Dear Dave,
Politics is our vehicle for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle enormously difficult challenges
13.11 percent, 6.19 percent and 8.04 percent—Those are the statewide, Winnebago and Worth county voter turnouts for the recently concluded primary elections. Needless to say, all figures are well short of a majority.
In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights……Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed……—fr
Not literally, although if prices continue to climb, many of us will find ourselves priced out of much of the summer fun travel we had planned back when prices were hovering much closer to $2 per gallon, rather than $3.

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Before my skiiing friends and other winter outdoor enthusiasts get too depressed, rest assured there is PLENTY of winter left in store for us here in north Iowa. Typically, February and March can be two of our snowiest months—and we are not even yet to the end of January. However, we are getting...
I recently attended an Iowa CCI Action Clean Water Lobby Day where we lobbied for a moratorium on factory farms. First of all, I want to thank Senator Ken Rozenboom, Republican from Mahaska County, for agreeing to meet with us. However, Mr. Rozenboom, I feel a little frustrated that you came into...
Dear Dave, What is your opinion of businesses that no longer accept cash? Heath Dear Heath, Honestly, I think the whole scenario is kind of silly. Businesses that are suddenly into the “no cash” thing lose out on a lot of transactions. Believe it or not, there are still tons of people out there...
Presidents need oversight and scrutiny; they need a Congress that will press them and insist on consultation. They get very little of that pressure today. Because we live in such tumultuous political times, it’s easy to believe that today’s intense public focus on the Trump presidency is something...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Introduced Bills: This week I have worked with fellow representatives to create two transportation bills, as well as, refile last year’s parent-taught driver’s education bill. The first transportation bill that has been drafted pertains to giving economic relief to...
The items I have heard about the most from all of you are tax reform, water quality, Medicaid, and freedom of religion/speech. This second week of the session, my focus was on how to make the 16 budgets I oversee a little smaller because revenue again came in smaller than predicted. A cut of two...
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me. In 2012 my life changed with the implementation of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood...
Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine Dear Katherine, Renting to family can work out just fine, as long as there...
By Katie Rockkatier@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Iowa legislators reconvened last week. First on the agenda is expected to be a fast-tracked water quality bill. Critics say the bill is inadequate for providing short-term funding that fails to use a targeted watershed approach. Iowa’s water...
Last Monday, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2018 session. It was a busy first week as leaders outlined their priorities and we also heard from the Governor, Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, and leader the Iowa National Guard. This session, House Democrats...

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