“Time to Spare” “Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked.
Gasoline, microchips, chlorine, lumber, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, straws, chicken, ketchup, oat milk . . . What kind of list is this?
“The Homes of Dead People” A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!”
At least 24 children went missing in South Dakota last month—nearly one child every day throughout the month of May—and if one were to try to look it up they would find a total of . . .
“Best Wishes” I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook.
I’m sick of it, too, alright?

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This week, we stood up against a bill that makes it harder to vote. This week, we advocated that pandemic assistance be exempt from state taxes for Iowans and small businesses. This week, we were proud to increase tax credits for our hard working volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and reserve officers...
The seventh week of the session was incredibly busy as bills are coming out of subcommittee and going through full committee. There are far more subcommittees than full committees since most bills have a subcommittee. When bills have passed subcommittee, they go to full committee where the one...
“Entertaining Remington” I remember, a long time ago, when I used to have a social life. My husband, Peter, and I have been visiting his sister, Lori, once a week while she battles cancer. She was in yesterday for another radiation treatment, and we are waiting to hear if she will be feeling well...
All of our problems are our fault. I know. I’m coming in hot after a week MIA from this column, huh? Last year, the west coast was on fire, this year the south is freezing. Our lack of investment in infrastructure, our vice-like clinging to capital, the inability to acknowledge how far behind we...
“One Team, One Fight.” I touched on bipartisanship last week and wanted to follow up a bit this week on why that is so important with the work we do in the State House. We are here four months out of the year from January through early May, so there is not a lot of time to get things done, and...
On Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, a massive storm system with high winds and isolated tornadoes tore through the Midwest, leaving a 700 mile path of destruction in its wake—from Nebraska all the way to Indiana. In Iowa, early estimates indicated that 43 percent of cropland was impacted across the state,...
Q: What’s on the agenda in the new Congress? A: The leadership landscape shifted in January with the inauguration of a new president and a new majority in the U.S. Senate. That means for the next two years, one party will control the political branches of government, from the White House to the...
“Sea Shanties” I am not exactly a connoisseur of contemporary culture. I haven’t seen the latest series on Netflix or anything else. I don’t follow Twitter or Snapchat or Instagram. But somehow, a TikTok phenomenon came to my attention that I found too delightful to ignore. Sea shanties are all...
It was another busy week at the Capitol. This week was full of subcommittee meetings, committee meetings, and some debate. I mentioned last week that I had a forum in New Hampton on Saturday. We had a great discussion on many topics including window tint, tenure in universities, 296 code update...
“The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.” - George Washington We had another productive and successful week at the legislature this week. We are preparing for our first funnel, which means any new legislation for this year needs to be filed in order to potentially move forward...

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