Daily Archives: November 23, 2015

Presentation of ‘Turkey of the Year’ award to Senator Chuck Grassley

On Wednesday, November 25th, our friends at the Why Courts Matter Iowa Coalition will be presenting Senator Grassley with their “Turkey of the Year” Award for his historic obstruction of judicial nominees in his role as chair of the US … Continue reading

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This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Medicaid, the health care safety net that protects us all.

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Many Medicaid dollars provide care to severely disabled people.  Without Medicaid, those costs would bankrupt almost any family in Iowa. Simply put, the Medicaid safety net protects us all, regardless of our income. For example, I have a friend from … Continue reading

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Five Questions Governor Branstad Needs to Answer Before Medicaid Privatization

        (http://bit.ly/five_medicaid_questions_for_Gov_Branstad) Statement by Senator Joe Bolkcom, member of the Legislature’s Health Policy Oversight Committee 1)     Governor Branstad, you have consistently claimed that using private companies to manage Medicaid services will save money and improve care. Do … Continue reading

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Labor Continues Fight for Justice for all Immigrant Working Families

A year after the executive action on immigration, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement:   Today should have been a day of celebration for working families across the nation. Instead, thanks to partisan legal obstructionism of the DAPA … Continue reading

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Iowa JobWatch: Concerns shadow uptick in jobs

Jobless Rate Improves to 3.5 Percent in October IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs and the unemployment rate showed slight improvements in October according to new data released today by Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor … Continue reading

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Here is your November 20th, 2015 Friday Alert:

Democratic Debate Includes Prescription Drug Focus The Democratic Presidential debate on Saturday night included questions about addressing the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States. Hillary Clinton said that she supports capping out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $250 … Continue reading

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Editorial: Follow Johnson County on minimum wage

Sometimes you go it alone to do the right thing. That’s what officials in Johnson County did this year when they raised the minimum wage there. While Iowa’s pay floor remains at a pitiful $7.25 per hour, on Nov. 1 … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 23 History’s first recorded (on papyrus) strike, by Egyptians working on public works projects for King Ramses III in the Valley of the Kings. They were protesting having gone 20 days without pay—portions of grain—and put down their tools. … Continue reading

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