Deidre DeJear Looks To Boost Turnout In Secretary Of State Run

As Des Moines businesswoman Deidre DeJear plans her run for Iowa Secretary of State in 2018, she’s highlighting the fact that she already has plenty of experience in the role’s two main jobs: encouraging voting and helping small businesses. She ran voter turnout efforts for Barack Obama’s campaign in Iowa in 2012, and operates her own company that helps other small businesses get off the ground. However, the act of voting itself was never really a part of her family’s priorities when she was growing up. Not because they weren’t involved in the community, but because her father didn’t even […]

Democrats Show Energized Front At IDP Hall Of Fame Dinner

A large, enthusiastic crowd of Democratic activists and donors turned out last night for the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Dinner in Des Moines, offering up at least one sign that the party faithful remains energized seven months into the Trump era. While high-stakes votes were being held in the U.S. Senate on the repeal of Obamacare (which ultimately failed), Iowa Democrats heard from their gubernatorial candidates looking to take on Governor Kim Reynolds next fall. The evening was the first opportunity for the IDP to showcase its new leadership in Troy Price, who was elected as the new […]

Coach And Businessman Eddie Mauro Joins Democrats’ 3rd District Race

The Democratic field of candidates for the 3rd District grows ever larger today, with Eddie Mauro officially launching an exploratory committee. The baseball coach from the well known Des Moines South Side family had been considering a run for several weeks now, and is now pitching his experience as a community activist and business owner as a good contrast to Republican Congressman David Young. “Despite the demand for change that Iowans wanted in 2016, Donald Trump and David Young have failed to deliver,” Mauro said in a press release. “They said what they needed to say to win the vote, […]

Iowa Democrats Set 2018 Convention Date – How It Impacts Governor’s Race

At the Iowa Democratic Party’s State Central Committee meeting yesterday, party members set the official timeline for the 2018 caucus-to-convention process (in addition to electing Troy Price the new IDP chair). While non-presidential year caucuses and state conventions have been relatively sleepy affairs in recent cycles, next year’s could be extremely consequential. With eight candidates in the gubernatorial field – about six of which will be well-funded with serious support – the likelihood of a contested convention for the Democratic nomination is a real possibility. There’s also a chance (albeit a little less likely) that the 1st and 3rd Congressional […]

Interview: Troy Price Looks To “Shake Up This Party” After IDP Chair Election

Troy Price was elected as the new chair of the Iowa Democratic Party on Saturday. Shortly afterward he spoke with Radio Iowa and Starting line about his immediate plans for moving the party forward. Here’s a look at some of his answers to various questions. Rethinking The Coordinated Campaign In 2018 “The party can sometimes get beholden to certain campaigns or certain campaign committees,” Price said. “And they will have a certain idea about what the campaign should look like, and it’s going to be the exact same thing it looks like in every other contested state that they’re challenging, […]

Troy Price Elected New Chair Of The Iowa Democratic Party

Longtime Iowa political staffer Troy Price was elected by the party’s state central committee this morning in Des Moines to take the reigns of the Iowa Democratic Party through the 2018 election. He will fill out the remaining term of Derek Eadon, who resigned the post in June for health reasons. Price won out over Julie Stauch and Bob Krause. Andrea Phillips, who will now go back to being the party’s 1st Vice Chair, had been filling in as the acting chair for the past four weeks. Price has a long resume in Iowa politics. He was the executive director […]

Everyone Is Running For Everything In Iowa In 2018

Just as reliably as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, not a week goes by in Iowa politics without a new candidate running for this or that major office. Iowa Democrats have about 22 declared or strongly-considering candidates for governor and the three Republican-held congressional districts. The field for every race has continued to grow this summer, though we may be finally nearing the end of the announcement phase. It’s an interesting parallel to the huge, 17-candidate Republican presidential primary field in 2016. Out of power for a while now, there’s fewer influential power-brokers or […]

Troy Price Is Running For Iowa Democrats Chair

Longtime Iowa Democratic political staffer Troy Price announced this afternoon that he’s running to be chair of the state party, which was vacated when Derek Eadon resigned late last month. The election for the position will be on July 22 at the IDP State Central Committee meeting. Price would bring a wealth of experience in Iowa politics to the job. He was the executive director of the party during the 2014 cycle, he ran the LGBT organization One Iowa, worked on multiple presidential campaigns, including as Hillary Clinton’s state political director in 2016, and served in roles in the Vilsack […]

Time For A Change In Democratic Campaigns

After months of abated breath, we can add two more moral victories to our trophy case. Archie Parnell ended with a closer margin than did Jon Ossoff, despite the millions and millions of dollars difference in their campaign expenditures. Disappointing, to say the least. If you haven’t already, go and read this article by Pat. His piece is the right mix of hopeful and analytical, and was also the material which inspired me to write this article. Again, I encourage you to read the writing in full, but there was one statement in particular on which I’d like to elaborate […]

Who Might Run For IDP Chair Now?

With the unexpected departure of Derek Eadon from the Iowa Democratic Party’s top job due to health reasons, Democrats face another big, uncertain election. Last January’s election for IDP chair was the first time in a very long time where an actual competition for the position took place. Typically the top Democratic incumbent, like Tom Harkin or Tom Vilsack, hand-picked the chair. It’s very likely the party will be in for another crowded free-for-all on July 22, when the State Central Committee meets to choose Eadon’s replacement. So who might run? The progressive wing of the party is tossing around […]