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A mythical right for bigotry

Anti-LGBT activists are masking their bigotry as a quest to protect "religious freedom."The Supreme Court is now considering cases that could usher in nationwide marriage equality, and state-level gay marriage bans are falling faster than you can say "equal protection under the law."People who ...

Deflategate? What about povertygate? Or hungergate?

Can we step back from the "Deflategate" controversy for a minute or two?Why the moral outrage over about a dozen footballs that were under-inflated? I know it is wrong but on a scale of 1-10 with the obscene evil in the Middle East being a solid 10, can the football thing be more than a ...

Enhanced misinformation techniques

Torture supporters outnumbered opponents 2-to-1 on major news shows.When the Senate released its shocking report on CIA torture late last year, it renewed a debate from the Bush years about the merits of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."Polls released afterward suggested that most ...

Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class.Business leaders say Iowa's shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to grow and operate competitively. That means our state's continued success depends on support ...

Iowa courts expand their successes

The Chief Justice of Iowa's Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators last week that Iowans can be proud of our state's court system, which is one of the best in the nation.The top priorities of the Judicial Branch are ensuring public safety and protecting Iowa's children. Since the ...

Don’t shortchange our students

Your advocacy is needed. The impact of the governor's school funding proposal is far below what is necessary to finance Iowa's schools. The governor is proposing to increase per pupil spending by 1.25 percent or $80 per student for the 2015-16 school year and a 2.45 percent increase or $158 per ...

Regent funding formula must be re-examined

The regents funding task force was to study and recommend needed change to the funding formula which divides a $500 million "pie" between the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Uneven enrollment changes (ISU increase - UNI decrease) created financial ...

Torture doesn’t save lives, It costs them

This is the kind of knowledge that damages the soul. Thanks to the Senate's report on CIA torture, Americans should now realize that there was nothing "enhanced" about the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."These tactics were more than just cruel and degrading - ...

New year to focus on job creation, fiscal responsibility

We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015.The latest review of state finances by the nonpartisan Revenue Estimating Conference points to steady economic growth for Iowa over the ...

Focusing on the middle class and job training

It has been observed that a good number of school children think the first day of the year is sometime in late August when they return to school. I have learned that for public officials, it begins in November following the elections.Now knowing who is elected to represent the people, many ...

The country has spoken: Time to change direction on tax extenders

While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a message that they do not like the country's direction. Exit polling data from Election Day showed ...

‘Black Friday Blues’

Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on "Black Friday" for spectacular deals. What they don't know is that the best bargains have already been taken - not by other shoppers, but by some of America's largest corporations.Walmart, the biggest corporation in America, with revenues of ...

Will Christie make the right decision?

With the midterm elections behind us, the attention of many across the country will now turn toward our state and its unique role in national politics. Every action by the likely presidential candidates will be scrutinized through the lens of its impact on Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. ...

Not just one day, but a lasting commitment

Let us first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind us in a multitude of ways how to remember, and also act. Our veterans need us now.On Veterans Day, it's one day to think hard. What do we ...

An open letter to America’s veterans

At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in Government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, ...

Tax dodging new form of corporate abuse

Big corporations have been trying to push farmers around since the 19th century. But farmers have always pushed back: More than 100 years ago, the Grange and National Farmers Union were organized to save farming families from corporate abuse.Now some U.S. corporations are practicing a new form ...

Herbert Hoover’s crusade against New Deal Liberalism

During the 1932 presidential campaign President Herbert Hoover told the nation that "the proposals of our opponents represent a profound change in American life" Hoover argued that the policies being advocated by his opponent, New York Democrat Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, "represent a ...

Iowa ranks high for fiscal responsibility

A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best run states in the country. As your state senator, I am committed to keeping Iowa's finances in good shape.I am proud of the bipartisan efforts of the Legislature to balance the state budget without raising taxes and set aside ...

Availability of law enforcement records

Editor's Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB's activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by the board.Question: What police and sheriff's records are open to the public and press?Answer: ...

The Land and Water Conservation Fund at 50: As important today as ever

Sept. 3 marked two important 50th anniversaries - the signing of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since President Lyndon Johnson signed both pieces of legislation in 1964, Americans in all 50 states, across thousands of rural and urban ...