Tag Archives: Iowa legislature 2014

Blips On The Legislative Radar Screen

During the second session of the 85th Iowa General Assembly, it appears legislators have been getting along swimmingly. The budget number was agreed behind closed doors, in what seems like record time. And if supplemental state aid for our schools … Continue reading

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Is ALEC Behind Push In Iowa Legislature To Gut Clean Energy Policies?

Matt Sinovic Executive Director | Progress Iowa Groups Expose Assault By ALEC Fossil Fuel & Utility Members on Clean Energy and Environmental Regulations Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), fossil fuel and utility interests are pushing a comprehensive agenda … Continue reading

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Bobby Kaufmann Disappoints Constituent

A disappointing week.  Too many reminders of why I didn’t vote for Bobby Kaufmann last time and won’t next time. Despite a good bill regarding increases in penalties for animal abuse, and support for increasing the fuel tax in order … Continue reading

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Bolkcom Calls On Iowa GOP To Join Fight For Minimum Wage


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Iowa, We Have A Water Problem

“Because of runoff from our farms, we have more than 600 polluted rivers, lakes and streams, causing a nitrate surge in our drinking water.”  Find out more here:  citizensforahealthyiowa.org/  

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Iowa Tobacco Control 2014

When I was in the military, I bought my first and only packs of cigarettes. I tried a few puffs, and never had another. Tobacco control is a complicated issue that affects much of society, and has little to do … Continue reading

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Why It Is Time For Legislators To Stand Up To Governor Branstad

The following letter to the editor by David Johnson was published in the West Branch Times on January 24th. With the legislature back in session, we’ll soon be bombarded with letters from our elected officials in Des Moines, telling us … Continue reading

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Opening Day: Peace + Justice = Love

Today is the opening day of the 2014 Iowa legislative session. By most reports, our electeds on both sides of the aisle are already planning to be “efficient,” that is, cut out early or on time in order to hit … Continue reading

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