Statehouse and Politics

Statehouse and Politics
11:20 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Sweeping Changes Considered for Juvenile Home

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A task force appointed by the governor will soon be recommending major changes at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.   An inspection last year revealed that teen-aged girls were being held in isolation for months at a time.  An  interim administrator told the task force about improvements at the home.     But the  advocacy group which unveiled the abuse still has concerns about restraining young girls.  

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Statehouse and Politics
5:42 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Questions Remain at Juvenile Home

State lawmakers grilled administrators about illegal practices at the Iowa Juvenile  Home in Toledo.    Officials say they have turned things around  since investigators last year found girls confined to isolation cells for months at a time.  But the advocacy group which unveiled the abuse says there’s more work to be done.   

  

 

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Statehouse and Politics
9:25 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Biden Featured at Harkin Steak Fry

Vice-president Joe Biden and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro were the featured speakers in Indianola for Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry.    

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Clovis at Breakfast Club
4:16 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Conservatives Hear Senate Hopeful

Sioux City conservative talk show host  and Morningside College professor Sam Clovis  was the featured speaker  at the  Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club.    One by one the club is hearing from each of the  candidates in the crowded  race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to replace retiring Democrat Tom Harkin.    Clovis predicts the candidates are going to sound a lot like each other, and one long-time Republican activist agrees.   

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David Young for Senate
3:12 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Republicans Vie for U.S. Senate Seat

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  Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Young introduced himself to Polk County Republicans at a breakfast in Des Moines.   Young is  the former chief of staff for Senator Chuck Grassley.    Political observers say that alone won’t catapult  him to victory in the Republican primary.    

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Statehouse and Politics
7:59 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Legislative Wrap-up 2013

Shortly after 11am the Iowa House of Representative adjourns on May 23rd, ending the 2013 legislative session.
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IPR's Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon to wrap up the 2013 session. Lawmakers adjourned in their third week of overtime on Thursday, May 23.

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Statehouse and Politics
4:08 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Branstad: 2013 Legislative Session 'Best He Can Remember'

The 2013 Iowa legislative session ends after the House of Representatives adjourns one day after the Senate.
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 Iowa’s 2013 legislative session ended Thursday morning. Democratic and Republican leaders called the session historic as bipartisan compromises on insuring low-income Iowans, reforming the state’s education system and property taxes were passed. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports. 

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Statehouse and Politics
7:55 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Legislative Preview: 05/20/13

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Iowa lawmakers are returning to Des Moines for a third week of overtime. The session was scheduled to wrap up May 3, but legislators continue to negotiate education reform, property taxes, Medicaid expansion, and other key issues.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:58 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Legislative Preview: 05/13/13

Iowa's Capitol
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Statehouse and Politics
12:45 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Paul Name Could Be Asset, or Liability, for Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul headlined an annual fundraiser for Iowa Republicans in Cedar Rapids.
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he’s considering a run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. He headlined a fundraiser for Iowa Republicans Friday night in Cedar Rapids.

He may be picking up where his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tx.), left off his 2012 campaign.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:46 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Republicans Consider Alternative to Governor's Health Care Plan

The light of the sun beams through the windows of Iowa’s Capitol dome.
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Republicans in the Iowa House say they hope to  offer an alternative to Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s plan  for insuring  thousands of low-income Iowans.    It’s part of the negotiating  on health care, which is  delaying adjournment of this year’s legislative session.

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Statehouse and Politics
9:13 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Petroleum Interests Divided Over Ethanol

A fight is underway at the statehouse between petroleum marketers and petroleum refiners, and ethanol is in the middle of it.   An upcoming change  will result in a lot more blending  of biofuels for sale at the pump.      The fight is over who gets to do the blending, and there’s money at stake.   

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Statehouse and Politics
8:30 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Legislative Preview: 05/06/13

Iowa's Capitol
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As Iowa lawmakers go into overtime, IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell discuss what's left to hash out at the statehouse.

