Time to Pull the Plug on Branstad’s Medicaid Mess?

A guest post from House Leader Mark Smith A few months ago, Governor Terry Branstad and Republicans privatized health care for over 500,000 Iowans on Medicaid. After months of delays, confusion, and scandal, Branstad’s privatization scheme is now officially a disaster. All around the state, we’ve been hearing horror stories from Iowans and local providers dealing with the new private, ou...
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Time to Pull the Plug on Branstad’s Medicaid Mess?

A guest post from House Leader Mark Smith A few months ago, Governor Terry Branstad and Republicans privatized health care for over 500,000 Iowans on Medicaid. After months of delays, confusion, and scandal, Branstad’s privatization scheme is now officially a disaster. All around the state, we’ve been hearing horror stories from Iowans and local providers dealing with the new private, ou...
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Terry Branstad’s Mental Health Care Crisis

Guest post from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Dead last. That’s Iowa’s new ranking in mental health beds available for our citizens.  It’s an embarrassing ranking and a critical situation for Iowa families with loved ones suffering from mental illnesses. The ranking comes from the non-partisan Treatment Advocacy Center in a report that came out last week. It found Iowa has ju...
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Who Do Democrats Think Should Run For Governor In 2018?

The Iowa Democratic Party's state convention dragged long into the night yesterday, and there were stretches where voting and the agenda moved very slowly. So what to do? How about start speculating about 2018? Obviously this year's presidential election and maintaining control of the Iowa Senate are paramount at the moment, but the race for Governor in 2018 will shape the longterm future of Io...
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Branstad Has Time For Tulips, Eggs, None For Teachers On Teacher Appreciation Day

It's Teacher Appreciation Day today, where we thank the committed professionals who get up each day to prepare our state's children for the future. And many of them in Iowa could probably use an extra reminder of how grateful we really are for all their hard work. Google even has a nice little "Doodle" for it on their search bar right now. But if you were looking at Governor Terry Branstad's sc...
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With Caucus Over, Big Priorities Ahead For Iowa Democrats

As the final rumblings over the caucus process slowly die out, Democrats have a chance to regroup and refocus on what their priorities moving forward must be. Iowa Democrats are at their weakest point in years after two consecutive midterm blowouts, but there's plenty of opportunities in 2016 and beyond to regain the advantage. Starting off 2019 with control of the Governor's office, Senate and Ho...
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Tom Vilsack Faces Fallout After Backing Branstad’s Education Plan

Many Democrats were rather surprised to see Secretary of Agriculture and former Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack sitting next to Governor Terry Branstad on Tuesday morning. Vilsack was there to give support to Branstad's new proposal to divert funding from schools in the one-cent sales tax to water quality projects. The plan extends the money provided to schools into 2049, but many Democrats (and s...
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