Iowa legislative recap: Constitutional amendments

Iowa lawmakers went home for the year on May 5. In the coming weeks, Bleeding Heartland will catch up on…

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Fewer last-minute retirements from Iowa legislature in 2018

Fewer Iowa legislators kept their retirement plans secret until the closing days of this year’s filing period. As a result,…

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Fewer last-minute retirements from Iowa legislature in 2018

Fewer Iowa legislators kept their retirement plans secret until the closing days of this year’s filing period. As a result,…

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Senate confirms Iowa DHS director with four votes to spare

The Iowa Senate confirmed Jerry Foxhoven as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services in an unusually close vote…

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Iowa Senate backs governor’s power to appoint new LG

The Iowa Senate has taken the first step toward preventing a repeat of last spring’s controversy over whether Kim Reynolds…

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Five takeaways from the Iowa legislature’s opening day in 2018

The Iowa House and Senate convened Monday with the usual big promises and platitudes about working together to build a…

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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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Iowa Republicans found yet another way to hurt teachers this year

No matter how closely you were following the horror show that was the Iowa legislature’s 2017 session, chances are you…

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Janet Petersen replacing Rob Hogg as Senate minority leader

For the second straight year, Iowa Senate Democrats will head into the legislative session with a new minority leader. Senators…

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