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Aug
10
2020

Radio Iowa: Scholten holding ‘parking lot’ rallies in Iowa’s 4th district

The Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th district congressional seat has a new twist on campaigning during the Covid era. J.D. Scholten has equipped his “Sioux City Sue” RV with special equipment so he can hold parking lot rallies. “I know a lot of churches have gone this way,” Scholten says. “We’re going to have a … Continue reading Radio Iowa: Scholten holding ‘parking lot’ rallies in Iowa’s 4th district

Aug
07
2020

The Hill: J.D. Scholten says he doesn’t need DCCC to win Iowa seat

Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten told Hill.TV that he doesn’t need help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to win a long-held GOP seat in Iowa, arguing his message of progressive populism will be enough to secure victory in November. Scholten is making another run at the House seat for the 4th Congressional District … Continue reading The Hill: J.D. Scholten says he doesn’t need DCCC to win Iowa seat

Aug
04
2020

The American Prospect: Washington Is Failing Rural America: We Need a Change

Walk through any family farm, down any empty but once-thriving Main Street, or by any small hospital in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, and you’ll see countless examples of what corporate greed and corruption are doing to our rural communities here. Much like the rest of rural America, corporations are stripping away wealth, power, and opportunities … Continue reading The American Prospect: Washington Is Failing Rural America: We Need a Change

Jul
29
2020

Storm Lake Times: Editor’s Notebook

Many turned their attention from the Fourth Congressional District after Randy Feenstra beat incumbent Rep. Steve King in the June Republican primary, thinking that the story is written. Far from it, says Democratic opponent JD Scholten. He makes a strong argument about why you should pay attention: An internal poll commissioned by Scholten two weeks … Continue reading Storm Lake Times: Editor’s Notebook

Jul
16
2020

Yahoo! Sports: An outside pitch: How a globetrotting baseball career shaped congressional candidate J.D. Scholten

Three times a week, a middle-aged, 6-foot-6 man plays long toss by himself at the Sioux City East High School practice football field, heaving 28 baseballs into a net some 200 feet away. He started with 30 balls, but one got water-logged and the other was lost to, shall we say, control issues. Some days, … Continue reading Yahoo! Sports: An outside pitch: How a globetrotting baseball career shaped congressional candidate J.D. Scholten

Jun
03
2020

The New York Times: With Steve King Gone, Does the Democrat Have a Shot in His Iowa District?

The 2020 campaign had been going well for J.D. Scholten, the former minor league pitcher turned Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa. He had raised more than $1 million in a bid to unseat Representative Steve King, the nine-term Republican congressman who had alienated voters with his racist comments about immigration. Kevin Costner had narrated an ad for Mr. … Continue reading The New York Times: With Steve King Gone, Does the Democrat Have a Shot in His Iowa District?

May
18
2020

Civil Eats: J.D. Scholten Wants to Transform Midwestern Farm Politics

In the campaign video J.D. Scholten released last summer, the camera finds him with his hands in the Iowa dirt. The 40-year-old paralegal and former minor-league baseball player had launched his second campaign for Congress in as many years, and it was clear—from this direct nod to agrarianism, as well as the footage of cows on pasture … Continue reading Civil Eats: J.D. Scholten Wants to Transform Midwestern Farm Politics

May
09
2020

The Economist: Steve King, Iowa’s most noxious politician, looks vulnerable

Giving offence is Steve King’s stock-in-trade. The congressman for Iowa’s fourth district has suggested heaven is off-limits to gay people, spoken up for white supremacy and posed with Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and other far-right populists. He has likened immigrants to animals. Many are smugglers, he once said, adding that migrant men have “calves the … Continue reading The Economist: Steve King, Iowa’s most noxious politician, looks vulnerable

May
04
2020

The Hill TV: Iowa congressional candidate: ‘Travesty’ that meatpacking workers haven’t had protective equipment

J.D. Scholten, a Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa, called it a “travesty” Monday that meatpacking workers in the state haven’t had access to proper personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic. Scholten told Hill.TV that meatpacking plants’ setup allows for them to become hotbeds for the virus as employees “work in very close proximities.” … Continue reading The Hill TV: Iowa congressional candidate: ‘Travesty’ that meatpacking workers haven’t had protective equipment

Apr
30
2020

Unsanitized: J.D. Scholten on How to Revitalize Our Broken Food Systems

On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that the press reported as intended to force open meatpacking plants using the Defense Production Act. It doesn’t actually force open meatpacking plants. It delegates to the Secretary of Agriculture and basically tells him to do something about it. It was more of a typical PR ploy from Trump, to show his base he … Continue reading Unsanitized: J.D. Scholten on How to Revitalize Our Broken Food Systems