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April 15th, 2009

Democrats Surrender on Federal Deductibility

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Written by: Craig Robinson

iowa-capitol2While an angry mob gathered in the shadow of the state capitol, House and Senate Democrats have begun to back away from their plan to raise taxes on Iowans by repealing federal deductibility.

“I don’t think it has any wheels. I think it may be dead this session.” Rep. Rick Olson, D-Des Moines.

“It’s better if lawmakers reconsider the tax plan when the next session begins in January so that Iowans have more time to digest how it would affect the state, said Rep. Doris Kelley, D-Waterloo.

“We shouldn’t do anything in these economic times that would harm people. (The plan) could be helpful, it could be harmful, we’re not sure at this point.” Rep. Geri Huser, D-Altoona.

“I think they’re [Democrat leaders] still looking for the votes,” Rep. Andrew Wenthe, D-Hawkeye.

“As of Friday, the House did not even have the votes for passage of the bill. I refuse to vote affirmatively on major tax revision legislation without being able to study the ramifications, and be able to spend some time conferring with constituents over the advisability of such action becoming law.” Sen. Dennis Black, D-Grinnell

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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