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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 »»

Agriculture Key to American Prosperity

September 27, 2013 As the heat index rises along the Potomac, it’s easy to understand why ice cream was a favored treat at Mount Vernon, the home of America’s first presiden. more »»

Slices of Life - Out with the old, in with the new

September 27, 2013 This week I said goodbye to an old friend and our parting was bittersweet. We’d spent nearly every day together for more than seven years. Lately, however, he just hadn’t been reliable. more »»

Slices of Life - Remember when...

September 20, 2013 There are certain dates that stick in our memories. September 11, 2001 is one for most of u. more »»

Reeling in Patent Trolls

September 20, 2013 The resilient U.S. economy owes in large measure its global reputation for prosperity to the ideas, innovation and invention rooted deeply in our American heritage. more »»

Is It Possible Al Qaeda (Not Assad) Used Chemical Weapons?

September 13, 2013 Washington says it has proof that Syria used sarin gas on its own people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta and that only the regime could have been responsible. more »»

Slices of Life - A slippery path

September 13, 2013 I realize this is old news and I am way behind the times, but what’s new? I’ve always been a little late coming to the party; I’ve been wearing the same jean jacket since the 1990s. more »»

Grass Roots Representation

September 13, 2013 Just before Labor Day, I wrapped up 15 county meetings in Northwest Iowa. Since Iowans first hired me to represent them in the U.S. more »»

 
 

 

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