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Strong Workforce Builds a Strong Economy

February 28, 2014 Senate Democrats want to put more Iowans back to work, strengthen our middle class and grow our state’s economy. Several proposals we worked on this week would do just that. 1. more »»

Ensuring Help for Vulnerable Young Women

February 21, 2014 With all of the recent changes at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, it’s important not to lose sight of the original mission of the Home: to provide effective care for some of Iowa’s most vulnerable... more »»

Slices of Life - A simple trip to the mall

February 21, 2014 My husband is not a frequent shopper. He avoids the hobby. Abhor is a strong word, but I think it’s pretty close to how my husband regards the in-store experienc. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Extending Unemployment Benefits Provides Much-Needed Assistance

February 21, 2014 Imagine that one day you walk into your workplace-the place you have gone for 40 hours per week or more for a number of year. more »»

The Braley Brief: Working Together on Deficit Reduction

February 14, 2014 Since 2011, I’ve held a series of deficit reduction events and last month I hosted two more. I was able to get some advice from my fellow Iowans about how we can responsibly cut our deficit. more »»

High-speed internet is economic engine

February 14, 2014 In an effort to help more Iowa employers and workers recover from the national recession, we must increase access to high-quality Internet services across the state. more »»

The Iowa Juvenile Home court ruling

February 14, 2014 For those that haven’t heard yet, a Polk county district court judge has ruled against governor Branstad and ordered the Iowa Juvenile Home to be re-opene. more »»

Slices of Life - How low will we go?

February 14, 2014 We’ve sunk to a new low. It’s a fashion faux pas of the dire, denim variety. I’m referring to jeans - waistbands in particular. more »»

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 »»



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