The Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party has called a special meeting of the State Central Committee:
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
(International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers)
2000 Walker St, Des Moines IA 50317
The purpose of this special meeting is to elect a new Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party and to approve the 2018 Caucus to Convention calendar.
Please Call IDP Executive Director Kevin Geiken with any questions at 515.244.7292
In her weekly press conference, Governor Kim Reynolds made it quite clear that not only was she on board with the partisan revenge politics of ACA repeal in Washington, but that she also does not care about the particulars of those efforts, even if they hurt Iowans.
Reynolds expressed frustration with her D.C. colleagues’ inability to come to an agreement on repeal due to several Republican senators’ concerns that the stipulations of the proposal would do great harm to their states and the American people.
The Gazette quoted her as saying: “They have to do something. Doing nothing is not an option.”
In that same press conference, Reynolds repeated time and time again that she was only looking for a short term solution, declining to take a position that might result in meaningful change for Iowa.
Last week, Reynolds was just as vague, saying: “My support is for them to get something done. That’s where I’m at.”
“This kind of strict adherence to D.C. partisan politics without attention to the actual substance of policies is disastrous,” said Executive Director Kevin Geiken. “We need leadership that will examine each issue through the lens of what’s best for Iowans. In her seven year tenure, Governor Reynolds has proven that she can’t be trusted to put our state ahead of her blind allegiance to the Republican Party.”
Unlike other GOP Governors who are taking a critical look at the bills coming out of D.C., Reynolds is abandoning Iowans for her party.
In a press conference today, Reynolds once again refused to propose any tangible solutions or support a specific policy that would protect Iowan health care in the face of deep uncertainty in Washington over the fate of health care reform. Instead, she repeated her talking points that claim that the ACA is failing and reasserted her support for repeal.
She went on to imply that she should not be expected to weigh in on the changes to health care bills in Washington:
“This changes every day, you all are constantly asking me to weigh in on whatever the proposal of the day is for each and it fluctuates even within a day.”
Unfortunately for Governor Reynolds, part of her job is to tell the people of Iowa her plans, especially when it impacts their access to life-altering care, their finances, and a significant portion of the state’s economy.
When Reynolds has seen fit to make her position on the health care plan known, she has been in lock step with Washington Republicans. Earlier this month she voiced her support, under no uncertain terms, for Congress to repeal and replace the ACA. The AP Reported:
“Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she wants Congress ‘to get something done’ on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, but she declined to offer specifics.”
While Kim Reynolds has been fully on board with her Republican allies in D.C., many other Republican governors, including John Kasich of Ohio and Brian Sandoval in Nevada, who have both taken a far more cautious and critical approach to the deals being cut in Washington.
Much like her ideologically motivated approach to the state budget, Reynolds is wholly focused on sticking to her party line rather than taking the time to consider the consequences of her actions.
Today, the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) officially announced Tess Seger as the new Communications Director for the organization.
“We are incredibly excited to bring Tess on board to help the party maintain open lines of communication with the press and the people of Iowa. Now more than ever, we are dedicated to transparency with everyone participating in the democratic process,” said Executive Director Kevin Geiken.
Seger joins the party from SKDKnickerbocker, a national strategic communications and political consulting firm, where she worked with veteran Democratic strategist Bill Burton to launch West Coast operations and advise federal and state campaigns across the country. A graduate of the George Washington University, she is originally from Portland, Oregon.
“As the granddaughter of Iowans on both sides of my family, the culture of this state shaped my upbringing,” said Seger. “The values of service, respect, and compassion passed down to me by my grandparents are the reason I am a Democrat, and they’re the reason I am so energized about joining the IDP at this moment when those values are under attack.”