Ahhh! Remember the “good ol’ days” when Howard Dean set off an explosion of Deaniac fervor in 2003? Democracy for Iowa gave birth to Blog for Iowa, as we joined the cause, in Deaniac style, along with several other non-Dean progressive groups here in Iowa.
Well, recently I spoke with Executive Director Kevin Geiken of the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) to see if we’d made any “progressive progress” within the party, and was surprised to learn that activists are now welcome at the IDP, and as Geiken told me, the IDP now has “the most progressive platform” it ever has had.
It’s exciting news, and even though the national party still seems to be fighting the progressives all the way, the Iowa party has been quickly making changes away from the old top-down system.
Read my article here about the founding of the Dean movement, Blog for Iowa, and how things have changed since 2016 here in Iowa.
–Linda Thieman, co-founder and original editor of BFIA