David Young Just Did A Last-Minute Vote Switch On LGBT Protections

Republican Congressman David Young today voted for a measure that would have protected LGBT individuals from discrimination in government contracting. Well, until he switched his vote to a "No," that is. Why? Because it looked like the amendment might actually pass. A amendment to a Veterans Affairs spending bill would have prevented government contracts from going to companies that discriminat...
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Iowa Democratic Party Releases List Of 2016 Honorees

The Iowa Democratic Party's annual Hall of Fame Dinner is coming up next month, scheduled for June 17 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. This year North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp will give the keynote speech. The IDP also released today its list of honorees for the event that thanks the party's outstanding activists and elected officials. Among them this year are Mike Gronstal, who ke...
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Democrats Should Get Rid Of The Counterproductive Superdelegate System

It looks like the debate on superdelegates may take central stage at the Democrats’ national convention in Philadelphia in July - not about how they vote, but how the delegates vote on them. Bernie Sanders campaign is looking to use their delegate haul from the primaries and caucuses at the convention to push for significant changes to the nominating process, Buzzfeed reported last week. Ch...
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At GOP Fundraiser Tamara Scott Basically Prays For Hillary’s Arrest For Benghazi

Iowa Republicans gathered in Des Moines last night for their annual Lincoln Day Dinner, one of the state party’s big fundraisers of the year. Last year they had 11 presidential hopefuls speak. This year was an understandably smaller affair, with their keynote speech given by Kris “Tanto” Paronto, an Army Ranger who was part of the team that responded to the Benghazi attack. Paronto fit th...
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No Joint Fundraising Talks Yet Between Trump and Iowa GOP

Politico reported earlier this week that the Donald Trump campaign is looking to set up a joint fundraising operation between them and the RNC and state parties. The structure they’re envisioning would allow for major donors to write much bigger checks that would eventually end up in the Trump and RNC’s coffers. It would also mark a more formal collaboration between Trump and the party infrast...
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A Day On The Trail With Mike Sherzan

“Hi, I’m Mike Sherzan. I grew up near the Fairgrounds and I’m running for Congress.” Former businessman Mike Sherzan repeated that line close to a hundred times this past Saturday, working his way through festivals and picnics as he campaigned for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. One of three Democrats running for the chance to take on first-term Republican David Young, Sherzan h...
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Hillary Clinton Wins Nebraska Primary After Losing Nebraska Caucus

Hillary Clinton is the projected winner of the Nebraska primary this Tuesday night, handily outpacing Bernie Sanders by a 60%-39% margin in the early returns [Update: Clinton finished with a closer 53%-47% win as Sanders closed significantly throughout the night]. The win is merely in a beauty contest, however - the delegates to the national convention were awarded in March during their Democrati...
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5 Reasons Joni Ernst Will – And Won’t Be – Donald Trump’s Vice President

While many high-profile Republican leaders around the country have struggled in embracing Donald Trump as their nominee, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is all-in. So much so that he's even offering up Iowa's own Senator Joni Ernst as Trump's potential running mate, saying he'll personally press Trump on selecting her. Senator Chuck Grassley joined the chorus today, saying he thinks Ernst's milit...
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A Day On The Trail With Patty Judge

Patty Judge was running a few minutes behind when she got her travel schedule last Thursday, full of meetings and event drop-bys in northern Iowa. She gathered with her campaign staff in her East Village office housed out of Jeff Link’s consulting firm. “I need a fast car and somebody to drive it,” Judge told her campaign manager when asked if there was anything else she needed for the ro...
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Meet Iowa’s First Transgender National Elector, Jack Schuler

Last week at the 3rd District Convention in Creston, Democrats made a bit of history by electing Iowa's first transgender person to serve as one of Iowa's national elector. Jack Schuler - formerly Elyse Schuler - was elected to the position after a few rounds of balloting by the Democratic activists in the Des Moines and Council Bluffs-based district. What's a national elector? That's the perso...
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