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After You Vote Where To Help Iowa Democrats In The Final Two Weeks

for state and nation vote democratIowa Starting Line identified the most important races to focus on during the final weeks of the campaign.  Click here to see the status of other key races in Northeast Iowa, Marion, and Polk County.   Click on the links below to find out how to volunteer to help these candidates or donate to their campaign.

Many of these races will come down to just several dozen or a few hundred votes. In 2012, one senate race was lost by 17 votes. One was won by 126. A combined difference of just 247 votes in three districts denied Democrats a tie in the House in 2012. Had 200 votes in a fourth district gone the other way, Democrats would have won the House outright.  – ISL


“You get the biggest bang-for-you-buck here. Senator Chris Brase and House candidates Ken Krumweide and Phil Wiese could all have the closest races in the state on Election Day. Krumweide is on the Scott County side of Brase’s district, while Wiese is on the Muscatine side. Brase was Republicans’ early top target and they recruited a well-liked former legislator to challenge him. Brase is also a firefighter and has some of this year’s best Iowa ads.”


Campaign Ad Collage: Why Vote Democratic

While Patty Judge emphasizes her experience and leadership, Rick Smith at Iowa Starting Line wonders why “Grassley Works” hasn’t seemed to work on Iowa’s flood problems.

“Fast forward six years later to September, 2016 and massive flooding once again hit eastern Iowa. Just last month the Cedar River crested 8 feet over flood stage but the quickly erected temporary barriers held. This flood will cost Cedar Rapids and north eastern Iowans millions of dollars. Cedar Rapids and many river towns have pleaded for federal help to build permanent flood protection, yet Grassley has totally ignored their critical flood requests. Cedar Rapids asked for $73 million following the 2008 flood to complete their levee system. Grassley’s answer: he’s writing letters to the Corps of Engineers. Don’t Iowans need more than a Senator that punches the clock everyday but can only write letters?”

In these two ads, the Clinton campaign provides the contrast between the outlooks of her and Trump’s campaigns:

Monica Vernon draws a real contrast between her policies and actions to those of her opponent. Social Security and Medicare are extremely important to Iowans:

Jim Mowrer in the 3rd district takes the positive approach. Allow me to say that his opponent has been pretty much a rubber stamp for awful Republican policies:

The monumental task of defeating Steve King in the 4th district belongs to Kim Weaver. In a year when Donald Trump is toxic, it could happen. Here Weaver contrasts her philosophy and King’s:

Dave Loebsack once again connects with Iowans at all levels, which explains his enduring popularity:

Finally, once more from the Clinton campaign. This ad may well be an enduring standard for positive advertising:

You won’t see the likes of this from the Republican side.

Sunday Funday: Fall Color Edition

My apologies for being gone the past couple of weeks. Some family business came up.

Well, that and my personal project concerning the Trump effect on tree coloring in the northern US. It seems that trees are sharing a collective fear that they will be criticized bigly by Trump if their coloring does not reach the Trump coloring expectations. We can see these effects in Iowa by noting that the leaves are turning late in response to their fear of Trump criticism. Some may blame climate change. Not true. Trump’s bullying now even affects nature.

Also this week we have some Trump staffers who will be assisting with the puzzle to make sure that their candidate is given a fair shake. They have arrived and are settling in:

Were you paying attention?

1) Prior to the debate Wednesday the Trump hotel in Las Vegas was ringed by what group of vendors a Trump surrogate had once disdained?

2) Trump and Clinton appeared at the Al Smith Dinner together Thursday evening. Al Smith was the first Catholic to run for president. Which party did he represent?

3) Smith was defeated in his bid for the presidency by whom?

4) October 22, 1962. President Kennedy addressed the nation concerning what pending crisis?

5) Which party’s headquarters were damaged in vandalism attacks in Orange County, North Carolina?

6) Last weekend what prominent person suggested that the two presidential candidates be drug tested before their final debate?

7) What prominent Iowa politician agreed with Trump’s contention that there is voter fraud in Iowa, citing college students voting at home and in their college town as an example?

8) Patty Judge and Chuck Grassley met for a little seen debate in what Iowa city Wednesday?

9) Sixty years ago today an uprising took place against Soviet rule in what Soviet bloc country? It was quickly put down, BTW.

10) Delta Airlines made some unwanted news as cabin crews refused help from what type of person during medical emergencies on two separate flights?

11) Running for re-election in Arizona, John McCain said Republicans would stop what nominees from a Clinton administration?

12) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had his internet connection cut off by whom?

13) The city of Oryol, Russia made news when it unveiled a statue of what highly controversial historical figure?

14) Marine Gen. James Cartwright pled guilty to leaking information on what top secret government hacking program?

