Another Mess: Branstad And Reynolds Are Bankrupting Iowa

By the time Terry Branstad leaves for China, Iowa's treasury may be as empty as his many campaign promises about fiscal responsibility. And Kim Reynolds is about to take on both the political responsibility and near-impossible governing responsibility of cleaning up her and her current boss' huge mess. The Des Moines Register reported late Friday the disheartening news that Iowa would once aga...
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Blum And Young Should Work In Bipartisan Way On Healthcare Fix

Guest post from Austin Haywood of Adel, Iowa Republicans in Congress are making a fatal mistake when it comes to passing a bill that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act. By keeping details of the bill secret from everyone, including Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans are setting up their bill for failure. For that reason I encourage the Iowa delegation...
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Can The “River City” Accept Its First-Ever Pride Fest?

Guest post from Elle Smith Will the Northern Iowa town of Mason City see its first ever Pride event? Teanna Corcoran and AJ Bradbury will test the boundaries of acceptance in this “River City.” What distinguishes a small town from the fantasies that you and I have invented for them in our coastal cities? Born and raised in Mason City, playwright Meredith Wilson dubbed it “River City”...
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Protect the Environment. Oppose Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Guest post from Mark Langgin, Citizens for a Healthy Iowa Next week Senator Chuck Grassley will chair hearings considering Judge Neil Gorsuch for an appointment to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump, who was chosen to be a rubber stamp as his administration moves to dismantle longstanding environmental protections. Judge Gorsuch’s philosophy on environmental protections...
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Trump Nominee Neil Gorsuch: No Friend to Small Business

Guest post from Leadership Team of the Main Street Alliance of Iowa, including: ReShonda Young, Waterloo, owner of Popcorn Heaven, Chris Petersen, Clear Lake, family farmer, Mike Draper, Des Moines, owner of Raygun With decision after decision out of the Supreme Court favoring big business over individuals and small business, we need a Justice who will stop favoring powerful corporate interest...
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Neil Gorsuch Nomination Threatens Women’s Rights

Guest Post from Erin Davison-Rippey It’s now clear that the courts are going to be the last – and sometimes only – line of defense against dangerous and unconstitutional attacks on our basic rights. This places incredible importance on Supreme Court nominations, which have never been more crucial than they are today. Nominees to the Supreme Court must be prepared to defend the Constitutio...
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New Poll: Central Iowa Overwhelmingly Backs Water Works

In the midst of a bitter legislative fight over who should control the Des Moines metro's water supply, local residents strongly back the Des Moines Water Works' ability to stay independent, a new poll finds. Harper Polling, in a survey sponsored by Water Works, found that only 15% of Des Moines metro voters support the Republican proposal to dismantle the water utility's board. During this ses...
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Iowa Republicans’ Workers Comp Bill May Be Cruelest Yet

Throughout this year's Iowa legislative session, Republicans have introduced and passed a myriad of bills restricting workers' rights and protections, as well as finding new ways to cut Iowans' wages. This week the focus is on Republicans' workers compensation proposal, which would gut most of the ways Iowans can get reimbursed for legitimate injuries sustained at the workplace. But this time ...
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Stake For Working People High In SCOTUS Nomination Of Gorsuch

Guest post from Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor Decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court have a direct impact on the livelihoods of working people – the right to a discrimination-free workplace, to safe working conditions, to be paid for the hours worked, to join with co-workers to form a union, and so much more. The stakes for working people are high in who fills this...
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Waterloo Legislator Ras Smith Demonstrates Danger Of Stand Your Ground

The Iowa House passed the Republican omnibus gun bill yesterday, but not before many Democratic legislators made impassioned pleas to vote it down. The most striking moment came when first-term Representative Ras Smith showed his colleagues how he could easily be seen as a "threat" under the new law, donning a grey hoodie and headphones. The 29-year-old Smith hails from Waterloo, where racial tens...
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