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For the past 18 years, Iowa used $15 million in gambling taxes each year to pay back loans for arenas, museums, parks, hotels, golf courses, rec trails, an aquarium and other Vision Iowa projects across the state. more
Feb. 2, 1976: Plans for expansion of the Long Grove Civic League building included an addition on the west with restrooms on the first floor and in the basement, plus additional dining area and kitchen facilities. more
"Eighty-six percent of white Christian evangelicals voted for Trump ..." more
"While it is not unusual to find people terrified of today's political/social climate, I don't expect to see that opinion dominate the editorial pages of a newspaper that claims to represent the values of rural readers ..." more
"Regarding the article in Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018 opinion page by Ross Paustian, 'Fearmongering about IPERS is disgusting' ..." more
Committee work has started to ramp up. Along with that, we are working on a de-appropriation bill for the current budget year. After that we will do Supplemental State Aid for K-12 schools and fit that into the FY19 budget. more
The passage of a long-awaited water quality bill, SF512, was big news as it rushed through the Iowa House this week. It now awaits the governor’s signature.While it is a step forward on water quality issues, it certainly is not a real solution. more
One of the topics that comes up early on in the legislative session is education funding. We plan to determine the amount of funding early so our local school districts can start planning their budgets for the next school year. more
I started the week by visiting to the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. They are currently seeking funding to build a new facility to handle the extensive case load that is processed through the lab every day. more
Few of us would want Art Tate's job as superintendent of the Davenport School District, but I, for one, admire his commitment to excellence and equity at age 78. He is a man on a mission on behalf of some 15,000 students whose voice is being heard around the state. more
Nearly a third of Madison Cousins’ young life involved lobbying legislators. The Davenport West high school senior on Saturday launched her fifth year of talking with lawmakers at the monthly legislative forums held during the sessions. more
The recent false alarm in Hawaii about a ballistic missile attack reminded me of a fateful Saturday – Feb. 20, 1971 – that the Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS) put out a false national alert telling people they needed to take cover due to an attack. It took 40 minutes to correct the error. more
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