When The Establishment Fails To Back The “Establishment” Candidate

What do you get when the so-called "establishment" fails to back the so-called "establishment" candidate? The Iowa Senate Democratic primary, apparently. Throughout this year's presidential primary, both Republicans and Democrats have obsessed over "establishment" politics, and which candidates the powers to be are backing. Typically aligning themselves with the seemingly more moderate or el...
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Democrats Keep Up Pressure On David Young’s “Vote-Switching Scandal”

Democrats in Iowa are working to make sure that voters don't forget about David Young's recent votes on LGBT protections in defense and energy spending bills. The first-term Congressman in the 3rd District is seen as potentially vulnerable this November, and any high-profile misstep could tarnish the little-known Young. At a 3rd District Democratic debate last night, Desmund Adams repeatedly re...
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Is Governor Branstad Preparing Another Holiday Veto Spree?

Tick tock, tick tock. A stack of budget bills passed from the Iowa Legislature this session remain sitting on Governor Terry Branstad's desk, probably collecting dust at this point. It's been nearly a month since the Legislature adjourned on April 30th, but the Governor still hasn't acted on many important pieces of legislation. So we're waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more. What...
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A New Progressive Caucus Recommended By IDP Central Committee

The soon-to-be-new members of the Iowa Democratic Party's State Central Committee are quickly making their mark on the organization. Those elected at the district conventions several weeks ago won't be seated on the party's governing body until after the state convention, but many still attended the central committee meeting in Des Moines this weekend. Roughly half of the new members backed Berni...
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Patty Judge’s Awesome Time-Traveling TV Ad

Iowa Senate candidate Patty Judge put out a new TV ad today two weeks in advance of the June 7 primary. It highlights her leadership as the Homeland Security advisor for Iowa during the 2008 floods. It's a little heavy on the "let's work together" rhetoric, but seems to lay the foundation for her eventual contrast with Chuck Grassley as a creature of D.C. It's a pretty decent TV ad, well-shot a...
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Another Look At Updated Early Vote Numbers For The Primary

With just two weeks left before Iowa's primary elections on June 7, let's take another look at the early vote totals across the state. A lot has changed since we first discussed the numbers three weeks ago. The Secretary of State's office is posting these totals regularly now, so you can always go check yourself on their website. Also, here's the useful list of candidates running. One cavea...
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Behold: The Most Pointless, Vapid Political Speech Ever, By David Young

What does David Young stand for? Who the hell knows. Two days after switching his vote at the last minute on a LGBT provision in the U.S. House after it looked like it might actually pass, Congressman Young took the stage at the Iowa Republican state convention. What followed could generously be described as the most boring, pointless, vapid political speech ever given. The first-term Congre...
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A Day On The Trail With Rob Hogg

What good is an endorsement? That’s an open question in any political campaign. Some bring an army of volunteers, others bring only the single vote of the endorser. State Senator Rob Hogg has a lot of public endorsements in his quest for the Democrats’ nomination for U.S. Senate: AFSCME, the Iowa Federation of Labor, over 90 current and former legislators. One of them, former State Senator ...
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EMILY’s List Ad Nearly Word-For-Word From Monica Vernon’s “Action Alert”

  Monica Vernon is getting some help in her campaign for the Democrats' 1st District nomination. EMILY's List, which has endorsed Vernon, is running a new ad under part of their Women Vote Project that looks to elect pro-choice female candidates. Women Vote is organized as a Super PAC, so it can't coordinate with an official campaign. However, the transcript for the ad is nearly word-fo...
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A Day On The Trail With Desmund Adams

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Desmund Adams was on the road again. This day he was headed west, to campaign stops in Adair County and Council Bluffs. Adams, one of three Democratic candidates in the 3rd District primary, has logged a lot of miles during his campaign across the district's 16 counties, meeting Democratic organizations, small town reporters, and community leaders for the past year....
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