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The Framers Never Envisioned a 60 Vote Supermajority

December 13, 2013 In the wake of Senate action last week to restore the Senate practice that nominees receive an up or down vote, there has been a great deal of hyperventilating about whether the rules change is... more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home Update

December 6, 2013 In my previous column I talked about a meeting between a delegation from Toledo and the governor’s office regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH). more »»

Slices of Life - Pillow talk

December 6, 2013 It’s human nature. We want what we don’t have. It’s a condition that often follows us through life. more »»

31 years of restoring toys

November 26, 2013 It is time; after 31 years of restoring toys to ‘new’ condition, I need to give up this project and have a ‘normal life’ as Dean asks me to. more »»

Slices of Life - When weird things make us happy

November 26, 2013 I have a friend who wondered out loud on Facebook whether it was weird for her to be excited about the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner. more »»

Assault on Ethanol Misses its Mark

November 26, 2013 As its market share dips, Big Oil is doubling down to swat down its perennial piñata. more »»

Honoring Our Veterans and Service Members

November 15, 2013 November 11 is Veterans Day, a time to honor all American veterans, living and dead, for their service to our country. Iowa is home to about 240,000 veterans. more »»

Slices of Life - Becoming a breadwinner

November 15, 2013 I’ve never been much of a breadwinner. Heck, I’m not much of a bread baker, and possess neither the mixing nor measuring skills required to take home any ribbons from any country fair. more »»

The Braley Brief: Coming together to lend a helping hand

November 8, 2013 On Saturday, millions of Americans gathered in communities across the country to participate in Make A Difference Day. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: It's Medicare Open Enrollment Time

November 8, 2013 Each year, seniors in Iowa and across the country have an opportunity to adjust their Medicare health benefits for the coming year. more »»

Seqsquicentennial salute to Gettysburg Address

November 8, 2013 It was seven score and 10 years ago. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now legendary Gettysburg Address. more »»

Slices of Life - Living in the moment

November 8, 2013 “You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.” These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s ba. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Suicide survivors

November 1, 2013 Dear Editor, Each day in the U.S. more »»

Slices of Life - Picture day

November 1, 2013 It was picture day at school today. We nearly missed the annual event. more »»

Apply for new business property tax credit

November 1, 2013 The Iowa Department of Revenue and local governments are rolling out the new Business Property Tax Credit the Legislature approved this year (Senate File 295). more »»

Slices of Life - Coming clean

October 25, 2013 Last weekend I came out of the closet - with an armload that included an old Christmas sweater, two pairs of mom jeans and a maternity top from 1997. more »»

State government is working for you

October 25, 2013 During the federal government shutdown, I get many questions about how things are working at the state level. I’m proud to say the state of Iowa is open for business. more »»

Slices of Life - A case of the blurbs

October 18, 2013 Blurt: verb 1. An impulsive comment or question that comes across as inappropriate or unwanted. 2. To utter abruptly. 3. To speak out of turn. 4. more »»

Slices of Life - The mower fix

October 11, 2013 My husband went out to mow the lawn last week. The good news: he came back. The bad news: he came back after cutting only half of the back yard. He entered the kitchen with an announcement. more »»

The Braley Brief: A Unilateral Response is Not the Answer

September 27, 2013 On August 21, Bashar al-Assad, the brutal dictator who rules Syria, used chemical weapons against his own people, killing hundreds of civilians including women and children. more »»

 
 

 

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