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Iowa’s Small Towns and Rural Communities Will Be Hit Hardest By Trumpcare


(202) 224-3121

Why Does Iowa GOP Love Trump More Than Iowa?

Action Alert from Iowa Democratic Party

Well President Trump’s event in Cedar Rapids went as expected.

 The President took the stage and spent the entire event bragging about problems he hasn’t solved, policy he has no knowledge of, and results that he hasn’t achieved.

 President Trump doesn’t understand what the people of Iowa need. He hasn’t spent any time in the fields behind the wheel of a combine or in a classroom teaching children math and science. He doesn’t know what it is like to work from sunrise to sunset to earn an honest paycheck.

 He proved it to us tonight. His comments on the reckless withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord show his lack of understanding on how vital clean energy is to Iowa. He mocked wind energy in the state with the 2nd highest wind energy production in the country.

 Even more, Trump claimed, “The two parties should come together and come up with a great deal on healthcare.” That is coming from the highest office holder in a party holding secret, partisan negotiations on healthcare reform that will put 1.3 million Iowans at risk of losing their coverage. This is not a good example of “coming together”.

 And what’s worse? Iowa GOP leaders are standing right there with Trump. Iowans need leaders who will represent Iowa values and not stand by while President Trump destroys all the progress we have made.

Commit to call our elected officials and tell them to start standing up for Iowa values.

Rod Blum: (202) 225-2911
Joni Ernst: (202) 224-3254
Chuck Grassley: (202) 224-3744
David Young: (202) 225-5476

  • Nearly 1.3 million Iowans could be denied health coverage in House bill
  • House bill would devastate health care in rural Iowa
  • Tens of millions of dollars cut in funding for Iowa students and teachers.
  • $100 million cut from programs that support rural Iowa

Will This Be Joni Ernst’s Last Term?

Call Ernst and Grassley today to tell them to oppose Trumpcare.

Ernst:   202-224-3254            Grassley:   202-224-3744

Scroll down the page for Joni’s travelling office hours.  Just so you know, the senator won’t be showing up herself personally, just her staff.


Schedule Of Joni Ernst Travelling Office Hours

“I’m Joni Ernst and I approve this message.”

Regional directors from Senator Joni Ernst’s office will hold traveling office hours throughout the month of July in all 99 counties in Iowa.

Representatives will be available in counties throughout the state to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.

*Please Note: Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours*

Adair County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Adair County Courthouse
Jury Room
400 Public Square
Greenfield, IA

Adams County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Corning Public Library
603 9th Street
Corning, IA

Allamakee County
Thursday, July 27, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Robey Memorial Library
Conference Room
401 1st Avenue NW
Waukon, IA

Appanoose County
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Centerville Public Library
115 Drake Avenue
Centerville, IA

Audubon County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Audubon Public Library
401 North Park Place
Audubon, IA

Benton County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Vinton Public Library
510 2nd Avenue
Vinton, IA

Black Hawk County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Waterloo Public Library
415 Commercial Street
Waterloo, IA

Boone County
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Boone County Courthouse
1st Floor Conference Room
201 State Street
Boone, IA

Bremer County
Friday, July 21, 2017
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Denver Public Library
100 Washington Street
Denver, IA

Buchanan County
Friday, July 28, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Independence Public Library
Freedom Room
805 1st Street East
Independence, IA

Buena Vista County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Buena Vista County Veterans Affairs
1709 East Richland Street
Storm Lake, IA

Butler County
Friday, July 21, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Allison Public Library
Community Room
412 3rd Street
Allison, IA

Calhoun County
Thursday, July 21, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Manson City Hall
1015 13th Street
Manson, IA

Carroll County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Manning Public Library
310 Main Street
Manning, IA

Cass County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Atlantic Public Library
Community Room
507 Poplar Street
Atlantic, IA

Cedar County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
West Branch Public Library
300 N Downey Street
West Branch, IA

Cerro Gordo County
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Mason City Public Library
Large Group Study Room
225 2nd Street SE
Mason City, IA

Cherokee County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cherokee Public Library
215 South 2nd Street
Cherokee, IA

Chickasaw County
Friday, July 21, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New Hampton Public Library
20 West Spring Street
New Hampton, IA

Clarke County
Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Clarke County Courthouse
Multi-Purpose Room
100 South Main Street
Osceola, IA

Clay County
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 am
Spencer Public Library
ICN Room
21 E 3rd Street
Spencer, IA

Clayton County
Thursday, July 27, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Strawberry Point Public Library
Meeting Room
401 Commercial Street
Strawberry Point, IA

