Category Archives: Iowa legislature 2016

Branstad Adopts Trump Tactics, Blames Democrats For His Behavior

This  week I came across a story,  Law Enforcement: Lack of Resources for Mental Health in Iowa a Major Problem. In this story, Governor Branstad blamed Democrats for the closing of two MHIs and was quoted as saying, ” The … Continue reading

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Will “Truckloads Of Cash” From Koch Brothers Hand Iowa Legislature To The GOP?

Here is an urgent call to action from Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom. Follow Senator Bolkcom on Facebook  and Twitter High Stakes Iowa Senate Elections “Republicans already hold the governor’s office and are expected to retain a majority in the Iowa … Continue reading

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Iowa Senate Democrats Hold Hearings On Medicaid Mess

Who can forget what a huge hurry Gov. Branstad was in to turn Medicaid administration over to privatized companies last summer and fall despite warnings that the companies were in no way ready. He couldn’t wait to hand out taxpayer … Continue reading

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Democratic State Senators To Hold Medicaid Hearings

On Monday, August 29, Iowans can share their experiences with Medicaid privatization with legislators from 9:30 to 11:30 AM in Room 103 at the Iowa Statehouse. To participate, sign up using this online form: http://interspire.iowasdc.info/surveys.php?id=31 Speakers will have three minutes … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Issues And The Iowa Legislature

A quite disappointing session by most any standards. The legislature did little to give Iowa’s middle class and poor hope that there would be any help coming their way. Republicans in the legislature were able to keep some of the … Continue reading

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Bill Stowe, An Iowa Hero

“We are in a water crisis in this state… We have sold our souls to the devil..”  

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Republicans Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood

They Take a Stand Opposed By 75% of Iowa Iowa House Republicans again this year inserted an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood from any state funding. This is a truly unpopular issue with Iowans. As Beth Wessel-Kroeschell is quoted in … Continue reading

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Privatization Has Consequences

 

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It’s April 16th. Has A Medical Marijuana Bill Passed Yet?

Two weeks ago I was treated to a short presentation by Shelly Van Winkle at the legislative forum in Muscatine. Ms. Van Winkle (is there any title that indicates that a person is an RN?) is a registered nurse and … Continue reading

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Iowa Budget Time: Hey Where Did The Money Go?

Here we go again. The end of the legislative session and the legislature claims once more there is no money. Where the hell did the money go? Tax breaks for businesses for the most part. Had Branstad’s administration not given … Continue reading

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