Obstruct, Obstruct, Obstruct Is Iowa House GOP’s Plan

Guest Post By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith It’s no surprise that obstruction is the new buzzword for Washington, D.C. With Justice Scalia’s death and our own Senator Charles Grassley in the center of the storm, I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this obstruction for the next year. What might surprise Iowans is that the GOP obstruction gripping Washington right now also has a firm grasp here at our State Capitol in Des Moines, too. For six years straight, Republicans who control the Iowa House have ignored state law and delayed funding for public schools. Our law […]

The Governor Who Thought He Was King

Guest Post by House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. After 21 years in office, Governor Terry Branstad apparently doesn’t understand that. He is working over-time this year trying to anoint himself as King of Iowa. King Branstad has decided he doesn’t need legislative approval nor does he have to follow state law to get what he wants. It’s a disturbing pattern we’ve seen from Branstad over the last […]