October 28th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 18 @ KCSI
Being available, accessible, and accountable should be paramount for our elected officials. Listen as I take questions live on air! Healthcare, conservation, mental health, tourism, and bridging the political gap are some of the thoughts on the minds of callers.
October 23rd, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 17 @ KCSI
We are in the middle of a global health crisis and our county Public Health Departments are on the "front lines" of combating COVID-19. The bad news is that they are struggling with staffing and resources. Senator Costello has not called a single one of our Administrators to find out how they are doing. Tune in to hear what I've learned from talking with all of them for the second time this year.
October 15th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 16 @ KCSI
Elections are well underway with absentee voting this year and new unique challenges are facing our election officials, especially with COVID considerations. I spoke with all of our County Auditors to find out how their role as Commissioner of Elections is going and what the State could and should be doing to help.
October 6th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 15 @ KCSI
Our rural schools are struggling, especially with COVID considerations. Our public schools need to be supported, period. Listen to our discussion on what's going right, what's going wrong, and how the State could and should be helping our schools be successful.
September 30th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 14 @ KCSI
City government is one of the most fundamental areas of leadership in our communities. With 38 different cities represented in our senate district, I discuss how cities are structured and how things are going. Listen to learn more about what obstacles exist for our small towns and what the state could be doing to help!
September 22nd, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 13 @ KCSI
The Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System is the state managed pension plan for our public employees. I had the opportunity to speak with State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald about IPERS and share that information on this episode. IPERS is strong, robust, and needs to be protected.
September 18th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 12 @ KCSI
Our county leadership includes supervisors, assessors, auditors, treasurers, and more. Listen in as I discuss the various roles and responsibilities of our county officials and what I've learned from talking with them. There are six counties in Senate District 12, and there are plenty of ideas to get us back on track!
September 9th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 11 @ KCSI
Property taxes are collected at the county level and are structured and collected with the help of County Assessors, Auditors, Treasurers, and Supervisors. We discuss that collection process and highlight the Agricultural classification for our district.
September 1st, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 10 @ KCSI
Taxes can be complex and more than a little frustrating at times. We discuss taxes at the State level and dispel some common misconceptions about the Federal Estate Tax. Most everyone pays taxes and those taxes should be collected for a reason. "Tune-in" to hear more!
August 26th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 9 @ KCSI
Small and Alternative Agriculture are important segments of the complex topic of Agriculture in Iowa. Listen to our conversation about local food producers and what the future of agriculture may look like with the proper focus from the State of Iowa.
August 21st, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 8 @ KCSI
Agriculture is an important part of our rural communities and can largely be broken down into two categories: Production Agriculture and Small & Alternative Agriculture. We discuss what Production Agriculture is and how/why it is important to our area.
August 12th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 7 @ KCSI
We continue our discussion on Medicaid privatization and how that change directly impacts our area hospitals. We also discuss how things are going for our county Public Health Administrators, especially considering COVID-19. Unfortunately, the State is largely failing and Costello is nowhere to be found.
August 4th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 6 @ KCSI
Iowa switched from a Fee For Service (FFS) Medicaid system to a Managed Care Organization (MCO) model in 2016. The State Auditor's office conducted a survey of Medicaid providers to compare the FFS and MCO models. We talk about the report and how disastrous Medicaid privatization has been for Iowa.
July 29th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 5 @ KCSI
Access to affordable, quality childcare is essential for working parents and it has a tangible impact on our entire economy. The challenges we face are persistent and complex, but solvable. The first step is listening to our experts and being involved in our communities.
July 22nd, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 4 @ KCSI
Our rural communities have been steadily declining in population. Listen in to my conversation with Aaron West at KCSI in Red Oak as we talk about what economic development professionals are doing across our district and how we can turn things around in our corner of the state.
July 14th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 3 @ KCSI
Schools around the district are planning to reopen this fall amid a growing public health pandemic. Listen in to my conversation with Aaron West at KCSI in Red Oak as we discuss what schools are doing and compare their various plans to "Return to Learn".
July 8th, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 2 @ KCSI
Broadband (high-speed internet) is going to play a crucial role in the future of our rural communities. Listen in to my conversation with Aaron West at KCSI in Red Oak as we talk about what broadband is and how we should be encouraging its build-out.
July 1st, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 1 @ KCSI
KCSI Radio in Red Oak will host our weekly radio program "Norris in the Know" where we'll take a deep dive into topics important to rural Iowa. Episode 1 is a "get to know the candidate" introduction.
Feb 25th, 2020
Official Campaign Announcement KCSI
"We are neighbors, we are involved in this community because we chose to be here. We have values that we can all stand on, together. And if we can just get beyond these partisan divides and these oddities that have driven us apart, we can realize there's a lot of issues that we agree on."
Feb 25th, 2020
"Right now all sorts of changes are happening in the Statehouse in Des Moines that affect people here, and they are the kinds of changes that wouldn't be made if someone was here listening to us." - Nick Johansen, The Red Oak Express
November 2nd, 2020
"Norris in the Know" Episode 19 @ KCSI
This campaign has focused on getting in front of folks all over southwest Iowa. I've covered a lot of important topics on this radio series and believe I have run a campaign to be proud of. Listen to my conversation with Jerry recapping my efforts to turn our corner around!