Iowa Democrats Vote In Raft Of Younger Leaders

Iowa Democrats will move forward after the 2016 election disaster with a lot of younger, diverse and fresh faces heading up their efforts. At the party's State Central Committee meeting on Saturday, voting members selected younger leaders for the top four slots of party chair and the vice chairs. Derek Eadon, 33, was voted in as chair. Andrea Phillips, 42, won the 1st Vice Chair spot, which i...
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Derek Eadon Elected Iowa Democrats Chair As Party Begins To Unify

Longtime Iowa political operative Derek Eadon prevailed in a seven-candidate field to become the new chair of the Iowa Democratic Party on Saturday. After months of intense campaigning for the votes of the 50 SCC members, Eadon emerged as a consensus choice from portions of both the Clinton and Sanders factions. Andy McGuire opened the meeting with words of thanks to the party activists and urg...
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“Down the Rabbit Hole” – How Will We Democrats Define Ourselves?

An open letter from an Iowa political staffer (who couldn't use their name) Dear Iowa Democrats, The paradigm has shifted and we have stepped through the looking glass into a new reality. No longer are we just fighting over tax cuts and how much should the government spend on X, Y and Z. No, we have entered the Trump Presidency. An administration that will be dominated by far right, national...
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Complex Voting System To Be Used In IDP Chair Race Saturday

A consensus has formed in Iowa political circles on how the Iowa Democratic Party's chair race will go down on Saturday: No one has any idea. Of course, if you speak to the die-hard supporters of each major candidate, they'll tell you they easily have the votes needed to win. But add up all the votes everyone claims and you get more than double the number of actual state central committee membe...
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Storytelling Can Win Hearts And Voters

Democrats love to quote facts in defending their positions or countering Republicans’ claims. They’re convinced that building a persuasive argument depends on assembling the greatest number of facts to support their case. Democrats come to the public debate armed with piles of statistics and are shocked when Republican voters reject them. It drives Democrats crazy that Republicans are not only...
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Martin O’Malley To Campaign With Monica Kurth In House Special

Democratic Iowa House candidate Monica Kurth will get some GOTV assistance next weekend from former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on January 28. The past Iowa Caucus contender plans on rallying local activists for the final stretch of Kurth's special election, and he will also host another Eastern Iowa event still being set up. This is O'Malley's second visit to Davenport for a special elec...
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Veterans Warn Legislators About Collective Bargaining Changes

If you weaken collective bargaining laws, you hurt Iowa veterans. That was the message from a group of labor union members who are veterans that met at the Statehouse this week to lobby legislators. Although they have yet to unveil their plans, many fear the new Republican majorities will make sweeping changes to weaken Iowa's Chapter 20, the collective bargaining law. That would deny public w...
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Liz Mathis Passes On Gubernatorial Run

State Senator Liz Mathis has decided against running for governor, she announced at a meeting of the Northwest Des Moines Democrats tonight. Her decision ends months of speculation of whether the popular Eastern Iowa legislator would look to lead Democrats at the top of the ticket in 2018. Mathis was widely considered the likely front-runner in a Democratic primary and one of the strongest po...
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Tom Vilsack’s New Gig: President Of U.S. Dairy Export Council

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will be leading the U.S. Dairy Export Council starting next month, the organization announced today. It had been rumored for a few weeks that this would serve as Vilsack's landing spot after President Obama's administration came to an end. Vilsack resigned from his post as Secretary of Agriculture one week early last Friday. Many in Iowa politics had wondered wh...
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Uniting Progressives Into An “Indivisible” Force

Democrats facing a Republican majority both in Iowa and nationally must return to the basics. Without the votes in Congress or in the Iowa Legislature to pass legislation, Democrats must utilize the power of grassroots organizing to rally the troops of opposition. Last week, the Iowa Daily Democrat wrote an article suggesting Democrats should take a page from the Tea Party playbook. A new group...
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