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Iowa Democrats promote off-year caucus

CEDAR RAPIDS — While the off-year Iowa caucus may not garner national attention or the overwhelming presence of those conducted in presidential years, Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan believes a handful of contested primaries with strong candidates may lead to a larger than average off-year caucus crowd. Speaking to members of the press and […]

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Grassley, Harkin combine forces on packer/livestock bill

U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin are supporting a newly introduced bill that would ban most meatpackers from owning livestock. The measure was introduced Wednesday by Iowa Republican Grassley and North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad. Iowa Democrat Harkin and South Dakota Republican Tim Johnson were original co-sponsors. The bill does not impact packers too […]

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Women’s health attacked through Senate highway bill

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators filed to the floor in order to speak about an amendment offered by Missouri Republican Roy Blunt to a highway bill — although the offering has nothing to do with the many billions of dollars being debated for roadways. Blunt’s amendment hopes to give employers carte blanche refusal of payment or […]

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Grassley’s opposition to VAWA doesn’t hold water

In July 2011, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican who serves as ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, recorded and posted the following video regarding the upcoming reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): At that time, at least based on this weekly address, Grassley was concerned about oversight and accountability in […]

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Drug injunction foreshadowed by Harkin hearings

A consent decree of permanent injunction filed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice against an India-based generic drug company highlighted many of the pharmaceutical safety challenges outlined during a September 2011 hearing held by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. The DOJ, which was acting on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, filed the […]

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