“Hummingbird Curfew”
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation.
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?
“Birthday Blow-Out” It’s my birthday this week.
Numbers have always had a tendency to frustrate me, as many a past mathematics teacher could probably tell you, and these days our nation has come to be defined solely by numbers: Coronavirus cases, Coronavirus deaths, people in detention camps at
“New Slippers” I’ve worn out a pair of slippers.


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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