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Q&A on the EPA

April 11, 2014 Q: Does the Environmental Protection Agency have jurisdiction over waterways on Iowa farms? A: Congress writes environmental laws to set in place policies that protect the air we breathe, the water... more »»

Creating Jobs That Improve Our Communities

April 4, 2014 The Senate Ways & Means Committee recently approved two bills that will help expand Iowa’s middle class by creating good jobs in fields that improve our state’s economy and quality of lif. more »»

Slices of Life - Stepping away from the treadmill

April 4, 2014 All right. Enough’s enough already. I give up. I’m throwing in the workout towel, hanging up my tennis shoes and reaching for a thick slice of pizza - with extra cheese, please. It’s become too muc. more »»

The Myth of Inequality

April 4, 2014 Throughout history, those seeking to usurp power and subjugate a population, have learned that you can get people to agree to almost anything if it’s in the name of equality and fairnes. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Outstanding warrants

March 28, 2014 Dear Editor: According to recent articles, Waterloo and Cedar Falls are considering laying off police and fire personnel, their first line of defense when something happens. more »»

Slices of Life - Rules of the road

March 28, 2014 I do not consider myself an excellent driver. I am good, or maybe just okay - around a B-minus to a C-plus if I were giving out grades. more »»

Cracking down on texting while driving

March 28, 2014 Recent polls show 83 percent of Iowans want tougher laws for texting while driving. The Iowa Senate responded with a bipartisan vote to strengthen penalties and enforcement. more »»

Saluting Watchdogs

March 28, 2014 From the earliest days of the republic, America’s Founders fought tooth and nail to strike the proper balance between an effective federal government, the sovereignty of the states and the natural... more »»

Letter to the Editor: National Ag Day

March 21, 2014 Dear Editor, Where does our food come from? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is the grocery store. This is very disturbing. more »»

Slices of Life - Words gone wrong

March 21, 2014 I found myself humming a tune I’d heard on the radio, “I came in like a rainbow…. La la la de da….” Like many songs, most of the words eluded me, but I sang the ones I knew for sure. more »»

Q&A on the President's Budget

March 21, 2014 Q: Will the President’s budget be “dead on arrival” when it reaches the U.S. more »»

Letter to the Editor: Foolish electorate

March 14, 2014 I recently received an e-mail which voices my thoughts exactly, and would like for others to see. Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. more »»

Slices of Life - Things we should do more often

March 14, 2014 Live. Love. Laugh. Stop and smell the roses. See the glass as half full. Shoot for the moon. There are the familiar (cliché) activities we know we should engage in more often. more »»

A Model of Civic & Volunteer Engagement

March 14, 2014 One of the best parts of being a state legislator is encouraging more Iowans to get involved, whether it is though civic engagement or volunteer work in their communitie. more »»

Ensuring Victims' Access to Justice

March 7, 2014 When legislators deal with criminal law issues, we often hear, “what about the victims?” This week the Senate approved SF 2109, solid evidence that we really do care about victims. more »»

Slices of Life - Embracing life as an apple

March 7, 2014 There’s a buzz circulating in small-town USA, and I’m not talking about the anticipation of Justin Bieber’s upcoming birthday. I came across a new item at the grocery store. more »»

Q&A on Keystone XL Pipeline

March 7, 2014 Q: What is the status for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project? A: After nearly six years of rigorous regulatory review, approval for the more than 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline remain... more »»

Slices of Life - Tax time

February 28, 2014 It’s been said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. From now until April 15, the majority of law-abiding citizens will be compelled to pay attention to the latter. I’m no exception. more »»

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 »»



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