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This week was the second funnel week for the Legislature. The second funnel is a self-imposed deadline by which policy bills from the Senate must be out of committee in the House and likewise House bills must be out of committee in the Senate in order to continue being considered. The exceptions to this rule are bills, which have a tax implication or are an appropriations bill. The purpose of the first and second funnel deadlines is to narrow down what the chambers will deliberate over and allow our focus to move to budgets and tax reduction policies. more
Each year one of the most common complaints I receive is from constituents who believe someone is receiving welfare benefits who shouldn’t be getting them. I haven’t heard many say the program should be ended, but everyone says the program should accurately identify those who are eligible. more
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” The phrase came into use in the early part of the 20th century. At that time the words commended the effectiveness of graphics in advertising. It is believed the phrase was adapted from a Chinese proverb: One picture is worth ten thousand words. more
Sitting at the keyboard typing this column, much is going through my mind because I am writing my final column as publisher of the Missouri Valley Times-News, The Dunlap Reporter, and The Mapleton Press. more
Many years ago, during a conversation with an old lawyer, he made a comment I still remember: “You can sue the bishop of Boston for bastardy, but that doesn’t mean you are going to collect.” more
I’ve come to the floor over the last few weeks to talk about the First Amendment, one of America’s most cherished pillars of freedom. Unfortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen a corrosive culture undermining sacred civic freedoms Americans risk taking for granted. Silencing the free exchange of ideas has infiltrated college campuses and the American workplace. Its even affected journalism, in traditional media and across social media platforms. more
This week House Republicans demonstrated our resolve to continue to advance Iowan’s freedoms. Over the last decade we have worked tirelessly to restore Iowans’ abilities to protect themselves and others by advancing their individual, fundamental right to keep and bear arms. more
As potential student loan changes are discussed by the Biden administration, you may have several questions about how your own student loan payments may be affected. At Iowa Student Loan, we have put together some information to consider when repaying student loan debt. These items are for informational purposes only; any action you take should be an individual decision based on your own situation. more
“We need a dishwasher,” I sighed as I reluctantly stacked the plates on the table and carried them to the counter, plopping them down with a bit more force than necessary. I knew there was no hope of getting a dishwasher; Mom had her own way of doing things. But I pleaded my case just the same. Hearing the clatter of dishes, she glanced over with a frown, then placed a bowl of leftover potatoes into the fridge. With both hands I gathered the pile of silverware the four of us had used for supper and dropped them recklessly next to the plates. more
As people drive down I-29 or Hwy 30, they realize that we live in a productive agricultural area with rich soils. The combination of river bottoms, hills and farm fields make Harrison County truly unique in Iowa. more
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