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Sabato’s Crystal Ball Updates IA-GOV to “Toss Up”
Iowa Democrats are competing in races up and down the ticket and election watchers are taking notice. With two congressional districts and the governor’s office all in toss up territory – and more headed in that direction, every single vote in the state of Iowa will matter this November.

“Democrats are fighting like hell today and every day for the chance to serve the people of Iowa, and we’re starting to see it pay off.  We’re running to create opportunities here in our great state so that every Iowa family can succeed, and if this trend keeps up, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in January 2019,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.

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This morning, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball upgraded the gubernatorial race in Iowa from “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up” citing Reynolds’ weak record of leadership and Fred Hubbell’s strong fundraising numbers.

Earlier this week, Governing.com moved the race in to Toss Up Territory, following the Cook Political Report’s significant move from “Likely Republican” to “Toss Up” in June.

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Democrats have long known that the race to defeat Rod Blum would be one of the most competitive in the country, and that’s reflected in this district’s “toss up” rating. Abby Finkenauer has emerged as a powerful force; holding Congressman Blum accountable for his lack of backbone and refusal to stand up for working Iowa.

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Just this week, a new poll showed Cindy Axne up four points over Republican incumbent David Young. Then, on Wednesday, the Cook Political Report moved the race from “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up,” citing the enthusiasm and strength driving the Axne campaign.

More Cuts for Working Iowa Families Already Hit Hardest By the Reynolds Budget Crisis

Month after month, working Iowa families have borne the brunt of drastic budget cuts forced by the Reynolds Budget Crisis. This summer has been no different.

“Instead of investing our tax dollars in Iowa’s greatest resource – our people – Governor Reynolds paid off her special interest donors and squandered the rest on haphazard corporate giveaways. If Governor Reynolds thinks her campaign can successfully pull the wool over voters’ eyes as Iowa families suffer the consequences of her mismanagement, she’s in for quite a surprise this November,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.

REYNOLDS BUDGET CRISIS: July 2018

Mental Health: Impact of Reynolds Budget Crisis on mental health prevention and services comes to the forefront as Reynolds launches ad campaign peddling misinformation about her record on mental health that includes closing two mental health facilities and highlighting a mental health bill that will go unfunded due to Reynolds’ mismanagement of Iowa taxpayers’ money.

Reynolds’ University of Iowa Cuts: Reynolds has consistently targeted opportunity education, our colleges and universities, with some of the most vicious, politically motivated budget cuts made necessary by her robbery of Iowa tax dollars. Those cuts forced the University of Iowa to seriously scale back their services for working Iowa families.

Those cut services include:

Learn more about the Reynolds Budget Crisis at ReynoldsBudgetCrisis.org.

The Reynolds Campaign lost more ground earlier this week when election watchers at Governing.com moved Iowa’s gubernatorial race from Likely Republican to Toss Up.

This change follows the trend started by the Cook Political Report in June when they upgraded the race from Likely Republican to Toss Up.

GOVERNING: As November Nears, More Governors’ Races Become Tossups
For the Democrats, three of the shifts come in states where the party fared poorly in the 2016 presidential race: Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In Iowa, there haven’t been any recent polls in the gubernatorial race, but in the Democratic primary, Fred Hubbell prevailed in a sizable field with an impressive 56 percent of the vote. And, according to the online publication Morning Consult, President Trump’s approval rating — in a state he won — has fallen sharply and is now “under water.”

Governor Reynolds has stripped Iowa’s higher education budget to the bone to pay for her extreme partisan agenda and wasteful corporate giveaways, and so once again, working Iowans are the ones suffering the consequences.

This week, the Des Moines Register reported that the University of Iowa is closing down seven centers that help with workplace-related training, dentist recruitment, farm safety, and assisting veterans in their transition to college as a direct result of Reynolds’ budget cuts.

Consistent with Reynolds’ other attacks on Iowa’s Labor community, the cuts include the Labor Center which provides invaluable research, resources, and protections for Iowans in the workplace.

“Governor Reynolds is once again closing the door on progress and opportunity for working families. Our families, farmers, veterans and so many more are losing out because the governor would rather pay off corporations than help our veterans transition to the college education they earned,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “Democrats believe that the people of Iowa are our greatest resource, and we’ll invest in that resource when we take back the statehouse and the governor’s mansion this November.”

DES MOINES REGISTER: University of Iowa to close 7 centers, slash support to 5 others and cut jobs of 33 people

The University of Iowa will no longer help Iowans with workplace-related training, dentist recruitment, farm safety, or assist veterans in their transition to college, officials announced Tuesday.

University officials plan to close seven centers and reduce funding for five others within the next year. Among the centers that will close is the Iowa Center for Higher Education, housed at the former AIB College of Business campus in Des Moines.

The closures and reductions will result in job losses for 33 people, the university announced Tuesday. University officials estimate they will save nearly $3.6 million once the cuts are complete.

“We’re disappointed to be in this position because these centers and employees provide valuable outreach and service to Iowans,” Bruce Harreld, university president, said in a prepared statement. “But we can no longer ask our students to support activities previously supported by the state just a generation ago.”

In the past decade, the state’s three public universities — the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa — have relied more heavily on revenue generated from tuition because of cuts in state appropriations.

In 2008, 49 percent of the universities’ revenue came from state aid and 45 percent from tuition. Last year, tuition generated 63 percent of revenue, compared with 32 percent for state aid.

In addition, the universities have undergone mid-year budget cuts the past two years. In March, both UI and ISU were told to find $11 million to cut from their budgets with just three months left in the fiscal year that ended June 30.