Must Democrats Really Choose: Diversity Or White Working Class?

There is one dominant issue emerging as Democrats sift through the recent election losses and search for answers: the developing debate over the role that “Identity Politics” played in the losses. Identity Politics refers to the way Democrats have divided themselves into their various constituent interest groups. In recent years Democrats have gradually divided into a long list of individual f...
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What Version Of Donald Trump Are We Getting?

Trump’s hyper-rhetorically fueled schemes to take America backward have already hit it a wall, and it’s not a wall Trump built on the Mexican border. It’s a wall Trump ignored throughout his campaign. It’s called the wall of reality. Suddenly, the Trump campaign has collided head-on with the reality of governing. Trump voiced the most outrageous schemes during the campaign. Now in the brig...
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How Iowan Neal Smith’s 49-Year-Old Legislation Could Trip Up Trump

It was 7:00 p.m. on December 23, 1967 on the floor of the United States Congress. Just two days before Christmas, former Iowa Congressman Neal Smith finally got his anti-nepotism legislation passed. 49 years later Smith’s legislation may prevent President Donald Trump from hiring his children or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Congressman Smith’s late night legislation is cited today as the leg...
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The Next Message: Take America Back

Guest post from Tim Urban Donald Trump captured the anxieties of middle America with the theme  MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN. America is already a great nation, but not for all Americans. President Obama and candidates Sanders and Clinton built their campaigns around minorities, immigrants, women and LGBT Americans. We assumed that these groups would outvote the shrinking White, male electorate....
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What’s Next: Focusing On Local Iowa Races In 2017

For Democrats looking to rebuild in Iowa following our 2016 losses, two dates in 2017 loom large: September 12 and November 7. That's when Iowa's elections for school boards and municipal elected positions are to be held, respectively (there's also a October 10 primary date for city offices in some counties). This is where the first electoral steps can be taken to rebuild the Democrats' bench and...
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Trump’s Election Delays Obama’s Retirement Plans

President Obama and David Plouffe, his 2008 political strategist, joined a national conference call last week with Organizing for Action (OFA) volunteers. OFA is the non-partisan 501(c)4 issue advocacy organization that formed after the 2012 Obama campaign. It is the community organizing group that has been advocating for many of the key issues of President Obama’s agenda. The purpose of the c...
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Six Steps For Coming Together For A Stronger Democratic Party

  Guest post from Sean Bagniewski and Jason Frerichs The Republican Party has won the popular vote just once in the last 28 years. Our Democratic Party witnessed significant issues throughout the Iowa Caucus process and the conventions thereafter. We are immensely disappointed at our Party's inability to make a compelling argument to the working class and blue collar voters throughout o...
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Maalox, The New Drink Of Choice In Congress

There’s something Democrats, Republicans and independents can all agree on now that the election is over: The campaign ads have ended! We can sit in front of our televisions now without the fear of being bombarded by ads talking about despicable or deplorable people, crooks or liars. All we have to cope with now are those ads for Viagra, farm weed killers, and Flo, the insurance lady. Our ...
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Next Steps For The Iowa Democratic Party

Guest Post from Derek Eadon. All potential IDP chair candidates are welcome to submit op-eds on their plans. The shock of Election Day has finally worn off. I wish I could say I was surprised at the results, but unfortunately that was not the case. The shock came from the worst-case scenario being realized. Donald Trump was President. In Iowa we had lost the Senate, the one thing that was pr...
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Why Democrats Didn’t Show Up To Vote, Again

Democrats are searching for the answers as to why they lost the 2016 election. It’s really pretty simple. Nationally, Democratic voters didn’t show up. Clinton attempted to reassemble the Obama coalition that elected him in 2008 and 2012. Unfortunately, 5 million of those 2012 Obama voters either didn’t vote, or voted for third party candidates in 2016. Hillary received 5 million less votes ...
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