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Alliance between education and business

Monday morning was the start of what I hope to be a very productive legislative session. Tuesday I was happy to be joined by Dave Rose, DOT commissioner from Clinton, to witness Gov. Reynolds’ first condition of the state address. more

Courts succeed with positive solutions

Happy January 2018, everyone! For me, January means that I return to Des Moines and get back to the work of studying and voting on legislation after spending months working with constituents in Clinton and Scott counties. more

Fearmongering about IPERS is disgusting

This week marks the beginning of the 2018 legislative session. On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds gave her Condition of the State address. It was a positive assessment of where we are today with the acknowledgement that we have challenges ahead of us. more

Our primary agenda item is tax relief

One year ago, Senate Republicans started our tenure in the majority. We passed legislation on the Second Amendment and voter ID, a joint resolution to let the citizens of Iowa vote on putting a 99 percent expenditure limit amendment in the state’s constitution, changes to reward our state’s best teachers, and gave our school districts more control and flexibility. We passed legislation reducing the regulatory burden on Iowa’s job creators, eliminating hurdles to growth for other industries, improving career opportunities for every Iowan, while ensuring our state remains a beacon of enterprise and ingenuity. more

Recall 1979: You think it was cold here now?

With so many Iowans either living in rural areas or working in the agricultural industry, it should come as no surprise that we like to talk about the weather. Talk to any farmer in the state and the subject is bound to come up at some point. And inevitably, we start talking about the worst weather that we’ve ever experienced. For many Iowans in recent history, that might just be the January of 1979. more

Put Iowans back in charge of Medicaid

Medicaid is supposed to ensure our most vulnerable citizens – our friends, family and neighbors – have access to the health care they need. That hasn’t happened in Iowa since the Branstad/Reynolds administration decided to have out-of-state, for-profit companies run our Medicaid system. more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A promise kept to Iowa families

Last month, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This historic legislation reforms our broken tax code, makes filing simpler and gives a break to middle-class families and low-income earners in Iowa and across the country. more

Sales efforts bring $11 million tourism business to Quad Cities

The sales efforts of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) will pump $11 million of new business into the local community in 2018. This local economic impact from tourism comes directly from the conventions, group tours, and sporting events booked to stay in the Quad Cities. more

Proud of county's accomplishments, but will not seek re-election

Message shared by Carol Earnhardt, chair of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, at the board's meeting on Dec. 28: more

Tax reform bill becomes law

On Dec. 20, sweeping changes were made to the federal tax code which will affect all Americans. The measure passed in the U.S. Senate by Republicans on on a party line vote of 51-48, and in the U.S. House on a vote of 220-203 with a small number of Republicans voting against it. Leaders from Iowa commented: more

Ninety years later, Will Rogers still speaks to our generation

According to the Pew Research Center, Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive than at any point in the last two decades. more

Repeal of net neutrality will not stand the test of time

Net neutrality, simply stated, is our government’s policy to treat all data equally on the Internet. To end net neutrality on Dec. 14, 2017, brings with it the fear that giant Internet providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T will be left free to block or slow down access to key online services unless they, the big guys mentioned above, are paid extra to let data flow freely. more
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