Amanda Ragan

05/26/2015 - 2:15pm
New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed        Memorial Day was observed on Monday. The history of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, began three years after the end of the Civil War when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan ordered his posts to decorate graves in 1868.      “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance... Let...
04/14/2015 - 12:58pm
Fostering charitable giving in Iowa communities        Iowa Community Foundationsare nonprofit organizations that provide grants to meet local needs, build philanthropy and create endowments for the long-term benefit of charitable projects and programs. Their work enhances local arts and culture, the environment, education...
04/07/2015 - 3:05pm
Veterans and school issues move forward        Our veterans deserve to know all the benefits and programs they qualify for. That's why the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee voted this week to help veterans access information on ways to apply for benefits.      House File 414won unanimous approval in...
03/31/2015 - 1:24pm
Plan may endanger vulnerable Iowans        As you are all well aware, the Department of Human Services has proposed moving nearly the entire Medicaid system to managed care. If Iowa moves forward at the pace proposed by DHS, Iowa will have made the transition faster than any other state.      When you...
03/24/2015 - 10:59am
Human trafficking and nursing care initiatives move forward        Human trafficking is happening here in the heartland.       This week, the Iowa Senate passed SF 450 to battle human trafficking, which is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sexual...
03/17/2015 - 11:39am
Boost for Iowa businesses and veterans in need        Do our state agencies need to buy digital cameras from a Massachusetts company?      Why would state government purchase bread and bakery products from Missouri?      Should the state have hired a New York company to help market...
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