Awkward: All GOP State Senate Candidates Have Same Kids In Ads

It seems all the targeted Republican state senate candidates had a big TV shoot recently, as they've all posted their first ads online in the past few weeks. The ads themselves are so-so at best, but you rarely see very creative TV spots at the statehouse level. Each starts with the candidate talking directly to the camera in front of a plain white background, explaining their biographical backgr...
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Clinton’s 103-Year-Old Iowa Supporter, Ruline Steininger, In New Video

The Clinton campaign released a video today featuring Iowa's Ruline Steininger, a 103-year-old Hillary Clinton supporter born before women achieved the right to vote. In it, Ruline explains what Clinton's candidacy means to her and women around the country. The Pleasant Hill resident garnered considerable media attention back during the Iowa Caucus and was even followed on caucus night by a CN...
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Actually, The Clinton Foundation Does A Lot Of Good

The Republican Party leadership has become obsessed with inventing Democratic scandals by ignoring or twisting the facts. Reality is based on provable facts, which Republicans seem to abhor when it inconveniently conflicts with their beliefs. Their latest tall tale is to fabricate numerous scandals out of one of the most effective and respected global charities in the world, the Clinton Foundation...
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Chuck Grassley Just Did A Big About-Face On SCOTUS

"Let The People Decide." That's been Senator Chuck Grassley's campaign slogan recently, in reference to his refusal to hold a hearing for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. They've even printed signs and t-shirts with it. For months now Grassley has insisted that the next president should choose the nominee, not Obama. He's argued Obama is essentially a lame-duc...
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Can Democrats Ever Hope To Defeat Joni Ernst?

People love Joni Ernst. A lot happened at Ernst’s 2nd annual Roast and Ride this weekend, where Donald Trump headlined with an immigration-heavy speech. What stood out to me, however, was Ernst herself and how she gives off a sort of effortless charm at these events. She really has an unmatched charisma that no other Iowa politician can claim. Democrats in Iowa like to tell themselves tha...
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Rise Of The Alt-Right: Trump’s Bannon “Most Dangerous Political Operative in America”

This headline came from a 2015 article in Bloomberg News that featured an expose on Steve Bannon, the new CEO for the Trump campaign. Bannon has been the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, one of the far-right’s most vicious media tabloids. Bannon’s choice to run the Trump campaign should scare both Republicans and Democrats since Bloomberg names Bannon as the leader of the “new vast righ...
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Free Speech Incidents In Waterloo, Calhoun County Teachable Moments

We Americans like to wrap ourselves in the U.S. Constitution as if it were a parchment blanket. We like this - except when someone else wraps themselves in it for reasons we dislike. At the heart of the United States and our democracy is this: Our Constitution protects ideas we gladly support, as well as those ideas we may find reprehensible. Two people in the news in Iowa this month illustr...
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Labor Unions Endorse Patty Judge Despite Past Misgivings

The AFL-CIO officially gave an endorsement nod to U.S. Senate candidate Patty Judge this week at their state convention in Altoona. That followed AFSCME’s formal backing last week. It’s a notable change in labor’s disposition to the former Lt. Governor, and a sign of continuing unity around Judge in a race Democrats see as a potential pick-up opportunity. It didn’t always use to be this...
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Youth Wage Gets Pushback In Polk County Minimum Wage Proposal

"I'm disappointed." That was the most common refrain from community members during the public comments section of yesterday's Polk County minimum wage task force meeting in Des Moines. This gathering of the group focused on a separate youth wage to be implemented along with a new minimum wage in Iowa's largest county. Many community members were unhappy with that decision. The task force has...
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The 2016 Election and the Economic War on Women – Part 5

Part 5 of the series. View Part 1, 2, 3, 4 on IDD's website Reprinted with permission by People for the American Way Major players working to stop women’s economic freedom measures American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) As People For the American Way wrote in a report on ALEC, the organization “is a one-stop shop for corporations looking to identify friendly state legislators...
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