Iowa’s Democratic Senate candidate wants to make the state ‘liberal’ like California

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FIRST ON FOX: A Democratic candidate for the Iowa Senate wants to make the state more “liberal”.

At a campaign event at a high school in Des Moines, Iowa, retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken, the Iowa Democrat taking on longtime Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, said he wanted to “change” the state to have more “progressive thinking”. than California.

“Like Iowa was,” Franken said. “We would show ideas long before states like California.”

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is seeking to retain his Senate seat as a Republican nominee.
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is seeking to retain his Senate seat as a Republican nominee.
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“We were the generators of good ideas,” added the Iowa Democrat.

However, Franken’s goal of outscoring the Golden State on liberality may not be the golden message he’s looking for as inflation rises across the country, but especially in California.

The wholesale inflation rate in the United States hit 10.8% on Monday, hovering near record highs and forcing Americans to make tough decisions with their hard-earned dollars.

One of the canaries of coal mining inflation is the average price of gasoline, which has topped $5 a gallon in the United States, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Gas policy is heavily impacted at the state level, which is why California and other states with laws targeting fossil fuels have higher fuel prices.

On Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in California was $6,438, nearly a dollar and fifty more than the national average.

When juxtaposed with Hawkeye State prices, gas prices in California alone are almost $2 higher than the current average cost of gas in Iowa, which sits at $4,748 on Tuesday. .

Gas is just one aspect of how California policies have affected the cost of living in the state. Rental costs are almost double those in Iowa.

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Rent in the Golden State is anything but cheap, with the average price for a studio apartment costing $1,061, according to RentData.

The same type of unit in Iowa has an average rent of $541, notes RentData.

Franken’s campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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