Iowa actually flipped in 2010. We only stayed purple through 2016 due to incredible organizing skill and a few lucky breaks. In retrospect, the beginning of the end was Tom Harkin's retirement announcement in January 2013.Iowa’s dramatic change from a blue state to a red state has been both abrupt and a long time in coming https://t.co/qXSvACECIo— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 14, 2017
The key architects of Iowa staying purple till 2016 were President Obama, ex-Iowa Democrats chair Sue Dvorsky, and especially former Senate leader Mike Gronstal.
Mike Gronstal is a hero for holding that IA Senate majority six years longer than we should have. The man deserves a medal.
All the nasty crap that happened last legislative session would have happened years sooner if the Democrats hadn't held on to the Iowa Senate by one vote.
Six more years of labor rights. Six more years of voting rights. Kept the marriage amendments off the floor till after the Supreme Court ruling. Six more years of reproductive rights. Those things and many more are thanks to Mike Gronstal's skill and courage. He personally held back all the craziness for six legislative sessions, and he paid for it with his own political career.