Clinton County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Clinton Public Library
306 8th Avenue South
Clinton, IA

Crawford County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Norelius Community Library
1403 1st Avenue South
Denison, IA

Dallas County
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Dallas County Courthouse
2nd Floor Conference Room
801 Court Street
Adel, IA

Davis County
Wednesday July 12, 2017
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Bloomfield Public Library
200 W. Locust Street
Bloomfield, IA

Decatur County
Friday, July 14, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Decatur County Courthouse
Board Room
207 N Main Street
Leon, IA

Delaware County
Friday, July 28, 2017
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Manchester Public Library
Genealogy Room
304 North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA

Des Moines County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Burlington Public Library
Meeting Room A
210 Court Street
Burlington, IA

Dickinson County
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Arnolds Park City Hall
156 North Highway 71
Arnolds Park, IA

Dubuque County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dubuque County Library – Asbury Branch
5290 Grand Meadow Drive
Asbury, IA

Emmet County
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Armstrong City Hall
519 6th Street
Armstrong, IA

Fayette County
Thursday, July 27, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
West Union Community Library
210 North Vine Street
West Union, IA

Floyd County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 pm
Nora Springs City Hall
Community Room
45 North Hawkeye Avenue
Nora Springs, IA

Franklin County
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Hampton Public Library
4 South Federal Street
Hampton, IA

Fremont County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 pm
Hamburg City Hall
1201 Main Street
Hamburg, IA

Greene County
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Greene County Courthouse
Board Room
114 N Chestnut Street
Jefferson, IA

Grundy County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Kling Memorial Library
Conference Room
708 7th Street
Grundy Center, IA

Guthrie County
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Guthrie County Courthouse
Public Meeting Room
200 North 5th Street
Guthrie Center, IA

Hamilton County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hamilton County Courthouse
Meeting Room
2300 Superior Street
Webster City, IA

Hancock County
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Garner Public Library
416 State Street
Garner, IA

Hardin County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Iowa Falls Public Library
921 Washington Avenue
Iowa Falls, IA

Harrison County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
3:30 PM – 4:30 pm
Missouri Valley Public Library
420 East Huron Street
Missouri Valley, IA

Henry County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Mount Pleasant Public Library
307 East Monroe Street
Mount Pleasant, IA

Howard County
Friday, July 21, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Cresco Public Library
320 North Elm Street
Cresco, IA

Humboldt County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Humboldt Public Library
30 6th Street North
Humboldt, IA

Ida County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Holstein Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center
301 Lohff Schumann Drive
Holstein, IA

Iowa County
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Williamsburg Public Library
Meeting Room B
300 West State Street
Williamsburg, IA

Jackson County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Maquoketa Public Library
126 South Second Street
Maquoketa, IA

Jasper County
Friday, July 7, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Jasper County Courthouse
Basement Conference Room
101 1st Street North
Newton, IA

Jefferson County
Friday, July 14, 2017
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Fairfield Public Library
Conference Room
104 West Adams Avenue
Fairfield, IA

Johnson County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room A
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA

Jones County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Anamosa Public Library
Flag Room
600 East 1st Street
Anamosa, IA

Keokuk County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Sigourney Public Library
720 East Jackson Street
Sigourney, IA

Kossuth County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Algona Public Library
Room D
210 North Phillips Street
Algona, IA

Lee County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Fort Madison Public Library
1920 Avenue East
Fort Madison, IA

Linn County
Monday, July 10, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Marion Public Library
1095 6th Avenue
Marion, IA

Louisa County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Wapello Public Library
119 North 2nd Street
Wapello, IA

Lucas County
Friday, July 14, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lucas County Courthouse
Board of Supervisors Office
916 Braden Avenue
Chariton, IA

Lyon County
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rock Rapids Public Library
102 South Greene Street
Rock Rapids, IA

Madison County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Iowa State University Extension Office
117 North John Wayne Drive
Winterset, IA

Mahaska County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Oskaloosa Public Library
Room C
301 South Market Street
Oskaloosa, IA

Marion County
Thursday, July 6, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Marion County Courthouse
Board Room
214 East Main Street
Knoxville, IA

Marshall County
Friday, July 7, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Marshall County Courthouse
Meeting Room 2
1 East Main Street
Marshalltown, IA

Mills County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Glenwood City Hall
5 North Vine Street
Glenwood, IA

Mitchell County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Osage Public Library
406 Main Street
Osage, IA

