“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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Openness is not a panacea, but it makes good government more likely. Representative democracy depends on our ability to know what’s being done in our name. We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet...
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...
I have used this space to rant about politicians in the past, most recently under the heading “Put up or Shut up.” In light of the state legislature agreeing—finally—to a funding figure for public schools next year, it is time for another rant. For a group of men and women who claim that children...
Money is a source of conflict in nearly a third of all relationships, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. When it comes to budgeting, two can quickly turn into a crowd. That’s because some of us like to save our nickels, while others would prefer to spend every last...
U.S. wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today, with more than $156 million dollars going to landowners in counties with below average incomes. Wind energy...
Believe it or not, the process of planning a vacation can be an enjoyable one. Even the part where you determine how to pay for it. You read that right. Just figuring out how to pull off your next getaway gives you a sense of relief and control that makes the actual trip all the more fun. Here are...
Q:  Why is an “all-of-the-above” energy policy good for the economy and national security?   A: The United States has entered a new era of domestic energy production that is setting the stage for energy independence. Thanks to remarkable innovation and investment, American businesses and...
One of the most frequent comments we receive when teaching basic money principles is this: “I wish I would’ve learned this stuff sooner!” That’s understandable. When you’re 30 years old, strapped with student loan debt, up to your eyeballs in credit card payments, and owe more on your car than...
As a small-business owner, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is mapping out your company’s benefits package. Simply put, offering a great benefits package helps attract the best people. But while financial compensation is alluring, other benefits can be just as important when it comes to...
High-quality preschool is a critical investment in our future workforce and economy, not just a way to support working parents with child care needs. Studies show the long-term value of high-quality preschool for children, families and communities. Preschool kids are: • 25 percent less likely to...

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