Abby Finkenauer Considering Run For Congress In Iowa’s 1st District

Second-term U.S. House member Rod Blum could face second-term Iowa House member Abby Finkenauer in his reelection campaign in 2018. Finkenauer, the 28-year-old Democratic legislator from Dubuque, has been strongly considering a run against the Republican incumbent for several months now. Iowa's 1st Congressional District, where Blum won by 53.7% to 46.1% over Monica Vernon in 2016, will likely b...
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Running For Iowa School Boards More Important Than Ever Now

Guest post from Josh Hughes, Iowa's youngest school board member It has been a rough, rough few weeks for public education both in Iowa and nationwide. Last Monday, Iowa House and Senate Republicans underfunded Iowa schools with a meager 1.1% increase in public education allocations, the third-lowest amount since 1973. Then on Tuesday the United States Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos, a wom...
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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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Democrats Fight To “The Bitter End” On Collective Bargaining

Democrats stalled the vote on Republicans' fast-tracked bill to gut Iowa's collective bargaining bill for as long as they could, but the legislation eventually prevailed this afternoon. Senate File 213 passed on a 29-21 vote, with all Republicans voting in favor. All Democrats were opposed, as well as Republican-turned-Independent David Johnson. Six Republicans broke rank in the Iowa House o...
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Minnesota Schools Say They’ll Start Poaching Iowa Teachers

In the waning hours of Iowa's collective bargaining debate, neighboring states are warning (or perhaps trolling) the inevitable outcome for Iowa workers. A Minnesota superintendent whose district is near the Iowa border sent around a letter to media to inform people of his plan to start luring Iowa teachers north. Joseph Brown, Sr., who served as an Iowa state senator in the 1980s, explained h...
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Republicans Vote To Kill Debate On Collective Bargaining In House

The debate over the collective bargaining bill will end at noon today in the Iowa House and 2:00 PM in the Iowa Senate, after Republicans passed on a party line vote a "time certain" measure to finish then. House Democrats offered amendments to extend debate until next week, which failed, and then to extend it simply to tomorrow, which also failed. Ending debate in such a manner is rarely use...
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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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What Republicans USED To Say About Iowa’s Collective Bargaining Law

The Iowa House and Senate are set tonight to ram through the Republican bill that thoroughly dismantles Iowa's collective bargaining law. Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Senate Leader Bill Dix have been steadfast in their support for the legislation, saying it modernizes public worker employment laws and benefits taxpayers. Governor Terry Branstad dismissed concerns of those public workers by simply say...
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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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Police Officers: “We Didn’t Vote Republican To Get Stabbed In The Back”

In the highly contentious battle to extinguish public worker rights, Iowa Republicans have attempted a divide-and-conquer approach to pit unions against each other. Their legislation splits public workers into two groups, one that's "public safety workers," and one that isn't. The idea was to strip away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public employees, but keep most of it for ...
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