Category Archives: Iowa legislature 2015

Capitol Comments

Governor Branstad takes one tiny tiptoe forward with the Anti-Bullying Proclamation but then takes ten big stomps backward. FIRST, this week, Gov. Branstad proposed new rules (instead of legislation) allowing his administration to give $37 million dollars in tax exemptions … Continue reading

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The King Of Iowa?

Well, Terry the Terrible is at it once again. Looking down the barrel of not being quite the governor that luminaries such as Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal are, Branstad pulls a tax cut for businesses out of nowhere. Being … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Call for Special Session on School Funding

From Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquard On July 2nd, Governor Branstad vetoed $56 million in urgently needed school funding. The money was approved by lawmakers in a compromise during the 2015 legislative session. In an effort to restore school funding, I and … Continue reading

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2015 Iowa Legislative Session – Tobacco Control

Eileen Fisher is a Johnson County resident and president of CAFE Iowa CAN, a network of tobacco control advocates whose presence is felt continuously among Iowa legislators. She recently provided this report on tobacco control legislation during the 2015 session … Continue reading

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#QuitWhining Fallout: Senator Johnson Doubles Down, Calls for Privatizing Education

For Immediate Release July 10, 2015 Contact: Josh Levitt jlevitt@iowademocrats.org Important Questions Remain: Will Iowa GOP Condemn Johnson’s Remarks? Do Iowa GOP leaders support Johnson’s Desire to Privatize Education? DES MOINES – The Iowa Republican Party hit a new low … Continue reading

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Republicans Fail Iowans In 2015 Session

(Editor’s Note: Joe Bolkcom represents Iowa Senate District 43 in the Legislature. The following editorial appeared in the Iowa City Press Citizen, and is reprinted with permission of the author). When considering the accomplishments of the 2015 session of the … Continue reading

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How The Gun Lobby’s Top Legislative Priority In Iowa Was Defeated

desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/06/29/common-sense-guns/ by John Feinblatt Every four years, the national media looks to Iowa for stories about where American voters stand on pressing issues. After what happened this spring here in Des Moines, it’s clear where Iowans stand on guns and … Continue reading

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Iowa Will Have Expanded Broadband Internet Access

 Something good came out of the Iowa legislature this session. IowaHouse.org/StatehouseNews/6-24-15 A bipartisan bill to expand broadband internet access to more homes, schools and businesses was signed into law by Governor Branstad last week. The bill also contains language regarding … Continue reading

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Branstad Throws $21 Million At Egyptian Fertilizer Company While Telling Iowa Schools to F*** Off

progressiowa.org Branstad Funds Orascom Instead of Schools DES MOINES — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today approved an additional $21.5 million in tax incentives for the Iowa Fertilizer Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orascom Construction Industries. The total … Continue reading

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Iowa Republicans Attempt To Dismantle Public Schools; Democrats Try To Stop Them

senate.iowa.gov/democrats On the Iowa Senate Democrats website:  The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. The goal of the compromise is to maintain educational opportunities and boost student … Continue reading

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