“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays.
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave,
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15?
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month?
“Season’s Edge”


This month marked the 207th anniversary of the birth of America’s 16th president. School kids across Iowa can tell you that Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin. Many also will know he learned the value of hard work splitting rails and performing other farm chores before becoming a lawyer and...
The Iowa Legislative session is about half over with the completion of funnel week. It is a busy time when many are studying bills at all hours of the day and night before attending committee meetings to decide which ideas will advance to debate on the floor.  In between these intense moments, I...
Every now and then, I’m asked if I miss serving in Congress. My stock answer is that no, I don’t really miss it, but there are definitely times when I’d like to jump right into a policy debate or be in a position to call congressional hearings. This is one of those times. Over the last few weeks,...
The first week of February started with Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation caucus.  I was not aware most other states do not go through the process of speeches for candidates on caucus night and I am again impressed with how diligent we are at really knowing the candidates.  Iowa is not a state “driven by...
Happy New Year! The 2016 Legislative Session started on January 11 with all of the usual pomp and circumstance.  I am honored to be able to represent the people of Senate District 4 in the Iowa Legislature. The second day of session Governor Branstad delivered his Condition of the State address,...
For the last few years, the Obama Administration had been pursuing a national rating system for colleges and universities. The complexities of implementing such a system led them to abandon the effort, but some of the data that would have been used for constructing the system is now available...
Facing a populist surge, a candidate finds unity to win the White House. Partisan gridlock in Washington, the two parties at each other’s throats.  The economy wracked by disruptive new technologies and jostled by rising foreign competition.  A growing concern that the divide between the rich and...


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