News: Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000?

NPR: Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000? Excerpt But their real-life counterparts aren’t getting rich, either. The average pay for a teacher in the United States? About $56,000, usually higher in urban districts, lower in rural ones. Add the fact that salaries fell in recent years, and it’s probably no surprise that more teachers […]

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Video: Real Political Leadership

If you missed 60 Minutes this past week, please take 14 minutes out of your day to listen to someone who does “politics” so he can do what he loves: policy. He is a man who understands the House (of Representatives) is broken and has, in my opinion, the right approach to fix it and […]

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News: Iowa Ranks 12th on Energy Efficient Scorecard

News: Iowa Ranks 12th on Energy Efficient Scorecard Excerpt: This report is known as the Energy Efficient Scorecard and Iowa ranked 12th in the country for 2015, advancing two spots from last year’s rankings. The Iowa Energy Center is highlighted in the report for supporting bioenergy, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs through research and […]

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News: Obama’s MyRA Retirement Savings Plan Goes Nationwide

Accounting Today: Obama’s MyRA Retirement Savings Plan Goes Nationwide Excerpt The government-backed plan is an option for the tens of millions of U.S. workers whose employers don’t offer a retirement savings plan. MyRA accounts are open to anyone earning an annual salary of less than $131,000, or $193,00 if they are married and filing taxes […]


Video: America’s Budget Crisis

It is not a secret but not enough people are talking about it. We have a serious budget crisis in America; and despite the annual deficit shrinking (note: there is still a deficit), our overall debt continues to climb and we do not currently have a path out. That has to change. Links: Ex-GAO head […]

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Renewing America’s Promise Radio: Building a Working Government with Senator Jeff Danielson

In this episode, we welcome three-term Iowa State Senator, Jeff Danieslon. A true bi-partisan advocate Senator Danielson covers Cedar Falls and Waterloo and still works as a professional firefighter and is an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Northern Iowa, my alma mater. Senator Danielson chairs the State Government committee and is […]

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News: France Announces End To Gay Blood Ban

Huffington Post: France Announces End To Gay Blood Ban Excerpt France will end its ban on blood donations by gay men, its health minister said Wednesday, calling the move the end “of a taboo and discrimination.” Health Minister Marisol Touraine said beginning in the spring of 2016, no blood donors can be refused based on […]