WHO TV: J.D. Scholten Challenges Congressman King to Debate, or Free Throws

AMES, Iowa- J.D. Scholten has challenged 4th District Congressman Steve King to debate, but so far the Republican incumbent has not agreed to debate. Scholten held a news conference in Ames to discuss this outreach to King.

So the Democratic Challenger has made a YouTube video giving King an option. Either debate face to face, or engage in a free throw contest on the basketball court.

“As an alternative, we could also do a free-throw contest, the ball’s in your court,” said Scholten, a former professional baseball player, on his YouTube video.

“I’d like to give him some options,” said Scholten of the tongue-in-cheek video.

Over the weekend KTIV-TV in Sioux City asked King about debating his opponent.

“There’s not a clear division on issues here, nobody’s criticizing the way I vote,” said King. “They just call names, I don’t think that’s a good reason to have a debate.”

Scholten in responding to that said he would pledge to not call King names, but admitted he did one-time, when he called him Confederate Steve King, for having a Confederate flag.

He said there were issues he differed with King on.

“I’m opposing this disastrous trade war, and calling for an end to these things that make our district in Iowa bear the brunt,” said Scholten. “I want to make sure every Iowan has access to affordable healthcare, whereas he’s on the record for voting to take away healthcare away from thousands of Iowans, so clear divisions there.”

Scholten said if King does not agree to a debate, he will debate a cardboard cutout of the Congressman.

Full article: https://whotv.com/2018/09/11/j-d-scholten-challenges-congressman-king-to-debate-or-free-throws/

Iowa State Daily: College Dems host local candidates, talk election strategy

With the midterm elections less than two months away, fourth congressional candidate J.D. Scholten, Democrat, discussed key campaign issues with students on Tuesday night.

Scholten, along with other local Democrats candidates, met with members of the Iowa State College Democrats in an effort to encourage political advocacy and get more Democrats elected.

Overall, more than 70 students, members and political candidates gathered for the event — the important role of voting in a democracy at its forefront.

Currently, Republican Steve King is 10 points ahead of Scholten and has an overall 41 percent favorability.

“An eight-time incumbent polling below 50 percent is a chance, especially 41 percent. It means he’s vulnerable,” Scholten said. “I see this election coming down to the wire.”

Yet Iowa State College Democrats President Taylor Blair is hopeful that Scholten can successfully lead the fourth district in the future.

“Scholten is so good on the issues, and that’s what students care about,” Blair said. “He’s got so much energy, he’s young, and young people have a role to play in defeating Steve King.”

One of the primary issues Scholten wants to address with King is economics. Scholten believes there aren’t enough high paying jobs with benefits in Iowa, and this is forcing many Iowans to seek employment elsewhere.

“We need to create an economy that can absorb it’s students,” he said. “We need those $55-75 thousand salaries return.”

Scholten also said he wants to institute a public option health care plan, and intends to eventually implement a medicare for all system.

However, unemployment is at a record low in Iowa, as it is throughout the country, and the U.S. is seeing a booming stock market. Scholten explained how these indicators aren’t solid evidence that ordinary Iowans are doing well economically.

“Unemployment is at 2.9 percent, but a lot of the jobs in this district are paying ten or fifteen dollars an hour, and they don’t have any benefits,” Scholten said.

In East Hall, Scholten and other speakers encouraged students to be active in the community and encourage voting.

“My strategy has been to get to the people,” Scholten said. “We can win these elections by changing the narrative of who votes in this district.”

Many of the students joined Scholten and his campaign staff to take a picture in front of his campaign Winnebago.

“What are you scared of, Steve King?” they chanted in front of the vehicle.

Herman Quirmbach, Iowa State economics professor and State Senator from Ames, said Republicans like King are hurting students.

“The Republicans can’t handle a budget and the universities are taking it on the chin,” he said. “Your tuition pays for 65 percent of the school’s bills, that number used to be 30 percent, and adjusted for inflation Iowa universities have been cut $200 million.”

But at the helm of the event was the significance of voting.

“Knock on doors, make calls, really get out there,” said Josh Opperman, a candidate for story county supervisor. “There’s two seats left on that board, and we want two Democrats to fill it.”

The other Democratic candidate for county supervisor, Linda Murken, also stressed the importance of voter turnout.

