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Voter ID: Because Republicans Can Only Win By Using Voter Suppression

In light of the vote suppression law (aka voter ID), pushed by Republicans in the Iowa legislature, this is important.  Republicans do not want you to vote. They want low turnout. They know Democrats win when there is high turnout. Democrats and progressives failed to vote in 2010 and 2016, handing over absolute power to Republicans  in DC, and leaving Iowa only one Democratic representative in Congress out of six, Dave Loebsack. 

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Legislative Forums Monday-Friday April 24-28

April 2017

04/24/2017 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marti’s Monday Morning Coffee – Des Moines
04/27/2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Pints & Politics – Clinton
04/28/2017 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Davenport
04/28/2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Legislative Forum – Keokuk
04/28/2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Legislative Forum – Iowa City
04/29/2017 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Legislative Forum – Mount Pleasant
04/29/2017 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Coffee – Iowa City
04/29/2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Winterset

The Damage Of Radical Right Media

each video ~ 5 minutes

Trailer for Jen Senko’s documentary “The Brainwashing Of My Dad”

Bill O’Reilly lost his job at Fox News Wednesday. Numerous people took to social media to express words ranging from joy to relief at the news. It was one of the few times those not in the radical right lined up in favor of Fox News.

It would be wonderful to say that Fox had some moral epiphany and decided to make up for decades of O’Reilly’s lies, distortion, omissions and misleads and finally decided to do the right thing. That of course never happened nor can we expect it ever will.

It would also be nice to say that Fox had some moral epiphany and decided that it had had enough of O’Reilly sexually harassing the women at Fox News from major on air talent to lowly interns and had decided to take a stand. That didn’t happen, nor should you ever expect it to in the future.

Nope, Bill O’Reilly got fired because he committed what appears to be a moral failure in right wing world: he became a liability in the pursuit of profit. He lost his job when advertisers saw their sales and image fall due to their association with O’Reilly.

This was what those on the right see as market forces at work. The use of a news show as propaganda and the rampant sexual harassment were not reason enough for Fox to rid themselves of O’Reilly. Nope, the deciding factor was money.

The so-called “market forces” eventually did in Fox’s major star, but in the meantime O’Reilly was able to inflict a lot of damage on the American body politic through the above mentioned lies, distortions, misleads and omissions. A couple of years ago, acclaimed filmmaker Jen Senko showed how the constant barrage of radical right wing propaganda changed her father dramatically. This is a story repeated over and over across the country and in Iowa.

Below is an interview of Jen Senko by Thom Hartmann. Most likely this will hit home with many reading this. At about 3:40, Thom Hartmann asks Senko just how people become addicted to right wing news. The answer is very interesting.

Expect the beat to go on at Fox. The menu of lies, distortions misleads and omissions will simply be served up by a new waiter who will hopefully not be carrying the baggage that an O’Reilly had. And the advertisers will be back as quickly as they can.

Beyond that expect the daily beat of the same menu of BS to continue to be carried into cars and homes by radical right wing radio in the same way that Jen Senko’s father became addicted to their lies.

A couple of months ago Trish Nelson posted a short article listing the purveyors of right wing hate radio in Iowa on blogforiowa. I will republish her list to keep it fresh in the public mind:

KCPS Burlington – 12 hrs/day,

KBUR Burlington – 6 hrs,

KXEL Waterloo-CF – 12 hrs,

WOC Quad Cities – 11 1/2 hrs,

WHO Des Moines 11 1/2 hrs,

KSJC Sioux City – 13 hrs,

WMT Cedar Rapids 8 hrs,

WDBQ Dubuque, 6 hrs,

KILR Estherville – 15 hrs,

KGLO Mason City – 9 hrs,

KFJB Marshalltown, 3 hrs,

KASI Ames, 6 hrs, and

KICD Spencer, 5-6 hrs.

Sunday Funday: Earth Day Edition 2017

Celebrate Earth Day Everyday!

Well, as in every year we focus on the one and only nest we and the millions of other species have to depend on in this universe. The rest of the year we don’t care.

To prove how little Americans especially don’t care about crapping in the one and only nest we have, we now have a environmental denying president who appointed an actual avowed enemy of the environment to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Having a habitable earth for our children, grand-children and so on is very low on their list. Destroying the EPA and any scientific work on the environment is at the top of the list.

Those who believe there is some invisible being guiding us, may I ask why it is so mean?

Were You Paying Attention? Even without congress in session, it was a busy week.

1) Speaking of environment, where did this last March rank among warmest Marches ever?

2) Earth Day! I don’t remember that as a kid. When was the first “earth day” celebrated?

3) You will get there eventually no matter which way you go. The administration claimed an “armada” was headed for North Korea when actually it was headed to where?

