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DES MOINES – Rod Blum tried to explain away his support for legislation that permits discrimination against LGBT Americans by saying, “Once again, just churches. I can’t say that enough. That’s what the bill is about, just churches.” 

Unfortunately for Blum, the Cedar Rapids Gazette took a look at the actual facts of the bill: 


Iowa Democratic Party Chair Dr. Andy McGuire released the following statement today after U.S. Sen. Joni’s Ernst bill to defund Planned Parenthood facilities that service nearly 60,000 women and men in Iowa and nearby states failed to garner enough votes to proceed:

“Democrats believe women should be able to make their own health care choices without interference from politicians, and that health care should be as accessible and affordable as possible. As multiple reports have pointed out, Senator Ernst’s legislation would unnecessarily impose barriers on the ability of thousands of women and men in Iowa to access key health care services such as cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing, often in medically underserved areas of our state. With our state’s family planning facilities already at the brink of their capacity levels, the last thing we need to do is make it harder for them to provide health care to Iowans. The Senate tonight rightly failed to move forward on a short-sighted bill that puts politics ahead of health care accessibility.”

DES MOINES – With opposition to his education veto continuing to build, Governor Branstad today trotted out a new, tired excuse in a desperate attempt to try and explain how he could defy a bipartisan compromise and leave Iowa students with fewer resources this year.

First, Governor Branstad said he vetoed the funding because he did not like one-time funding. And then today, Governor Branstad said he might have approved the funding if it was more targeted.

With these type of shifting explanations and targets, it’s no wonder why members of his own party were surprised and irritated by the Governor’s veto.




DES MOINES – State Rep. Helen Miller (D-District 9), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement today after Jeb Bush stated he wants to “phase out” the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in an interview on KCCI last night:

“First Jeb Bush said that he wants to phase out Medicare, and now he wants to phase out the RFS.  The fact is that the RFS supports more than 70,000 Iowa jobs! Once again it seems Jeb Bush is putting the needs of the wealthy few and special interests ahead of Iowans. Jeb Bush may have an Iowa farm team, but they missed the boat on this one.”