“I ran for this position once before,” Murken said. “Out of 46,000 voters, I lost the election by 850 votes. Every vote counts.”

The Iowa State College Democrats event also attracted many new members, such as Sehba Faheem and Eli Kenyon, juniors in biological systems engineering.

“Lately we’ve just been ranting to each other about climate change,” Faheem said. “Finally we were like, ‘let’s join a group,’ so we’ve been checking out different organizations lately.”

Faheem and Kenyon said that the present political climate made an impact on them, and they feel more encouraged to vote.

“I’ve never voted before,” Kenyon said. “My parents didn’t vote very often either, but I’ve just been fed up with everything I’ve seen on the news and I want to do something about it.”

Full article: http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/politics_and_administration/city/isud-scholten-visit/article_ed9e830c-b62a-11e8-b085-ab49599d8bc9.html

Storm Lake Pilot Tribune: “Scholten calls King a ‘no show’ on House agriculture committee

J.D. Scholten, Democratic Candidate for U.S. House in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District against Steve King, is blasting his opponent “for failing to fight for Iowa’s farmers.” Scholten claimed King missed 39% of House Agriculture Committee hearings over the past decade.

“Nowhere are the consequences of Steve King’s failures more apparent than in the negotiations for the 2018 Farm Bill,” he said in a statement, “56 members on the Conference Committee began negotiations yesterday to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill… not in that room, however, was Siouxland’s own Congressional representative. Despite being one of the most senior members serving on the House Agriculture Committee and the dean of the Iowa House delegation with 16 years of service, King’s colleagues chose to leave him off.”

Scholten said of King’s absence: “After years of depressed commodity prices and farm incomes collapsing, Iowans know the Farm Bill is critical to the livelihoods of so many families in Iowa’s 4th District… especially during a time where our district is bearing the brunt of this absurd Trade War.”

Full article: https://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/2550378.html


Can you tell us a little bit about your race? Since HouDi49 holds the rural, small communities of Story County, including Nevada, and Hardin County south of Eldora, it is full of hard-working individuals and families who wonder why the politicians have forgotten them. Instead of addressing the fiscal problems of our state that came to a head two years ago, those elected to serve us ignored the task of budgetary stability in favor of more tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. They have forgotten the values of Iowa: what is good for me is good for my neighbor. I know because I have personally knocked over 3000 doors and this is what I hear over and over again. Rural schools and hospitals are at risk and mental health treatment is an embarrassment. This affects all of us. We need investment in our rural areas because we don’t have Iowa without them. Many people think that rural means red but HouDi49 is mostly no-party/independents. And, we all have to drink water and breathe the air. It’s time we solve these critical challenges, not with words, but with real data and real action. 

What sets you apart from your opponent?  I am not a politician. I have been a citizen lobbyist, at the state house lobbying for bills that help people and against bills that push people down. I will not and have not taken dark money from corporate PACs. My emphasis is on scientific and proven strategies that will take us into the future, not drag us back into the past with lack of respect for women’s health, lack of respect for the common worker and lack of respect for the soil, air and water that we need. 

Past or present, what political figure or figures do you look up to? Founding “couple” Abigail and John Adams. For the times, they were a model of equality. The future First Lady wrote in part, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” 

What inspired you to run for office? The past two years of being at the State House, when not only were basic worker and human rights ignored by social politicking maneuvers (laws gutting collective bargaining and putting extreme limits on women/family rights for their reproductive health, to name a few), but the clear warning from the state auditor to rein in the vast number of tax breaks, tax cuts, and tax exemptions was ignored. Thus, we cannot depend on the current leadership at the State House to be fiscally responsible. The ripple effect of lack of attention and care in managing our state is devastating to rural areas like HouDi49 which are already suffering from young people who move away, not enough investment and decreasing basic services.

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself that we wouldn’t find on your website? I ran the half-marathon Dam to Dam race costumed as That Dam Flamingo. When I ran up the hills, I would tell folks I passed, “Don’t let the flamingo get ahead of you!”

Lastly, what’s your opinion of Steve King? He is the Iowa poster child of arrogance and racism. He does not deserve one bit of public money because he only serves divisive and hateful groups, not the good people of Iowa.

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