Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Postal Service: A service Americans should appreciate

A good deal of misinformation circulates about the U.S. Postal Service; some unfortunately contained in two Jan. 2 commentary pieces published on these pages. I appreciate the opportunity to provide some facts and context. First, the broad picture. The Postal … Continue reading

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Dreamers, allies demand passage of a “clean” Dream Act

WASHINGTON—Dreamers and their allies, including union leaders, reacted cautiously to the latest developments – a reported deal between GOP President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of top lawmakers — in the fight to keep some 700,000 Dreamers in the … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn “There is less violence against labor today, but there are more legal restrictions… There has been labor protection by law but there has also been labor repression by law.” Flynn (left) was a member of the … Continue reading

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Good for the Gander

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Opportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’ | Iowa Fiscal Partnership

By Iowa Fiscal Partnership 1/10/18 IFP Statement: Statement of Iowa Fiscal Partnership • Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project We voiced optimism last year that Governor Kim Reynolds could use her new position as “an opportunity to lead us past the divisive … Continue reading

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COMPARE KIM REYNOLDS’ SPEECH TO HER BUDGET PROPOSAL

Governor Kim Reynolds laid out her agenda for the 2018 legislative session this week, presenting a set of lofty goals that hit on topics that typically have bipartisan support. But as Joe Biden often said, “show me you budget and … Continue reading

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Get facts on school funding

Iowa’s increasingly shaky foundation of school funding An honest look at Iowa K-12 education funding By Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project There are so many numbers, and so many ways to parse the data, that an honest look at how … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Joe Hill “All the world is made of music. We are all strings on a lyre. We resonate. We sing together.” January 11 The IWW-organized “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children begins … Continue reading

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Fund services rather than tax cuts, Iowa poll finds

DES MOINES — A majority of Iowa voters would prefer fully funded public services like education and water quality to a tax cut, and four out of five believe the state’s minimum wage should be increased. That’s according to a … Continue reading

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Gov. Reynolds delivers Condition of the State address

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State address on Tuesdaymorning at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: Lieutenant Governor, Mr. President, Madam Speaker, legislative leaders, Senators … Continue reading

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People’s Condition of the State

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Ending Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador Undermines Our Freedom to Fight for All Working People

In response to the Donald Trump administration’s announcement of the termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement: Today’s decision will force hundreds of thousands of hardworking people who have lived in … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: H.L. Mitchell “Nowhere in human history can one find that a nation, a race or a class of people have become free men and upstanding citizens without first having the benefit of selforganization” – Mitchell (right) … Continue reading

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Senate Democratic Leader Petersen’s 2018 Opening Day Address

Good morning! Welcome everyone.  A special welcome to the pages, new clerks and staff. Welcome to Iowa’s newest senator, Jim Carlin from Sioux City. I also want to recognize two of our colleagues who have announced they are retiring from … Continue reading

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TOMORROW: Iowans to deliver ‘People’s Condition of the State’ at Capitol

Everyday Iowans will respond to Gov. Reynolds’ remarks by focusing on ‘Our Iowa’ DES MOINES – A group of Iowans representing working families from across the state will deliver the People’s Condition of the State on Tuesday, January 9th, in … Continue reading

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2018 Session Opening Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

 Thank you, Madam Speaker and good morning members of the Iowa House of Representatives. I especially want to welcome Representative Jon Jacobsen and Representative Phil Miller, who were elected in special elections held during the interim.  Congratulations on your honor … Continue reading

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Labor History

Labor Quote of the Day: Mary Kenney O’Sullivan “I refused to do a man’s job without a man’s pay.” January 08 The largest slave revolt in U.S. history begins on Louisiana sugar plantations.  Slaves armed with hand tools marched toward New … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATS ON DEPT. OF REVENUE TAX UPDATE

Rep. Dave Jacoby, Ranking Member of the House Ways & Means Committee: “Even with the new data provided today by the Department of Revenue, the state budget is still in deficit and it isn’t even enough to pay back the … Continue reading

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Help respond to Kim Reynolds next week!

WHAT: Rapid Response Center WHERE: Iowa State Capitol, Room 116 WHEN: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM WHO: Participating organizations, democratic legislators invited VIDEO SCHEDULE: Broadcasting live video from 9:30-10 AM (immediately prior to Gov. Reynolds’ condition of the state and immediately following her 10 … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 06 The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women – 1882 Eight thousand workers strike at Youngstown Sheet & Tube. The following day the strikers’ wives and other … Continue reading

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