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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 »»

Slices of Life - Lessons of motherhood

May 17, 2013 I’ve been on the job for more than 21 years, without a day off for longevity, illness, endurance or good behavior. I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t want a day off. Not a whole day, anyway. more »»

Q&A on the Keystone XL pipeline

May 10, 2013 Q: Why do you support the Keystone XL Pipeline? A: The crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.. more »»

Slices of Life - The bond of preschool

May 10, 2013 It was a party 14 years in the making. Attendees included nine moms who met when our kids were in preschool. more »»

Life's lessons from your mother

May 10, 2013 Your mother tried to teach you some valuable lessons. Moms have a unique ability to impart essential wisdom. Unfortunately, most of us were too young to really appreciate their valu. more »»

Update from the Capitol

May 10, 2013 Week fifteen of the session is done, one week to go in the official calendar. We have voted on over 200 bills on the floor of the House. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Iowa Veterans Home

May 3, 2013 Concerns about the Iowa Veterans House We, the undersigned former employees of the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH), wish to express our deep concern about what is happening there. more »»

Slices of Life - Outrunning Fear

May 3, 2013 “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt I used to be afraid. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Relay for Life & Volunteer Week

April 26, 2013 To the Editor: April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Family farms

April 19, 2013 Dear Editor, Are the days of family recreation on farms numbered? The recreational use liability protection bills, HF 605 and SF 413 are stopped for this session of the Iowa legislature unless the... more »»

Slices of Life - Dirty Little Secrets

April 19, 2013 Dirty little secrets. None of us are completely immune. We all have them – pesky yet irresistible traits or habits or desires we try to hide from everyone except ourselve. more »»

Ensuring more Iowans have access to mental health services

April 19, 2013 The Legislature is continuing its bipartisan efforts to expand access to affordable health care. Your address should not determine the health care available to you. more »»

Slices of Life - A return to the holidays

April 12, 2013 For the last three years I’ve avoided holidays. Not the holidays in December. Every single holiday – all 12 months of the. more »»

At work and at home

April 12, 2013 It’s been a busy session with lots happening at the Capitol and at home. Pocket survived a trip to Florida with her band mates. more »»

Cyberspace swaps symbols for words: #trending

April 5, 2013 ‘At’ – the two-letter combination originates from humble beginnings as a simple word that required a quick couple hits to the computer keyboard. more »»

Not running for Congress

April 5, 2013 I want to thank all my family members, neighbors, friends and other Iowans who have reached out to me with their encouragement to enter the race for Iowa’s open U.S. House seat in District . more »»

Sticking to Principles

April 5, 2013 As a state legislator, I have thought long and hard about what it means to stick to ones principles. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Response to the school lunch responses!

April 5, 2013 Dear Editor, It’s encouraging to hear the number of people who’ve said my letter about waste and hypocrisy in school food programs stirred up a fire storm – both positive and negativ. more »»

Slices of Life - Death of the dishwasher

March 29, 2013 We’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship for more than a decade. I guess if I’m going to come clean, I shoulder most of the responsibility for the spotty patche. more »»

In Iowa's Interest: Bolstering the Middle Class is the Path to a Sustainable Future

March 29, 2013 Over the last year, I have held a series of hearings focusing on the crisis of the middle class. more »»



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