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Monday, December 15, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: Why did Huser lose the Transportation Committee chairmanship?

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

I was asleep at the wheel when the Iowa House Democratic leadership made the committee assignments last week. I didn't notice that Representative Brian Quirk of New Hampton will replace Representative Geri Huser of Altoona as chair of the Transportation Committee. ... Does anyone know why Murphy would have wanted to replace Huser? As the Register notes, she is among the more conservative members of the Democratic caucus. I am not sure whether she was committed to the "fair share" bill that never came to a vote in the Iowa House in 2007. ... Some activists have suggested Huser has a conflict of interest because some of her work in the legislature and on the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization could financially benefit her family's business interests.

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