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Catch Chuck Grassley This Week In Iowa – Washington, Columbus Junction Town Halls

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Important information from ProgressIowa

Everyone has heard of Chuck Grassley’s 99 County Tour, right? It’s hard not to, as much as he talks about it.

But there’s a funny thing about that claim: most of his county events are private and not open to public audiences. Progress Iowa’s recent research shows Grassley hasn’t held a public event in 8 of Iowa’s 10 largest counties in 6 years! The counties he’s avoided hearing from the general public in make up 45% of the state’s population.

That’s why we’re renaming Grassley’s annual tour the Fake Grassley. He has established a pattern of hiding from Iowa’s most-populated areas where constituents might be more likely to disagree with him.

Grassley events for Thursday and Friday, July 28 – 29, 2016

Washington County
Thursday, July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse
Board Room
224 West Main Street
Washington

Louisa County
Friday, July 29, 2016
3:15 p.m.-4:15 pm.
City Hall
232 2nd Street
Columbus Junction

Check on our new FakeGrassley.com website to see just how far and share it: How Far Away Are You From Senator Grassley’s Town Hall?

And then afterward read our full report on the Fake Grassley to see how few times he’s held a public event in your county.

To give you an idea of how much Grassley avoids Iowa’s largest counties, here’s his record for the top 10:

  • Polk: 0

  • Linn: 0

  • Scott: 2 (none since May 2012)

  • Johnson: 0

  • Black Hawk: 0

  • Woodbury: 0

  • Dubuque: 0

  • Story: 0

  • Pottawattamie: 1 (none since August 2011)

  • Dallas: 0

If Grassley’s town hall on Friday is near you, head on over to tell him how you feel about his historic Supreme Court obstruction!

Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa

Here is the link to Grassley’s calendar:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/calendar

Bernie Comes Through

Thank you, Bernie Sanders and all of the Bernie supporters for the passion and commitment you have brought to the Democratic party.  It is a great, historic day for Democrats and a great day for the country.

 

Some Need Counseling After Listening to Trump Speech

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Dear Friends,

So, I’m watching Trump’s convention speech yesterday (bad idea) on my laptop over lunch (an even worse idea) when, halfway through, I find myself searching on my phone for information on how to become an Irish citizen. Then I find myself googling “parallels between the rise of Hitler and Trump.”

Can this egomaniac’s crazy-talk truly have brought him this close to the presidency of the United States of America?

After watching Trump’s speech, I needed a hug. (Where were you?!) Or maybe ice cream. At this point, I’ll settle for counseling.

Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
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Grassley Challenger Patty Judge Within Striking Distance

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

Patty Judge joined fellow Democrats Rep. Dave Loebsack and  Monica Vernon on the campaign trail Sunday in Johnson County.

“When I entered the race, conventional wisdom was that we could not ever defeat Chuck Grassley, that he is everyone’s favorite uncle, that Iowans are used to voting for him and will vote for him again. And I’m here to tell you no. That is not true. We know we can beat him. Today we are on track to do that. We have seen polling over the last 6 weeks that shows us – every poll – shows us from either a virtual tie to down 6 or 8 points. We are not any further down than that. We are just single digits behind him and that’s the first time in his political history that has happened to him. And we can win this.”

 

Let America Be America Again

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

As Republicans repeated the dog whistle phrase “Make America great again” lines from what is Langston Hughes’ most famous poem just kept rolling through my mind:
“(America never was America to me.)”

When Scott Baio used the phrase “Let’s make America America again” it seemed like time to present Langston Hughes’ poem so Iowans could see for themselves what Republicans seem to be paraphrasing.

Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!

Sunday Funday: Unconventional Convention Edition

Democratic-National-Convention-Philadelphia-2016

Many people warned that the Republican convention would break the mold. They were actually moderate in their prediction. It shattered every prediction on just how bad it would be.

Abandoned by many of the delegates, undermined by pissed off rivals, cribbing from the mortal enemy, celebrities that no one heard of and hate pouring from every pore and at every turn. It was almost literally the Walt Kelly Pogo cartoon strip “We have met the enemy and he is us” come to life.

Yet things are so goofy in this country that a candidate as bad as Donald Trump could win. The strategy is to suppress the Democratic vote by trying to create a caricature of Hillary Clinton that is so bad no one will vote for her. Let us hope Democrats face reality and get out to vote.

