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"Soon an Iowa court will decide if we are a community of men and not laws or laws and not men ..." more
When Karen Fitzsimmons died too soon at age 59 on April 2, 2008, we wondered how anyone could continue the service she superbly provided as Scott County Auditor for 31 years. more
March 20, 1996: The new Scott Area Landfill near Buffalo opened. Instead of a ribbon cutting, members of the Scott Area Solid Waste Management tossed bags of trash into the landfill. more
Iowa Republican lawmakers, as you’ve read in this space, have been so terribly concerned about the First Amendment this year that some are willing to destroy Iowa’s state universities and potentially harm business recruitment to make a point about free speech. more
During her Condition of the State address, Governor Kim Reynolds outlined a comprehensive school choice reform plan. One aspect of this calls for expanding charter schools in Iowa. Charter schools are public schools that are run independently but are still held accountable to state and federal standards. These schools are currently limited in Iowa but can provide a more flexible learning environment. For example, a charter school could focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) or another academic discipline.  Expanding charter schools in Iowa will offer more educational opportunities for families. more
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” more
This week was the ninth week of the legislative session, and much of our time was focused on floor debate in the Senate. more
House File 712 passed the House this week with bipartisan support and provides for a child care incentive for developers (to construct more child care centers). The bill creates a workforce child care facility tax credit for the developer of a new or rehabilitated child care facility. This includes both income tax credits and sales and use tax refunds. The tax credit is not refundable but is transferable. The program cap is $3.0 million annually. more
This week, Iowa House Republicans took additional action on child care by passing our 7th and 8th bills of the session to address the child care crisis. more
"Right now, the current Republican legislature is moving a bill forward that would cut back on unemployment benefits, during a global pandemic ..." more
"Both Miller-Meeks and Hart acknowledge that there are legal votes left uncounted from the second district’s election, but only Hart is concerned with having all the votes included in this very close election ..." more
"Voter suppression is running rampant in Iowa at both federal and state levels. At the federal level, there are 22 disenfranchised voters in the Second Congressional District whose votes were wrongfully excluded from the election ..." more
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