Daily Archives: February 21, 2017

Iowa’s G.O.P. Statehouse Shows the Locals Who’s Boss

Cleck here to read NY Time Editorial on Iowa Politics

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Iowa Federation of Labor Files complaint against Koch Brothers organization.

The Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, (IFL) has filed a formal ethics complaint against Americans for Prosperity (AFP) regarding the apparent illegal lobbying action of Drew Klein, State Director or Iowa Representative of the Americans For Prosperity. The legislative session began … Continue reading

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The Special Interest Fix Was In For Iowa Workers – Iowa Starting Line

Guest post from House Leader Mark Smith The last two weeks have been the most contentious in my 17 years in the Legislature. In just 10 days, Republican lawmakers and Governor Branstad unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law. After … Continue reading

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Will Iowa GOP follow union-busting with voter-busting?

The Iowa secretary of state’s office is making a gesture toward allowing more homeless people to register and vote, even as controversy continues to brew over a proposal to require voter identification at the polls. I say “gesture,” because it’s … Continue reading

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Why education savings accounts are bad for Iowa

Iowa legislators are playing a dangerous game with the education of our children and the competitiveness of our state. They are determined to undermine Iowa’s communities, its businesses, our strong network of public schools and our future. How? By pushing a … Continue reading

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Branstad’s final offer to AFSCME covers only base wages

An attorney for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union filed a lawsuit early this morning, challenging the state’s new collective bargaining law for public sector employees. Danny Homan, president of AFSCME Council 61, the union that … Continue reading

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Lobbyist attending bargaining bill signing brings criticism

Gov. Terry Branstad is being criticized by Democrats after a conservative lobbyist attended the signing of the controversial collective bargaining bill. Democrats argued Monday that the presence of Drew Klein, state director of Americans for Prosperity and a strong supporter of House … Continue reading

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Forced reorganization of Des Moines Waterworks (HF 316) is bad for taxpayers, bad for Des Moines

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Statement by State Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines “HF 316 is the Iowa Farm Bureau’s attempt to punish Des Moines Waterworks for protecting the water almost a million Iowans drink each day. Des Moines Waterworks is right to seek … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Richard Trumka “Time after time we’re told corporations should have freedom from pesky job safety regulations, environmental protections and labor standards – giving working people the freedom to be crushed in collapsing mines, choke on filthy air and … Continue reading

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