Growing Iowa’s middle class in 2015

The Iowa Legislature gaveled in on January 12 for the 2015 session. We look forward to a great year devoted to helping build an economy that works for all Iowans. Many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to get ahead because of stagnant wages and a tough job market. But we can ensure a lasting recovery from the national recession by strengthening and expanding Iowa’s middle class. With Democrats in charge of the Iowa Senate and Republicans holding the majority in the Iowa House, successful legislation must win bipartisan approval. State support for our local schools is a top priority, and something we expect to work on early in the session.

Iowa ranks high for government transparency

Iowa received an “A-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the sixth annual report by the Public Interest Research Group. Senate Democrats strongly support better ways to inform Iowa taxpayers about how and where their […]

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Governor’s plan may endanger vulnerable Iowans

n January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans. They are some of the most vulnerable people in our state, including families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More than […]

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Protecting students from severe allergic reactions

Epinephrine is a drug that treats severe allergic reactions in an emergency. Epinephrine auto-injectors, generally known as EpiPens, are medical devices for injecting a measured dose of epinephrine to quickly and safely reduce severe allergic reactions. The individual often feels better in five to 15 minutes following the injection and can get long-term treatment if […]

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Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications from veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games to be held August 8 to 12 in Omaha. VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will host this year’s games. Applications can be completed online at, and will be accepted through May 15. […]

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School funding delay threatens student achievement

State funding for our local schools remains undecided, even after a fourth meeting this week of the special legislative committee charged with finding a compromise between the House and the Senate. At the most recent meeting, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha insisted on setting state aid for the 2015-16 school year at 1.25 percent, […]

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American Legion of Iowa Foundation grant applications

The American Legion of Iowa Foundation is accepting grant applications to help purchase materials for the benefit of hospitalized veterans, medical and/or scientific research, literary endeavors involving subjects of interest to veterans, and programs or projects that enhance the policies of The American Legion. For information and an application, go to  

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