Archive for October 26, 2011
Wisconsin II? Dems Hanging On By 1 Vote
The Republicans have mounted a sneak attack – trying to send Iowa down the same terrible road as Wisconsin and Ohio. Progressive Kick is partnering with our Iowa friends Working Families Win to fight back. Iowa’s future is hanging in the balance and YOU can tip the scales!
Democrats were clinging to a 26-24 majority in the State Senate, but the Governor appointed a Democratic senator to a statewide board, so he could call a special election that could allow Republicans to take control of the State Senate and the entire Iowa state government. If Republicans win, there’ll be a 25-25 tie, which would be broken by the Republican Lieutenant Governor. [Editor's Note: According to Senator Bob Dvorsky, the LG no longer has anything to do with the Iowa Senate and has NO vote. President Senate Jack Kibbie presides over the Iowa Senate and is elected by the Senators (He is of the Majority Party- a Democrat). If we became tied at 25/25 as in 2005-2006, we may have co-chairs of the committees and leadership]
This snap special election will be held in two weeks on November 8. The super-thin Dem majority in the State Senate is our only finger in the dike against all kinds of evil Republican schemes.
The Republican governor and State House want to kill HAWK-I, Iowa’s health insurance program for low- and middle-class children. They want to kill universal pre-school.
They want to kill collective bargaining rights for hard working teachers, nurses, firefighters and other community heroes.
They want to discriminate by taking away the rights of some Iowans to get married.
$50 from you gets a matching $50 from our major contributors. All of our administrative costs are covered already – so that $100 translates directly into 10 extra completed and submitted absentee ballots. Together we can do this but time is running short. Please give generously now and tell your friends and family.
In a district of 50,000 voters, there are 193 more Republicans than Democrats. The Democrat Liz Mathis is a passionate advocate for children. The Republican campaigns against unions. Your $50 donation could well prove to be the difference in winning the election!
Time to ensure Iowa doesn’t become another Wisconsin or Ohio.
Iowa Senate Race Could Reveal Political Trends Heading Into 2012 Elections, B.A. Morelli, Iowa City Patch, 9/26/11. http://iowacity.patch.com/articles/iowa-senate-race-could-reveal-political-trends-heading-into-2012-elections