Daily Archives: February 12, 2017

Dismantling collective bargaining won’t help today’s students

One of politicians’ favorite campaign lines claims that they will defend the opportunities of the next generation. Every candidate and elected official has vowed at one point or another to make Iowa the best place to raise a family. These … Continue reading

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Public Hearing for Collective Bargaining Bill – Monday Februrary 13

Public Hearing for Collective Bargaining Bill – Monday Februrary 13 Posted on February 8, 2017 by admin Iowa Legislature Public Hearings General Requirements: Speaking time per individual is to be determined by the committee chair for all public hearings (written … Continue reading

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IOWA LABOR WAR 2: GOP SPAMS ALEC BS

  As a humble rural Iowa blogger reporting on union busting efforts by state Republicans, I was flattered when I opened my comment spam box early Saturday morning to discover a comment from one of the spearheads of this anti-worker legislation, Republican Speaker of the … Continue reading

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GOP legislators’ forum draws hundreds in Ankeny

Ankeny’s Neveln Center overflowed on Saturday with educators, mental health advocates and others who attended a legislative open forum. Polk County Supervisor Steve Van Oort, state Sen. Jack Whitver and Reps. John Landon and Kevin Koester, all Republicans, updated the roughly 500-person crowd … Continue reading

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Editorial: Legislators should repay state for cheap health care

Gov. Terry Branstad said in 2012 he would begin voluntarily paying 20 percent of his state-funded health insurance premiums. He encouraged other state workers, including lawmakers, to follow suit. The next year, the governor said some legislators, who had previously enjoyed … Continue reading

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