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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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...
Pop culture has not only taken over America’s entertainment world, it is now running the nation’s broader sociopolitical sphere. Actors and musicians are considered heroes instead of people in uniform who protect the nation and our communities. People follow countless singers on social media, but...
There is no doubt that scams have gone high tech, but the riskiest scam is the face-to-face home improvement scam, with fake check scams running a close second, according to the new BBB Risk Index, a sophisticated analysis that goes beyond volume to look at the risk each scam type poses. The BBB...
The election is over but the infighting continues. We complain, and wish for something better. Understandably, many of us focus is on society’s changes and our country’s flaws. Some critics even tell us that the U.S. form of government is becoming irrelevant. Change has occurred, they say, so more...
This week in the Iowa Senate has been truly overwhelming.  It is amazing to see the volume of bills we deal with during funnel week in order to keep them alive for the session.  Those bills range from the fairly trivial to life changing.  I’ll talk about a few of those bills in this this newsletter...
Being a lifelong Iowan and a farmer’s daughter, I admit I’m a little biased about our great state.  I love the people, the land, even (mostly) the changing weather.  Now, it seems I’m not alone. A new report from U.S. News and World Report says Iowa is one of the Top 10 Best States in the Nation...

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