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  1. Statement on Tonight’s Gubernatorial Debate

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    Des Moines – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan released the following statement on tonight’s gubernatorial debate: “Instead of talking about ways he would help grow the middle class in Iowa and increase economic opportunities, Governor Branstad refused to give Iowans a straight answer on his failed administration tonight.  Instead, he...
  2. Statement on Paul Ryan’s Upcoming Trip to Iowa

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    Des Moines – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan released the following statement on Paul Ryan’s upcoming trip to Iowa: “It’s fitting that Paul Ryan will be in Iowa to embrace state Sen. Joni Ernst’s candidacy, given that she has embraced his radical ideas to end the Medicare guarantee, increase...
  3. Statement on Third Congressional District Debate

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    Des Moines – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan released the following statement on tonight’s third congressional district debate: “Tonight’s debate highlighted the stark contrast between DC insider David Young and Staci Appel, who has a strong record of fighting for Iowa’s middle class families. Young puts his 20 years...
  4. The Reviews Are In: Washington Insider David Young’s Big Miss

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    Washington Insider David Young’s first ad of the general election has gotten its first reviews, and Democrats and Republicans alike agree the ad is a miss. Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman Christina Freundlich released the following statement: “It should be no surprise that someone who has spent 20 years in Washington,...
  5. ICYMI: Joni Ernst & Allies’ Medicare Attacks Rated False… Twice

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    Ernst Can’t Hide Her Risky Plans to End Medicare’s Guaranteed Benefits  Des Moines – Over the weekend, independent fact-checkers at KCRG-TV and the Cedar Rapids Gazette again rated as “false” two attacks from Joni Ernst and her allies that were first debunked in 2012. Ernst and her Republican allies in Washington...
  6. RELEASE: Ernst’s Radical Plans are Wrong for Iowa

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    Ernst supports constitutional amendment that would outlaw abortion even in cases of rape or incest and outlaw common forms of birth control Des Moines – This afternoon, Former Lt. Governor Sally Pederson and Iowa Democratic Party Vice Chair Heather Matson, joined by Emily Schirmer, a Des Moines resident, held a...
  7. Oops, NRCC Attack Ad Misfires, Attacks Chuck Grassley

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    Des Moines — Tuesday, the National Republican Campaign Committee released an attack ad intended for 3rd Congressional District candidate, Staci Appel (D-Ackworth) but instead attacked U.S. Senator Charles Grassley’s involvement in securing funding for the restoration of the historic Kimball pipe organ in Clermont while David Young served as his Chief of...

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  1. DMR Ed Board: Branstad disregards openness pledge

    When Gov. Terry Branstad was sworn into office in January, he listed transparency among the “principles that will guide my days as governor.” It’s time for the governor and his staff to reread this principle. They seem to have forgotten it.  
  2. Ames Tribune: Blueprint or boondoggle?

    Underneath a picture of five carefree and smiling children is the tagline: One Unshakable Vision. It’s the cover page of Gov. Terry Branstad’s ambitious education reform plan for Iowa, and while the vision may not be shaken, one major component has been delayed while others have drawn sharp criticism. Jason...
  3. AP: Legislature to keep tight focus on jobs, economy

    Gronstal said he also expected to focus on economic issues and avoid drawn-out arguments of social issues. “Iowans would prefer that we all work on things that would get 100,000 Iowans back to work,” he said. “Kraig and I have talked and he seems to be in agreement that this...
  4. Boswell and friends: Mitt Romney is wrong on veterans care proposal

    Democrats are attacking an idea from 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to privatize veteran’s healthcare. Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, suggested at a stop in South Carolina on Veterans Day that some sort of voucher option be introduced to inject private sector competition into the care of military...
  5. Congressman Boswell defends veterans against Mitt Romney

    Good morning, Iowa! There’s a great piece in today’s Des Moines Register from Congressman Leonard Boswell. He takes on Mitt Romney’s plan to privatize heath care for veterans, saying Romney, “hasn’t done his homework or he’s putting politics ahead of the best interest of our nation’s veterans.” Mitt Romney? Putting...
  6. AP: Session to focus on jobs, economy

    DES MOINES — Now that a closely watched special election is over, Iowa lawmakers have turned to an upcoming legislative session that had been in limbo amid questions about which party would hold a majority in the Senate. Legislators said it’s likely the session that convenes Jan. 9 will largely focus...
  7. Gazette Editorial Board: Mandate for Mathis

    Liz Mathis’ decisive victory in the special Senate District 18 race Tuesday night preserves the Democrats’ 26-24 majority edge. We congratulate her and hope that her election means more than continued gridlock in the state Legislature, as opponent Cindy Golding had warned. Republicans hold the House majority. Mathis gained The...
  8. DMR: Democrats rip Branstad administration’s inquiry about rights group

    Iowa Democrats took the Branstad administration to task Wednesday for exploring the idea of shutting down Disability Rights Iowa after the organization criticized the governor. “We expect better from government in Iowa,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky. “Going behind the scenes to pull funding from an organization that...
  1. While Democrats Fight to Protect Iowan’s Health Care, King and Latham Want You to Give It Back

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    For Immediate release:                                                                         Contact: May 16, 2013                                                                                        Troy Price, 515.975.5478   WHILE DEMOCRATS FIGHT TO PROTECT IOWANS’ HEALTH CARE, KING AND LATHAM WANT YOU TO GIVE IT BACK   If Republicans have their way Iowans would be on the hook for millions of dollars   DES MOINES – The Republican-controlled...
  2. Terry Branstad Wants to Pocket More of Your Money

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    For Immediate release:                                                                         Contact: May 16, 2013                                                                                        Troy Price, 515.975.5478   TERRY BRANSTAD WANTS TO POCKET MORE OF YOUR MONEY   Governor drops last minute bill to raise his pay by over $10,000 while funding for schools, health care remains up in the air DES MOINES – With the legislative...
  3. IDP Calls on Branstad to Begin Investigation into Excessive Travel Costs by Economic Development Director

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    DES MOINES – The Iowa Democratic Party today called on Governor Branstad to begin an internal investigation into his administration’s approval of nearly $75,000 in travel costs during one fiscal year incurred by Economic Development Director Debi Durham. “Iowa taxpayers deserve to know why Governor Branstad’s office approved Director Durham...
  4. IDP Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Award Winners

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    DES MOINES – The Iowa Democratic Party today announced the winners for the annual Hall of Fame Award Ceremony.  Former Congressman Leonard Boswell will receive the Outstanding Elected Official Award and long-time Polk County Activist Ed Skinner will receive the Outstanding Supporter Award in a ceremony to be headlined by...
  5. Matt Schultz Finally Tells the Truth about Voter ID

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    DES MOINES — Speaking to a group of conservative activists on Monday, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz finally told Iowans the truth about why he is pushing so hard for voter ID laws in Iowa: There are a whole lot of issues that we care about: abortion, gay marriage,...

 

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