Were you paying attention? Even if you were I dare say you missed a lot.

1) What ground breaking news executive was shown the “out” door after sexual harassment charges?

2) Forty years after taking the world by storm the last of what recording devices will roll off the production line next week?

3) A clearly unarmed middle-aged black man was shot by police in Miami as he tried to help who?

4) Meredith McIver is a name that will disappear from the collective mind quickly. Until then what did Meredith McIver do that got her name at the top of the news this week?

5) Donald Trump Jr. allegedly offered “the most powerful vice-presidency ever” to what Trump rival in March?

6) In Maine, Progressive Insurance asked to raise rates on seniors based on what criteria?

7) This man brought us many laughs and launched stars such as Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway. What entertainment icon died last week at 81?

8) The NBA followed through on a threat and moved next year’s All-Star game from what city due to transgender issues?

9) A snapshot of Paul Ryan with Republican House interns elicited controversy for what reason last week?

10) Almost missed this in the hubbub about the convention. What out-of-this-world event took place July 20, 1969?

11) After being promised a prime time spot, what Iowa politician ended up speaking to a near empty hall late in the night at the RNC?

12) Have you forgotten him already? Who is Trump’s vice-presidential pick?

13) Which star of the current movie “Ghostbusters” has been harassed unmercifully online since the movie came out?

14) Voter suppression laws were ruled against in court in what 3 states last week?

15) Who wrote an article for the Journal of the American Medical Ass0ciation on the progress of US Health reform?

16) Temperatures for the first 6 months of this year compared to other years in what way?

17) Wright State University in Ohio has already withdrawn as a site for a presidential debate because of what?

18) Both the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Koch Brothers have already withdrawn support from what sitting senator?

19) Which former Republican presidents or presidential candidates showed up in Cleveland last week?

20) In a candid moment George W. Bush opined that he may have been the last what?

Now – we get to see a party that believes that government is necessary and a force for good in our country.

photo from Us magazine http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/dnc-2016-demi-lovato-chloe-grace-moretz-more-to-attend-w430127

photo from Us magazine
http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/dnc-2016-demi-lovato-chloe-grace-moretz-more-to-attend-w430127

Answers:

1) Roger Ailes. Ground breaking in that Fox has sure changed the course of news in this country.

2) VCRs

3) An autistic man he was in charge of who had run away.

4) Supposedly plagiarized Michelle Obama in a speech she wrote for Melania Trump

5) John Kasich

6) Age – the older you are the higher the rate.

7) Garry Marshall

8) Charlotte, North Carolina. HB2 strikes again

9) The Republican interns were nearly 100% white

10) Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon

11) Joanie Ernst

12) Mike Pence

13) Leslie Jones

14) Wisconsin, Texas and Michigan

15) Barack Obama

16) They are the highest ever worldwide

17) They can’t afford the cost of security

18) Ron Johnson – he trails Russ Feingold by a large margin

19) Bob Dole only. He did not speak

20) Republican president

Get your popcorn ready!

Patty Judge: Winning With Ideas

The Judge Grassley Can't Ignore (dailykos photo)

The Judge Grassley Can’t Ignore (dailykos photo)


Ed. note – couldn’t load pic we had so we will go with this picture

From Sara Sedlacek’s facebook post:

Had a great breakfast with my old boss, Patty Judge, this morning! I am so thrilled she came to West Liberty and so proud to be working in my community to help elect her to the United States Senate! Patty is going to bring real solutions to Washington. She’s been a nurse, State Senator, Secretary of Agriculture, Lt. Governor, and Homeland Security Advisor. She has the experience and I know she has the passion to represent Iowa well in DC. I’ve seen her work ethic first-hand. Riding in the car to events with her during the 2010 campaign, I was able to learn so much from her and she was one of my inspirations for running for office myself. She is someone I respect and admire a great deal and I hope you’ll join me in voting for her in November!

Patty Judge stands for Iowa values. Hard work, commitment, reliability, judgment. Judge had a hard time working in all the issues that she wants to tackle when she is elected because Republicans will be leaving such a mess. Her stop was short since she had so many stops on a busy Saturday. Remember, she doesn’t have the kind of money Grassley has, so she has to get out and meet the voters and take her message directly to them.

