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Dems: Opening Day Remarks by House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

January 8, 2018

2018 Legislative Session: Opening Day Comments Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith To watch the full video of Representative’s Smith’s remarks go to: https://www.facebook.com/representativemarksmith/videos/1548648385172057/ Thank you, M...

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Dems: Democrats call on Statehouse Republicans to ‘put Iowans back in control of Medicaid’

December 15, 2017

In a letter emailed today to Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers, Iowa’s Democratic state legislators are asking for bipartisan cooperation during the 2018 session to end Iowa’s failed Medicaid privatization experiment.

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Dems: Sign up for Iowa Public Retirement Alerts

October 10, 2017

Every worker deserves a secure retirement. That includes the hundreds of thousands of Iowans who contribute part of each paycheck to one of our state's public retirement systems. Iowa's public retirement systems are well managed and fiscally sound. How...

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Dems: Iowa Legislative Leaders, Governor Branstad Pre-Session Interviews with Iowa Reporters (Video)

January 5, 2017

On January 13, 2017, the Associated Press organized a pre-session news conference with with the leaders of the Iowa Legislature and Governor Branstad. The meetings were livestreamed on the Iowa Senate Democrats' Facebook Page.

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, Excuses Won’t Fix Iowa’s Broken School Funding

March 14, 2016
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, Excuses Won’t Fix Iowa’s Broken School Funding

We reached another important deadline in the Legislature this week designed to help us narrow down the bills eligible for debate as we close in on adjournment.  There are a few bills nearing consensus, but the major issues facing us – public school funding and Medicaid privatization — are still being ignored by House Republicans.…

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House, The Governor Who Thought He Was King

October 27, 2015
Dems: Inside the Iowa House, The Governor Who Thought He Was King

The Governor Who Thought He Was King Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. After 21 years in office, Governor Terry Branstad apparently doesn’t understand that. He is working…

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Dems: Iowans Lose Education Funding and Mental Health Services because Republicans Ignore Call for Special Session

July 30, 2015

With the new school year starting in a few weeks, Republican lawmakers ignored their constituents and refused the call for a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s reckless veto of $56 million for Iowa schools, university funding to prevent tuition increases, and the loss of urgently needed mental health services. “The compromises legislators reached had…

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Dems: Which legislators will abandon bipartisan compromise to increase local school funding?

July 23, 2015

Time is running out on Iowa legislators who have not yet joined the call for a special session to restore local school funding. As of Wednesday, July 22nd, 21 of Iowa’s 50 State Senators and 36 of Iowa’s 100 State Representatives have officially requested a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s veto of a bipartisan…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 7-6-15

July 6, 2015
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 7-6-15

Just before the July 4th holiday, Governor Branstad sent Iowa schools scrambling when he vetoed $56 million in urgently needed funding. It’s just the latest gut punch to K-12 schools and educators from Republicans at the State Capitol. First, they were forced to wait for over a year and a half to find out how…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 6-15-15

June 15, 2015
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 6-15-15

Last week, we ended the 2015 legislative session and returned to our homes and communities.   The question everyone always asks is, “what will this session be known for?” The answer is simple: shortchanging our kids in the school funding crisis that carried on for 477 days. That means larger class sizes and fewer opportunities…

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