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Gearing up for Funnel Week

Last Friday (Feb. 2nd) was Groundhog Day, and with the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, we are supposed to have an early spring. I have to agree with “Phil” as this week, the weather in the Capitol city definitely is living up to the prediction.

Q&A: Budget blues bleed red ink

Q: What’s the 10-year forecast for the federal budget and its impact on the economy?

My work to protect our country from China

China poses the greatest threat to America’s economic and national security.

'It’s About Love'

By Jennifer Hesebeck  - Excelsior UMC and Faith Community Church

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Here are a few statistics for you…

• This year, Americans are expected to spend over $18 billion on Valentine’s Day.

Conflict of interest in Dickinson County

Editor's note: The Dickinson County News also reported on the Jan. 30 Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting, which was solely focused on discussion of the county's conflict of interest policy. The article was available online the evening of Jan. 30 and was printed in the Feb. 1, 2024, edition of the newspaper.

To the residents and voters of Dickinson County,

Social media use leads to poor mental health among teens and negatively impacts learning

According to a survey released by Gallup on Oct. 13, 2023, the average U.S. teen uses social media 4.8 hours per day. Girls use social media roughly one hour more than boys per day. Teens favorite platforms are YouTube and TikTok with Instagram a distant third in popularity.

Subcommittee work continues in Iowa Senate

During the fourth week in the Senate, the pace continued to build as we are fast approaching the deadline to get policy bills through subcommittee and standing committees. Three bills I am working on passed out of standing committees:

• SF 2153 regarding the Insurance Commissioner’s authority concerning insurance producers, business entity producers and preneed sellers (Commerce).

Q&A: Protecting kids online

Q: Why did the Senate Judiciary Committee bring Big Tech executives to testify before Congress?


Delivering tax relief for Iowa families, farmers and businesses

I’ve long believed that cutting taxes for our families, farmers and small businesses spurs investment in our rural communities, promotes economic growth and creates good jobs. When we let hardworking Iowans keep more of their hard-earned money, folks are encouraged to start their own enterprises, hire new employees, support businesses up and down our rural main streets and put money aside for a rainy day.

What you need to know

By Gary Lambert - Light of the Lakes Friends Church


Here's what you need to know today:

Life is short.
Death is sure.
Sin is the cause.
Christ is the cure.

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, (you) that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever (you) believeth in Him (Jesus), should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Nuff said!

Thank you for helping Oaxaca

I would like to personally thank the following businesses — Custom Creations of Spirit Lake, CC Screen Printing of Arnolds Park, The Three Sons of Milford and Healthy Smiles Dentistry of Spirit Lake. Because of their generosity, we were able to take five very large suitcases of clothing and dental supplies to the students and families of financially challenged folks in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. These families cannot afford to send their children to school.

Awe to alarm to apocalypse for America

Most Americans viewed with awe the declaration of Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

A Winter Games thank you from the IGLA Chamber

On behalf of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank so many for making our 44th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games another success for our business community. Although the games may have felt a little different from those of the recent past, lifelong memories were made for so many individuals from near and far. Events of this scale are not possible without an army of volunteers and the continual support from our entire community.

Pre-birth child support

I filed a bill this week with several of my colleagues that would provide pre-birth child support to mothers who are carrying a father’s child. Right now, that support, for the most part, does not start until the baby is born and, as a pro-life person, I felt that the unborn child needs and deserves the support. Quite frankly, guys have been getting off the hook for too long and need to take accountability for their actions.

Work continues during week three of session

In the Senate during week three, the focus was on scheduling subcommittee meetings for discussion and public comment. The scheduling process can be quite a challenge as the other senators are also setting up their times for subcommittee, while looking ahead to meeting the first funnel deadline of Feb. 16. Hundreds of bills are packed into this three-week period. I served on and chaired a number of subcommittees.

Bills introduced:

Illegal immigrants don’t deserve a free pass at our airports

President Biden’s open-border policies have rolled out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants, drug traffickers, terrorists and foreign nationals with ties to China to unlawfully enter our country. Yet, he refuses to enforce our nation’s immigration laws and keep our families and communities safe.

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