The political news website Roll Call has changed its rating of Iowa’s second congressional district from solidly Democratic to a toss-up. After long-time Representative Dave Loebsack announced he’s retiring, the southeast corner of the state may not stay reliably democratic. That’s according to Central College political scientist Andrew Green.
“It has to be considered a toss-up district. The fact that…as I…the fact that Congressman Loebsack won re-election on the same ballot when Donald Trump won the popular vote in the second district tells us about the dynamics of the district.”
Green says he considers Iowa’s first, second and third districts to be up for grabs for either party in 2020. He says the outcome in the fourth district in northwest Iowa will depend on the results of a contested Republican primary.
The CEO and General Manager of the Des Moines Water Works has died. Bill Stowe was known throughout the state for his steadfast commitment to Iowa’s water quality. Des Moines Water Works announced last month he’d recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In 2017, he was part of the on-going IPR forum Public Radio on Tap.
“The biggest water quality issue facing Iowa in my view is the denial of many in leadership positions that there is a water quality issue in this state.” **applause***
Recently, Stowe was the spokesman for the utility’s controversial lawsuit against drainage districts in northwest Iowa. Bill Stowe died yesterday (Sunday). He was 60 years old.