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August 14th, 2018 Posted In: News

In response to Vice President Pence’s visit to Iowa on Wednesday, the Iowa Democratic Party will be holding a press event Wednesday highlighting the War on Working Families the GOP has waged in Iowa and across the county. Vice President Pence, Governor Kim Reynolds, Congressman David Young, and Republicans consistently help corporations and special interests while hurting workers and families.

Between an escalating trade war hurting our farmers, dangerous tax plan, and massive giveaways of tax dollars to wealthy corporations at the expense of education and health care services, it is clear: the GOP does not care about Iowa’s working families.

Iowans deserve leaders that are on their side. Governor Reynolds, Congressman Young, and Republicans in the state and across the country are not those leaders.

WAR ON WORKERS PRESS CONFERENCE

WHO: Democratic Party Chair Troy Price and Iowans affected by the War on Working Families
WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM
WHERE: ISEA Parking Lot on Convention Center Side, 777 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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August 13th, 2018 Posted In: News

Despite being barred at the last minute by Reynolds Administration officials from the Veterans’ Parade at the Iowa State Fair, the Iowa Democratic Veterans’ Caucus will be at the State Fair on Monday at 11:00 AM to show support for their fellow service members. They will gather at the Iowa Democratic Party’s State Fair booth in the Varied Industries building immediately after.

Until Friday afternoon, the Veterans’ Caucus was planning on marching in the Veterans’ Parade at the State Fair, as they have done many times over the years including in 2015 under Governor Branstad.

They followed the correct application procedure, their application was approved, and they had already received their tickets and parking passes to participate.

Veterans’ Caucus leadership received a call from a Reynolds Administration official involved with the Parade on Friday informing them that they were barred from participating because they were a political organization. When asked to produce the written rules or record of a vote by the Board governing the Parade banning Veterans’ political groups, the official could produce neither. The official is not on the Iowa State Fair Board.

“Many Veterans choose to get involved in the Iowa Democratic Veterans’ Caucus because we see it as a way to shape the nation we fought to protect. Our motto says that this is our second call to duty,” said Iowa Democratic Party Veterans’ Caucus Chair Ron Healey. “By disinviting our veterans from a parade they have marched in for years, the Reynolds Administration is telling Democratic veterans that their service is worth less than others’ for purely partisan reasons.”

“This follows the Reynolds Administration’s pattern of retaliation against Iowans for politically disagreeing with the governor, but it is absolutely shocking that it would extend to our nation’s Veterans,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.

WHO: Iowa Democratic Veterans’ Caucus

WHERE: Iowa State Fair Veterans’ Parade and Iowa Democratic Party Booth in Varied Industries Building

WHEN: August 13th at 11:00 AM

RSVP: Tess Seger, tseger@iowademocrats.org, (503) 473 – 7624

ABOUT THE IDVC:
The Iowa Democratic Veterans’ Caucus is the recognized voice for veterans and their families within the Iowa Democratic Party and IDVC acts as the voice of Democrats in the Veterans’ community by helping to craft the IDP legislative and policy agenda for issues affecting Veterans, their families and their communities.

Our Second Call To Duty

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August 9th, 2018 Posted In: News

From Closing 36 Workforce Development Centers, To Cutting Funding to Community Colleges Across the State, IDP Chair Troy Price Will Be Traveling Across the State Speaking About Gov. Reynolds Failed Record on Growing and Protecting Iowa’s Workforce

 

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price is travelling to Eastern and Northern Iowa this week to shed light on how Governor Reynolds’ shuttering of workforce development centers across rural Iowa, has further reduced opportunities for Iowans. A once successful program, under the Reynolds-Branstad administration the Workforce Development program has been decimated, today, serving 100,000 less Iowans than in 2010 under Governor Culver.

 

Working Iowans deserve a governor who is fighting for them, and it’s clear Kim Reynolds is not that person.

 

Members of the press who are interested in attending events with Chair Price should RSVP to Sydney McDevitt at smcdevitt@iowademocrats.org.

 

REYNOLDS RECORD: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CUTS TOUR

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9

Linn County

WHO: Democratic Party Chair Troy Price and Linn County workers

WHAT: Workforce Development Cuts Press Conference

WHEN: 10:00 AM

WHERE: IBEW 405, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

 

Scott County

WHO: Democratic Party Chair Troy Price and Scott County workers

WHAT: Workforce Development Cuts Press Conference

WHEN: 1:00 PM

WHERE: 2720 W Locust, Suite 2A, Davenport, IA

 

Washington County

WHO: Democratic Party Chair Troy Price and Washington County workers

WHAT: Workforce Development Cuts Round Table

WHEN: 3:30 PM

WHERE: Cafe Dodici, 122 S Iowa Ave, Washington, IA 52353

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

Boone County

WHO: Democratic Party Chair Troy Price and Boone County workers

WHAT: Workforce Development Cuts Round Table

WHEN: 10:00 AM

WHERE: Ericson Public Library, 702 Greene St, Boone, IA 50036

 

Cerro Gordo County

WHO: Democratic Party Chair Troy Price and Cerro Gordo County workers

WHAT: Workforce Development Cuts Round Table

WHEN: 3:30 PM

WHERE: Cerro Gordo Democrats HQ, 219 N Federal Ave, Mason City, Iowa 50401

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August 9th, 2018 Posted In: News

“In her actions as governor, Reynolds is known for siding with business interests over Iowa’s people, environment and educational system.”

