Platform of the Iowa Democratic Party

As amended by the State Convention on June 16th, 2018
Statement of Principles

We affirm the Democratic Party’s contributions to our nation’s heritage, accomplishments, and diversity.  We recognize and advocate for the rights and worth of every human being.  We strive to secure, defend, and preserve basic constitutional and civil rights.

We affirm the Democratic Party’s contributions to our nation’s heritage, accomplishments, and diversity.  We recognize and advocate for the rights and worth of every human being.  We strive to secure, defend, and preserve basic constitutional and civil rights.  We support the separation of church and state as envisioned by our founding fathers and incorporated into the Constitution of the United States.  We believe government’s purpose is to help us achieve a just and sustainable world.

We advocate for agricultural and environmental policies that sustain the family farm while preserving the quality of our land and resources.  We support workers’ rights to collectively bargain for living wages and benefits, safe healthy working conditions, and secure retirement.  We will work to restore historical progressive taxation and economic fairness.  We believe in individuals’ right to privacy and adequate legal representation, and in families’ quests to become healthy, educated, contributing citizens.  We support parents, students, and educators as they strive for high standards, free and open access to knowledge and information, and fact-based science and health education.  We stand with our elderly in their need for dignity, income and healthcare security.

Government of, by, and for ALL the people is the substance of our national quest, and the obligation of our legislative processes, ensuring that everyone is equal in the eyes of the law, and no one is above its application.  We condemn all forms of discrimination and hold dear our obligation to secure and defend basic constitutional and civil rights.  We will strive to achieve a comprehensive health care system that maximizes mental and physical health for individuals and families.

We support world-wide demands for justice and opportunity, and a return to foreign policy that will achieve cooperation in resolving international problems, and equality of rights for all human beings.  We honor the service of our military veterans in war and peace.  We intend to achieve truly representative government that works for the good of ALL human beings in a compassionate responsible, progressive way toward peace, prosperity, and a national outlook of confidence and hope.

Statement of Issues

AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Agriculture for Productive Living and a Healthy Food Supply

We support:

  1. clean/safe drinking/bathing/recreational waters
  2. local/independent ownership of farms
  3. environmentally responsible/regenerative farming
  4. crop/livestock diversification
  5. expanding farm markets including local sustainable/organic
  6. protection/conservation of healthy soil

Sustainable Agriculture Policy

We support:

  1. increasing SNAP funding and benefits, and indexing SNAP to cost of living
  2. funding Leopold Center
  3. increasing CRP/CSP funding
  4. industrial hemp/cannabis
  5. capping crop insurance premium subsidies
  6. market-indexing USDA loan rates
  7. conservation compliance for federal subsidies
  8. anti-trust regulation of seed supply/food production/processing
  9. right-to-save seeds for personal use
  10. mandating cover crops/buffer strips on HEL
  11. repealing “Ag-Gag” bill
  12. defining CAFOs as commercial/industrial
  13. moratorium on CAFO construction/expansion until < 100 of Iowa's waterways are impaired
  14. no tillage/fertilizer application on soybean fields after harvest, unless seeded as cover-crops and buffer-strips by waterways
  15. farmer-owned grain reserves
  16. GMO seed-labeling
  17. legal protection from pesticide/herbicide/GMO seed drift/contamination
  18. public’s right-to-know permit compliance/TRI/chemical use
  19. replacing Master Matrix with environmental assessments improving soil/air/water quality
  20. odor-nuisance regulation/enforcement
  21. mandatory/monitored/enforced nitrogen/phosphorus reduction strategies
  22. reinstate FFPR

We oppose:

  1. vertically-integrated large-scale livestock production/corporate agriculture

Livestock Management

We support:

  1. local control of CAFO permitting/siting
  2. responsible antibiotic use
  3. humane animal treatment

We oppose:

  1. unregulated/excessive hormone use

Food Supply and Safety

We support:

  1. strong safety/labeling requirements ensuring food safety, content/origin/processing location
  2. community/urban gardens, direct-to-consumer producers

Energy: Combating Climate Change with Responsible Production

We support:

  1. Paris Climate Accords
  2. fossil fuel/nuclear power conversion to clean/renewable energy
  3. electric-vehicle infrastructure
  4. higher CAFE standards
  5. “50-by-30” initiative
  6. energy conservation
  7. smart-grid improvement
  8. net-metering without discriminatory fees/taxes
  9. CPP
  10. safe transport/storage of nuclear/fracking waste
  11. regulating energy commodity speculation
  12. extending geothermal/biomass/wind/solar-energy subsidies
  13. carbon fees/consumer dividends
  14. banning fracking/fracking waste disposal in Iowa
  15. Clean Line
  16. IRPS/FIT
  17. tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency

We oppose:

  1. fossil-fuel/nuclear power subsidies
  2. tar-sands/pet coke
  3. new coal power plants
  4. deep-water/arctic oil drilling
  5. oil drilling/lumbering/mining in national parks
  6. reclassifying national monuments as private property

Environment, Stewardship and Livability

We support:

