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Slices of Life - Facebook faux pas

January 22, 2016 Facebook is an online community and in being such has developed certain (often unwritten) rules that its users follow. more »»

Q&A: Iowa Caucuses

January 22, 2016 Q: Why are the Iowa caucuses so significant? A: For more than four decades, presidential candidates have come to Iowa to test the electoral waters. more »»

Legislative session underway

January 22, 2016 The 2016 legislative session is underway. Monday morning we began with the swearing in of Rep. Linda Upmeyer as our new Speaker of the House. more »»

Slices of Life - New year, new resolutions

January 15, 2016 It’s a new year - a time when many of us consider changing more than our calendars. It’s time to get trim around the midsection. Redecorate the bedroom. Read more. Complain less. Join the gym. more »»

Support the Renewable Fuel Standard

January 15, 2016 Every four years, Iowa has the unique opportunity to be the first in the nation caucus. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Diners

January 15, 2016 McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, and the list goes on and on. While these franchises exist in most mid to large cities, they are bland. more »»

Blum recaps first year in office

January 15, 2016 Just over a year ago, Eastern Iowans sent me to Washington to represent them in Congress. more »»

Review of 2015: Senate Gets to Work

January 8, 2016 At year’s end, most Americans take stock of the previous 12 months and consider if they met their goals for the year. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Handwritten Letters

January 8, 2016 Lol”. “Brb.” “Smh.” These phrases are commonly sent through email, Facebook, and texting. These quick forms of communication are great, except they do not have a personal touch. more »»

Slices of Life - Marriage is a really long race

January 8, 2016 Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been married for 31 years - consecutive ?- to the same man. Exclamation point. In Hollywood, this is a big deal. Heck, it’s a big deal anywher. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Cars - Part II

January 1, 2016 Cars are an amazing creation. Each one provides a different flavor than the next, but together these cars make up a wonderful ecosystem. Some go fast, some go slow, and some go just righ. more »»

Slices of Life - A mom's talents run deep

January 1, 2016 My talents never cease to amaze me. Multi-talents, actually; I am multi-talented and living in a household where my elaborate skills are acknowledged and revered. more »»

Better Training & Education Will Help Expand Iowa's Middle Class

January 1, 2016 We should do all that we can to help more workers and their families join Iowa’s middle class. As 2015 comes to an end, Iowa continues its recovery from the national economic recession. more »»

Slices of Life - Star Wars Saga

December 18, 2015 It’s that special time of year and we’re a nation in anticipation. more »»

The Dengler Domain: Christmas Specials

December 18, 2015 Christmas season is upon us, and it is a wonderful time of year. more »»

A New Year and a New Beginning

December 18, 2015 The New Year is a time of resolutions. It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. more »»

Q&A: New K-12 Education Law

December 18, 2015 Q: What is the Every Student Succeeds Act? A: In the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since 2001, the Republican-led Congress restored a much greater degree of... more »»

The Dengler Domain: '60s Fashion

December 11, 2015 “Dysart, we have landed… in the 1960s, and it is time to talk about the fashion.” I mined across internet websites and found clothes popular in the ‘60s. more »»

Slices of Life - Oh Christmas Tree

December 11, 2015 It’s the time of year dreaded by spruce and pine alike. People take to the malls to hunt for bargains, but they also take to the grocery store parking lot to hunt for freshly slaughtered Fraser fir. more »»

True Holiday Spirit

December 11, 2015 Among other things, the holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. more »»



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