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Hogg: We Need A Renewed Spirit of Citizenship In Iowa

Rob Hogg

A word from Senate Democrats Leader Rob Hogg

With the conclusion of the awful 2017 legislative session, my attention is turning toward raising money, recruiting candidates, and helping Iowans get organized for the biggest political comeback in Iowa’s history in 2018 and a better future for all Iowans.

A Renewed Spirit of Citizenship in Iowa

As I said in my official Closing Day speech, “the Republican majority dedicated this session to addressing fake problems, with an anti-worker, anti-women, anti-family agenda that hurts Iowans.”

I explained in more detail what the problems were, but I also added a hopeful note. “Because of the attacks on workers, women, families, students, minorities, and all voters, we are already seeing the greatest re-awakening of democracy that Iowa has ever seen.”

I called on Iowans to “join together with a renewed sense of citizenship, to sit at our table of democracy, to participate, to reach out, to listen, to speak up, and to serve, so that together we can build a safer and healthier future, with broad prosperity and more opportunity, for all Iowans.”

To read the full speech, visit this link

You are an essential part of this brighter future. Please let me know if you are interested in running for office or if you want to help a campaign or the party so we can take back the majority in 2018, un-do the damage caused by the Republican majority, and build a better future for all Iowans.

Contribute Generously – Iowa Senate Democrats’ Fundraiser May 2

I do need to raise money for my own re-election and to help Iowa Senate Democrats across our state. The Republican leader in the Iowa Senate raised over $2 million in the 2015-16 cycle ($2,016,268 to be exact), so I need to do as well to help Iowa Senate Democrats re-take the majority.

The Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, May 2, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Star Bar, 2811 Ingersoll Avenue, in Des Moines. Please attend if you are available and in the area, and share our event page on social media:

If you cannot attend, you can still contribute by check made payable to “Senate Majority Fund,” Iowa Senate Democrats, 5661 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321, or contribute  online

You can also contribute directly to my campaign committee by sending a check made payable to “Citizens for Rob Hogg,” P.O. Box 1361, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406, or by contributing online here.

Thanks in advance for your ongoing financial support, and please let me know if you would like to help organize or host a fundraising event in your community.

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend one or more of these upcoming events:

Hiawatha, Linn County Democratic Central Committee, Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. – I will be speaking to the Linn County Democrats about the 2017 legislative session as part of our regular monthly meeting this Wednesday at the Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons Street, in Hiawatha.

Clinton, Pints and Politics with Senator Rita Hart, Thursday, April 27, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – I will be attending Senator Rita Hart’s “pints and politics” event at the Mezcal 2 , 1841 Lincoln Highway, in Clinton, this Thursday. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Iowa City, “Take Back Iowa Senate” Fundraiser for Joe Bolkcom, Friday, April 28, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Senator Joe Bolkcom is hosting a fundraiser this Friday at the Sanctuary, 405 S. Gilbert, in Iowa City, with his special guest, Senator Nate Boulton, possible candidate for Governor. (I cannot attend this because of a prior commitment to speak to the Workers Memorial Day in Cedar Rapids.) For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Des Moines, Peoples Climate March-Justice, Jobs, Clean Energy, Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. – Join me at the Peoples Climate March-Iowa for justice, jobs, and clean energy at the State Capitol this Saturday. To find other nearby climate marches, including Maquoketa, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City, Omaha, and Lacrosse, visit:

Fairfield, Jefferson County Dems’ Spaghetti Dinner & Climate Trivia, Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. –
I will be speaking at the Jefferson County Democrats’ annual spaghetti dinner at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., in Fairfield, featuring climate change trivia and a pie auction. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Davenport Eastside & Bettendorf Democrats Meetup, Sunday, April 30, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – I will be attending this meeting at the Baked Beer & Bread Company, 1113 Mound St., in Davenport, with citizens who want to elect a Democrat in Senate District 47 in 2018. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Des Moines West Side Democrats, Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. – I plan to attend the West Side Democrats’ regular meeting at Zimm’s Food and Spirits, 3124 Ingersoll Ave., in Des Moines. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Des Moines, Iowa Senate Democrats Majority Fund Fundraiser, Tuesday, May 2, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Please join me and other Iowa Senate Democrats for our post-session fundraiser at the Star Bar, 2811 Ingersoll Avenue, in Des Moines. Suggested minimum contribution is $26. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Johnson County Democrats’ Hall of Fame Dinner, Saturday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. – Join me for the Johnson County Democrats’ Hall of Fame at the Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Drive, in Coralville. Tickets are $25 per person. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Polk County Dems Spring Dinner with Amy Klobuchar, Sunday, May 7, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. – Please join me, State Representative Mark Smith, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for the Polk County Democrats’ annual spring dinner at Forte, 615 3rd St., in Des Moines. Tickets are $50 per person. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Boone County Democrats “Picnic for the People,” Saturday, June 3, noon to 3:00 p.m. – Please join me for the “Picnic for the People” at the McHose Park Shelter House in Boone for this event. (This is the same day that Senator Ernst is holding her Republican “Roast and Ride” in Boone.) Let’s build a big crowd for this picnic. Suggested contribution is $10 per person. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Moravia, Seven County Rally, Saturday, June 3, 5:00 p.m. – I am planning to attend this event as Democrats from across southern Iowa come together for a seven-county rally at Grace United Methodist Church, 101 E. North St., in Moravia in Appanoose County. For more details, or to invite friends, visit:

Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader
Cedar Rapids

Rob Hogg is a state senator from Cedar Rapids and the new Democratic leader in the Iowa Senate. He is serving his third term after two terms in the Iowa House. He believes the answer to all our problems in Des Moines and Washington is a renewed spirit of citizenship that uplifts our democracy and makes life better for our citizens. Don’t quit and we won’t quit. Get involved and stay involved.
Iowa Senate Democrats’ Majority Fund

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Book Review: No Surrender by Jack Hatch

by Paul Deaton

If interested in Iowa Democratic politics, read No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities by former state senator Jack Hatch. Read it now.

There are few long, contemporary narratives about the state of the Iowa Democratic Party. Hatch’s 2016 book recounts where we are, where we have been and where we could go.

The importance of the book is twofold.

It serves as a great way for political newcomers to get up to speed on Democratic politics. The results of the 2016 general election activated people around the state to become more involved in politics. No Surrender serves as a briefing book of major policy issues and how Democrats addressed them. Our approach stands in sharp contrast to Republicans, according to Hatch.

The author has standing to address flaws in Democratic approaches to elections and governance. A 22-year state legislator, chair of the White House Task Force of State Legislators for Health Care Reform, and 2014 gubernatorial candidate, Hatch tells the story of the rise of Democrats in 2006 and what we did while occupying the governor’s mansion and holding majorities in both chambers of the legislature. He also recounts how we fell. To be effective going forward, politically active Democrats need the sense of history No Surrender provides.

As with most contemporary political writing, there is a short shelf life to this book. Nonetheless, Hatch asserts Democratic values are more enduring: a progressive tax system, better jobs and livable wages, soil and water protection, life-long education, and health care for all.

Hatch lays out how a focus on policy could contribute to Democratic electoral wins and effective policy-making going forward. No Surrender provides a framework for policy-making much needed in these turbulent political times.

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Voter ID: Because Republicans Can Only Win By Using Voter Suppression

In light of the vote suppression law (aka voter ID), pushed by Republicans in the Iowa legislature, this is important.  Republicans do not want you to vote. They want low turnout. They know Democrats win when there is high turnout. Democrats and progressives failed to vote in 2010 and 2016, handing over absolute power to Republicans  in DC, and leaving Iowa only one Democratic representative in Congress out of six, Dave Loebsack. 

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Legislative Forums Monday-Friday April 24-28

April 2017

04/24/2017 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marti’s Monday Morning Coffee – Des Moines
04/27/2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Pints & Politics – Clinton
04/28/2017 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Davenport
04/28/2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Legislative Forum – Keokuk
04/28/2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Legislative Forum – Iowa City
04/29/2017 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Legislative Forum – Mount Pleasant
04/29/2017 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Coffee – Iowa City
04/29/2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Winterset

Weekend Legislative Forums April 21-24
04/20/2017 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Pints & Politics – DeWitt
04/21/2017 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Town Meeting with US Senator Ernst – Panora
04/21/2017 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Listening Post – Davenport
04/21/2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Legislative Forum – Fort Madison
04/22/2017 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Mount Pleasant
04/22/2017 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Fort Dodge
04/22/2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Winterset
04/22/2017 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Keosauqua
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Logan
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Davenport
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Washington
04/22/2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Washington
04/22/2017 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Coffee – Urbandale
04/23/2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Legislative Forum – West Des Moines
04/24/2017 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marti’s Monday Morning Coffee – Des Moines

Factory Farming Is Killing The Planet

Watch the Thom Hartmann program live on YouTube M-F 11-2 central. Here Thom talks with a caller about the environmental damage done by factory farming.


The Prairie Progressive Kaufmann Watch

Prairie Dog

Reprinted with permission from the Spring 2017 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter.

by Prairie Dog

Bobby Kaufmann, Iowa House District 73, consistently presents himself as a moderate Republican.

“Just the fact that I have a great relationship with all the Democrats in the Johnson County delegation, I think that has been by far my biggest accomplishment.” (Iowa City Press Citizen, 5/12/16).

Here are four bills Rep. Kaufmann recently voted for in the current legislative session:

HHF 517, adding ‘stand your ground’ to Iowa’s gun laws

HF 291, gutting Iowa workers’ collective bargaining rights

HF 516, protecting Iowa from non-existent voter fraud

SF 166, allocating inadequate state aid to public schools

Two Democrats voted for the first one; no Democrats voted for the other three.

The Prairie Progressive is funded entirely by reader subscription,  available only in hard copy for $12/yr.  Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City 52244.

Steve King: Talk Show Host, Evangelist, Or Representative?

When he’s not talking like a right-wing radio host, he’s giving the taxpayers religious lectures.  Are we paying Steve King to be an evangelist, a media pundit or a representative of the people?

Plus, while the DMReg is willing to make a big effing deal about a former internet activity by King’s Democratic opponent, we’ve not seem them cover this about King.

Dominionism is the theocratic idea that regardless of theological camp, means, or timetable, God has called conservative Christians to exercise dominion over society by taking control of political and cultural institutions. The term describes a broad tendency across a wide swath of American Christianity. People who embrace this idea are referred to as dominionists. … There are untold numbers of dominionist and dominionism-influenced politicians and public officials at all levels of government and who even after leaving office, shape our political discourse. Others at the top of recent American political life have included Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee,16 and Newt Gingrich.17 Other prominent elected officials in the dominionist camp include Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-TX),18 Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS),19 Sen. James Lankford (R-OK),20 and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).”


Contact Senator Mark Chelgren 641-777-7047