  1. amending Iowa’s Constitution to provide environmental protections
  2. environmental protection/public-health over corporate profits
  3. reinstating Iowa’s Volunteer Water Testing Program
  4. reduction/reuse/universal curbside recycling
  5. municipal composting/recycling
  6. enforcing ESA/CAA/CWA regulations
  7. funding REAP/NRORTF
  8. funding IDNR above 2009 levels
  9. enacting IEQA
  10. banning neonicotinoids, restoring habitat to protect pollinator/bees
  11. bottle-bill expansion
  12. sequestering carbon
  13. reclaiming mercury/lead
  14. local control of sand-mining permitting/siting
  15. permanently protecting ANWR
  16. mending roads with recycled plastic
  17. innovative/inexpensive energy solutions
  18. non-toxic shot

We oppose:

  1. lead wheel-weights
  2. corporate polluters’ “grandfather” clauses
  3. environmental protection rollbacks

Restorative Wetland and Watershed Management

We support:

  1. returning waterways to healthy/swimmable/fishable conditions
  2. publicly owned/affordable clean water
  3. accessible IDNR well data/testing
  4. incentivizing sustainable technologies/integrated watershed management
  5. fully protecting/enforcing CWA including intermittent streams/wetlands
  6. reinstating President Obama’s enacted USDA-NRCS RUSLE3

Planning and Zoning for Environmentally Friendly Communities

We support:

  1. “Smart Growth”
  2. sustainable development
  3. livable/walkable neighborhoods
  4. preserving farmland/sensitive and unique natural areas
  5. LEED requirements for public buildings
  6. notification by county auditors to all landowners/residents within one mile before permitting CAFO construction/expansion
  7. local approval for fossil fuel pipelines
  8. community gardens

We oppose:

  1. subsidizing urban growth on farm and park lands
  2. eminent domain abuse
  3. annexation without binding votes of the targeted residents/property owners

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

“50 by 30“ – 50% clean energy by 2030
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
AFO – Animal Feed Operations
ANWR – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
CAA – Clean Air Act
CAFE – Corporate Automotive Fuel Economy
CAFO – Confined/Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation
Clean Line – electrical transmission lines to transport wind-generated energy from NW Iowa to Illinois
CPP – Clean Power Plan
CRP – Conservation Reserve Program
CSP – Conservation Services Program
CWA – Clean Water Act
EPA – Environmental Protection Act
ESA – Endangered Species Act
FFPR - Farmers Fair Practices Rules
FIT – Feed-In Tariffs
GMO – Genetically Modified Organism
HEL – Highly Erodible Land/Soils
IDNR – Iowa Department of Natural Resources
IEQA – Iowa Environmental Quality Act
IRPS – Iowa Renewable Portfolio Standards
IWILL – Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (subsumed under NRORTF)
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
NRORTF - Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund
NRCS – Natural Resources Conservation Service
REAP – Resource Enhancement and Protection
RUSLE3 — Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation Version Three
SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
TRI – Toxic Release Inventory Program/chemical use reports
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture


ECONOMY, COMMERCE, AND LABOR

Collective Bargaining/Unions/Labor

We support:

  1. Fair-Share
  2. prosecuting unfair labor practices
  3. strengthening child labor laws
  4. restoring/strengthening Chapter 20 protections
  5. workers right to organize/join unions/strike
  6. PLAs/LPAs
  7. union apprenticeships and memberships
  8. use of unions for infrastructure jobs/WPAs
  9. EFCA
  10. government entities purchasing US union-made products
  11. Majority Sign-Up
  12. federal jobs program (WPA)
  13. NLRB/PERB

We oppose:

  1. recertification election requirements for public unions
  2. privatizing public-sector jobs
  3. right-to-work
  4. union-busting
  5. replacing laid-off/striking union workers

Unemployment/Benefits

We support:

  1. unemployment benefits for all employees
  2. reauthorizing long-term unemployment benefits

We oppose:

  1. waiting for WC/UE benefits

Workers’ Compensation/Safety

We support:

  1. considering bidders’ safety records for government contracts
  2. increased staffing and funding OSHA/MSHA/NIOSH
  3. right to refuse unsafe work without retaliation
  4. greater employee/union participation in OSHA inspections
  5. workers’ rights to select their medical providers for workplace injuries
  6. restoring protections under Iowa Worker’s Compensation Law

Employment Practices

We support:

  1. whistleblower protections for employees
  2. equal pay for equal work
  3. FMLA
  4. FLSA
  5. removing barriers to proving employment discrimination
  6. responsible, integrated strategies for AI-related job loss to protect/retrain workers
  7. community-college based job training programs for displaced workers
  8. “living wage” replacing minimum wage
  9. reducing executive and employee compensation inequity
  10. proportionate wages/benefits for part-time workers
  11. tipped workers receiving full minimum wage
  12. nonpunitive paid family/medical/parental leave
  13. paid vacation
  14. local control of minimum wage raises
  15. making all forms of wage theft and pension theft illegal with penalties and support to enforce the law

We oppose:

  1. employment-at-will doctrine
  2. unfair overtime practices
  3. social networking identification/password as condition of employment
  4. use of credit scores for employment decisions

Retirement

We support:

  1. fully honored, secure, portable retirement
  2. fully funding/protecting IPERS/FED/MFPRSI/RRB/FELA
  3. maintaining IPERS as a defined benefit plan
  4. COLA for publicly funded retirement programs

Government Policy

We support:

