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Benny

Des Moines Register endorsed all of the candidates for Congress. Awesome news, especially for JD Scholten. I saw Cindy Axne at a debate with David Young the other night and while she is a centrist, she had a sense of where she wanted to go with her campaign. Young exaggerated or told talking point lies about health care and tariffs.

4th District: Scholten

This one’s a no-brainer for any Iowan who has cringed at eight-term incumbent King’s increasing obsession with being a cultural provocateur. In his almost 16 years in Congress, King has passed exactly one bill as primary sponsor, redesignating a post office. He won’t debate his opponent and rarely holds public town halls. Instead, he spends his time meeting with fascist leaders in Europe and retweeting neo-Nazis.

J.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, meets with the Des Moines Register on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Des Moines. Scholten is running against Republican congressman Steve King and Libertarian challenger David Aldrich.Buy Photo
J.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, meets with the Des Moines Register on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Des Moines. Scholten is running against Republican congressman Steve King and Libertarian challenger David Aldrich. (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register)

His Democratic challenger, J.D. Scholten, a 38-year-old former professional baseball player from Sioux City, is a breath of fresh air. He’s focused entirely on working for the 4th District, particularly rural communities that are struggling with the effects of low commodity prices, Trump’s trade war and workforce shortages as a result of the immigration crackdown. His party label doesn’t match that of many of his voters, but he can relate to people across the political spectrum.

We particularly like Scholten’s willingness to vote for new leadership of his caucus in the interest of easing partisan gridlock. We endorse him not just as an antidote for King’s virulent xenophobia but as a promising new leader.

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Benny

Bernie is campaigning with Scholten next weekend, I believe.

Benny

Elizabeth Warren builds expansive Democratic campaign effort ahead of likely 2020 bid

It is unmistakably aimed at some of the early-primary states that Warren would need to contest in a presidential campaign. She has deployed staffers to all four early primary states — two to New Hampshire and one each to Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada — as well as to traditional powerhouses like Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin.

“I feel the urgency of the moment nationally,” Warren said in an interview. “It’s two parts: It’s holding Donald Trump accountable for what he does. It’s also trying to push this country toward working better for hard-working families.”

The Warren effort, while beneficial to a presidential campaign she said she will “take a hard look” at after the midterms, also signals how decentralized the national Democratic Party has become as most of the energy is being generated by individuals who are building their own operations.

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“I speak a lot to candidates who are running this year,” said David Axelrod, a top political adviser to former president Barack Obama. “She’s the first call they get after a primary. It’s not just the winners she’s calling, she’s calling the losers, too. … The scale is pretty impressive.”

Jeff Merkley also has staffers in the field in Iowa to help candidates, one of them for JD Scholten. I’m acquainted with one of those deployed. I also heard Merkley was one of the keynotes at the Iowa Steak Fry a couple of weeks ago.

TheLeftistheCenter

With Merkley and Warren and Biden in the field the more psuedo progressive vote will be split, so if Bernie runs I think he will pull so far ahead the others will have to drop out. The thing he has more than anyone is the ability to raise money simply by asking without any expense or much effort on his part where they will be all vying for the other dollars. Plus would anyone who voted for Bernie actually vote for someone else, if not hes locking 45%+ out the gate.

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