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April 1st, 2009

Stuck on 50: Repeal of Federal Deductibility Is In Doubt… For Now

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Democrat leaders in the House are having difficulty finding the 51 votes required to pass the repeal of federal deductibility. House Democrats originally planned to debate and vote on HF 807 tomorrow, but the federal deductibility bill has been removed from the calendar for the time being.

As it stands now, the following Democrats are opposed to the bill:

Rep. Geri Huser – Altoona
Rep. Doris Kelley – Waterloo
Rep. Brian Quirk – New Hampton
Rep. Dolores Mertz – Ottosen
Rep. Elesha Gayman – Davenport
Rep. Paul Bell – Newton

Democrats are working on an amendment aimed to get one or two of the Representatives listed above to flake. That means Democrats are concocting a plan that increase taxes ever higher on middle class Iowans and small business owners.

The Democrats have known the numbers involved in their plan for months. Now they are attempting to correct the disparity at the bottom of the bracket in order to sway Rep. Gayman or Rep. Bell back into the “yes” column. Meaning if the Democrats are successful in drafting an amendment that satisfies some of the more liberal members of their caucus, business owners are going to see even higher rates than in their original plan.

This marks the third time this session that Speaker of the House Pat Murphy has moved forward a bill that a significant portion of his caucus refused to support.

Check back in for further updates.

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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