Monona County
Monday, July 17, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Onawa Public Library
707 Iowa Avenue
Onawa, IA

Monroe County
Friday, July 14, 2017
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Albia Public Library
203 Benton Ave East
Albia, IA

Montgomery County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 pm
Montgomery County Extension Office
Suite #2
400 Bridge Street
Red Oak, IA

Muscatine County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Muscatine Community College
Strahan Hall Room 11
152 Colorado Street
Muscatine, IA

O’Brien County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Primghar Public Library
320 1st Street NE
Primghar, IA

Osceola County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Sibley Public Library
406 9th Street
Sibley, IA

Page County
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Clarinda Public Library
100 East Garfield St
Clarinda, IA

Palo Alto County
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Mallard City Hall
605 Inman Street
Mallard, IA

Plymouth County
Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Kingsley Community Center
207 East 1st Street
Kingsley, IA

Pocahontas County
Thursday, July 27, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pocahontas Public Library
14 2nd Avenue NW
Pocahontas, IA

Polk County
Friday, July 7, 2017
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Mitchellville Community Center
Senior Room
114 2nd Street NE
Mitchellville, IA

Pottawattamie County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Walnut City Hall
229 Antique City Drive
Walnut, IA

Poweshiek County
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library
306 Jackson Street
Brooklyn, IA

Ringgold County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
9:30 AM- 10:30 AM
Ringgold County Courthouse
Meeting Room
109 West Madison
Mount Ayr, IA

Sac County
Friday, July 21, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sac City Public Library
1001 West Main Street
Sac City, IA

Scott County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Drive
Bettendorf, IA

Shelby County
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Harlan Public Library
718 Court Street
Harlan, IA

Sioux County
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Orange City Public Library
112 Albany Avenue SE
Orange City, IA

Story County
Friday, July 7, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Story County Administration Building
Public Meeting Room
900 6th Street
Nevada, IA

Tama County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Norma Anders Public Library
320 Main Street
Dysart, IA

Taylor County
Thursday, July 13, 2017
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Bedford Public Library
507 Jefferson Street
Bedford, IA

Union County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Union County Courthouse
Law Enforcement Center Room
300 North Pine Street
Creston, IA

Van Buren County
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Keosauqua Public Library
608 1st Street
Keosauqua, IA

Wapello County
Friday, July 14, 2017
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Ottumwa Public Library
102 West 4th Street
Ottumwa, IA

Warren County
Thursday, July 6, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Warren County Administration Building
Board Room
301 North Buxton Street
Indianola, IA

Washington County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Washington Public Library
115 West Washington Street
Washington, IA

Wayne County
Friday, July 14, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Wayne County Courthouse
Meeting Room
100 North Lafayette Street
Corydon, IA

Webster County
Thursday, July 27, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Fort Dodge Public Library
Lobby Meeting Room
424 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA

Winnebago County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lake Mills Public Library
102 South Lake Street
Lake Mills, IA

Winneshiek County
Thursday, July 27, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Decorah Public Library
202 Winnebago Street
Decorah, IA

Woodbury County
Monday, July 10, 2017
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Correctionville City Hall
312 Driftwood Street
Correctionville, IA

Worth County
Thursday, July 20, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Manly Public Library
127 South Grant Street
Manly, IA

Wright County
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eagle Grove Public Library
101 South Cadwell Avenue
Eagle Grove, IA

From The Terrorism Alert Desk

Reprinted with permission from the Summer 2017 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter,  funded entirely by reader subscription,  and available only in hard copy for $12/yr.  Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City 52244.

Sorry, we don’t mean to alarm you. Or do we?

In Erik Larsen’s The Garden of Beasts, Hitler’s administration in 1933 is described as making “a deliberate effort to generate a kind of daily suspense.”

Sinclair Broadcasting is doing its best to do the same in 2017.

For PP readers who still monitor local network news shows on old-fashioned television, Sinclair’s KGAN station out of Cedar Rapids offers a strange “news” feature three times a week. Just before a commercial break, usually following an everyday story about a nursing home being investigated or a neighborhood raising money for a child’s surgery, an attractive moderator suddenly appears in a brightly-colored studio as the words From the Terrorism Desk in Washington DC are sternly spoken off-camera. The moderator, white and well-dressed, then delivers “news” of dangers from afar.

The news is generally not as urgent or as relevant as the nursing home, the ill child, the housing development, the flood mitigation project, or the shooting on the edge of town, but it generates a kind of daily suspense. “ISIS attack kills three.” “US considers sending more forces to Afghanistan.” “French police arrest suspect in cafe bombing.” “A final assault on Mosul is planned for sometime this summer.”

