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Fiorina talks education in Iowa

By   /  December 21, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Iowa, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during a pre-debate forum at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Seven of the candidates have not qualified for the primetime debate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina touted her education policies in eastern Iowa on Friday, pushing local control. Fiorina said “there are several ways” to shift money back to states and localities, including using block grants,” according to The Des Moines Register. “But first we have to go to zero-based budgeting, so we can examine every dollar in the […]

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Business as usual: Congress rubber-stamps investor visas

By   /  December 18, 2015  /  Iowa, New York, News, Texas, Vermont, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In a pre-holiday rush, Congress ditched reforms that would have reined in the controversial EB-5 investor visa program.
“No reforms. No plugs to national security. No safeguards against fraud and abuse,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on the eve of expected House approval.

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One lawmaker’s plan to stop anti-competitive licensing schemes could be a model for states

By   /  December 17, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Iowa, Issues, Jobs + Growth, National, News, Power Abuse, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Yes, Teddy Roosevelt never actually rode on a moose.  But that's still the greatest presidential picture of all time.

State licensing and regulatory boards no longer have protection from Roosevelt-era antitrust laws, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.

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Visa-investor reforms could boost rural Texas

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  Iowa, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Saying the controversial EB-5 immigration system is “loaded with fraud and abuse,” Sen. Charles Grassley wants to tighten the program that grants U.S. visas to foreign nationals.

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EPA makes ethanol decision that ticks off both sides

By   /  November 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Iowa, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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A decision Monday by EPA regarding ethanol and the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard alienated just about everyone.

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Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations

By   /  October 29, 2015  /  Accountability, Iowa, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A lawsuit filed on Wednesday challenges “burdensome and arbitrary” occupational licensing rules for hair braiding in Iowa.

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