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May 26th, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES– Donald Trump clinched the GOP nomination for President today without revealing the single-most important indicator of his financial integrity and history. Trump’s refusal to release his returns goes against 40 years of Presidential protocol dating back to the Nixon administration. Even some Republicans like Iowa’s Rep. Steve King agree that Trump is hiding something and should release his returns. Last week IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire called on Gov. Branstad to urge Trump to release his returns. Branstad responded that the decision was ultimately up to Trump.

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May 25th, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES--May 25th, 2007, was the last time the federal government passed legislation that ensured Americans a wage increase. While the cost of living has skyrocketed, the federal minimum wage remains frozen at $7.25/hr, a rate that prevents working families from getting ahead. Democrats value a strong workforce and have continued to fight for working Americans here in Iowa and around the country, so Donald Trump’s announcement that wages are “too high” demonstrates a complete disregard for middle class Americans and shows how out of touch he really is.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a surprise announcement coming from Trump. His business empire was built on the backs of exploited workers and underpaid staff. Last week, Americans discovered that Trump was rooting for the housing crisis of 2007. Donald Trump’s stance on minimum wage is indicative of an overall economic strategy based on greed and self-interest. Today, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued a call for a higher minimum wage in Iowa and across the country:

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May 24th, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES-Last week, CNN and other national media outlets reported on Donald Trump and his disturbing comments made before and during the financial and housing crisis of the mid-to-late 2000s. In 2007, Trump boasted: “I’ve always made more money in bad markets than in good markets” in an address to a group of Trump University students. In the same speech, Trump claimed he was “excited” by the prospect of the country’s impending housing and financial crisis.

Trump’s statements reveal serious character flaws and troubling displays of self-interest. The financial crisis and the recession that followed adversely affected thousands of Americans. The crisis brought our country to the brink of another Great Depression, and hard-working people lost their jobs and their homes. It took years for some working families to recover. Trump’s callous disregard for Americans who would suffer from an economic downturn demonstrates a lack of empathy and a propensity for reckless behavior that would make him dangerous as President.

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May 21st, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES – IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in honor of Armed Forces Day:

“On behalf of all Iowa Democrats, I want to thank all of our men and women in every branch of our military for their brave service and commitment to our country. Guarding our nation’s freedom is a difficult task that requires dedication and sacrifice. Iowa takes pride in all those who serve in our military, and it is our hope that they all return home safely to their friends and families.

“Today on Armed Forces Day, and every day, let us not only honor our military members but also ensure that they receive the care, education and job opportunities they deserve when they return home.”

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