Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Chief Justice delivers annual address

The Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, Mark S. Cady, delivered the annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature this week.

We are fortunate that Iowa has one of the best-rated and most respected judicial systems in the country. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others point to Iowa’s impartial judicial system as an argument for investing in Iowa. Yet because of budget cuts, Cady said that “more and more Iowans faced with legal problems are forced to wait too long for their day in court.”


Cady also addressed misconceptions about the role of the Iowa Supreme Court in our system of government. He explained the process of judicial review, which requires the courts to review the constitutionality of laws to ensure that Iowans’ rights are protected.

Cady expressed his hope that Iowans will go forward “with a new understanding that rhetoric does have meaning, and with an understanding that rhetoric must therefore be responsible.”

To listen to the speech or read the full text, go to


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