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One of our first priorities each session is approving education funding for the upcoming school year. This allows districts to prioritize their budgets in a way that provides students the best … more
This week I will write about a series of childcare bills that passed the Iowa House, a serious healthcare issue, and a preview for next week’s column. Childcare access and affordability have become … more
I did not know who Congressman Dean Phillips of Minnesota was until last week, when I happened to hear a replay of a speech Mr. Phillips made on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Feb. 4, … more
To begin this week’s column, I want to report back to you how the second Government Oversight hearing on free speech went. Last week, I wrote about the testimony of the University of Iowa dental … more
Senate Democrats have proposed a COVID Recovery Plan to help Iowans and get our state back on track. It addresses many long-standing needs that have become critical over the last year. Access to … more
The focus of this week’s column will be a Government Oversight hearing I participated in last week. The topic was free speech and the University of Iowa. The committee heard testimony from Michael … more
This week, two bills harmful to Iowa schools were fast-tracked through the Iowa Senate before most Iowans had time to learn about them and make their voices heard. Senate Democrats tried to pump the … more
Couple of things recently with regard to new COVID-19 related regulations that had me scratching my head a bit. The first was a few weeks ago when, seemingly in the middle of the night, Iowa … more
Before we turn the page on January 2021, I wanted to do something that I’ve had in my mind ever since we turned the calendar to the new year and presented our readers with our annual Year in Review … more
The 2021 General Assembly has officially begun. I am looking forward to a session full of new legislation and exciting challenges. In this week’s column I will talk about my policy and budget … more
This is my first legislative session as the new Senate Democratic Leader, and we are wasting no time getting to work. Unfortunately, there is a huge amount of work to do, because 2020 was a … more
Well it is official, I’m now unemployed. I went to school today and took early retirement. I never thought I would be done this soon in life, but I have my health to get back so I can enjoy my life … more
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