Republicans’ Toddler Militia Gun Bill Is Back

The Republican-controlled Legislature is on track to reward gun-fanatics with their dream agenda!  Perhaps the most senseless piece of this legislation is the gun extremists' goal of giving handguns to kids. This nutty and dangerous expansion would allow toddlers to use handguns with parental supervision. Current law allows children over age 14 to handle a handgun with parental supervision. The p...
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Branstad Celebrates Behind Closed Doors With Koch Lobbyist

Governor Terry Branstad’s bill signing ceremony for the most anti-labor bill in recent Iowa history was reserved for a very special guest. Drew Klein, the state director and lobbyist for the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) got an extraordinary front row seat at the private closed door signing. Branstad demanded a secret signing ceremony, shutting out both the press and the public as h...
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Des Moines Water Works Under Attack By Republican Lawmaker

A Republican-sponsored bill, HF316, would replace the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) and replace it with a regional water authority appointed by Des Moines and suburban municipalities. State Representative Jarad Klein (R-Keota), the bill’s sponsor, claims the utilities' suburban customers don’t currently have adequate representation. It’s assumed that Klein’s real motivation is to punish...
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ID Bill Won’t Fix Bigger Election Integrity Problem

It’s fair to say many Iowans worry about our elections. They are concerned shenanigans are going to change the outcome of the voting. But from where I sit, our concerns are misdirected --- as headlines last week indicate. More about that shortly. In 2012, Iowa’s secretary of state at the time, Matt Schultz, launched a two-year investigation of possible voting fraud and election miscon...
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The List Of Corporate Donors That Bought Collective Bargaining Vote

If you turned on your TV in Iowa recently, you'd think we're back in campaign season. Priorities for Iowa is running many TV ads in support of Republicans' union-busting, anti-collective bargaining bill. The group's other operations have been funded by giant corporate sponsors from outside the state. Why have giant corporate hedge funds, coal companies, real estate moguls, bankers, pharmaceut...
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Trump’s ICE Raids Terrorize Immigrant Communities

The past weekend’s immigration raids across the country by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) have immigrant communities living in fear and confusion. Trump’s indiscriminate raids appear to set the stage for a larger mass deportation of the 11 million people in the United States without legal status. David Leopold, a leading immigration lawyer said, “This is the beginnin...
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Iowa GOP’s Union Busting Directly Tied To Koch-Backed ALEC

Iowans might assume the Iowa Republican controlled Legislature’s anti-labor collective bargaining bill resulted from a massive demand from their Iowa constituents. That assumption would be wrong and a bit naïve. The author of this shameful anti-labor bill and various other Republican Legislators have been asked to identify the sponsors and supporters of this bill. They have refused. It’s clea...
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This Isn’t The America The World Looks Up To

I won’t beat around the bush. I’m dismayed by President Donald Trump’s decision to keep people from entering the United States if they are citizens of one of seven nations where a majority of people are Muslims. I am worried about the message his order sends to our friends around the world, to our allies in Middle East war zones, and to the masterminds behind the radical Islamic extremist...
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Senate Republicans Vote To Decimate Labor Rights

Yesterday the Republican controlled Senate Labor Committee passed the most devastating blow to the rights of public service employees in over 40 years.  Republican Senator Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, who managed the bill opened the hearing by claiming this devastating change is necessary because it’s a “Different world and a different Iowa.” He claimed wiping out public employees’ rights ...
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Republicans Gag Warren, Spinelessly Accept Trump’s Temper Tantrums

On Tuesday the Republican Senate silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren during a hearing for Senator Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General.  Majority Leader McConnell claimed Senator Warren violated the decorum of the Senate by simply reading a letter from civil rights icon Coretta Scott King. Meanwhile, Republicans make lame excuses as President Trump lies with impunity. Have Republicans’ s...
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