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March 11th, 2009

Doctor Shopping Bill Passes Out of Committee, But What’s Next?

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Written by: Craig Robinson

Many have deemed this week “labor week” in the Iowa House of Representatives. Last night some 40 Iowans spoke out at a public forum. Following the forum, the bill quickly passed out of the House Labor
Committee. The bill is expected to be debated on the floor of the House on Friday if Democrats can find the 51 votes needed to pass it.

Democrat leaders in the House might have a hard time finding the necessary votes to move forward with the bill. It is rumored that as many as ten Democrats oppose the legislation. If that is indeed the case, it will be another embarrassing loss for the labor unions who have yet to see one of their legislative priorities be signed into law.

-Open scope bargaining was vetoed by Governor Culver last year.

-Prevailing wage legislation failed in the Iowa House by one vote late last month.

-Choice of doctor legislation seems to be going nowhere.

And if they can’t pass one of those three bills, there is no way they could expect to see Fair Share legislation pass in the Iowa House.

If the choice of doctor bill is dead on arrival, one has to wonder why Democrats would introduce the bill and hold a public hearing? Is it an attempt by the labor unions to gage where they really stand with House Democrats?

Ken Sagar, the Iowa ALF-CIO president, and treasurer of the Iowa Democratic Party, has already put a handful of House Democrats on notice. Maybe, he wanted to see if they got the message or if there are additional House Democrats who need to be purged.

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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