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In November 2016, faith leaders and concerned citizens gathered at Temple Emmanuel to express concern for vulnerable people in the greater Quad Cities – among them minorities by race, religion, nationality, disability, immigrant status, and sexual orientation and gender identity. more
April 17, 1996: Thanks to the work of Nancy Shannon and her group of 500 volunteers, the Eastern Iowa Area was selected for the “Outstanding Area” award at the Iowa Special Olympics. Area director Shannon was applauded for her 17 years as a volunteer with the organization. more
Iowans who remember what it was like to live in a state that prized education no doubt heaved a sigh of relief when a vindictive and counterproductive bill to ban tenure at state universities failed to advance in the Legislature. more
Week 13 of the legislative session was mostly floor debate where we discussed issues impacting Iowans such as expansion of broadband access across Iowa, protecting the constitutional rights of Iowans, cutting property and individual income taxes, recruiting healthcare professionals to rural high-demand areas and giving parents more control over their children’s education. more
This week we passed House File 588, a bill that will create a Hoover Presidential Library Tax Credit program. Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was born in Iowa, and his presidential library is located in West Branch. more
"Let us respond like true Americans and help find a solution to a problem rather that posturing for some political gain. Do the right thing for these children and for Iowa ..." more
"The governor's comments last week about the plight of unaccompanied migrant children and her refusal to help were about as callous as anything I've ever heard. ..." more
"Surely, the deaths of over 562,000 Americans qualify as a national emergency. I’m calling on Representatives Cheri Bustos and Mariannette Miller-Meeks to back this bill to help all citizens in the Quad Cities ..." more
"Trail clean-up scheduled for May 22 at 9 a.m. The Sheridan Sluggers 4-H Club is going to be working on cleaning up around the trail in Eldridge that runs from LeClaire Road south to Blackhawk Trail ..." more
"Peter Navarro’s claims that voter fraud was involved in the election are based on conspiracy theories, which have no basis in fact ..." more
The groundbreaking last Tuesday for the North Scott YMCA is a moment I'd like to freeze in time. The opening is a year away, but it will be hard to top the aura of goodwill from Tuesday's overcast and end-of-March-chilly afternoon. more
“You can’t rollerskate in a buffalo herd.” more
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