Friday, February 15, 2019

Inside the Iowa House: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Everyday Iowans

The 2019 Legislative Session is well underway.  I’m excited about the opportunities this year to work together and ...

Power Grab: GOP Lawmakers Plan to Inject Politics in Iowa Courts

Iowa judges are selected using a merit selection process. A nonpartisan commission nominates qualified individuals ...

Iowa House Republicans Ignore the Votes of 29 Iowans

In the first vote in the Iowa House in 2019, Republican lawmakers voted to deny 29 Iowans their right to vote. On a ...

GOP Lawmakers Shut Out Iowa Voters in Election Contest

Republican lawmakers in charge of the Election Contest Committee said late Tuesday that they will not allow disenfr ...

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Candidate Profile: Larry Marek, District 89

Candidate Profile: Larry Marek, District 89

Larry Marek is a farmer who resides outside of Riverside, Iowa, on his family’s century farm. Larry is currently the District 9 director of the Iowa Soybean Association; he was previously the state executive committee secretary. He is a former county ...

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Candidate Profile: Jim Van Scoyoc, District 76

Candidate Profile: Jim Van Scoyoc, District 76

Jim is a lifelong resident of Iowa. Born in Waterloo and raised in Belle Plaine, Jim moved to Victor during junior high school and graduated from HLV in 1987. In 1990, Jim moved to Grinnell but soon moved back to Victor. Jim has been active in work a ...

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Candidate Profile: Frank Best, Disrict 87

Candidate Profile: Frank Best, Disrict 87

Frank Best is a lifelong resident of Louisa County. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in art and art history. Since moving back to Columbus City after graduating from college, Frank has spent much of his time working t ...

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Candidate Profile: Phyllis Thede, District 81

Candidate Profile: Phyllis Thede, District 81

Phyllis Thede lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with her husband, Dave, and their youngest daughter Mackenzie, a student at Scott Community College. Their two older daughters live in California: Acacia is the principal of Maryland Elementary in Vista, and R ...

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Candidate Profile: Rebecca Spears, District 79

Candidate Profile: Rebecca Spears, District 79

Rebecca Spears was born in Silvis, Ill., and raised on a farm outside of Preemption, Ill., until the age of 14, when her family was transferred and moved to a small town south of Kansas City, Mo. She attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, ...

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Candidate Profile: Maxine Bussanmas, District 73

Candidate Profile: Maxine Bussanmas, District 73

Maxine Bussanmas was the sixth child and only daughter of Bruce and Edna Crow. She was born and raised on a farm south of Prole, Iowa, and attended Martensdale High School, where she met her future husband. Maxine married Otto Bussanmas, and the coup ...

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Candidate Profile: Pat Van Zante, District 71

Candidate Profile: Pat Van Zante, District 71

Pat Van Zante is a lifelong resident of Iowa. Her ancestors homesteaded south of Prairie City and in Delaware County in the early 1850s. Pat grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She attended the University of Iowa, where sh ...

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