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    Paul Elliott Dahl announced his candidacy for Iowa’s fourth Congressional district yesterday, describing himself as “a progressive populist wanting to serve Democrats, Independents, and Republicans in the United States House of Representatives with integrity, industry, and innovation.” A resident of Webster City, Dahl is a transit bus driver in Hamilton County. His previous work experience […]

    The post Paul Dahl becomes third Democratic candidate in IA-04 appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    President Donald Trump has officially nominated Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In another sign of this administration’s lack of basic competence, the USDA’s news release says Northey will be Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, while the statement from the White House says […]

    The post Bill Northey’s heading to the USDA. Who will take his place? appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Governor Kim Reynolds is considering at least four Republican farmers–all current or former state lawmakers– to replace Bill Northey as Iowa secretary of agriculture, James Q. Lynch reported for the Cedar Rapids Gazette today. In addition to State Representative Pat Grassley and former State Representative Annette Sweeney, whom Bleeding Heartland discussed here, State Senators Dan […]

    The post More names surface as contenders for Iowa secretary of agriculture appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Cathy Glasson became the seventh declared Democratic candidate for governor this week, emphasizing her commitment to a $15 minimum wage, expanded workers’ rights, single-payer health care, and stronger efforts to clean up Iowa waterways. A nurse and president of SEIU Local 199, Glasson hired staff months ago and has kept up a busy schedule while […]

    The post IA-Gov: Highlights from Cathy Glasson’s campaign launch appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Two years ago, a federal court in Idaho ruled that state’s “Ag Gag” law unconstitutional, saying the ban on “interference with agricultural production” violated the First Amendment. That ruling pointed to similar problems with Iowa’s law prohibiting so-called “agricultural production facility fraud.” Today, “a broad coalition of public interest groups” asked a federal court to […]

    The post Groups challenge Iowa’s “ag gag” law in federal court appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Jessica Chrystal shines a light on a widespread problem in a state that is supposed to be the bread basket of the world. -promoted by desmoinesdem I spent part of last week attending events at the World Food Prize in Des Moines. When we think of hunger, we think of homeless people on benches in […]

    The post Hunger in the heartland: Iowans struggle with food insecurity appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Craig Lang didn’t wait for Governor Kim Reynolds to decide. He is running for Iowa secretary of agriculture, no matter whom Reynolds picks to replace Bill Northey. In his first comments to journalists about his campaign, Lang advocated more crop diversity and better land management practices, asserting that the dominant approach to farming in Iowa […]

    The post Get ready for a competitive GOP secretary of agriculture race appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Earlier this week, I was surprised when key U.S. Senate Republicans indicated the confirmation process for Sam Clovis would move ahead as scheduled. I knew they didn’t care Clovis lacks the qualifications spelled out in federal law for the chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But why would a key figure in an […]

    The post Clovis to stay at USDA, avoid testifying under oath appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Everyone could have guessed Alec Baldwin would get Iowa Democrats laughing with jokes at President Donald Trump’s expense. But who would have predicted the serious part of the actor’s speech would evoke an even stronger response from the crowd? Follow me after the jump for audio and highlights from Baldwin’s remarks and those of the […]

    The post “Make America America again”: photos, highlights from Iowa Democrats’ fall gala appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Promising to offer voters “a Republican alternative that is truly reflective of Iowa and the values we cherish,” Cyndi Hanson announced on December 5 that she will seek the GOP nomination in the fourth Congressional district. Hanson has worked in the education field for many years and is currently executive director of Northeast Community College’s […]

    The post IA-04: Cyndi Hanson challenging Steve King in Republican primary appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Bleeding Heartland published 140 guest posts by 81 authors in 2016, a record since the blog’s creation in 2007. I’m happy to report that the bar has been raised: 83 authors contributed 164 guest posts to this website during 2017. Their work covered an incredible range of local, statewide, and national topics. Some contributors drew […]

    The post Recognizing Bleeding Heartland’s talented 2017 guest authors appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Brent Roske has ended his independent candidacy for Iowa governor, explaining in a December 26 Facebook post that he will be “stepping back into the media world” soon. At least one other gubernatorial candidate, Gary Siegwarth, is trying to qualify for the general election ballot as an independent. Like Roske, he has little chance of […]

    The post Independent bids for Iowa governor are a waste of time appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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    Investment revenue gives the ostensibly non-profit Iowa Farm Bureau Federation “a vested financial interest in advocating for policies that hurt Iowa’s farmers,” Congressional candidate Austin Frerick charged today. One of seven Democrats seeking the nomination in Iowa’s third district, Frerick has made economic concentration, especially in the agricultural sector, a central issue of his campaign. […]

    The post Austin Frerick highlights Iowa Farm Bureau’s conflicts of interest appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.


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  • 01/19/18--18:19: More than a photo
  • Tyler Higgs is a local activist and concerned constituent in Clive. Bleeding Heartland welcomes guest posts advocating for candidates in Democratic primaries. Please read these guidelines before writing. -promoted by desmoinesdem Anyone who has been to Representative David Young’s Facebook page knows what pandering looks like — drawings by second-graders, pictures of handshakes with people […]

    The post More than a photo appeared first on Bleeding Heartland.