Braley statement on redistricting

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Braley Statement on Iowa Redistricting Process

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement after the first redistricting maps came out:
“This map is a first draft and the first step in a process that will determine new Congressional districts. We’ll all have to wait and see how the process plays out. I’m honored to represent northeast Iowa in Congress, and I’m focused on the very important work we have in front of us: monitoring the conflict in Libya and working on passing a responsible, long term budget to provide stability and certainty to American families and businesses.”

Loebsack statement on redistricting

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Loebsack Statement On Iowa Redistricting Proposal

“In Iowa, we are fortunate to have a nonpartisan redistricting process that puts Iowans and Iowa’s communities first, ahead of politics. For more than four years, I have been honored to represent much of southeastern Iowa – in Iowa’s Second Congressional district.  Understanding that the redistricting process is ongoing, as the map stands now, I would plan to continue to represent the southeastern district of Iowa that stretches from I-35 to Iowa City, the Quad Cities and to the southeastern most tip of Keokuk.  I have been honored to represent these communities in the past and look forward to representing them in the future.”

Boswell statement on redistricting

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Statement from Congressman Boswell on the release of the first redistricting map is below.

“During my time in public service I have represented 32 different counties in our great state. Whatever the conclusion of our redistricting process, I look forward to continue to representing Iowa and fighting for her interests.”

Iowa Democrats first to release pairings

Democratic staff in the Iowa House and Senate have analyzed the redistricting maps.  Their conclusions:  14 senators will be forced to run against another senator in 2012 and 27 representatives will be forced to run in a district where one (if not two) representatives are also situated.

Here are the Senate pairings:

Kibbie (D-Emmetsburg) versus Johnson (R-Ocheyedan)

Boettger (R-Harlan) versus Seymour (R-Woodbine)

Ward (R-West Des Moines) versus McCoy (D-Des Moines)

Bacon (R-Maxwell) versus Dix (D-Waterloo)

Bartz (R-Grafton) versus Wilhelm (D-Cresco)

Hancock (D-Epworth) versus Bowan (D-Maquoketa)

Hamerlinck (R-Dixon) versus Hahn (R-Muscatine)

I’ll be back in a minute with pairings in the Iowa House.

Here are the House pairings.

Huseman (R-Aurelia) versus Chambers (R-Sheldon)

Iverson (R-Clarion) versus Upmeyer (R-Garner) versus Rayhons (R-Garner)

Shaw (R-Laurens) versus Tjepkes (R-Gowrie)

Jeremy Taylor (R-Sioux City) versus Hall (D-Sioux City)

Brandenburg (R-Council Bluffs) versus Hanusa (R-Council Bluffs) 

Anderson (R-Clarinda) versus Dolecheck (R-Mount Ayr)

Sweeney (R-Alden) versus Pat Grassley(R-New Hartford) 

Wenthe (D-Hawkeye) versus Thomas (D-Elkader)

Hein (R-Monticell) versus Moore (R-Zwingle)

Mascher (D-Iowa City) versus Jacoby (D-Coralville)

DeBoef (R-What Cheer) versus Klein (R-Keota)

Van Englenhoven (R-Pella) versus Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa)

Swain (D-Bloomfield) versus Hanson (D-Fairfield)

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.”

Latham statement

The new redistricting plan would pit Republican Congressman Tom Latham of Ames against Republican Congressman Steve King of Kiron.  Latham is not granting interviews today.  He released a written statement:

“Iowans are lucky to have what is widely regarded as one of the fairest redistricting processes in the country governing how the new congressional districts will be drawn.  I know that the members of the Legislature will keep the best interests of the people of Iowa at heart as they move forward with the next steps of this redistricting process.  I am honored to represent the good people of Iowa in the United States Congress, and, regardless of the specifics of the final map, I will continue to work on behalf of the interest of all Iowans.”

A most interesting race

Here’s a most interesting legislative race, should legislators approve the redistricting maps released this morning:

A three-way race in the Iowa House would feature  House GOP Leader Linda Upmeyer of Ganer versus former Senate GOP Leader/former Republican Party of Iowa chair/current State Representative Stewart Iverson of Dows versus State Rep. Henry Rayhons. Rayhons, by the way, delivered the prayer in the Iowa House this morning.  He made no mention of redistricting.

In the Senate, 14 incumbents would face-off against one another under this plan.  It calls for Senator Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) to run in the same district as Senator Pat Ward (R-West Des Moines).  In the House, 27 incumbents would face off in races in 2012.  (House and Senate Democratic Caucus staff came up with those numbers and released to the news media this morning less than half an hour after the plans were released.)

