62
      Saturday
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      Sunday
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      Monday
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      Broadband expansion bill fails in Iowa House

      A bill to expand high speed Internet access to rural Iowans has failed in the Iowa House, dealing a blow to one of Gov. Terry Branstad's priorities.

      The bill drew just 44 votes in favor and 51 against in the chamber where Republicans hold a majority of the seats.

      Guy Vander Linden of Oskaloosa was one of the nine Republican "no" votes Friday. He says the bill was too loose with tax incentives, saying: "It sounds like a blank check I'm not willing to sign."

      A provision giving cellular companies more control over tower placement that angered city officials was removed at the last minute.

      Branstad blamed Democrats for Washington-style politics, but House Democratic Leader Mark Smith says the Republican majority failed to pass the bill.

      Two Democrats voted "yes."