Branstad http://iowapublicradio.org en Debate over Confidential Settlements to State Workers Continues http://iowapublicradio.org/post/debate-over-confidential-settlements-state-workers-continues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:12:20 +0000 Clay Masters & Joyce Russell 38724 at http://iowapublicradio.org Debate over Confidential Settlements to State Workers Continues Fired Workers Tell Their Stories http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fired-workers-tell-their-stories <p>Democrats in the Iowa Senate &nbsp;heard from four former state employees who lost their jobs in what the Branstad&nbsp; administration terms&nbsp; a reorganization of state government.&nbsp;&nbsp; Democrats object to what they call mass layoffs of so-called merit employees who were hired for their expertise, not their political connections.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One worker&nbsp; told of receiving money for keeping her settlement private,&nbsp; a practice which&nbsp; Governor Branstad has now banned. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:25:10 +0000 Joyce Russell 38557 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fired Workers Tell Their Stories Democrats To Investigate anti-Branstad claims http://iowapublicradio.org/post/democrats-investigate-anti-branstad-claims <p>Statehouse Democrats say the legislature's oversight committee will be very busy in the coming weeks, as they look into recent allegations against &nbsp;the Terry Branstad &nbsp;administration.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; They say the panel will first look into reports of secret settlements to fired state workers. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:24:12 +0000 Joyce Russell 37863 at http://iowapublicradio.org Democrats To Investigate anti-Branstad claims Bullying Prevention Views Differ http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bullying-prevention-views-differ <p>Students, teachers, and other school personnel turned out in Des Moines Monday for Governor Branstad’s&nbsp;second&nbsp;Bullying Prevention Summit. &nbsp; &nbsp;The &nbsp;governor &nbsp;vowed to strengthen state law to combat &nbsp;bullying online.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;But &nbsp;not everyone &nbsp;agrees. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 03:48:42 +0000 Joyce Russell 31631 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bullying Prevention Views Differ News Buzz: China, Phone Scams, Traffic Stops, Harvest, Soup, and 'Caucus' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-china-phone-scams-traffic-stops-harvest-soup-and-caucus <p>On this News Buzz version of River to River, host Ben Kieffer cycles through stories about Iowa's relationship with China, an Arizona company's apparent phone scam targeting Iowans, an investigation into traffic stops, a harvest summary, the nutritional benefits of eating soup, and a new film about Iowa's 2012&nbsp;caucuses.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:32:41 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 31146 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: China, Phone Scams, Traffic Stops, Harvest, Soup, and 'Caucus' Education Reform, Civil Liberties, And A Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility Visit http://iowapublicradio.org/post/education-reform-civil-liberties-and-mt-pleasant-correctional-facility-visit <p>Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowans to discuss the news items of the week. He talks with teacher and administrator at Grundy Center Community Schools, Ann Lebo, about the education reform signed by Governor Branstad.</p><p>Iowa American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director, Ben Stone, joins the conversation to talk about the NSA phone record collection, the drone ban by Iowa City Council Members, and a recent ACLU report on racial disparity in marijuana arrests.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:15:50 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 22089 at http://iowapublicradio.org Education Reform, Civil Liberties, And A Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility Visit MidAmerican Energy Announces $1.9 billion Wind Deal in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/midamerican-energy-announces-19-billion-wind-deal-iowa <p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 22:35:21 +0000 Clay Masters 20462 at http://iowapublicradio.org MidAmerican Energy Announces $1.9 billion Wind Deal in Iowa Statehouse Sticking Points and Other Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/statehouse-sticking-points-and-other-politics <p></p><p>Friday is the last day lawmakers are scheduled to be at the Iowa Statehouse, but adjournment seems unlikely.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks about the issues and the sticking points dragging out the 2013 session with Chris Larimer, University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, University of Iowa.&nbsp; They also discuss the President's renewed push to close the detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay and the likely Republican candidates for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's seat.