DES MOINES – Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Derek Eadon, issued the following statement today in response to the introduction of HSB84, the bill that strips Iowa workers of the right to negotiate their wages & benefits with the State:
“This bill is an overreach of power. Period. The new big brother-style Republican government in Iowa has decided that their priority is not creating jobs, but is instead putting more people under the thumb of government bureaucracy. First it was women, with the bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Then it was students with the underfunded public school budget. Now it’s working people, and Republicans will certainly pass this bill too. Gov. Branstad or Kim Reynolds will sign the bill. When it becomes law, the result will be that firefighters, police officers, teachers, nurses and all public employees will hold a weaker position in terms of ensuring the safety of their workplace, the scope of their benefits, and the equity of their paychecks.
Des Moines – At their fourth quarterly meeting on December 17, 2016, the Iowa Democratic Party passed the following resolution:
“As Democrats we support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and the veterans who stand in solidarity with them. We encourage all Democrats to contact their representatives and ask the to publicly take a stand against abusive corporate practices and demand that standing treaties with Indigenous Nations be respected. We also encourage all Democrats to demand that their representatives condemn the dangerous actions by police against Indigenous people and their allies.”
Des Moines – The State Central Committee of the Iowa Democratic Party today elected Derek Eadon to serve as Chair for the 2017-2018 term. While he was a student at the University of Iowa, Derek Eadon started his career in politics as a driver for Art Small’s long shot campaign against Chuck Grassley. In 2006, he was a canvasser and organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. He worked for all three of President Obama’s successful Iowa campaigns, including serving as Iowa General Election Director in 2012. Derek also served as State Director for Organizing for America in Iowa and as the 2010 Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Director.
Des Moines–In response to the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, Iowa Democratic Party, Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement:
“President Obama will officially leave the oval office today with a legacy of economic prosperity, inclusiveness and a strong record on national security. We thank him for his service and the dignity with which he has served. We wish the Obama family the best as they make the transition into private life.
“When Donald Trump becomes the nation’s 45th President, we hope that he will recognize and respect the significance and history of the office and govern with grace and with the nation’s best interests at heart. As Americans, we proudly wish our country to progress and prosper.
“It is our hope that Donald Trump and fellow Republican leaders will not use their governing powers to deepen the cultural divide or widen the growing income inequality gap. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. He does not have a mandate to implement extreme policies or compromise the delicate balance of foreign relations. As President, it is important that he listens to all Americans, not just those who agree with him.”