4) Leaking oil is once again in the news. BP once again has a leak. This time it is in what state?

5) Can you drive a pickup to New Zealand? Who has the administration picked as ambassador to New Zealand?

6) A form of distracted driving, what has been elevated to a primary traffic offense in Iowa?

7) “Rare data error” is the term that officials in Georgia’ 6th district claimed was the reason for the delay in what county’s reporting of vote counts late Tuesday evening?

8) In 1969 what American river caught fire highlighting America’s problems with pollution?

9) Chuck Grassley claims that Trump’s taxes should no longer be in question since what happened?

10) The day Bill O’Reilly lost his job at Fox News for sexual harassment (in part), he was hobnobbing in Italy with what international figure?

11) The first round of a presidential election is going on in what major western country today?

12) In an announcement that shook the automotive world what potential major player said it would add a line of semi trucks this year and a line of pick ups in two years?

13) Republicans will be looking for another showdown on what issue by next Friday?

14) Without congressional action, the federal government will shutdown what time next week?

15) What was the book and who was the author of that book that is often cited as the start to the environmental movement?

16) In an odd twist, a black college student in Princess Anne, Maryland was charged with a hate crime after setting fire to a billboard featuring what politician?

17) “Probably the most expensive way ever invented to boil water” is one description of what environmentally unsound way of producing electricity?

18) Today we celebrate the 453rd anniversary of what person who is probably the most influential English writer in history?

19) What Iowa congressman received national notoriety as he toasted the deportation of a DACA student Tuesday?

20) Senator Gaylord Nelson from what neighboring state to Iowa is usually given credit for starting Earth Day?

Iowa football held its spring game at night for the first time Friday night. Iowa won. Too bad they couldn’t play them in a bowl game.


1) it was second warmest behind March of 2016. But there was no el nino this year.

2) 1970 – and yes I am getting old.

3) Australia. But the earth is round and mostly water. It would get to Korea eventually

4) once again Alaska where BP has some leaking history

5) former short term senator Scott Brown

6) texting while driving

7) Fulton County. Don’t expect an Ossoff win in June since Georgia’s electronic voting machines are unverifiable.

8) the Cuyahoga in Ohio

9) Trump “won” the election so taxes are no longer an issue. How can a senator be so dumb?

10) The Pope

11) France

12) Tesla

13) the ACA or Obamacare

14) Midnight next Friday or the 100th day of the current administration

15) “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson

16) Trump

17) nuclear power

18) William Shakespeare

19) Steve King of course

20) Wisconsin

Treat your earth gently. We all have but one.

After This Legislative Session, Iowa Need A New Slogan

Republicans That Voted Against Iowa Workers

Most folks may be surprised to find out Iowa has a state slogan. To be honest, finding the state slogan is not that easy to do. A simple google search finds multiple slogans that seem to be in play.

There seems to be some consensus the “Iowa: Fields Of Opportunity” is the current slogan. Or it could be “Iowa: A Place To Grow.” Either way, neither seems to reflect the new reality that the radical right Republicans in the Iowa legislature have created.

So today I will offer some suggestions that may better prepare visitors for what Iowa really is:

Iowa: A Kansas Wannabe

Iowa: Downwind From The CAFOs

Iowa: Lowest Pay In The Country

Iowa: Where Steve King Is An Intellectual

Iowa: Home To The Man That Stole The Supreme Court Seat

Iowa: We Cut Taxes And Ran Out Of Money

Iowa: Ten Years Behind In Road Repair

Iowa: Women Sort Of Welcome

Iowa: A State For Old, White Men

Iowa: Workers Don’t Count

Iowa: Education Just Makes Pointy-Headed Liberals

Iowa: Reading The Bible On The Court-House Lawn

Iowa: We Pay The MCOs Before The Medicaid Client

Iowa: Shoot Your Neighbor If He Shoots Off Newly Legal Fireworks

Well I am out of ideas at the moment, but you can bet that this legislature will give us many more ideas all year.

Earth Day! Marches For Science In Iowa!

March For Science In Washington DC
Where: The National Mall in Washington, DC and 425+ satellite marches around the world.
When: April 22nd, 2017. But that’s only the beginning…

Events in Iowa in conjunction with the March For Science – Saturday April 22, 2017 (Earth Day):

Northeast Iowa March for Science Decorah
Gather at 10:00am at Mary Christopher Park, the small park at the EAST END of Water Street (but you may want to park downtown and then walk to the park.) We’ll do a few songs and chants there, then proceed to march down Water Street to the Oneota Community Coop, then turn and head up to the Winneshiek County Courthouse Steps. At the courthouse, we’ll have more songs, several speakers, and entertainment until 11:30 or Noon! Bring all your friends, family, neighbors — CELEBRATE OUR EARTH TOGETHER! KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PAUL JOHNSON!

