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Former Illinois congressman Bobby Schilling is running for Congress in Iowa’s 2nd District

On Monday, former Illinois congressman Bobby Schilling has filed the paperwork necessary to run for the open seat in Iowa 2nd Congressional District, which is currently held by Rep. Dave Loebsack. The 55 year-old represented the Illinois side of the Quad Cities for two years starting in 2011. […]

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Eric Swalwell becomes the first Democrat to drop out of the 2020 presidential race

After struggling to get attention in a field of two dozen candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California dominated the 2020 election new cycle for a moment on Monday, by dropping out of the race. […]

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Beto O’Rourke: ‘We must first fix this badly broken democracy’

Beto O’Rourke started his speech at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration by discussing that he is grateful for “this moment of truth for our country,” as he called it. “The power and joy with which we meet this moment is something I’m grateful for, because we are all focused on the same goal for this country: defeating Donald Trump […]

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Amy Klobuchar: ‘My background is a little different from Donald Trump’

“Thank you Iowa Democrats,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar said as she took the stage at the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame celebration. “I am your senator next door. And I can see Iowa from my porch.” The Minnesota senator was touching on two aspects of her campaign with that opening. […]

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‘Anyway, my time is up’: LV watches night two of #DemDebates

Another night, another ten Democratic presidential candidates, another televised debate. The setting was the same (the Arsht Center in Miami), the moderators were the same (a five-person parade of NBC and MSNBC on-air personalities) and for Little Village, the Slack channel was the same. […]

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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: LV watches the first night of #DemDebates

There were 10 candidates on the stage of the Arsht Center in Miami on Wednesday night, making it the largest debate in a Democratic presidential primary. At least, until Thursday night, when another 10 candidates will take the stage. Members of the Little Village staff decided to watch the debate “together,” via our office Slack. […]

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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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