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Q&A on Inspectors General

August 22, 2014 Q: What are Inspectors General? A: Congressional oversight is a primary means for the legislative branch to strengthen our system of checks and balance. more »»

"Bad Habit" is Breaking Bad

August 15, 2014 The White House has taken an irresponsible detour from the important fight against illicit drugs. more »»

Teacher Leaders Strengthen Classroom Instruction

August 15, 2014 Research shows a correlation between a school’s ability to keep good teachers and student achievement. more »»

Slices of Life - My grocery superpowers

August 15, 2014 Superman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk all possess superpowers, but I enjoy supremacy even greater than x-ray vision, unlimited strength or the ability to fly. more »»

Slices of Life - Things I hate

August 8, 2014 I tell my kids not to hate things. You can dislike Brussels sprouts, but there’s no need to hate them, not really. The word “hate” itself has become a buzzword for political incorrectness. more »»

Summer Interim & Iowa Juvenile Home

August 8, 2014 As the summer rolls on the work towards finding resolution to the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) facility continues in earnest. An update on what is happening is in order. more »»

Know Before You Owe

August 8, 2014 It’s a common assumption in America that attending college is a student’s golden ticket to landing a good-paying job and launching a prosperous career. If only it were that simple. more »»

Slices of Life - An adventure with superglue

August 1, 2014 Note to readers (and self) superglue does not mix well with granite countertops. Recently I had the opportunity to experience this noxious combination in the comfort of my own kitchen. more »»

Black Eye at the FBI

August 1, 2014 To some observers, it might seem awfully tedious work, not worth the effort. Congressional oversight requires patience, resilience and earnestness. more »»

Don't Let Big Oil Bully Biofuels

July 25, 2014 It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are underway and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. more »»

Slices of Life - All thumbs

July 25, 2014 When I was in school - and dinosaurs roamed the earth - everyone took a class called typewriting 10. more »»

Creating Jobs, Growing Iowa's Economy with Clean Energy

July 25, 2014 Iowa is proof that clean energy works. We lead the nation in wind power generation and in biofuels production. We also rank among the top 12 states in the nation when it comes to energy efficiency. more »»

Q&A on Cellphone Sovereignty

July 18, 2014 Q: What is the cellphone “unlocking” bill making its way through Congress? A: Lawmakers have dialed up bipartisan legislation that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer thei... more »»

Slices of Life - The patio project

July 11, 2014 I am tired. My back is sore. My arms ache. My husband put me through the ropes this weekend. He had me completely tied up with yard work. more »»

Storms Create Emergencies Across Iowa

July 11, 2014 Because of bad weather throughout June, the Governor has already proclaimed disaster emergencies in 48 counties, including Black Hawk. more »»

Happy Birthday, America

July 11, 2014 Celebrating the 4th of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. more »»

Renewables Can Put the Brakes on High Gas Prices

July 11, 2014 As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon. more »»

Slices of Life - Picture perfect

July 4, 2014 When my kids were babies, I took lots of photos - always hoping to get the one perfect shot. This was during the prehistoric, pre-digital age, when cameras required film and film required developin. more »»

Don't Muzzle Freedom of Speech

July 4, 2014 There are few things more sacred to the individual rights of citizens of the United States than the Bill of Rights. more »»

Q&A on Checks and Balances

July 4, 2014 Q: What’s significant about the recent ruling on the President’s use of recess appointments? A: The U.S. more »»

 
 

 

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