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‘We’re all in to defeat Steve King’: J.D. Scholten announces he’s running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th District

J.D. Scholten, who narrowly lost to Rep Steve King in the 2018 general election, announced on Monday morning he is running again in Iowa 4th Congressional District. “It’s official — we’re all in to defeat Steve King,” Scholten posted on Facebook. Scholten made his announcement with a video that has great production values — including narration by Kevin Costner — but no mention of political issues. […]

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2020 candidate Kirsten Gillibrand returns to Iowa City for a meet-and-greet at The Mill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is returning to Iowa City for a campaign event at The Mill on Thursday. The meet-and-greet with the New York Democrat will begin at 6 p.m. Gillibrand attracted an overflowing crowd to the side room of The Airliner in February, during her first stop in Iowa City as a 2020 hopeful. At that time there were 10 declared […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst says Trump’s tweets are racist, but that doesn’t change her support for him

Sen. Joni Ernst wants to make one thing clear: President Donald Trump’s latest racist statements haven’t diminished her support for him. “I’d love for you to make that clear,” Ernst told Politico on Tuesday. “While I don’t appreciate the tweets, but I still support the president.” […]

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John Hickenlooper: ‘We must be progressive, but also pragmatic’

When John Hickenlooper took the stage at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame celebration in Cedar Rapids on June 9, it’s likely that members of the audience only knew a few things about him. All were aware he’d been governor of Colorado (2011-2019). Most also probably knew he’d been mayor of Denver (2003-2011). Many likely knew he was the co-founder of a Denver brewpub (he frequently mentions this). […]

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Progress Iowa’s Corn Feed will bring 12 presidential candidates (and corn) to Cedar Rapids

It sometimes seems as if it’s easier to find a Democrat running for president in Iowa than it is to find fresh sweet corn in the state, but both will be plentiful at Progress Iowa’s fifth annual Corn Feed on Sunday. […]

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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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