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Muscatine police declare Salvation Army campaign a success

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MUSCATINE, Iowa-- A Muscatine police officer's hard work over the holidays to help Salvation Army is paying off.

Lieutenant Greg Bock spent days camping outside the Hy-Vee in Muscatine back in December.

The Salvation Army of Muscatine county happy to report its met its kettle goal.

At the end of January, $190,000 were raised, 114 of that coming from the actual red kettle.

1 of 6 dogs survives after being tossed from van along Michigan road, witnesses tell police

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WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a report of six Chihuahuas being thrown from a moving car in Allegan County, Michigan last week.

Only one of the six dogs survived. They’ve named her Lucky Lulu.

The 2- to 3-year-old Chihuahua is now in the care of a local pet rescue waiting to be adopted.

Witnesses said they saw the dogs thrown from a moving minivan along the 400 block of 124th Avenue, near 4th and 5th streets, around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29. They said the Honda Odyssey the dogs were thrown from was headed west on 124th.

The witnesses were headed east and turned around after they saw what happened.

Lulu somehow survived. The others didn’t.

“They were beyond help by the time they got their vehicle stopped and turned around,” Allegan County Undersheriff Mike Larsen said.

The witnesses told investigators they took all six dogs home and buried the five who died.

They took Lulu to Pet Klips, a Wayland pet groomer Tuesday. The groomer also runs a pet rescue, and convinced them to call police.

“I can’t speak to why they chose to wait so long, but they are cooperating now,” said Larsen, who adds investigators are still trying to verify the witnesses story.

One suspect, the minivan driver, is described as a thin white man in his 20s to 30s with missing teeth and dark, curly hair. The woman passenger is described as a thin white woman in her 20s to 30s with blond hair and missing teeth.

As for Lulu, she appears to be fine physically but will need a lot of tender loving care. Both the sheriff’s department and Pet Klips say they’ve received several calls since the story broke.

The pet rescue has stopped taking adoption applications since they received more than enough and want to ensure that Lulu will go to a loving home.

As for the investigation, the sheriff’s department is still waiting to recover the bodies of the other five Chihuahuas and are looking for additional witnesses.

“It’s alleged that one of the dogs made contact with another moving vehicle. We’re trying to figure out who that would be and get them to come forward as well,” Larsen said.

Suspects in the case could face felony animal cruelty charges.

“To see something of this magnitude, with that many, especially in the manner that it was done on a public roadway with other people present, to witness it — if this did occur, it’s pretty rare,” Larsen said.

Snow Emergencies: Check for your city

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Galesburg, Illinois (February 12, 2020) A snow emergency has been declared for the City of Galesburg, effective as of 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Citizens are reminded that a parking prohibition will take effect on all Galesburg City streets during the snow emergency. Vehicles parked on City streets (except in the central business district) during this time will be subject to ticketing and towing. The parking prohibition will remain in effect until all streets are cleared. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 309/345-3623. Additional information on snow removal procedures can be found on the City’s website.

Nation’s largest teachers unions call to end active shooter drills over fears they’re traumatizing students

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(CNN) — Since Columbine, active shooter drills have become an increasingly normalized practice in schools.

During the 2015-2016 school year, for example, about 95% of schools drilled students on lockdown procedure, according to a report from the US Department of Education.

But on the other end of the spectrum, some psychologists have said these practices can be traumatizing for students depending on how they’re conducted. And now, two teachers unions are speaking out.

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety, a coalition working to end gun violence, to publicly condemn active shooter drills in schools.

“Given growing concern among parents, students, educators, and medical professionals about the impact that active shooter drills can have on student development, Everytown, AFT, and NEA do not recommend these drills for students,” they wrote in the report, “and believe schools should carefully consider these impacts before conducting live drills that involve students and educators.”

The report also went on to specify that student drills shouldn’t be the only plan in place regarding school shootings.

And instead of active shooter drills, the trio recommends a more comprehensive approach that doesn’t involve students — like enacting Extreme Risk laws, which don’t allow people who demonstrate risk of harming themselves or others to buy a firearm, or staff training on lockout procedures and emergency medical procedures.

Active shooter drills may do more harm than good, report argues

There has been limited research affirming the value of these active shooter drills despite their ubiquity, the report claims.

