“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,
It’s the first month of a new year, and with new beginnings new goals are set, new plans laid out, new dreams forged for the next year ahead (or five years, or 10, etc.). At least, that is commonly the case.
What do you think will be the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session?
 Q: What’s in store for 2020?
The year 2020 has not so subtly began and it seems that, so far, it’s just more of the same. Somehow we seem to regress as the years advance, rather than progress. Because the world doesn’t progress linearly: everything is a cycle.

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If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political elite, and they don’t believe that the realm where politicians ply their craft—...
Tax season is upon us once again.  Across the country, millions of Americans are taking time out of their busy schedules to file their tax returns.  But with tax season, unfortunately, comes a tide of deceitful tax scammers who prey upon Americans and try to bilk them out of their hard-earned money...
Session schedule The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to complete its session on April 19. Before this deadline, the legislature must come to an agreement on the seven components of the state budget. Over the next month our attention will be turning more heavily to discussing the budget so that we...
A bipartisan initiative passed the Legislature on March 15, providing a tax cut to thousands of Iowans. House File 2433, which aligns Iowa’s tax code with many federal tax changes for 2015, includes these highlights: • Farmers and small business owners - Section 179 expensing allows them to take...
National Ag Day We started the week by celebrating National Ag Day on Tuesday when we took time to appreciate the fact that everyone in the United States, as my colleague, Senator Zumbach, told us, “has bountiful, high quality, safe, environmentally friendly, low cost food.” Iowa has the...
If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political elite, and they don’t believe that the realm where politicians ply their craft—...
Session schedule The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to complete its session on April 19. Before this deadline, the legislature must come to an agreement on the seven components of the state budget. Over the next month our attention will be turning more heavily to discussing the budget so that we...
A new report from the Iowa Council of Foundations provides a snapshot of recent philanthropy across the state as a result of casino gaming revenue. The Iowa Legislature approved this charitable giving because it has a positive impact throughout the state. Endow Iowa is a catalyst for philanthropy...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: HF 2413 HF 2413 is a bill that improves the reading proficiency program for Iowa. It changes the wording of the code to consider students with challenges in reading to be “persistently at-risk” rather than “substantially deficient.” It also outlines a plan to help...
I have lived in the city all of my life. The cities have not always been big—although I did spend some time in Milwaukee and St. Louis. But, they have not been tiny either. I was born in a town of about 10,000, and grew up in a community just a touch smaller than that. From there I went to college...

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