Remember, Iowa: Here’s What Donald Trump Thinks Of Wind Energy

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took some time this past week to visit the all-important swing state of Scotland, during a visit to the opening of one of his luxury golf courses outside Aberdeen. Trump praised his son for his management of the property, took reporters on tours and used the occasion to praise the Brexit vote. What went unmentioned, however, was the long battle T...
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Failed Candidate Tom Fiegen Calls On Defeating ALL Democrats

Former U.S. Senate candidate Tom Fiegen has not taken his blowout defeat in this month's primary very well. After receiving a mere 6.8% of the vote in a four-way primary (a regression from his 9.4% total in the 2010 Senate primary), Fiegen refused to congratulate or endorse his opponents. A few weeks later, he officially left the Democratic Party. Now he's calling on his voters to reject all Demo...
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Terry Branstad’s Mental Health Care Crisis

Guest post from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Dead last. That’s Iowa’s new ranking in mental health beds available for our citizens.  It’s an embarrassing ranking and a critical situation for Iowa families with loved ones suffering from mental illnesses. The ranking comes from the non-partisan Treatment Advocacy Center in a report that came out last week. It found Iowa has ju...
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4 Ways Mark Lofgren’s Policies Are Spookier Than Muscatine’s Men In Black

There’s some spooky stuff going on in Muscatine these days: shadowy men in black trench coats are reportedly standing on the side of rural and city roads, upsetting local residents. Some have claimed they try to step out in front of cars as they pass by in the night. No one’s really sure who they are, but the rumors have spread like wildfire through Muscatine social media. It’s very conce...
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Sick Of Steve King’s Insanity? You Could Send A Tubman To His Opponent

Days Since Last Offensive Steve King Statement: 0 In a perfect example of the projection defense mechanism, Republican Congressman Steve King called the move to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill "racist" and "sexist." King argued that it was divisive to put a woman of color on the currency, replacing President Andrew Jackson, because it was simply "liberal activism" by President Obama to di...
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Monica Vernon Gets Ground Game Assist From Progressive Turnout Project

Democrats will be getting some extra ground forces in their battle to flip Iowa's 1st District back to their control. The Progressive Turnout Project is launching a full field operation to assist Democrat Monica Vernon in her campaign against Republican Congressman Rod Blum. They already have more than ten organizers on the ground in the district, with plans to add more between now and the electio...
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“Legalizing All Drugs” Makes The Iowa Dems Platform Too Easy To Ignore

During a lengthy state convention this weekend, the new official platform for the Iowa Democratic Party got notably more progressive, thanks in particular to the many new Bernie Sanders supporters. An addition to a $15/hour minimum wage was easily passed, the environmental section opposed fossil fuels and had robust water quality measures, and a plank supported a single payer healthcare system. ...
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Who Do Democrats Think Should Run For Governor In 2018?

The Iowa Democratic Party's state convention dragged long into the night yesterday, and there were stretches where voting and the agenda moved very slowly. So what to do? How about start speculating about 2018? Obviously this year's presidential election and maintaining control of the Iowa Senate are paramount at the moment, but the race for Governor in 2018 will shape the longterm future of Io...
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Early Morning Competition at IDP Convention For SCC Seats

The Iowa Democratic Party's state convention officially began at 9:00 AM this morning, but much of the real action took place in small conference rooms beforehand. The Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders factions competed for seats on the party's State Central Committee. At earlier district conventions in late April, Democratic delegates selected the at-large Congressional District members of t...
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What Will Bernie Sanders’ Legacy Be? Iowa Supporters Weigh In

Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency is starting to wind down, but the impacts of his incredible run will be felt for years to come in the Democratic Party, progressive politics and the American electoral system. Around this time last year the early hints of a highly successful insurgent campaign were on clear display in Iowa, as he repeatedly drew surprisingly large crowds at his early eve...
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