The State Central Committee of the Iowa Democratic Party today passed the following resolution:
Whereas, The Iowa Democratic Party stands proudly with our union brothers and sisters today as part of the National Working People’s Day of Action.
Whereas, This Day of Action comes one year, one week, and one day after the Republican-Controlled Legislature and Republican Governor passed dangerous changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining laws that stripped the voice of 181,000 public workers from their workplace, eliminated protections for workers injured on the job, and prohibited project labor agreements; and
Whereas, that legislation was designed to destroy unions in Iowa, but instead only made them stronger with 96% of public sector unions re-certifying in 2017, as well as hundreds of union members and union-backed candidates being elected to school boards and municipal office; and
Whereas, now at the national level public, sector unions are once again facing threat from the Right with the Supreme Court to hear arguments this Monday on the Janus case, which will adjudicate a National Right-To-Work-For-Less law across the United States for public sector unions.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Iowa Democratic Party will always stand in solidarity with our Union brothers and sisters against any attack from those who wish to take away union rights, and will never back down from the fight:
And, ask that all Iowans join with us in this fight so that together we can protect the voice of working men and women and create a better future for all Iowans.
This is the perfect time for me to reach out to you.
My name is Andrea Phillips and I am the new acting chair of the IDP. First and foremost, I am really looking forward to the state chair election on the 22nd but as a volunteer, activist, and former candidate, I am equally excited for this year’s Hall of Fame event.
The IDP has decided to move away from the standard dinner and speeches and turn this event into a party. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by our volunteers and activists from across the state, and we want to showcase our exciting field of candidates for Governor.
The 2017 Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration will take place at 6pm on Thursday, July 27th at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. I hope you can join us at 4:30pm for appetizers and conversations with fellow Democrats.
This year the event will not only feature our gubernatorial candidates but also a slate of amazing volunteers, activists, and chairs nominated by their peers as the best of the best. Come celebrate these current and future leaders and be a part of helping us build this party and win in 2018 and beyond.
Make sure you get your tickets today. This is a party you won’t want to miss!
Gov. Reynolds Hits Turbulence: First an Ethics Mess, Now A Primary
Republican Ron Corbett Expected to Announce Candidacy for Governor; GOP Not Unified Behind Reynolds
Today, the Iowa Democratic Party released the following statement on Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett’s anticipated announcement on running for governor:
“Iowa Republicans’ path in 2018 just got much harder,” said IDP Chairman Derek Eadon. “Kim Reynolds’ ethics stumbles in her first month have already provoked a serious primary challenger. Now, Kim Reynolds and Ron Corbett will be stuck in a divisive race-to-the-right primary that is far outside of the mainstream of Iowa voters. The fact is both candidates are mired in ethics scandals, oppose women’s reproductive rights and endorsed the far-right anti-worker laws in the 2017 legislative session that would hurt Iowa’s education system. Either way, this primary will leave the Republican nominee out-of-touch and weakened in 2018.”
Reynolds and Corbett: Two Far-Right Peas in a Pod
REYNOLDS: Her First Week as Governor, Reynolds Flew Around the State on a Private Plane Owned by a Casino Tycoon Lobbying the State For A Casino Contract. Reynolds’ conflict of interest earned her negative coverage across Iowa. According to the Associated Press, “For her first trip across Iowa as governor, Republican Kim Reynolds sought and accepted the free use of a jet owned by a wealthy businessman who is lobbying for state approval to build a lucrative casino.” [Associated Press, 6/2/17]
CORBETT: As Mayor, Corbett Created a Nonprofit Group That Hides Its Donors But Pays Corbett $93,750 A Year, Creating A Cloud of Ethics Controversy Over Who Is Funding His Salary. According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, “The material is paid for through Engage Iowa, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which allows Corbett to promote his policy ideas but not a run for office. […] Corbett is the highest paid employee, earning $93,750 a year from the think tank. […] Engage Iowa raised $448,275 in donations, according to the form, but from whom is a mystery. No requirement exists to disclose the donors, and Corbett said he doesn’t plan to — even though disclosure could remove any doubt he’s receiving money from people or companies with business before the city of Cedar Rapids.” [Cedar Rapids Gazette, 12/26/16]
ON WOMEN’S CHOICE
REYNOLDS: In March 2017, Reynolds Said “This is the Most Pro-Life Administration in the History of the State.” According to the Des Moines Register, “On abortion, she encouraged advocates of stalled legislation declaring that life begins at conception to work on their legislators. ‘I will tell you from the administration’s perspective, this is the most pro-life administration in the history of the state,’ she said. She touted the Senate passing a bill eliminating state women’s health dollars from providers who offer abortion and noted the 20-week abortion ban is still pending. ” [Des Moines Register, 3/9/17]
CORBETT: In His 2017 Book, Beyond Promises, Corbett Notes His Support for Abortion Restrictions. According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, “To those who might argue he’s some squishy moderate or RINO, he makes multiple references to his support of home schooling, abortion restrictions and the state’s Defense of Marriage Act. If his stance on marriage has changed, he’s not sharing.” [Cedar Rapids Gazette, 5/7/17]
ON ANTI-WORKER LAWS IN 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
REYNOLDS: In February 2017, Reynolds Said the New Collective Bargaining Bill Gives School Districts the “Opportunity to Reward Good Employees and Good Teachers.” According to the Des Moines Register, “While the exact impact is not clear, almost everyone agrees that the implications of the collective bargaining legislation being fast-tracked in the Statehouse are far-reaching. ‘These changes are necessary,’ Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said this week. ‘It gives them (school districts) the opportunity to reward good employees – and good teachers – and, most importantly, make employment decisions based on merit, and not simply time served.’” [Des Moines Register, 2/11/17]
CORBETT: Corbett’s Engage Iowa Education Policy Paper Called the New Collective Bargaining Law “An Opportunity to Improve Iowa Public Schools.” According to the Engage Iowa Education Research Policy Paper on the 2017 collective bargaining law, “This new law, if acted upon reasonably, provides an opportunity to improve Iowa public schools.” [Engage Iowa Education Research Policy Paper, accessed 6/19/17]