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June 30th, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES—Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Dr.  Andy McGuire, today released the following statement on the Griffin v. Pate Supreme Court decision:

“Today’s Iowa Supreme Court decision to uphold Iowa’s ban on voting rights for felons was extremely disappointing and keeps Iowa on the extreme fringe of voter disenfranchisement. It is shameful that revoking felons’ rights was one of Gov. Branstad’s first actions after being sworn in as Governor in 2011. As Democrats we believe in expanding the opportunity to vote, not limiting it. The restoration of voting rights can help facilitate rehabilitation, reduce recidivism and foster a smoother transition back into ordinary life. A lifetime ban shames people and is not a productive practice for our state. We hope that Ms. Griffin and the Iowa ACLU will continue the fight to enfranchise voters and allow Iowan citizens, including those who have paid their debt to society, a chance to choose their leaders.”

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June 27th, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES—Iowa Democratic Party Chair Dr.  Andy McGuire today released the following statement on the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court decision:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down abortion restrictions in Texas is a bold victory for women’s reproductive rights across the country. Women everywhere deserve access to safe and legal abortions. We should not allow politics to interfere with a woman’s right to choose. Today’s decision sends an important signal to state governments that our nation’s highest Court will not tolerate legislation that attempts to regulate women’s healthcare. A woman, not the government, is in charge of her body. Here in Iowa, we are in constant battle against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood that would limit women’s access to affordable healthcare. I applaud our state legislators who have always been there to fight back against these anti-choice efforts. Every woman has a right to make decisions about her own body, and Iowa Democrats will continue to promote reproductive freedom and protect women’s access to healthcare services.”

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June 22nd, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES—As Donald Trump moves forward with his campaign in preparation for the general election, it is clear that his reckless economic policies will put us on a path toward recession. Leading economists predict Trump’s economic strategy will cost up to 3.5 million jobs, explode our national debt and only put more money into the pockets of the wealthy. Time and time again, Trump has proven that he only cares about himself and has built his empire on the backs of the working class he claims to champion. Trump has a history of running fraudulent scams aimed at the vulnerable, and we cannot allow him to apply these dangerous schemes to our national economy. Trump’s history of rooting for a bad economy and his refusal to reveal his tax returns highlight the fact that Trump lacks the temperament and responsibility to do what’s best for our national economy.

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June 22nd, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

DES MOINES – Last week, Rep. Steve King introduced an amendment that would have blocked Harriet Tubman from appearing on the $20 bill. The amendment failed to make it to the floor for debate, but it is just the latest example of King’s ineffectiveness as a Congressman.

In response to Rep. Steve King’s failed amendment, IDP Chair Andy McGuire issued the following statement:

“Rep. Steve King’s divisive rhetoric and political posturing is nothing new. Like most of his outrageous proposals, this amendment went nowhere, which is one of the reasons King has been named one of the least effective members of Congress.”

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