“The Blue Tarp” I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk.
As it turns out, Regular Readers, a week without “inspiration,” is always preferable to one with “inspiration.” At least when it comes to this column.
I have decided it is time to speak up. Too many things have been happening and so many of us are remaining silent. Granted, the death of George Floyd was horrific.
“Hummingbird Curfew”
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation.
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?

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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...
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...

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