Friday, May 17, 2013
Each year during National Nurses Week, the Iowa Nurses Association names the 100 Great Iowa Nurses.
Friday, May 17
by Iowa Senator Liz Mathis, from her newsletter: Iowa has almost 60,000 licensed nurses, one of the largest workforces in the state. Nurses spend more time in direct contact with patients than most other health care professionals. Nurses are responsible for the treatment, safety and recovery of our friends and family when faced with medical emergencies, chronic disease and other health issues. They are on the front line of compassionate care. As we continue to reform our health care system to be more patient-centered and team-oriented, the importance of nurses will grow. The men and women called to the nursing profession are increasingly working with patients on healthy living strategies to avoid painful, costly and life-threatening …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Letter to the editor from Iowa Sen. Liz Mathis.
Tuesday, April 23
To the Editor, Self-government must include the right and means to know what your representatives are doing and why they are doing it. Today, Iowa Republicans and Democrats are working together to make that right a practical reality for average Iowans. Here are the details. When government operates in the dark, a small number of people make big decisions without public oversight. Small problems can be ignored and overlooked. Without the check and balance provided by the public, bad decisions can cause much bigger, more serious problems down the road. This is an area where Iowa is trying to do better. Not long ago, our state received an “F” when it came to public access to information. Iowa’s lack of strong enforcement measures was a…
Monday, April 8, 2013
With several high profile positions open, Mathis says she is content to stay where she is for now.
A high profile candidate with Marion ties has taken her name out of the running for the Replace Bruce Braley Sweepstakes.' Senator Liz Mathis (D-Robins), said that despite speculation that she's ready for the jump to the next level, she's good where she's at for now. State Sen. Liz Mathis Won't Seek Braley's Congressional Seat (KCRG) Mathis had been mentioned as a possible Congressional candidate after U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, said he will not seek re-election in 2014, but instead will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated with the retirement of Sen. Tom Harkin. On Saturday, Mathis said she had been encouraged to run for the 1st Congressional District seat by a sufficient number of party officials and supporters that she …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Marion Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative forum in Marion Feb. 9. The event is open to the public including non members.
The Marion Chamber of Commerce has announced a public leglislative forum to take place 9 a.m. Saturday at the Council Chambers at Marion City Hall, 1225 6th Ave. State Senator Liz Mathis, and State Representatives Daniel Lundby and Kraig Paulsen will answer your questions and summarize upcoming issues. Refreshments will be provided and it is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.marioncc.org
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Iowa State Sen. Liz Mathis spoke out about announcing funding levels for K-12 schools in Iowa.
State Sen. Liz Mathis, a Democrat from Robins, gave an impassioned speech on the Iowa Senate chamber floor last week urging state leaders to set funding guidelines for Iowa schools so they can plan. "Schools need to sign contracts with teachers, they need to plan course offerings and they need to make some big and basic decisions," Mathis said. "Should they guess what sort of funding they have to work with? Should we just let them guess? Is guesswork the operational approach we are suggesting that Iowa school systems adopt?" Mathis called out Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, and "certain members of the Iowa House," which is also led by Republicans, for putting off addressing school funding. She said it forces schools to plan for no …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Lundby holds a narrow lead on Wagner in an Iowa House race. A complete wrap-up, race-by-race, of Election Day in Marion.
Early election returns are in in Linn County. KCRG is calling the race for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat, State House Rep. Kraig Paulsen, a Republican, Linn County Auditor Joel Miller, a Democrat, Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers, a Democrat, and a local ballot issue for funding for E911 were all winners. Daniel Lundby, Democrat, is ahead of incumbent Nick Wagner, a Republican, by 99 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. That race has not yet been called. Of course, in case you missed it, President Barack Obama was re-elected. LIVE 2012 ELECTION RESULTS Registered Voters: 154380. Cards Cast - 117,945 or 76.40 percent. Number of precints reporting 86 of 86 or 100 percent. 61.13% 38.80% Mark Siedl 47.02% 52.90% 50.24% 49.…
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Cedar Rapids Gazette Editorial Board recently endorsed four incumbent legislators in Marion districts, in addition to currently seated county officers.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette Editorial Board has endorsed six elected officials whose names will grace Marion area ballots Nov. 6 — all incumbents The Gazette has endorsed U.S. Congressional District 1 representative Bruce Braley, Iowa State Senate District 34 candidate Liz Mathis, Iowa House representatives Kraig Paulsen and Nick Wagner, in addition to Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers and Linn County Auditor Joel Miller. The endorsements don't seem to fall on party lines. Three of the candidates — Mathis, Miller and Rogers are Democrats, while the rest are Republicans. That leaves out some fairly high profile challengers like Braley's Republican counterpart Ben Lange and Wagner's challenger Daniel Lundby, son of deceased Iowa State …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Apathetic about presidential debates? You might be more directly affected by issues discussed in these local races.
Many Iowa voters say they're turned off by the tone of political debate. There's no clear way to cut through the spin, political maneuvering and inaccurate solutions for already-complex national issues. If you want to hear a civil discussion on local issues that directly affect your life, be sure to turn to one of two upcoming debates for Marion's Iowa statehouse candidates. You can catch the debate for Iowa House District 68 candidates — Nick Wagner and Daniel Lundby — Thursday, starting 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Center in Marion. The very next week; Oct. 25, you can watch a debate between Republican Paul Flood and Democrat Liz Mathis, both of whom are fighting for Iowa State Senate District 34, at the same time and the…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Noreen Tonkin writes that she thinks Iowa State Senator from Marion's district, Liz Mathis, and her support for child welfare, make her a great candidate for grandparents.
To the Editor, I am supporting our senator, Liz Mathis, for re-election to Senate District 34. As a grandparent, I believe that Liz Mathis is the best candidate for this seat because of her background in the area of child welfare. I believe that senator Mathis’ interest and actions taken by supporting the well-being of our toddlers, ensuring we provide quality day care and academics as they progress, encouraging support for healthy forms of expression, and by providing access to quality education and job training, senator Mathis’ goals to ensure future economic growth within our communities will be a success. We need someone in our state senate with that kind of commitment to children and community. Senator Mathis has already shown that …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Liz Mathis gives her reaction to Randi Shannon leaving the state senate race and her chances at winning in the November election
This is the second part in a two-piece interview with Liz Mathis, the incumbent state senator facing an election after redistricting in Marion's Iowa State Senate District 34. What was the biggest learning experience of your time in the senate? They call it a working legislature when you can have another job and be a legislator. I find it tremendously challenging. I had back to back campaigns in two different districts and my job at Four Oaks. It's like I have four jobs. I am looking forward to winning in November and getting into a rhythm where I can concentrate on legislating. What was your reaction to Randi Shannon dropping out of the race? As a bystander I really didn’t put much thought in it. I am running my own race. I’m making sure …