Crucial Election For Polk County Democratic Party Chair Monday

The Polk County Democratic Party will elect their critically important County Chair next Monday night. The election includes these four officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. However, it is the Chair position that is so vital to the future success of not only Polk County Democrats but the State Democratic Party as well. There will be at least three candidates for the Polk County Ch...
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Trump Nominee Neil Gorsuch: No Friend to Small Business

Guest post from Leadership Team of the Main Street Alliance of Iowa, including: ReShonda Young, Waterloo, owner of Popcorn Heaven, Chris Petersen, Clear Lake, family farmer, Mike Draper, Des Moines, owner of Raygun With decision after decision out of the Supreme Court favoring big business over individuals and small business, we need a Justice who will stop favoring powerful corporate interest...
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Enough: Iowa Republicans Need More Than Words On Steve King

"I do not agree with Congressman King's statement," read Republican Party of Iowa chair Jeff Kaufmann's statement early Monday morning in response to Steve King's initial racist tweet. Ok, that's nice. Now what are you going to do about it? Since King's Sunday tweets that ignited a week-long national controversy, he has double, tripled and quadrupled-down on his statements, going furthe...
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Trump, Iowa Republicans Selling Out To Corporate America

The Republican takeover of government both nationally and in Iowa promises huge boosts in profits to corporate America. From Trump’s slashing of EPA protections to Iowa Republicans’ war on workers, corporate America is already counting the money. Wall Street gets it; just look at the Dow Stock Market rise since Trump was elected. The market rises directly as corporate profit potential grows. W...
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Martin O’Malley Leads (Very) Early Poll For 2020 Iowa Caucus

Martin O'Malley's frequent trips back to Iowa since the 2016 Iowa Caucus seem to be keeping him in the minds of Iowa activists and likely caucus-goers. A new PPP Poll today showed that O'Malley garners the largest share of a host of potential 2020 presidential candidates. The poll was conducted for O'Malley's O'Say Can You See PAC, and while it shows good news for the former Maryland governor, it...
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Neil Gorsuch Nomination Threatens Women’s Rights

Guest Post from Erin Davison-Rippey It’s now clear that the courts are going to be the last – and sometimes only – line of defense against dangerous and unconstitutional attacks on our basic rights. This places incredible importance on Supreme Court nominations, which have never been more crucial than they are today. Nominees to the Supreme Court must be prepared to defend the Constitutio...
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New Poll: Central Iowa Overwhelmingly Backs Water Works

In the midst of a bitter legislative fight over who should control the Des Moines metro's water supply, local residents strongly back the Des Moines Water Works' ability to stay independent, a new poll finds. Harper Polling, in a survey sponsored by Water Works, found that only 15% of Des Moines metro voters support the Republican proposal to dismantle the water utility's board. During this ses...
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Iowa Republicans’ Workers Comp Bill May Be Cruelest Yet

Throughout this year's Iowa legislative session, Republicans have introduced and passed a myriad of bills restricting workers' rights and protections, as well as finding new ways to cut Iowans' wages. This week the focus is on Republicans' workers compensation proposal, which would gut most of the ways Iowans can get reimbursed for legitimate injuries sustained at the workplace. But this time ...
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Branstad/Reynolds Tax Giveaways Cause New $131 Million Shortfall

Legislators were bracing themselves for today's Revenue Estimating Conference, where the newest update on the state's revenue forecasts were released. The news was worse than some had predicted, giving another black eye to the Branstad/Reynolds fiscal management record. Iowa now faces an additional $131 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, a new blow after the earlier nearly $118 million...
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Beds Of Sticks – How Polk County Democrats Can Move Forward

Guest post from Sean Bagniewski There’s a Chinese parable about a king whose army was defeated and whose kingdom was taken by a warring neighbor.  Legend has it that he was imprisoned and forced into labor.  Upon his release, he slept on a bed of sticks every night to remember how badly he hated losing and to reinforce how much he wanted to get his kingdom back.  After ten years of prepara...
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