Press: Looking back: 10 ran for mayor in 2003

Glove Gazette: Looking back: 10 ran for mayor in 2003 Excerpt: “It was very exciting,” he said. “Everyone came into it with interesting ideas and perspectives. When I announced, there weren’t many other candidates and I really thought I had a chance. “One of the things that’s refreshing now is the city has done many […]

Farm Wetlands

News: Iowa getting $3 million for wetland enhancement projects

The Gazette: Iowa getting $3 million for wetland enhancement projects Excerpt: The USDA announced Thursday it is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support 10 wetland enhancement projects in Iowa and 11 other states. The $3 million awarded to Iowa is being used to create wetlands covering 580 acres in the […]

Experian Social Security

News: Social Security trust fund projected to run dry by 2034

CNN: Social Security trust fund projected to run dry by 2034 Excerpt If lawmakers don’t act, Social Security’s trust fund will be tapped out in about 18 years. To make all of Social Security solvent for the next 75 years would require the equivalent of any of the following: immediately raising the Social Security payroll […]

America2026

The Next Generation of American Leaders

Last summer, my friend and former Congressional candidate Nick Troiano asked me to help put together a “mock Congress” to put forward a new American agenda. For weeks myself and other Millennial advocates and leaders from across the country met and through a unique partnership with Action for America, America 2026 was created. The theme […]

Alzheimer's

Op Ed: It’s time to erase stigma of Alzheimer’s, dementia

A Better Iowa: It’s time to erase stigma of Alzheimer’s, dementia When I began volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association two years ago, something stuck out to me: Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An episode of “The West Wing” […]

Perry High School

A Review of the 2016 Legislative Session

When the 2016 Iowa Legislative Session kicked off back in January, I had this to say to the 50 state senators, 100 house members, and our long-serving governor in Terry Branstad. In it, I detailed a high-level view of priorities for our leaders: We want affordable education that returns quality results. We want fair taxes […]