Daily Archives: October 22, 2015

Shots Fired in Branstad’s War on Education

Last week, Governor Branstad decided to blame school district superintendents for what he views as poor performance in Iowa schools. From an article in the Des Moines Register: “We gave all this across-the-board money with no accountability and Iowa kind … Continue reading

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Hundreds confront regents over new University of Iowa president

About 500 protestors marched into the Board of Regents meeting on the University of Iowa campus Wednesday, holding signs and demanding that each member be dismissed, along with the president they hired to lead the institution – J. Bruce Harreld. … Continue reading

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Sales-tax change is a gift — not an incentive

The massive property tax break for commercial and industrial policy enacted in 2013 has been touted as the largest tax cut in state history. You might think that the business community would take that and be satisfied for a while. … Continue reading

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Moral Mondays Iowa – Returns

It has been a long time since the end of the 2015 Legislative Session and our last Moral Mondays Iowa event. I know everyone has been very busy doing good things for Iowa. Erin Davison-Rippey and I have been saying … Continue reading

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Caution: Dumpster fire in progress!

Des Moines, Iowa – You might assume that a description comparing the Republican primary race with a dumpster fire came from a Democrat. It didn’t. It came from Alex Castellanos, a well-known and respected establishment Republican strategist. On Meet-The-Press last … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 22 Bank robber Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd is killed by FBI agents near East Liverpool, Ohio. He was a hero to the people of Oklahoma who saw him as a “Sagebrush Robin Hood,” stealing from banks and sharing … Continue reading

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