Bleeding Heartland set new records for guest contributions in 2022, both in terms of total authors (nearly 150) and posts submitted (more than 350). For the first time since I became the website’s primary author in 2008, other people wrote more of the published material than I did. Some of their essays were among the most-read on the site this year. The steady stream of submissions helped me post fresh content almost every day, even during the hardest weeks after I broke my ankle.
Guest authors provided some exclusive reporting and in-depth analysis of topics ranging from unemployment benefits to the energy grid to Supreme Court rulings to maternal health data.
They shared their research about Iowa history, the supposed economic benefits and safety hazards of CO2 pipelines, and wildflowers. They shared insights about polling trends, teacher pay, and bygone traditions of news reporting.
They shared their personal experiences with abortion, systemic racism, student loan debt, and bullying directed at public school educators.
They shared advice for Iowa Democrats: how to talk about policies, how to rebuild a strong organization, how to handle the Iowa caucuses, and how to acknowledge accelerating hate toward LGBTQ people.
They shared success stories: rebuffing an attempted book ban and winning a high-profile legislative race.
They explained why some bills proposed in the Iowa legislature would benefit communities, and others would harm schools or young farmers.
Many authors endorsed Democrats seeking local, state, or federal offices. Others criticized Democratic elected officials for policies they advocated or failed to stand for, or challenged activists to “become self-aware of the prejudice and racism we perpetuate through our own systems of leadership.” Some Democratic candidates introduced themselves or made the case for certain policies.
I’m proud to provide a platform for a wide range of progressive or Democratic viewpoints and am grateful to all who wrote for this website. The majority of pieces linked below were published only at Bleeding Heartland.
Please get in touch if you would like to write about any topic of local, statewide, or national importance during 2023. If you do not already have a user account on the site, I can set one up for you and explain the process. There is no standard format or word limit. I copy-edit for clarity but let authors speak their own truth.
Although most authors write under their real names, I allow pseudonyms under some circumstances. I ask authors to disclose potential conflicts of interest, such as being a paid staffer, consultant, or lobbyist promoting any candidate or policy they discuss here.
A final note before I share all of this year’s guest posts: the Bleeding Heartland community lost a valued member this month when Richard Lindgren passed away, far too soon. A forthcoming piece will give Rick’s life and work the attention it deserves.