Dems: Bryce Smith to Run for State Rep; A New Voice for District 19

Dems: Bryce Smith to Run for State Rep; A New Voice for District 19

Smith, a 23-year-old small business owner from Adel, Iowa, began his political career at the University of Northern Iowa where he received his bachelors in education and political science. “I want to represent every single person who lives in district 19. True representation is an act of civil service, not a career,”Bryce Smith, democratic candidate…

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Dems: Schools Lose 1,034 Educators Next Year

Dems: Schools Lose 1,034 Educators Next Year

Schools Lose 1,034 Educators Next Year 408 GOP Pink Slips; 626 Positions Left Open  As Republican gridlock pushes the school funding crisis to another week, Iowa superintendents are reporting there will be 1,034 fewer educators in Iowa schools next year, which will increase class size. “With just two more days until the teacher pink slip…

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Dems: Privacy protections for victims

A new address confidentiality program will protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking and stalking. The “Safe at Home” program was established in HF 585, which was approved unanimously by the Legislature and has been sent to the Governor for his signature. To ensure victims are “Safe at Home” from their abusers, the…

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Dems: Bolkcom: House Leadership has “moral obligation” to allow vote on medical cannabis

"If the leadership of the Iowa House wants to deny medicine to Iowans who need it, they should at least have the decency to allow a vote on Senate File 484. "In fact, I believe House leaders have a moral obligation to allow a vote on medical cannabis before this session ends."

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Dems: Health care for vulnerable Iowans in jeopardy

In January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most vulnerable people in our state. This includes families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More…

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GOP: Week Fifteen Press Conference Highlights

GOP: Week Fifteen Press Conference Highlights

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Dems: Iowans speak out on need for Mental Health Institutes

The Senate’s Government Oversight Committee heard testimony this week from patients and former employees of the state-run Mental Health Institutes (MHIs) that have been targeted for closure by Governor Branstad. Under current Iowa law, the state must maintain and operate MHIs in Cherokee, Clarinda, Independence and Mount Pleasant. The Governor’s unilateral decision to close the Clarinda…

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Dems: Economic development budget is good for Iowa workers

Senate Study Bill 1281 contains an Economic Development Budget that will expand Iowa’s middle class and move our economy forward. The state’s Economic Development Budget funds Small Business Development Centers, research and economic development at our state universities, arts, cultural and historical projects, worker safety programs,  and employer and worker assistance through Workforce Field Offices.…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 24

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 24

The April rain showers we’ve been receiving have brought an abundance of bright green grass and new growth to our landscape; farmers are beginning to return to the fields to plant for a bountiful harvest in the fall; and in no time at all, warmer temperatures will be here to stay. You can’t beat springtime…

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