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Progress Iowa Launches IowaVotesEarly.com

progress iowaAnnouncement from ProgressIowa

Easy-To-Use Resource Available In English And Spanish For Voters Who Want To Cast Their Vote Early

DES MOINES – Iowans began casting their votes for the 2016 election on Thursday, September 29. To help Iowa voters find their early, in-person voting locations, we have created a new website, www.IowaVotesEarly.com, for voters to check for their local options. Voters can vote in-person at County Auditors’ offices and at satellite voting locations, as well as by voting by mail with an absentee ballot. Information is provided in both English and Spanish, and voters can text the word ‘early’ to 30644 to learn more. It will be updated as more early voting sites are confirmed.

“Every two years, no matter the circumstances, you always hear politicians and pundits describe this current election as ‘the most important in our lifetime.’ Well, this time it’s 100% accurate,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “We want to help make voting as simple as possible by providing an easy-to-use resource for voters to find their early voting locations. Casting your ballot early is a great idea: you avoid the potential for long lines on Election Day, you get it counted early in case something comes up or you get sick on Election Day, you make the process easier for election officials and, best of all, you can put a stop most of the political phone calls.”

Voters are encouraged to visit www.IowaVotesEarly.com to look for their early vote locations, or text the word ‘early’ to 30644 to learn more. Other organizations and news outlets are encouraged to link to the website to help spread the information as well.

An American Scandal

IMHO it is a scandal belonging to the American people and the American mass media that Donald Trump could possibly become our president.  Watch John Oliver’s funny and informative take on this insane election campaign.

 

Are KKK Members Infiltrating Our Police Departments?

kkkThe answer is yes.  Thom Hartmann, America’s #1 progressive talk radio host, discusses this disturbing fact with a caller in the video below, citing this article by Samuel V. Jones,  former military police captain and currently a professor of law focusing on criminal law at The John Marshall Law School, writing for The Grio.

Because of intensifying civil strife over the recent killings of unarmed black men and boys, many Americans are wondering, “What’s wrong with our police?” Remarkably, one of the most compelling but unexplored explanations may rest with a FBI warning of October 2006, which reported that “White supremacist infiltration of law enforcement” represented a significant national threat.

Read the FBI PDF document here.

Reelect Democrat Bob Kressig

iowa-house-district-59It could not be more important this election to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket.  Click here to see all of the Democratic candidates for the Iowa House of Representatives.

http://iowahouse.org/meet-the-candidate-bob-kressig-hd-59-2/

State Representative Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls is currently serving his sixth term in the Iowa House. He serves as a ranking member of the Public Safety Committee as well as on the Commerce and Local Government Committees and the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee.

Bob worked for John Deere for 31 years and is now retired. He is a current member of the Veridian Credit Union Board of Directors, the University of Northern Iowa’s Metal Casting Center Board of Directors, and the Allen Child Protection Center Advisory Committee.

Bob is married to Liz Kressig, who is a para-educator in the Cedar Falls Community School District. They have two daughters, Molly and Laura. He enjoys cycling and has participated in RAGBRAI.

Iowa House District 59

http://www.bobkressig.com/

Here is one very good reason why we need to elect more Democrats to the Iowa legislature.

 

Iowa GOP Climate Change Deniers Taken To Task By Democrat

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Important information from Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom for Iowans in Senate District 28.

NE Iowa Senator Mike Breitbach denies climate change is real

I attended a legislative forum on Tuesday in Decorah hosted by the Winneshiek Energy District. Republican incumbent State Senator Mike Breitbach and Democratic challenger Jan Heikes participated. The discussion and questions focused on renewable energy and climate change.

Both were asked about their views on climate change. Jan Heikes said climate change is real and we needed to address it now. Mike Breitbach said that our climate has always been changing. In follow-up questions he fumbled around and basically said climate change is not an issue to be concerned with. He then had to leave the forum early.

At ground zero for energy and climate leadership in Iowa, your state senator, Mike Breitbach has not introduced a single piece of legislation in four years to advance energy efficiency or renewable energy or address soil conservation and water quality.

NE Iowa deserves much better. We need elected officials that put science ahead of phony political talking points.

Please share with your friends in Senate District 28. Send Jan Heikes to Des Moines to represent you on November 8!