  1. expanding Davis-Bacon Act to include publicly-funded projects
  2. defining responsible bidder for government contracts at the local level
  3. “Deal for All”
  4. net neutrality
  5. statewide broadband access
  6. Dodd-Frank
  7. 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act
  8. national universal basic income
  9. expansion of public mass-transit
  10. equitable/transparent trade agreements
  11. transparency/accountability of public funds granted to corporations
  12. a federal jobs and infrastructure program employing Puerto Ricans

We oppose:

  1. renaming SS earned benefits as federal benefits
  2. deregulating industry
  3. fast-tracking trade agreements
  4. TPP

Taxes

We support:

  1. eliminating SS wage cap
  2. taxing high-frequency trading
  3. more progressive tax structure
  4. estate tax beginning with $2.5 million estates
  5. increasing EITC/dependent exemptions
  6. property tax credits that benefit low-income/veterans/elderly/disabled people
  7. annual evaluation of tax credits

We oppose:

  1. tax breaks for companies outsourcing US jobs
  2. increasing taxes on credit unions
  3. off-shore tax shelters
  4. corporate tax evasion

Bankruptcy

We support:

  1. honoring full-pension benefits in the case of bankruptcy
  2. listing employees as first-in-line creditors

Business Practices

We support:

  1. expanding antitrust analysis to consider market structure, concentration, economic/political impact
  2. incentives creating/retaining US jobs
  3. capping annual interest rates on small consumer loans
  4. regulating financial speculation
  5. full disclosure of competing/conflicting interests in financial transactions
  6. breaking up “too-big-to-fail” banks
  7. regulatory capture
  8. protection against predatory lending
  9. minimum 90% US-manufactured content required for “Made in USA” products
  10. importer-financed quality inspections of all imports

We oppose:

  1. corporate welfare
  2. insurance credit scoring

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

AI – Artificial Intelligence
COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
EFCA – Employee Free Choice Act
EITC – Earned Income Tax Credit
FED – Favorable Experience Dividend
FELA – Federal Employers Liability Act
FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act
FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act
IPERS – Iowa Public Retirement System
LPA – Leased Purchase Agreement
MFPRSI – Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa
MSHA – Mine Safety and Health Administration
NIOSH – National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
NLRB – National Labor Relations Board
OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PERB – Public Employees Relations Board
PLA – Project Labor Agreements
RRB – Railroad Retirement Benefits
SS – Social Security
TPA – Trade Promotion Authority
TPP – Trans-Pacific Partnership
UE – Unemployment
WC – Workman’s Compensation
WPA – Works Progress Administration


EDUCATION

We support:

  1. involving community/ parents/educators/students in educational problem solving/decision-making
  2. minimum 6% SSA for PreK-12 education
  3. restoring independent allowable growth formula to determine public school funding
  4. providing educational tools/ resources for students needing additional assistance, including online classes and other technology
  5. PreK-12 public education for students until age 21
  6. post-secondary programs tuition-/debt-free for at least 4 years, including:
    1. vocational programs
    2. regent state universities
    3. community colleges
  7. dyslexia screening for children in PreK-12 schools/IJJS
  8. state mandates requiring all public schools include instruction in physical/mental health and sex positive/comprehensive/research-based sexual/health programs (including LGBTQIA+, non-binary)
  9. training for all literacy skills
  10. expansion of full-day kindergarten and universal preschool
  11. full funding for:
    1. fine/applied arts
    2. ELL/ESL programs
    3. career/vocational education
    4. literacy education
    5. STEM
    6. civic education
    7. personal financial literacy
    8. special education and similar programs, including twice exceptional
    9. gifted programs
  12. all public PreK-12/higher-education, non-administrative, salaries/benefits/pensions above national average
  13. federally funding IDEA at 40% level
  14. ADA compliance of all school facilities
  15. restoring funds to AEAs
  16. TLC program
  17. driver’s education and foreign language programs provided by local public school districts
  18. maintaining the highest standards for teacher certification
  19. ECE (public preschool/Head Start services)
  20. meeting Head Start or NAEYC performance standards
  21. placement of special education student to be directly tied to determining class size and staffing need
  22. restoring, increasing funding to regent universities and community colleges
  23. living wages, benefit parity, unemployment benefit eligibility, and ongoing training for ESPs
  24. increasing statewide minimum dropout age to 18
  25. student-loan forgiveness
  26. bankruptcy protections for borrowers
  27. 100% tax-deductible interest on post-secondary loans
  28. mental health professionals in all schools
  29. reduction of class size
  30. requiring credentialed supervision for home-schooled students
  31. expanding access to public school alternative programs
  32. radon testing for school buildings
  33. modernizing the Fair Funding Formulas for rural schools
  34. an option for a guaranteed rate of return for funds in 529 savings plans
  35. District Voluntary Diversity Plans
  36. eliminating racial disparities in discipline policies
  37. increased tax credits for teaching materials educators purchase
  38. strongly regulating accreditation, credit transferability and disclosure of costs for all for-profit schools
  39. funding all TRIO programs
  40. party balance of the Iowa Board of Regents
  41. NEA, NEH, NSF, CPB
  42. free nutritional meals for all students, accommodating special diets, and food backpack programs

We oppose:

  1. using tax dollars to fund PK-12 private schools through methods including:
    1. vouchers
    2. Education Savings Accounts
    3. charter school pre-tax plans
  2. merit pay
  3. religious bias in publicly-funded education
  4. arming school employees

