Iowa Governor Terry Branstad highlighted property tax relief, improving education and the quality of life in his 2013 Condition of the State address.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad unveiled his education agenda for the 2013 Iowa Legislature session that features a teacher leadership and compensation program.
Tom Chapman, executive director of the Iowa Catholic Conference previews the 2013 Iowa Legislature highlighting issues of concern for Iowa’s Catholics.
Iowa State Representative Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla) would like to see Iowa pass a ban on semi-automatic weapons for potential and current gun owners.
The U.S. Department of Education denied the Iowa Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind waiver request. The catching point was over how teacher evaluations were going to be conducted. In a letter sent by the Department to Jason Glass, the director of the Iowa Department of Education, they stated: According to the information in […]
By John Hendrickson Across the nation, Governors and state Legislators are confronted with the task of implementing sound economic policies that will both attract businesses and create jobs. The difficulty of this responsibility has increased in the aftermath of the weak recovery from the “Great Recession,” as unemployment remains high, and states as well as […]
Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds unveiled their final recommendations on education reform for the Iowa Legislature that convenes next week. This came after having numerous town halls on their education blueprint and adapting to recommendations that they received. Key proposals include: Requiring a 3.0 GPA to gain admission into teacher preparation programs […]
When I joined the Iowa Army National Guard back in 1989 with the G.I. Bill, signing bonus, and the tuition reimbursement it was possible to have most of one’s tuition covered at a public university. Education assistance was one of the top reasons I decided to join. I enrolled at Drake University in 1990, and […]
Ok, admittedly this isn’t a sexy topic, but disagreement on this topic provides a showdown between the Iowa Legislature and Governor Terry Branstad. The Legislature just passed a one-year budget today. Last Saturday Governor Branstad promised to veto any budget sent to him that isn’t a two year one. Why should Iowa switch to a […]
Here are some bills that I have been watching (or at least aware of) as a private citizen and through my role with American Principles Project. I would like to ask Iowans to contact their State Representative or State Senator about these bills. Update: HF 153 – I didn’t have the file number for this […]
State Representative Rod Roberts (R-Carroll) one of the three remaining Republican candidates in the Iowa Gubernatorial race found himself in the midst of a controversy over the weekend and yesterday as a result of a statement he made about moral law during an interview with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board. We sat down to […]
Iowa Senate Democrats and Iowa House Democrats don’t want to have a direct vote on marriage, but they want to try to sneak language in the Iowa Code that will replace the words “husband and wife.” Even though there has not been a legal change by the Legislature to the definition of marriage since the […]
State Representative Rod Roberts (R-Carroll), who is one of the Republicans running in the 2010 Iowa Gubernatorial Race issued a statement to Caffeinated Thoughts regarding the Iowa Court of Appeals decision to dismiss the state’s request to review a 2008 district court decision by Fremont County Judge Timothy O’Grady. O’Grady’s decided that since prosecutors failed […]
After Wednesday’s ruling letting Clarence Judy off the hook saying he didn’t violate the state’s public indecent exposure law when a 17-year-old girl stripped onstage at his club in SW Iowa; we see there is obviously a loophole in the current law that needs to be addressed. He was let off because prosecutors failed to […]