Daily Archives: January 8, 2016

The 2016 session starts next week and another protracted battle over public schools seems to be looming.

Before session begins, let’s take a look at the big picture because it explains a lot about the current state of public schools in Iowa. How did the Legislature get into this now annual fight over public schools?  When did … Continue reading

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Putting Families First – this ​​Saturday, January 9.

Since the Democratic National Committee seems to sponsor Democratic presidential debates only once in a blue moon, progressive activists in Iowa have organized their own Presidential Forum in Des Moines – Putting Families First – this ​​Saturday, January 9. If you … Continue reading

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Here a tax break, there a tax break, everywhere a tax break

Iowa’s revenue shortfall largely self-inflicted — education, other priorities suffer IOWA CITY, Iowa (January 8, 2016) — Iowa lawmakers are preparing for a new legislative session with familiar talk about tight budgets, but they have brought this problem on themselves by … Continue reading

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Globe Gazette editorial: Let state, fed officials hear you

At the heat of the Medicaid battle last year, state Sen. Amanda Ragan came up with some advice that could apply to all the doings in government. “I can’t urge you enough to make your voices heard,” she told those … Continue reading

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How to fight back against big money in politics

The year 2016 has just begun, yet a long span of election months are already behind us during which political ads dominated airwaves in Iowa and New Hampshire. So far, the race is proving the old adage about whether big … Continue reading

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Why Are Unions So Worried About an Upcoming Supreme Court Case?

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that experts say could provide a sizeable blow to the unions that represent millions of American public employees. “There is a huge sector of the U.S. labor movement that … Continue reading

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Education compromise may be ‘tougher’ this year following veto

Despite party leaders saying they hope for a quick deal on education funding, the Iowa Legislature may be heading for another bitter battle over funding of schools in the state when they convene Monday. Last year’s funding The divided legislature … Continue reading

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Branstad willing to consider higher minimum wage

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Thursday he would consider an increase in the state minimum wage if such a bill lands on his desk this legislative session. In an interview, Branstad noted that a number of states recently … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 09 A Mediation Commission appointed by President Woodrow Wilson finds that “industry’s failure to deal with unions” is the prime reason for labor strife in war industries – 1918 Eighty thousand Chicago construction workers strike – 1922 Southern Tenant … Continue reading

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