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Editorials

From the Desk of Senator Giddens: Workers in Perry need our help

Greetings friends and neighbors! As I write this, today marks the end of the tenth week of the legislative session and is also the second funnel date for the session. The second funnel is the date by which policy bills must make it out of their originating chamber and out of committee in the ...

District 53 Newsletter: March 15, 2024 Edition

We have finished the tenth week of the session, which was the second funnel for when Senate bills had to be through a House Committee. At last count, the House had passed roughly 175 bills over to the Senate so far, and the Senate has sent the House about 60 bills. The House continues to ...

A little bit about me

As a candidate for Sheriff in beautiful Tama County, I know how important it is to be connected with the ones you serve. Although I did not grow up in Tama County, I have strong connections here. My great-grandmother Blanche (Sevcik) Rebik was born in Carroll Township, near Vining, with her ...

Q&A: Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week is March 10-16, 2024. Q: What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? A: Under this nearly six decades-old federal law, the public has the right to request access to records from any federal agency. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) helps keep check on government ...

From the Desk of Senator Giddens: What’s going on with AEAs?

Greetings friends and neighbors! On Tuesday last week, we had an extremely special day at the Capitol – University of Northern Iowa Day! UNI Day is always one of my favorite days of the session. I got to spend time visiting with students, faculty, staff, and administrators who do incredible ...

From the Desk of Senator Giddens: Visit YOUR State Capitol!

Greetings friends and neighbors! Our work in the Iowa Senate last week was focused on consideration of bills in the full chamber that have passed out of their respective committees. In between our debates and other meetings, though, I made time to meet with various groups visiting from our ...

District 53 Newsletter: Feb. 29, 2024 Edition

Week 8 was marked by more intense floor debate as we work through some of the more impactful bills, particularly within the education arena. There are far too many to adequately discuss in this newsletter, but I’ll mention a few. House Republicans have been meeting with school ...

Duquesne, Arizona, and the Hunt for the Juniper Titmouse

A juniper titmouse was reported on the Tucson Audubon Rare Bird Alert in early January this year. It had never before been reported in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona or anywhere in Santa Cruz County even though the area is arguably the best birding in the USA. On February 11, Matt ...