After three or four similar squibs, accompanied by grainy footage of brown-skinned machine-gunners and grenade throwers against a backdrop of smoking rubble, we…cut to a commercial, and breathe again.

What the hell just happened? Well, it happens regularly on Sinclair-owned stations all across our frightened land. If Sinclair’s merger with Tribune Media is approved, this subtle fear-mongering — hidden in plain sight — will appear on over 200 stations, spanning most major TV markets and reaching about one-third of American homes.

It’s hard to know what the average viewer of KGAN-Channel 2 in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area thinks when seeing a polished anchor person at a polished desk recite ominous bulletins from distant shores. The segments fit seamlessly into the rest of the evening news. They appear to a part of the regular local broadcast. They are not.

Just as Hitler intentionally kept the populace in a permanent state of emergency (and as Trump keeps the general citizenry in perpetual anxiety), so does Fox News, Sinclair Broadcasting, and mainstream outlets like CNN, endlessly repeating scenes of blood and panic, milking our emotions, continuing the coverage long after the event occurs. When the people are fearful, the terrorists have won. And so has Sinclair.

The Sinclair merger-acquisition will be well worth the price tag of $3.9 billion. The company will add WHO and QWAD to its Iowa roster of KGAN, KDSM, and KTVO, and establish a presence in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City as it challenges Fox News for nation-wide right-wing hegemony. And have money left over to hire Bill O’Reilly.

Prairie Progressive readers should contact Sinclair at www.sbgi. net/contact or call their national headquarters in Baltimore at 410-568-1500. Tell them you don’t need a phony desk to alert you to the nearly non-existent threat of foreign terrorists in your daily life. We already have enough suspense.

Prairie Dog

–Prairie Dog


PBS Airing RW Sponsored School Privatization Propaganda

video 15:30

Thanks to an alert from the Thom Hartman radio program ( 11AM to 2PM daily) we were able to find an article at Media Matters that detailed the story of these privatization propaganda.

So let’s go to Media Matters for the story:

“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department have pushed for an expansion of privatized school choice programs in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, particularly in the form of private school vouchers. Now a propagandistic three-part documentary series called School Inc. will help DeVos in her efforts to gain public support for expanded private school choice options. The series has already aired on PBS stations in some markets and will be shown on more this month.”

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In addition to School Inc.’s roots in the radical, libertarian Cato Institute, education historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch found that the film was funded by a number of arch-conservative foundations with ties to the “dark money ATM” DonorsTrust and the Ayn Rand Institute. Ravitch has prescreened School Inc. and provided this scathing review to The Washington Post:

This program is paid propaganda. It does not search for the truth. It does not present opposing points of view. It is an advertisement for the demolition of public education and for an unregulated free market in education. PBS might have aired a program that debates these issues, but “School Inc.” does not.

Why would a public broadcast channel air a documentary that is produced by a right-wing think tank and funded by ultra-conservative donors, and that presents a single point of view without meaningful critique, all the while denigrating public education? PBS responded in part with a statement to the Post, saying, “PBS and local member stations aim to offer programs that reflect diverse viewpoints and promote civic dialogue on important topics affecting local communities.”

However, as Ravitch notes, when a documentary fails to objectively present information about a topic that may not be well understood by the general public, the result is unlikely to “promote civic dialogue.” And when major media outlets uncritically provide a platform to right-wing ideologues, they further misinform and polarize the debate around important issues such as public education.”

editor comment:
PBS is looked to as a trusted brand. One of their calling cards is their supposed objectivity. Airing a series of programs that are little more than propaganda for a single point of view badly damages that trust with the public.

Sunday Funday: Fair And Balanced Edition

Fox News has dropped its “Fair and Balanced “ slogan. It seems the slogan is more a victim of the purge of the Roger Ailes stench than it is that they are finally recognizing what a joke it was

I was hoping there would be a contest for a new slogan. I have come up with one based on reality and supported by study after study: “Get Fox and Get Stupid.”

Meanwhile, NBC News will take a shot at ending their credibility tonight when they have former Fox icon Megyn Kelly interview alternate reality dude (and Sandy Hook denier) Alex Jones. For those who like death scenes, seeing NBC News have a collective heart attack could be “must see TV.”

I can’t even keep up with the news anymore. Can you?

1) Whole Foods got swallowed up by what mega-corporation Friday?

