Iowa’s Immigrant Children Face Nightmare Under Trump Deportations

Last week the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said the fate of immigrant children in America is in serious jeopardy. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, is a 2012 executive order signed by former President Barack Obama that stopped deportation for nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrant children. These are the innocent children of immigrants, known as Dreamers, that were brought here by their parents. These kids didn’t intentionally break any laws but now the Trump regime may cruelly punish them simply for accompanying their parents across the border. Kelly told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that the Trump administration […]

Will Senators Ernst And Grassley Kick Grandma Out Of Nursing Home?

The Republicans’ latest Senate bill to repeal Obamacare would cut $800 billion dollars from Medicaid, devastating the program that covers 69 million Americans. A great deal of the debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare has focused on people losing coverage on the Obamacare Exchanges. However, the Republican repeal both weakens the protections established under Obamacare and it threatens to rip the basic Medicaid safety net out from under millions of elderly and disabled Americans. Over two-thirds of all nursing home residents are covered by Medicaid. These are elderly Americans that have depleted their savings and are dependent on Medicaid to […]

Fireworks Set For A Political Weekend In Iowa

Get ready for a wild weekend in Iowa politics. One of the most progressive organizations in Iowa, Iowa Citizens For Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) has scheduled their annual convention, Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power, for Saturday, July 15 in Des Moines. Their Keynote speaker is Senator Bernie Sanders. Simultaneously, one of the most conservative, far-right Iowa groups, The Family Leadership Summit, is scheduled for the same day in Des Moines with a special appearance by Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway. More amazingly, they will be in the same convention complex at the same date and time, from […]

Can Democrats Move Further Left And Retain The Big Tent?

This is the debate Democrats are continuing to have following the 2016 losses. As Democrats attempt to craft a winning message for 2018 and beyond, the internal debate within the Party is focused on how far left they should or must move the Party’s messaging. The debate spans issues from women’s reproductive choice to support for globalization and trade. The much larger question is whether the Party can move left and simultaneously remain a big tent that includes a broad range of viewpoints. For instance, is there room for pro-life candidates in our party? Recently we saw an example of […]

Reynolds’ Budget-Busting Corporate Give-Aways Are Out Of Control

Republicans are fond of calling Democrats “big spenders” but it’s Iowa Republicans that aren’t capable of balancing the state’s budget this year. Republicans control all three branches of state government, so they can’t blame Democrats for their budget-busting corporate give-away spending. The GOP preaches about taking responsibility and holding people accountable. Then why is Governor Reynolds refusing to take responsibility while blaming others for the state budget catastrophe? Reynolds’ party exploded the state budget with reckless corporate give-aways, but is blaming farmers for her fiscal mismanagement. Why isn’t Reynolds holding her State Department of Revenue accountable for a huge error […]

Will Reynolds, Grassley and Ernst Abandon Iowa’s Most Vulnerable?

The Senate Republicans’ Trumpcare bill is predicted to devastate rural Iowa hospitals and nursing homes. The proposed 25% cut in Medicaid spending will put these Iowa facilities at risk of severe cuts in services or outright closure. Will Senators Grassley and Ernst vote for a healthcare plan that these healthcare stakeholders warn will destroy rural Iowa communities? Iowa’s senators failed to raise their voices while their Republican senate colleagues arrogantly crafted a plan in secrecy, without public input and without hearings. Grassley and Ernst have betrayed their responsibility to represent their constituents by remaining silent. Governor Reynolds was asked about […]

Iowa Democrats Unveil Iowa Public Option Healthcare Plan

This week State Senator Matt McCoy, Representative John Forbes and former Senator Jack Hatch presented a “Public Option” to replace Iowa’s Obamacare Exchange. Earlier this year, the three major insurance carriers that sell coverage on the Iowa Exchange – Wellmark, Medica and Aetna – announced they wouldn’t participate in 2018. The withdrawal of these three insurance carriers leaves 72,000 Iowans without any insurance options for next year. With this looming insurance crisis these three Democrats decided they weren’t going to allow vulnerable Iowans to lose their coverage without a fight. Compare that to the near silence from Iowa Republicans, including […]

Iowa Democrats Working On Solutions To Iowa Healthcare Disaster

Effective January 1st, 2018, 72,000 Iowans will lose their insurance coverage through the Iowa Insurance Exchange (Obamacare). Thousands of Iowans are facing an imminent emergency with the pullout of the three primary insurance carriers-Wellmark, Aetna and Medica. It will be a catastrophic blow to those Iowa families participating in the Iowa Obamacare Exchange. Several Iowa Democratic legislators are proactively attempting to find a solution before the January cut-off. They held a public meeting in May to begin the discussion. Iowa Insurance Commissioner, Doug Ommen discussed some alternatives at that meeting. The Democratic legislators suggested some additional options. The second public […]

Will Congressional Shooting Produce A Unifying Moment?

The initial reaction following yesterday’s shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and others was political unity. There has been some politicizing of the shooting, yet most of Congress has pulled together. It was a unifying event much like the reaction following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. This attack on a Republican baseball practice was seen as an attack on all Americans. All day there were reports of Senators and Congressman embracing members of the opposite party.  There was very little finger pointing but rather an implicit recognition that it was a time to come together. In this toxic political divide […]

Bernie Sanders Back In Iowa On July 15th For CCI Convention

Senator Bernie Sanders will be the keynote speaker for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement’s Action Fund’s (CCI Action) annual convention in Des Moines on July 15th. This will be the first time Senator Sanders has returned to Iowa since the 2016 presidential election. CCI Action is describing the event as “Revolution Iowa – From Protest to Power.” In addition to Senator Sanders, a Black Lives Matter Founder, Alicia Garza, will be speaking as well. There will be an impressive list of speakers conducting workshops on these issues: climate, immigration, healthcare, water, and changing “business as usual” politics. Click this link […]