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State Sen. Joe Bolkcom: Cannabis criminalization is failed public policy for Iowa

March 22 marks the 50th anniversary of an important report from the Shafer Commission, a Nixon-appointed group tasked with studying marijuana and issuing policy recommendations. The group’s findings called for the decriminalization of cannabis possession in the U.S., but alas, the suggestions went unheeded. Our state, 50 years later,...
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Letter from Joe Bolkcom: Let’s talk weather

We Iowans love to talk about the weather! Not Governor Reynolds. She didn’t mention the recent off-the-charts weather disaster in her rosy Condition of the State address recently. On Dec. 15, Iowans once again experienced a set of events that no one alive has ever witnessed before. A record...
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State Sen. Joe Bolkcom: GOP tax policies harm Iowans

Iowa’s workforce crisis and rural decline can be traced to irresponsible Republican tax and economic policies year after year. Their actions bring to life the words of Grover Norquist who said, “I'm not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
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Letter from Joe Bolkcom: Iowa’s workforce crisis, dangerous prisons and neglected state parks are the result of GOP policy

Iowa’s workforce crisis and rural decline can be traced to irresponsible Republican tax and economic policies year after year. Their actions bring to life the words of their puppet master Grover Norquist who said, “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
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Letter from Joe Bolkcom: Are rural Iowa communities better off today than they were five years ago?

Iowa Republicans’ tax and economic policies have hollowed out Iowa’s small communities and rural landscape. Their big business approach to every problem have resulted in everything getting bigger: worker shortages, farms, packing plants, chemical and fertilizer companies, tractors, consolidated schools, convenience store chains, food and childcare deserts, CAFOs, water quality problems, floods, wind storms, COVID deaths and agricultural subsidy payments.
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State Sen. Joe Bolkcom’s long road to sensible marijuana policy in Iowa

State Sen. Joe Bolkcom wasn’t trying to become the marijuana guy of Iowa politics when he went to Des Moines more than 20 years ago. That might be how he’s remembered nonetheless. The Iowa City Democrat, who recently announced he won’t seek re-election next year, has a long record of progressive political work, but it’s marijuana policy where he has been the leader. It’s been a slow and sometimes lonely campaign.
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Iowa State Sen. Joe Bolkcom will not seek re-election in 2022

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa State Senator Joe Bolkcom announced on Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2022. The democratic state senator served Senate District 43, but would have been running for reelection to Iowa’s 45 Senate District under the state’s redrawn district maps. Bolkcom, who lives in...
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Letter from Joe Bolkcom: I will not seek reelection to Iowa Senate

I will not seek re-election to the Iowa Senate in 2022. I am deeply grateful for the trust, guidance and strong support I have received from the people of Iowa City and Johnson County. It’s been a privilege to work every day to make life better for everyday Iowans. I’m...
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Iowa City’s Joe Bolkcom won’t seek seventh term in Legislature

IOWA CITY — Saying it’s time for Iowa voters to once again “rotate the crops,” six-term Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City will not seek re-election in 2022. In 1998, when Bolkcom first ran for the Senate and Democrat Tom Vilsack was running for governor, Vilsack told Iowa voters it was “time to rotate the crops.”
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Iowa State Senator Joe Bolkcom announces he will not seek re-election in 2022

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Iowa's News Now) — Iowa State Senator Joe Bolkcom says he will not seek re-election in 2022. Bolkcom is currently serving his sixth term in the Iowa Senate. He represents Iowa City, University Heights, East Lucas Township and the city of Hills. He previously served for six years on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
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