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Deflategate? What about povertygate? Or hungergate?

February 10, 2015 Can we step back from the “Deflategate” controversy for a minute or two? Why the moral outrage over about a dozen footballs that were under-inflated? I know it is wrong but on a scale of 1-10 with... more »»

Enhanced misinformation techniques

February 3, 2015 Torture supporters outnumbered opponents 2-to-1 on major news shows. more »»

Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

January 27, 2015 Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. more »»

Iowa courts expand their successes

January 18, 2015 The Chief Justice of Iowa’s Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators last week that Iowans can be proud of our state’s court system, which is one of the best in the nation. more »»

Don’t shortchange our students

January 17, 2015 Your advocacy is needed. The impact of the governor’s school funding proposal is far below what is necessary to finance Iowa’s schools. The governor is proposing to increase per pupil spending by 1. more »»

Regent funding formula must be re-examined

January 9, 2015 The regents funding task force was to study and recommend needed change to the funding formula which divides a $500 million “pie” between the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the... more »»

Torture doesn’t save lives, It costs them

January 6, 2015 This is the kind of knowledge that damages the soul. more »»

New year to focus on job creation, fiscal responsibility

January 5, 2015 We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015. more »»

Focusing on the middle class and job training

December 23, 2014 It has been observed that a good number of school children think the first day of the year is sometime in late August when they return to school. more »»

The country has spoken: Time to change direction on tax extenders

December 10, 2014 While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a... more »»

‘Black Friday Blues’

November 28, 2014 Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on “Black Friday” for spectacular deal. more »»

Will Christie make the right decision?

November 21, 2014 With the midterm elections behind us, the attention of many across the country will now turn toward our state and its unique role in national politics. more »»

Not just one day, but a lasting commitment

November 12, 2014 Let us first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. more »»

An open letter to America’s veterans

November 6, 2014 At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in Government. more »»

Tax dodging new form of corporate abuse

October 16, 2014 Big corporations have been trying to push farmers around since the 19th century. more »»

Herbert Hoover’s crusade against New Deal Liberalism

October 15, 2014 During the 1932 presidential campaign President Herbert Hoover told the nation that “the proposals of our opponents represent a profound change in American life…” Hoover argued that the policies... more »»

Iowa ranks high for fiscal responsibility

September 18, 2014 A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best run states in the country. As your state senator, I am committed to keeping Iowa’s finances in good shape. more »»

Availability of law enforcement records

September 11, 2014 Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB’s activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by... more »»

The Land and Water Conservation Fund at 50: As important today as ever

September 5, 2014 Sept. 3 marked two important 50th anniversaries — the signing of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of the Land and Water Conservation Fun. more »»

Iowa’s privileged class: State-government employees

August 28, 2014 Public Interest Institute first published an article highlighting the Pay Gap between Iowa’s private-sector workers and the state’s government workers in 1996. more »»



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