It recounts one instance at an Indiana elementary school, where law enforcement officers lined teachers up and shot them with plastic pellets using an airsoft gun.

“Stories abound in the media of incidents where students, educators, and staff have experienced distress and sometimes lasting trauma as a result of active shooter drills,” the report states.

For schools that will continue to implement active shooter drills, Everytown and both of the unions oppose unannounced drills and “all simulations that mimic or appear to be an actual incident.”

They also recommend that information regarding the drills should be given to parents ahead of time, and the content of the drills should be created by a team that includes mental health professionals.

Wendy’s workers fired after video of sink bath shared on social media

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GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Several employees at a Michigan Wendy’s were fired after video surfaced online of a young man submerged in one of the kitchen sinks.

The video, posted to a community Facebook page, had been viewed tens of thousands of times as of Wednesday. It shows the person taking a bath in the sink while an employee walks by and talks with him as a third person records.

The images left some customers with a bad taste in their mouths.

“I brought someone here last week to eat here so I laughed at it and thought it was pretty nasty all at the same time,” said Michael Guerra, who lives in the area.

“My first date with my daughter’s mother was at that Wendy’s. Do you think I’d ever go back there?” said customer JohnMichael Molinares. “They should be held accountable.”

In a statement  Wednesday, franchise owner Team Schostak Family Restaurants called the incident “completely unacceptable” and said everyone involved was fired right away.

The statement added the restaurant on N. Lafayette Street at Summit Avenue had been thoroughly cleaned and visited by the health department after the incident.

“This egregious behavior is completely unacceptable and counter to our safety, training and operational standards. Upon learning of this situation, all employees in the video were terminated immediately and the restaurant has been completely sanitized. The health department visited the restaurant today and no violations were reported,” according to the statement from Team Schostak.

How Tom Steyer’s spending spree could reshape the South Carolina primary

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(CNN) — A few months ago, South Carolina political activist Johnnie Cordero took the stage at a historically black college in Rock Hill for a presidential town hall and delivered impassioned remarks about a subject that long has troubled him: the killing of young black men at the hands of law enforcement officials.

When he glanced over at the Democratic candidate on the stage with him, he was surprised by what he saw: tears gathering in the eyes of Tom Steyer, a billionaire who is staking his presidential bid on a strong showing among African Americans in South Carolina.

“The perception is that he has true empathy,” said Cordero, who last month endorsed Steyer in the Californian’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — part of a growing number of African Americans in the state to lend their support to a candidate viewed as a long shot for the presidency.

“We know that no president is going to walk into the Oval Office and wave a magic wand, and all of a sudden, everything’s going to change,” said Cordero, who is chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina. “But what we want is someone there who understands our issues and who is willing to address them.”

Steyer is lavishing his time and money on South Carolina — spending millions on televisions ads, building a substantial staff and picking up endorsements from African American activists like Cordero as he courts the black voters who will make up roughly 60% of the Democratic primary electorate when the state votes on February 29. Those are the same voters who former Vice President Joe Biden is counting on to right his struggling campaign.

Steyer, a former hedge-fund manager with an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion, already has spent more than $18.7 million on advertising to target South Carolina voters, swamping all of his rivals, according to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group. The No. 2 candidate in ad spending in South Carolina as of Tuesday: former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, at just $1.4 million.

Biden, who has staked his presidential ambitions on a strong showing in the state, had spent about $857,000 in South Carolina as of Wednesday morning.

In addition, Steyer’s South Carolina staffers now number 102, more than twice the 44 people Biden’s camp says it now employs in the Palmetto State. Biden officials say that number is expected to grow in the days ahead.

There are signs the investment might be paying off. While there’s been little recent public polling in the state, a Fox News poll early last month showed Steyer battling with Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders for second place in South Carolina. And his campaign on Wednesday touted a RealClearPolitics polling average that puts him between Biden and Sanders, who won Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire.

“There’s a tendency to dismiss Steyer as simply a billionaire who can spend lots of money on TV ads,” said Jordan Ragusa, a political scientist at the College of Charleston and co-author of the new book “First in the South: Why the South Carolina Presidential Primary Matters.”

“Certainly, the ads are important,” he said. But Steyer “is working the ground probably better than any of the candidates that are still in the field.”