What she was able to say let us know she will be a solid progressive voice for Iowans in Washington.

Let us hope that Iowans get more than one chance to see Judge debate Sen. Grassley this fall. Their views couldn’t be much more divergent.

Grassley will also have a very hard time explaining why he has simply quit on Iowa and on the country this year. Most Iowans are waiting to hear the explanation in a setting where follow up questions will be asked.

What is really odd about Grassley’s strategy of quitting is that it was so unnecessary. All he had to do was hold hearings and the Republican senators could have held a vote and voted any nominee down. Instead Grassley chose to go the route of defying the Constitution. Showing a disdain for the citizens and government like that makes a person wonder what else he may yet do.

Help Judge by contributing here.

The Amoral Party And Their Display Of Hate

Dog-whistle polics

Dog-whistle politics

Watching the Hillary Hate Fest that is being blasted across our country under the guise of the convention of a major political party. Most folks I have talked to this week have never seen the likes of this. What used to be the Republican Party now gathers to spend a week loudly and proudly mostly making up stories about one woman and then basing their insane hatred on those stories.

They have used our government and our tax dollars – nearly $200 million – in a partisan effort to destroy this woman before she could run for president. This is the most unethical use of our money many have ever seen.

Hillary Clinton is their main target, but pretty much any woman who dares to stand up to them is the recipient of the vile anger that drips from their lips constantly. Exhibit A is Elizabeth Warren who standard bearer Donald Trump tries to discredit and destroy with a smear of “Pocahontas.”

This should be frightening to all women in the US and around the world. They are letting it be known that if a woman dares to cross their path, then they will destroy her reputation, destroy her on a personal level, imprison her for made up infractions and even call for her death.

I look at my wife, I look at my mother-in-law, I look at my daughters and my many female friends and wonder to myself why any man would accept and even cheer this hateful, vile rhetoric. Differences in policy is expected and these differences should be discussed. But there is little if any policy discussion. All they spew is the rhetoric of hate, even calling Clinton “Lucifer” and equating her to the devil.

Why do Republican women accept this? Do they not understand that the hate of the men in their party is not for specific women, but for any woman who crosses them in their eyes?

Do these men have mothers, grandmothers, daughters or female friends? It surely feels like much of the hate directed at Clinton and Warren – in previous iterations leaders like Nancy Pelosi – is based on their unbridled hate for women who dare oppose their world view. Donald Trump only adds to the abuse with his own brand of junior high rhetoric. Wasn’t he once quoted as saying “Women, you have to treat them like shit.”?

It is also sad to see Iowa’s Republican leaders – Terry Branstad and Jeff Kaufmann in particular – endorsing this behavior in their endorsement of Trump.

What I guess is most hypocritical is that the players in the misogynistic drama claim to be religious. But while calling themselves religious, specifically Christian, they engage in a hate that is white hot for their enemies whether they be foreigners or fellow Americans. Is it not the religions that teach “love your neighbor?” Do they still not teach that a person “shall not bear false witness?” Do they not still teach that we “shall feed the hungry, cloth the naked, tend to the ill and house the homeless?”

Claiming to be religious should cause a person to deeply examine the reality of how the political philosophies actually play out in real life and how that lines up with their own philosophies they claim to believe in.

We have always watched political conventions. We could not watch any of this hate fest.

Here is a short list of some of the extreme statements that what used to be a mainstream party now espouses in its platform as what it wants to reshape America into:

Examples:

4. Start repealing environmental laws:
“We call for a comprehensive review of federal regulations, especially those dealing with the environment, that make it harder and more costly for Americans to rent, buy, or sell homes.”

12. Make Christianity a national religion:
“We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and further affirm the rights of religious students to engage in voluntary prayer at public school events and to have equal access to school facilities.”

50 total at the link, read them all and be wary.

integrity, progress and concern for all Americans

integrity, progress and concern for all Americans

When Did Iowa Join The Confederacy?

King with confederate flag on his desk

Based on Steve King’s prominent display of the confederate flag on his desk and his statements on racial equality, Iowans must wonder if they have been deceived by historians and geographists for decades. Maybe we really are part of the south.

Displaying the confederate flag by a congressman from a Union state? Good gravy, dude, did you forget where you live? Iowa was proudly part of the side that did not commit treason. Iowa stayed with the union and provided 76,000 troops of which 13,000 died and some 8,500 were wounded. What an absolute insult to those brave soldiers. And what an insult to their survivors or living relatives.

