How Iowa GOP Legislators’ Actions Have Hurt Veterans

This past week, Progress Iowa, a statewide organization representing over 70,000 progressive Iowans, issued a stunning research report on the legislature’s treatment of Iowa veterans. The report details 25 ways in which Iowa Republican Legislators voted against the interests of Iowa veterans. The last legislative session forced severe cuts to various veterans’ programs. The GOP legislators ignored Democrats’ objections and refused to listen or negotiate on these destructive Republican bills. They rammed through bills that slashed services and programs benefiting Iowa veterans. In addition, many veterans were stripped of their rights as a result of the Republicans’ attacks on collective […]

The House GOP’s Tax Plan Is A “Bait And Switch”

The Republicans in both the House and Senate are falsely promoting their scam tax proposals as a big benefit to the middle class. Several tax experts have looked at the House plan and describe it as a Republican “Bait and Switch.” In an obvious attempt to convince the public to support their plan, they primarily exaggerate the tax cuts (bait) to middle class Americans.  They minimize the size of cuts that go to the richest Americans. Multiple analyses show the greatest winners in the GOP House tax scam is the (switch) richest Americans. In addition, they suggest the huge 42% […]

The Republican Party’s Family Values Are Bankrupt

The Republican Party claims to be the party that best represents Christian family values. They have long stated that America is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. They bragged for years that only their political positions best protect American families. They have arrogantly demanded that only their party can define America’s morality. The latest blow to the Republicans’ claim as the guardian or model of America’s morality is the accusation that Alabama Senate candidate, Roy Moore, is a child molester. The GOP’s morality myth was exposed once again by accusations that the Moore pursued teenage girls while he was […]

Why Can’t Iowa’s First Female Governor Act Decisively Against Sexual Harassment?

Kirsten Anderson, the former communication director for the Iowa Senate Republicans, is speaking out after winning $1.75 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit against them. In an interview Wednesday with Des Moines Register columnist Kathie Obradovich, Anderson expressed her disappointment with the Republicans’ response to her lawsuit. “I don’t think we’re done yet,” Anderson said. “It is a tremendous disappointment to me to see that there has not been a thorough investigation, that we haven’t seen any of the results.” Anderson renewed her criticism of Senate Republican leader Bill Dix for failing to thoroughly investigate her allegations following the jury verdict […]

Obamacare Insurance May Cost You Less In 2018

It’s absolutely essential that Iowans needing individual health insurance coverage for 2018 shop the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. Some Iowans may be pleasantly surprised to see that they may actually be paying less in 2018 than they are currently paying. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in some counties in Iowa a 40 year old making $20,000 choosing the Silver Plan will see a reduced premium in 2018. One of the navigators signing up Polk County residents this past Saturday in Des Moines reported that about half his customers qualifying for subsidies were getting a premium price lower or […]

Reynolds’ Budget Crisis Putting Iowa Penitentiary Staff At Risk

Escalating violence at the Iowa Department of Corrections’ (DOC) facilities are endangering both correctional officers as well as offenders. Reynolds’ budget crisis is driving Iowa correctional facilities to pack offenders together, stretching prisons beyond maximum capacity by nearly 14%. The Republican-controlled Legislature added to the chaos by cutting funding for DOC by $7.6 million from 2016 levels. Combine that with cuts to correctional staff and we are seeing dangerous increases in the ratio of offenders to staff. The total DOC staff level in 2009 was 3,064 vs. 2,390 in 2017. That’s a huge 22% reduction in staffing levels. The offender […]

Democratic Legislators Present Bold Healthcare Public Option Solution

Democratic Senator Matt McCoy and Representative John Forbes held a press conference last week and presented a simple, common sense health care solution for Iowans. Their proposal “Healthy Iowans for a Pubic Option” (HIPO) solves two Iowa health care emergencies facing thousands of Iowans. Republicans’ policies and actions have created two health care disasters for Iowans and now Republicans are ignoring the desperate pleas of these Iowans. The two urgent health care emergencies are the failed Medicaid privatization and the ballooning premium increases for Iowans buying insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange. The first healthcare emergency is the […]

Will You Help Fight The GOP’s Tax Scam Plan?

This week Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer held an emergency conference call with a number of progressive organizations warning about the coming GOP tax scam plan. His message was clear: “This is the worst tax plan in history!” Schumer’s call to action was to many of the same groups that played such an important role in defeating the Trump healthcare plan. Speakers representing Indivisible, Stand Up America, Not One Penny and Organizing for Action discussed what each group would be doing to defeat the Republican tax scam. Schumer and each of these groups are asking their activists, as well […]

Tom Steyer Launches $10 Million Effort To Impeach Trump

Tom Steyer, the Democratic California billionaire, launched an in-your-face Trump impeachment ad campaign across the country this week. Timing and momentum is everything in politics. It certainly appears Steyer’s impeachment ad launch is timed perfectly considering the momentous exchange between President Trump and Senators Corker and Flake yesterday. Steyer is calling on Democratic lawmakers across the country to join him in an urgent call for Trump’s impeachment. But instead of Democrats speaking up, it was two Republican Senators that stepped forward and detonated a political grenade at the feet of President Trump. Consider the recent critical remarks of former President […]

How Many Iowans Must Die Before Reynolds Reverses Medicaid Privatization?

This week the Des Moines Register reported another Iowan on Medicaid died following refusal of Medicaid providers to pay for adequate care. Her nursing home’s decision to refuse accepting Medicaid patients on ventilators would require her to move 90 miles from Des Moines. The Register reported, “the Fleur Heights nursing home blames insufficient and untimely payments from Iowa’s Medicaid program” for their inability to afford to take patients on ventilators in the future. There are only six of Iowa’s 417 nursing homes remaining that will accept ventilator patients. The family had moved their loved one into a temporary facility at […]