Eddie Mauro, Cindy Axne Lead Tight 3rd District Race, DMR Poll Says

Eddie Mauro and Cindy Axne are locked in a statistical tie for the lead in Democrats’ 3rd District race, the Des Moines Register’s poll released this afternoon found. Mauro comes in at 27% support, while Axne has 26%. Pete D’Alessandro polls at 11%. Another 36% of likely Democratic primary voters remain undecided and a full 82% of respondents say they could still change their minds. That sets up a very uncertain finale to the primary in the 3rd District, a seat that Democrats very much hope to seriously contest in the general election. Republican incumbent David Young has handily won […]

Weekly Round-Up: RV Tours, Unique Ads And More Attacks

With just 18 days left until the June 5 primary, there’s more developments from the campaign trail every day than we have to time to write about. Like our story last Friday, here’s our end-of-week roundup piece for all the campaign news we didn’t do full stories on. Abby Finkenauer’s Newest TV Ad Hits Working Families Theme State Representative Abby Finkenauer begins airing her second TV ad for the 1st District primary today. The ad is titled “Good Lives” and focuses in on a working-class families message. Finkenauer is seen talking with locals in a restaurant while she discusses her […]

New Endorsements, Ads And Trips As Primary Draws Closer

With just three and a half weeks remaining in the Democratic primary, the candidates are criss-crossing the state and blanketing the airwaves and mailboxes with ads. They’re also rolling out endorsements from late-deciding leaders to project momentum. Here’s a look at some of the key developments from this week and what’s ahead. The First Gubernatorial Debate Make sure to block off some time this Sunday evening for the Democrats’ first gubernatorial debate. All six candidates gather in Davenport for a debate sponsored by KWQC and the Quad Cities Times – it starts at 6:00 PM and you can watch the […]

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 […]

What Messages Candidates Are Poll Testing In Iowa’s 3rd District Primary

Two separate polls have been going around the 3rd District in the past few weeks. Both appear to be your standard message-testing polls, in which campaigns gauge various messages for their candidate and others to see which might be the most convincing. They usually test the various stances and biography notes that they’re already talking about on the campaign trail to find out which one or two points would be best for a TV ad. These polls typically initially ask the poll-taker who they support in the election, go through several bios and messages for each candidate and then ask […]

Asian & Latino Coalition Endorse Cindy Axne In IA-03 Primary

The Asian & Latino Coalition announced this week that they are officially endorsing Cindy Axne in the Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District. The decision follows a forum they held with the three Democrats last week. The Asian & Latino Coalition has a large membership base in the Des Moines metro area and has become increasingly influential in Democratic politics over the past several years. “Cindy has a proven track record of holding government accountable with over 10 years of policy experience in state government,” the organization said in a statement. “Cindy is a small business owner and community […]

Andy McGuire, Eddie Mauro Release First TV Ads

Two Democratic candidates in major primaries have their first TV ads ready to air this week as the competition heats up a month and a half out from the election. Both Andy McGuire and Eddie Mauro rolled out introductory, biographical pieces for their candidacies for governor and Congress. McGuire focused her first TV spot (titled “Caring”) on her medical background and plans to fix Iowa’s healthcare system. Walking into the picture in her full doctor’s gear, McGuire talks with children and veterans in a hospital-like setting. “I’ve spent my life caring for people,” she says. “I was proud to help […]

EMILY’s List Endorses Cindy Axne In 3rd District Primary

Cindy Axne is getting a big boost in her bid to win Democrats’ nomination for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. EMILY’s List is announcing this morning that they’re endorsing the small businesswoman from West Des Moines. The backing from the influential national organization could give Axne an extra advantage in the Democratic primary that was recently reduced from six candidates to three just a few weeks back. The chatter in Democratic circles was that EMILY’s List and other pro-choice and women’s groups didn’t want to get involved while there were two strong female candidates in the race. Now that Theresa Greenfield […]

More Long-Shot Candidates Should Run Like Austin Frerick

For all the drama that occurred with Theresa Greenfield’s ballot and signatures situation, little attention was paid to the other developments in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District race a few weeks back. Iowa political news was pretty wild for the entire month of March, and I didn’t get to nearly as many other topics as I had hoped. But I did want to circle back on one story: Austin Frerick ending his candidacy. Frerick decided to bring his 3rd District run to an end a few hours before the filing deadline on March 16, though it didn’t seem to be due […]