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  • It was a long weekend

    As a storm blows through the Northeast, I feel like a storm just hit my house over the weekend. I definitely had a long weekend, and it wasn’t the goo ...
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • Stability and growth in education funding

    One of the more prominent topics of discussion this past week in the Iowa Legislature revolved around the setting of Supplemental State Aid (SSA) for ...
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:53 am
  • Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

    Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class.
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • An only parent’s daughter

    I grew up in a small three bedroom house in a good neighborhood not far from my elementary school, Thomas Jefferson. 
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Veterans Day on the Hill

    Hundreds of our veterans and their families traveled to the State Capitol on Wednesday for “Veterans Day on the Hill.”  Throughout the day, veterans m ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Worldwide, journalists face pressure to put down their pens

    An image in the news this week shows history can be cyclical. It’s a cartoon depicting a French demonstrator placing a pencil in the barrel of a gun i ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • Mt. Pleasant’s blind mechanic

    Joe Tanner is intently working under the hood of a car at Whaley Auto Works in Mt. Pleasant. He is replacing a cooling line. What you wouldn’t know by ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • ‘Je suis Charlie’ —well — sort of

    Over the past two weeks, many of my friends outside the journalism world have asked me if I identify, in any way, with the victims of the Jan. 7 attac ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Opening week of the 86th General Assembly

    The 86th Iowa General Assembly is underway.This year’s session is scheduled to be 110 days long endi ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 10:58 am
  • Finding common ground this session

    We opened the 2015 legislative session this week and it was great to see my colleagues from around the state again and welcome the 21 new senators and ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 11:02 am
  • Blanket fort to the rescue

    With temperatures plunging below zero for weeks in a row, we have had to become creative during the daytime hours that have to be spent inside our hou ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Assembling The Dream Team

    Putting out a newspaper is a modern miracle.From selling advertising to running the press it takes m ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Staying in touch this session

    The Iowa Legislature gaveled in on Jan. 12 for the 2015 session. It was an honor to sign my name in the official register as the new senator for the p ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Finding your new normal

    You’ve seen the plotline on television, even seen it in movies or read about it in books. It all seems so far away from that vantage point. Even when ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Silver Dollar closes after 40 years in Bloomfield

    Jim Reyes turned 21 in water up to his knees in Vietnam. After discharge, at the age of 29, he plunked down $6,000 on the bar and bought the Silver Do ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 10:36 am
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