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Is Fox News The Real President?

Trump:  “Fox and Friends in the morning.. they’re very honorable people.”



Iowa’s Only Democrat Dave Loebsack Fighting For Rural Hospitals

Loebsack:  “I represent a rural part of America and I’m proud to represent that part of America, but I’m concerned that this legislation does little to nothing to help those in rural areas. We must ensure that our nation’s health care works for all Americans.”


Trump Voters And The Democrats’ Dilemma

The question Democrats are struggling with in our new, surreal President (pussy-grabber-in-chief) Trump world comes down to, in its simplest form, should we (1) despise the Trump voters or (2) feel empathy for them?

It is not merely a political question; it also has moral and practical implications.  Should we do what Jesus would do,  forgive them because they know not what they do, and try to bring them back into the fold? Or should we see them as racist, misogynist, mean-spirited idiots who may just get us all killed? Or are they just unemployed, disaffected, otherwise decent, ordinary people who through no fault of their own have been brainwashed by the vast right-wing propaganda machine?  All of the above?  How do we solve this?  Perhaps some of us have already decided for ourselves; others may still be working it out. Maybe we don’t all have to do the same thing.

There are plenty of articles and books already out there on the subject. Here are some  thoughts by Frank Rich in an article for Sunday’s NYMagazine, No Sympathy for the Hillbilly: Democrats need to stop trying to feel everyone’s pain, and hold on to their own anger. 

I’ve chosen a few excerpts. You can read the entire article here.


No Sympathy for the Hillbilly

by Frank Rich

It is  a fool’s errand for Democrats to fudge or abandon their own values to cater to the white-identity politics of the hard-core, often self-sabotaging Trump voters who helped drive the country into a ditch on Election Day. They will stick with him even though the numbers say that they will take a bigger financial hit than Clinton voters under the Republican health-care plan. As Trump himself has said, in a rare instance of accuracy, they won’t waver even if he stands in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoots somebody. While you can’t blame our new president for loving ‘the poorly educated’ who gave him that blank check, the rest of us are entitled to abstain. If we are free to loathe Trump, we are free to loathe his most loyal voters, who have put the rest of us at risk.

Berkeley sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild, in her election-year best seller, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,  was inspired by Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter With Kansas? She wanted “to scale the empathy wall” and “unlock the door to the Great Paradox” of why working-class voters cast ballots for politicians actively opposed to their interests…

In “What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class,” a postelection postmortem published to much op-ed attention by the Harvard Business Review, the University of California law professor Joan C. Williams proposes that other liberals do in essence what Hochschild did…

“The best advice I’ve seen so far for Democrats is the recommendation that hipsters move to Iowa,” Williams writes — or to any other location in the American plains where “shockingly high numbers of working-class men are unemployed or on disability, fueling a wave of despair deaths in the form of the opioid epidemic.”

She further urges liberals to discard “the dorky arrogance and smugness of the professional elite”  that leads them to condescend to disaffected working-class whites and “write off blue-collar resentment as racism…”

Read the entire article at


Watch Joni Ernst Cedar Rapids Town Hall Meeting

Watch Live: U. S. Sen. Joni Ernst holds a town hall meeting in Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Posted by The Gazette on Friday, March 17, 2017

Sen. Dvorsky: Johnson County Target Of Voter ID Bill

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Friday Forums: Attend One Of These Events Today

Note: Joni Ernst will be in Cedar Rapids at noon today and Des Moines at 5:00. See below for details.


Friday Mach 17   9 AM

Ackley Public Library  401 State St.


Friday March 17, 1 PM

Alden Public Library  1012 Water St.


Friday March 17 –   9 AM

Devils Glen Hy-Vee  2900 Devils Glen Road

Every Friday 9AM at the Happy Joe’s ,2430 Spruce Hill Drive, Bettendorf, IA


Friday March 17 – 1:15 PM

Britt City Hall,  170 Main St. South


Friday March 17: Noon – With Senator Ernst

Coe College – Sinclair Auditorium 1220  1st Ave NE


Friday March 17, 2:45 PM

Crystal Lake Library, 120 5th St.


Friday March 17, 9:30 AM

Greatest Grains, 1600 North Harrison St.


Friday March 17 – 5 PM WIth Senator Ernst

Drake University – Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave


Friday March 17  11:30 AM

Ellsworth Community College, Equine Center, 707 Ellsworth Ave


Friday March 17- Noon.

Palms Supper Club, 4920 Ave O, Fort Madison


Friday March 17 – 9 AM

Garner Library 416 State St.


Friday March 17 –   11 AM

Kanawha Fire Station 104 South Main


Friday March 17,  Noon

Pizza Ranch 104  North Runger Ave.


Friday March 17  10:15 AM

Steamboat RIck Public Library, 511 West Market St.

