Yep, things are looking up for the Democrats in terms of taking back the House in 2018. Not a done deal of course but the direction of change is good. David Wasserman of Cook Political Report explains their latest ratings of House races (including IA-01, pictured above):
President Trump and GOP control of Congress have sparked a 2018 Democratic candidate bonanza. Don't call it "recruitment:" for the most part, these aspirants decided to take the plunge on their own. Many are political newcomers; others have waited years for the right moment to run. And in light of national polling, it was only a matter of time before more GOP-held House seats joined the ranks of the vulnerable…..
Based on recent developments in races and conversations with candidates and operatives on both sides of the aisle, many races have the potential to become more competitive. This week, we're changing our ratings in 12 districts: