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  • Why Medicare beneficiaries should pay attention to ‘repeal and replace’ debate

     

    BY   February 22, 2017 at 6:03 PM EST
    Margot Lee, left, and Claude Cesard, right, volunteers with the Get Covered America campaign, canvas the neighborhood informing prospective health insurance consumers about new insurance possibilities available through the affordable care act, in Englewood, N.J., on July 27, 2013. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

    As actual GOP plans come into sharper focus, sharp Medicare battle lines will form for politicians and the public alike. It will be crucial to look inside the packages to get an understanding of whether the Medicare program that would emerge from their enactment is one you want to have, writes Philip Moeller. Photo by Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Editor’s Note: Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. His weekly column, “Ask Phil,” aims to help older Americans and their families by answering their health care and financial questions. Phil is the author of the new book, “Get What’s Yours for Medicare,” and co-author of “Get What’s Yours: The Revised Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security.” Send your questions to Phil.

  • Upcoming Town Halls/ Legislative Forums

    Upcoming Town Halls/Legislative Forums

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    YOU are making a difference and YOU are making your voice heard. Yesterday’s town halls with Senators Ernst and Grassley garnered national and international media attention. We cannot afford to let our foot off the gas pedal!

  • We did something important last week

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    Last week VoteVets did something important. And in case you missed the email we sent last week (it's below), we wanted to share it with you again. Last week we filed an amicus brief against President Trump expressing our opposition to his ill-conceived and unconstitutional Muslim ban.

  • ID Bill Won’t Fix Bigger Election Integrity Problem

    February 21st, 2017

    ID Bill Won’t Fix Bigger Election Integrity Problem

    It’s fair to say many Iowans worry about our elections.

    They are concerned shenanigans are going to change the outcome of the voting.

    But from where I sit, our concerns are misdirected — as headlines last week indicate. More about that shortly.

    In 2012, Iowa’s secretary of state at the time, Matt Schultz, launched a two-year investigation of possible voting fraud and election misconduct.

  • Todd Prichard Planning Iowa Governor Run: Our Profile

    Eyeing Gubernatorial Run, Todd Prichard Puts Focus On Pocketbook Issues

    Eyeing Gubernatorial Run, Todd Prichard Puts Focus On Pocketbook Issues

     

    February 21st, 2017

    For a party that hasn’t seen a major, non-presidential statewide victory in over a decade, Iowa Democrats are looking for a special kind of candidate in 2018: one that can win. Friends of State Representative Todd Prichard believe he could fill that role, and Prichard is now strongly considering a run for governor.

  • State workers bargaining rights bill House File 291/Senate File 213

     

    Over 4,500 Iowans came to the State Capitol on February 13th to stand up for teachers, firefighters, nurses, law enforcement and other workers who deserve a voice in their own workplace. We've never seen anything like it at the State Capitol. 

  • Featured Speaker Dr. Roark Horn, Executive Director of Iowa School Superintendent's Assoc.

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      This month on Tuesday February 14 at the Monthly Meeting of the Matshall County Democrats we had a featured speaker who talked about the stance they were taking on the bargaining rights of the state workers as well as answering questions from those gathered at the meeting.
    Dr. Roark Horn, Executive Director of the Iowa School Superintendent's Association was the featured speaker at our February 14th meeting of the Monthly Marshall County Democratic party at the Marshalltown Library. While he spoke of staying neutral in the matter, he did state it would make it tougher to keep quality teachers due to further financial difficulties and uncertainties of job security, it was also discussed the difficulties that would result when trying to draw new teachers to Iowa and their school systems. 
     
    Dr. Roark talked of the possiblity of if this bill passed the effect could be further closings of more schools, forcing them to consolidate into larger classrooms with fewer teachers to teach them. The discussion of East Marshall and West Marshall community schools as well as other small community schools closing, forcing them to consolidate to Marshalltown and creating more of a burdon on an already strained school system and it's resources left many concerned for the future of those students and faculty. 
     
     
  • Opening Legislative Day Remarks of Iowa House Democratic Leader State Representative Mark Smith

     
    “Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And thank you to House Democrats who have given me this opportunity to serve as your leader.
     
    “Last week, I celebrated living on this earth for 62 years and all of those 62 years have been in Iowa.
     
    “This is the land that my ancestors selected.  Earhart Lentz, from whom I descend, founded the Decatur County town of Woodland, which is in Representative Fry’s district.   Another ancestor, David Newton Danner, placed his wife and children on a ferry crossing the Mississippi River and then began to swim his horses across the river.  They wouldn’t move until he swam out in front of them, so he swam the Mississippi, with his horses following, to come to this great state.