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The purpose of the Warren County Democratic Party central committee (“committee”) shall be to organize and perpetuate a representative, effective, and responsive party organization; advance the interests of the Democratic Party; to sustain and advance the principles of social justice and democracy; and to uphold civil rights, civil liberties, and constitutional government.In order to achieve these goals, it is the duty of all committee members to raise funds and to attract and elect good, qualified candidates to office.
Warren County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 477
Indianola, IA 50125
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Chair: Ann Montgomery 515-360-5947
Vice Chair: Skip Phillips 515-285-3406
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January 9th marked the beginning of the 2012 session of the Iowa legislature. In his 2012 Condition of the State address, Governor Branstad set forth two priorities for the Iowa legislature: job creation and an increase in the household income for Iowa families and education reform so Iowa students are able to compete in the global economy[i]. This echoed promises from the Branstad campaign and inauguration which assured, with the help of the Iowa legislature, the creation of 200,000 new jobs by 2016 and that Iowa schools to be first in the nation.[ii] After an unprecedented six-month session, which nearly left the state without a working budget, there were 15,000 fewer jobs for hardworking Iowans and allowable growth for Iowa’s schools was not increased. To be on track to meet the job creation and education goals over 30,000 new jobs should have been created by the end of 2011 and schools should not have been left with difficult decisions such as cutting teachers or programing. Republicans Senator Kent Sorenson and Representative Glen Massie did not work to meet the goals set by the governor. They neglected the education of Iowa’s children and abandoned hundreds of taxpaying Iowans searching for jobs. Neither legislator sponsored any bills to increase funding for Iowa’s schools[iii] [iv]. Both Sorenson and Massie voted against sustaining school funding by not increasing allowable growth. Senator Sorenson sponsored a bill to freeze hiring of new employees by the state which will further cause care shortages in Iowa’s nursing homes and more worsening conditions in our state parks.[v] Sorenson voted against job creation and training programs for small businesses and unemployed Iowans via Senate Files 301 and 328 which, respectively, set aside money for small business loans and provided funding for worker training programs.[vi] These legislators instead focused their time on sponsoring bills to change Iowa’s Constitution which included: changing the definition of marriage and changing the method for appointment of Iowa’s Supreme Court Justices. Other bills sponsored by Sorenson and Massie include bills to: nullify the EPA rules, impeach the then remaining four justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, bills greatly changing Iowa’s abortion laws, and requiring all Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees prove citizenship.[vii] While important issues to some Iowans, even Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulson and Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer has agreed these issues should not be brought up so the legislature can work in a more bi-partisan manner and instead focus on education, the economy and job creation.[viii] Last session seems to indicate Sorenson and Massie will again desert Iowans and our state’s future.
[i] 2012 Condition of the State, http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120110/NEWS09/120110009/Gov-Terry-Branstad-s-Condition-State-speech
[ii] Office of the Governor of Iowa, https://governor.iowa.gov/goals/200000-new-jobs-in-iowa/, https://governor.iowa.gov/goals/1st-schools-in-the-nation/
[iii] Note: Representative Massie did sponsor a bill to help the parents of home schooled children with a tax credit for purchasing text books to educate their children (HF 294). Senator Sorenson did co-sponsor a bill which sought to provide money for the expansion of marketing for tourism in Iowa, no note was made of the possibility of job creation with the bill. (SF 213)
[iv] http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=BillInfo&Service=DsplData&ga=84&var=sspo&cfid=7500, http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=BillInfo&Service=DsplData&ga=84&var=hspo&cfid=10802
[v] Senate File 223
[vi] SF 301 and SF 328 – see 84th General Assembly Session 1 Daily Journal for vote record
[viii] http://indianolarecordherald.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120110/NEWS09/301100047/Legislative-leaders-both-parties-list-objectives-session-urge-cooperation, http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/59a1186b4e5e4b03ac146bfef7dd84a2/IA-Iowa-Legislature-Democrats/