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When Rose and I wish a good meal away from home we often head to Don Jose’s restaurant in downtown Estherville—good authentic Mexican food, friendly staff, a great place to eat. The restaurant … more
  The last few weeks of session are dedicated to off and on-again debate. After the previous week’s confirmation of the Governor’s appointees, the two standing committees of … more
It takes a second to say hello. Or to save a life. As National Stroke Awareness Month unfolds for us, it’s a good time to review how to respond to the potentially debilitating or fatal threat of … more
Week 15 in the Iowa Senate was exceptionally busy as we made major strides towards completing the agenda for the year. We ran over fifty bills on the floor, sending them to the House or to the … more
Session is coming to an end very soon, but we have still been working hard to get things done. This week we have debated and passed more legislation. Last week House Republicans released their … more
I have never been a fireman, that being said I have known a few. They all seem to share a strong sense of duty, a passion for their job, know who they are. The term, a band of brothers, comes to … more
Week 7 was an extremely busy week. There was a full schedule of subcommittee meetings from the time I arrived all throughout the week. This work is all in preparation for the first funnel deadline … more
Funnel week is next week and that means it is very busy here in the Iowa House. Many, many subcommittees are meeting in an effort to get bills moving through committee. I also served on 3 … more
  This week the Senate was hard at work trying to get everything in order before the first “Funnel Week” arrives, coming up during first part of March. By this time, all Senate … more
During Monday’s Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee we heard a presentation given by Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority. On … more
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