The message that King sends out with such a display is that first and foremost he does not honor Iowa’s contributions during the civil war. He also endorses what the south was fighting for – to keep people enslaved based on their color – and the racial divide that has followed. Finally of course is his endorsement of the treasonous actions of the south. These are Steve King’s values.

King claims this is part of the right to free speech in America. We grant him that. However, remember that other parties also have the right to free speech. Americans have many ways to express their speech. Hopefully, this year Americans in his district will make it plain just how disgusting they feel flying the flag of treason is.

But just in case you missed that message, King made it much clearer in an appearance on MSNBC with Chris Hayes a couple of days later. (see video below). The total message from King is simple – there is a superior race and many inferior races. Just in case you think these are flukey examples, let’s not forget King’s comment on ‘cantaloupe calves.’

Sadly, as far as I know, no one from the Iowa Republican congressional delegation nor Iowa’s Republican leadership has spoken out to condemn this behavior and rhetoric. The only reason I can think that they would be silent is that they know it gets votes. Based on Trump’s rise to power based on bullying and dog whistle racial politics this year, King is right in line with the party.

Iowa’s Republican delegation is a sad lot right now. With King and Grassley as the senior members we also have David Young who could not stand up for a vote that allowed LGBT citizens to be treated as regular citizens. No, he caved and changed his vote. Rod Blum is part of the tea party crazy group that rode John Boehner out of town on a rail. Shutting down government would be ok with him. And what can you say about Joni Ernst beyond “owned by the Kochs.”

The concept of ‘Iowa nice’ is sure laid to rest by these folks. They do not really represent Iowa.

There have been many lists generated already that show what a bigoted fool King is on this front. One thing I have yet to see on any of these lists is our form of government itself. King seems to admire our form of government a great deal. Will he give a nod to the Iroquois League for being at least part of the model for our government? When King finds this out it will blow his mind

Every time King appears in public Iowa once again is painted by his words. It is not a picture Iowans can be proud of. Iowans believe they are better than King’s representation of us.

Kim Weaver will return the image of what Iowa truly is to the nation. Help her out with a few bucks.

Upcoming Grassley Town Halls

taking some time off from doing nothng in the senate

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

Here is the link to Grassley’s calendar:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/calendar

This Friday and next Thursday and Friday:

Palo Alto County
Friday, July 22, 2016
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Election Center
Front Room
1302 Broadway Street
Emmetsburg

Washington County
Thursday, July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse
Board Room
224 West Main Street
Washington

Louisa County
Friday, July 29, 2016
3:15 p.m.-4:15 pm.
City Hall
119 Walnut Street
Columbus Junction

And now a word from ProgressIowa:

Everyone has heard of Chuck Grassley’s 99 County Tour, right? It’s hard not to, as much as he talks about it.

But there’s a funny thing about that claim: most of his county events are private and not open to public audiences. Progress Iowa’s recent research shows Grassley hasn’t held a public event in 8 of Iowa’s 10 largest counties in 6 years! The counties he’s avoided hearing from the general public in make up 45% of the state’s population.

That’s why we’re renaming Grassley’s annual tour the Fake Grassley. He has established a pattern of hiding from Iowa’s most-populated areas where constituents might be more likely to disagree with him.

This Friday Grassley is coming back to Iowa after seeing Donald Trump nominated in Cleveland. We’re guessing for most of you, his one public town meeting on a Friday evening isn’t anywhere near you.

Check on our new FakeGrassley.com website to see just how far and share it: How Far Away Are You From Senator Grassley’s Town Hall?

And then afterward read our full report on the Fake Grassley to see how few times he’s held a public event in your county.

To give you an idea of how much Grassley avoids Iowa’s largest counties, here’s his record for the top 10:

  • Polk: 0

  • Linn: 0

  • Scott: 2 (none since May 2012)

  • Johnson: 0

  • Black Hawk: 0

  • Woodbury: 0

  • Dubuque: 0

  • Story: 0

  • Pottawattamie: 1 (none since August 2011)

  • Dallas: 0

If Grassley’s town hall on Friday is near you, head on over to tell him how you feel about his historic Supreme Court obstruction!

Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa