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  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
June 13, 2024 at 1:45 PM

They're selling out our state

Scholten for Iowa     John — For some kids, school lunches are all they will eat in a day. So, the end of the school year and the absence of school meals means that kids don't get the nutrition they need and that cash-strapped families are forced to make pennies stretch…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
June 7, 2024 at 5:11 PM

Who isn’t in a better mood during the summer?

Scholten for Iowa     John — Growing up in Sioux City, this was always my favorite time of year: The feeling of a warm breeze on a front porch; the thick smell of a bright rain; and the sound of kids playing into the wee hours of the evening; School is out, and summer h…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
June 3, 2024 at 7:19 PM

It is FREE to attend!

Scholten for Iowa     John, You know that I'm committed to standing up for rural communities and ensuring they have a strong voice in policy decisions. But did you know I am a part of a national movement to bring rural voices to Washington to make sure rural priorities a…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
May 31, 2024 at 6:07 PM

We’re worried, and with good reason

Scholten for Iowa     We are 157 days away from election day, and our race is starting to heat up, John. We are printing signs, knocking on doors, hosting house parties, and hearing directly from our community, and do you know what I hear the most? Worry. Folks are wor…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
May 27, 2024 at 5:14 PM

Memorial Day

Scholten for Iowa     John, Today, we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation. From the brave souls who fought in the American Revolution to the courageous service members who defend our freedoms today, we owe a debt of gratitude …
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
May 25, 2024 at 3:35 PM

Those words remain true

Scholten for Iowa     John, I remember the first time I saw the video of George Floyd's murder. We were still locked down in our homes, weathering the storm of COVID, and I began to see this video circulating around the internet and on the news. The images were horrifyin…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
May 21, 2024 at 6:49 PM

I am incredibly grateful

Scholten for Iowa     Thank you, John! Yesterday, I finished filing all of our disclosures from our May 14th deadline, and here's my takeaway: Our movement is powering change in Iowa. On May 2nd, we set the goal of 37 grassroots donations before our deadline, but by the…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
May 17, 2024 at 4:29 PM

What will kids learn about Brown v. Board of Education today?

Scholten for Iowa     Do you remember learning about Brown v. Board of Education in school, John? I remember being taught about segregation, the civil rights movement, good people standing up and fighting for equality, and how it was the first major victory for the civil…
  Team Scholten · [email protected]
May 14, 2024 at 3:58 PM

Can they beat us in November?

Scholten for Iowa     Hi John, Team Scholten here, we just wanted to remind you that our fundraising deadline is tonight at midnight. We are SO close to our goal of 37 donors before the disclosure deadline and we only need 7 more grassroots donations to reach our goal. Reaching our…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
May 13, 2024 at 5:59 PM

We need a progressive fighter who will stand up for all of us

Scholten for Iowa     Our deadline is tomorrow, John! Here's what we are doing to reach our goal: I am calling every person I know and some folks I don't know yet, sending out emails like this one, and asking friends to help get their friends involved. We are in the thro…
  Deb Scholten (A.K.A. Momma Scholten) · [email protected]
May 12, 2024 at 4:03 PM

She wanted to send and email 🫣

Scholten for Iowa     Hi John! It's me, Deb, and I told Fritz that all I wanted for Mother's day was access to his email, so here I am! On March 4, 1980, JD came into this world in a big way: 10 lbs, 2 oz, and 22 1/2 inches in length. As his mom, it is my duty to remind …
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
May 11, 2024 at 3:49 PM

Cookies with my face on them? 🤔

Scholten for Iowa     John, We are about to start door-knocking, but we're missing one thing: Campaign Lit! Our fundraising deadline is in 3 days and our goal is 37 grassroots donors before the deadline. I just checked this morning and we've seen 21 donations come in s…
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
May 7, 2024 at 7:21 PM

They're tired of Democrats who fight for Iowans

Scholten for Iowa     What do you want to see happen in Iowa, John? That is a pretty big question! But I bet you and I have pretty similar answers: Free school lunches for Iowa's school children; Safe and legal access to abortion care; A cleaner environment; Safe schools…
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
May 2, 2024 at 5:27 PM

Create and power a lasting movement

Scholten for Iowa     What are you fighting for, John? We each have something that drove us to get involved in our community and politics. For me, it was growing extremism. I saw what happened with the 2016 election and I felt that was not us. It was maddening to watch b…
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
April 26, 2024 at 6:16 PM

Working with dignity and safety

Scholten for Iowa     All workers deserve to return home safely from work, John. That seems like a simple statement, but it is not always a fact. Each year, thousands of Americans die from fatal injuries at work. In fact, OSHA reported that in 2022, 5,486 people died fro…
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
April 24, 2024 at 8:26 PM

That's a wrap from Desk 57

Scholten for Iowa     John, At 4:23 am on Saturday morning, the legislative session finally ended. This was a long and hard legislative session. And if you're like me and believe elected officials should listen to the voters they represent, then this was not your session…
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
April 22, 2024 at 11:35 PM

It’s a *dirty* topic

Scholten for Iowa     Let's talk about dirt, John. Iowa has a lot of dirt, and it brought settlers to Iowa in the early 1800s who were looking for rich, dark soil that was perfect for growing all sorts of crops. It's the same soil that farmers use today. But something ha…
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
April 15, 2024 at 4:32 PM

An American hero

Scholten for Iowa     John, 77 years ago today, Jackie Robinson made his MLB debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering the color barrier in professional baseball. It's hard to overstate exactly how important this day was for our nation and the role it played in setting …
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
April 13, 2024 at 4:11 PM

Making things a little easier

Scholten for Iowa     Have you filed your taxes yet, John? This is the day that sneaks up on all of us. We start receiving our W2s in January and squirrel them away. Then, at what feels like the last minute, we file our taxes and ask the universe for a return instead of …
  J.D Scholten · [email protected]
April 11, 2024 at 4:19 PM

Solving problems, not making them.

Scholten for Iowa     Okay, here's something that really irks me, John: Last minute amendments. Just last week, 25 minutes after we started floor-time and had already started voting on bills to try and improve the lives of Iowans, House Republicans submitted an amendmen…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
April 3, 2024 at 3:12 PM

Here’s why Republicans win in rural counties and states

Scholten for Iowa     John, This week The Hill published an op-ed I wrote on why Democrats struggle in rural areas. I wrote this because the talking-heads from DC and people who are "informed" for a living are always coming up with reasons for why rural areas lean toward…
  Team Scholten · [email protected]
March 30, 2024 at 5:16 PM

Enough is enough

Scholten for Iowa     John, We are only 7 donations away from our goal, and we need your help to get there! We all voted for J.D. because we know that we can count on him to fight for us — to stand tall for what's right and help our community thrive. But Governor Reynolds and her e…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
March 28, 2024 at 4:06 PM

Let’s talk about Reproductive Rights

Scholten for Iowa     John, What's at stake this year? A heck-of-a-lot! In Iowa we are still fighting for reproductive rights, public education, common sense gun reform, and an economy that benefits hard-working Iowans and their families. We need your help to keep up the…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
March 27, 2024 at 4:35 PM

In his own words:

Scholten for Iowa     John — I have an opponent. Who, in his own words, fights for "Strong, conservative values." In Iowa, that's code for defunding public education, giving tax breaks to the super wealthy and corporations while making working-class people pay for them …
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
March 24, 2024 at 4:59 PM

March for Our Lives

Scholten for Iowa     John, In the wake of tragic violence, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, started the March for Our Lives movement to end gun violence and on March 24, 2018, led the largest single day of protest against gun vio…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
March 14, 2024 at 8:14 PM

It’s official!

Scholten for Iowa     It's official John — I'm running for reelection! Over the weekend, we finished collecting signatures from members of our community and, today, I submitted the ballot petition to the Secretary of State's office. In the picture below, you can see me …
  Momma Scholten · [email protected]
March 4, 2024 at 5:24 PM

You probably know him as J.D., but he’ll always be Fritz to me!

Scholten for Iowa     Hi John – I am just so excited to share the news, it's Fritz's Birthday! You probably know him as J.D., but he'll always be Fritz to me! I told him, "I know you're really busy working hard for all of us Iowans, but I really need a picture of you for…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 29, 2024 at 5:15 PM

So, let me be clear:

Scholten for Iowa     John, We all know the horrible consequences of having firearms in schools. Our state experienced those consequences less than two months ago. So, let me clear: Guns don't belong in schools. But that's not what my Republican colleagues think. Their …
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 28, 2024 at 12:42 AM

The uphill climb

Scholten for Iowa We are more powerful together     John — What does it mean to be the only elected Democrat in northwest Iowa? It means a lot of things: I see issues differently, I have some different priorities, and I can't carpool to Des Moines with my Democratic col…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 24, 2024 at 6:52 PM

Amplify that power

Scholten for Iowa     John — The end of February is here, and we need to start turbo-charging our grassroots campaign! In 2022, Governor Kim Reynolds won our district by 10 points — an enormous margin. We have our work cut out for us if we want to keep and expand Democr…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 22, 2024 at 11:06 PM

America’s game

Scholten for Iowa     John, Baseball is America's game. There's nothing that comes close to the feeling of coming home after a long day of work, cracking open a cold one, tuning in, and rooting for your team. As a former pitcher, I'm always trying to spread my love of th…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 20, 2024 at 7:29 PM

SIGN THE PETITION: Protect special education in Iowa

Scholten for Iowa     John — We need to protect special education in Iowa. Governor Reynolds, her out-of-state corporate consultant and her extremist allies have made it their priority to steal local control from Iowa's Area Education Associations — the locally elected …
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 14, 2024 at 7:54 PM

I need help picking my valentines day card!