15) Roll Over Beethoven! What rock ’n’ roll legend turned 90 last Tuesday?

16) Oelwein police officer Jay Perkins made the news last week by posting a photo on Facebook in which he appears to be doing what?

17) One hundred and fifty five years ago tomorrow (Oct.24, 1861) President Lincoln received the first transcontinental what?

18) Guests at the last debate that Trump invited to upset Clinton included what relation of President Obama?

19) What baseball star made it clear last week that he would run against Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren?

20) Who is a “nasty woman” according to Donald Trump?

Hey, Trump staffers. You guys ready yet?


1) taco trucks

2) the Democratic Party

3) Iowa’s own Herbert Hoover

4) the Cuban missile crisis

5) both the Republican and Democratic HQs were damaged. Pretty much only the Republican attack has been reported.

6) Donald Trump

7) Branstad. Maybe he missed Matt Schultz’s boondoggle taxpayer funded bogus investigation a few years ago?

8) Sioux City

9) Hungary

10) Black women doctors. In both cases the cabin crew indicated they did not believe the women were doctors.

11) nominees to the Supreme Court. Since his statement McCain has been avoiding interviews

12) Ecuador in whose embassy he is in asylum

13) Ivan the Terrible. This is the first statue os Ivan. Oryol is @ 200 miles south of Moscow

14) stuxnet

15) Chuck Berry!

16) peeing on a Clinton/Kaine sign while pointing a gun at the sign. He was not in uniform nor on duty.

17) telegram from the Chief Justice of California.

18) Obama’s half brother who had a falling out with the president.

19) Curt Schilling. *hint: he’s less popular in Mass. than Trump*

20) Hillary Clinton

Uh – Trump staffers – we’re done.

What The Iowa Republican Party Supports

There you have it. Iowa’s Republican Party has over and over reiterated their support for Trump.

The fact that the Iowa Republican Party supports Donald Trump should not be a real surprise. We have a governor who wants to act like a king. Working within the system to do things like privatize Medicaid is a bridge too far for Branstad. He just rules by fiat and then declares everything is fine. This seems like a preview of a possible Trump administration. The philosophy is not “Let’s work together” but “Try and stop me.”

In the US Senate, Iowa’s Chuck Grassley has become a one man obstruction crew. His disdain for Obama and all Democrats is legendary, but this year he has made it into historic and constitutional status. From here on Grassley will be the gold standard of obstruction. He has personally brought the federal judiciary – an extremely important co-equal branch of government – to a judicial crisis of historic proportions. Take a bow, Chuck.

Joni Ernst has distinguished herself as the epitome of the for sale politician. The Koch brothers are buying.

These are the top examples of what Iowa’s Republican Party has become. So backing Trump as he continues to thumb his nose at laws and conventions should hardly be a surprise. It is merely an extension of the Iowa Republicans’ standard practices.

Party before country or anything else.

“There Were No Witnesses”

The face of the Republican Party

The face of the Republican Party

That is a quote from Donald Trump denying that he committed the dozen or so episodes of sexual assault on women that he is accused of.

Of course there weren’t, you dolt. Sexual assault is not usually something that you want to do in front of an audience. It is a crime and therefore something that is done in secrecy. It is also frequently done by someone who has some form of power to another person that the first person has that power over.

This pattern should be familiar to anyone who followed the stories of the boys and some girls who were abused by priests. As a victim of priestly abuse myself, when the stories started coming out I recognized the pattern as if it were taken from a textbook. Powerful person corners a victim in a situation where the powerful person can force their attention on the victim. Often the assaulter has created the situation to make sure that there is little chance of discovery yet looks to be a spur of the moment thing.

When the assault is done the victim is often warned that any attempt to report on this incident will be denied by the assaulter. Who do you think authorities will believe, a liar like you or someone with a pristine reputation like me? If you do anything I will destroy your life in some way. Thus the victim is silenced.

My incident occurred at the ripe old age of 12. The scenario was that I was asked to come to the rectory to help move some things on a Saturday morning in spring. Unbeknownst to me, all other members of the rectory were scheduled to be out of town that day. When I get to the rectory my assaulter quickly moved us to his bedroom. Then the assault began – hands all over me, unzipping me. It almost seems as if it were scripted. Luckily for me he let go of me to take his pants off. I was out the door like a rocket, never stopping until I reached a small woods where I would often go for quiet.

I tried to tell my parents but they shrieked in horror – accusing a priest of such things – I would burn in hell! So while I didn’t stick around to get the story on who had the power in my situation. My parents let me know how things stood very quickly however. I never brought it up again to my parents, nor would I ever say anything to anyone else. The priest spent the rest of that summer trying to get us alone again, literally stalking me He would stop by our home to ask my parents to send me down to the rectory for talks etc. It was, to use the term that is being used so much now – very creepy.

