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How The Modern Day GOP Used Gerrymandering To Regain Power After Obama

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center sponsored a discussion about gerrymandering last week.

“A discussion about redistricting between David Daley, former editor-in-chief of, and Jonathan Winburn, associate professor of political science at the University of Mississippi, moderated by Tracy Osborn, director of the Politics and Policy research program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.”

Old Capitol Museum, University of Iowa
February 15, 2017


Iowa Auditors Oppose GOP Voter ID Bill

Senator Matt McCoy: No More Iowa Nice

The senator takes the gloves off and explains how things are.

They [Republicans] have stopped listening. The only thing they will understand is raw power at the ballot box.

This 1-hour legislative forum was broadcast live Sunday on Facebook.  It is safe to watch because there is no screaming and yelling, but there are pointed questions asked in a civil manner and honestly and frankly answered.  It is serious, informative, funny, upbeat, real, amazing, and inspiring. Listen to it while you are doing something else on the computer; you will not be sorry.  Topics: ALEC and the Koch Brothers, the terrible collective bargaining bill, gerrymandering, confronting GOP lies, Dems’ new campaign strategy, how we will fight back, what they did to beat Gronstal, and much more!

I promise you will not feel demoralized or defeated after watching; you will feel like getting out there and joining the fight.

The forum actually starts at about the 9-minute mark.

Legislative Forum, Live With Senator Matt McCoy

Posted by Matt McCoy on Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dave Loebsack Joins Rural Broadband Caucus

In times of Trump and the Republican take-over, it is easy to forget that much of the work of a congressman has to do with non-partisan issues, delivering basic needs to constituents, getting things done. Not everything has to be high drama. A good example of that is rural broadband. There are many areas of Iowa lacking internet access. Dave joined a bipartisan group of members to kickoff the Rural Broadband Caucus for the 115th Congress. The group will work together to ensure folks have access to broadband no matter where they live.


List Of Legislative Forums Around Iowa This Weekend

Click on the link below to see all upcoming events for the month of February.

This weekend

02/18/2017 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM Legislative Forum – Red Oak
02/18/2017 07:30 AM – 08:30 AM Legislative Forum – Fairfield
02/18/2017 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Boone
02/18/2017 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Creston
02/18/2017 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Glenwood
02/18/2017 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Arlington
02/18/2017 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Coffee – Storm Lake
02/18/2017 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Newton
02/18/2017 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Janesville
02/18/2017 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Eggs & Issues – Spencer
02/18/2017 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Anamosa
02/18/2017 09:15 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – W Burlington
02/18/2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Harlan
02/18/2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Altoona
02/18/2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Washington
02/18/2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Legislative Forum – Washington
02/18/2017 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Legislative Forum – Cedar Rapids
02/18/2017 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM Legislative Forum – Tripoli
02/18/2017 11:15 AM – 12:15 AM Legislative Forum – Decorah
02/18/2017 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM Legislative Forum – Okoboji
02/18/2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Listening Post – Sigourney
02/19/2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Legislative Forum – Des Moines
Next week
02/20/2017 08:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marti’s Monday Morning Coffee – Des Moines
02/21/2017 07:45 AM – 08:45 AM Town Meeting – Iowa Falls
02/21/2017 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Town Meeting – Garner
02/23/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Town Meeting – Charles City
02/24/2017 07:00 AM – 08:00 AM Legislative Forum – Lenox
02/24/2017 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Town Meeting – Parkersburg
02/24/2017 09:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Davenport
02/24/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Logan
02/24/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Update – Clear Lake
02/24/2017 12:00 AM – 1:30 PM Economic Dev. Forum – Monticello
02/24/2017 12:00 AM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Cherokee
02/24/2017 12:00 AM – 1:30 PM Legislative Forum – Keokuk
02/24/2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Economic Dev. Forum – Anamosa
02/24/2017 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Legislative Forum – Boone
02/24/2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Education Forum – Iowa City
02/24/2017 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Legislative Forum – Cedar Falls

Day Of Action Against DAPL


Action alert from Bold Iowa –

Day of Direct Action Against DAPL — February 22, 2017

WHAT: Bold Action Teams (BATs) will mobilize for direct action across Iowa, targeting officials and businesses that have aided and abetted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 during “business” hours. Commit for the entire day or for a minimum of 3 hours.

WHERE: In or near your community, at a government office, bank or other place that has supported construction of the pipeline. We’ll have a comprehensive list of targets available shortly before February 22.

WHY: The Dakota Access pipeline isn’t finished. Politicians, public officials and businesses who’ve supported it need to hear that the pipeline is wrong for Iowa and wrong for our planet. Because when we do nothing, when we crawl into our solitude, the forces of greed and injustice win.


* Take Wednesday, February 22 off from work (yes, I know not everyone can, but if you can, it’s important).

Sign-up for a BAT — we’ll help connect you with folks in your area.

* Meet with your BAT of 5-10 people over coffee on the 22nd to study the message, discuss the code of nonviolence and plan details for the action(s).

* Invite local press to meet your team and travel with you to the action.

