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House Dems Give GOP Colleagues Mid-term Grades

Scott Pelath evaluated the House GOP on putting the middle class first, reinforcing traditional public schools and taking a break from divisive social issues.

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House democrats gave their republican colleagues grades on three subjects midway through the legislative session.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath submitted a report card for his colleagues on the other side of the aisle Thursday, evaluating their work in the first half of the legislative session.

Pelath evaluated the House GOP in three areas – putting the middle class first, reinforcing traditional public schools and taking a break from divisive social issues. He says Republicans earned an incomplete on the first point because they avoided a vote on middle class tax cuts and healthcare expansion.

Pelath cited voucher expansion legislation as the reason he gave the GOP a D minus for reinforcing public schools. And the minority leader gave his conservative colleagues a B plus for avoiding divisive social issues…but cautioned them about legislation headed to the House from the Senate regulating abortion-inducing drugs.

“If we start talking about transvaginal ultrasounds in the second half of the session, this will turn to an F,” he says.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the abortion drug bill will get a hearing in the House.

“It would seem that there seems to be some need for regulation in that regard. Whether the bill as constituted is the right direction…I don’t know the answer to that yet,” he says.

Bosma says he appreciates the respectful manner in which Pelath critiqued the majority, praising the minority leader’s civil tone.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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