Tom Harkin To Co-Host DNC Chair Forum On Disability Community Inclusion

As the race for Democratic National Convention chair enters into the final stretch in February, many branches of the party are hosting forums with the seven major contenders. The national party's Disability Caucus plans on hosting a virtual forum this upcoming Sunday, February 12th, at 7:00 pm CST. Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and former California Senator Tom Coelho will co-host the discus...
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Outside Iowa Mosque, O’Malley Blasts Muslim Ban As “Emperor-Like Edict”

Martin O'Malley was in Iowa this weekend as the full effects of President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from Muslim countries rippled across the nation. He added a stop between his two campaign events for Iowa House Democrats to address the ban, standing outside the Mother Mosque in Cedar Rapids, the longest-standing mosque in North America. Calling Trump's executive order an "emperor-like edict...
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Early Signs Encouraging For Democratic Takeback In 2018

For Democrats still shellshocked by their sweeping defeat in the 2016 election and depressed by Donald Trump's inauguration, any positive sign for the future was been very welcome. A sense of optimism is necessary not just for grassroots activism to fight the new Republican agenda, but also to recruit Democratic candidates to run for key offices in 2018. Many Democrats in Iowa are concerned th...
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Iowa Democrats Vote In Raft Of Younger Leaders

Iowa Democrats will move forward after the 2016 election disaster with a lot of younger, diverse and fresh faces heading up their efforts. At the party's State Central Committee meeting on Saturday, voting members selected younger leaders for the top four slots of party chair and the vice chairs. Derek Eadon, 33, was voted in as chair. Andrea Phillips, 42, won the 1st Vice Chair spot, which i...
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Derek Eadon Elected Iowa Democrats Chair As Party Begins To Unify

Longtime Iowa political operative Derek Eadon prevailed in a seven-candidate field to become the new chair of the Iowa Democratic Party on Saturday. After months of intense campaigning for the votes of the 50 SCC members, Eadon emerged as a consensus choice from portions of both the Clinton and Sanders factions. Andy McGuire opened the meeting with words of thanks to the party activists and urg...
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“Down the Rabbit Hole” – How Will We Democrats Define Ourselves?

An open letter from an Iowa political staffer (who couldn't use their name) Dear Iowa Democrats, The paradigm has shifted and we have stepped through the looking glass into a new reality. No longer are we just fighting over tax cuts and how much should the government spend on X, Y and Z. No, we have entered the Trump Presidency. An administration that will be dominated by far right, national...
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Complex Voting System To Be Used In IDP Chair Race Saturday

A consensus has formed in Iowa political circles on how the Iowa Democratic Party's chair race will go down on Saturday: No one has any idea. Of course, if you speak to the die-hard supporters of each major candidate, they'll tell you they easily have the votes needed to win. But add up all the votes everyone claims and you get more than double the number of actual state central committee membe...
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Martin O’Malley To Campaign With Monica Kurth In House Special

Democratic Iowa House candidate Monica Kurth will get some GOTV assistance next weekend from former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on January 28. The past Iowa Caucus contender plans on rallying local activists for the final stretch of Kurth's special election, and he will also host another Eastern Iowa event still being set up. This is O'Malley's second visit to Davenport for a special elec...
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Tom Vilsack’s New Gig: President Of U.S. Dairy Export Council

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will be leading the U.S. Dairy Export Council starting next month, the organization announced today. It had been rumored for a few weeks that this would serve as Vilsack's landing spot after President Obama's administration came to an end. Vilsack resigned from his post as Secretary of Agriculture one week early last Friday. Many in Iowa politics had wondered wh...
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Activists In Working Class Ottumwa Concerned For Future Of Party, IPERS

When the Donald Trump wave swept white, blue-collar voters away from Democrats in 2016, few places were hit harder politically than Wapello County, Iowa. Home to Ottumwa, a working class city of 25,000 that’s seen better times, the Southeast Iowa county was carried by Trump in a 58% to 37% rout. Wapello County has been moving in the Republican direction for some time since the rise of the Tea...
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