While presidential politics take over the state, Iowa legislature prepares for 2012 session

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November 29, 2011

By Greg Janetka

Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa: With just a little over a month left to go before the Iowa Republican caucuses on January 3,[1] the eyes of the nation are watching as the presidential contenders jockey for position in the state. Meanwhile, Iowa legislators are busy preparing for the 2012 session, set to get under way January 9.

While formal agendas have not been set, it looks like familiar issues will dominate. Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen stated recently, “There’s no question that the economy and jobs, that’s what Iowans across the whole spectrum want us to be working on. I think we’re in general agreement that we’ll be addressing that.”[2] He also said he believes the two parties are ready to work together more productively.

Democrats won a special state senate election on November 8, narrowly retaining their 26-24 majority in the chamber. Republicans hold the governorship and a solid majority in the House - both of which they won in the 2010 elections. Next year all 100 state representatives and half of the 50 member senate will be up for re-election. The filing deadline to run in the June 5 primary is March 16.

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