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After the Trump assassination attempt, defining democracy gets even harder; Trump picks Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, a once-fierce critic turned loyal ally, as his GOP running mate; DC residents push back on natural gas infrastructure buildup; and a new law allows youth on Medi-Cal to consent to mental health treatment.

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Donald Trump is formally put up for GOP nomination and picks Ohio Senator J.D. Vance as his running mate. Former presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy and swing state delegates consider ticket.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

IA group offers successful messaging as national blueprint

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An Iowa advocacy group has won a high-profile award from the Analyst Institute, which measures how well a group's message reaches citizens.

Progress Iowa says it is meticulous about its research and how the group shares what it learns. An ad about revitalized housing in Ottumwa won an award.

Another example is the website 'IowaAtWork.com.'

It provides granular detail on how the $13.5 million in federal infrastructure money has been spent in Iowa, down to the smallest projects in the tiniest towns.

Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic said the website is a blueprint for how other communities could share information.

"We worked with local messengers," said Sinovic, "to really provide a clearer picture about the impact of Biden administration policies on peoples' day-to-day lives, and the research we used proved that it worked."

Critics of progressive and liberal politics, and of the current administration, attack efforts like these as just raw politics.

Sinovic said Progress Iowa teaches other organizations about effective ways to use social media.

It also launched a crowd-sourcing website, called 'IowaVoices.org,' where people can report their communities' successes at the grassroots, local level.

Sinovic said 'IowaVoices.org' marks the next step in Progress Iowa's research campaign, by asking Iowans to describe whether the infrastructure money is making a difference in their communities.

"Our focus was on local messengers," said Sinovic. "We wanted to communicate our values, and share the impact that these Biden administration have been having, by encouraging people to use their own voice to tell their own story in their communities."

Sinovic offers a 10% increase in President Joe Biden's approval rating in the state as evidence of the effectiveness of Progress Iowa's messaging.



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