Tag Archives: Iowa Legislature

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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Ed Fallon On The Iowa Bakken Oil Pipeline

Blog for Iowa caught up with Ed Fallon in Iowa City at a March 11 fundraiser for his Iowa Pipeline Walk along the proposed route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline from the Bakken shale formation through Iowa to Illinois. … Continue reading

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The Problem Of Corporate Influence In Iowa

Thanks to Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa for his exemplary work monitoring ALEC’s activities in Iowa. http://progressiowa.org/progress-report ALEC WATCH: New Report Details Corporate Influence in Iowa By Progress Iowa To take action or ask questions about ongoing ALEC activity in … Continue reading

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Regents’ Proposed Revenue Model A Lose-Lose For Iowa Universities

For deep background, first click here and go read the historic Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto), which “essentially marks the beginning of the business community’s multi-decade collective takeover of the most important institutions of public opinion and … Continue reading

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How To Flip The Koch Party

  Have you ever heard of ALEC?  The Koch Brothers?  If  you answered yes, it’s probably because of the folks at the Center for Media and Democracy.  Read their story then decide if you feel they are worth supporting. by … Continue reading

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Iowa's New Laws Effective July 1

Rep. Sally Stutsman of Riverside forwarded a link to the Iowa House Democrats’ Statehouse News which covers the new laws that take effect July 1. Among them are several new initiatives aimed at boosting Iowa’s skilled workforce, including $66 million … Continue reading

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Sine Die? Not So Fast!

DES MOINES— Governor Branstad’s office released an end of session message for the 85th Iowa General Assembly at 8:41 a.m. yesterday, saying, “despite the partisan tone of the session, we are pleased there was agreement on the majority of our … Continue reading

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Divided Iowa Legislature Likely To Silence HF 2381

DES MOINES— Yesterday the Iowa House of Representatives passed HF 2381, a bill that adds a section to existing Iowa Code that provides “any person, trust, corporation or other entity may possess a firearm suppressor if the firearm suppressor is … Continue reading

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Hogg, Kaufmann Oppose Keystone XL

Joint Statement by Senator Rob Hogg and Representative Bobby Kaufmann on Keystone XL Pipeline: BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO KEYSTONE PIPELINE IN IOWA BECAUSE OF EXPECTED USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN DES MOINES– Two Iowa state legislators– Senator Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) and … Continue reading

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Which Two Iowa Lawmakers Have Pledged Their Loyalty To ALEC First Before Iowans?

ProgressIowa.org *BFIA post updated 10:41 am 12/5/13. In documents released about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) yesterday, it was revealed that Senator Bill Dix and Representative Linda Miller, as Iowa state chairs for ALEC, were asked to pledge, “I … Continue reading

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