Steyer is hoping for strong results in South Carolina and Nevada, which votes February 22, to build momentum for his unorthodox bid.

As the nominating race moves to those two states, “we’re now looking at the real Democratic Party, the wonderful diversity of the Democratic Party and the American people,” Steyer said Wednesday on CNN, the day after his sixth-place showing in New Hampshire’s primary.

“Whoever is going to be the Democratic candidate has to pull together the Democratic Party across all differences,” he said. “I think Nevada and South Carolina will be a very good test of that, and I look forward to that test.”

Biden also views South Carolina as a crucial springboard, following disappointing fourth- and fifth-place results in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively. In one sign of the state’s importance to his presidential ambitions, the former vice president on Tuesday night abandoned his planned primary-night event in New Hampshire and jetted to South Carolina for a launch party there.

“It ain’t over, man,” Biden told supporters in Columbia as the New Hampshire results rolled in late Tuesday. “You can’t be the Democratic nominee and you can’t win a general election as a Democrat unless you have overwhelming support from black and brown voters.”

No new polls of South Carolina voters have been released since Iowa and New Hampshire, but Biden still sits atop the Democratic field in support from black voters nationally.

Ground game

South Carolina Democratic strategist Tyler Jones said it’s too early to write off Biden’s flagging campaign. But he acknowledged that Steyer has made significant inroads in the state.

There’s “only been one person or one campaign who has knocked on my door in Johns Island in Charleston, South Carolina, and it’s been Tom Steyer’s campaign,” Jones told CNN on Tuesday. “Yeah, that spells serious trouble.”

“Who knew Tom Steyer would be Biden’s biggest rival in South Carolina? It’s crazy,” Jones added. “Biden better get up on TV soon and remind voters why they love him or else it’s going to be a very embarrassing finish in South Carolina.”

Political observers say Steyer also is making other savvy choices behind the scenes, such as traveling to rural parts of the state and hiring local activists to reach out to African Americans and younger voters, rather than relying on out-of-state operatives to drive his campaign in South Carolina.

“He’s giving people opportunities who’ve never been involved in politics,” said state Rep. JA Moore, who previously endorsed California’s Sen. Kamala Harris. On Wednesday morning, Moore backed Buttigieg after weighing a Steyer endorsement.

“He’s giving people jobs,” Moore said of Steyer. “I don’t know if people are looking at it about what he’s able to do nationally, people are just so grateful that he’s investing real resources here in South Carolina.”

A recent Steyer ad features Edith Childs, an African American county council member from Greenwood, South Carolina, who is credited with inspiring then-Sen. Barack Obama’s “Fired Up! Ready to Go” campaign slogan. She’s now endorsed Steyer.

“My guy Tom’s fired up, and Trump’s got to go,” Child says in the ad.

Controversial moves

For all the attention Steyer is getting in South Carolina, he remains a long shot for the nomination.

He’s polling in low single digits nationally. And despite a long history as a political donor, he has a mixed record in elections. In the 2014 election cycle, for instance, he spent $70 million to influence congressional contests and lost more US Senate races than he won.

Steyer’s campaign also has had a high-profile stumble in South Carolina.

Last November, a top aide in the state resigned after accessing volunteer data from the campaign of Harris, who had built a strong field operation before ending her campaign in December.

Another controversy erupted earlier this month after a prominent Biden supporter, Columbia lawyer and state legislator Dick Harpootlian, suggested that Steyer had paid off a prominent African American lawmaker for his support by hiring him as a consultant.

Black legislators called on Biden to disavow the comments — a demand Steyer repeated twice on the debate stage in New Hampshire last week. Biden responded that he had spoken with Harpootlian “and he in fact is, I believe, sorry for what he said.”

Despite Steyer’s spending spree, the race still favors Biden at the moment, said College of Charleston’s Ragusa. And a Biden endorsement from a prominent figure, such as South Carolina’s US Rep. Jim Clyburn, could further cement the former vice president’s standing, Ragusa said.

Clyburn, one of the most influential politicians in South Carolina and highest-ranking African American in the US House of Representatives, has not ruled out endorsing a candidate but has said he won’t do so before the February 25 presidential debate in Charleston, four days before the primary.

