Obstruct, Obstruct, Obstruct Is Iowa House GOP’s Plan

Guest Post By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith It’s no surprise that obstruction is the new buzzword for Washington, D.C. With Justice Scalia’s death and our own Senator Charles Grassley in the center of the storm, I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this obstruction for the next year. What might surprise Iowans is that the GOP obstruction gripping Washington right now also h...
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The Battle For March: Previewing The Kansas Caucus

With the South Carolina primary complete, the first four primary and caucus states are finally done for Democrats. Now eyes turn to the Super Tuesday states, but a collection of contests a few days later on March 5th could mark a Bernie Sanders comeback or solidify Hilary Clinton's delegate dominance. The Kansas Caucus offers an opportunity for Sanders to notch another statewide win in his belt w...
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Ready-To-Go Grassroots Armies Greet Sanders Campaign In March States

Linda Anderson admits she's a bit of a CSPAN nerd. That's where she first developed her affection for Bernie Sanders, watching his lively speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate. She also was a devoted fan of "Brunch with Bernie," the weekly segment on Thom Hartmann's radio program. So when the talk of a potential presidential run started, she quickly jumped to action. “When I heard he might...
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Kansas Caucus: How The Heck Do You Organize A 14-County Caucus?

There are some liberals in southwestern Kansas, including those in a place actually named Liberal, the Kansas town on the Oklahoma border with a majority Hispanic population and the self-appointed home of Dorothy. But for the Liberal liberals who want to make an impact in the Democratic nomination race, they'll have to leave early on March 5th to drive the hour and a half to their caucus site i...
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As Iowa’s Bridges Crumble, David Young Touts Highway Bill He Voted Against

A recently released study of the country's infrastructure saw Iowa place in the top five states of structurally deficient bridges. A full 5,025 of Iowa's 24,242 bridges are rated that way, or 21% of all of Iowa's bridges. That's a big concern for Iowa drivers, and many have been fighting for additional funding from Congress to help address the issue. Congress finally moved forward on it when th...
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Absentee Option For Nebraska Caucus A Wild Card In Campaign

Caucuses are won by those who show up. Or, in the case of the Nebraska Democratic Caucus, it could be determined by some who don’t. That depends on how well the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take advantage of the absentee ballot option the Nebraska Democrats offer for their caucus. Democrats in Nebraska can caucus by absentee in their March 5th caucus. It’s been an option...
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The Battle For March: Previewing the Nebraska Democratic Caucus

As the Democrats' nominating race looks to go the distance, the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders now turn their sights to the many contests beyond the first four states. 30 states and territories in all will choose their delegates for the Democrats during March. The first major test comes on the March 1st Super Tuesday, when many southern states, along with places like Colorado, M...
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Rick Bertrand Looking At Bid To Primary Steve King

It appears Steve King made one too many enemies during the Iowa Caucus thanks to his endorsement of Ted Cruz. Iowa's ethanol industry was furious when King, a longtime friend of theirs, backed the one Republican candidate most hostile to the Renewable Fuel Standard. That's led to efforts from some Republicans, including longtime GOP operative Nick Ryan, to recruit a challenger to King in the prima...
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What’s Chet Culver Up To?

Chet Culver's back, apparently. The former Governor popped back onto Iowa's political radar last week by holding a series of public forums on opposing current Governor Terry Branstad's Medicaid privatization plan. Just yesterday he held his fourth town hall meeting on the topic in Davenport, and is planning a large rally at the Capitol building next Wednesday. Most Iowa political insiders told ...
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Key GOP Senate Recruit Mark Lofgren Burning Through Campaign Cash

Muscatine is known around Iowa in political circles for being the headquarters of the influential Iowans for Tax Relief, the anti-government spending organization that supports Republicans' campaigns. Their message of fiscal responsibility, however, doesn't seem to have gotten through to local Republican candidate Mark Lofgren, who spent nearly $25,000 before getting to the year of the election. ...
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