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The Story: Senator Jodi Ernst (R - Ia) nears the end of her first term in the US Senate. She will run for re-election, but...
DES MOINES — The Iowa Legislature gave final approval Saturday to a $1.94 billion health and human services budget despite emotional opposition from lawmakers who argued it failed to meet the needs of vulnerable Iowans, did not address problems in the private management of Medicaid and endangered the lives of transgender individuals. In the final hours of the 2019 session, lawmakers also approved changes in Iowa’s judicial nominating system by increasing the sway of the governor over who sits on the Iowa Supreme Court and appeals court. House Democrats were sometimes angry and tearful in calling for the rejection of amendments to the health and human services budget to bar state money from being used to cover sex reassignment surgery for transgender Iowans on Medicaid and block Planned Parenthood from participating in state-funded sex education programs. Rep. Bruce Hunter, D-Des Moines, accused majority Republicans of “homophobic bigotry” and called the measure “offensive on its face.” Democrats also warned Republicans that in withholding support from Planned Parenthood for sex education, they likely will see an increase in unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Rep. Lisa Heddens, D-Ames, said House File 766 did “absolutely nothing” to address the problems in the Medicaid program that has been under private management for three years. “Maybe some people think these vulnerable people are a little bit more expendable,” Heddens asserted. “I think it’s quite shameful what the body has not done this session” despite increasing payments to the managed care companies “so their shareholders get their funding.” Before debating the Human Services budget, representatives approved changes in the state judicial nominating process. They were included in the more than $3.86 billion standing appropriations budget, Senate File 638.
The Emmy Award-winning actress shared the news on Twitter. She thanked her friends and family for their support and called on others to help "make universal health care a reality." Wochit HBO's vulgar, straight-shooting political comedy Veep has covered a lot of ground across its six seasons in a fast-changing political and cultural climate. In its seventh and final season, the show starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus — returning to her starring role as the foul-mouthed, would-be president after undergoing treatment for breast cancer — returns to the place where all politics-obsessed narratives must: Iowa. Executive Producer David Mandel has said that this moment was based off a real mixup that the Obama campaign once made. Over the first three episodes aired this season, Meyer's campaign and her opponents romp up and down Iowa in familiar locales, both real like Waterloo, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and fictional, like Lurlene, Iowa, a town famous for its novelty dog mayor. This mentality holds true for Iowa as the show digs deep into the first-in-the-nation caucus state's stereotypes. In one outrageous scene, the president's aid, Amy Brookheimer (played by Anna Chlumsky), gets an abortion at a clinic in central Iowa. The show's Iowa obsession spilled over into real life when HBO took at two full-page advertisements in the Register to promote realistic-seeming campaigns for the Selina Meyers presidency and her bumbling, dim-witted opponent Jonah Ryan (played by Timothy Simons). Episodes of Veep's final season air every Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — In his first visit to Iowa since officially launching his campaign, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that the state with the initial nominating votes "will be really central to our strategy." "There's a political style here that rhymes a lot with my home territory in Indiana," Buttigieg said in an interview with The Associated Press. The South Bend mayor has surged from a relatively unknown candidate in the field to a media darling who's gained support in nationwide polling and posted a stronger-than-expected fundraising number in the first quarter. He's drawn attention for his plainspoken style, and the historic nature of his candidacy, as the first openly gay contender. In Iowa on Tuesday, both aspects of his campaign— his rhetorical strengths and his unique personal story — were highlighted when a religious protester confronted him during a town hall in Fort Dodge. After Buttigieg spoke about the need for marriage equality, the protester stood up and shouted, "You betray your baptism!" He was then escorted out. Buttigieg joked to the crowd, "Coffee after church gets a little rowdy sometimes." Buttigieg also said: "We're so dug-in, in such passionate ways, and I respect that, too. That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator.