</p><p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 20:51:35 +0000 Katherine Perkins 20097 at http://iowapublicradio.org Statehouse Sticking Points and Other Politics Quality Healthcare & Workforce Development http://iowapublicradio.org/post/quality-healthcare-workforce-development <p>Every Iowan should be able to get quality healthcare and find a job, but getting there is the battle. Today on River to River, Governor Branstad and the Democratic controlled Iowa Senate are sparring over how best to insure Iowans. We talk with the Governor’s top healthcare policy advisor about the governor’s recently unveiled Healthy Iowa plan. In the second half we talk with an economist about job creation in Iowa and hear from a Republican and Democratic lawmaker on bills that could create more jobs.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:09:56 +0000 Clay Masters 17846 at http://iowapublicradio.org Quality Healthcare & Workforce Development Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Expand Medicaid with Opt-Out Option http://iowapublicradio.org/post/senate-democrats-unveil-plan-expand-medicaid-opt-out-option <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in the Iowa senate say they’re extending an olive branch to Republican Governor Terry </span>Branstad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> regarding their proposal to expand Medicaid in the state. The governor is opposed to expanding the joint federal state healthcare program for the poor mainly because he doesn’t believe the feds can continue to pay for it. Democrats are offering an opt-out provision in case federal funding levels </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">would</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> change.</span></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:10:49 +0000 Clay Masters 17703 at http://iowapublicradio.org Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Expand Medicaid with Opt-Out Option Medicaid Expansion Starts Moving in the Senate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-starts-moving-senate <p>A plan to add 150,000 Iowans to Medicaid, the joint federal-state healthcare program for the poor is advanced today in the Democratic-controlled Senate. That comes the day before Republican Governor Terry Branstad meets with President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services to talk about healthcare options. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:54:32 +0000 Clay Masters 15833 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medicaid Expansion Starts Moving in the Senate Education Reform from Teachers & Administrators http://iowapublicradio.org/post/education-reform-teachers-administrators <P>Governor Branstad has laid out his plan for paying and promoting the state’s teachers. Last week we heard the Branstad administration’s pitch for the plan. This week, we’ll talk with school administrators and teacher representatives for their view. Our conversation legislative show is live from the state Capitol Law Library.</P> <P></P> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:10:44 +0000 Clay Masters 14461 at http://iowapublicradio.org Education Reform from Teachers & Administrators Education Reform from the Statehouse http://iowapublicradio.org/post/education-reform-statehouse <p>Education reform is front and center at the statehouse. Iowa Public Radio's statehouse correspondent, <a href="http://news.iowapublicradio.org/people/joyce-russell" target="_blank">Joyce Russell</a>, talks with Governor <a href="https://governor.iowa.gov/" target="_blank">Terry </a><a href="https://governor.iowa.gov/" target="_blank">Branstad</a>'s Special Assistant on Education, <a href="http://iowaeducation.iowa.gov" target="_blank">Linda Fandel</a>, in the first half of this session of River to River about the governor's plans for Iowa's schools this year.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:07:10 +0000 Joyce Russell 14127 at http://iowapublicradio.org Education Reform from the Statehouse Legislative Preview: 1/21/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-12113-0 <p></p><p>Iowa lawmakers have completed the first week of the 2013 legislative session. They’ll return for the second week beginning Tuesday. IPR Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon spoke with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell about how the session is shaping up so far.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 13796 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 1/21/13 Condition of the State Address http://iowapublicradio.org/post/condition-state-address-0 <p>Governor Terry Branstad gives his condition of the state address which is analyzed by IPR's Joyce Russell, live from the law library at the capitol in Des Moines, and Iowa State University's David Peterson, who is also the head of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy and professor of political science.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:18:44 +0000 Charity Nebbe 13535 at http://iowapublicradio.org Condition of the State Address 2013 Legislative Session Begins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2013-legislative-session-begins <p></p><p>The Iowa General Assembly reconvenes Monday, Jan 14. It’s a new year, with some new faces after the 2012 election. Iowa Public Radio Statehouse Correspondent Joyce&nbsp; Russell sat down with Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon for a look ahead at the 2013 session.