And they paired off, two-by-two

The redistricting plan for Iowa’s congressional and legislative districts was released this morning.  It pairs Congressmen Tom Latham of Ames and Steve King of Kiron in one district.  They’re both Republicans.  It pairs Congressmen Bruce Braley of Waterloo and Dave Loebsack of Mount Vernon in another district.  They’re both Republicans.

It is possible, no probable that if the Iowa General Assembly approves this plan that two of those aforementioned congressmen will move.  Latham has moved before.  Loebsack could move into Johnson County, the Iowa City area.  In the last reapportionment, then-Congressman Jim Leach moved from Davenport to Iowa City.  And Congressman Leonard Boswell moved from Davis City to Des Moines.

It will be a few hours before the full extent of pairings in state legislative races for House and Senate seats is known.


The headline above is a number to remember in 2011 as Iowa legislators consider a new map for the four congressional districts which will be in Iowa.  According to the 2010 Census, the average member of the U.S. House district will represent 710,767 people.

In Iowa, the congressional district maps — and the state legislative districts within those congressional districts — are drawn by the Legislative Services Agency. The L.S.A. first plan must be released by April 1, 2011.  The Iowa House and Senate may either accept it or reject it as no amendments are allowed (unless the amendment is of a “corrective” nature, which means fixing a misspelling or something like that). 

If the Iowa legislature rejects Plan #1, the L.S.A. draws up a different set of maps and submits Plan #2 to the legislature.  The Iowa House and Senate may either accept that second one, or reject it (again, no amendments to Plan #2).  If the Iowa legislature rejects Plan #2, they can start amending Plan #3, etc.

If the Legislature fails to endorse a new district plan by September 1 — then the Iowa Supreme Court writes the plan.

The Legislative Services Agency has all sorts of information about redistricting/reapportionment, including a recap of 2001 when legislators rejected Plan #1.

Pre-Steak Fry conversation with Axelrod

David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President Obama, is one of two Davids who will be speaking this Sunday at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual “Steak Fry” in Indianola.  (The other David scheduled to be there is David Plouffe.)

Axelrod spoke, by phone, with Radio Iowa late this afternoon.  

Henderson: “Let’s talk about what’s happening on the ground in Iowa first.  Chet Culver is trailing.  Iowa’s three Democratic incumbent congressmen by no means have a cake-walk to November.  How and why have the fortunes of Iowa Democrats changed from 2008 to now?”

Axelrod:  “I’d say a few things about the governor’s race.  I can only tell you I’m a veteran of the Vilsack campaigns and in 1998, a little later than this in September, the headline in The Des Moines Register was ‘Experts: Vilsack has no chance’ and we were 20 points behind so I’m always reluctant to draw too many conclusions, but I also think it’s true that Iowa is not immune to the same forces that are animating politics everywhere. You know, we’ve had a difficult couple of years.  We inherited an unholy mess when we walked in the door and, more than us, the American people have been through a difficult couple of years after a decade in which most middle class people were treading water or falling behind so you know that puts pressure on the incumbent party.  We may not have created the mess, but, you know, we’re responsible for cleaning it up and while we’ve made some good progress from the time we arrived when the…last month of the Bush Administration we lost 800,000 jobs, we’ve had eight straight months of private sector job growth and we’re getting stronger but not fast enough for anyone’s liking, particularly when we lost eight million jobs during that recession and that has an impact and, you know, there’s no two ways about it.

“But ultimately these elections are about choices.  There’s not referendums on either a party or on the state of the economy, they’re a choice between candidates and governing philosophies and the Republican Party’s made it clear, the chairman of the Republican Campaign Committee said, ‘Our goal is to go back to the very same agenda we had before this president took office.’  The other day Mr. Boehner said, ‘Let’s go back to the 2008 Bush budget.’  They want to go back to the situation where interest groups, big corporate interest groups and Wall Street — essentially — got to regulate themselves and write their own rules and the kind of policies that caused the $237 billion surplus that Bill Clinton left to become a $1.3 trillion deficit that we were handed from George Bush — nobody wants to go back to those policies.

“And I think when people focus on the choice, then, you know, you’re going to be a little surprised at the result.  We Obama people, perhaps more than any, appreciate that the conventional wisdom is often wrong.”

Henderson: “You brought up Tom Vilsack.  If Mr. Emanuel leaves the White House to run for mayor, would Tom Vilsack made a good chief of staff?”

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