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Iowa Democrats must stick to their message

ERIN MURPHY Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau

ALTOONA – Jennifer Konfrst, who leads Democrats in the Iowa House of Representatives, has the responsibility of working every two years to get more Democrats elected to the House.

Konfrst had a message Saturday for all Democratic candidates in Iowa in this fall’s elections: When you talk to voters, stick to the message, and that message should be about abortion and education policy.

Konfrst called for discipline in the Democratic campaign’s message during her remarks Saturday at the Iowa Democratic Party state convention.

“Message discipline is critical this year, every year. But this year especially because Iowans are voting on two issues this year: what’s on their minds is public education, abortion and reproductive freedom,” Konfrst said. “And guess what. They’re with us. So that’s what we’re going to talk about. …

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“(Republicans) are wrong when it comes to public education and reproductive freedom. They are wrong, and Iowans are not with them. Iowans are with us. So we’re going to talk about the issues that matter to Iowans, not just to us.

Sarah Corkery, one of the Iowa Democrats running for Congress this fall, made comments in line with Konfrst’s call. Early in her remarks to the assembled party activists, Corkery addressed both abortion and education policies.

Corkery is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

“We’ve got to get that voice out, No. 1. So I ask you: What are you angry about? Because sometimes we have to get angry to get people to the polls,” Corkery said. ‘And I know what I’m angry about. I’m angry about women’s rights being taken away. I was angry about that. We must have access to healthcare. It has to be between a person and their doctor.”

Lanon Baccam, the Democrat running in Iowa’s competitive 3rd Congressional District against incumbent freshman Republican Zach Nunn, highlighted abortion, contraception and fertilization treatments as critical policy debates in the election.

“When I go to Congress, I will fight to restore rights under Roe v. Wade,” Baccam said. “I will work to ensure that women regain their freedoms to make their own health care decisions.”

On education, Iowa Democrats said they will talk to voters about the Republican-authored state policy that created taxpayer funding for private school scholarships and that the operations and funding of the state’s nine Area Education Agencies that provide public supporting primary and secondary schools.

Iowa Democrats are again trying this fall to break the stranglehold Republicans have had on state politics for nearly a decade: Iowa Republicans have had the state legislature trifecta since 2017 — a Republican governor and a Republican majority in both chambers of the Iowa Legislature. and two Republican U.S. Senators since 2015.

Beshear will speak at the July fundraiser

During Saturday’s convention, it was announced that Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear will be the keynote speaker at the state party’s annual fall fundraiser, the Liberty and Justice Celebration on July 27.

Beshear won re-election in 2023 to a second term as governor in deep-red Kentucky, which has two Republican U.S. senators and a Republican supermajority in both chambers of the state Legislature.

Republican Party: Democrats Push for ‘Excessive Policies’

A statement from the Republican Party of Iowa showed the party’s strategy of pairing Democratic candidates with Democratic President Joe Biden, who has low approval ratings in Iowa. According to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll released in March, only 29 percent of Iowans approve of Biden’s performance.

“(Saturday) Iowa Democrats will gather to host their state convention, where they will outline the far-left platform that defines their party,” Luke Wolff, spokesman for the Republican Party of Iowa, said in a statement. “Iowa Democrats are wondering why they are in the super minority while they join Biden and continue to push out-of-reach policies like high taxes, open borders and abortion.”

No Democratic candidate in Iowa has advocated abortion until birth. Iowa Democrats have opposed changes to current state law that would make abortions legal until about the 20th week of pregnancy.

That state law could soon change. The Iowa Supreme Court will rule within the next two weeks on a law passed by Iowa House Republicans that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which supporters of such laws say occurs after about six weeks pregnancy, which is often before pregnancy. woman knows she is pregnant.

Wolff’s statement also highlighted legislative action by Iowa Republicans to increase public school teacher salaries and cut income taxes.

The general election is on November 5.

At the state convention, Iowa Democrats also conducted party business, including discussing party policy positions and choosing state delegates for the party’s national convention later this summer in Chicago.