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New initiatives to protect crime victims

March 21, 2016 Several bipartisan bills moving through the Senate this session will make Iowa communities safer and ensure justice for crime victims. more »»

The iPhone — public enemy No. 1?

March 15, 2016 In this corner: the FBI, which says that all high-tech company Apple cares about is protecting its mega-profits and not the nation’s security. more »»

Paying for low-wage pollution

March 7, 2016 Economic justice activists are championing laws that shift the costs of toxic poverty wages from communities to corporations. more »»

The work continues in Des Moines

March 1, 2016 The House is now focused on debating bills on the House Floor each day as we work through the many bills that have passed committee. more »»

Where are we at the ‘midpoint’ of the legislative session?

February 23, 2016 As I write this column, we are at the “midpoint” of the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly. We are scheduled to adjourn on April 19 as this is supposed to be a 100-day session. more »»

See Marco run

February 22, 2016 If the young senator from Florida is their savior, Republicans should be very worried. more »»

Moving toward the funnel

February 16, 2016 We’ve finished a full and busy week five of the session. Many bills are moving through the committees as we keep an eye on the Feb. 18 funnel date. more »»

That ‘controversial’ Doritos comercial

February 15, 2016 In a day when the most innocuous thing can quickly become political, a Doritos Super Bowl commercial has upset some people who want abortion to be an unrestricted right. more »»

U of I secrecy not appropriate for public school

February 9, 2016 The philosophy behind Iowa’s public records and public meetings laws is quite simple: Government in Iowa should be open to the people of Iowa except in a few rare instance. more »»

America’s hollow paradises

February 8, 2016 People with working-class jobs in U.S. beach towns and ski resorts are getting pushed away by exorbitant housing costs. Think back to your favorite vacation. more »»

I’m skipping the Oscars

February 2, 2016 For two years in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — the organization behind the Oscars — failed to nominate a single actor or actress of color in the lead and supporting actin... more »»

The times they are a changin’

January 31, 2016 On Sept. 8, 2015 the voters of Marshalltown made a bold and strong statement that they were not satisfied with the status quo and wanted change in the Marshalltown school district. more »»

The GOP’s pro-corporate prescription

January 5, 2016 Tax credits for working families are a better deal than corporate tax breaks. The conventional wisdom in Washington is that tax breaks for corporations lead to economic growth. more »»

Broadband rates are too high

January 4, 2016 Low-income communities are being stranded as everyone else catches a ride on the information superhighway. more »»

The year in review

December 30, 2015 Just over a year ago, Eastern Iowans sent me to Washington to represent them in Congress. more »»

Fear-mongering hurts us all

December 28, 2015 Representative Loretta Sanchez’s bogus claims about Muslims reflect the kind of prejudice that holds America back. more »»

In dark times, poetry can enlighten us

December 21, 2015 Artists are coming together to commemorate victims of violence and create bridges between America and the Middle Eas. more »»

What the GOP’s putting under corporate America’s tree

December 14, 2015 This year-end tax package is a grab bag of gifts for corporations and a lump of coal for working families. more »»

A time for reflection

December 7, 2015 December is always a good time for reflection. A year has come to an end, the sun is in its final stages of moving away from us, and Christmas and other religious holidays are upon us. more »»

The three f’s of Thanksgiving

November 30, 2015 Why not emulate the Mayflower’s passengers and go local with your holiday feast? When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about family, food, and firsts. more »»



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