*These dates are in accordance with the Iowa Code, Sections 43.92, and 43.4; and the Iowa Democratic Party Constitution, Article II Section 2 and Article VI Section 8.
Sunday, January 21, 2018-
First Day to publish first required caucus notice. Must be published on or between January 21 and January 28.
Monday, January 29, 2018-
First day to publish second required caucus notice. Must be published on or between January 29 and February 5.
Deadline for filing precinct caucus locations with the County Auditor.
Monday, February 5, 2018-
Saturday, March 24, 2018-
Time determined by county central committees
Saturday, April 28, 2018-
Time determined by district central committees
Tuesday, June 5, 2018-
Saturday, June 16, 2018-
State Convention, Des Moines IA
More information can be found at: http://iowademocrats.org/2018-caucus-documents/
The Iowa Democratic Party would like to welcome chair of the national Republican Party Ronna Romney McDaniel and former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the great state of Iowa.
“We’re going to leave the national politics to these beltway insiders, but we thought they might be interested to know how the GOP takeover in one of the nation’s critical swing states is going,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger. “Iowans are hurting under Kim Reynolds and the GOP. That’s why Democrats are putting it all on the line to make life better for the people of Iowa, and we already have victories on the board. If the Republican Party wants to do right by our state, they should stop promoting the divisive politics of Donald Trump and start addressing the problems hardworking Iowa families face every day.”
Workers Under Siege
In the last legislative session, Republican lawmakers voted to strip collective bargaining rights and put in place burdensome regulations aimed at weakening public sector unions. Fortunately, this strategy has backfired spectacularly. Over 98% public sector union bargaining units organized and won recertification in impressive landslide victories. Now, these unions are fired up and ready to fight for candidates who will protect workers’ overtime pay and pensions – which are Democratic candidates.
For Profit Medicaid
Iowans are losing confidence in Governor Reynolds’ administration to run Medicaid. Last week, Governor Reynolds and the Department of Human Services announced that AmeriHealth Caritas would be pulling out of Iowa. Now, 215,000 poor and disabled Iowans have to switch to a new provider, burdening Iowa families that have already been stretched thin in this new system.
The switch to privately-run Medicaid has been nothing short of disastrous for the people of Iowa. Even before AmeriHealth Caritas pulled out, there were already lawsuits filed on behalf of Iowans who lost access to basic and, in some cases, lifesaving care.
Reynolds Budget Crisis
Fiscal responsibility is no longer owned by the Republican Party thanks to the Reynolds Budget Crisis.
GOP giveaways to out-of-state corporations have crippled state revenues and fallen far short of growth projections. As a result, lawmakers were forced to cut $118 million from critical government services and borrow another $144 million.
On the ground, Iowans are losing watchdogs at nursing homes, facing higher fees and long waits if a loved one dies, and are only protected by five overnight state troopers. The Governor is even threatening to break her promise to replace small town revenues that have been gutted by her policies, threatening funding for roads, schools, and law enforcement.
Chairwoman McDaniel and Mr. Spicer can learn more about the timeline of the crisis at reynoldsbudgetcrisis.org.
Today, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement on the results from the 2017 municipal elections in Iowa:
“Yesterday’s vote was another step in securing a brighter future for the state of Iowa. I want to extend heartfelt thank you to all the great Democrats who ran to make their communities better and hearty congratulations to all the Democrats who were elected last night. From Muscatine to Sioux City, in communities large and small, Democrats stand ready to create real change at the local level. The Iowa Democratic Party is committed to doing right by the people of Iowa, and we look forward to continuing the momentum from last night’s wins all the way to next November.”