A Dark Day In Iowa

Shortly after 3:00 this afternoon, Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in Iowa. It is the most restrictive measure in the entire country. “It’s a big day in Iowa,” Reynolds said at the bill signing in her office, surrounded by young children, activists and legislators. “I believe that all innocent life is precious & sacred, and as governor, I have pledged to do everything in my power to protect it … This is about life, and I’m not going to back down.” The law will be scheduled to go into effect on […]

Veto It, Reynolds, And Finally Become Your Own Governor

Governor Kim Reynolds has until Saturday to decide whether to sign or veto Republicans’ 6-week abortion ban. There’s probably a 99% chance she signs it. But before it actually happens, let’s take a look at the potential political fallout – as well as her huge opportunity here – and consider how things could play out. (This will be about the political aspect of it – the policy and moral side is pretty clear.) Notably, Reynolds’ office has reiterated with reporters several times this week that she’s “pro-life,” but they conspicuously haven’t committed to signing it yet. Still, the most likely […]

Bernie Sanders Films First Pete D’Alessandro Ad In IA-03

Bernie Sanders is back on the airwaves in Iowa. This time it’s for Pete D’Alessandro, a top adviser for Sanders’ Iowa Caucus operation in 2016. D’Alessandro is running in a competitive three-way Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District nomination to face Republican David Young in the Des Moines-based swing district. Sanders narrates D’Alessandro’s first TV ad and appears in it at the end, promoting D’Alessandro’s support of equal pay laws, paid family leave and a Medicare for all system. “Pete helped lead my campaign here in Iowa. Now, we need him in Congress to stop Donald Trump,” Sanders says. […]

Did Paul Ryan Buy David Young’s Vote On Healthcare?

Today is the one-year anniversary of Congressman Young’s vote to repeal Obamacare in favor of replacing it with the Trump healthcare plan. His vote in favor of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, 2017 was a total flip-flop from the original pledge he made in March to vote against it. Congressman Young’s radical shift in his position between March and May raises a number of disturbing questions. Did Young cave after a Republican Congressional leadership PAC cut off Young’s funding? Was a donation from Paul Ryan and Ryan’s PAC to Young in April a quid pro […]