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Nati Harnik/Associated Press Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders lead a new poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released this weekend, underscoring how the nomination process for the Democratic Party has, to this early point, been defined by the two figures with the largest national profiles. The poll, which was conducted by The Des Moines Register and CNN, had Mr. Biden as the top choice for 27 percent of respondents, leading all candidates. Though Mr. Biden’s advisers have signaled that he intends to run for president, he has yet to announce his candidacy. Mr. Sanders, who kicked off his campaign recently in New York City, was the top choice for 25 percent of those asked. Only 5 percent of likely caucusgoers now call him their first choice for president — down from 11 percent in December. [Join the conversation around the 2020 race with our politics newsletter.] It remains to be seen if that will translate to hardened support, particularly in one of the largest, most wide-open and diverse Democratic primary fields in history. The next closest figure to Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders, according to the poll, was Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who was among the first to announce her presidential candidacy. Ms. Warren was the top choice for 9 percent of respondents, followed by Senator Kamala Harris of California, who was favored by 7 percent of respondents and had soaring favorability ratings. Other candidates — including Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — have struggled to make an imprint, the poll found.
Krystal Gabel planned to have a doctorate by the time she was 25, so she focused on education. “I really pushed myself. She graduated magna cum laude from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, with a writing degree, the last writing degree the school offered. But her $80,000 student debt and an evolving life philosophy changed her goals. After college and after surviving the recession on a series of low-paying jobs, Gabel bought a house in Omaha, landed a job as a technical writer with a decent salary and began paying off her student debt. She got involved in the Omaha community gardens, where people grow free food for the community and where she began questioning the role of government in our lives. Growing food is revolutionary, she said. In Omaha residents need a permit to sell food or even give it to other people. Gabel believes she is part of a generation of people, many saddled with student debt, who are looking at things differently. Gabel said she is part of the micro living movement, for people who don’t really want or need more than 200 square feet of living space.
Every four years, a select few states — particularly Iowa and New Hampshire — play an outsized role in determining who voters get to choose between for president. Those states’ demographics are out of line with the makeup of the Democratic electorate. In this episode, elections analyst Geoffrey Skelley joins the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast to discuss what other lineupsWell, to the back of the primary calendar. might look like. You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it in iTunes, the ESPN app or your favorite podcast platform. If you are new to podcasts, learn how to listen. The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast publishes Monday evenings, with additional episodes throughout the week. Help new listeners discover the show by leaving us a rating and review on iTunes. Have a comment, question or suggestion for “good polling vs. bad polling”? Get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, on his first trip to Iowa after announcing he'll run for president, on March 7, 2019, in Council Bluffs. — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his second Iowa campaign the same way he concluded his first. Sanders walked onto the stage at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs Thursday evening as a frontrunner: A December Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll showed the senator polling at 19 percent, second only to former Vice President Joe Biden, who was the preferred candidate for 32 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers polled. Three years ago, Sanders called for a "political revolution" fueled by working and middle-class Americans. More: Iowa Poll: Biden, Sanders top early look at possible Democratic hopefuls in 2020 caucuses While Sanders has not abandoned his long-held political platform, he said his policy proposals — like instituting a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage, providing Medicare to all Americans and free public college for all — are now mainstream tenets within the Democratic party. "Those ideas that we talked about here in Iowa four years ago that seemed so radical at the time — remember that?" Cyndie Poffenbarger said Sanders is best equipped to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020. "More people know him this time." Wearing a "Bernie 2016" cap and a "Bernie 2020" T-shirt, Poffenbarger said Sanders stands out in a wide field of Democratic presidential candidates. "I followed him for like 10 years before he ever ran for president," she said.
Tonight on Capitol Talk: Medicaid politics; how Sen. Tester has moved to the center; and what's Gov. Eric Whitney: Howdy and welcome to “Capitol Talk” our weekly political analysis show. There was some pretty big news out of Washington on Tuesday; the Senate passed a major public lands package. And so I think there is a space out there in the media universe, for sure, for the kind of face of the moderate Democrats in the Senate, and he does a good job of filling that. I think probably the most significant thing to happen was the release of this new analysis of the changes that Republicans say they want to make to Montana's Medicaid expansion. EW: Work requirements have been something that Republicans have been asking for in Medicaid and Medicaid expansion for years. I know in 2015 when Sen. Buttrey carried the bipartisan bill that enacted Medicaid expansion in Montana he initially wanted work requirements. And one of the researchers at George Washington University who looked at the kinds of work requirements Sen. Buttrey is calling for came up with an analysis of what that would mean in terms of enrollment. But Republicans have been saying that they think there are too many people enrolled in Medicaid expansion. Bullock going to end up with a bill that has work requirements that he'd have to veto, or do you see the parties compromising?