It took over $117,000 in spending for Republican Jacob Bossman to hold a house district that Donald Trump won by 30 points, but the Chuck Grassley staffer prevailed for his party by defeating Democrat Rita DeJong 55% to 44%. Still, Democrats improved by 19 points over their 2016 margin, giving hope that a 2018 blue wave could be coming for all but the most-Republican districts. If Republicans have to spend that much to defend a seat this favorable to them, many suburban and small-town seats could be in-play for Democratic pick-ups. When polls opened in Sioux City this morning, the […]
Governor Kim Reynolds starts off her 2018 campaign with a hefty investment from national Republicans. The Republican Governor’s Association has contributed just under $1.3 million to Reynolds’ campaign, according to finance reports of out-of-state PACs. The RGA’s Right Direction PAC donated $1.25 million to Reynolds on December 7 of 2017, which added to two smaller contributions earlier in the year. The Iowa governor’s race looks to be a key battleground for both national parties looking to hold or flip a high-profile Midwestern seat. It was unclear how competitive the race might be soon after Donald Trump’s surprisingly large margin of […]
The Service Employees International Union, which represents healthcare workers, is back in Iowa politics in a big way for 2018. A review of campaign finance reports show SEIU has already directed over $1.8 million to Cathy Glasson, their local president of SEIU 199, who is running for governor in the Democratic primary. When Glasson initially got in the race in May, the talk in some Iowa political circles was that the major healthcare union had pledged $2 million for Glasson’s race in the primary. But with nearly that much already in the bank for the Coralville-based candidate, it’s possible SEIU […]
Pat Rynard brings episode #3 on the road for a Perkins-inspired edition of the Iowa Starting Line Podcast to cover the special election for Iowa House District 6 and Democratic challenger Rita DeJong.
The 2016 election losses in rural America were a shocking wakeup call to Democrats. It demonstrated that winning in urban areas alone isn’t sufficient to regain majority control in statehouses and Congress. Democrats must find an effective message that will resonate with rural and working class voters. Following President Donald Trump’s overwhelming wins in rural America and the devastating losses by Democrats, a number of projects were launched in an effort to craft that rural message. One survey was developed by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, our Democratic Illinois neighbor. Her survey results are published in Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats […]