What’s Next: Incorporating Long-Shot Candidates In The Larger Effort

Every cycle in Iowa, hundreds of Democrats are on the ballot. Some run in safe districts where registered Democrats easily outnumber Republicans. Some run in swing districts where both parties compete heavily and either side can win. And then there's the brave souls who run in deep-red districts where they have no realistic shot of winning, short of a massive wave election year. Those candid...
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What’s Next: Iowa County Democratic Elected Officials Association

Guest Post from John Murphy, Dubuque County Recorder Given the elections results, Democrats across Iowa are asking “what’s next.” I want to provide my take as a county elected official who believes that a little structure and support of county office holders can help identify strong candidates moving forward. I have a long term approach to a problem that has hindered our party for years. ...
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Civil Disobedience Or Armed Revolt? Depends On Who You Are

A jury verdict in Portland, Ore., a few weeks ago was all but obscured in the news by the presidential campaign. That’s unfortunate, because the verdict falls into the same “oh, you’ve got to be kidding” category as the acquittal of O.J. Simpson on murder charges in 1995. The Oregon jurors found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five sympathizers not guilty of federal charges in the ...
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Trump Was The Right-Wing Radio Candidate. Here’s What To Do About It.

When I run errands in the afternoon, I frequently turn to WHO to hear right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh. It’s my way of understanding the conservative id. You must know your opponent. That’s why Donald Trump’s rise wasn’t such a shock for me. Trump was the right-wing radio candidate. He and Limbaugh (and Sean Hannity and Michael Savage and many others) could be identical siblings. Lis...
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Where You Can Help Next: Jim Lykam’s Senate Special Election

Democrats in Scott County gathered Thursday night to select their nominee to run in the special election for Senate District 45. State Representative Jim Lykam won the vote after his two potential opponents, including fellow Representative Cindy Winckler, declined to run. Senator Joe Seng passed away in September, leaving the Davenport-based seat open. Since it was so close to the general elec...
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What’s Next: Time For A New Generation Of Iowa Democrats To Step Up

Where do we go from here? That’s the question on every Iowa Democrat’s mind following last Tuesday’s election results. There’s no need to rehash how bad it was. We already know. And we know it will take a massive amount of work to fight our way back. But how? Obviously, things must change. What we’re doing as a party did not work. There were a multitude of factors that caused the e...
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The Iowa Caucus Emerges From 2016 In A Strong Position

A lot of American institutions came out worse for the ware from the volatile 2016 presidential election. Except for one: the Iowa Caucus. The always-at-risk lead-off contest will come out of this year in a much stronger situation than previously thought. A Donald Trump presidency and a Democratic Party in turmoil makes it considerably more likely that Iowa's place in the primary process remains...
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Democrats Still Won A Mandate In The Popular Vote

I know we just suffered a humbling defeat. However, as Democrats digest the ugly election results they should be celebrating the popular vote total. Even though Hillary Clinton lost the election based on the electoral college, she won the national popular vote total. As of Wednesday afternoon Clinton is leading with 47.6% and Trump has 47.5%. Clinton is leading by nearly 207,000 votes nationwide. ...
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Andy McGuire Needs To Reconsider Her Gubernatorial Run

The worst kept secret in Iowa politics is that Iowa Democratic Party chair Andy McGuire is running for governor, and has been planning for it since before her election as party chair. Her path in a primary for 2018 was always going to be difficult if she faced serious opposition, but it has become near-impossible after Tuesday's wipeout for Iowa Democrats. There were a ton of factors at play in...
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The Fight To Take It All Back Begins Today

Last night was a very bad night for the Iowa Democratic Party and the future of our state. Iowa was engulfed in a red tidal wave that wiped out the party's majority in the Iowa Senate, handing full control of state government over to the Republicans. The legislative session will be a frightening one, and many Democrats are wondering today whether the party can ever claw it's way back from this r...
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