Ames->DSM March for Science Carpool
Need a ride from Ames to Des Moines for #MarchforScienceIA? Have a car but want to carpool to reduce your carbon footprint? Join our carpool collective!
The Iowa March for Science will be from 12-4 pm in Des Moines, so we need to leave Ames by 11 am. Meet at the ISU commuter lot ( between 11:30-12 and find a ride buddy or buddies!

Rally for Science Davenport
1800 W 12th St, Davenport, IA Fejervary Park from 10:30 am – noon

March for Science Independence, IA
Poster making will start at 11am at First Ward park across from the Court House. Materials will be provided- kids of all ages are welcome! Or bring your own sign and we will leave from the park at 11:40. We will march to the City Square at the corner of First Street and 3rd ave. We will have an Earth Day & science rally. 8th graders from St. John’s will highlight women in science. At 12:30 we will march towards St John’s in order to be there in time for Buch. Co. Conservation’s Earth Day events. The Live Bird Show will start at 1:00pm. Educational tables and displays will be on exhibit from 2-4.

March for Science Des Moines
Iowa State Capitol Des Moines, Iowa
12 – 4 PM Saturday April 22

March for Science Iowa City
The March for Science will be on April 22nd, from 12-3:30pm on the Pentacrest front lawn (in front of the Old Capitol Building).

March for Science, Jobs, Health, & Equality Cedar Falls
Saturday at 2 PM – 4 PM
Overman Park, Cedar Falls
318-398 W 2nd St, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

Earth Day Fair / March for Science – Tipton
Tipton, Iowa Courthouse on Main Street
Saturday April 22, 2017 10am- 2pm

Sunday April 23!

Dubuque March for Science
Sunday, April 23 at 2 PM – 4 PM
24 N Grandview Ave, Dubuque, IA
On Sunday, April 23rd science-conscious folks will gather at the small park north of the Grandview/Hwy 20 Bridge to advocate for science-based policies.
Bring signs, posters, banners and enthusiasm!! Use the hastag#dbqmarchforscience to tag and follow the event!

Weekend Legislative Forums April 21-24
04/20/2017 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Pints & Politics – DeWitt
04/21/2017 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Town Meeting with US Senator Ernst – Panora
04/21/2017 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Listening Post – Davenport
04/21/2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Legislative Forum – Fort Madison
04/22/2017 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Mount Pleasant
04/22/2017 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Fort Dodge
04/22/2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Winterset
04/22/2017 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Keosauqua
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Logan
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Davenport
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Washington
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Washington
04/22/2017 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Coffee – Urbandale
04/23/2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Legislative Forum – West Des Moines
04/24/2017 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marti’s Monday Morning Coffee – Des Moines

Factory Farming Is Killing The Planet

Watch the Thom Hartmann program live on YouTube M-F 11-2 central. Here Thom talks with a caller about the environmental damage done by factory farming.


The Prairie Progressive Kaufmann Watch

Prairie Dog

Reprinted with permission from the Spring 2017 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter.

by Prairie Dog

Bobby Kaufmann, Iowa House District 73, consistently presents himself as a moderate Republican.

“Just the fact that I have a great relationship with all the Democrats in the Johnson County delegation, I think that has been by far my biggest accomplishment.” (Iowa City Press Citizen, 5/12/16).

Here are four bills Rep. Kaufmann recently voted for in the current legislative session:

HHF 517, adding ‘stand your ground’ to Iowa’s gun laws

HF 291, gutting Iowa workers’ collective bargaining rights

HF 516, protecting Iowa from non-existent voter fraud

SF 166, allocating inadequate state aid to public schools

Two Democrats voted for the first one; no Democrats voted for the other three.

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Steve King: Talk Show Host, Evangelist, Or Representative?

When he’s not talking like a right-wing radio host, he’s giving the taxpayers religious lectures.  Are we paying Steve King to be an evangelist, a media pundit or a representative of the people?

Plus, while the DMReg is willing to make a big effing deal about a former internet activity by King’s Democratic opponent, we’ve not seem them cover this about King.

Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological camp, means, or timetable, God has called conservative Christians to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions. The term describes a broad tendency across a wide swath of American Christianity. People who embrace this idea are referred to as dominionists. … There are untold numbers of dominionist and dominionism-influenced politicians and public officials at all levels of government and who even after leaving office, shape our political discourse. Others at the top of recent American political life have included Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee,16 and Newt Gingrich.17 Other prominent elected officials in the dominionist camp include Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-TX),18 Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS),19 Sen. James Lankford (R-OK),20 and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).”