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Slices of Life - Of smoothies and kayaks

February 7, 2014 I wanted a kayak. It was a simple request I repeated repeatedly. I talked about how we would go kayaking this summer on the lake. more »»

Treatment Courts are good for Iowa families

February 7, 2014 A new approach to keeping families together is seeing success in Iowa. more »»

Q&A on Service Academies

February 7, 2014 Q: What are the federal service academies? A: The United States has five federal service academies: the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. more »»

District 72 Update

January 31, 2014 Week Two Our second week at the capitol was a short one thanks to the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday and the Caucus on Tuesday. However, these two days were not idle. more »»

Slices of Life - It ain't easy being green

January 31, 2014 Go green! Reduce, reuse, recycle! Be kind to Mother Earth. Protect our planet. The taglines promoting ecologically correct behaviors are as vast as our earnest plans to follow them. more »»

New hospital facility in Marshalltown

January 24, 2014 As many of you may know, Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center (MMSC) will be building a 75,000-square-foot Outpatient Center as Phase 1 of a 3 phase hospital replacement. more »»

District 72 Update

January 24, 2014 Back in Session The 2014 Legislative Session is underway with the first week under our belts. I am looking forward to serving our district and getting things done to help Iowa prospe. more »»

My New Year’s Resolution? To Prevent Cervical Cancer – Yours Should Be, Too.

January 24, 2014 As a busy woman, my health and wellness makes it to the top of my priority list only at the beginning of the year when I’m thinking about my new year’s resolution. more »»

The Braley Brief: Iowa Workers Deserve a Living Wage

January 17, 2014 Every day, tens of thousands of Iowans work tough, full-time jobs only to return to a life of poverty at the end of the day. more »»

Slices of Life - At our fingertips

January 17, 2014 Road conditions in my neighborhood were treacherous yesterday, so I did what any concerned citizen would do. I checked online to see how long it would be before they improved. more »»

Q&A on the Federal Reserve

January 17, 2014 Q: What does the Federal Reserve do? A: The Fed was created to stem fault lines in the financial system that many argued bred depositor runs, interest rate spikes and market speculation in the late... more »»

Slices of Life - The best tree ever

January 3, 2014 The holidays are a busy time of year. At my house, dividing the duties usually consists of splitting them between me, myself and I. The blame for this rests solely on me, myself and I. more »»

Report Card for 113th Congress

January 3, 2014 As the first session of the 113th Congress ends, year-end performance reviews are under way. Public opinion of Washington is remarkably low. more »»

What are Washington's Objectives in Syria?

January 3, 2014 On June 23, 1941, the day after the Germans invaded Russia, Harry Truman stated on the floor of the Senate: “If we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning we... more »»

Letter to the Editor: Iowa Juvenile Home

December 24, 2013 Follow up on Rep. Dean Fisher (Dec. more »»

No new sanctions on Iran

December 24, 2013 It has been quite a week. more »»

Q&A on the IRS Commissioner

December 24, 2013 Q: Will new leadership at the IRS fix the agency’s recent problems? A: As the tax collector-in-chief for the federal treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and its commissioner bear a Herculean task... more »»

Slices of Life - Affluenza? Blame the parents

December 24, 2013 As a self-professed fan of the English language, I like to think I stay hip with our ever-evolving lingo, but I learned a new vocabulary word this week. more »»

Slices of Life - Kids say the darndest...

December 13, 2013 If you’re ever around kids for any extended period of time - or even a not so extended period of time - you’ll observe firsthand they come up with some interesting, unique, hysterical and brutally... more »»

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 »»

 
 

 

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