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

AEA – Area Education Agency
CPB – Corporation for Public Broadcasting
ECE – Early Childhood Education
ELL – English Language Learners
ESL – English as a Second Language
ESP – Education Support Professional
IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IJJS - Iowa Juvenile Justice System
LGBTQIA+ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, and Community
NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children
NEA – National Endowment for the Arts
NEH – National Endowment for the Humanities
NSF – National Science Foundation
SSA – Supplemental State Aid to education
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
TLC – Teacher Leadership and Compensation System
TRIO – Educational Talent Search (ETS), Classic Upward Bound (CUB), Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS), Student Support Services (SSS), Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), Training Grant for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel (TR)


GOVERNMENT AND LAW

Campaigns, Elections, and American Institutions

We support:

  1. Automatic/Same-Day Voter Registration
  2. OCE/RVRA/IRV/RCV
  3. Iowa’s redistricting system used nationwide
  4. absentee/early-voting
  5. mandatory election audits
  6. truth in political advertising
  7. 5-year lobbying ban on Federal/State elected/appointed officials leaving government
  8. paid federal/state election holidays
  9. vote-by-mail
  10. comprehensive congressional-ethics/CEC-reform
  11. mandatory release of state/national candidates’ tax-returns as condition of ballot inclusion
  12. Johnson Amendment
  13. Iowa’s judicial merit-selection-system
  14. Iowa constitutional amendment requiring full funding for co-equal judicial-branch
  15. government transparency
  16. publicly funded campaigns/elections
  17. standardizing election poll-supervision, ballot type/tabulation
  18. re-examining [501(c)(4)] political-activity
  19. requiring political activity transparency–including funding
  20. caucus system improvements
  21. open-source software/paper-trailed voting-systems
  22. VOICE/Fair-Elections-Now-Act
  23. limiting campaigning-time

We oppose:

  1. Citizens United
  2. superdelegates
  3. corporate personhood
  4. Super-PACs
  5. official languages
  6. gerrymandering
  7. national constitutional convention

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

We support:

  1. community right to enact laws protecting health/safety of natural persons/environment
  2. repealing 2001 USAPA and 2008 FISAAA
  3. providing tax-credits/employment bonding programs
  4. barring law enforcement officials from sexual activities with suspects/detainees
  5. limiting “cavity searches”
  6. Miranda Rights
  7. separating church and state and returning to pre-1954 pledge of allegiance
  8. fully-funding Iowa Legal Aid
  9. individual/legal entity right to BDS any country/corporation
  10. freedom of speech and press
  11. restoring VRA(1965) entirely
  12. renaming Columbus Day
  13. DC/PR/Guam/Territory right to statehood

We oppose:

  1. RFRA
  2. national ID
  3. warrantless-searches/electronic–drone surveillance
  4. non-church religious-exemptions from anti-discrimination laws
  5. presidential self-pardons
  6. subverting civil-rights

Consumer Protection

We support:

  1. strengthening/expanding/vigorously enforcing anti-trust laws
  2. penalties that deter corporate malfeasance
  3. personal financial responsibility for law-breaking elected officials
  4. government official insider-trading laws
  5. foreclosure safety-net
  6. CFPB: fully-funded independent agency
  7. GDPR-level PII data protection

We oppose:

  1. robocalls
  2. utility deregulation/privatization
  3. limiting court access
  4. “Pork-Barrel” amendments

Criminal Justice

We support:

  1. legalizing cannabis
  2. vacating non-violent drug-offense past sentences
  3. ending war-on-drugs/treating drug-addiction as public health issues
  4. mentally-ill/addicted offender treatment programs
  5. specialty-courts
  6. de-escalation/bias programs/training/improving police-community relations
  7. independent investigations of deaths involving police/corrections
  8. fully-funding/timely rape-kit processing
  9. equitable funding for public defense/prosecution
  10. juvenile sentencing/incarceration reform
  11. citizens’ review boards
  12. HCPA
  13. contemporary Nordic inmate-rehabilitation-model:
    1. rehabilitation not punishment
    2. increasing rehabilitation programs for recently released individuals
    3. inmate minimum wage
    4. restorative justice
    5. incarceration alternatives
  14. EJI
  15. community policing
  16. reforming civil/criminal forfeiture laws
  17. victims’ services
  18. preventing/identifying/treating human trafficking victims
  19. prosecuting “white-collar” crime
  20. classifying abortion clinics/provider attacks as domestic-terrorism

We oppose:

  1. requiring supreme court super-majorities on constitutional questions
  2. charging defendants for: court-appointed-attorneys/probation/community service/jail-rent
  3. shackles/restraints during childbirth
  4. for-profit jails/prisons
  5. capital punishment
  6. mandatory-minimum sentencing
  7. bail-system abuse
  8. law-enforcement militarization
  9. “Stop-and-Frisk” policies
  10. NDAA indefinite-detention provisions
  11. civil/criminal statutes of limitations on child-abuse/sexual-abuse cases
  12. ex-offender housing-discrimination

Government Services

We support:

