority in...
As I sit down to write my newsletter each Thursday, I often wonder what readers want to know.  Perhaps you’d like to know how I decide what position I take on an issue.  The process of deciding how to vote has many parts.  I gather information from staff and lobbyists on both sides of an issue.  I...

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