Fourteen Iowa House Democrats who seem content to stay in minority forever

Iowa Democrats are in a deep hole, controlling only 20 of the 50 seats in the state Senate and 41…

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Martin O’Malley keeping the focus on other Democrats, for now

“Are you excited to have someone to rally around to send to Des Moines?” former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley asked…

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Weekend thread: Big Iowa problems

A majority of Iowans think mental health services, student loan debt, child welfare services, state university tuition, and the state…

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Claire Celsi joins Iowa Senate district 21 Democratic primary

At least two candidates will seek the Democratic nomination in Iowa Senate district 21, an open seat due to Senator…

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Why I’m supporting Nate Boulton for Iowa governor

Shawn Harmsen is a progressive activist in Iowa City. Bleeding Heartland welcomes guest posts advocating for candidates in competitive Democratic…

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Get ready for a wave of Iowa House Republican retirements

State legislator retirements are typically a problem for the party out of power. Members of the majority can chair committees,…

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One fundraising appeal, three levels of Kim Reynolds hypocrisy

Self-awareness has never been Governor Kim Reynolds’s strong suit. Even so, her campaign’s latest fundraising pitch, pegged to a harmful…

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GOP Ag candidate upsets partisan balance on environmental commission

The state commission that oversees environmental policies will no longer conform to Iowa standards on bipartisanship once its leader files…

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Democrat Tim Gannon running for Iowa secretary of agriculture

Democrats have confirmed candidates for all statewide offices, with Tim Gannon’s announcement on February 1 that he will run for…

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First look at the Iowa Senate district 21 Democratic field

State Senator Matt McCoy announced yesterday that he will run for Polk County supervisor rather than for re-election to the…

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