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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We weave a tangled web when we encourage the Federal government to make rules and referee everything. Tortured reasoning has led us to an incredible expansion of the Federal government’s powers. It’s gotten in the way of truly productive government using the concept of individuals and states having...
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 7, and I encourage all eligible Iowans to make their voices heard by participating. Exercising the right to vote is one of our most important civic duties. We are very privileged to live in this great country where we have the freedom to choose our elected...
Have you ever met someone who seemed to push your buttons for no reason at all? Or at times, does it seem like your team argues more than they actually work? If yes, you’re not alone. Conflict is a natural part of working with others, and a little disagreement now and then can be healthy....
I have been hearing a lot of rhetoric lately about school finances, large class sizes, lack of state funding, etc.. I have learned a lot about budgets and finance during my time in Des Moines. I entered Des Moines with this mindset that we needed to have a blank check for education. I soon realized...
I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such low public esteem...
def-1: to have or make a beginning; 2: to begin to be or act as; 3: to take a degree at a university. Those are the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary definitions for the word: commence. This weekend and over the past several weeks and for a few weeks into the future, an entire crop of young...
It’s graduation season and all eyes are on the Class of 2016. Armed with diplomas, freshly minted graduates are set to make their way in the world. For some, that may mean entering the military, getting a job or volunteering for public service. For most high school grads, the next rung on the...
The state’s Health & Human Services Budget (HF 2460) was one of the last bills to pass the Legislature this year. It included increased oversight to address Iowans’ problems with the Governor’s privatized Medicaid system. No other state has privatized Medicaid so quickly, which has caused...
Have you ever met someone who seemed to push your buttons for no reason at all? Or at times, does it seem like your team argues more than they actually work? If yes, you’re not alone. Conflict is a natural part of working with others, and a little disagreement now and then can be healthy....
For a moment, think back to a time before computers, cell phones, tablets, video games and other technology. Things were very different, weren’t they? Technology has been infused in almost every part of our lives now. Our school districts are no different. Technology has transformed education and...

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