  1. prosecuting government officials charged with quid-pro-quo bribery offenses
  2. full-access to ALL public records excepting PII
  3. substantive funding for:
    1. safe/reliable/well-maintained bridges/roadways
    2. secure ports/water supplies/infrastructure
    3. rural county/city (emergency) services
    4. FVPSA/VAWA
    5. Division of Tobacco Use and Control
    6. Public Broadcasting
    7. Art in State Buildings
    8. SHS projects/goals
    9. prisons
  4. USPS Banking
  5. VOCA compensation going to victims
  6. fully-funding/enforcing federal/state mandates
  7. COLAs including medical costs/food/energy
  8. local/international food-aid programs
  9. State Bank of Iowa

We oppose:

  1. eminent-domain for private-profit
  2. nepotism
  3. fast-track congressional voting without public debate
  4. tax-cuts defunding public programs
  5. privatizing/outsourcing government services/assets

Gun Safety

We support:

  1. guardian accountability for minor negligent-gun-access
  2. public/private property gun-free zones
  3. updated version of the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, restricting:
    1. silencers/suppressors
    2. bump-stocks
    3. high-capacity-magazines
    4. fragmentary-rounds
  4. mandatory safety/proficiency training
  5. expanding NICS
  6. firearm transfer universal background checks
  7. registration
  8. waiting periods
  9. just-cause Sheriff discretion issuing Concealed-Carry
  10. mandatory liability insurance for gun/ammunition owners/sellers/manufacturers
  11. GVROA(2017)
  12. mandatory reporting lost/stolen firearms
  13. reasonable gun-regulation/responsible gun-ownership
  14. gun buybacks

We oppose:

  1. open-carry
  2. Dickey Amendment
  3. NCCR
  4. private post-1968 firearms transfers without serial numbers

Immigration

We support:

  1. state/federal DREAM/DAPA/DACA/TVDL/UAFA
  2. resolving visas/permanent-residency backlogs/prioritizing family unity
  3. Visa denial/removal judicial review
  4. refugee classifying unaccompanied minors
  5. adult/minor-refugee/asylum-seeker resettlement programs
  6. immigration reform eliminating biases/reflecting skills needs/respecting national security needs/providing quicker-clearly-defined citizenship pathways
  7. undocumented immigrant DL/vehicle registration
  8. expedited vetting Syrian/Yemeni refugees
  9. reinstating Governor Robert D. Ray’s refugee-programs
  10. requiring/funding immigrant/minors/guest workers legal representation
  11. applying fair-labor laws/due-process to all

We oppose:

  1. detaining undocumented minors
  2. immigrant detention/deportation quotas
  3. locally enforcing federal immigration laws
  4. mass raids/related enforcement practices
  5. religious exclusion
  6. “papers please”
  7. unnecessary travel-bans
  8. abrogating birthright-citizenship
  9. separating minor children from their parents when they are trying to enter the country
  10. internment and concentration camps

Internet and Telecommunications

We support:

  1. publicly-owned/universal HSIA
  2. modernized “Fairness Doctrine”/equal-time rule

We oppose:

  1. internet censorship
  2. warrantless bulk-data collection
  3. cyberbullying
  4. FCC’s “UHF Discount” allowing media monoliths

Taxes and Social Security

We support:

  1. charitable-giving tax-deductions
  2. Veterans Exemption
  3. restoring TIF’s original purpose
  4. “public-assistance” penalties for large employers
  5. fair/just tax-code including progressive-taxation of capital/increasing top-marginal tax-rate

We oppose:

  1. chained CPI
  2. raising retirement age/cutting SS-benefits
  3. taxing: unemployment/workers’-compensation/disability/SS-benefits
  4. refundable corporate tax-credits
  5. corporate tax-loopholes
  6. SS-fund diversion
  7. corporate-welfare

Transportation

We support:

  1. Complete-Streets
  2. crash-prevention engineering
  3. Main Street Iowa
  4. helmet laws
  5. ET3/Hyperloop/High-speed Rail/light-rail feeder-systems
  6. backseat passenger seat-belt law
  7. transportation alternative-energies
  8. rural-transportation expansion

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

501(c)(3) – a tax-exempt organization
501(c)(4) – a tax-exempt and non-profit social welfare organization
BDS – Boycott, Divest, Sanction
CEC - Citizens Election Council
CFPB - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
COLA – Cost of Living Adjustment
CPI – Consumer Price Index
DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
DAPA – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans
DC – District of Columbia
DL – Drivers License
DREAM – Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors
EJI – Equal Justice Initiative
ET3 - Evacuated Tube-Transport-Technologies
FCC - Federal Communications Commission
FISAAA - Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (of 1978) Amendments Act (of 2008)
FVPSA – Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation
GIVFAP - Grow Iowa Values Financial Assistance Program
GVROA - Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017
HCPA - Hate Crimes Prevention Act
HSIA - High-Speed Internet Access
ID - Identification
IOWA - Best State in the United States of America
Johnson Amendment – a provision in the U.S. tax code, since 1954, that prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates
IRV – Instant Runoff Voting
NCCR - National Concealed Carry Reciprocity
NDAA - National Defense Authorization Act
NICS – National Instant Criminal Background Check System
OCE – Office of Congressional Ethics
PAC - Political Action Committee
PII – Personally Identifiable Information
PR – Puerto Rico
RCV - Ranked Choice Voting
RFRA - Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Robert D Ray - Mythical creature, a Republican that embraced immigration
RVRA – Restoring Voting Rights Act
SHS – State Historical Society
SS – Social Security
TIF – Tax Incremented Financing
TVDL – Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s License
UAFA – Uniting American Families Act
UHF - Ultra High Frequency, In this context the name of a rule allowing single-company ownership of TV stations reaching up to 72% of households vs. 39%
USAPA- USA Patriot Act
USPS – United States Postal Service
VAWA – Violence Against Women Act
VOCA – Victims of Crime Act
VOICE – Voter Owned Iowa Clean Election
VRA - Voter Rights Act


HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

General Health

We support:

  1. comprehensive, universal, single-payer healthcare for all, including but not limited to:
    1. reproductive health
    2. acute/LTC/ALF, community-based services
    3. wellness/prevention programs
    4. addiction services
    5. evidenced-based holistic/functional medicine/services
    6. reimbursement rates for providers/caregivers equal to UCR
    7. all brain disorders/injuries
    8. affordable/no copay medications
    9. evidence-based Compound/Natural medications
    10. telemedicine
    11. training/supplying first responders using Narcan/Naloxone
    12. statewide EMS
    13. transgender healthcare
    14. medical/assistive-devices/vision/hearing/mental/dental
  2. medical end-of-life options
  3. rescheduling, expanding access to, medical cannabis
  4. state EHR exchanges
  5. healthcare staffing based on acuity/care-levels
  6. increased funding NIH/NSF

We oppose:

  1. privatizing Medicaid
  2. providing substandard/denying medical services due to religious/personal bias
  3. exemptions to ISAA
  4. Medicaid block grants
  5. restricting research on
    1. stem-cells
    2. gun violence
  6. waiting lists for HCBS waivers
  7. INCSL
  8. discrimination against LGBTQIA+

Adult, Aged, Abused People, and People with Disabilities

We support:

  1. accessibility/accommodations for all
  2. increasing inspections of troubled SNF/ALF/MIMR
  3. fully funding:
    1. OAA/LTCOP
    2. dementia research while expanding diagnosis/care
    3. elder-abuse prevention
    4. AAA
    5. full-spectrum continuing care, financial aid/legal assistance for abused persons
    6. VAWA
  4. national database for convicted abusers
  5. consumer representation on HHS review boards
  6. training/support/tax credits for at-home caregivers
  7. LTC coverage prior to hospitalization
  8. 911/EMS responder abuse-recognition education/training

Children and Families

We support:

  1. increasing inspections of childcare centers
  2. fully funding:
    1. child welfare systems
    2. child/maternal/prenatal health programs
    3. preventing child abuse/neglect/obesity
    4. BASP
    5. CSRA/DPPA
    6. high-quality, subsidized childcare
    7. FSP
    8. youth/homeless shelters
    9. children’s mental health system
    10. CHIP/HAWK-I
  3. mandatory NCARs
  4. SNAP/WIC expansion
  5. background checks for childcare workers
  6. gender-neutral parenting/custody/guardianship
  7. kinship-care/foster-care parity
  8. funding foster children through age 26
  9. strengthening/expanding ASFA, DHS/Ombudsman in foster care

We oppose:

  1. non-medical exemptions to immunizations
  2. sex-assignment surgeries at birth

Human Services

We support:

  1. transitional programs from shelters/prisons-into-care, treatment, permanent housing
  2. Medicaid for all autistic individuals
  3. contraceptives/abortion coverage
  4. maintaining/strengthening HUD, SS, Medicare/Medicaid, Public Transportation, disaster relief, safety-net programs
  5. child/dependent-adult protective services meeting all standards/minimal overtime
  6. funding/organizing IEMS for standardized statewide coverage
  7. GHS activities overseen by CDC
  8. research/prevention/treatment addressing opioid epidemic including Naloxone funding
  9. equitable health insurance premiums
  10. evidence-based medical cannabis education for medical providers
  11. effective FDA drug-approval
  12. vitamins/supplements labeling for side-effects/drug interactions

We oppose:

  1. limiting medical malpractice/negligence claims

Mental Health

We support:

  1. mental health parity/availability/affordability
  2. restoring/expanding MHIs
  3. funding:
    1. tobacco/substance-abuse treatment
    2. suicide awareness/prevention programs
  4. jail diversion programs/courts
  5. effective treatment length
  6. mental health training/awareness for 911/first responders
  7. sufficient funding for CMHCs
  8. funding for emergency committal beds/transportation

Reproductive Rights and Family Planning

We support:

  1. rights/choice of women/individuals to comprehensive reproductive healthcare
  2. Roe vs. Wade
  3. fully funding:
    1. comprehensive family planning programs/providers
    2. PP
    3. HIV/STD/STI/cancer testing/screening
  4. free barrier-based contraceptives in public schools
  5. regulating CPC
  6. breastfeeding/lactation accommodations (not restrooms)
  7. certified nurse midwives

We oppose:

  1. restricting access to medically necessary abortions
  2. zygotic/embryonic/fetal personhood
  3. restricting accessing abortions using TRAP laws/harassment
  4. forced sterilization, castration, genital mutilation including default circumcision
  5. Fetal Heartbeat bill
  6. conversion therapy
  7. parental consent/notification for contraceptives/abortion for minors

