Iowa Senate

Dems: Hogg elected leader of Senate Democrats

November 19, 2016
Dems: Hogg elected leader of Senate Democrats

At a Statehouse meeting Nov. 19, Democratic members of the Iowa Senate unanimously elected State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids to serve as the Iowa Senate’s Democratic Leader. Senate Democrats also elected Amanda Ragan of Mason City as Senate Democratic Whip, and six assistant leaders: Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City, Bill Dotzler of Waterloo,…

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Dems: Stopping the epidemic of overdose deaths

November 3, 2016

Twenty-three Iowans died from prescription opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Department of Public Health.   A report from the Trust for America’s Health tells us that prescription drug and heroin overdose deaths are climbing in Iowa, just as they are nationwide. In fact, the number of Iowa drug deaths—a majority related to prescription…

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Dems: Iowa, are you ready to vote?

November 2, 2016
Dems: Iowa, are you ready to vote?

The November 8 election is just a few days away. If you haven’t already done so, please vote—regardless of how you vote. Federal, state and local candidates are on the ballot, so it is important that all Iowans make their voices heard. More than 472,000 Iowans have voted early, and hundreds of thousands more will…

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Dems: Protections for victims of domestic violence

November 2, 2016

Over the last two years, we’ve worked extensively on efforts to ensure victims are safe from their abusers.   This year, Iowa started a “Safe at Home” program for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and human trafficking. Dozens of Iowans are now participating in this address confidentiality program administered by the Secretary of…

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Dems: We all can help fight human trafficking

November 1, 2016

It’s hard to fathom that human trafficking happens at all, much less that it is a growing problem here in the heartland.   Human trafficking is the buying and selling of people, who are often forced into sex work or other forms of slavery. Iowa’s interstate highways are prime routes for human traffickers transporting victims,…

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Dems: Iowa is tough & smart on crime

October 31, 2016

Citizens deserve to live free from worry of undue risks and danger. That’s why improving public safety is such an important job for the Legislature. We must be tough on crime and smart on crime, making the best possible choices with limited resources.   There are some excellent ways to reduce the number of repeat…

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Dems: Proclamation continues to help farmers haul harvest

October 18, 2016

A Governor’s proclamation went into effect September 20 allowing overweight loads (up to 90,000 pounds gross weight) of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover on Iowa roads. The proclamation expires after 60 days and does not apply on interstate roads.   The proclamation helps farmers transport this year’s harvest without the need for special…

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Dems: Voting tools for Iowans with disabilities

October 17, 2016

Voting at the polls can present unique challenges to Iowans with disabilities, including military veterans.   Iowa is one of the nation’s leaders in voting accessibility. We want to make sure all Iowans are fully able to exercise their right to vote.   If you or someone you know needs special assistance to vote, you…

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Dems: Expanding skilled workforce is key to growth

October 16, 2016

Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers has been our biggest obstacle to economic growth. Investing in education and job training can change that.   Good education and worker training lead to better-paying, high-quality jobs, and a skilled, well-educated workforce in turn draws good businesses to Iowa.   While Iowa has the highest high school graduation rate…

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Dems: Check out Iowa apple orchards & pumpkin patches

October 15, 2016

Fall in Iowa is a great time to get out and enjoy Iowa apples, pumpkins and other fall produce at the many farms that sell directly to consumers, as well as local farmers markets.   Lots of farms also host fall festivals with great family activities, such as hay rack rides, corn mazes and music,…

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