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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Who Is Rich Leopold, Democrats’ 1st Gubernatorial Candidate?

The race for Iowa Governor in 2018 got kicked off on the Democratic side today, with Polk County Conservation director Rich Leopold announcing his candidacy. Leopold made his intentions official with a video of his announcement in his town of Huxley on his Facebook page, and he spoke with Starting Line yesterday. "I’m a scientist by trade, a biologist, but I’ve never run for elected office ...
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Many Important Topics Missing From IDP Chair Discussion

Some people fear a vacuum of power post-election, but the wide-open race for IDP chair has generated some much-needed discussion over what has gone wrong with our party, and what we need to do differently. Rather than having a hand-picked chair, the uncertain coming election has allowed a wealth of new ideas to get debated for a party struggling with how to move forward. It's refreshing, and it's ...
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The Political Party Endorses Kurt Meyer For IDP Chair, Praises Eadon And Weaver Too

Last week seven of the eight candidates for IDP Chair attended a forum hosted by The Political Party, a relatively new group that's encouraging millennial progressives to get more engaged in politics. Today they announced their endorsement for the position: Kurt Meyer. The group also recommended that party members strongly consider Derek Eadon and Kim Weaver as well. They sent out their ful...
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In Iowa Jason Kander Pitches Path Forward For Democrats

After a year of terrible losses, Democrats around the country have been searching for a handful of silver linings and moral victories to give them hope for the future. Many have looked to Jason Kander's impressive - if ultimately unsuccessful - campaign for U.S. Senate in Missouri for inspiration and lessons on how to move forward. So when Kander came to Des Moines last night to speak at Progres...
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Four Vice Chair Candidates Compete Early For Party Role

State Central Committee members heard from eight candidates looking to be the next Iowa Democrats chair at their meeting this Saturday. They also saw speeches from four people hoping to become a vice chair of the IDP. Currently, the party elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Chair to go along with their state leader. Their roles vary from year to year, usually depending on who was actually elected. S...
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Dave Loebsack Launches Post-Mortem On Iowa Democrats’ Losses

One the greatest remaining frustrations from the past six years in Democratic politics has been that after the blowout losses in 2010 and 2014, the party did no real self-reflection or analysis of what went wrong. It seems we'll finally get that effort, at least in Iowa, after the 2016 defeat. Congressman Dave Loebsack announced at the Iowa Democratic Party's State Central Committee meeting yest...
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IDP Chair Candidates Talk Millennial Involvement, Rural Outreach At Forum

Seven of the eight candidates who are vying to lead the Iowa Democratic Party next year gathered to take part in a forum at Grand View University in Des Moines last night. The Political Party, an organization formed this year to engage young progressive millennials, hosted the event. Icy weather deterred some local Democrats from attending, but the event still drew about 60 attendees, with many wa...
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