* Each team will be led by an experienced leader, someone well-versed in non-violence and capable of effectively directing the action.

ACTION: BATs will occupy the targeted space and read statements, press releases, articles and other material explaining why this pipeline is wrong. One or two members of each BAT will take photos and video. BATs either stay until arrested or until security threatens to arrest them. If BATs choose not to risk arrest, they then either disperse or travel to another site for a second action.

FOLLOW-UP: We’ll have a “hotline” — a BAT-line! — for teams to send photos, video and a brief summary immediately after the action.

Let’s make this big! We need 100 BATs. Sign up here to participate, and include a message indicating your preferred role(s) (i.e., team leader, risk arrest, spokesperson, photographer, videographer, driver).

Onward, through the gauntlet and beyond! – Ed Fallon

Iowa Republicans Don’t Know What Is In Their Union Busting Bill

…because they didn’t write it… and apparently,  haven’t read it.

From Iowa House Dems Facebook page

Need more proof #ALEC #KochBros #AFP wrote the bill to gut collective bargaining behind closed doors without input from Iowans? Watch this. The Republican Chair of the Labor Committee can’t answer basic questions and doesn’t even have a copy of the bill. #ialegis #saveIAworkers


Republican Dave Deyoe Can't Answer Questions

Need more proof #ALEC #KochBros #AFP wrote the bill to gut collective bargaining behind closed doors without input from Iowans? Watch this. The Republican Chair of the Labor Committee can't answer basic questions and doesn't even have a copy of the bill. #ialegis #saveIAworkers

Posted by Iowa House Democrats on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Senators Ernst And Grassley To Hold Public Meetings In Corydon, Maquoketa, Iowa Falls, and Garner

Senator Chuck Grassley in Williamsburg, Iowa in 2010. Photo by the author.

Our Senators are planning to hold several Town Hall events over the next two weeks.  See Ernst and Grassley schedules below.

The Indivisible Field Team is working with groups and organizing across Iowa

Indivisible Iowa is also organizing into Iowa state senate and house districts throughout Iowa in closed FB groups.

Click on the link below if you want to join Indivisible Iowa on Facebook.

Senator Ernst
  • Friday 2/17 at 11:30am CST in Corydon, at Betty’s Cafe (101 South Lafayette St)
  • Tuesday 2/21 at 1:30pm CST in Maquoketa at the Maquoketa City Hall (201 East Pleasant Street)
Senator Grassley
  • Tuesday 2/21 at 7:45am CST in Iowa Falls at the Iowa Falls Fire Department (218 South River Street)
  • Tuesday 2/21 at 2:15pm CST in Garner at the Hancock County Courthouse (855 State Street)
  • Thursday 2/23 at 10am CST in Charles City at the Floyd County Courthouse (101 South Main Street)
  • Friday 2/24 at 8am in Parkersburg at the Parkersburg Civic Center (502 3rd Street)
Town Halls are a great opportunity for your group to remind your Members of Congress that they need to stand up for you — and that means standing up against the Trump agenda. Can we count on you to organize your group to show up to one of the Town Halls the week of February 20th?

If you plan to attend a Town Hall, register your Indivisible Action on our website and take the lead in getting your group to turn out for the event. Registering your action on our website will help other folks in the area connect with you and get involved — growing your voice and impact. We are stronger when we stand indivisible.

If this is your first time attending a Town Hall event, check out our Town Hall Tips for more information about how your group can best leverage the Town Hall to make your voices heard. It would also be a good idea to confirm the time and location of the Town Hall by calling your MoC’s district office.

As a volunteer with the Indivisible Team, I’m here to serve as a resource for groups like yours and I want to provide you with the tools that you need to be successful in resisting Trump’s agenda. If there is anything else I can do to support your work, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you!

**Important note from BFIA**

You can join Indivisible Iowa in your House and Senate District.

There is a list here:



Right Wing Media And The Power Of Fear

Right wing media is alive and well in Iowa. See list of local stations below.  Call your local station. Tell them to stop broadcasting hate speech.

In Iowa, at least 700 hours a week of right-wing propaganda is being broadcast on the AM dial.

The following list has been updated as of December 25, 2016.

Iowa commercial radio stations that broadcast multiple hours a day of conservative talk:

KCPS Burlington 12 hrs/day,

KBUR Burlington6 hrs,

KXEL Waterloo-CF12 hrs,

WOC Quad Cities11 1/2 hrs,

WHO Des Moines 11 1/2 hrs,

KSJC Sioux City13 hrs,

WMT Cedar Rapids 8 hrs,

WDBQ Dubuque, 6 hrs,

KILR Estherville15 hrs,

KGLO Mason City9 hrs,

KFJB Marshalltown, 3 hrs,

KASI Ames, 6 hrs, and

KICD Spencer, 5-6 hrs.


Forced Rural School Consolidation Act of 2017

Sen Bolkcom's 2 minute update this morning to the Iowa Senate on the "Forced Rural School Consolidation Act of 2017"

Posted by IA Sen Dems Staff on Wednesday, February 8, 2017