And Steyer faces doubts about his electability. The Californian spent a combined $36 million on advertising in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire and failed to secure a single delegate in either.

“Electability matters to the state’s African American voters in a way I don’t think it does to white voters — although I think all Democrats are concerned about finding someone who can beat Donald Trump,” Ragusa said.

“It’s why it’s still Biden’s firewall,” he added. “He’s got a good reputation in the African American community. He’s visited here, and he has that connection to the nation’s first African American president.”

YOUR HEALTH: Saving transplant organs that would have been tossed away

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SEATTLE, Washington – Some of the top transplantation programs in the country are now addressing the shortage by accepting hearts from donors who had active Hepatitis C.

Recipients know they'll get the disease, but so far they've all been cured.

That included Kerry Hayes who has had a faulty aortic valve since he was born.

"I wasn't getting the oxygen I was supposed to get," he said.

"Blood would flow back and forth instead of all one direction."

He got an artificial heart a year and a half ago, which is almost as long as he was on the list for a donor heart.

His doctor found Kerry a heart from a donor who had Hep C.   It could be cured with antiretrovirals after surgery.

Kerry got his heart and just found out his Hep-C is gone.

"I felt that I was probably going to be cured, but you know, it feels good to have somebody tell you, 'Yes, you are for surely cured'."

Right now, as many as 4000 people in the United States are waiting for a heart or heart and lung transplant.

And more than 25% will die before they get a donor organ.

University of Washington transplant surgeon Dr. Jorge Reyes says 20 livers and hearts from donors with circulating Hepatitis C have gone to patients so far.

"They're Hep C negative," Dr. Reyes explained.

"They have never been exposed to Hep C, but the risk of dying of their liver disease or their heart disease, etc., is very high."

Twelve patients have been cured of Hep C, seven are still getting treatment and one died of transplant complications.

Not one of the potential recipients said no to the procedure.

"If we have a donor who is Hepatitis C positive, and with healthy organs, all those organs should be used," said Dr. Reyes.

Kerry`s still taking a lot of anti-rejection medication, but he's delighted to get back to his normal life with Rina, and his family.

"All the signs are pointing to getting back to being like everyone else."

Dr. Reyes says his team is looking at expanding the program to include kidneys from Hep C-infected donors but he wants more study done first.

In an initial study, 20 patients at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia were cured of Hep C after kidney transplants from infected donors.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Martinko 40-year cold case brings national media coverage to the QC

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DAVENPORT, Iowa – Opening statements took place Wednesday in a Scott County courtroom for the trial of Jerry Burns, who is accused of killing a Cedar Rapids woman more than 40 years ago.

Michelle Martinko was killed back in 1979 when she was 18 years old.  She was stabbed in her parent’s car outside the Westdale Mall.  Police arrested Jerry Burns back in 2018 after investigators say they matched his DNA to the crime scene.  Authorities say they collected a straw Burns used and connected DNA on it to blood on the coat Martinko wore the night she was killed.

His trial was moved to Scott County because of publicity.

The trial has gained national coverage and media outlets from all over the country have traveled to Davenport for a case that went cold for 40 years. About 8 statewide outlets and 2 national outlets, including Dateline, will be in the Scott County courthouse everyday for the next few weeks.

It’s gaining high media coverage because the trial could be one of the first high-profile cases based on information uploaded to Ancestry.com.

“When it takes you 40 years to make an arrest, it doesn’t matter where you are, people are going to be interested in that,” says Aaron Scheinblum, a reporter with KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids.

Scheinblum wasn’t alive when the murder took place, but he’s covering it for KCRG the next few weeks.

Burns was arrested two years ago after a DNA sample connected him to Martinko’s murder. Investigators say they were able to do draw this conclusion after Burns’ cousin uploaded information to a database from an Ancestry.com account.

“DNA forensic analysis eventually led to the answer that evaded investigators for years,” says Nick Maybanks, Assistant Linn County Attorney in his opening statement to the jury. “In other words, the probability of finding this profile will be less than one in a billion.”

The connection was made decades later with modern technology that didn’t exist until recently. But the defense claims Burns is an innocent man and this accusation is random.

“The likelihood of the intersection of trails of complete strangers, demonstrate that the trails do not inevitable lead to Jerry Lynn Burns,” says Burns’ defense attorney, Leon Spies.

