2 hrs ago
National Review Online
Michael R. Strain: More than the Minimum Wage
President Obama proposed an increase in the minimum wage from its current level, $7.25 per hour, to $9 per hour in his 2013 State of the Union address, and in his December 4 speech on economic mobility he pledged "to keep pushing until we get a higher minimum wage for hard-working Americans across the entire country."
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Iowa senators need to act I-VAWA
Violence against women and girls is perhaps the most pervasive of all human rights violations.
The Des Moines Register
Iowa Democrats best Republicans on food and farm policy votes, study concludes
Iowas Democratic lawmakers in Washington were more supportive of food and farm policy issues than their GOP counterparts, according to a study by a liberal policy group released Tuesday.
'Different Republican' seeking Braley's ...
He's the latest of a host of individuals, nine in all, seeking to succeed U.S. 1st Dist.
Center for American Progress
Real Family Values: Raising the Federal Minimum Wage
This issue brief is part of a six-part series from the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative outlining values-based policies that benefit all American families.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
The Huffington Post
Mark Jacobs, Iowa GOP Senate Candidate: The Way To Talk To Women Is On An 'Emotional Level'
As Republican candidates figure out how to best win over women voters, Iowa GOP Senate candidate Mark Jacobs thinks he has the answer: appeal to their emotions.
MT-Sen: John Bohlinger (D) Calls For Expanding Social Security
So as I mentioned in my previous diaries that I was out sick so I am playing catch up with my diaries.
Did IRS inaction prompt some to freeze defined benefit plans?
More closed corporate defined benefit plans may have been frozen this year because the IRS has not released guidance on how employers could avoid failing non-discrimination testing in closed plans.
Minimum Wage Prospects Dim, Despite Protests [Dems urge Obama to work without them, use EO]
Congressional Democrats are now facing the uncomfortable political reality - largely as a result of the budget agreements they have made over the past few years - that they will have to choose which benefits to the poor they prioritize.
Elizabeth Warren Fires Back at Centrist Dems on Social Security
Last week, the president and vice-president of the centrist think-tank Third Way accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren of ignoring what they call Social Security's "undebatable solvency crisis."
Sun Dec 08, 2013
KTIV-TV Sioux City
Farm bill passage held up by fight over food stamps
Imagine paying seven-dollars for a gallon of milk! Experts say it's a very real possibility without a new farm bill in place.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
WHO-TV Des Moines
Drake Archives: Harkin, Ray Papers Donated
The Drake University Archives were officially dedicated Friday in Des Moines. Among the many records housed in the archives are the papers of former governor Robert D. Ray and Senator Tom Harkin.
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Activists protest hourly pay
Iowa City activists are calling on the fast food industry to offer higher wages.
Minimum Wage Prospects Dim, Despite Protests
Outside Congress, Democrats and labor unions are fighting for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
Rod Boshart wrote a new blog post: Iowa boasts some of the longest-serving elected officials
Iowa has the rare distinction of having half its executive-branch comprised with three of the nation's longest-serving elected office holders - Republican Terry Branstad as governor and Democrats Tom Miller as attorney general and Mike Fitzgerald as state treasurer.
Charles Lane: A Social Security fix that fixes nothing
The left wing of the Democratic Party is trumpeting a new test of true progressivism: support for a dramatic expansion of Social Security.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
The Weekly Standard
A Democratic 'Civil War'?
The Scrapbook has always observed that while Newton's Third Law of Motion-"to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction"-is true of the physical world, it does not always apply to the political universe.
Opinion Staff wrote a new blog post: Harkin led effort to help retired chimps
As an Iowan who cares deeply about animal welfare, I commend Sen. Tom Harkin for his efforts in the Senate to benefit the American people while at the same time showing compassion to our fellow creatures.
The Des Moines Register
U.S. Senate race: Mark Jacobs radio ad talks up Iowa roots
One of the GOP candidates for U.S. Senate is taking to the radio airwaves today to promote his Iowa roots and business skills.
AGRIBUSINESS: Farm Bill Negotiations
Governor Branstad and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey sent a letter to Senator Tom Harkin this week, asking Harkin to support the King amendment as part of the Farm Bill negotiations.