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Statehouse and Politics
9:59 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Legislative Preview: 04/29/13

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IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for an update on legislative news.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:29 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Legislative Preview: 04/22/13

Iowa's Capitol
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IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins 'Morning Edition' Host Sarah McCammon for a weekly conversation about legislative news.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:11 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Debate on Expanding Medicaid in Iowa Continues

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The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate wants to expand Medicaid in the state. Republican Governor Terry Branstad does NOT and has introduced his own plan. Medicaid is the joint federal-state healthcare program for low-income people. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports the Republican-controlled House held a public hearing on the Senate’s expansion bill Tuesday night.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:07 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Legislative Preview: 04/15/13

Iowa Statehouse
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IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon and Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell look ahead to the upcoming week in the Iowa Capitol.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:54 am
Mon April 1, 2013

A new frontier in genetically engineered food

The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to approve AquAdvantage Atlantic salmon for the U.S. market.
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Kevin Wells has been genetically engineering animals for 24 years.

“It’s sort of like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Wells recently as he walked through his lab at the University of Missouri - Columbia. “You take DNA apart and put it back together in different orders, different orientations.”

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Statehouse and Politics
6:11 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Legislative Preview: 04/01/13

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IPR's Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for an update on news from the Iowa General Assembly. 

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Statehouse and Politics
6:11 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Jobs Bill Advances at Statehouse

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It looks like smooth sailing for a bill at the statehouse to let Iowa’s  job creation experts hand out more tax credits to potential employers.    Officials say the current cap on credits isn’t enough to meet the demand, as more companies are looking to expand.    But not everyone agrees with  a plan to make sure the employers  come through with the jobs they promise.  

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Statehouse and Politics
12:04 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Senate Passes Medicaid Expansion in Iowa

Sen Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque) introduces bill to expand Medicaid in the state before the full Senate on Monday March 25, 2013.
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Republican and Democratic Senators clashed over a bill that would expand Medicaid in the Iowa. That’s the joint federal-state program that provides healthcare for low-income people. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that under the Affordable Care Act… sometimes called Obamacare... it’s optional for states to expand Medicaid. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, the senate passed the bill along party lines.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:17 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/25/13

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IPR Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon checks in with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell on legislative news.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:32 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New Board of Regents Appointee Draws Controversy

The Board of Regents Governs Iowa's State Universities.

 

Two new candidates went to the Capitol for job interviews yesterday--  as new appointees to the Board of Regents, which governs Iowa's public Universities. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports one of those candidates—Robert Cramer—provoked a lot of controversy for his conservative views. 

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Statehouse and Politics
6:08 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/18/13

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IPR's Joyce Russell and Sarah McCammon check in on news from the Iowa Statehouse.

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Statehouse and Politics
5:10 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Expand Medicaid with Opt-Out Option

Flanked by Senator Jack Hatch (left D-Des Moines) Senate Majority leader Mike Gronstal (right D-Council Bluffs) talks with reporters about the Democrats' Medicaid expansion plan on March 14, 2013.
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Democrats in the Iowa senate say they’re extending an olive branch to Republican Governor Terry Branstad 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 would change.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:51 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Lawmakers Dispute Tax Return Question

As Iowans are  filing their state income tax returns, there’s a controversy at the statehouse over one of the questions on the tax form.       The question  aims to locate working Iowans who may be eligible for subsidized health insurance for their children.   Some  Republicans in the Iowa House say that  goes beyond what the government needs to know when you file your taxes.

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Politics
7:04 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/11/13

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Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon for a preview of this week's Iowa legislative news.

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Statehouse
9:04 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Bill Advances for Dreamer Tuition

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  A Democrat-dominated panel in the Iowa Senate has  signed off on a bill to give certain young immigrants a break if they want to attend an Iowa  community college or Regents University.    The bill would mandate  in-state tuition for so-called dreamers, young people who were brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents, and who have attended Iowa primary and secondary schools.   In the meantime,  the Regents  universities say at least some dreamers are already claiming  status as Iowa residents.

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Politics
6:59 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/04/13

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IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell discuss the latest news from the Iowa Statehouse.

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Statehouse
9:21 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Environmentalists Seek More Inspectors

It was  Environmental Lobby Day at the statehouse.   The Iowa Environmental Council is  pushing for more  inspectors to make sure Iowa’s large animal confinement facilities are following clean water rules.    At the same time the  Iowa Department of Natural Resources is locked in a battle with the federal environmental protection agency over how much inspection is enough.

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