Fact Check: Liz Mathis Supports Tuition Freezes

Sen. Mathis chairs committee holding hearings on Medicaid privatization

Sen. Mathis chairs committee holding hearings on Medicaid privatization

Her Republican opponent is doing the only thing Republicans are really good at, making stuff up about others in order to benefit themselves.

IDP Clips:

Gary Shea, Robins, The Gazette

Sen. Liz Mathis, who is up for re-election in Senate District 34, has a Republican opponent who is not telling the truth about Mathis’ positive votes on tuition freezes. It’s public record that Mathis voted in 2013 (HF604), 2014 (SF2347) and 2015 (HF658) to provide adequate funding to ensure tuition freezes for Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa. She was correct in not voting for a restrictive GOP amendment that would have prevented the Regents from doing their appointed job. Now her opponent is trying to mislead voters about her record. We are fortunate in Senate District 34 to have a senator who is as smart, hard working, respected and effective as Mathis. Don’t be misled. If you support education and keeping tuition low at our state universities, join me and vote for Mathis.

“We Want To Stop This From Happening”

BakkenPledge_v2_600pxThis video shows the sheriff making an assumption that the vehicles with out-of-state plates belonged to the protestors, but apparently they belonged to the pipeline employees. If you would like to help stop the Bakken oil pipeline, click on the links.

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“BATs” Block Pipeline Construction

Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa Director, (515) 238-6404 or ed@fallonforum.com

“BATs” Block Pipeline Construction
Bold Iowa launches “Bold Action Teams”

Christine, Ed and Cyndy approach construction equipment.

Christine, Ed and Cyndy approach construction equipment removing topsoil in Webster County.

Des Moines, IA — Yesterday, Bold Iowa launched a new initiative called BATs (Bold Action Teams), aiming to stop construction along the entire length of the Dakota Access pipeline in Iowa. The first team of Christine Sheeler, Cyndy Coppola, Lisa Homann, Ed Fallon and Christine’s dog Arlo blocked construction in Webster County for over an hour Tuesday morning.  When law enforcement arrived and asked the team to leave, they did — and traveled to Boone County where they interrupted construction for another 20 minutes.

Christine Sheller and Arlo blocking construction equipment.

Christine Sheller and Arlo blocking construction equipment.

“BATs are small teams of pipeline fighters who mobilize across the state to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline whenever and wherever they find it,” explained Ed Fallon, the director of Bold Iowa. “Yesterday marked our initial foray into this escalation of Bold Iowa’s commitment to working with our allies to take a peaceful, nonviolent stand against this assault on our soil, water, climate and property rights.”

While adhering to the firm code of nonviolence central to Bold’s philosophy, BATs are decentralized and autonomous by design. Teams deploy whenever and wherever they are inclined. When they find pipeline construction or vehicles heading to or from a worksite, they physically and cautiously block those vehicles and equipment. When law enforcement officials arrive, team members have the discretion to continue to block construction or to leave, possibly moving to another site.

Christine, Ed, Arlo and Lisa.

Christine, Ed, Arlo and Lisa.

“Swarms of BATs covering the state could effectively shut down construction in a meaningful, significant way,” said Fallon. “If dozens and dozens of BATs step forward, we could halt construction the way Iowa farmers shut down farm auctions during the 1980s Farm Crisis, standing with their neighbors and preventing the auctions from going forward.”

Earlier this summer, Bold Iowa and Iowa CCI launched the Pledge of Resistance. Over 2,400 people have signed the Pledge, committing to help stop the Dakota Access pipeline through risking arrest and/or supporting those risking arrest. CREDO Action and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future have also helped promote the Pledge.

Ed and Cyndy approach bulldozer in Boone County.

Ed and Cyndy approach bulldozer in Boone County.

Bold Iowa is part of the Bold Alliance, building a coalition of small-and-mighty groups in rural states to fight Big Oil, protect landowners against the abuse of eminent domain, and work for clean energy solutions while empowering a political base of voters who care about the land and water.

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Listen to the Fallon Forum:

– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
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– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
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Thanks!

Ed Fallon

In Defense of Donald Trump

media reformEveryone has something that they are “so sick of,” in this election cycle. Here’s mine:  The endless rants about Donald Trump. The social media conversations going on and on, outraged over his latest egregious comment, the clever, biting anti-Trump memes.  Not that he’s not a despicable, deplorable human being. But it is not his fault that we are a nation of idiots who ask for nothing more from life than a good reality TV show. And that is exactly what we are getting.

