Daily Archives: October 26, 2015

Mark Smith, House Democratic Leader

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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 … Continue reading

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Editorial: By closing state institutions, Branstad tests constitution

The question of a governor’s spending authority came up at an Oct. 8 court hearing in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Terry Branstad’s unilateral action closing two state mental hospitals. If the governor can shut down hospitals with a stroke of … Continue reading

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CLC Labor Endorsed Candidates

Go Vote – November 3 Blackhawk Union Council Robbie Hadaway Waterloo City Council, Ward 2 UAW Chris Schwartz Waterloo City Council, Ward 4 Clinton Labor Congress Jax Saxon Camanche City Council, At-Large USW Paul Gassman Clinton City Council, 4th Ward … Continue reading

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Branstad has a casual relationship with facts

In his Oct. 21 letter discussing education [Branstad: Education facts speak for themselves], Gov. Terry Branstad proved once again that he has a casual relationship with the facts. He uses the ones he likes, ignores those he doesn’t and completely … Continue reading

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Branstad’s salary has increased in 20 years, too

In his letter to the editor Oct. 21 [Branstad: Education facts speak for themselves], Gov. Terry Branstad gave a long list of amounts of educational spending and teacher salaries of today compared with 20 years ago. All his numbers were larger today. What a … Continue reading

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Vilsack praises working people, Clinton

  With Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as keynote speaker, five people were inducted into the East Central Iowa-Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame during the 24th annual banquet held Friday at the Radisson Quad-City Plaza in Davenport. Speaking before … Continue reading

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In bid to privatize, governor shortchanges vulnerable

I don’t know about you, but I feel played. By my governor, and yours. It’s not a good feeling, this distrust and disenchantment, especially over something that is all but a done deal now barring federal intervention. But how else … Continue reading

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Editorial: Iowa’s school-funding process is broken, illegal and short-sighted

Nothing is more important to Iowans than their children’s future. Nothing is more vital to the state’s economic health than quality schools. And nothing consumes more state tax dollars than Iowa’s K-12 education system. And yet, year in and year … Continue reading

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Labor History

October 26 After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths—mostly Irish immigrants—the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that “so many die that there is hardly … Continue reading

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