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Dems: Second Funnel 2019: List of Eligible Bills

April 8, 2019
Dems: Second Funnel 2019: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, March 8, the Legislature hit the second self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel”. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or S...

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Dems: House Democrats Offer Plan to End Medicaid Privatization

April 1, 2019
Dems: House Democrats Offer Plan to End Medicaid Privatization

After UnitedHealthcare announced they are leaving Iowa on Friday, Iowa House Democrats offered a plan today to finally end Medicaid privatization and put Iowans back in charge of health care. “Enough is enough. With 425,000 Iowans facing another disrup...

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Improving Access to Health Care

March 27, 2019
Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Improving Access to Health Care

Last week, I joined several other state lawmakers for a roundtable and public forum in New Hampton, Iowa on the health care crisis we’re facing today.  The goal was to hear from Iowans on the front lines of the health care system about the challenges t...

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Dems: First Funnel 2019: List of Eligible Bills

March 11, 2019
Dems: First Funnel 2019: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, March 8, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel”. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Se...

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Dems: Legislative Democrats Release Plan to Put Iowans First

March 6, 2019
Dems: Legislative Democrats Release Plan to Put Iowans First

Democratic lawmakers outlined their agenda called Putting Iowans First at the State Capitol this week.  After hearing from Iowans frustrated by the growing influence of special interests in the Legislature, lawmakers developed the agenda for the legisl...

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Keep Politics Out of Iowa Courts

February 26, 2019
Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Keep Politics Out of Iowa Courts

The way Iowa selects judges has been a model for the nation for decades.  It’s a merit based selection process that is fair, impartial, and non-partisan.  The system was put in place in 1962 when our Iowa Constitution was updated to require vacancies i...

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Everyday Iowans

February 6, 2019
Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Everyday Iowans

The 2019 Legislative Session is well underway.  I’m excited about the opportunities this year to work together and address some of the challenges facing our state. As the Leader of Iowa House Democrats, our caucus is proposing several ideas this year t...

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Dems: Power Grab: GOP Lawmakers Plan to Inject Politics in Iowa Courts

February 5, 2019
Dems: Power Grab: GOP Lawmakers Plan to Inject Politics in Iowa Courts

Iowa judges are selected using a merit selection process. A nonpartisan commission nominates qualified individuals to fill each judicial selection. Judicial nominees are then chosen from these merit based nominations from the commissions. Judicial nomi...

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Dems: Iowa House Republicans Ignore the Votes of 29 Iowans

January 28, 2019
Dems: Iowa House Republicans Ignore the Votes of 29 Iowans

In the first vote in the Iowa House in 2019, Republican lawmakers voted to deny 29 Iowans their right to vote. On a straight party line vote, the House passed the Majority Report to disenfranchise 29 voters from Winneshiek County in the election contes...

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Dems: GOP Lawmakers Shut Out Iowa Voters in Election Contest

January 23, 2019
Dems: GOP Lawmakers Shut Out Iowa Voters in Election Contest

Republican lawmakers in charge of the Election Contest Committee said late Tuesday that they will not allow disenfranchised voters or any witnesses to testify for the committee before sending a report to the full House. “I’m disappointed that the major...

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