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June 19th, 2018 Posted In: News

Today, the Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price condemned the Trump Administration’s Family Border Separation policy in the following statement:

“Until the Trump Administration, the United States was a beacon of hope. Now,  we are seeing a cruel policy put in place that goes against centuries of American values of freedom, liberty, and welcoming those with open arms.  This voluntary Trump Administration policy is a stain on the soul of our nation and, history shows us, will not actually prevent more people from trying to come to our country. 

This should not be a partisan issue. The fact that children are being ripped away from their mothers is morally wrong and simply un-American. 

Now is the time for Americans to stand up and be heard, just as our party did this past Saturday by officially condemning these actions. In accordance with our convention, we are calling on the Trump Administration to immediately cease this policy of separating families seeking asylum, safety and opportunity in the United States.”

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June 19th, 2018 Posted In: News

In the most recent Editorial from the Des Moines Register, Governor Reynolds is raked over the coals for her thin, personal attacks against Fred Hubbell and stunningly bad leadership for Iowa families. Full text of the scorching editorial can be found below:

DES MOINES REGISTER EDITORIAL BOARD: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ comments on rival Fred Hubbell’s wealth are rich with irony

“Gov. Kim Reynolds is apparently fixated on the personal wealth of her Democratic challenger, Fred Hubbell. She brought it up again at the recent Republican Party state convention: “That’s OK, because we do celebrate wealth in this country. But I have to ask, does he really understand the tough decisions families are making every day to make ends meet?”

The irony is almost too much. Reynolds is an enthusiastic member of a political party that has never met a tax cut for the rich it didn’t like and continually seeks to erode the very programs struggling families need, including food assistance and health insurance.

She has been part of a GOP administration in Iowa that busted public unions, starved public services, made it more difficult for women to obtain birth control and refused to raise the minimum wage. Heck, the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2017 proactively eliminated counties’ abilities to enforce local minimum wages higher than the pathetic state rate of $7.25.

So much for local control. So much for the Iowans trying to “make ends meet.”

Since the current governor is apparently now taking an interest in financially strapped families, she should read a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Despite having some of the least expensive housing in the country, Iowa’s minimum wage falls far below what workers need to earn to be able to afford rent.

The report, “Out of Reach,” found a tenant would need to earn $15.01 per hour, or more than $31,000 per year, to afford a two-bedroom rental home. (And two bedrooms might be needed for women who cannot obtain contraception, get pregnant and then must give birth if the anti-abortion fetal heartbeat bill signed by Reynolds goes into effect.)

An individual earning Iowa’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would need to work 83 hours per week to be able to afford a two-bedroom rental at the state’s fair market rate of $781, according to the housing report. A one-bedroom would require 65 hours of work per week.

Perhaps instead of advocating tax giveaways to flourishing big businesses, Reynolds will start advocating for businesses to pay higher wages. The average pay for Iowa renters is $12.50 an hour, compared with a national average of $16.88 an hour.

Perhaps the current governor will push for the state to finally expand eligibility for financial assistance to help more working, low-income parents pay for child care.

Maybe she will start celebrating Obamacare, which delivered health insurance to 150,000 low-income Iowans through a Medicaid expansion created under the law.

Reynolds’ campaign strategy of trying to use Hubbell’s affluence against him is especially ironic coming from a governor who remains a steadfast supporter of the current president. Donald Trump was born into a wealthy family and, as a businessman, underpaid or didn’t pay numerous laborers working at his properties. These include a dishwasher, carpet company, plumber, painters and waiters, according to a USA Today investigation.

If Reynolds wants to help working Iowa families, there is much she can do. That includes calling the White House daily to express disdain for Trump’s tariffs, which could lead to financial disaster for farmers and entire rural communities.”

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June 15th, 2018 Posted In: News

Cook Political Report Moves the Iowa Governor’s Race from Likely R to Toss Up

More bad news for Governor Kim Reynolds as the Cook Political Report this morning moved the Iowa Governor’s race from Likely R to Toss Up.

It’s no wonder forecasters see trouble on the horizon for Reynolds. Reynolds’ own campaign strategy reveals she can’t run on her own disastrous record.

Her administration has been plagued by scandalsmismanagementfailing policies, and an extreme agenda out of step with the people of Iowa. All the while, Reynolds continues to put partisanship over helping Iowa families with the escalating Trade War, many of whom make up the very base of voters she is counting on.

On top of all this, Reynolds faces a formidable opponent in Fred Hubbell and historic enthusiasm levels from Iowa Democrats. In recent special elections, Democrats have outperformed their 2016 margins by over 20 points on average.

“Reynolds’ mismanagement and misplaced priorities have plagued her campaign from day one, and this race will only get more difficult for her as Iowans learn about her record. Democrats know the stakes, we have the energy, and we will elect Fred Hubbell the next Governor of Iowa this fall ,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.

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June 13th, 2018 Posted In: News

Instead of talking about her record and issues that matter to Iowa families, Kim Reynolds kicked off her campaign with hollow, personal attacks against Fred Hubbell. Unsurprisingly, Iowans aren’t buying it.

THE DAILY NONPAREIL: Editorial: An odd political stance
Rather than focus on their personal financial backgrounds, Iowa voters should demand a focus — and an ongoing campaign debate — on issues that are critical and important to Iowans.

Hubbell has already promised to undo the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban — a ban signed into law by Reynolds but temporarily stayed by court order. Hubbell has promised to reverse the state’s privatized Medicaid program amid reports of reduced services. School funding and infrastructure repair should be part of that debate.

A campaign based on personal wealth and background will not, in our view, provide Iowans with the information they need to make an informed choice in November.

CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE: GOP shots at Fred Hubbell over wealth are rich
Gov. Kim Reynolds said “we celebrate wealth in this country.” However …

“The issue isn’t that Fred Hubbell has been rich his entire life, it’s that he has no idea what it’s (like) not to be,” Reynolds told supporters, according to the Des Moines Register. “He has no idea what it’s like to balance a family checkbook or make tough decisions most of us make each day …” This from a governor who signed a huge tax cut package into law just weeks after signing midyear budget cuts. Iowa’s overdraft is in the mail.

The real issue Republicans have with Hubbell’s wealth is they won’t be able to massively outraise and outspend the Democratic nominee.

KMALAND: Henderson: “fasten your seat belts” for Reynolds, Hubbell race for governor
“I asked her on Sunday about what the chairman of the party had been saying, and if she was comfortable with that. She just waived her hands and rolled her eyes,” Henderson said. “It was a surprise to many of us that she was going so hard so fast on that angle.”

“Kim Reynolds knows she can’t talk about her record, which is why she is already resorting to desperate, personal attacks. Iowans want and deserve a campaign about the issues they need our future governor to tackle,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.

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