Category Archives: Policy

LTE: Iowa 4-H Director Fired After Gay, Transgender Inclusion Policy Inflames Conservative Groups

USA Today Article Link https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/03/lgbtq-policy-iowa-4-h-alarms-conservatives-director-fired/900070002/ As reported in the USA Today, the Des Moines Register and several other news outlets — John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas the nationally recognized Iowa 4-H Director and the first Latinx to serve in that post (In any state) in over 120 years was fired last week. His offense was working to include youth of color, immigrants and LGBTQ

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I’m a Small Farmer from Iowa. Why Does Trump Want to Take My Health Care?

By Chris Petersen: For my family, “pre-existing conditions” are more than a technicality. They’re a matter of life or death, of sickness or health. My wife and I are Iowa family farmers. I have diabetes, and Kristi has a heart murmur. Without the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions, there’d be nothing standing between

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CYDI Executive Board Calls on Campaigns to Unionize

The College and Young Democrats of Iowa released a statement earlier this week calling on campaigns to unionize, citing that Democrats are champions of labor and should extend those opportunities to organize to those who work to elect Democrats. The signed statement can be found in full below: The College and Young Democrats of Iowa (CYDI) stands with all working

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LTE: We Can End The Opioid Epidemic

Editor’s note: From time to time we receive Letters to the Editor from candidates for office. Publication of these LTEs are not an endorsement of the candidate and all LTEs are equally considered by the board no matter who the author might be.   Eighty-five percent of heroin users start by taking legal opioids. Fentanyl and carfentanil are involved in a

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Vote Today: Progressive Freese Makes Move for Vacated Seat

A special election to replaced disgraced Republican Senator Bill Dix is now underway in Senate District 25 and progressive candidate Tracy Freese has that seat in her sights. A small business owner with a strong duty to the community, Freese intends to bring a new, fresh perspective to Iowa’s government rather than the “stale, pale, and male” that has been

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Glasson Earns Stamp of Approval from Anti-Gun Violence Organization

Cathy Glasson is the sole Iowa gubernatorial candidate to receive the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction for “standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety.” Glasson has made addressing gun violence and enacting common sense gun legislation in Iowa a major part of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Cathy Glasson has signed a

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Progressives Push Polk Platform Left

After three weeks of work, the Polk County Platform committee presented their draft of the 2018 Polk County Platform for debate and ratification and the final product included some planks that were originally part of the Iowa Progressive Caucus platform. While the process went far more smoothly than the last convention, there was still some contention in passing some of

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Des Moines School Board Passes Resolution on Gun Violence

UPDATE: The resolution was passed unanimously. Tonight the Board of Iowa’s largest school district will consider a resolution that, if adopted, would make a firm statement of solidarity and support with students across the country demanding action on gun violence and mass shootings. Resolution 18-042  addresses a number of issues, events, and arguments that have been part of the national conversation since

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Measure A Defeated in Close Vote

In a very close vote a controversial public measure that would have increased the Des Moines metro sales tax by 17% was defeated at the polls according to unofficial results reported on the Polk County Auditor’s page. Similar measures were also defeated in Alleman, Ankeny, unincorporated Polk County. Voting in Granger resulted in a tie, but a majority is required for passage.

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Call to Action: Funeral Vigils Planned at Ernst Offices

What: Funeral Vigil for Gun Violence Victims – Office of Joni Ernst When: Thursday, February 22 from 1 PM – 2 PM Where: 733 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 201 West Second Street, Suite 806, Davenport, IA 52801 111 Seventh Avenue SE, Suite 480, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 194 Federal Building, 320 Sixth Street, Sioux City, IA 51101 221

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