The Republicans have failed to make headway reforming Obamacare, but their effort isn’t over. And there will continue to be lots of politics in the “fix vs. repeal/replace” debate.
There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy.
I think I know who I am, after living in this skin for over 50 years now. But, recent developments have given me some pause, and shook my feeling of certainty, which has led to further questions.
Are you packing up your car and hitting the road this summer? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by AAA, road trips are the most popular type of vacation for families in the U.S. in 2017.
It’s a Chicken or Egg Thing!
Not that wall. The wall I am talking about is much closer to home, and more imaginary than brick and mortar.

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According to the special interests running the show for Republicans at the State Capitol these days, the next priority of the Iowa Legislature will be vouchers that siphon funding from public schools and give it to home schools and private schools. They convinced a Republican Senator to introduce...
Funnel Week We are swiftly approaching the first funnel for the 2017 session. Friday, March 3rd is the last day for bills to be voted on in House committees. After this week, bills that have not been voted out of committee are considered dead for the year. The House has been working hard this week...
In just 10 days, Republican lawmakers and Governor Branstad unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law. After watching the events unfold the last week and a half, what we’ve learned is that the fix was in long before Iowans ever saw the bill. For several months, Republicans...
This past week has been very busy with less high profile things as we all work to get bills through committee.  This week is funnel week which means that any policy bill not through committee by Friday will be ineligible for passage this year. We did pass two bills last week, the first of which is...
When I was growing up, there was a commercial that had as its tagline, You Can’t Fool Mother Nature. I do not recall what product they were attempting to sell, it may have been margarine, that tasted so much like butter, that you could indeed supposedly fool might nature. Regardless, in light of...
Less than 24 hours after the last snowflake fell on Saturday morning, one would not know that Lake Mills had just experienced a snowfall of over 11 inches, if you were wearing blinders and could only see the condition of the streets. Long a source of community pride, the street crew, once again...
The chill of winter can be offset with the pleasure of curling up inside a warm home. Turning on the heat and settling into your favorite chair to open a new book or watch a movie feels even better when snow falls or rain patters against the windows. Unfortunately, some families have to choose...
The legislature has been very busy as many committee and subcommittee meetings are underway.  I was involved in a subcommittee on Senate Study Bill 1079. This is known as the “hands-free” bill. This bill would prohibit the use of a hand-held electronic communication device while driving a motor...
It seems like every few weeks there's a new "must-watch" movie or show. Competition between traditional and new production companies is driving the wave of high-quality content. I can't complain, but it's also hard to keep up. I have an ever-growing list of binge-able things to watch, read and...
As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people. I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice....

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