Daily Archives: January 18, 2016

Reading, ’Rithmetic & Politics

First, Governor Branstad challenged the bounds of basic math — miscounting jobs — and now it’s language arts. The Governor reportedly got a little testy last week at a Des Moines Register editorial board meeting. Among his complaints: references to … Continue reading

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Caucus-themed movies, plays, exhibitions

Nobody expected much from “Caucus! The Musical” when some actors read the script for a smallish crowd at the Des Moines Community Playhouse back in 2004. But it happened right before the actual caucuses, when reporters from the national media … Continue reading

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Iowa needs a bigger, stronger middle class

On Monday, we gaveled in at the Statehouse to begin the 2016 legislative session. Over the next few months, we’ll be working to improve Iowa’s economic growth, education, health care and public safety. Our top priority is expanding Iowa’s middle … Continue reading

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Support Union Brother

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Early this morning AFSCME Local 3015 member John Sorenson’s wife and three young children were tragically killed in a house fire while John was at work. John is a Correctional Officer at the Fort Dodge Correctional … Continue reading

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Branstad: Recommended Medicaid oversight is ‘overkill’

Gov. Terry Branstad on Saturday said a report from his own administration that calls for $17 million in oversight of his effort to privatize Medicaid is “overkill.” The report was written by about a dozen of agencies or departments. It … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 18 U.S. Supreme Court rules in Moyer v. Peabody that a governor and officers of a state National Guard may imprison anyone—in the case at hand, striking miners in Colorado—without probable cause “in a time of insurrection” and deny … Continue reading

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