Taking Action 101: Progressive Action For The Common Good Workshop

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
1:30-400 pm

Doors open at 12:30 pm for networking

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 25, 4600 46th Ave., Rock Island, IL

Materials fee: $10.00 Adults/$5.00 Seniors and students/ Waived for volunteers*


OR CALL PACG AT 563-676-7580  (ask for Ann)


Don’t miss this opportunity to:

  • Obtain your own action packed toolkit filled with hundreds of easy to follow tips and resources.
  • Separate fact from fiction on issues that could have a direct impact on you, or someone/’something you care about.
  • Get answers to your most pressing questions so you can make informed decisions.
  • Make connections with other like-minded individuals and groups committed to making this world a better place.
  • Develop your own personal action plan, and ways to get the latest scoop on issues and actions in your area.

*Volunteers must commit at least one hour to PACG or another participating group. Please call 563-676-7580 for details.


What Is Going On In The Iowa Legislature?

Senator Bolkcom’s comment is part of a discussion following a constituent question. “Who wants school vouchers?” at the Johnson County legislative forum February 25, 2017.


Loebsack Slams GOP Repeal of The Affordable Care Act

“This legislation will rip quality health care from Iowans..covering fewer people at higher cost.”

Loebsack Opening Statement on ACA Repeal

In his opening statement regarding the Republicans' healthcare repeal bill, Dave talked about the negative affects this bill would have on Iowa's most vulnerable.

Posted by Congressman Dave Loebsack on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Senator Hogg: Keep Speaking Up! Events In Sioux City, Fort Dodge, Indianola, Davenport

Rob Hogg

This week’s action alert from Rob Hogg.

This is to let you know about four upcoming events in Sioux City, Fort Dodge, Indianola, and Davenport (see below), but I want to start by asking you to continue to speak up with Republican legislators in Iowa to oppose their damaging and dangerous proposals that hurt workers and our economy, hurt students and our schools, hurt patients and our health care, and really hurt all Iowans and our future.

With your help, we can stop at least some of these proposals in this legislative session, and then take back the majority in 2018 to focus on better jobs, great schools, vibrant communities, access to health care, protecting our natural resources, and fiscal responsibility.

Speak Up For Iowans to Stop The “Dirty Dozen”

The Iowa Senate debate calendar for Monday, March 13, includes two of the “dirty dozen” – bills to circumvent the “Buy American” requirements on road projects (SF184/HF203) and to gut Iowa’s workers compensation system for work-related injuries and disabilities (SF435/HF518).  Please contact Republican Senators today and urge them to support Iowa’s workers and vote no on these bills. For contact information for Iowa’s Senators, please visit

We expect other damaging and dangerous bills to come up, perhaps as early as this week.  Here are the rest of the “dirty dozen”:

1. Prohibit Local “Pre-Qualification” for Bidding (SF438) – passed Iowa Senate, now in Iowa House

2. Lower Local Minimum Wages (HF295) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate

3. Government Barriers to Voting (HF516) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate

4. Make Planned Parenthood Ineligible for Medicaid Reimbursement (SF2) – passed Iowa Senate, now in Iowa House

5. Create Religious Exemptions for Boarding School Regulations (SF443) – still in Iowa Senate

6. Eliminate Permits to Acquire Firearms, Other Firearm Changes (HF517) – passed Iowa House, now in Iowa Senate

7. Unfunded Mandate on Local Officials to Enforce Immigration Laws (SF481) – still in Iowa Senate

8. End Bottle and Can Deposit Law (HF575) – still in Iowa House

9. Take Away Local Control Of Water Supply (HF484/SF456) – Has not passed either chamber

10. Restrict Right To Bring Nuisance Lawsuit (HF468/SF447) – Has not passed either chamber

If you keep speaking up, we will be able to stop some or all of these bills.

Upcoming Events

Here are four events over the course of the rest of the month where I will be working to reach out, listen, educate, organize, and unite Iowans as we come back to take back the majority in 2018.

Sioux City, Friday, March 17

The Woodbury County Democrats are hosting a “meet and greet” with me before the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday, March 17, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Jackson Street Brewery, 607 5th Street, in Sioux City.  The parade starts at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:

Fort Dodge, Saturday, March 18

I will be joining the Webster County Democrats for their off-year caucus on Saturday, March 18, starting at 10 a.m. at the Noon Lions Den, 731 Exposition Drive, in Fort Dodge. I plan to be there early to visit, so please join me, especially if you live in Calhoun, Pocahontas, Humboldt, and Webster Counties. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:

Indianola, Thursday, March 23

I will be joining State Rep. Scott Ourth for a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 23, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Greater Iowa Credit Union, 301 E. Scenic Valley Avenue, in Indianola. For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:

Davenport, Saturday, March 25

The Scott County Democrats are hosting their annual “Red, White & Blue” dinner on Saturday, March 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person.  It will be held at the Starlight Ballroom, 2815 W. Locust St., in Davenport.  I will be there, and hope you can join me.  For more information, or to invite your friends, visit:

As always, I hope this information is helpful.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.  You can reach me at for legislative matters, and at for political or campaign matters.

Keep speaking up.


Senator Rob Hogg, Senate Democratic Leader
Cedar Rapids