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This week I was greeted with spring weather as I arrived in Des Moines and the Iowa State Capitol on Monday. First order of business was organization and scheduling to move bills we are working on … more
This week has been a very productive week in the Iowa Senate. We have had important bills, debates, and meetings take place over the course of the week. I served on several subcommittees, chairing … more
Friends, This week the Iowa House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation that streamlines and realigns the state government of Iowa. It has been nearly 40 years since the organization of … more
Funnel week may be over, but that doesn’t mean all of the work is over. Subcommittees will be done for the most part, but now my time will be focused on debate and running the bills I chaired … more
Some members of the Iowa Senate do not think that public notices published in newspapers remain relevant and necessary. A bill filed in the newly formed Technology Committee just over a week ago … more
As the first funnel week ends, I realize how much has been accomplished in the short time we have been back in the chamber since the first part of January. This week much progress was made on a … more
In her Condition of the State address, the Governor unveiled a proposal to streamline the state government by realigning the structure of state government in order to improve the organization and … more
On Wednesday House Republicans approved a bill aimed at empowering teachers to retake control of their classrooms. House Republicans have heard from many teachers across the state about the struggles … more
Paperback Jack Loren D. Estleman Forge Books ISBN 978-1-250-82731-9 $26.99 When was the last time you read a crime noir novel that glued you to your chair? If it’s been a while, you might … more
Week 7 was an extremely busy week. There was a full schedule of subcommittee meetings from the time I arrived all throughout the week. This work is all in preparation for the first funnel deadline … more
Q: Why do you co-sponsor a resolution for National FFA Week every year? A: As a lifelong family farmer and U.S. Senator for Iowa, I take every opportunity to serve as a voice for American … more
From the desk ofRandy Feenstra:China represents the greatest threat to our national, economic, energy, and food security. From buying up American farmland to stonewalling investigations into the … more
On Monday I started my day receiving a draft of a bill I recently filed for a constituent and approving another bill to be drafted. One bill is a companion to Rep. Jones' bill in the House regarding … more
From the desk of Representative Megan Jones: Recently there have been a lot of questions and concerns about the pension income inclusion that went into effect at the beginning of this year. Last … more
From the desk of Senator Dave Rowley: In the Senate this week my attention was focused on presenting new bills in subcommittee as well as standing committees, and of course there was the long debate … more
Monday was Martin Luther King Holiday.    It is still not considered by some as a major holiday. Federal buildings and some larger enterprises do close for the day but many businesses and … more
Over the last year, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Human Services have evaluated the areas of overlap and duplication between the two state agencies. Following this … more
One of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time has to do with Christmas. It first appeared September 21, 1897, in the pages of a leading newspaper of the day, the New York Sun. Virginia … more
The Christmas season is always a great time of the year to make special memories with those close to you.  During this season, I like to take the time to reflect on the many blessings I’ve … more
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, America’s oldest dictionary publisher recently announced its word of the year for 2022. Gaslighting was the winner. Merriam-Webster stated that the word searched … more
That refrain can sometimes be heard by children as they look out a window to view the first snow of the season. Despite the fact that winter is still almost three weeks away, the Emmetsburg area is … more
National Public Radio announced on Tuesday that the total cost of the 2022 state and federal mid-term elections was $16.7 billion. Business Insider said that it is the most expensive mid-term … more
Military veteran Bill Terry has spent nearly 50 years as a musician. Several of those years were when he was active duty in the U.S. Army. Those of us in Emmetsburg (and an untold number of fellow … more
The Environmental Protection Agency defines a wetland as an area of land that is either covered with water or saturated with water. It provides fish and wildlife habitat. Microbes, unique plants, … more
As the saying goes, art imitates life. One could say Sandy Moffett’s entertaining and enlightening novel, The Ghost of Craven Snuggs, has a whole lot of life to it. Moffett, emeritus professor … more
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