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Dems: Waukon Nurse Lori Egan To Run for Iowa House

June 8, 2017

Lori Egan, a nurse from Waukon, announced her candidacy to represent Iowa’s 56th House District, which includes all of Allamakee County and parts of Clayton County. “I’m running for the Iowa House because Clayton and Allamakee counties are being forgotten by the politicians in Des Moines,” Egan said. “As a 30 year resident of Waukon…

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Dems: Veterans Programs Take Hit in GOP Budget

June 8, 2017

This year, the GOP-led Legislature reduced support for key programs used by Iowa veterans. One such area that saw a significant shortage is the Veterans Home Ownership program. The program received $2 million for FY 18, a reduction of $500,000. This program provides $5,000 to veterans to be used for house down payments and closing…

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Dems: K-12 School Investment 3rd Lowest in Iowa History

June 6, 2017

Iowa schools will get the 3rd lowest increase in basic state funding in Iowa’s history next year. That’s according to the plan approved by Republican lawmakers this session. The shortfall in school funding again next year means seven of the last eight years have been the lowest funding levels in the history of Iowa. Signed…

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Iowa’s New Governor

June 2, 2017

    At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, Iowa to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services.  My office was down the hall from the offices of the treasurer, auditor, and recorder.  After I left that position, Governor Kim Reynolds became Clarke…

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Dems: New Changes to Iowa’s Natural Resources

June 2, 2017

This year, the Legislature worked on many bills relating to Iowa’s natural resources. One piece of legislation gives the State Forest Nursery more flexibility in pricing the seeds and plants they sell. The nursery provides good-quality native plant materials to the public at fair prices and will now be able to sell seeds in smaller…

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Dems: New Student Assessment Approval Process

May 31, 2017

The Department of Education is required to issue a new bid process for the assessment that Iowa will use in public schools, and the State Board of Education will evaluate and make a decision on which test to implement. The new law approved this year requires a new assessment to be approved by the State…

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Dems: Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward

May 29, 2017

In a surprise ending, the Legislature passed language that will allow persons with a valid registration card to get cannabidiol with a THC level of not more than 3% in Iowa. This was done as a next step to Iowa’s current Medical Cannabidiol Act, which left many families without the ability to get the medication…

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Dems: Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace

May 25, 2017

Despite objections from thousands of Iowans, Republicans at the State Capitol unraveled 40 years of teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, and other working Iowans having a voice in their own workplace this year. Written behind closed doors without input from Iowa workers, House File 291 gutted public sector collective bargaining rights and returns working Iowans to…

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Dems: Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect

May 25, 2017

Breast cancer affects every Iowan in different ways. According to the American Cancer Society, finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. One reason detection can…

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Dems: New Changes for Voting Iowans

May 23, 2017

Voters in Iowa will have more hurdles and less time to vote after Republican lawmakers approved new changes to Iowa’s elections this legislative session. The changes include shortening the voting window and requiring a photo ID to vote. The legislation was pushed by Republican lawmakers despite opposition from both local election officials and voting rights…

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