Republican In-Fighting Undermines Effort To Oust Mike Gronstal

Three¬†candidates are running in the Republican primary in Council Bluffs to take on Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal. Among them are Dan Dawson, the preferred candidate of Republican leadership, Al Ringgenberg, the 2012 nominee, and Mark Hansen, a business owner and Republican activist. Things between the top two candidates – Dawson and Ringgenberg – have gotten a bit… testy. Dawson’s campaigns have sent¬†out a number of mailers to the district during the primary, some of which take direct aim at Ringgenberg. One forwarded on to Starting Line criticizes his previous failure in his run against Gronstal in 2012. That […]

Here We Go Again: Branstad’s Newest Ploy To Take Money From Schools

The hope that education funding might emerge as a less-controversial issue this legislative session was quickly dashed on Tuesday with Governor Terry Branstad announcing his latest plan on school funding. At a press conference at the Capitol, Branstad unveiled a new idea that would divert part of the one-cent sales tax that goes toward school infrastructure improvement to water quality projects. The proposal would extend the tax from 2029 to 2049, and use new growth in the tax for water quality instead of schools, as it originally was designed. Branstad, who called it his “biggest and boldest initiative” ever, estimated […]