Daily Archives: May 2, 2016

Iowans to Hold Sen. Grassley Accountable During Recess

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  Sen. Grassley to be followed by demonstrations, questions, and a mobile billboard criss-crossing the state   IOWA — Iowans will gather across the state this week, beginning this weekend in Creston and Sioux City, to hold Senator Grassley accountable … Continue reading

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2016 End of Session Remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs

http://wp.me/p6hw7R-5JE When the session began, I said that our focus must be “bringing more workers and their families into Iowa’s middle class.” The two steps I suggested to help accomplish that goal were 1) expanding educational opportunities and 2) strengthening … Continue reading

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Remarks on the Conference Report on HF 2460, the Health and Human Services Budget

by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee http://wp.me/p6hw7R-5JA  This is the conference committee report on the HHS budget. The key issue before the committee was our differing approaches to the problems … Continue reading

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Poll: Supreme Court blockade eroding support for Grassley

Democrats are preparing another round of attacks against Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, releasing new poll numbers that show the veteran Iowa senator’s favorability ratings are tumbling as he plays a key role in blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination to … Continue reading

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9 Days, 9 States for 9 Justices

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Washington DC – Despite the overwhelming public consensus, including from over 500 editorial boards in 49 states, that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland deserves a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote this year, Senate Republicans still haven’t gotten the … Continue reading

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What bills passed the 2016 Iowa Legislature

If you are a bullied athlete, the Iowa Legislature offered help this year by allowing you to immediately participate in varsity sports if you transfer schools. Lawmakers also did a favor for Iowa’s native reptile population by establishing harvest seasons for wild … Continue reading

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2016 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

Thank you, Madam Speaker. And thank you to Majority Leader Hagenow as well. It has been a privilege working with both of you this year. I first want to express my extreme gratitude to the House Democratic Staff: Joe, Anna, … Continue reading

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In Memory of Richard John Griglione II

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In Memory of Richard John Griglione II | Obituary and Service Details | Hamilton’s Funeral Home Richard John Griglione II, 43, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016. Rich was born September 1, 1972 in Des Moines. He was a 1990 … Continue reading

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Four months we won’t get back

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IFP End of Session Statement | Iowa Fiscal Partnership IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership today issued this statement on the conclusion of the 2016 session of the Iowa General Assembly: When the 2016 session began, Iowa faced … Continue reading

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