Restore The Public’s Right To Sue Gun Manufacturers

Perhaps it’s time to go after the gun lobby with the tool they fear the most: the courts. Gun manufacturers and gun dealers have special immunity from lawsuits thanks to a National Rifle Association (NRA) sponsored bill they rammed through Congress in 2005. Following the passage of the lawsuit shield law, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), NRA Spokesman Wayne LaPierre said that it was critical to keep the gun industry solvent. “It’s the most significant piece of pro-gun legislation in 20 years,” said LaPierre. It was an admission that the threat of liability lawsuits could severely limit […]

Kim Reynolds Gives $25,000 Tax Cut To Millionaires

Under the tax bill signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, millionaires cash in with nearly $25,000 in tax cuts annually while middle class Iowans will receive between $100 to $300. Lower income Iowans will get a whopping $18 per year in cuts. The Iowa Policy Project (IPP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on tax and budget issues, has issued estimates of the tax cuts on various income groups. Reynolds’ original tax plan differed from the more extreme version ultimately passed by the Republican controlled legislature. However, since Reynolds happily signed it, she owns it and she must be forced to […]

Trump Breaks Iran Promise; Will The World Trust Us Again?

President Trump’s decision to break America’s word by pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement has stunned the world. Trump intentionally defied three of our closest friends and allies – France, Germany and Britain. The Iran deal was negotiated by all five of the permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, UK, France, China and Russia with the addition of Germany (P5+1). The 2015 nuclear agreement was an enormous success by stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Iran was literally months away from completing their weapons when this agreement abruptly ended their program. This breakthrough was a […]

Republicans’ Abortion Ban Makes Iowa A National Embarrassment

Iowans are asking why Republicans have ignored reality by pursuing a futile effort to overturn Roe v. Wade. Iowans wonder why Republicans are fanatically focused on the earliest points of life, but refusing to listen to the needs of Iowa women? The Republicans’ manic obsession on passing an unconstitutional fetal heartbeat bill exposes their irrational agenda. They are committing Iowa taxpayers to a very long and expensive battle on a fool’s errand to overturn 45 years of nationally settled law of Roe v. Wade. The Iowa Republicans’ reckless and excessive vindictiveness toward women’s reproductive rights will likely reverberate across the […]

Did Paul Ryan Buy David Young’s Vote On Healthcare?

Today is the one-year anniversary of Congressman Young’s vote to repeal Obamacare in favor of replacing it with the Trump healthcare plan. His vote in favor of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, 2017 was a total flip-flop from the original pledge he made in March to vote against it. Congressman Young’s radical shift in his position between March and May raises a number of disturbing questions. Did Young cave after a Republican Congressional leadership PAC cut off Young’s funding? Was a donation from Paul Ryan and Ryan’s PAC to Young in April a quid pro […]

Are Democrats Getting Overconfident About A Blue Wave?

Democrats’ growing talk of a coming blue wave in November could backfire. The Democrats’ winning of special elections have fueled more talk about the anticipated blue wave. Even in the special elections that Democrats have lost, they are encouraged by the Republicans’ reduced margins. However, Democrats must beware of over confidence, particularly if it impacts turnout. Complacency could lead to catastrophe. We need look back no further than 2016 to see how Democrats turnout was diminished in part by a belief that Clinton would easily defeat Trump for the presidency. Nearly all the polls showed Clinton winning and Democrats were […]

Iowa Republicans’ Copycat Tax Scam For The Wealthy

Iowa Republicans’ tax negotiations continue shrouded in secrecy without input from Democrats or major stakeholders. They are ramming their reckless tax changes forward with an Iowa farm economy that is already distressed. If President Trump pushes his agriculture-killing tariffs forward, the Iowa economy could crater. In February the USDA released their annual net farm income forecast. The USDA predicts farm income will decrease by $4.3 billion (6.7%). “That would be the lowest net farm income level in nominal dollars since 2006.” Add some Trump tariffs on and Iowa’s farm economy (and tax revenues) could crash and burn. Iowa could easily […]

America Has A Simple Choice On Gun Violence

The solution to gun violence in America should be a simple choice, according to high school students. They have eloquently simplified the public debate about guns into just two choices. Students are demanding that the public choose between a society with unlimited guns with few restrictions or a society dedicated to saving the lives of innocent children. It’s obvious we can’t have both. Gun violence is epidemic and it is our high school students calling BS on politicians for failing to choose the lives of children over the spread of guns. Emma Gonzalez, one of the Parkland, Florida student survivors […]

Protecting The Environment Used To Be Bipartisan

This past Sunday, April 22, the nation celebrated a day dedicated to the environment. However, the support for this recent Earth Day event has changed dramatically since that first celebration in 1970. The original Earth Day was truly a bipartisan celebration and a commitment by both Democrats and Republicans to protect the environment. Today, the environment and the agency that was established in 1970 to protect the environment are under assault by the Trump Administration. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Scott Pruitt is quickly dismantling much of the work that has been accomplished by the EPA over the last […]

Iowa Students Joining Nationwide Gun Safety Movement

Today, April 20, Iowa students will stage walkouts and demonstrations against gun violence at schools across Iowa. The event is organized by the group Students United Against Gun Violence Walkout. The group has events planned nationwide at over 2,000 schools. In central Iowa, many will board busses to come to the Iowa State Capitol to meet with legislators between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Iowa student activists Sam Spackman of Waukee was quoted in the Des Moines Register about their goals. “We wanted to do something that we can communicate very specific ideas of what we wanted to do, what […]