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 13071 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2013 Legislative Session Begins 2013 Legislative Session Begins http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2013-legislative-session-begins-0 <p></p><p>The Iowa General Assembly reconvenes Monday, Jan 14. It’s a new year, with some new faces after the 2012 election. Iowa Public Radio Statehouse Correspondent Joyce&nbsp; Russell sat down with Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon for a look ahead at the 2013 session.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 13072 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2013 Legislative Session Begins Iowans React to School Shooting http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-react-school-shooting <p></p><p>The Branstad administration as well as school districts all over the state are reacting to Friday’s school shootings in Connecticut.&nbsp;&nbsp; One official&nbsp; is&nbsp; encouraging schools to review their security procedures.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the governor and key lawmakers aren’t jumping to any conclusions about needed legislation to prevent such a tragedy here. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 02:03:41 +0000 Joyce Russell 12161 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans React to School Shooting Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-19 <p>“Fiscal cliff” negotiations continue as polls show a majority don’t believe an agreement will be reached, and congressional Republicans are most to blame. Ben Kieffer&nbsp; talks with political experts Dennis Goldford and Tim Hagle about efforts to avoid going over the cliff.</p><p>Then, our experts look ahead to Governor Branstad’s priorities in the coming legislative session, now that it seems likely he’ll seek re-election.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:21:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11619 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Branstad: Presidential Candidates will Determine Straw Poll's Fate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-presidential-candidates-will-determine-straw-polls-fate <p></p><p>Governor Branstad continues to say the Iowa Straw poll is losing its importance in the presidential race. Branstad says the candidates will ultimately decide whether or not it stays.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:18:59 +0000 Clay Masters 11247 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad: Presidential Candidates will Determine Straw Poll's Fate Branstad Unveils Water Pollution Strategy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/branstad-unveils-water-pollution-strategy <p></p><p><a href="http://www.nutrientstrategy.iastate.edu/">&nbsp; A strategy on how Iowa will cut back farm and sewage treatment</a> pollution released today by Governor Branstad’s office is being criticized for being too friendly to farmers. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, its intent is to shrink a dead zone in the nation’s top commercial fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:32:02 +0000 Clay Masters 10990 at http://iowapublicradio.org Branstad Unveils Water Pollution Strategy Health Insurance Exchange in Iowa Unclear http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-exchange-iowa-unclear <p></p><p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act calls on states to let federal officials know by Friday if they plan to launch their own healthcare exchanges. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, Governor Branstad’s office says meeting the deadline will be challenging.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:01:00 +0000 Clay Masters 10694 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Insurance Exchange in Iowa Unclear Public and Private Sector Wage Gap Back in Spotlight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/public-and-private-sector-wage-gap-back-spotlight <p></p><p>Starting Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad starts paying 20 percent of his healthcare premium costs. He signed an <a href="https://governor.iowa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/EO-78.pdf">executive order</a> last month allowing other state workers to do the same. It has&nbsp;pushing the difference between private and public sector compensation back into the spotlight.</p><p>Right now Iowa is among only a handful of states where public workers don&rsquo;t pay any of those costs.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 10:05:09 +0000 Clay Masters 5552 at http://iowapublicradio.org Public and Private Sector Wage Gap Back in Spotlight Governor Branstad & Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/governor-branstad-doctors-without-borders-south-sudan <p>One of the key issues that have yet to be resolved in the Iowa legislature this session is education reform.&nbsp; The House and Senate have passed dueling plans and the Governor says the Senate&rsquo;s version is &ldquo;watered down.&rdquo;&nbsp; Join host Ben Kieffer as he&rsquo;s joined by Governor Terry Branstad.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll ask him about education reform and about the debate over finely textured lean beef &ndash; or what critics are calling &ldquo;pink slime.&rdquo;&nbsp; Later, Ben talks with Elizabeth Wentzel, who after raising five children decided to chase her life-long dream Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:05:53 +0000 Ben Kieffer 83 at http://iowapublicradio.org