Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Say Hello To Iowa’s Right-Wing Stink Tank

Monday, in honor of the opening day of the 2016 Iowa legislative session,  BFIA posted about the State Policy Network, a web of so-called think tanks, apparently founded by ALEC, that push a right-wing agenda in every state across the … Continue reading

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Senator wants to expand rights for young voters

DES MOINES — Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, wants to expand the voting rights for Iowa’s youngest voting bloc. The Council Bluffs Democrat has introduced legislation that would allow Iowans who will have reached the legal age of … Continue reading

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ARA Friday Alert

President Delivers Final State of the Union Address – Mentions Social Security, Medicare, TPP President Obama gave his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night and called on Congress to strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Earlier in the … Continue reading

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Column: Medicaid plan could be zero sum gain, or worse

So now it turns out that two of the four insurance companies the state has picked to replace it in administering health benefits to the poor have a history of denying claims, allegedly without cause, to save money. Who could … Continue reading

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Report: Iowa Medicaid oversight to cost $17 million

Iowa would need to hire 134 additional workers and spend as much as $17 million more a year to properly expand ombudsman oversight of Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid management, a new multi-agency workgroup report shows. The … Continue reading

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Court arguments: Iowa’s Medicaid plan a ‘cancer’

Three companies on Thursday asked a judge to suspend or terminate Iowa’s plan to privatize Medicaid management, one saying Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan is so ill-conceived it should be treated like a “cancer.” The comments came in response to revelations … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 16 The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect – 1883 Thousands of Palmer Raids detainees win right to meet with lawyers and attorney representation at deportation hearings. “Palmer” was Alexander Mitchell Palmer, … Continue reading

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