2) Here’s a surprise! What two huge agriculture related corporations were approved for merger by the Justice Department Friday?

3) Gov. Reynolds announce what action to solve Iowa’s continuing major revenue shortfalls?

4) Forty-five years ago yesterday five men were arrested committing burglary at what little know hotel in Washington DC?

5) Once again what female senator dare ask questions in a committee hearing, only to be interrupted by John McCain asking for her to be reprimanded?

6) Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski assured Alaskans she is committed to funding what group hated by the GOP in a health care bill?

7) Republican senate leadership tried to stop interviews of all senators in what location only to have it backfire?

8) Last weekend marches were held around the country to protest Sharia Law in the US. How many states currently have Sharia Law?

9) Steve Scalise, the congress member injured in the gun attack Wednesday, represents what state?

10) Iowa Gov. Reynolds was sued by a group of disabled Iowans concerning state policies on what?

11) Which team won the NBA title and then unanimously rejected any visit to the White House?

12) Senator Angus King of Maine had a rough Q&A with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. What party is Senator King?

13) Australia’s PM Malcolm Turnbull was caught on tape making fun of what other pompous world leader?

14) North Korea released American student Otto Warmbier last week. Warmbier was reported in a coma after a time in North Korean prison. Why was Warmbier in North Korea to begin with?

15) A month ago, Newt Gingrich said this man was perfect for the job. By last Tuesday Gingrich claimed the man was a partisan and unfit for the job. Who is the man and what is his job?

16) There is a special election this Tuesday to fill whose seat left vacant by a cabinet appointment?

17) This week in the US (Friday 6/09/2017 – Friday 6/16/2017) there were how many mass shooting in the US?

18) A high rise apartment fire killed at 17 with many more expected in what major world capital?

19) June 24th, 1948 began one of the hottest parts of the cold war when the Soviet Union imposed what?

20) Helmut Kohl, former German chancellor died Friday. It was under his leadership that what major project took place in Germany?

A belated Happy Juneteenth (June 15th) to everyone! If you don’t know what it is you really need to look it up!


1) Amazon {chomp, chomp}

2) Dow and DuPont – that should spur competition!

3) She will tap the emergency funds. Used to be emergency funds were for emergencies not to cover screw-ups. Branstad left her holding the bag, didn’t he?

4) Watergate

5) Sen. Kamala Harris of California

6) Planned Parenthood

7) In the hallways where reporters often interview senators.

8) none, nor does the federal government. It was a march to oppose some monster in the closet.

9) Louisiana

10) privatizing Medicaid which they say has drastically affected their lives. Branstad left he holding the bag on that one also.

11) Golden State Warriors

12) he is an independent

13) our current president

14) he went on tour with a company that advertises trips to places “your mother wants you to stay away from.”

15) Robert Mueller heading up the investigation of Russian interference in our elections.

16) former Georgia rep. Tom Price. The election uses unverifiable touchscreen voting machines.

17) 12 – see here

18) London

19) a blockade on West Berlin which at the time was deep in Soviet controlled East Germany – countered with the Berlin airlift

20) The reunification of Germany after the fall of the Soviet bloc.

Flying over Iowa in a private jet doesn’t allow our governor to appreciate the washboard quality of many of our roads. We have had several encounters with them this week. Looks like Branstad left Reynolds holding the bag on that one also. Way to dump on her, Branny!

Pride Parades In Iowa This Weekend

Iowa City Pride

Saturday, June 17
Corner of Linn St. and Washington St.; Iowa City, IA

Heartland Pride Parade – Council Bluffs
Saturday, June 17
Council Bluffs, IA

King Once Again Disgraces Iowa

hat tip to EarlG at democraticunderground:

The most covered story of the week is yet another mass shooting in America, but this one gets coverage because a congressman was shot. That wasn’t even the worst mass shooting of the day. America today is so awash in guns and gun violence that a mass shooting killing four people barely rates a mention anymore.

However, since the other mass shooting of the day involved a congressman it rated lots of stories and chatter. Suddenly the body that has spent decades with its head buried in the sand concerning gun violence had one of its chickens come home to roost and it didn’t like it. Actually we should half of congress has ignored the gun violence.

Of the millions of words that gushed forth Wednesday and beyond few were as rancorous and devoid of any scintilla of truth as Steve King’s statement that much of the blame for this shooting belong’s to {drumroll} Barack Obama.

You may wonder where Mr. King’s convoluted logic comes up with such a conclusion. Remember that President Obama worked his rear end off to do something, anything to stem in some way the gun violence in this country. Who can forget Barack Obama after the horrid, horrid Sandy Hook shootings?

