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  • Actor, Trump portrayer Alec Baldwin to headline Iowa Democratic Jefferson-Jackson dinner

    11/27/2017 4:08:01 PM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Quad City TImes ^ | Oct. 9 2017
    Actor-comedian Alec Baldwin will headline the Nov. 27 Iowa Democratic Party Fall Gala, the party announced. “While Alec Baldwin captured national attention for his portrayal of Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ he is just as committed to putting a stop to the irresponsible lawmaking in DC and places like Iowa,” according to the party’s announcement. “Heading into the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, I have decided to rededicate my efforts to helping the Democratic Party win across the country,” Baldwin said in a statement, adding “you can plan on seeing me out there with folks on the ground fighting...
  • Why are Democrats losing in the heartland? Here are some ideas

    10/18/2017 7:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 16, 2017 | Melinda Henneberger
    DES MOINES, IOWA — The Democrats who gathered here for a day of fairly anguished strategizing about what they’d have to do to win back rural voters did not speak kindly of their own national leadership or reputation or behavior. Over and over, during a seminar called “Winning Back the Heartland,” they bemoaned the condescending way some of their fellow Democrats talk about their fellow Midwesterners, particularly those who live in small towns. “We forgot how to talk to folks, and when we did, we often talked down,” said Tom Vilsack, the former agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama and...
  • Democrats agree: They ignored, talked down to rural voters, and lost them

    10/14/2017 8:00:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | October 14, 2017 | Erin Murphy Lee, Des Moines Bureau
    With a cardboard cutout of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in front of him, U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack speaks Sunday at the Central Iowa Democrats' fundraiser at Iowa State University's Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. DES MOINES -- Rural Iowa shifted its political direction in 2016 and caught Democrats off guard. The conversation of how to earn back those votes is dominating the conversation among Democrats these days. It was the focus by speakers at a recent fundraiser held by Democrats from Polk County, which is dominated by the city of Des Moines...
  • Steve King: Trump base may dump him over Dreamers deal

    09/14/2017 1:53:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 14, 2017 | Susan Ferrechio
    The House GOP's staunchest opponent of illegal immigration said President Trump is now at risk of losing his base of supporters after supposedly cutting a deal to legalize more than 800,000 young people who arrived in the United States illegally as children. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said he stands by a Wednesday night tweet that proclaimed Trump's base "is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair," after he dined with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The two Democrats left the White House proclaiming they had reached a deal with Trump on...
  • Former Iowa first lady pleads guilty to public intoxication at State Fair

    09/01/2017 5:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | September 1, 2017 | The Associated Press
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Iowa first lady Mari Culver has pleaded guilty to public intoxication after troopers saw her stumbling at the Iowa State Fair last month. In a statement Friday, Culver says she's "very disappointed" in herself and it won't happen again. A complaint says an Iowa State Patrol officer observed Culver "stumble into three people" Aug. 19 before contacting her on the Midway.....
  • Iowa State Fair-goers voice support for President Trump amidst White House shake-up

    08/18/2017 7:37:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WQAD-TV ^ | August 18, 2017 | Christina Lorey
    DES MOINES, Iowa-- President Donald Trump may be facing one of his most difficult weeks as Commander-in-Chief, following both domestic and foreign terror attacks and a White House shake-up. But here in Iowa, at the State Fair, you don't have to go far to find some of the President's most vocal supporters. A cardboard cutout offers photo opportunities with the president. And a banner reading "I Stand with Trump" is filled from end to end with signatures. The "Iowans for Trump" say that low approval ratings mean nothing to them, and they appreciate that the president spoke his mind after...
  • Meet Cathy Glasson: Populist Iowan Democrat Exploring A Run For Governor

    08/05/2017 7:07:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 5, 2017 | Taylor Gipple
    Longtime nurse and union president, Cathy Glasson, is offering a clear vision of how bold, progressive policies can improve the lives of average Iowans. Glasson is exploring the run for governor in a swing state, which in 2016 voted in favor of Trump, but also Obama in 2008 and 2012. In the following Q&A, Glasson talks universal health care, raising the minimum wage, and how she can improve the life of the average Iowan. Q: Why are you considering a run for governor? I’m exploring a run for Governor because I’m tired of watching working people in this state get...
  • How Trump flipped this rural Iowa county by 42 points

    07/31/2017 2:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 31, 2017 | Daniel Allott
    CRESCO, Iowa — It wasn’t long after Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination that Laura Hubka realized how little excitement there was for Clinton among Howard County residents. “I went out and started knocking on doors for Hillary Clinton, and making phone calls,” Hubka, who leads Howard County’s Democratic Party, said when I met with her in late June. “I got hung up on, some guy chased me out of his yard with a rake, the unions complained a lot. There was a lot of yelling at doors.” Iowa and Howard County, with fewer than 10,000 people, had never...
  • Giddy ol’ party: Iowa Republicans happy with state GOP, still support Trump

    07/04/2017 11:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | June 6, 2017 | Erin Murphy
    BOONE — One honeymoon is not yet over. Another is just beginning. These are heady times for Republicans in Iowa, with their party in complete lawmaking control at both the federal and state levels. Their GOP’s new president, Donald Trump, has delivered a conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court and rescinded some of the regulations implemented under the previous, Democratic administration. Their newly structured Iowa Statehouse delivered significant changes to state laws regarding abortion and public employee collective bargaining. And their new governor, Kim Reynolds, has taken the reins from her predecessor and gets a running start at next...
  • The Great Divide follows Trump

