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House Happenings from Representative Baxter 3/7/19 As we come to the end of the first funnel many bills have been passed out of the various committees.  I usually take the time to write my own...
Capitol Highlights Week 9  03/15/2019 Greetings from Capitol Hill! Education: Home School Families May Now Enroll in Iowa Learning Online Home-schooling families may now directly enroll in Iowa...
The View from Here by Senator Dennis Guth  The ninth week of the 2019 legislative session saw some significant bills pass the Iowa Senate. One of these was SF 274 which protects free speech...
Once upon a time in a land far away, I was the editor of a weekly newspaper that learned all three members of the local board of supervisors had a meeting with a county Farm Bureau board of directors...
There is no such thing as a perfect emergency. I doubt any of us has ever woken up to greet the day and thought it was an ideal time for a tornado, a flood, a snow storm or a chemical spill. Part of...
It was a bright, sunny and pleasant day after the wild and windy night. Driving at a leisurely pace, we followed the road up, down and around — past bay areas, rivers and lake shores, through forests...
Somewhere along the way, Bing and I failed as parents. Big time. All five of our offspring hate dolls. They call them, "creepy." How can this be? My childhood was awash in dolls. I had tea parties...
Upon relocation to Texas a few years ago, one of the first decisions I had to make was from which company I was going to buy my electricity. That's a concept foreign to Iowans. The relationship...
The main topic of conversation right now everywhere we go is the weather. And, for good reason. However, this too shall pass, and spring will be here. Let's think spring and beyond to all the great...
Something very sad occurred in my home last Saturday evening ... my spouse and I watched "The Lawrence Welk Show," at 7 p.m. on PBS ... and ... we enjoyed it. Oh, no! I'm becoming my parents....

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