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Elizabeth Warren: ‘Who does this government work for?’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration to the same music she’s used ever since announcing her run for president in February: “9 to 5.” The song is upbeat — just the thing to get a crowd pumped up — but Dolly Parton’s lyrics are about unfair treatment most Americans would find familiar. […]

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Cory Booker: ‘Our party does not need a savior, we need each other’

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey was the first 2020 candidate to speak at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration, and at the beginning of his speech, he acknowledged the obvious. “We have a lot—a lot—of presidential candidates here this afternoon,” Booker said. He then pivoted to a theme he includes in all his speeches. […]

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Only Republican running for Congress in Iowa’s 2nd District drops out

On Saturday, the only Republican candidate running for the seat Rep. Dave Loebsack is vacating announced he is dropping out of the race. Osceola Mayor Thomas Kedley filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to be candidate for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on May 3. “I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Iowans from all […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand: ‘Now is the time to fight like hell’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand started her speech at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration by recounting how a Fox News anchor described her: “Not very polite.” “I proudly count myself among the ‘formerly well-behaved women’ fighting back, the women in this room, the men who love us,” the New York Democrat said […]

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Jay Inslee: ‘I will make defeating climate change the first, paramount and overwhelming duty of the United States’

There were two things most people attending the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame celebration knew about Jay Inslee before he took the stage on June 9. First, he’s the governor of Washington state (fewer people were likely aware that he’s in his second term, or that he spent 15 years in Congress before becoming governor). Second, he’s pledged to make fighting climate change the central focus of all his actions, if he’s elected president. […]

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John Delaney: ‘We need to become the party of ideas’

John Delaney took the stage at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration to sound of Johnny Cash singing “I’ve been everywhere.” “I have been everywhere,” the former Maryland congressman said. It wasn’t an idle boast. Delaney has visited all 99 counties in Iowa, since he started his run for president almost two years ago. […]

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Kamala Harris: ‘I am prepared to make the case for America, and to prosecute the case against Donald Trump’

In her speech at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration, Sen. Kamala Harris repeatedly called out Donald Trump by name, delivering a metaphorical bill of indictment against the president. “And Iowa, I’m going to tell you, there’s a rap sheet full of evidence to make the case,” the California senator said. […]

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Pete Buttigieg: ‘God does not belong to any political party’

During his first campaign appearance in Iowa City at The Airliner in March, Pete Buttigieg felt the need to address “the question of why a 37-year-old mayor thinks he has any business being in a discussion about the highest office in the land,” as he phrased it. But the time the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, spoke at the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame celebration on June 9, no one was asking if Buttigieg had any business being there. […]

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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: 19 candidates and a blimp

This year’s Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame (HoF) celebration was a record-setting event. More presidential candidates attended and spoke to the assembled party activists and elected officials than any previous year. In part, that’s because there are more candidates this year than ever — 23 at last count — but it’s also an indication of Iowa’s power. […]

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CBS 2 and Fox 28 downplayed 19 presidential candidates in Cedar Rapids on Sunday and aired a Trump-promoted conspiracy theory

When Washington Post political reporter Dave Weigel checked to see how local TV news was covering a local story of national importance, he saw KGAN (CBS2) minimizing coverage of the biggest event in town in order to give air time to a discredited conspiracy theory the Trump administration has been promoting. […]

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Democrat Theresa Greenfield announces a run for Ernst’s U.S. Senate seat

Real estate executive Theresa Greenfield announcing on Monday that she is joining the race for win the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in 2020. Greenfield stressed her “farm kid values” in the video, which features high production values—including dramatic reenactments from her life as a farm kid in rural Minnesota—and is, so far, the only 2020 campaign video to use the word “castrate.” […]

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