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October 11th, 2017 Posted In: News

Today, the Iowa Democratic Party launched a petition to hold Governor Reynolds accountable for the Reynolds Budget Crisis and calling for an audit to examine her fiscal mismanagement and possibly illegal financial gimmicks.

Under Reynolds’ leadership, massive tax giveaways to special interests have led to budget deficits and devastating cuts to services Iowa business and families depend on. On top of that, she may have illegally transferred funds to deny accountability for her budgetary disaster.

The Iowa Democratic Party is inviting Iowans across the political spectrum to sign this petition to hold their Governor accountable for the Reynolds Budget Crisis.

“Iowa families and businesses are the ones paying the price for Kim Reynolds’ disastrous mismanagement of Iowa’s budget,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “That’s why concerned Iowans across the political spectrum are coming together to hold the Governor accountable for the Reynolds Budget Crisis.”

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October 10th, 2017 Posted In: News

Today, Governor Kim Reynolds admitted that she dropped the ball and failed to lobby President Trump personally on Iowa’s proposed stopgap measure to shore up the state’s insurance marketplace despite her promise earlier this summer that she would do so.

Reports last week indicated that President Trump personally rejected Iowa’s proposal, a move that would lead to skyrocketing premiums for 72,000 Iowans.

Today, Reynolds said, “I haven’t spoken directly to the President,” but in June, when asked whether she would raise this issue with the President while he was in Iowa, she said, “I will have the opportunity to meet with him… Of course I’m going to talk about encouraging the White House to work with us on our stop-gap measure for insurance coverage.”

“Kim Reynolds dropped the ball on Iowa’s health insurance problems by breaking her promise and failing to advocate for our state to President Trump,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.“This latest example of Reynolds’ mismanagement and broken promises means that 72,000 Iowans may see their premiums spike, and over 20,000 people could lose their insurance or leave Iowa altogether. Between her budget crisis and this failure on health care, Iowa families just can’t afford any more of Reynolds’ mismanagement.”

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October 9th, 2017 Posted In: News

Emmy-award winning actor will rally Democrats on November 27 ahead of 2018 elections.

The Iowa Democratic Party announced today that progressive advocate and Emmy-Award winning actor Alec Baldwin will be taking the stage as the 2017 Iowa Democratic Party Fall Gala Keynote Speaker.

While Alec Baldwin captured national attention for his portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he is just as committed to putting a stop to the irresponsible lawmaking in DC and places like Iowa. Ahead of the premier of the 43rd season of Saturday Night Live, he told reporters that he hoped that his work would inspire Americans to vote in the midterm elections.

“Heading into the 2018 midterm elections and beyond, I have decided to rededicate my efforts to helping the Democratic party win across the country. That effort begins in earnest in Iowa on Monday, November 27th,” said Mr. Baldwin. “There will be many more opportunities both before and after, and you can plan on seeing me out there with folks on the ground fighting this most important battle for our future.”

“We are so excited to welcome Alec Baldwin to Iowa, and to have him lend his voice to the growing chorus of people who are ready to see change in Iowa. He will be able to provide a unique and entertaining perspective on the challenges facing our country and how we can work together to rebuild our party,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “There is no question we’ve got our work cut out for us next year. We’re not backing down, and we’re not taking anything for granted. This year’s dinner will highlight the strength of our great ticket, as well as the passion and commitment Democrats have to take back our state.”

The son of a local school teacher, Alec Baldwin grew up on Long Island, NY. He attended the George Washington University and New York University before landing his initial role on the soap opera The Doctors. This began a career that has spanned nearly 30 years and includes memorable roles in films such as Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, and The Cooler, and TV shows such as Knot’s Landing, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live – where his parody of the President has defined satire in the age of Trump. In all, Baldwin has earned three Emmys and ten other Emmy Nominations, three Golden Globes and seven Golden Globe nominations, and one Academy Award Nomination.

In addition to his acting, Baldwin has been a tireless advocate for progressive and philanthropic causes.  Baldwin is on the board of People For the American Way and is active in the animal rights movement. He campaigned for Democratic political icons Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Paul Wellstone, and Ted Kennedy. The Alec Baldwin Foundation has supported several causes since it was founded in 2006, including efforts to address homelessness, eliminate the death penalty, and finding cures for breast cancer and AIDS.

The Iowa Democratic Party’s Annual Fall Gala will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Get your tickets here.

 

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October 6th, 2017 Posted In: News

In the wake of reports that President Donald Trump personally put a stop to Governor Kim Reynolds’s stopgap proposal to stabilize the insurance market in the state, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement:

“The failed leadership of Governor Reynolds in Iowa and Donald Trump in Washington D.C. is putting Iowa families in danger. 72,000 Iowans will face a 57% premium increase next year because our Governor can’t lead, and our President is willing to throw us under the bus to score political points. I am disgusted and appalled. Iowa deserves better. America deserves better.”

Excerpt from the initial report below:

WASHINGTON POST: As ACA enrollment nears, administration keeps cutting federal support of the law

“For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application.

Trump’s message in late August was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations: Tell Iowa no.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act see the president’s opposition even to changes sought by conservative states as part of a broader campaign by his administration to undermine the 2010 health-care law. In addition to trying to cut funding for the ACA, the Trump administration also is hampering state efforts to control premiums. In the case of Iowa, that involved a highly unusual intervention by the president himself.”

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