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      Democrats continue to push for minimum wage hike in Iowa

      Democrats in the Legislature haven't given up on getting a minimum wage bill passed this year but acknowledge they're still trying to get Republican support. Led by Sen. Jack Hatch, a candidate for governor, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate gathered Tuesday morning to push Gov. Terry Branstad and Republican leaders to consider boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25. Republicans have said a higher wage minimum law hurts businesses. Hatch says 300,000 Iowans would see a pay increase. He says Branstad has signed minimum wage bills twice and should be a leader in his party calling for another boost. Branstad has said he doesn't oppose an increase but would rather focus on creating new jobs at higher than minimum pay.Previous stories... Congressman Bruce Braley continues Senate campaign, supports Iowa minimum wage increase Democrats push minimum wage hike in Iowa