Whitver, Schneider to lead Iowa Senate GOP; Failor out as top aide

Iowa Senate Republicans elected new leaders today following Bill Dix’s unexpected resignation on March 12. Jack Whitver moves up from…

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No magical economic boom will make Iowa GOP’s tax cuts affordable

Iowa Senate Republicans are barreling ahead to debate a regressive tax plan that would reduce state revenues by 10 to…

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Save the Iowa State Historic Tax Credit

Adapted from a post Tanya Keith wrote for Hat Trick Renovation, the blog for her company, where she works to…

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Republicans blow a billion-dollar hole in the budget

Matt Chapman reports from today’s Iowa Senate committee hearings on a massive tax bill published the previous day. -promoted by…

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Iowa Senate Republicans seeking to end solar tax credit

The official Iowa Senate Republican tax plan would repeal the state’s popular Solar Energy Systems tax credit later this year.…

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Dennis Guth: Profile in ignorance

Word to the wise: don’t assign Republican State Senator Dennis Guth any task that involves fact-finding. One of the loudest…

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Are MidAmerican and Alliant trying to kill Iowa’s energy efficiency programs?

Josh Mandelbaum advocates for clean energy and clean water policies in Iowa. -promoted by desmoinesdem Last week Republican State Senator…

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Iowa Republicans likely to oppose key element of governor’s tax plan

Governor Kim Reynolds proposes eliminating federal deductibility as part of a broad tax reform plan, she revealed today during her…

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Who’s who in the Iowa Senate for 2018

The Iowa Senate begins work today with 29 Republicans, 20 Democrats, and one independent, former Republican David Johnson. I enclose…

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The 17 Bleeding Heartland posts that were most fun to write in 2017

Lesson learned in 2017: I still love writing about Iowa politics, even during the worst year I’ve ever observed. But…

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