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

AAA - Area Agency on Aging
ALF – Assisted-Living Facilities
ASFA - Adoption and Safe Families Act
BASP - Before and After School Programs
CDC - Centers for Disease Control
CHIP - Children’s Health Insurance Program
CMHCs – Community Mental Health Centers
CPC - Crisis Pregnancy Centers
CSRA - Child Support Recovery Act
DHS - Department of Human Services
DPPA - Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act
EHR – Electronic Health Record
EMS – Emergency Medical Services
FDA – Food and Drug Administration
FSP - Family Support Programs
GHS – Global Health Services
HAWK-I - Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa
HCBS - Home and Community Based Services
HHS – Health and Human Services
HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HUD – Housing and Urban Development
IEMS - Iowa Emergency Medical Services
INCSL - Iowa Non-Covered Services Law
ISAA - Iowa Smoke-Free Air Act
LGBTQIA+ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, and Community
LTC – Long-Term Care
LTCOP - Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
MC/MD - Medicare/Medicaid
MHI – Mental Health Institutions
MIMR – Mental Illness Mental Retardation
NCAR – National Child Abuse Registries
NIH – National Institutes of Health
NSF – National Science Foundation
OAA – Older Americans Act
PP - Planned Parenthood
SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNF – Skilled Nursing Facilities
SS - Social Security
STD – Sexually Transmitted Disease
STI - Sexually Transmitted Infection
TRAP - Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers
UCR – Usual and Customary Rates
VAWA – Violence Against Women’s Act
WIC – Women, Infants, and Children


HUMAN RIGHTS

We support:

  1. “Ban the Box”
  2. expanding domestic violence laws to include dating relationships
  3. laws promoting victims’ rights/safety
  4. funding agencies that address/resolve discrimination
  5. independent collection/public availability of policing data, increasing transparency/ending racial profiling
  6. human rights of all incarcerated including voting rights
  7. reviewing legal processes perpetuating disproportionate incarceration of POC/mandatory training about implicit bias in the justice system
  8. human rights of immigrants including due process/family preservation/pathway to citizenship
  9. sanctuary cities
  10. universal access to physical/mental healthcare/housing/living income/potable water
  11. equal rights of LGBTQIA+ residents in all areas
  12. strengthening education about implicit racial bias
  13. laws/policies affirming dignity/rights of vulnerable populations
  14. laws/policies providing safe/respectful workplaces
  15. all-gender restrooms
  16. strengthening laws/policies assisting people with disabilities
  17. requiring video/audio recording law enforcement during arrest/interrogation/public interactions and public access to recordings subject to victims’/informants’ rights
  18. rights of students to safe educational environments
  19. reproductive rights
  20. right to privacy
  21. U.S. following UDHR
  22. sovereign rights of indigenous people
  23. protection of all genders’ rights from discrimination/harassment/retaliation
  24. reparations for African-Americans/Native Americans
  25. expanding Affirmative Action
  26. establishing US Commission on Human Rights
  27. expanding gender options, including opt-out, on government forms
  28. SSRA
  29. Federal/Iowa ERA
  30. Universal Habeas Corpus
  31. the rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming persons, including:
    1. adding gender identity to hate crimes legislation
    2. protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming persons in jails and prisons
    3. adding sexual orientation and gender identity to non-discrimination policies for foster care, adoption, and jury service
    4. making transgender and gender-nonconforming identity protected classes

We oppose:

  1. religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, including LGBTQIA+
  2. weakening policies/laws assisting people with disabilities in accessibility/education/employment
  3. local law enforcement performing immigration duties
  4. criminalization of addiction/drug use
  5. voter disenfranchisement through voter suppression/Voter ID/gerrymandering/citizenship question on census
  6. Stand-Your-Ground Laws except Castle Doctrine
  7. weakening separation of church and state
  8. insurance companies denying/limiting health coverage for any reason
  9. ageism
  10. drug testing for public assistance eligibility
  11. solitary confinement
  12. FOSTA-SESTA
  13. funding/staffing ICRC

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

SESTA/FOSTA - Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act/ Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act
ERA - Equal Rights Act
UDHR - Universal Declaration of Human Rights
LGBTQIA+ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, and Community
SYGL - Stand-Your-Ground-Laws
SSRA - System Safety Risk Assessment
ICE - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
POC - People of Color


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Peace and Security

We support:

  1. peaceful conflict resolution, normalized US diplomatic relations with all countries/multilateral solutions to international problems
  2. closing Guantanamo Bay detention facilities
  3. federal court access for non-US detainees
  4. promoting human dignity, resolving global poverty, protecting clean air/water, improving education, and reducing hunger/disease
  5. eliminating WMDs
  6. territorial integrity of all nations including native American nations
  7. cultural/educational exchange programs
  8. maintaining present NATO security alliances
  9. gender equality/empowerment of women/gender minorities
  10. taking military action only with clear national defense goals/ informed Congressional consent/ international cooperation
  11. ending violence against women and sexual/gender minorities, including genital mutilation/honor killings/forced marriage/rape/property confiscation
  12. prosecuting human traffickers via ICC, protecting victims
  13. free/fair/open elections
  14. stricter enforcement of FARA
  15. repealing 2001, 2002 US AUMF
  16. treating POWs/enemy combatants humanely
  17. assisting refugees
  18. reforming the Pentagon’s acquisition system, its funding levels and its allocation of funds

