Today, the Iowa Democratic Party launched a new program called Build Our Bench focused on the recruitment, training, and support of Democratic candidates for local office across the state. This year, the Iowa Democratic Party has filed a near-record number of candidates for state and federal races.
Build Our Bench will support those candidates, but it also works to focus on the hundreds of other races — from Soil and Water Commissioner to County Supervisor.
This new program offers tools to help Democrats who want to run for office find races to get involved in and resources to get started; it also offers tools for Democrats who are already running to build strong, effective campaigns.
The program includes:
“All across Iowa, Democrats are stepping up to run for office,” says Iowa Democratic Party Vice-Chair Andrea Phillips. “22 Iowa Democrats are running for statewide and national office right now. There are 113 Democrats running in almost all 100 seats in the Iowa House. We’ve got 26 awesome candidates running for the State Senate too. Just like so many Iowa Democrats who have stepped up to run, the Iowa Democratic Party is stepping up to support them and to help make sure a Democrat is ready to run in every single race.”
Today, Governor Reynolds met with President Trump to discuss his trade war’s impact on the state of Iowa and, yet again, failed to produce tangible results for worried Iowa farmers and rural communities.
“Rural communities don’t need more empty words from Governor Reynolds and President Trump right now, they need action. Despite her supposedly close relationship with the White House, Governor Reynolds has repeatedly failed to advocate for Iowa interests, and today was just more of the same. It’s time for new leadership that will hold this administration’s feet to the fire and bring home solutions,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.
This morning, we outlined Reynolds’ history of failure in negotiations with the White House. Full release can be found here.
Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that she would be joining a meeting with President Trump and governors concerned about his destabilizing trade war.
“Governor Reynolds has acknowledged that these tariffs will hurt our state, but she has yet to produce any results that will actually help rural communities weather this disaster. Rural communities are already suffering in Iowa, and that has only been made worse by her the self-inflicted budget crisis. It is long past to me she finally stand up for rural Iowa and produce real results. Her success in this meeting with the President will be measured by the tangible solutions she can get from the White House, but from looking at her record, Iowans should be skeptical that any progress will be made,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.
Unfortunately for Iowans, Governor Reynolds does not have a good record of bringing back results for our state. Last time she met with Trump, she failed to effectively advocate for Iowa interests on multiple fronts, and, as a result, Iowa lost out “big league.”
In June 2017, Reynolds met with Trump about energy issues, which presumably meant the ethanol and wind energy sectors so central to Iowa’s economy. However, when Trump’s EPA released their first Renewable Fuel Standard proposal, the biodiesel number fell more than 600 million below the industry’s request.
At the time, even Governor Reynolds admitted that she was “disappointed” that biodiesel numbers weren’t higher.
Reynolds also said she would use the June meeting to speak to President Trump about a stopgap proposal to keep costs low for Iowans in the health care exchanges. In August, the Washington Post reported that Trump personally called and killed the proposal.
Her failure to get Iowa’s exception plan approved resulted in 72,000 Iowans facing a 57% premium increase in 2018.
Governor Reynolds is out with a new ad talking about “the Iowa story” but fails to mention how the story of her leadership has been leaving millions of Iowans behind while protecting those who fund GOP efforts.
“The Governor has failed at every turn to put Iowa citizens and Iowa values ahead of the special interests that line her campaign coffers.
The real story of Governor Reynolds’ Iowa is one where schools are underfunded, tuition is going up for college students, nursing homes are no longer inspected, health care is being cut, the rights of so many – workers, minorities, women – are being trampled on, communities – especially rural ones – are in crisis, corporations are receiving tax breaks while the state doesn’t have the money to pay its bills, and countless other examples of Iowans being left behind.
Governor Reynolds is going to do her best to cover up this story, but Iowans are living it every day, and that is why they will elect a new Governor in November,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.
Reynolds Budget Crisis
Every single service our government provides to help Iowans get ahead is contingent on the budget.
The state of Iowa went from a $1 billion surplus to more than a $200 million deficit because of massive, special interest giveaways pushed by the Reynolds-Branstad Administration. Governor Reynolds and Iowa Republicans are now making working Iowans pay for the shortfall while the corporations and special interests that got the budget busting tax break make off scot-free.
Learn more at ReynoldsBudgetCrisis.org.
Under Governor Reynolds, it’s even harder for Iowans to get ahead through education.
School funding levels have failed to keep up with student and teacher needs while Reynolds’ special interest giveaways have skyrocketed. Reynolds also played a key role in stripping teachers of their collective bargaining rights, and she supported diverting public dollars to pay for private schools, despite evidence that it would hurt public schools and only benefit the wealthy.
Her budget crisis forced mid-year budget cuts which Reynolds and her Republican allies aimed at Iowa’s public universities and community colleges, resulting in higher tuition for students trying to get ahead, especially STEM majors.
Hardworking Iowans sometimes need help to get ahead, especially when it comes to health care.
Medicaid is one of the best tools at our disposal to give those families the support they need, but under Kim Reynolds, the failures of the program have become black mark on our state.
Despite years of outcry from Iowans suffering under former Governor Branstad’s private Medicaid scheme, it took Reynolds until January 2018 to even admit there was a problem. Furthermore, she decided to tackle said problem by hiring an official from Kansas, whose previous program had also put patients in danger. Reports of inhumane treatment of Iowa citizens keep coming, but Reynolds has refused to consider moving the program back to the cheaper, more effective state-run system.
She has also slashed funding for protections for seniors in nursing homes, despite widespread reports of abuse.