Iowa Democrats issue statements on redistricting

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“Regardless of any map that may be approved by the Legislature, Republicans can’t run from their terrible record punishing Iowa’s middle class.

From taking away the rights of police officers and teachers to divisive social issues to ending successful job creation efforts for main street businesses, the Republicans’ extreme agenda shows they are out of touch with Iowa families.”

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal
on redistricting map released today

DES MOINES  — “We intend to take our time reviewing the first map to ensure that it meets all the constitutional and legal requirements.

“No map is going to hide the fact that Republicans have turned their backs on middle-class Iowans.
“Republicans have shown their true agenda by voting to take away workers’ rights, slash the state’s commitment to basic education funding, reduce funding for successful job-creation efforts, and set up a slush fund to provide lavish tax cuts to out-of-state corporations and super-wealthy Iowans.

“Once a new map is approved, Democrats are ready to regain control of the Iowa House and expand our majority in the Iowa Senate.”

IDP Statement on First Redistricting Proposal

DES MOINES – Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky released the following statement after the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) released their first redistricting proposal:

“No change in district boundaries can hide the Republican record and their abandonment of campaign promises this session. In 2012, when candidates are running for the first time in the new districts approved by the legislature, Republicans will be forced to explain why they have pushed an overreaching, radical agenda instead of joining Democrats in working to create jobs and strengthen our economy.

“Democrats will be able to highlight their commitment to protecting middle class Iowans in any district across the state.

“Iowa is fortunate to have a nonpartisan redistricting process that serves as a national model. We thank the Legislative Services Agency for their continued work as the redistricting process continues.”

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.