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Archive for June 17, 2017

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.