Kim Reynolds Backs ACA Repeal Plan That Would Hurt Iowans

Republicans love to brag that they don’t believe in choosing winners and losers. The latest Obamacare repeal bill picks winners and losers and Iowa would be a major loser. The Graham-Cassidy repeal plan will specifically penalize Iowa. Yet, Governor Reynolds endorsed Graham-Cassidy, saying, “[It] can work for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.” The Senate must bring it to a vote by September 30, so they are expected to bring it to a vote next week. Once again we must organize and call both Senator Ernst and Grassley and demand they vote against this bill. We killed the last bill […]

Republican Legislators’ Union-Busting Election Scheme

The 2017 Republican-controlled legislature’s destruction of the bargaining rights of public union workers should leave no question about the motives of the Iowa Republican Party. Their 2016 Iowa Republican Platform specifically calls for the “elimination of all public sector unions” in Iowa. Republicans’ successful passage of the most devastating union-busting bills in Iowa history in 2017 is the first step in fulfilling their platform pledge. The consequences of that anti-worker legislation are about to be realized as unions struggle to re-certify in the next few months. The future ability of unions to represent their members will be decided as union […]

Apple Chose Iowa. So Why The Handout, Governor?

Why would Governor Reynolds and the Iowa GOP think they need to bribe Apple to come to Iowa? Apple was likely coming to Iowa anyway because of Iowa’s combination of cheap and green energy. Iowa is one of the few states that offers these two essential resources Apple demands. Iowa leads the nation in developing the cheap, renewable wind energy that Apple and most of the major high tech companies require. Iowa is not only the current leader in providing clean wind energy, it is on track to be the national leader for years to come. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook […]

How The Steak Fry Made Its Comeback

Former Senator Harkin’s annual Steak Fry was a Democratic political institution in Iowa for nearly 40 years. It had a national appeal as it drew presidential candidates to Iowa for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. More importantly, it was the glue that held Iowa Democrats together. Iowa Democrats saw their party election fortunes rise and fall through all those political cycles, but they could always depend on the steady and focused leadership of Senator Tom Harkin. As they battled for wins and suffered losses locally and nationally, Senator Harkin was always at the helm guiding the party. The Harkin Steak Fry was […]

“Not One Penny” Campaign Targets Young And Blum On Trump Tax Cuts

A number of progressive groups have partnered with the new “Not One Penny” campaign. The focus will be to block Trump and the Republicans’ promised tax cuts. Following the success in stopping the repeal of Obamacare, these liberal organizations are moving to stop the second Trump initiative to cut taxes. The group’s pledge and theme is, “Not one Penny in tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations.” The groups that are uniting under the “Not One Penny” banner include TaxMarch, Indivisible, MoveOn, Working Families and Stand Up America. The campaign kicked off in early August and conducted rallies around […]

Kim Reynolds’ Solution To Iowa’s Polluted Water: Just Hide The Facts!

There is a growing number of dangerously polluted waters in Iowa. More than half (750) of Iowa’s surface waters (lakes, streams and rivers) are designated as impaired. Much of the impairment results from the elevated fecal bacteria in Iowa waters as a result of the 10,000 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Iowa CAFOs produce 22 billion gallons of manure that is spread over Iowa. A great deal ends up washing into Iowa surface waters creating dangerous levels of fecal bacteria. Pressure is increasing on Governor Kim Reynolds and the Republican-controlled Legislature to clean up Iowa’s dangerously impaired lakes and rivers. […]

Save Iowa’s 6,000 DACA Children

President Trump is threatening to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status for 800,000 innocent young immigrant children this week. If Trump ends DACA, he will be punishing innocent children “DREAMers” for the actions of their parents. They are the blameless children of immigrants that were brought to this country. There are 6,000 Iowa children protected from deportation under the 2012 DACA action. If President Trump ends the DACA program these children will lose their protections and will be subject to deportation from the country. Iowans are gathering outside Senator Joni Ernst’s office in Des Moines tomorrow to […]

Will Hurricane Harvey Finally Convince GOP On Climate Change?

Some of the adjectives used to describe Hurricane Harvey: unprecedented disaster, catastrophic losses, all-time record breaking rainfall, economic calamity, biblical flooding, unparalleled devastation. When rainfall totals reach 50 inches and meteorologists talk about 500 and 1,000 year floods, it’s clear this isn’t what most of us think of as normal weather conditions. This storm isn’t normal. It’s growing proof that the climate warning alarm is ringing loudly, and we can’t allow ignorant and foolish Republican politicians to deny reality any longer. Hurricanes and rain events aren’t new weather conditions, but the increasing frequency and destructive power of storms is a […]

Trump’s Pardon Of Racist Buddy Arpaio Is Clear Abuse Of Power

It should come as no surprise that Trump would reward ex-Sheriff Arpaio with the get-out-of-jail-free pardon. They have been attached at the hip since their partnership in their looney birther crusade about President Obama’s birth place. President Trump and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have both used the same hateful, racist and anti-immigrant bombast for years. The difference is that Trump has inflamed anti-immigrant rhetoric while Sheriff Arpaio put into practice the abusive and discriminatory racial profiling that Trump has lauded. Arpaio once boasted that his “Tent City” prison was operated as his personal “concentration camp.” Arpaio was convicted of using abusive […]

Senate Must Reject Unqualified Conspiracy Theorist Sam Clovis

President Trump has nominated the right-wing radio host, Sam Clovis as the top scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Clovis, who is from Sioux City, served as Trump’s co-chairman and adviser on agricultural issues. He’s a former college economics professor and conservative talk radio host. Senators’ Grassley and Ernst serve on the Senate Agricultural Committee that will hold confirmation hearings on Clovis. The primary qualification for the Chief Scientist at the USDA is a science background. The 2008 Farm Bill established the Under Secretary Chief Scientist position. The Bill specifically calls for the appointee to have an […]