Tag Archives: Senator Joe Bolkcom

Iowa’s Medicaid MCOs Get Another Big Raise

  The Medicaid mess that Terry Branstad created and then walked away from just got much, much worse for the end user in Iowa Friday. That end user is of course the 680,000 Iowans who rely on Medicaid for their … Continue reading

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Joe Bolkcom: Adjournment Looms “Not Pretty”

From Senator Joe Bolkcom’s newsletter: Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee met twice to consider seven budget bills. The GOP-led committee had less than 24 hours to review the bills, and the public had zero opportunity to offer input. Rotten process. … Continue reading

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Iowa GOP Climate Change Deniers Taken To Task By Democrat

Important information from Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom for Iowans in Senate District 28. NE Iowa Senator Mike Breitbach denies climate change is real I attended a legislative forum on Tuesday in Decorah hosted by the Winneshiek Energy District. Republican incumbent … Continue reading

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“Lost Schools,” Iowa Medicaid Changes, JCDems Fall BBQ

Sign up for Senator Bolkcom’s newsletter. In addition to [Governor Branstad’s] deadly decision to unilaterally close two critically needed Iowa mental health facilities, his veto of $55 million in much-needed funding for our local schools because he said we could … Continue reading

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Why Is Governor Branstad Dismantling Medicaid?

From the newsletter of Senator Bolkcom (D) – Iowa City BRANSTAD HEADLONG RUSH TO PRIVATIZE MEDICAID Medicaid provides health coverage to just over a half million of the most vulnerable people in our state, including seniors, families and children, pregnant … Continue reading

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Is Iowa Prepared For A Megadrought?

State Senator Joe Bolkcom, member of the natural resources and environment committee, spoke last Tuesday at the capitol about environmental issues. “Is there anything related to the environment you would like to see covered in greater detail?” I asked. “There … Continue reading

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Iowa GOP Hypocrisy On Education

[by Paul McAndrew] Governor Branstad and Iowa’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives propose only a 1.25 percent increase ($50 million) in state funding for elementary and secondary schools in Iowa’s 338 public school districts. This meager increase would keep Iowa’s schools … Continue reading

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Wage Theft: An Iowa Disgrace

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece first appeared in the Iowa City Press Citizen. It is reprinted with the permission of Senator Bolkcom). It might seem hard to believe, but some Iowa employers are regularly stealing from their employees. It’s a problem … Continue reading

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How Many More Floods Will It Take?

by Senator Joe Bolkcom As we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the historic 2008 floods and look back on the amazing amount of recovery work that has taken place in communities across Iowa, our recent extreme rains tell us more … Continue reading

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Bolkcom To Introduce Common Sense Gun Legislation

The GOP and their friend ALEC want to bring to Iowa the infamous “shoot first” or “stand your ground” law, but they’ll have to answer to a new wave of concerns by Iowans who feel the recent loosening of gun … Continue reading

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