Daily Archives: January 9, 2017

AFL-CIO Tells Congress No Repeal Without Replace

(Washington, DC, January 9, 2017) – Today, as Congress debates the future of the Affordable Care Act, the AFL-CIO sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and all members of the … Continue reading

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2017 Opening Day Remarks by Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg

Good morning, Mr. President, Mr. Majority Leader, returning Senate colleagues, new Senate colleagues, Senate staff, family, friends, and fellow Iowans. Today, I want to begin with a few personal observations.  The first is the honor I feel to stand before … Continue reading

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Press Clips for Saturday’s Minimum Wage Press Conferences

Iowa workers celebrate counties’ minimum wage increases Des Moines Register http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/07/iowa-workers-celebrate-counties-minimum-wage-increases/96302854/ Workers urge Iowa lawmakers to protect Johnson County’s minimum wage Iowa City Press-Citizen http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2017/01/07/workers-urge-iowa-lawmakers-protect-johnson-countys-minimum-wage/96293184/ Labor union celebrates minimum wage increase KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Labor-union-celebrates-minimum-wage-increase-409995165.html Minimum wage fighters organize in … Continue reading

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EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY

2017 Session Opening Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith  Thank you, Madam Speaker.  Let me begin my remarks with a humble congratulations to you and your colleagues because the voters of Iowa have entrusted you with the governance of … Continue reading

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TODAY: Iowans Standing Together, Fighting Back Against Drastic Right-Wing Shift In Policies

Press Conference In Capitol Rotunda To Serve As Call To Action DES MOINES – A diverse coalition of progressive advocacy groups will gather at the Iowa Capitol rotunda today at noon to speak out against the coming far-right agenda being … Continue reading

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Deeth’s Deep Dig Into Voter ID Bill

It’s difficult to critique the proposed voter ID legislation, with the Orwellian name “Voter Integrity,” launched by Secretary of State Paul Pate on Thursday. That’s because, even though it was no doubt drafted months ago at the right wing ALEC … Continue reading

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‘First four’ priorities for action in GOP-led Iowa Senate

Republicans in the Iowa Senate have selected a handful of priority areas for quick action once the 2017 legislature convenes on Monday. “We have four bills that I believe define us and give Iowans a clear indication of where we … Continue reading

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Warning: Trouble Ahead At Iowa Statehouse – Iowa Starting Line

Warning: Trouble Ahead At Iowa Statehouse January 6th, 2017 Guest post from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith The 2017 Legislative session starts on Monday and Iowans should know there’s trouble ahead. Swept into office with political outsider Trump, Iowa Republicans now control … 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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