“The Cigar Box” I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter.
The Iowa caucuses begin in less than two weeks—the first in the nation, as we are often reminded. A position that is treated as prestigious, without any real rationale as to where the prestige comes from.
We are on our way again. This will be my eighth year as your state representative. I believe that we have done an excellent job taking care of our state during this period of time.
Q: What should Iowans know about human trafficking?
“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,

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To help in the fight against domestic violence and ensure the safety of victims, the Iowa Senate unanimously approved two major bills. Each year, thousands of Iowans suffer abuse at the hands of their spouse, former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. In 2014, Iowa had 13 domestic abuse murders—an...
Budget This week included an historic event for me. The Administration & Regulation Committee approved a budget that reduced what taxpayers spend on 13 different state agencies. The reduction was only half a percent across the board, but I don’t recall any other actual decrease in funding of a...
HF 2442 HF 2442 eliminates the requirement that taxpayers indicate whether they have health insurance for their children on their tax returns. The bill has a retroactive applicability provision that makes it apply on and after Jan. 1, 2016. I was glad to support this bill because I believe it...
The connection between alcohol, drugs and crime is an ongoing concern. Drinking and drugs can negatively affect all aspects of a person’s life; hurt family, friends and community; and create public safety and economic problems, according to the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence...
I get it, Mother Nature likes to frequently remind us who is actually in charge, and the seasons will change when she says they will change—and not a day sooner. That does not, however, mean that we have to enjoy the decisions she makes, especially when we are approaching the middle of April and...
Honoring Veterans The first official action of the Senate this past week was the passage of a resolution commemorating April 6, 2016, as the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I want to sincerely thank all veterans who have put themselves at risk in order...
Hearing Protection Act Last week the Iowa Legislature sent HF 2279 to the governor’s desk for approval. HF 2279 legalizes the sale and use of gun suppressors which muffle the sound of various firearms. Individuals wishing to purchase a suppressor will be required to pass a federal background check...
Iowa is one of the best states in the nation in terms of accessibility to the polls. Participating in the electoral process is a civic responsibility that I feel every eligible citizen should undertake. Throughout my tenures as Iowa’s Secretary of State, I have worked vigorously to encourage and...
Despite our repeated efforts to stop or delay it, Governor Branstad’s ill-conceived plan to turn over management of Iowa Medicaid to three out-of-state companies becomes a reality for 560,000 Iowans on April 1. Medicaid recipients, health care providers and advocates are worried and frustrated...
Every day we face personal challenges—those with fellow employees, family, home, vehicle, travel, electronics, health and many others. They consume our time, cause frustration and challenge our patience. As society advances, the range and type of challenges increase. As a result, the priority of...

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