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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Branstad/Reynolds Tax Giveaways Cause New $131 Million Shortfall

Legislators were bracing themselves for today's Revenue Estimating Conference, where the newest update on the state's revenue forecasts were released. The news was worse than some had predicted, giving another black eye to the Branstad/Reynolds fiscal management record. Iowa now faces an additional $131 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, a new blow after the earlier nearly $118 million...
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Beds Of Sticks – How Polk County Democrats Can Move Forward

Guest post from Sean Bagniewski There’s a Chinese parable about a king whose army was defeated and whose kingdom was taken by a warring neighbor.  Legend has it that he was imprisoned and forced into labor.  Upon his release, he slept on a bed of sticks every night to remember how badly he hated losing and to reinforce how much he wanted to get his kingdom back.  After ten years of prepara...
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It’s Time For A March For Science In Iowa

Even before he was elected, commentators and experts noted a strong anti-science streak in Donald Trump’s rhetoric. Now that he’s been inaugurated, they’re calling him the most anti-science president ever. Trump is enacting an agenda that, at best, selectively supports scientific evidence and research. With the appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental...
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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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Iowa Republicans’ Hypocritical Flip-Flop On Local Control

The Republicans in the lowa legislature must be suffering from whiplash as they have suddenly slammed their party into reverse by opposing “local control.” The Republican mantra for years has been to repeat the quote credited to Thomas Jefferson: “The government closest to the people serves them best.” Republicans have long sung in unison that “local control” symbolizes that government...
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David Duke Praises Congressman Ku Klux King For Anti-Muslim Tweets

Congressman Steve King must have woken up today and realized he hadn't said anything really racist in a while, judging from his incendiary tweet that he shot out around noon. Once again King aligned himself with the far-right Dutch nationalist politician Geert Wilders, whose anti-Muslim demagoguery has seen widespread condemnation in Europe (as well as some support). “Wilders understands th...
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Iowa Main Street Alliance Warns Congress Of ACA Repeal Impacts

Guest post from ICAN The Iowa Main Street Alliance small business owners and others who depend on the ACA for health care released a new Health Care for America Now (HCAN) report that details the impact of repealing the ACA on individuals and on Iowa’s economy. Iowa small business owners from across the state call on the Iowa Congressional Delegation with the message: “Don’t Take My He...
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Get Ready: Joni Ernst Announces Forums In Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

Finally, one of Iowa's Republican senators has scheduled a public forum in the state's largest cities. Joni Ernst announced this morning that she will host town hall meetings on college campuses in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids on March 17. Here's the details: Linn County Town Meeting Noon Coe College - Sinclair Auditorium 1220 1st Avenue NE Cedar Rapids Polk County Town Meeting 5:00 ...
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How Prosperity Gospel Delivered Rural Iowa To Republicans

Editor’s note: Following the 2016 losses in rural America, Democrats are struggling to find the magic sauce that will bring these voters back to the Democratic Party. This article by a rural Iowan provides a snapshot at why Trump and the Republicans were so successful at appealing to rural voters. He also provides some answers on how they can be reached and who can assist in reaching them in the...
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