It’s Time For Iowa Republicans To Start Panicking

The 2018 election may still be a long ways off in a political climate that can change rapidly on a daily basis, but all the data points for a good Democratic year in Iowa are starting to stack up. A string of special elections for state legislative seats have consistently seen massive margin swings to Democrats, culminating in last night’s Northwest Iowa race where a Democrat pulled within ten points in a district Donald Trump won by 41 points. Add that to the national political mood with a deeply unpopular president, a stunning victory by a Democrat in Alabama and […]

Nurses United Union Endorse Cathy Glasson, Pete D’Alessandro

Two Iowa Democratic candidates pushing progressive policies in high-profile 2018 races got a boost today from the National Nurses United union. The labor group that backed Bernie Sanders in a very visible way during the 2016 primary interviewed several candidates for Iowa’s gubernatorial and 3rd congressional district races a few months ago. They decided to endorse former ICU nurse and labor leader Cathy Glasson of Coralville for governor and former Sanders campaign adviser Pete D’Alessandro of Des Moines for the 3rd District race. Glasson has pitched herself as the “bold progressive” in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Her key issues involve […]

Fred Hubbell Knocks Kim Reynolds’ Corporate Tax Handouts In New TV Ad

Fred Hubbell is releasing a new TV ad today for his gubernatorial bid, taking aim at Governor Kim Reynolds’ $20 million tax credit deal to bring just 50 jobs to Iowa. In it, the Des Moines businessman knocks Republicans’ continuing trend of emptying the state’s budget by paying out tens of millions of tax dollars to entice already-successful businesses to locate here. “We’ve seen this show before – giveaways to out-of-state companies that don’t need them. I came in and helped clean up the film tax credit scandal,” Hubbell says in the ad. “I helped put an end to these […]

Boulton Campaign Projects Momentum In Video As 2017 Draws To A Close

The current phase of the Iowa Democrats’ gubernatorial primary is quickly coming to a close as 2017 nears its end, and campaigns like Nate Boulton’s are looking to show momentum as they head into the final six-month stretch of the primary. Once January arrives, the all-important fundraising reports will come out and the Iowa Legislature will be back in session. Each Democratic contender wants to show as much strength as possible to prove all their efforts this year was worth it. To that end, Boulton’s campaign is releasing a new video Monday morning that highlights the enthusiasm that many Iowa […]

Who Stood Out At Iowa Democrats’ Fall Gala Event

Iowa Democrats had their biggest night of the year on Monday, both in terms of importance and size. Around 3,000 people turned out to see Alec Baldwin and the seven Democrats running for governor, an encouraging sign of excitement and resolve for the party hoping to regain power in 2018. If Democrats are successful next year in ousting Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, they may look back on this night as a major turning point. (Side note: apologies for getting this write-up done so late, my schedule got blown up yesterday.) The evening also served as one of the last big […]

Early Rally Scenes At Iowa Dem’s Big Fall Gala

It’s the biggest night of the year for Iowa Democrats as activists and donors gather for the state party’s annual Fall Gala event (formerly the JJ Dinner) in Des Moines. Alec Baldwin’s booking for the event, combined with a hotly contested seven-way gubernatorial primary, boosted ticket sales into the thousands. The evening is also one of the last big opportunities for the candidates for governor to show off their organizational strength in front of the party faithful. Many campaign went all out to bring in supporters, rally ahead of time and march to the convention hall to demonstrate the enthusiasm […]

Nate Boulton Finishes 99 County Tour In Kim Reynolds’ Hometown

State Senator Nate Boulton finished up his statewide 99 county tour this weekend, visiting Montgomery and Clarke County with stops in Red Oak and Osceola on Sunday. He’s the first Democratic gubernatorial candidate to complete what Iowa politicos call the “Full Grassley” (or, in this case, the “Full Boulton”). The Des Moines senator began checking off counties on his statewide journey during his week-long announcement swing in May, starting with Louisa County, where he grew up in Columbus Junction. He’s slowly been touring every corner of the state since, keeping track of visits on a large map in his campaign office. […]

John Norris Rolls Out Extensive Leadership Team For Gubernatorial Bid

John Norris announced his new statewide steering committee team for his gubernatorial campaign yesterday, putting out a list of 91 well-known activists, elected officials and party leaders. Some of the most recognizable names include State Representatives Jo Oldson and Marti Anderson, Jess Vilsack, Brad Anderson, Dubuque County Recorder John Murphy, Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers, Daryl Beall, Marcia Nichols, Norm Sterzenbach, Dave Swenson, Dusky Terry and Coralville Mayor John Lundell. The county party chairs in Clay and Winneshiek are on board, as are seven former legislators from rural areas and a vast number of party activists from small towns. The […]

Todd Prichard Backs Fred Hubbell For Governor

Former gubernatorial candidate Todd Prichard has made his pick for the office he sought earlier this year, reports Ed Tibbetts. The Charles City state representative announced today that he’s endorsing Fred Hubbell in the Democratic primary for governor. “I’m endorsing Fred for two simple reasons: he would make an outstanding governor for all Iowans, rural and urban, and I know Fred can win in November and deliver the real results our state desperately needs,” Prichard said in a statement. Prichard built up a loyal following during his bid for the party’s gubernatorial nomination earlier this year, and his support could […]

Starting Line Poll: Fred Hubbell Out To An Early Lead In Gubernatorial Primary

Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell has jumped out to an early lead in Iowa Democrats’ gubernatorial primary, according to a poll of likely Democratic primary-goers Starting Line commissioned with 20/20 Insight this past week. The June 5 primary next year is still a long ways off, and a near-majority (47%) have not settled on a candidate yet. Hubbell leads the seven-person field at 22% support, with Senator Nate Boulton following at 13%. Cathy Glasson comes in at 6%, and John Norris gets 5%. Hubbell benefits from significantly high name I.D. and strong favorability ratings, with 50% responding favorably to him […]