Senate Democratic leader Rob Hogg hopes to prevent GOP dismantling of state government

**FILE** Shown in this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, file photo is State Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Rob Hogg says he gets it that the new Iowa Senate Republican majority will do some things he and his Democratic caucus won’t like, “but I hope they don’t dismantle the things that make Iowa a great place to live.”

With a Senate majority as well as control of the governor’s office and the Iowa House, Republicans “are in a strong position,” but Hogg doesn’t believe they have a mandate to pursue the sorts of changes GOP majorities enacted in Kansas and Wisconsin.

“If you look at the individual races, yes, voters do not want the state to provide money for a trolley that serves the state Capitol,” Hogg said Monday, referring a subject of many GOP attack ads targeting incumbent Democrats. “That’s where the mandate ends.”

Their majority gives Republicans “freedom to do lots of things, but they have responsibility to govern wisely,” he added.

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