Branstad To China? How It Would Impact Iowa Politics In 2018

As many predicted, Governor Terry Branstad has emerged as the top contender to be President-Elect Donald Trump's ambassador to China. Branstad will meet with Trump in New York this week, and then appear with him at a "Thank You Tour" in Des Moines on Thursday. Were such an appointment to be made, it would cause a huge shake-up in Iowa's typically stable politics. But would Branstad accept and h...
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Iowa Republicans’ First Target: Cops’ Healthcare

Fresh off a sweeping victory in November that was won in large part to support from working class voters, Iowa Republicans have found their first place to make cuts: police officers' health care benefits. With complete control of Iowa's government for the first time in 20 years, Governor Terry Branstad and the Republican House and Senate majorities are expected to take aim very early on at pub...
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Wide Open Field Develops For IDP Chair Race: Seven In So Far

The wide open race to serve as the next Iowa Democratic Party chair will be a crowded one, with six contenders officially in the race as of yesterday. Julie Stauch announced in a post on Facebook yesterday afternoon that she would seek the position, while Kurt Meyer emailed friends and activists to let them know he would as well. Those two round out the already announced group of Sandy Dockendorf...
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Past IDP Chairs Weigh In On What Next Chair Should Focus On

Interviews with past and present Iowa Democratic Party Chairs provides a fascinating inside look at how they see the requirements of the job. Following the crushing Democratic election losses in Iowa, the role of the next IDP Chair will be crucial in rebuilding the Iowa Party. The new Chair will likely need to play a larger role since other Party leadership is gone. Democrats suffered a double blo...
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Must Democrats Really Choose: Diversity Or White Working Class?

There is one dominant issue emerging as Democrats sift through the recent election losses and search for answers: the developing debate over the role that “Identity Politics” played in the losses. Identity Politics refers to the way Democrats have divided themselves into their various constituent interest groups. In recent years Democrats have gradually divided into a long list of individual f...
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What Version Of Donald Trump Are We Getting?

Trump’s hyper-rhetorically fueled schemes to take America backward have already hit it a wall, and it’s not a wall Trump built on the Mexican border. It’s a wall Trump ignored throughout his campaign. It’s called the wall of reality. Suddenly, the Trump campaign has collided head-on with the reality of governing. Trump voiced the most outrageous schemes during the campaign. Now in the brig...
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How Iowan Neal Smith’s 49-Year-Old Legislation Could Trip Up Trump

It was 7:00 p.m. on December 23, 1967 on the floor of the United States Congress. Just two days before Christmas, former Iowa Congressman Neal Smith finally got his anti-nepotism legislation passed. 49 years later Smith’s legislation may prevent President Donald Trump from hiring his children or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Congressman Smith’s late night legislation is cited today as the leg...
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The Next Message: Take America Back

Guest post from Tim Urban Donald Trump captured the anxieties of middle America with the theme  MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN. America is already a great nation, but not for all Americans. President Obama and candidates Sanders and Clinton built their campaigns around minorities, immigrants, women and LGBT Americans. We assumed that these groups would outvote the shrinking White, male electorate....
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What’s Next: Focusing On Local Iowa Races In 2017

For Democrats looking to rebuild in Iowa following our 2016 losses, two dates in 2017 loom large: September 12 and November 7. That's when Iowa's elections for school boards and municipal elected positions are to be held, respectively (there's also a October 10 primary date for city offices in some counties). This is where the first electoral steps can be taken to rebuild the Democrats' bench and...
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Trump’s Election Delays Obama’s Retirement Plans

President Obama and David Plouffe, his 2008 political strategist, joined a national conference call last week with Organizing for Action (OFA) volunteers. OFA is the non-partisan 501(c)4 issue advocacy organization that formed after the 2012 Obama campaign. It is the community organizing group that has been advocating for many of the key issues of President Obama’s agenda. The purpose of the c...
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