 

Yesterday, the Des Moines Register published a scathing column ripping Governor Reynolds apart for the hypocrisy of her attacks on Fred Hubbell. Columnist Rekha Basu dug in to how Reynolds has sided with business interests, not Iowa interests, throughout her administration:

 

“In her actions as governor, Reynolds is known for siding with business interests over Iowa’s people, environment and educational system.

Did she denounce Bill Tracy, the most recent president and CEO of Younkers’ parent company, when the company recently declared bankruptcy and set about closing all its stores? No, of course not, because that was a private business decision and Reynolds, of all politicians, is not one to dictate anything to businesses.”

 

“It’s blatantly obvious that Governor Reynolds’ attacks are based in nothing but cold, political calculation – not genuine concern for the people of Iowa. Iowans care about actions, not words, and Governor Reynolds has left Iowa families behind at every chance she gets,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.  

 

Full column can be found below:

 

DES MOINES REGISTER: Reynolds claims to care about your paycheck while rejecting minimum wage hikes

I’m not sure which part of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Younkers-closing related attack adon her  Democratic opponent is most galling, or ironic. Is it that the people it portrays as small-town Iowans disrupted by Younkers stores closing are actually Republican operatives playing roles? Or that the ad presents them in blanket stereotypes?

Is it the distortions about what Fred Hubbell did or didn’t do as Younkers CEO, as media have already deconstructed? His campaign says when the stores were closed, Hubbell didn’t have day-to-day responsibility for them because he was president and chief executive officer of Younkers’ parent company, Equitable of Iowa Companies.

Or is it the hypocrisy? In her actions as governor, Reynolds is known for siding with business interests over Iowa’s people, environment and educational system.

Did she denounce Bill Tracy, the most recent president and CEO of Younkers’ parent company, when the company recently declared bankruptcy and set about closing all its stores? No, of course not, because that was a private business decision and Reynolds, of all politicians, is not one to dictate anything to businesses.

 

She won’t tell agribusinesses to stop fouling the state’s water or get out. She won’t demand health insurers cover mental illnesses and other conditions in the health plans they administer. (See Senate File 2349, which she signed into law in the last legislative session.) Quite the contrary. Instead of using use state’s leverage to stand up for the services vulnerable Iowans receive, she puts business interests, first.

Now she won’t reappoint David Hudson, a critic of the state’s Medicaid privatization process, to Iowa’s Medical Assistance Advisory Council, where he has been its co-chairman. Why? The evidence suggests (and her spokeswoman hasn’t confirmed or denied) it was because he spoke up against companies that got state contracts, for cutting crucial services to his son and other Iowans with disabilities.

“Where was the case management for Todd? Why wasn’t there a fight to the death to get Todd the services he needed so he could come home?” Hudson demanded of an Amerigroup rep last year after the death of an Orange City man.  Maybe most harmful to his tenure, Hudson had called attention to the fact that the privatization plan, which was supposed to save the state $232 million, was only going to save it $47 million.

But Reynolds’ ad would have you think she’s out there standing up for the little guy and gal. Under the Branstad-Reynolds administration, the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers were slashed. Women’s health centers and residential facilities for juveniles were closed, leaving their clients in crisis. She signed into law $11 million in cuts to Regents universities last year. An $8.3 million Regents budget this year doesn’t even make up for those cuts.

Meanwhile, she cut taxes to businesses even on top of the commercial property tax breaks already costing $214 million a year. The state last year shelled out $66.1 million of taxpayer dollars in “research subsidies” to huge companies, chiefly Rockwell Collins and Deere & Co. And those research tax credits are refundable, so the companies can use them to offset their taxes even it means they pay none. So nearly $42 million of the credits were received by companies that then paid no income taxes after applying them.

So, back to that ad, which opens with “Diane” of Newton sitting on her front porch, reminiscing about Younkers having once been the heart of the town. “Until Fred Hubbell shut it down and fired everyone,” continues “Kevin” of Spencer from a coffee shop. “Small towns were a drain on Hubbell’s profits. That’s what they told us,” weighs in Trudy from Ottumwa.

The speakers go on to accuse Hubbell of closing stores in Spencer, Ottumwa and Newton because they weren’t making him enough money, and then getting a $90,000 raise. The ad closes with a black screen with the words, “Fred Hubbell. He cares about his paycheck,” as two more words pop up: “Not yours.”

Shocking? Well sadly, the not-so-shocking truth is that most corporate CEOs probably do care more about their paychecks than those of small-town Americans. It’s called capitalism. Even sadder, the Iowa state government has denied Iowans a raise by refusing to hike the minimum wage from its paltry $7.25 an hour; it has actually prohibited individual counties from raising theirs.

Yes, $90,000 is a  lot of money to most Iowans, especially those earning minimum wage. And if a retail business isn’t profitable, it will likely close. Sometimes owners will beg the state for incentives to stay, which is foolish from an economic standpoint if there’s no market for them. So you wonder, would Reynolds advocate throwing good money after bad?

In fact what exactly is her point about Hubbell? The ad doesn’t accuse him of financial mismanagement, and there are differing versions of when and why he got paid the $90,000, including that it was for his work for Equitable. Does Reynolds oppose soft landings for CEOs when companies fail? If so, is she ready to  join those of us who want to see the Citizens United ruling overturned, so companies don’t have the same rights as people to influence election outcomes? Don’t hold your breath.

If $90,000 is a lot, so is $42 million, which the state doles out in research credits to business entities that won’t pay taxes. And so is $185 million, the difference between what privatizing Medicaid was supposed to save the state and what it actually saved. Those are reaI numbers that affect real people. So now can we please get real in this campaign?

 

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