“When you’re in court for two weeks at least and you have the responsibility to cover all the facts that happened in an eight-hour span in one day … you got to be honest and treat the facts the way they are,” says Scheinblum.

Some media outlets are staying in town for the duration of the trial, while others will be making the trip from Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Iowa City each day.

Cows tell each other how they’re feeling, new study finds

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LONG GROVE, IOWA -- Cows tell each other how they're feeling through their moos according to a new study.

Research out of Australia found cows have individual voices and change their pitch depending on their emotions.

Only dairy farmer Gene Newell can "commooonicate" with his cows.

Researchers have found cows are able to give cues in certain situations and express different emotions, including excitement, arousal, engagement, and distress.

Gene says when one of his girls bellows he knows something's up.

So gene is basically the google translate for cows.

Meanwhile, over at cinnamon ridge, it sounds a lot different.

Farmers can tell from cows emotional cues how they're feeling. The quieter the cow the happier the cow. These girls are super quiet, meaning they're very happy.

Researchers hope this study helps farmers understand what their cows are telling them.

More than 300 samples of cow vocalizations were captured... and analyzed using acoustic analysis programs.

Remembering Dr. Walter Bradley: first responders share their love for the “Swat Doc”

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MOLINE, Illinois -- Family and friends of Dr. Walter Bradley are honoring his life with a visitation and funeral this weekend. The former Trauma and Emergency Services Director at Trinity Medical Center died Sunday at the age of 63.

In the early 2000s, he was a regular on News Eight's Good Morning Quad Cities, answering viewers' questions. It was also around that time that now-retired Moline Police Officer Jerome Thomas saw a need for medical capability on the police SWAT Team.

"We had decided at that point that it is easier to take somebody with a heart for emergency medicine, a paramedic, and make him a tactical operator, than try to make a tactical operator a paramedic," said Thomas.

"And that was Dr. Bradley," said Moline Patrol Officer Patrick Moody. "And he ended up being a member of the SWAT Team as well during that time period when we made that transition."

Hundreds of people reacted to Officer Moody's post on Facebook, expressing his regrets that Dr. Bradley had died. Comments flooded in from people remembering the doctor's impact in their lives.

A Harley Davidson enthusiast and member of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle club for more than ten years, Dr. Bradley took satisfaction in supporting the national group for its charity work benefiting first responders.

"And he loved being a part of that because it was just another way for him to give back to the community," Officer Moody said. "And his nickname, obviously when he came into the club was 'Swat Doc.'"

People from all over the country shared a photo of his badge with the nickname as a final goodbye to the "Swat Doc." The people who knew him best agree that his loss was a loss for the Quad Cities.

Iowa Democratic Party chair resigns amid Iowa caucus controversy

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DES MOINES, Iowa-- The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party announced his resignation Wednesday after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner.

The embarrassing episode also threatened Iowa’s cherished status as the first voting contest of the presidential primary season and led both front-runners to request a partial recanvass of the results.

“The fact is that Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night. As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party,” Price wrote in a resignation letter a week and a half after Iowa’s caucuses.

“While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult.”

He said his departure would occur as soon as the state party elects a replacement, and he called an emergency Saturday meeting to do so.

After a breakdown in tallying the results on Feb. 3, it took until Feb. 6 for the state party, which operates the series of roughly 1,700 local meetings statewide, to issue what it said are complete results.

In those figures, released by the party, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by two state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted. That is a margin of 0.09 percentage points.

The Associated Press said it was unable to declare a winner, based on the available information. The results as reported by the Iowa Democratic Party, the AP believes, may not be fully accurate.

Price had called the delays in reporting results “unacceptable.” He said the party would conduct a “thorough, transparent and independent examination” of what caused the delays. He apologized for the breakdown in the process.

Both Buttigieg’s and Sanders’ campaigns requested a partial recanvass of the Iowa results, which the Iowa Democratic Party approved. The party says it expects the recanvass of more than 80 precincts to begin on Sunday and last two days. A recanvass is not a recount, but a check of the vote count against paper records created by caucus leaders to ensure the counts were reported accurately.

