Iowa Democrats Have Bills To Brag On When Visiting Home Districts

While summer is beginning to wind down for most Americans, for members of Congress, it’s just getting started. The U.S. House of Representatives began its summer recess Monday and will return to Washington Sept. 9. In the Senate, lawmakers adjourn Friday and will reconvene Sept. 9 with the House. Iowa’s three Democratic members of the House kept busy in the first half of 2019, churning out legislation to improve the lives of their constituents. Here are some recent highlights: Rep. Abby Finkenauer — 1st District Helping Communities Invest in Rural Infrastructure Act: As vice-chair of the Highways and Transit subcommittee, Finkenauer works closely […]

Iowa’s House Democrats Vote In Favor Of $15 Minimum Wage

Iowa’s Democratic Reps. Abby Finkenauer, Cindy Axne and Dave Loebsack were among the 231 House members to vote in favor today of a bill raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. “It has been over a decade since the minimum wage has been increased, the longest period in U.S. history,” said 2nd District Congressman Loebsack, in a statement. “And in order to maintain a basic standard of living, it is imperative that the wage is increased.” Loebsack said a $15 minimum wage would “give 33 million workers nationwide a raise, including 131,000 people” in the 2nd […]

Shake Ups In Iowa’s Federal Races After New Financial Reports

With this week’s 2nd quarter campaign finance reports out, we now have a clearer look at where Iowa’s federal races stand. Some potential candidates have seen what they’d be up against and decided against a run. Others have added their names to a 2020 primary. Here’s where things stand: U.S. Senate Despite the influx of news coming from other points on the congressional map, Sen. Joni Ernst’s re-election race has remained unchanged from when she kicked off her campaign June 15. Ernst’s latest Federal Election Commission [FEC] filing shows she raised more than $1.1 million in the second quarter (April […]

Bobby Schilling Launches IA-02 Bid To Fight ‘Radical Leftists’

Republican Bobby Schilling launched his candidacy for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District this week with a message of “fighting for Iowa values.” Schilling, 55, now has a home in Le Claire, but previously lived in Rock Island, Illinois, and represented that state’s 17th Congressional District there. Now that the former congressman lives in Iowa, he is making another run at the U.S. House of Representatives, this time for an open seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack. “I’m running on a platform of strengthening families, empowering small businesses, and defending this great nation against those who would seek to tear […]

Former Illinois Congressman Files Papers To Run As A Republican In IA-02

Former Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling is running for office again, this time in Iowa’s 2nd District. Schilling, a Republican who served one term in west-central Illinois’ 17th District, was defeated in 2012 and again in 2014 by Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, who now is chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lee Enterprises’ Erin Murphy first spotted the new filing, posted Monday on the Federal Election Commission’s website. Schilling now lives in Le Claire, along the Mississippi River, and is running to replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack. The 2nd District spans 24 counties in southeast and eastern Iowa. It […]

Rita Hart Tops Initial Quarter Fundraising Record in IA-02

Rita Hart, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Iowa’s 2nd District, already has broken a fundraising record in her bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to Hart’s campaign, she raised more than $278,000 in her first six weeks as a candidate. A farmer, former educator and two-term state senator, Hart announced her candidacy for Rep. Dave Loebsack’s seat May 14. In addition to her fundraising total, she will begin the race with with more than $268,000 cash-on-hand. “I’m proud of the broad, grassroots efforts of this campaign,” said Hart, whose campaign said 93% of individual contributions came […]

Rita Hart Ready To ‘Lean In’ And Listen To Iowans In 2nd District Race

Rita Hart stood before a captive audience Tuesday night in Lee County to deliver one of her first stump speeches since announcing her candidacy in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Hart said in May she would run to replace outing Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack in a district spanning 24 counties in southeast and eastern Iowa. At the Lee County Democrats’ picnic along the Mississippi River, Hart introduced herself to more than 100 people gathered outside, many of whom attended to see presidential contender Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. At the top of her remarks, Hart teased her latest fundraising haul, hinting […]

Newman Abuissa Lends New Perspective To 2nd District Race

Newman Abuissa has never run for a political position before, other than lobbying fellow Democrats to serve as a convention delegate during the 2004 presidential election. But a lack of political chops is part of the appeal of his unconventional candidacy to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, Abuissa said. “I am a grassroots candidate,” Abuissa, 58, told Starting Line. “I think there’s a need for dialogue and debate, and I think it’s important that we do that in a democratic country and try to be a model for the rest of the globe.” He was undeterred by the fact Rita […]

Control Of U.S. House Runs Through Iowa In 2020

Photos clockwise from top-left: Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), former State Senator Rita Hart (IA-02), Congressman Steve King (IA-04), Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03. Not only is Iowa ground zero for the dozens of Democratic presidential candidates competing for Iowans’ support in 2020, the state will also play a pivotal role in the battle for control of the U.S. House. Though Democrats feel good about their chances to retain at least three of Iowa’s four congressional seats, given President Donald Trump’s popularity among Republicans and the party’s control of state politics, a GOP takeover of the districts is not impossible. There’s a […]

Long List Of Prominent IA-02 Dems Endorse Rita Hart

In a show of organizational strength, Rita Hart announced today the endorsements of 73 local leaders in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District for her campaign. It included people in all 24 counties across the district and nearly every local Democratic state legislator. The slew of endorsements is reflective of the deep well of support Hart was within the Democratic Party. She spent six years in the Iowa Senate and was Fred Hubbell’s running mate in 2018, impressing activists and fellow lawmakers during that time. She personally took the initiative on several major policy items, including hosting a statewide water quality summit […]