Chuck Grassley Just Did A Big About-Face On SCOTUS

"Let The People Decide." That's been Senator Chuck Grassley's campaign slogan recently, in reference to his refusal to hold a hearing for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. They've even printed signs and t-shirts with it. For months now Grassley has insisted that the next president should choose the nominee, not Obama. He's argued Obama is essentially a lame-duc...
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Can Democrats Ever Hope To Defeat Joni Ernst?

People love Joni Ernst. A lot happened at Ernst’s 2nd annual Roast and Ride this weekend, where Donald Trump headlined with an immigration-heavy speech. What stood out to me, however, was Ernst herself and how she gives off a sort of effortless charm at these events. She really has an unmatched charisma that no other Iowa politician can claim. Democrats in Iowa like to tell themselves tha...
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Rise Of The Alt-Right: Trump’s Bannon “Most Dangerous Political Operative in America”

This headline came from a 2015 article in Bloomberg News that featured an expose on Steve Bannon, the new CEO for the Trump campaign. Bannon has been the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, one of the far-right’s most vicious media tabloids. Bannon’s choice to run the Trump campaign should scare both Republicans and Democrats since Bloomberg names Bannon as the leader of the “new vast righ...
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Free Speech Incidents In Waterloo, Calhoun County Teachable Moments

We Americans like to wrap ourselves in the U.S. Constitution as if it were a parchment blanket. We like this - except when someone else wraps themselves in it for reasons we dislike. At the heart of the United States and our democracy is this: Our Constitution protects ideas we gladly support, as well as those ideas we may find reprehensible. Two people in the news in Iowa this month illustr...
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Labor Unions Endorse Patty Judge Despite Past Misgivings

The AFL-CIO officially gave an endorsement nod to U.S. Senate candidate Patty Judge this week at their state convention in Altoona. That followed AFSCME’s formal backing last week. It’s a notable change in labor’s disposition to the former Lt. Governor, and a sign of continuing unity around Judge in a race Democrats see as a potential pick-up opportunity. It didn’t always use to be this...
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Youth Wage Gets Pushback In Polk County Minimum Wage Proposal

"I'm disappointed." That was the most common refrain from community members during the public comments section of yesterday's Polk County minimum wage task force meeting in Des Moines. This gathering of the group focused on a separate youth wage to be implemented along with a new minimum wage in Iowa's largest county. Many community members were unhappy with that decision. The task force has...
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The 2016 Election and the Economic War on Women – Part 5

Part 5 of the series. View Part 1, 2, 3, 4 on IDD's website Reprinted with permission by People for the American Way Major players working to stop women’s economic freedom measures American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) As People For the American Way wrote in a report on ALEC, the organization “is a one-stop shop for corporations looking to identify friendly state legislators...
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Voting for All We Can Be

Guest post from Miyoko Hikiji, Iowa State Senate Candidate in District 20, Author of All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq, Army & Iowa National Guard Veteran 1995-2004. Ninety-six years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was certified as law, guaranteeing women the right to vote for the first time in our nation’s history. Nearly a century later, we are on t...
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Right-Wing Lies Adding Up In 2016

By Tim DeLong For quite some time it has been apparent to most that Republicans lie a lot more than Democrats. So I decided to put together my own list of what I consider to be lies told by Republicans, as well as significant policy positions – most of which involved outright lies – that turned out to be very wrong. Some are worse than others. Some are more important than others. Almost all...
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Martin O’Malley, EMILY’s List Stephanie Schriock In Iowa Sunday

Former Maryland Governor and Iowa Caucus competitor Martin O'Malley will return to Iowa this Sunday to headline the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Des Moines. It's O'Malley's second trip back to the state since the February 1 caucus - he was here in June to campaign on behalf of Hillary Clinton at several events and meet with former volunteers. Also at the Corn Feed this year is the president of ...
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