Gotta Catch The Voters: NextGen Chats Climate At PokeStops

“Have you caught anything good?” It’s an easy conversation starter with any stranger out on the street that’s looking down at his or her phone this week. So it should be no surprise that political campaigns and issue groups are quickly taking advantage of the Pokemon Go phenomenon. At parks, college campuses and downtown districts, young people are congregating en masse to search for Pokemon where PokeStops (locations that give extra items in the game) are concentrated. For a population notoriously difficult to reach on the phones or at their door, it’s a political organizer’s dream-come-true. Just show up and you […]

Democrats Could Learn From Sanders’ Negotiating Skills

Finally, it has happened. Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president this morning in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and that sends almost all new wealth and income to the top one percent,” Sanders said in the middle of his endorsement speech. “Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty.” Sanders’ enthusiastic backing for Clinton will bring a lot for the Democrats’ soon-to-be nominee. Not all of his most ardent supporters will vote for Clinton, […]

Is That… Yep, Steve King Has A Confederate Flag On His Desk

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King appeared on a story on Sioux City’s KCAU TV this Friday, talking about the bill he introduced named “Sarah’s Law.” King explains how his law would change ICE deportation policies in honor of Sarah Root, a young woman killed by an undocumented immigrant while at… Wait, wait a second… What’s that on Steve King’s desk in that shot? Is that a Confederate flag? Yep, that’s what is, alright. Because of course it is. Of course it is. Yes, it appears King has a whole little collection of flags on the desk where he works on crafting the nation’s […]

Grassley Bogs Down Entire Judiciary, Not Just Supreme Court

For those who have been watching Senator Chuck Grassley’s tenure as the new chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, his Supreme Court blockade wasn’t a big surprise. It was merely the culmination of a clear trend of obstruction of President Barack Obama’s nominees to all levels of the judiciary. And now Grassley is going one step further: at the end of this upcoming week, on July 15, the Senator from Iowa will shut down the judicial nominating process this summer and likely through the election. Roll Call cited the Senator as saying it was due to the so-called “Thurmond Rule,” which supposedly […]

Well, That Was Interesting. Black Lives Matter Rallies In Des Moines

After a week full of tragedy, death and emotional exhaustion from the American public, a Black Lives Matter rally was quickly planned and hosted in downtown Des Moines this evening. Several young women took the lead in organizing the rally and march, mostly on social media and through personal networks. The result was impressive: around 400 people gathered at Cowles Common at 3rd and Walnut. Only a few blocks from my office, I decided to grab my camera and recorder to walk over after work. I came away from it an hour and a half later confused as to what it had accomplished. […]

How Progress Really Works In America

Guest Post from Sean Bagniewski Voting for the class clown for president hasn’t been funny since middle school. Apparently our Republican friends didn’t get the memo when they voted for Donald Trump as their nominee. He promises a decree banning all Muslim immigrants from entering our country. He has announced plans to not only build a wall along the southern border of the United States, but to also require that our allies in Mexico pay for it. He wants to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, scale back the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and deport masses of undocumented immigrants. None of these […]

Iowa Republicans: The Most Pro-Trump Party In The Country?

“We need to support Donald Trump and his choice for vice president because he will make America great again!” boomed Governor Terry Branstad at the Republican Party of Iowa’s state convention this May. “We have an opportunity once again to make America great again,” Senator Chuck Grassley said in a warm introduction of Trump in Pella way back in January, one of the first Republican U.S. Senators to stand with him on a stage. “If you vote for him, Donald Trump, as the Republican nominee, the Republican Party of Iowa and this Republican chair will be behind him one thousand […]

Here’s The History Of Hate From Church Group Suing Iowa On Transgender Issue

The Des Moines Register reported today that two churches will sue the Iowa Civil Rights Commission over the transgender bathroom issue and their ability to speak from the pulpit about the church’s teaching on sexuality. Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed a lawsuit yesterday contending that the government is forcing them to allow transgender people to use their bathrooms and restricting their free speech. Sioux City’s Cornerstone World Outreach Church will also sue over similar issues. The Fort Des Moines Church is being represented in the case by Alliance Defending Freedom, which has a colorful history in anti-LGBT crusades. The ADF itself […]

Which Democrat Will Build Iowa’s Next Political Machine?

  Each election cycle in Iowa, the biggest campaign battlegrounds center around swing legislative districts. In suburban Linn County, the rural northeastern counties, Cedar Falls, central Iowa around Marshalltown and Newton, along with a few pockets out west, Democrats and Republicans send extra staff, mailings and volunteers. Democrats in particular scour every apartment complex, senior retirement home and college campus to drag out as many voters as they possibly can for these close legislative races that determine control at the Statehouse. But what of the rest of the state? For Democrats to win statewide office in the non-presidential years, and […]

New Iowa Registration Numbers Post-Primary And What They Mean

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office released this morning the updated registration totals for July, which are the first to show major shifts from the June 6 primary. Overall, Republicans saw the largest registration gain, adding 10,094 voters to their rolls while Democrats had 4,823 new registrants. No Party totals dropped by 9,499. Those top-lines are pretty good for Republicans, but lets take a deeper look to see why registration levels changed and where. As before with the early vote numbers, you can take a look at the spreadsheets I threw together if you want to play around with it […]