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About Bleeding Heartland

Bleeding Heartland is a progressive community blog about Iowa politics, with a focus on campaigns and elections, state government, social and environmental issues, and the Iowans in Congress.

Laura Belin has been the site's primary author and editor since early 2008. She used the handle "desmoinesdem" through 2018 and now writes under her own byline. Dozens of guest authors also publish commentaries at Bleeding Heartland every year.

Readers can support independent journalism and help cover reporting costs, such as public records requests, by contributing here. However, Bleeding Heartland discourages donations from Iowa elected officials, candidates, or paid campaign staffers and consultants.

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