Opinion

06/30/2015 - 10:26am
A boost for broadband       A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Terry Branstad has the potential to spark economic growth in rural Iowa by expanding broadband Internet service through new incentives.     Branstad signed the Connect Every Acre initiative following Legislative approval in June. The law establishes a series of property tax incentives for...
06/16/2015 - 4:01pm
Playing With Power         It could have been me.      This Sunday, to kick off this year's E3, Nintendo brought back the Nintendo World Championship for the first time in 25 years.      Sure, if you want to be cynical, the championship is little more than a long...
06/16/2015 - 4:00pm
Lovin' the local scene        They say to be an expert you need to come from a distance away. I was an expert once. I moved here from Montana in 1977. Now I don’t know much. I haven’t been an expert for almost 40 years.      But having spent my youth in California, I got to know some...
06/16/2015 - 3:59pm
More help for vulnerable Iowans        The recently completed 2015 session required compromise on important efforts to grow Iowa’s middle class, but this year also saw bipartisan successes. In particular, the Senate approved many initiatives to help vulnerable Iowans. • Mental health care    ...
06/16/2015 - 3:59pm
Tough budget decisions highlight extended 2015 session        With the final adjournment of the 2015 legislative session, our work at the Statehouse is complete for the year.      In my role as the House Majority Leader, I have the opportunity to provide closing remarks at end of the legislative session...
06/09/2015 - 4:25pm
Budget battle reaches exhausting end        Months of bickering, fruitless grandstanding and pointless partisanship finally ended last Friday when the Iowa Legislature agreed on a $7.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2015 session had its ups and downs, but it will no doubt be remembered for lawmakers...
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