Pam Jochum at podium

Pam Jochum Open House

Please Join Northeast Iowa Community College President Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D. for a Fundraiser and Open House in Honor of

Iowa Senator Pam Jochum

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 5-6:30 p.m.

At the home of Dave and Barb O’Hea
16913 Thunder Hills Drive
Peosta, Iowa 52068 [Get Directions]

If unable to attend, contributions may be mailed to:

People for Pam Jochum
c/o Barb O’Hea
16913 Thunder Hills Drive
Peosta, IA 52068

Or online through Pam Jochum’s ActBlue page.

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Pam Jochum at podium

Pam Jochum: Most Valuable Progressive

Most Valuable State Legislator in 2015

Senate President Pam Jochum (District 50) is listed on Nation Magazine’s Progressive Honor Roll as the Most Valuable State Legislator in 2015. She’s fought hard against an extreme Republican agenda and most recently against Governor Branstad’s plan to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid system. Make sure to congratulate Senator Jochum as one of our most valuable progressives representing Dubuque County. Read more at the Nation.com.

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Americans for Prosperity

Group funded by Koch brothers in Dubuque

An article written by William Garbe for TH Media notes that Americans for Prosperity, the group funded by Charles and David Koch, has established a Dubuque field office at 1108 Locust Street and is becoming increasingly involved in local politics. The article mentions Americans for Prosperity’s focus on state governments in their long-term plans to change policy. Among those quoted in the article are Drew Klein, AFP’s Des Moines-based state director, Walt Pregler, Dubuque County Democratic party Chairman, Senator Pam Jochum, President of the Iowa Senate, Christopher Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Sue Wilson, member of the Dubuque County Democratic Party executive board.

Read the article at Thonline.com: Group funded by Koch brothers concerns area Democrats

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Senator Mark Gronstal, Senator Pam Jochum, Representative Mike Smith

Let’s set the record straight on why Iowa school children deserve a special session

By Senator Mike Gronstal, Senator Pam Jochum and Rep. Mark Smith

It’s time to set the record straight on why Iowa schoolchildren, parents, administrators and teachers deserve a special session of the Iowa Legislature.

At the end of the 2015 legislative session, Democratic legislators were disappointed in the small increase in education funding, but we chose compromise over gridlock.

We vowed to fight again next session for the kind of increase that Iowa schoolchildren deserve. And we promised to keep listening to advocates of public education in our state. We respect the work that teachers, administrators and school board members are doing every day.

When Governor Branstad vetoed the bipartisan compromise on education funding, however, Senate and House Democrats immediately called for a special session to overturn those vetoes. That shouldn’t be a surprise. We meant it when we voted to increase educational opportunities at our public school, community colleges and state universities.

The response by Republican legislators to Governor Branstad’s vetoes was swift and disappointing. Their message to Iowans is simple: Quit whining! Continue reading

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