DES MOINES—Iowa Democratic Party Chair Dr. Andy McGuire today released the following statement on the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court decision:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down abortion restrictions in Texas is a bold victory for women’s reproductive rights across the country. Women everywhere deserve access to safe and legal abortions. We should not allow politics to interfere with a woman’s right to choose. Today’s decision sends an important signal to state governments that our nation’s highest Court will not tolerate legislation that attempts to regulate women’s healthcare. A woman, not the government, is in charge of her body. Here in Iowa, we are in constant battle against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood that would limit women’s access to affordable healthcare. I applaud our state legislators who have always been there to fight back against these anti-choice efforts. Every woman has a right to make decisions about her own body, and Iowa Democrats will continue to promote reproductive freedom and protect women’s access to healthcare services.”
DES MOINES—As Donald Trump moves forward with his campaign in preparation for the general election, it is clear that his reckless economic policies will put us on a path toward recession. Leading economists predict Trump’s economic strategy will cost up to 3.5 million jobs, explode our national debt and only put more money into the pockets of the wealthy. Time and time again, Trump has proven that he only cares about himself and has built his empire on the backs of the working class he claims to champion. Trump has a history of running fraudulent scams aimed at the vulnerable, and we cannot allow him to apply these dangerous schemes to our national economy. Trump’s history of rooting for a bad economy and his refusal to reveal his tax returns highlight the fact that Trump lacks the temperament and responsibility to do what’s best for our national economy.
DES MOINES – Last week, Rep. Steve King introduced an amendment that would have blocked Harriet Tubman from appearing on the $20 bill. The amendment failed to make it to the floor for debate, but it is just the latest example of King’s ineffectiveness as a Congressman.
In response to Rep. Steve King’s failed amendment, IDP Chair Andy McGuire issued the following statement:
“Rep. Steve King’s divisive rhetoric and political posturing is nothing new. Like most of his outrageous proposals, this amendment went nowhere, which is one of the reasons King has been named one of the least effective members of Congress.”
DES MOINES—Today, Iowa Democrats held their state convention at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines. Our state convention is the final step in the Iowa Democratic Party’s delegate selection process that began on February 1st, 2016. With 1285 of 1406 delegates seated, Democrats today saw an incredible participation rate, signaling that the party is strong, united, and committed to turning out voters in November.
IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire said that today’s convention showed that the Democratic party is clearly ready to move forward into the General Election. “I am energized and encouraged after the enthusiasm I saw at today’s state convention,” said McGuire. “I saw hundreds of smiling faces today, and as Democrats, we know that in the end we are in this fight together to combat inequality, discrimination and exclusion. This is going to be the most important election of our lifetime–Donald Trump is dangerous, unpredictable, and unfit to be our commander-in-chief.”
The results of today’s elections are: