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May 24th, 2018 Posted In: News

The Iowa Democratic Party has always been and will always be a place where everyone is welcome and included in the process of making our state and country a better place. Standing up for those who have been marginalized, forgotten, or ignored is a core value of the Democratic Party, as such, we as a community have a special obligation to strongly condemn every incident of sexual harassment, particularly when it occurs within our own party.

I admire those who had the courage to step forward, and I believe Senator Boulton did the right thing by suspending his campaign. We hope that he will prioritize the values of the Iowa Democratic Party, and every Democrat we represent, as he makes his decision about his future. Whatever decision he makes, we support a full and thorough investigation by the Iowa Senate into this matter.

We can and must do better.

This is not the end of the conversation. We firmly believe that the events of the last 24 hours are a step towards creating the social change we so desperately need; but, it won’t happen without folks like you stepping up to be part of the solution. Please help us move forward.

Our doors and our ears are open: http://iowademocrats.org/contact/.

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Harassment (h/t Feminist Majority Foundation):

9 to 5: National Association of Working Women
1-800-522-0925

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1-800-669-4000

Equal Rights Advocates
415-621-0672
1-800-839-4372
24 HR line: 415-621-0505

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) 
213-629-2512

National Women’s Law Center
202-588-5180

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
1-800-827-5335

Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline
1-800-284-7821

Iowa Victim Service Call Center
1-800-770-1650

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May 23rd, 2018 Posted In: News

Iowa Democrats mark one year anniversary of Reynolds swearing in with new video series.

This week marks one year since Governor Reynolds was sworn in to office, so the Iowa Democratic Party is taking a critical look at how she has handled the most pressing issues in our state.

Legislators from all over Iowa have stepped up to make sure the public is fully aware of the Reynolds Administration’s messed up priorities and mismanagement. In the latest video in the Reynolds in Review series, Representative Todd Prichard from Charles City raises concerns about Reynolds’ rural priorities:

“We know that Governor Reynolds is not an effective advocate for rural Iowa, but I would take it one step further – I don’t think she understands rural Iowa.

Governor Reynolds doesn’t understand that her cuts to education mean the schools at the center of many of our rural communities will close because of consolidation. 

She doesn’t understand that her attacks on affordable health care and Medicaid are shrinking rural access to lifesaving care and taking even more good jobs from our rural communities.

It’s time for leadership that values and fights for the dignity of rural Iowa.”

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May 22nd, 2018 Posted In: News

Iowa Democrats mark one year anniversary of Reynolds swearing in with new video series.

This week marks one year since Governor Reynolds was sworn in to office, so the Iowa Democratic Party is taking a critical look at how she has handled the most pressing issues in our state.

Legislators from all over Iowa have stepped up to make sure the public is fully aware of the Reynolds Administration’s messed up priorities and mismanagement, starting with Representative Chris Hall from Sioux City:

As the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m a watchdog for your tax dollars. Over the last year, I have been appalled at the Reynolds Administration’s lack of responsible management, and, frankly, respect for the needs of the people of Iowa.

Back in 2013, Reynolds helped push through massive tax breaks for the wealthiest special interests and corporations with the promise that those dollars would trickle down to Iowa families. Fast forward to today, Reynolds has signed hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to services like public schools, safety, and health care because her tax giveaways have not grown our economy as promised.

To learn more about the Reynolds Budget Crisis, visit www.reynoldsbudgetcrisis.org.

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May 21st, 2018 Posted In: News

On Saturday, June 23rd, the Iowa Democratic Party will hold our annual Hall of Fame Celebration with keynote speaker Governor Jay Inslee of Washington.

Under Governor Jay Inslee’s leadership, Washington state has been a beacon of progress for the nation, expanding access to voting rights, taking steps to reduce gun violence, providing paid sick and the best paid family leave policies in the nation and raising the minimum wage, all while having the strongest state economy in the nation, according to CNBC and Business Insider — a stark contrast to the dysfunction in the other Washington.

Governor Inslee also serves as the chair of the Democratic Governors Association.

The following Iowans will be honored with awards at the Hall of Fame Celebration:

Outstanding Elected Official
Elaine Baxter

Outstanding Supporter
Mary Campos

Outstanding Leadership
Schmidt-Stewart Family

Outstanding SCC Member
Carl McPherson

Democratic Party Chair
Jeremy Dumkrieger

Activist
Mike & Christine Weinard

Rising Star
Josh Hughes
Tahmyrah Lytle

WHO: Iowa Democratic Party featuring Governor Jay Inslee of Washington and Hall of Fame Award Recipients

WHERE: The Meadows Events & Conference Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2018; doors open 4:00 PM, program begins 5:00 PM

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