We oppose:

  1. economic exploitation
  2. racial/religious/sexual orientation/gender-identity persecution
  3. US-sponsored regime changes/ coups/juntas/unelected governments
  4. genocide
  5. ethnic cleansing
  6. terrorism
  7. imperialism
  8. preemptive military action
  9. military/financial support for oppressive regimes
  10. extra-legal/renditions/torture
  11. hybrid warfare
  12. election meddling

Iran

We support:

  1. diplomatic engagement
  2. a nuclear agreement

We oppose:

  1. offensive military action against Iran

Israel/Palestine

We support:

  1. equal human rights/health/welfare for Palestinians and Israelis
  2. right of return/just compensation for displaced Palestinians
  3. rights of BDS
  4. escrowing aid to Israel until Israel recognizes Palestine at 1966 borders
  5. Palestinian statehood/UN membership
  6. peaceful efforts to achieve separate secure Israeli and Palestinian states respecting the rights of all persons

We oppose:

  1. Israel Separation Barrier/settlement activities/moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem prior to final resolution and blockade of Gaza Strip
  2. Anti-Semitism/Islamophobia

Afghanistan/Iraq/Syria

We support:

  1. reconstruction and refugee resettlement
  2. resolving the Syrian conflict and providing humanitarian assistance
  3. US acceptance of 100,000 Syrian refugees annually

Yemen

We oppose:

  1. Saudi involvement in Yemen

Ukraine

We support:

  1. peaceful conflict resolution

We oppose:

  1. Russian territorial annexation

Central and South America and the Caribbean

We support:

  1. normalized relations with Cuba
  2. immediately closing WHINSEC
  3. investigating US government involvement in 2009 Honduras coup/subsequent activists’ killings

We oppose:

  1. US border wall

Rainforests

We oppose:

  1. clear-cutting

Africa

We support:

  1. famine relief
  2. funding economic/agricultural development

Asia

We support:

  1. containing North Korea’s nuclear weapons diplomatically
  2. peacefully resolving disputed Pacific islands

China

We oppose:

  1. artificial islands in South China Sea
  2. Chinese occupation of Tibet

Development Assistance

We support:

  1. culturally sensitive/non-exploitative foreign aid and fair trade agreements protecting human rights, public health, workers’ rights, the environment

United Nations

We support:

  1. US participation in the UN and its agencies, full dues payment
  2. ATTCC ATT
  3. meeting SDG

Treaties and Conventions

We support:

  1. ratification and/or full participation in:
    1. UDHR
    2. ICESCR
    3. CEDAW
    4. CRC
    5. CTBT
    6. BWC
    7. Paris Climate Agreement Under the (UNFCCC)
    8. CWC
    9. UNCRPD
    10. UNCLOS
    11. GFATM
    12. START
    13. RSICC
    14. NPT
    15. APMBC
    16. ICRW
    17. ICJ
    18. HRC
    19. US Action Plan on UNSCR 1325
    20. CCM
    21. OPCAT
    22. ICPPED
    23. Mine Ban Treaty
    24. IBHR

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

APMBC – Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
ATT ATTCC – Arms Trade Transfer Code of Conduct
AUMF – Authorization for Use of Military Force
BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
BWC – Biological Weapons Convention/1925 Geneva Protocol
CCM – Convention on Cluster Munitions
CEDAW – Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
CRC – Convention on the Rights of the Child CTBT – Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty CWC – Chemical Weapons Convention.
GFATM – Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
HRC – Human Rights Council
IBHR – International Bill of Human Rights
ICESCR – International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ICJ – International Court of Justice
ICPPED – International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
ICRW – International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling
ISIL – The Islamic State of Syria and the Levant
FARA – Foreign Agents Registration Act
MENA – Middle East and North Africa
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NPT – Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
OPCAT – Optional Protocol to the Convention on Torture
RSICC – Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
SDG – Sustainable Development Goals
START – Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
UDHR – Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UNCLOS – United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNCRPD – United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
UNFCCC – 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNSCR 1325 – UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
WHINSEC WHISC – Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, the Guantanamo detention facility
WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction


VETERANS AND MILITARY

We support:

  1. investigation/prosecution of sexual assault/harassment in civilian courts
  2. full-service VA healthcare for LGBTQIA+
  3. rigorous oversight of VA hospitals
  4. increased funding/access to mental health services
  5. requiring VA payment for veterans’ medical care when VA providers are > 30 driving miles or the wait for services is > 30 days
  6. requiring VA physicians to inform/offer patients all potential treatments including cannabis
  7. 24-hour holds for suicidal veterans at VA facilities
  8. removing time limits for accessing GI-Bill/educational benefits
  9. increasing Veteran housing
  10. policies/funding, VA/VHA for rural/urban Iowa, employment assistance
  11. National Guard Education Assistance Benefits for Summer School
  12. citizenship for honorable service/discharges including deportees
  13. adequate funding for troop training/logistics/support

We oppose:

  1. privatization of VA hospitals/medical services
  2. using mercenaries/private military companies
  3. denying VA benefits for THC use
  4. stopping VA disability benefits if receiving SS
  5. trans-ban

ACRONYMS USED IN THIS SECTION

LEO - Law Enforcement Officer
LGBTQIA+ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, and Community
SS - Social Security