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News: Iowa Expands Accessibility Through Electronic Voter Registration

Caffeinated Thoughts: Iowa Expands Accessibility Through Electronic Voter Registration Excerpt Iowans will have an easier way to register to vote and update their registration information thanks to the new electronic voter registration system unveiled Monday by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. The system is housed on the Iowa Department of Transportation’s website, available for […]

Highway Roads

Let’s Democratize Democracy

This post first appeared on The Des Moines Register’s Our Caucus series. Last night I joined 100 other influencers, special interest groups, presidential campaigns, and elected officials, to launch Change.org’s latest project, ChangePolitics.org. I was invited by my good friend Nick Troiano to speak as an undecided voter. The night itself was great. I was […]

Iowa Farming

News: Iowa farmers bust bins with record corn and soybean crops

Quad City Times: Iowa farmers bust bins with record corn and soybean crops Excerpt Iowa farmers busted the bins in 2015, setting records in production of both corn and soybeans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final crop production report. Iowa’s corn production for 2015 is estimated at 2.51 billion bushels, which beats the […]

Iowa Wind Turbines

A Note to Iowa Legislators

Dear Iowa Legislators, Tomorrow will begin another year of your service to the people in your districts and the people of Iowa. It is another chance to work with your fellow members to make Iowa a better place to grow up, raise a family, and retire. In the last 12 months, I have gotten married […]

Farming

News: New egg hatchery expected to be operational by early 2016

Quad-City Business Journal: New egg hatchery expected to be operational by early 2016 Excerpt What comes first, the chicken or the egg? When the new Hy-Line North America plant in Wilton’s Industrial Park begins operations early in 2016, it will be the egg. “Tentatively, our first eggset is January 10th,” Ross Greenawalt, hatchery specialist for […]

Caucus Questions on Budget

The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Omnibus Bill

I promise you this: I will not be silent and I will not sit down until our government starts to run the government efficiently. That means our elected officials must produce a budget that does one thing: reduces the federal deficit and edges towards reducing or at least stabilizing the growing and crippling debt. The […]

Gov. Christie at Waukee Town Hall

Our Caucus: Telling It Like It Is

As Iowans near February 1st and the Iowa Caucus, I’ve been covering my process as a first-time Caucus voter for The Des Moines Register in their Our Caucus series. Recently, I attended a town hall with Gov. Chris Christie. Living in New York City from 2011–2014, I got to “see” Christie up close. I was […]