House GOP Blocks Mental Health Gun Safety Amendment

Republicans in the Iowa House threatened to pull the entire mental health omnibus bill from the floor today to kill debate and a vote on a Democratic amendment on “extreme risk protective orders” that could keep guns out of the hands of potential mass shooters or suicidal individuals. Representative Art Staed of Cedar Rapids offered up H-8117 as an amendment to HF 2456, a wide-ranging mental health omnibus bill. It would have implemented a process in which a court could have considered removing weapons from the possession of someone deemed a “significant danger” to themselves or others in the “near future.” The amendment […]

Major Supreme Court Case On Public Unions Looms

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard a case challenging public unions ability to collect the funds necessary to bargain for their members and non-members alike. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31″ (known as Janus v. AFSCME) could permanently curb the power of public unions. If the court rules in favor of Janus and against AFSCME, unions will no longer be allowed to collect “fair share” fees from non-union members. Currently 22 states allow public unions to collect fair share fees from non-members. The concept is based on the fact that non-union members benefit […]

Ep14: Youth Movement For Iowa Democratic Candidates In 2018

 Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard has packed three interviews into today’s episode focusing on the increasing involvement of younger Democrats in Iowa, speaking first with Iowa Representative Chris Hall, followed by House District 9 candidate Megan Srinivas & finally Secretary of State candidate Deidre DeJear.