Senate President Jake Chapman (R-Adel) Friends, family, colleagues, returning and newly-elected members, – It is my humble honor and privilege to welcome you to the 89th General Assembly. As we prepare to tackle the issues and challenges of today may we take a quick moment to reflect on our past? This year, we will celebrate […]
T’was just days before the new year when all through D.C. Politicians were scrambling, getting ready to flee. While Americans are waiting, wanting someone to care And hoping that our leaders will do something that’s fair. It’s hard not to worry, tossing and turning in bed With visions of COVID filling many with dread. Men, […]
This year in communities all over Iowa, the holiday season kicked off with long lines of idling cars. Our neighbors were not waiting to see displays of Christmas lights. They were not lining up to be first for the best shopping deals. They were not stuck in bumper to bumper holiday traffic. All over our […]
Predictions for the coming months are dire. In much of the country, the rate of COVID-19 infections is higher than it was last spring. Vaccines are already being administered in the U.K. and should soon begin to be administered in the U.S., but the pandemic is not over yet. Epidemiologists predict that by spring 2021, when it is likely a vaccine may become more widely available, another 200,000 to 300,000 Americans will die […]
In July I received a telephone call from a Nurse Coordinator that I have completed several clinical trials with as a participant. In December 2019, I wrapped a two-year Chikungunya virus vaccine trail I was in. I always enjoyed my visits in person and by telephone with Deb over the years, and so we had […]
As faith leaders and Iowans of many beliefs, it is with great urgency that we call upon Governor Kim Reynolds to take every action available to protect the health and safety of Iowans and to drastically reduce the positive cases of COVID-19 that is raging in communities across Iowa. The number of positive cases in […]
In 2017, President Trump had just taken office, and I was worried about what that would mean for Iowans, for my family, and for Iowa veterans like me. I served in Iraq, and as a fellow veteran, I went to one of Senator Joni Ernst’s town hall meetings to ask if she would stand up […]
COVID-19 has taught us that paid leave saves jobs and saves lives. We know we need a national paid leave plan that covers all Americans.
I’m someone who has lived in the reality of an abusive relationship. So I get angry when I see Joni Ernst’s commercials claiming that she is an advocate for survivors.
After my father’s accident, the healthcare coverage his union fought so valiantly for afforded him the best opportunities to recover.