Greetings from Capitol Hill: Introduced Bills:
The items I have heard about the most from all of you are tax reform, water quality, Medicaid, and freedom of religion/speech.
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me.
Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine
Last Monday, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2018 session.
Greetings from Capitol Hill Governor Reynolds Condition of the State Address

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The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S. forces in 10 or more countries—all of this suggests a growing comfort with the...
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken. Until recently, he was best known as a comedy writer, comedian, and social commentator. While I’m solidly in the “conservative”...
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover. Laser eye surgery may fall into the want category for most people and it can be a hefty investment with each eye costing several thousand...
At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder. After I left that position, Governor Kim Reynolds became Clarke County...
Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities and all sorts of opportunities. For the first time, I was able to decide how to...
I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump voters. I’m talking about people who believe in politics and our...
Center for Rural Affairs says the budget zeroes out programs that address challenges of rural communities Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson said recently that President Trump’s 2018 budget does not support rural America and its communities. The budget was released in its final...
Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating...for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the President to take to Twitter...
Have you ever seen more disgraceful partisanship and “headhunting” than what’s going on in our government? Let’s set aside the cute but sophomoric proclamation that: “Hey! What’s wrong with gridlock in Washington? If they aren’t getting things done, at least they’re not spending my money!” I’m...
The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists. How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks—brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some...

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