    06/26/2017 11:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Iowan of the University of Iowa ^ | June 27, 2017 | Madeleine Neal
    When President Trump held a rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids last week, he was greeted by a sea of faithful followers and also by a crowd of critics. Inside the arena, Trump supporters gazed out the venue’s window at a group of protesters stretched alongside the street. Jim Lendherr, who voted for Trump, said protesters need to understand what is actually going on in the United States. “I guess it’s their right to protest,” he said. “But they ought to get themselves educated so they know what’s really going on.” Lendherr said he spoke to a...
  • Protester at Iowa Trump rally arrested, faces assault charge

    06/23/2017 9:24:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The National Post ^ | June 23, 2017 | The Associated Press
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Authorities say a protester has been charged with assault after a fracas outside the rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for President Donald Trump. ---snip--- Police say an officer saw Seifert throw an egg at a man and then punch and kick him. He had been filming the protesters and got into an argument with Seifert.....
  • Congress shooting: Gunman volunteered for Sanders in Iowa

    06/14/2017 7:26:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Des Moines Register | June 14, 2017 | Kevin Hardy and Jason Noble
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2017/06/14/congress-shooting-alleged-gunman-reportedly-volunteered-sanders-iowa/396055001/
  • Steve King: Blacks & Hispanics 'will be fighting each other' before overtaking whites in population

    03/16/2017 5:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 14, 2017 | Chris Massie
    Iowa Rep. Steve King said Monday that blacks and Hispanics "will be fighting each other" before overtaking whites in the US population. King, a Republican, was on the radio responding to a question about Univision anchor Jorge Ramos' comment to Tucker Carlson on Fox News that whites would become a majority-minority demographic in America by 2044, a point Ramos used to make the argument that it is a multiracial country. "Jorge Ramos' stock in trade is identifying and trying to drive wedges between race," King told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO. "Race and ethnicity, I should say...
  • 'Give the Guy a Chance' Iowa Trump Supporters Say

    01/18/2017 2:34:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 18, 2017 | Meghan Keneally and Josh Haskell
    Iowa has played an important role in the presidential election process for decades as a swing state in the heart of the Midwest, and this year it swung for Donald Trump. Now Trump supporters are excited to see how their pick pans out. “He won the Electoral College because of the Midwest,” said Beverly Harper, a 77-year-old who worked in therapeutic horseback riding from Bettendorf, Iowa, “You take Wisconsin, Iowa all those states and Pennsylvania also. Right down the center of the United States. The little guy is finally speaking up.” Harper was one of a handful of customers at...
  • Trump returning to Iowa as president-elect

    12/02/2016 6:47:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Globe Gazette ^ | December 2, 2016 | Erin Murphy
    DES MOINES — President-elect Donald Trump’s victory tour includes a scheduled stop in Iowa. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are scheduled to hold a rally Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines, the Trump campaign confirmed Friday. Trump has been visiting various cities to celebrate his election victory and rally supporters across the country. He started the tour this week in Cincinnati and has another scheduled stop in North Carolina. Trump won Iowa by nearly 10 percentage points en route to his Nov. 8 election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Back in February, Trump finished second...
  • WATCH: Student speaker at pro-Clinton rally says 'We can't trust Hillary'

    11/06/2016 10:56:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 6, 2016 | Daniel Chaitin
    Not everyone had positive things to say about Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally for the Democratic nominee in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. Ahead of a speech by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a student of Iowa State University took the briefly took the stage where he attacked Clinton for her ties to billionaire donors and the military industrial complex. The speech by Kaleb Vanfosson, the president of the Iowa State chapter of Students for Bernie club, started out with a knock against GOP nominee Donald Trump. On rising student debt, Vanfosson said, "While the part-time reality TV show and full-time...
  • Trump Shows Early-Vote Strength in Ohio, Iowa in Final Days

    11/04/2016 9:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | November 4, 2016 | Mark Niquette and John McCormick
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-11-04/trump-shows-early-voting-strength-in-ohio-iowa-in-closing-days
  • Clinton breaks her silence, sharply criticizes FBI director for not explaining renewed email probe

    10/28/2016 5:48:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | October 28, 2016 | John Wagner and Abby Phillip
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Clinton sharply criticized FBI Director James B. Comey and called on him to release more information about new emails that relate to the agency's probe of her email server after remaining silent on the issue for hours while campaigning here. "We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes,” Clinton said at a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. “The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.” Clinton had earlier in the day completed two campaign rallies in the state without making a mention of...
  • Iowa Poll: Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 4 points

    10/08/2016 5:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Des Moines Register | October 8, 2016 | Jason Noble
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/iowa-poll/2016/10/08/iowa-poll-donald-trump-leads-hillary-clinton-by-4-points/91673644/
  • The Latest: Trump counts Christian conservatives in IA crowd (Name-checks Ted Cruz)

    09/28/2016 4:23:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WLBT-TV ^ | September 28, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Donald Trump wants to know how many Christian conservatives are backing him in Iowa. The Republican presidential nominee asked those attending a Wednesday afternoon rally in Council Bluffs to raise their hands "if you're not a Christian conservative." He noticed "a couple people" raising their hands. He asked the crowd, "Should we keep them in the room?" He answered himself, "Yes, I think so." Many Iowa Republicans are Christian conservatives. The thrice married Trump has faced tough questions of his own about his devotion to Christian values....