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Q&A on the Death Tax

July 12, 2013 Q: Will Congress take up tax reform this Congress? A: The tax-writing Senate Finance Committee is laying the groundwork to rewrite the federal tax code. more »»

Senate Immigration Reform Bill

July 12, 2013 “When the Senate began to work in earnest on immigration reform earlier this year, I enumerated a number of principles that I believed should inform that process, including improved border security... more »»

Slices of Life - Life and death in the backyard

July 5, 2013 The sky may not be falling, but in my backyard, baby birds sure are. They are tumbling from their nests like a hot pair of dice during and even hotter game of craps. more »»

The Braley Brief: The Farm Bill - Failure Isn't an Option

July 5, 2013 Last week, I voted for Iowa farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by supporting the Farm Bill. more »»

Governor's vetoes hurt public safety, vulnerable Iowans

July 5, 2013 Over the last several years, Iowa has been working on a better way to provide mental health care and disability services for Iowans. more »»

Slices of Life - Pass the ketchup

June 28, 2013 We were out of ketchup - or catsup, depending on your preference. You say tuh-may-toe; I say tuh-mah-toe. The word ketchup is sometimes associated with a particular brand. more »»

America's Birthday

June 28, 2013 “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. more »»

The Braley Brief: Remembering the 2008 Flood

June 21, 2013 Two weeks ago, I found myself in Cedar Rapids doing something I was doing almost exactly five years before – filling sandbags with Iowa volunteers who were working tirelessly to protect their... more »»

Benghazi and the USS Liberty -- a Parallel?

June 21, 2013 June 8th marked the 46th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. As readers may recall, the USS Liberty was an U.S. more »»

Slices of Life - Summer, 84 days and counting

June 21, 2013 I love being a mom - 365 days a year - or nearly that man. more »»

Beleaguered IRS Undermines Public Trust

June 14, 2013 America's system of voluntary tax compliance works in large measure by keeping up the public's trust in government. more »»

Slices of Life - Field Trip Mom

June 14, 2013 The end of the school year means one thing - besides backpacks sent home filled with crumpled spelling worksheets, artwork, pencil nubs and capless markers. I'm talking about field trips. more »»

Slices of Life - The Gift of Remembering

June 7, 2013 Today I worked outside in the yard. Tending the gardens. Raking. Planting. Pulling weeds. Taking inventory - lilies, hostas, poppies. And rhubarb. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Early childhood programs

June 7, 2013 Dear Editor: One school year has just ended, and parents of young children are going to preschool graduations and preparing for entry into kindergarte. more »»

Q&A on Drones

May 31, 2013 Q: What is prompting heightened concern about drones? A: Drones, or unmanned aircraft, are most commonly known as part of overseas operations tracking down and killing members of terrorist... more »»

Slices of Life - Puddles

May 31, 2013 “A puddle is generally small enough for an adult to step over, shallow enough to walk through and too small to traverse in a boat or raft. Puddles can be a source of fascination for children. more »»

Job training at community college will boost the economy

May 31, 2013 The final days of the 2013 session brought great news for Iowans who want to do more for their families, and for Iowa businesses in need of skilled employee. more »»

Slices of Life - I'll do it later

May 24, 2013 “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Thomas Jefferson Yeah right. I’ve been meaning to write a column about procrastination - I just never got around to i. more »»

Letter to the Editor: IVH needs oversight

May 24, 2013 Dear Editor: Recently, I was part of a small group who gave testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee regarding serious concerns about the Home’s Commandant. more »»

Update from the Capitol - Week 16

May 17, 2013 Week sixteen of the session is done, we have completed the official calendar but we have not adjourned. more »»

 
 

 

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