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There’s a Better Way (although Paul Ryan would most likely disagree).

In late April of 2016, on the last day of session, the Iowa General Assembly passed a (presumably) balanced budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017 , which runs from July 1, 2016 through June 21, 2017 – i.e., we’re … Continue reading

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In Iowa, you can already “stand your ground.”Really.

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted on this blog site but we are back in session and the bills are rolling out so … we’ll see if I can be a little more consistent going forward. Today (Monday) … Continue reading

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Should Felons who Aren’t in Prison be Allowed to Vote?

Under Article II of the Iowa Constitution, an Iowa citizen who has been convicted of “any infamous crime” is ineligible to vote in local, state and federal elections. Our constitution doesn’t spell out the definition of “any infamous crime,” but in … Continue reading

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Governor’s March 17th Clinton County Disaster Proclamation

The link I posted earlier was to a 2011 disaster proclamation (woops)  – here’s the one Governor Branstad issued today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 17, 2016 Contact: Governor’s Office 515-281-5211 Gov. Branstad issues disaster proclamation for Clinton County DES … Continue reading

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It’s not about “Income Inequality” – It’s about Common Sense and Fairness

Last week I posted a link on my Facebook page to a New York Times article discussing an initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice “calling on state judges across the country to root out unconstitutional policies that have locked poor people … Continue reading

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Yay, the IA House Did Something Smart Today!!!

Earlier today,  the Iowa House of Representatives unanimously passed out House File 2064, which made me happy. In relevant part, the bill grants a judge some measure of discretion when sentencing a defendant for 2nd Degree Robbery (which carries a ten … Continue reading

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Just Being Drunk in Public Shouldn’t be a Crime, Right?

Iowa House File 2023, which I filed, proposes the repeal of the criminal offense of “Intoxication and Simulated Intoxication in Public Places” (which crime was first enacted in 1928). As far as I can determine, Public Intoxication is the only … Continue reading

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