Monthly Archives: February 2017

Stop The Iowa GOP’s “Dirty Dozen”

Important message from Senate minority leader Rob Hogg. Follow Senator Hogg on Facebook “Stop the Dirty Dozen” – Speak up this week to stop more harm to Iowans Today, I am writing to ask you to help us stop a … Continue reading

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20 Procedural “Irregularities” Used By Iowa Republicans

From the Facebook page of Senate Minority Leader Rob Hogg  @SenatorRobHogg While it is fresh in my mind, here is a list of 20 major procedural irregularities used by Republicans on the bill to take away workers’ rights and teachers’ … Continue reading

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Sunday Funday: “And The Oscar Goes To” Edition

As awards shows go, the Academy Awards are usually one of the more entertaining shows. We don’t go to shows as much as we used to, but we will most likely watch the Awards. In this world of everything being … Continue reading

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IPP Sponsors Two Events Exposing ALEC

With all the damage ALEC is wreaking in Iowa these days it may be a very good time to make sure that everybody understands just what ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). As so often happens in Iowa during a time … Continue reading

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The Money, The Money, The Money

Last week brought the not too stunning revelation that the Iowa legislature seems to be under the direction of Americans For Prosperity, a Koch brothers front group. Following the money, one of the most valuable lessons ever to learn in … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislative Forums Feb. 24-25

February 2017 02/24/2017 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM Legislative Forum – Lenox 02/24/2017 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Town Meeting – Parkersburg 02/24/2017 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Davenport 02/24/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum … Continue reading

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Sirens In The Distance

 After the Iowa Republicans’ dismantling of Chapter 20,  Senator Joe Bolkcom warns that the public employee retirement system is next.  Dear Editor:  I woke up about 3 a.m. to a siren in the distance.  I thought to myself: Car accident? … Continue reading

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How The Modern Day GOP Used Gerrymandering To Regain Power After Obama

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center sponsored a discussion about gerrymandering last week. “A discussion about redistricting between David Daley, former editor-in-chief of, and Jonathan Winburn, associate professor of political science at the University of Mississippi, moderated by … Continue reading

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Iowa Auditors Oppose GOP Voter ID Bill

Statement on GOP Voter ID bill by Johnson County Auditor, Travis Weipert Iowa’s election administrators are opposed to Secretary Of State Paul Pate’s Voter ID bill, which is an unnecessary solution to a nonexistent problem. The Iowa State Association of … Continue reading

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Senator Matt McCoy: No More Iowa Nice

The senator takes the gloves off and explains how things are. They [Republicans] have stopped listening. The only thing they will understand is raw power at the ballot box. This 1-hour legislative forum was broadcast live Sunday on Facebook.  It … Continue reading

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