Category Archives: Branstad

Branstad Should Feel At Home In China

Much of what he’s worked for is already in place in China. Unions have no power and are only there as a show to the outside world that yes, China has unions. Wages are low, hours long, workplace safety at … Continue reading

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A Sad Anniversary Today

One Year Ago Terry Branstad Unilaterally Privatized Iowa’s Medicaid Administration. It Has Been A Disaster. One year ago today – April 1, 2016, Governor Terry Branstad completed his goal of handing huge amounts of taxpayer money over to private business … Continue reading

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Branstad’s Legacy

Looks like Governor-For-Life Terry Branstad will soon be leaving us on that slow boat to China. Who cares how he gets there as long as he leaves. As he begins to leave we can look back briefly on what shape … Continue reading

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Colin Gordon: What’s The Matter With Iowa?

U of Iowa Professor Colin Gordon wrote a story in Dissent Magazine that many of us have been wondering about out loud. That is simply “What’s The Matter With Iowa?” Following perhaps the strangest election ever in Iowa, Republicans took … Continue reading

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IPP And Senator Dvorsky On The Budget Shortfall

Last Monday Mike Owen the Executive Director of the Iowa Policy Project and Research Director Peter Fisher gave a presentation at the Moral Monday meeting March 13th. This video is about 40 minutes long. It is all very self-explanatory except … Continue reading

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An Unadvertised Bomb Inside Repealing The ACA

Look out Kids, Mom and Dad may break you Filial responsibility. Ever hear of it? This is an old concept in law that goes back to the English poor laws in the 1600s. Stated simply, it means that children are … 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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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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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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Busting Iowa’s Public Unions

(2 minutes) Looks like Republicans will finally achieve one of Terry Branstad’s dreams: public unions are on the verge of being effectively destroyed in Iowa. The Iowa Policy Project did an analysis of the effects of the republican attacks on … Continue reading

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