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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Dear Editor, My wife and I would like to publicly express our appreciation to the LMEI (Lake Mills Entertainment, Inc.) for their foresight, planning, perseverance, and hard work in making the Mills Theater a reality in North Iowa. We are truly blessed to have a healthy, vibrant theater in a town...
“Do Your Job—Save America!”               Senator Grassley, over the months I spent in 2016 opposing you for Iowa’s US Senate seat, the refrain I heard most from your detractors as well as supporters was “He should do his job” as Senate Judicial Committee head and vet Supreme Court nominee Merrick...
·  The United States is a nation of immigrants. ·  Immigration is the foundation of our country. Over the decades of the 20th century we often heard those noble claims. We still do, but in a different context. We kept those concepts in mind as we came through the era of segregation and world wars...
This is a subject that is vital to our future, in countless ways, and as such, deserves more time than can be given in one or two Gabbles. In fact, to do the topic justice, it would likely require dozens of articles, from almost as many perspectives. But, I will attempt to add to what I wrote last...
It was a privilege last week to visit with RECs, county Farm Bureaus, 4-H and FFA students in the district. All these organizations contribute much to the quality of life in rural Iowa, and for that I am grateful. Here are a few of the more significant bills we passed on the Senate floor last week...
Diverse individuals and organizations from across Iowa will assemble at Iowa State Capitol this Wednesday, March 29 for the 2017 Environmental Lobby Day and REAP Day at the Capitol. The event, which is hosted by the Iowa Environmental Council and Iowa REAP Alliance, will focus on advocating for...
What we’ve learned so far from the Republican majority is deeply troubling. Instead of focusing on the priorities of Iowans, they are passing the priorities of the special interests. They aren’t listening to Iowans nor are they actually working on legislation to improve the lives of working...
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...

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