Much like Trump’s victims I said nothing for years – decades in my instance. As the stories of abuse trickled out of Boston at the start of the new century, my suppressed memories came flooding back. One night I could not sleep it bothered me so much. So I hand wrote a letter to the diocese explaining what happened. My abuser was long dead, but I explained that I felt the Catholic Church owed me an apology. That was all i wanted. An acknowledgment that I had been assaulted and there was some remorse on the part of the group that had provided the circumstances.

Instead of any apology, I received a formal letter that my name had been added to a lawsuit. I was livid!

That is about the point we are at in the story of Trump’s assault stories. The parallels between what I went through decades ago and what Trump’s accusers endured is almost like a repeat story. When Donald Trump looked at the camera during that Sunday debate and denied that he had ever accosted any women, I relived getting that formal letter.

Trump supporters claim it is suspicious that accusers seemed to come out of the woodwork all at once. But most humans do not want confrontation. When something very ugly has happened in their life, most of us just want to let it lie and forget about it. That is unless someone calls us liars and defies us. Then we get fighting mad. That is the response Trump has triggered. A dozen or so so far have come forward. They are courageous. Especially courageous is the the young woman who has sued Trump for rape. Also extra courageous is Jill Harth who came forward against Trump in 1997.

So of course there were no witnesses, Donald Trump. You set up the scenarios to be alone with your victims even if for only a few moments so you could exert your power over them. The very fact that there are so many from such diverse areas and backgrounds who have essentially the very same story lends credence to their accusations. The stories also seem to be textbook cases of sexual abuse.

Trump’s assaults are among the major issues of this election. His disregard for others – especially women – in conjunction with his disregard for our laws as shown by his business practices show us that putting ultimate power in his abusing hands would be a huge, huge mistake.

I have a very good idea how this will turn out. Look back at the priest abuse stories for guidance. America owes David Farenthold a big thanks for releasing the tape of Trump bragging about his assaults on that bus among his many contributions to journalism this election season.

What is sickening is that the Iowa Republican Party continues to support Trump and his behavior. There comes a time when leaders must stand up for what is right. In this case that time was several weeks back. The Iowa Republican Party from Grassley to King, Blum, Peters and Young and down to the statehouse and the courthouse deserve a rebuke for their support of Trump.

As I was told so many times as a youth, you make your bed, you lie in it.

Watch Michelle Obama’s Speech On Trump And Women

“Our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency.”


Why There Is No Difference Between Republicans And Trump

Vote straight ticket Democrat.


Ken Rizer [R-HD 68] Voted To Repeal Iowa’s Criminal Background Check Law


Click on the image to view the research on female gun homocide victims in America.


District 68 includes Marion, Bertram, Ely, and the surrounding parts of Linn County.  Click here to find out how you can vote now.  Click here to take the pledge to vote Ken Rizer out of office.  Click here to find out more about his Democratic opponent, Molly Donahue.

Here is an election alert from Everytown for Gun Safety.

“We [Iowa] require criminal background check on all handgun sales to keep guns out of the hands of felons. But State Rep. Ken Rizer voted to repeal that law.

State Representative Ken Rizer voted to get rid of Iowa’s law requiring criminal background checks on all handgun sales. He voted to make it easy for felons and domestic abusers to buy handguns. Ken Rizer voted to make us less safe.”

Watch this video and then pledge to vote Rep. Ken Rizer out of office on Election Day.

Paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, P.O. Box 2295, Ames, IA 50010, John Feinblatt, President. Not authorized by any candidate, candidate’s committee, or ballot issue committee.

Climate Revolution Rally To Be Held In Des Moines

bold-iowaAction alert from Bold Iowa

Bold Iowa is excited to announce that we’re hosting Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox (“Gasland”) and the Climate Revolution Rally stop in Des Moines on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The Climate Revolution Rally will feature speakers Josh Fox and Jane Kleeb (Bold Nebraska) with an update on the Dakota Access pipeline fight, live music, and a discussion and screening with Josh Fox of his new documentary, “How to Let Go of the World And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.”

Tickets to the all-ages, family-friendly event are available now for a $10 donation to support Bold Iowa’s work to protect our land, water and climate.

Get your tickets to join Bold and Josh Fox on Sunday, Oct. 30 for the Climate Revolution Rally! 

Thanks for standing with us. 

Ed Fallon and the Bold Iowa team

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Monica Vernon Attacks Blum For Supporting Bad Policies For Women