Scholten for Iowa     John, I need your help, which card do you think Iowa will like better?     You and I both know Iowa is a special place. I love this state and the people who live here — that's why I fight so hard for Iowans. If you love Iowa, then give Iowa the gi…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 12, 2024 at 8:55 PM

A people powered movement

Scholten for Iowa     Am I worried about voter fatigue in 2024, John? Some voters and volunteers are exhausted. Since MAGA politics burst onto the scene, we have been fighting for our rights, liberties, and future. That's what brought me back to Iowa, to be a voice agai…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
February 2, 2024 at 6:03 PM

Standing shoulder to shoulder with us:

Scholten for Iowa     John — With your help, we have started off strong this year! At the Iowa Capitol, House Democrats are fighting for Iowans. That couldn't be more clear than the fight to protect our Area Education Agencies (AEA's), where the Governor and her Republi…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
January 22, 2024 at 7:06 PM

Iowans deserve freedom and hope

Scholten for Iowa     John, Today marks the anniversary of the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision, the landmark case that recognized the rights to privacy, self-determination, and access to abortion. On a day we should be celebrating, we are instead faced with a difficult reality…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
January 15, 2024 at 4:49 PM

Do you want in on a secret?

Scholten for Iowa     Today is caucus day, John, but do you want in on a secret? *Whispers for effect* Donald Trump is going to win tonight. If the polls are right, Donald Trump will win by a huge margin tonight. I don't need to explain why this is a problem. There are f…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
January 11, 2024 at 12:03 AM

Let’s remember what we are fighting for:

Scholten for Iowa     John, Last night in the Iowa State Capitol, I watched and listened as Governor Kim Reynolds gave her Condition of the State. Let's just say, her vision and my vision of what needs to happen in this state are not aligned. Sometimes a picture is worth…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
January 7, 2024 at 6:28 PM

This is how much they care:

Scholten for Iowa *Content Warning: This email discusses gun violence.*     *Content Warning: This email discusses gun violence.* John, When I was a college athlete, I spent most of my time in classes, in the library, or practicing with my team and working out with other…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
January 5, 2024 at 12:05 AM

My heart goes out to the students and the community at Perry High School

Scholten for Iowa *Content Warning: This email discusses gun violence.*     *Content Warning: This email discusses gun violence.* John, Tonight, my heart goes out to the students, teachers, administrators, and the Perry High School community. The violence that took place…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
January 3, 2024 at 6:26 PM

Let’s hit the ground running this year

Scholten for Iowa     Happy New Year, John! We are only a few days into 2024 and we already know the year will have plenty of twists and turns. The Iowa caucuses are in 12 days, the Iowa legislative session starts on Monday, and we only have 3 days left to reach our pre-…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
December 30, 2023 at 5:59 PM

Did you hear the news?

Scholten for Iowa     John, This is exactly what's wrong with Iowa's Republican governor. Governor Reynolds and the other Republicans who are leading our state are not fighting for Iowans or our families. They're only interested in playing politics, regardless of how much they hur…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
December 27, 2023 at 4:14 PM

I can’t do this alone

Scholten for Iowa     John — Sometimes it can get lonely being the only elected Democrat from Northwestern Iowa in the state House. When Kim Reynolds and her cronies are forcing extremist bills through the legislature – bills that I know (and they know) don't represent …
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
December 17, 2023 at 6:08 PM

Three weeks and $9,978

Scholten for Iowa     Let's set some goals, John. We're Iowans, and the 2024 election cycle started in 2022 for us. We have all seen Republican Presidential candidates traversing Iowa for months now. Sometimes it feels like 2024 will never actually arrive, but we're just…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
December 11, 2023 at 5:37 PM

You’ll want to watch this 📺

Scholten for Iowa     Can you feel the excitement, John? Since launching our reelection campaign just over a week ago, we have seen tremendous amounts of support come in. Folks across District 1, Iowa, and the country have chipped in to grow our grassroots movement and h…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
November 29, 2023 at 2:45 PM

When you love where you’re from

Scholten for Iowa     John, I grew up here in Sioux City, graduated high school, played ball for Morningside, and then followed my career out of Iowa. That career took me across the country and the world, but something was missing and I couldn't figure out what it was. Y…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
November 21, 2023 at 4:30 PM

Family, community, and people like you.

Scholten for Iowa     Here's what I'm thankful for, John: My family, our community, and folks like you. Nowadays just turning on the news can be enough to make you feel overwhelmed. Wars, disasters, and crises are happening every day, and it's not always clear what we ca…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
November 16, 2022 at 4:00 PM

I have just two words to say to you

John, I have two words to say to you: THANK YOU!  Thank you for your support for my campaign for the Iowa State House. Thank you for being engaged this election. And thank you for voting!  I’m excited to get to work to represent my hometown of Sioux City in the Iowa State House. From the rising co…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
November 12, 2022 at 11:31 PM

The road ahead

John, The election is over, but votes are still being counted in races all over the country. The battle for control of Congress hangs in the balance and it is likely we won’t know the outcome until next week. Here in Iowa, we suffered some very tough losses.   From the governor’s race to the Senat…
  J.D. Scholten · [email protected]
November 9, 2022 at 4:12 PM

We did it!

John, We did it! I won my race for Iowa State House District 1. I really can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve given me along the way.  Make no mistake: We have massive challenges ahead. I am ready to work hard to Fix, Fight and Secure Iowa’s future.   I will work for an affordable, ac…