The party has said it will not change mistakes in the math and the only opportunity to correct it would be a recount, which would be the candidates’ next option after the recanvass is completed.

Price was elected to his second term as chairman of the state party in December 2018. In a statement released after his reelection, he noted that he was “incredibly proud” of the success that Iowa Democrats had in the 2018 midterms and looked forward to building on it.

“I cannot wait wait to work with them again on what could very well be one of the most consequential Iowa Caucuses of our time,” he said.

Price previously was part of several Democratic campaigns in Iowa, including those of former President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Price also had served as the party’s executive director and led One Iowa, an LGBT advocacy group.

The Iowa Democratic Party instituted new rules for the 2020 contest that were meant to enhance transparency in the process.

In previous years, the Iowa Democratic Party reported just one number: the number of state delegates won by each candidate. For the first time, the party this year reported two other numbers — who had the most votes at the beginning and at the end of the night.

The additional data is a nod to Sanders and his supporters, who argued that the previous rules essentially robbed him of victory in his 2016 race against Clinton. That contest ended in a narrow delegate victory for Clinton in Iowa.

In a letter addressed to IDP State Central Committee and Secretary Don Ruby Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price announced his resignation.

The letter is as follows:

Dear Members of the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee,

Serving as Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

When I took over this party, we were still reeling from a bruising 2016 election cycle. Many people locally and across the country believed that Democrats in Iowa were dead, and that we would never see victories again.

Over the course of 2017 and 2018, I was so proud to work with the members of our state central committee, our county chairs, activists, and volunteers to build real momentum across the state. In the end, we proved the naysayers wrong by flipping seven seats in the Iowa House, winning three statewide seats, and winning three of four congressional seats - sending the first women from Iowa to the House in the process.

While we could have rested on our laurels, we got back to work. Over the last 15 months, Democrats across the state came together to build out our 2020 caucuses. Our amazing staff fanned out across the state to build infrastructure in all 99 counties – even in places where local parties had gone dormant or didn’t exist at all. We worked to implement sweeping changes to our process that increased accessibility and participation for Iowans across the state and the globe.

By all accounts, the precinct and satellite caucus meetings themselves went well. Over the last week, we have received positive feedback on these meetings – how smoothly they ran, how the new procedures helped to make the night move more quickly and efficiently, and how more Democrats of all backgrounds came together united in the goal of defeating Donald Trump and electing new leadership for our country.

However, there is no doubt that the process of reporting results did not work. It was simply unacceptable. It is why I called for an independent review of the decisions and processes that lead to this failure. While this process is just beginning, know that the IDP is not the only party to blame for what happened last week. We worked collaboratively with our partners, our vendors, and the DNC in this process, and I am confident the review will be able to determine exactly what went wrong, what went right, and how we can avoid this from ever
happening again.

In the days following the caucuses, our staff worked under immense pressure to produce a complete report of results from the caucuses and was able to do so in 72 hours. Enduring threats to personal safety, taunts, and anger from people around the globe, our staff worked in a professional manner to produce a final result. I am incredibly proud of the work they did in those three days. These are people who are working hard towards our common goal of electing Democrats in November, and I deeply regret that these dedicated employees of our party had to endure such abuse.

The fact is that Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night. As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party.

While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult.

Therefore, I will resign as chair of the Iowa Democratic Party effective upon the election of my replacement.

I will be calling for an emergency meeting of the State Central Committee on Saturday at 1pm to elect an interim chair. Whomever is elected will oversee the completion of the recanvass and recount process and begin the process of healing our party.

Our paramount goal must remain to elect Democrats at all levels of office that will bring the voice of the people to our government.

In spite of the challenges these last few days, I leave knowing that the party is in a strong position to move forward. Thousands of new Democrats joined our party through our caucus process. The Iowa Democratic Party currently has more money than ever before at this point in an election cycle. The infrastructure built through these last few months will allow us to build an organization that will turn Iowa Blue in November. And Iowa still has the best-elected officials, candidates, volunteers, and activists of anywhere in the country.

Leadership requires tough decisions, and this is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make. Throughout my tenure as chair, I have always said I would do what is in the best interest of the party. With my decision, I hope the party can regain the trust of those we lost and turn our attention to what is most important – winning in November.

Sincerely, Troy Price Chair, Iowa Democratic Party.

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