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Editorials

The Solution is in Your Hands

It’s time to be honest with you. You’re the problem. Every year about this time we warn you, the motoring public, that highway work is beginning across the country. State Police, State Departments of Transportation, workers, Unions, OSHA, and more; we produce public service ...

Protecting Iowans is a Top Priority…

The fourteenth week of the legislative session is nearing the end. We’re working on finishing the 2024 Legislative Session, so we continue to debate many bills that better Iowa. Public Safety Bills Head to the Governor’s Desk As the session moves towards its completion, more policy ...

District 53 Newsletter: April 12, 2024 Edition

We have finished week 14 of the session and are quickly approaching our 100 day milestone, which is Tuesday, April 16, when the clerks are excused, and our per diem for travel expenses ends. We don’t anticipate having the budget fully passed by Tuesday, but we should be in the midst of those ...

Wealthier, urban Americans have access to more local news

Is local news readily available in your town? Do reporters still cover your school board and other municipal meetings? The State of Local News Project at Northwestern University documents the changing local news landscape across the country. Our latest report shows that where you live and ...

Democrats are confused, as always…

The thirteenth week of the legislative session is nearing the end. We’re working on finishing the 2024 Legislative Session, so we continue to debate many bills that better Iowa. This newsletter covers a recent bill that the Iowa House passed that received major pushback from our liberal ...

District 53 Newsletter: April 4, 2024 Edition

We have finished week 13 of the session, but we are continuing to pass policy bills, including bills that have come back from the Senate with amendments, as work on the budget continues. Senate File 2391, known as the Meat Integrity Act, is a bill to establish fair labeling standards on ...

It’s time for leaders to address ‘the Big C’ in Iowa

No problem is so big that we can’t run from it — or at least avoid thinking about it. That’s human nature. There are many concerns that should command our attention but do not. Too often, we hope or assume a serious problem will go away or will spare us. In the aftermath of the Covid ...

District 53 Newsletter: March 28, 2024 Edition

We have finished week 12 of the session, and we are rapidly entering the budget portion of the session. The budget picture is bright, I will share more in future newsletters. With the Republican trifecta in the Capitol, we have been focused on lowering the tax burden on Iowans. But we ...

Women’s History Month: From the Ballot Box, to the Bench to Basketball

During my first term in the U.S. Senate, Congress established Women’s History Week to recognize the role women play in our nation’s economy, culture and politics. Acknowledging their work, sacrifice, resilience and patriotism inspires future generations to pursue their dreams and ...

District 53 Newsletter: March 22, 2024 Edition

On Thursday of Week 11 the House once again dealt with the much discussed Area Education Association reform bill. I agree with the Governor that our special education students deserve the very best. I also believe that our taxpayers deserve the best as well. As I’ve learned more about this ...