Mika Brzezinski finally got sick of pretending and on Morning Joe recently called it “circles of nothing.”  So true, but the media decides what is important and up to now, they’ve been perfectly comfortable with non-stop coverage of nothing.  So in my view, Donald Trump is no more to blame for our current electoral nightmare than an over-paid professional athlete is to blame for our national sports obsession, or a super-model is personally responsible for the disproportionate value our culture places on youth and beauty.

Donald Trump is obviously not a nice person, but he has merely taken advantage of America’s selfishness, ignorance, addictive tendencies, gullibility, all exacerbated by the corporate media and in the almost total absence of responsible journalism which, if it existed, would have prevented this.

Back in the day when TV first took its place in the nation’s living rooms, there was a public interest standard the networks were required to uphold.  No longer. The latest corporate takeover, Comcast buying NBC Universal, resulted in the disappearing of Keith Olbermann, MSNBC’s biggest ratings earner and truth-teller. This was the beginning of the end of the last lifeline to any kind of responsible reporting on television about things that matter.

Sure, we still have newspapers and they do better, but they tend to be corporate owned now too.   TV matters because propaganda has to be delivered on a mass scale to an unthinking audience.  They can and do pump Trump’s image  to the masses on TVs in bars, restaurants, waiting rooms, athletic clubs, public places. Even with the sound off, you can’t escape it. Reading a newspaper engages our thinking brains in a way that watching images on the TV does not.  There is also right wing talk radio, saturating the broadcast airwaves, blanketing the nation in lies and hate, creating an alternate reality for those that want one.

Donald Trump is our creation. We went to sleep. We did not guard our Democracy with vigilance.  We have elected Republican after Republican, whose party has become more and more extreme over time. We don’t vote in local elections, so we have given up our power to control our schools, our land, our water, all of these precious necessities that are right in our own back yard, in our communities and in our state.

We let the corporate media tell us not only what to think, but what to think about. We watch in a collective trance, while the media pastes Donald Trump’s image on the TV as its permanent wallpaper. But worse than that, we robotically repeat everything the propagandistic corporate media says – in Facebook posts, blogs, internet conversations, at work, with friends – even while we claim to oppose it.

Millions have been brainwashed by years of the right-wing propaganda machine, and now the mainstream mass media is also so distorted, it has completely disabled any politician who would like to tell the truth, but can’t say anything real without being misquoted or taken out of context and attacked in the so-called press.

So let’s stop passing around the one zillionth idiot thing the Donald or one of his surrogates says that is of no value whatsoever to anyone. We already know what he is all about.  Trump’s constant gibberish is not news anymore and promoting it even for the purpose of being critical of it, at this point serves only to distract us, numb our thinking, and paralyze us with fear.

Instead, let’s get to work on things that matter. Here in Iowa, this means getting involved in campaigns for our local state house and senate candidates, some of whom are in the fight of their lives to retain seats. Let’s send some more Democrats to congress so Dave Loebsack isn’t the only Iowa Democrat in DC. Let’s help and support those brave, dedicated Iowans who are fighting like hell on behalf of all of us to stop the Bakken pipeline.  Let’s un-elect Iowa Republicans who are mindlessly marching in lockstep in support of our corrupt governor’s horrific policies.

Donald Trump is now relevant only to the extent that we need to make sure we do not elect him. There is no need to waste time and energy dwelling on a different version of the same endless drivel put out there by Trump and dutifully delivered by the zombie media, day in and day out.

So let’s snap out of our zombie Trump trance. Stop posting Trumpisms.

Here are the most effective things you can do at this time:

– Donate to the state and local Democrat(s) of your choice.

– Volunteer for your local GOTV effort.

– Help collect absentee ballots

– Write a letter to the editor of your local paper supporting your local Democratic candidate for senate or house or calling attention to an issue.

– Vote early. It is helpful to the campaigns to have fewer votes to chase as the election draws near.

– Join or support a progressive group – DFA, CCI, Bold Iowa, PACG to name a few. They are working hard every day on things that matter.

 

Did You Hear About Clinton’s Mental Health Agenda?

thom hartmannOur media is not serving our democracy.  Far from it.

Thom Hartmann nails it in this brief clip from his show that you can catch daily.  He is the nation’s #1 progressive talk radio host.  Click here to find a station, listen live online or on demand.

“This is incredibly important…a good, comprehensive proposal – did you hear about it on CNN?”