So here is King’s logic if you can stomach it:

“I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama,” said King. “He contributed mightily to dividing us. He focused on our differences rather than our things that unify us. And this is some of the fruits of that labor.”

Conway didn’t exactly protest.

“Of course he also spent eight years telling us all how terrible we all are and what a garbage can America was and how unexceptional we all were,” said the British-born Conway. “I agree. I absolutely agree with what you said.”

Got to ask what world these people live in. Please join us in the real world where people who should never have had guns daily shoot other Americans over the smallest slights.

By the way, as you can see from graphic above, Joni Ernst had no problem using guns against the government at the NRA in 2012:

Meanwhile the senate continued to work on the health care bill as quietly as they would work on a top secret war project. That is because it is in its own way a top secret war project in their war on the poor and middle class and for their side, the rich and the corporations.
Based on the video above Ernst is ready to blow it away!

From what Americans can find out about this bill millions upon millions will lose their healthcare. Even if you get to keep health insurance, the premiums and deductibles will probably skyrocket. All this will lead to inevitable bankruptcies and early death. Not as quick as gun violence, but effective in its own way.

The wealthiest Americans including Donald Trump will expect a major windfall in lower taxes due to the repeal of the ACA.

Summer Of Citizenship Continues

Rob Hogg

Reminder the Summer of Citizenship headed up by Iowa State Sen. Robb Hogg is just hitting its stride. Below is is the remaining schedule.

Today is the 2nd district workshop and Hall of Fame Dinner in Ottumwa. There are then other events throughout the next week:

Iowa 2nd District Workshop and Hall of Fame, Saturday, June 17, Ottumwa
– You can learn about issues, campaigns, party leadership, and running for office at a day-long workshop in Ottumwa on Saturday, June 17, starting at 9 a.m. and going until 5 p.m., followed by a Hall of Fame Dinner with special guest Jason Kander, Missouri’s former Secretary of State who ran for the United States Senate in 2016. Cost of the workshop is $15, and for the Hall of Fame Dinner it is $50. See this event page for more details and registration information:

Summer of Citizenship Kickoff in Cedar Rapids with Rob Hogg, Tuesday, June 20
– Join me at Dublin City, 415 First St. SE, in downtown Cedar Rapids, to kick off the “Summer of Citizenship” in Cedar Rapids on the Summer Solstice, Tuesday, June 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contributions to “Citizens for Rob Hogg” are welcome but not required. Please RSVP at this Facebook event page and share it to invite your friends:

Summer of Citizenship Canvass Training, Wednesday, June 21, Davenport – The Davenport Eastside and Bettendorf Democrats are sponsoring a canvass training, conducted by myself, on Wednesday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kelly’s Irish Pub, 2222 E. 53rd St., in Davenport. Please RSVP at this Facebook page and share it to invite your friends:

Rob Hogg Central Iowa Fundraiser, Monday, June 26, Des Moines
– I will be holding a fundraiser for “Citizens for Rob Hogg” on Monday, June 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Peace Tree Brewing, 317 E. Court Avenue, in Des Moines. I don’t have a Facebook event page yet for this event, but I did want you to get it on your calendar.

We need to raise money for local Democratic parties, for Democratic candidates, and for advocacy organizations. I need to raise money to cover campaign expenses including staff assistance to do the work that needs to get done. Overall, I believe Democrats need to raise $40 million or more for the 2018 election cycle, so please contribute generously as you are able.

You can bring a check to “Citizens for Rob Hogg” to one of my fundraising events, or mail your check to P.O. Box 1361, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406. You can also contribute online here.

I hope you can attend one or more of these events. If you want me to appear at an event, or if you want a list of ideas for the Summer of Citizenship, please email me at Some key ideas are:

Join your local Democratic party or advocacy group
Register people to vote
Get to know our Democratic candidates for office
Organize a study group, education program, or service project in your community
Invite people to contribute financially to the party, candidates, and advocacy groups
Speak up with elected officials and staff in person, by phone call, by mail, and in public

Remember: The answer to our problems – with the President and Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Administration and Legislature in Des Moines – is a renewed spirit of citizenship.

Thanks for your work as a citizen. Together, we can have the biggest political comeback in Iowa history.


Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader
Cedar Rapids

P.S. You can also like “Rob Hogg” and “Summer of Citizenship” on Facebook and follow on Twitter: @SenatorRobHogg and @CitizenSummer – it’s a great to follow along on a daily basis.