Capitol Update

Capitol Update

I recently read a Facebook post from a fellow pork producer.  He talked about keeping a positive attitude and working at controlling the things that we can control during this pandemic. Do not worry about the things we cannot.    It reminded me of meeting I had with my accountant back in 1998 during the downturn in the pork prices at that time.  Anyone who was a pork producer back then remembers it well.  As we sat in that meeting, my spirits and attitude was about as low as I can remember during my farming career.

As the discussion continued, he pulled out his legal pad and wrote something on it.  He then slid it over to me.  He wrote “It will get better!”  He signed Duane Murken and dated it.  When I asked if he could guarantee that statement, He said you can take that to the bank.  He was right.  It did get better.  To this day, I have that on my desk to review from time to time.

This message is not just for us in the pork industry, it’s for everyone.  So if you are feeling down, reach out and talk with someone, get help.  It will get better.  Times will change and we will get through this.  Be Positive.  Be Safe.

Legislature Planning to Resume Session in June

About two months ago, the Iowa Legislature suspended its session as a precaution to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Prior to doing so, lawmakers passed a bipartisan plan that stabilized the state budget, ensured continuation of essential government services, and provided Governor Reynolds with additional tools to manage the disease outbreak.

In recent weeks, the situation in Iowa, and much of the country, has significantly improved.  Governor Reynolds has taken significant steps to reopen our communities and economy so Iowans can get back to normal life.

With this in mind, it is clear that it is time for the Legislature to get back to Des Moines and complete its work. Leadership has announced that the Legislature will reconvene on Wednesday, June 3 and get back to work. When lawmakers return, Iowans can expect lawmakers to address their priorities and pass a conservative and responsible state budget plan.

To protect the health and safety of legislators, staff, and the public, additional precautions will be implemented at the Capitol when the Legislature reconvenes. Additionally, all House committee meetings will be live streamed so that Iowans can follow legislative business and ensure transparency.

Voting in the June Primary

Vote Absentee

The easiest and safest way to vote in this year’s primary is by requesting an absentee ballot and voting from the comfort of your own home. You can do this by downloading an absentee ballot request form and mailing it into to either the Jones or Delaware County Auditor’s office (request forms must be received by the Auditor by May 22). Once the Auditor receives your request, they will mail your official voting ballot. Fill it out and return it as soon as possible to ensure it arrives on time and your vote is counted!

Vote on Election Day

As always, you’ll continue to be able to cast your ballot and vote on Election Day at a polling station. However, with the COVID-19 outbreak, some counties have reduced the number of polling locations to protect their poll workers and voters. If you live in a county that has done this, be sure to double check your polling site before leaving and expect the possibility of longer than usual wait times in line. Also make sure to practice proper social distancing and good hygiene!

If you would like more detail on any of these issues or something else, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I will be monitoring my email daily, if you have any questions or concerns please email or call my cell phone.  My email is or call at 319-480-1997.

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