Meanwhile In Des Moines Citizens Get Screwed

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And please vote elsewhere, too!

Republicans tell university students: Come live in Iowa’s university cities, but you don’t get to vote there.

Who can be surprised that Republicans in the Iowa legislature passed a bill out of committee that would restrict university students from voting in elections? Students have been a bane to Republicans in Iowa for decades – probably since the Nixon days. As any good Republican knows, cheating is the best way to win elections.

Most of us were waiting for laws suppressing student votes to be coming soon after voter suppression laws were passed. So with no surprise, here they are.


“Republican senators advanced a wide-ranging elections bill Thursday ahead of a key statehouse deadline for legislation to remain eligible in this session.

It would block students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa from voting early on campus. That’s one result of a proposed overall ban on hosting satellite voting stations in state-owned buildings, which would also include the Iowa Veterans Home.

“It’s not only discriminatory, but it’s also a violation of voting rights,” said Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque. She noted students at private colleges in Iowa could still have the opportunity to vote early on campus.

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The bill would also require public university students to indicate on a new form if they will stay in Iowa after graduation. If they say they are leaving, the state would cancel their voter registration.

“This seems to be a way of removing them from the voter rolls,” said Keenan Crow of One Iowa Action. “And they may change their plans and have to re-register. We’re not doing that to any other group, so I’m not sure why we’re doing that to students.”

If you are 18 and working in a crappy job, the state of Iowa is not going to ask you if you will be living in Iowa in 4 or 5 years. But they will if you are going to the public (note: not the private) schools in Iowa. While you are a student at those schools, you pay rent, buy lots of stuff and pay gobs of taxes either directly or indirectly. Despite that you can’t vote here. Looks pretty clear Republicans don’t want you to vote here because they don’t like the way you might vote.

There is also another provision that will block using state buildings for early voting. That seems to be aimed directly at the U of Iowa Hospital. Having early voting in the U of Iowa Hospital is a great convenience to doctors and nurses whose schedules are often so hectic that who knows what they will be doing on Election Day. So it is a slap in the face to those professionals.

This one stinks to high heaven. The only way to get it approved by the courts would be to change the way judges are picked now and make it extremely partisan. And thank goodness that won’t happen in Iowa! – What? You mean Republicans are changing THAT TOO?

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Reynolds Meets With Conservative Lobbyists, DeVos Behind Closed Doors

Late on a Friday afternoon.

Related to the previous post in that this also deal with education in Iowa, Progress Iowa observed a closed door meeting taking place at the capitol with Gov. Reynolds, the named conservative lobbyist below and Secretary {Against} Education Betsy DeVos. I think we can rest assured that the people of Iowa were getting screwed even though we weren’t there. 

From Matt Sinovic at Progress Iowa:

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2019

Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0133

VIDEO: Conservative Lobbyists Attend Meeting With DeVos, Reynolds While Public Shut Out

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a private meeting with conservative lobbyists today, and excluded the public. Video recorded by Progress Iowa shows a number of prominent lobbyists in attendance at the Governor’s private capitol office.

“Kim Reynolds reminded us today who she really represents, and it’s not Iowans,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “It’s disturbing that she would host a meeting with the Secretary of Education about how to divert funds from public schools, and cut the public out of the process. These are our tax dollars and our neighborhood schools, and the public should have a seat at the table, not the Koch Brother’s lobbyist. Today’s meeting and their voucher proposal is a slap in the face to every student, parent, and educator in Iowa.”

Those identified as attending the meeting include:

Drew Klein, Americans for Prosperity Iowa

Eric Goranson, Iowa Association of Christian Schools

Tom Chapman, Iowa Catholic Conference

Ryan Wise, Director, Iowa Department of Education

Georgia Van Gundy, Executive Director, Iowa Business Council

Amy Sinclair, Republican State Senator 

Brad Zaun, Republican State Senator

Dan Ryan, President, Dowling Catholic High School

Click here to watch the video of participants entering and exiting the meeting with Governor Reynolds and Secretary DeVos: 

Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of more than 75,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law.


Republicans are not even trying to hide what they are doing anymore.

I once proposed that ANY meeting between a state official and a lobbyist be recorded and retained as a public record. I propose that once again.


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