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Bakken Pipeline Approved – Bakken Resistance Fights On

Bakken Pipeline Proposed RouteAction Alert From Citizens for Community Improvement

The US Army Corps of Engineers approved the permit for the Bakken pipeline: this essentially allows the pipeline to cross 64 waterways, and clears the last official regulatory hurdle.

This is “business as usual” for Iowa regulators—putting corporate interests ahead of the common good and our land.

That’s why we’re not surprised by this decision, and we’re doubling down on the resistance. Direct actions, rallies, and events are ongoing to mobilize more Iowans who are opposed to the pipeline!

Join the Summer of Resistance:

Landowners are appearing in front of condemnation commissions to resist the illegal taking of their land and need your support! Click here to attend the next one on Aug.1.

Join a team of hundreds of everyday Iowans who are committed to engaging in non-violent civil disobedience to delay and halt construction.

We need to leave this oil in the ground and turn to true renewable energies like wind and solar that will create good jobs, protect our environment, and build our communities.

Thank you for keeping this fight strong,

Adam
State Policy Director

The Familiar Face of Misogyny (Hatred Of Women) In America

double standard

I thought before watching this video that I would not be shocked or surprised by any idiotic or offensive content that the corporate media could present, but I was wrong.  When they can say these derogatory remarks about one woman, that makes it okay to say it about any woman, all women.  The fact that females also sometimes participate and buy into a sexist narrative, does not invalidate the point and should not confuse you because “Oppression is complete when the oppressed identify with the oppressor.”  We are all products of a patriarchal, sexist culture.

If you can stand it, watch this compilation of outrageous, sexist statements made about Hillary Clinton, put together by Mediamatters.org.

Sadly, everything you hear will sound familiar.

 

Catch Chuck Grassley This Week In Iowa – Washington, Columbus Junction Town Halls

grassleyICYMI:

Important information from ProgressIowa

Everyone has heard of Chuck Grassley’s 99 County Tour, right? It’s hard not to, as much as he talks about it.

But there’s a funny thing about that claim: most of his county events are private and not open to public audiences. Progress Iowa’s recent research shows Grassley hasn’t held a public event in 8 of Iowa’s 10 largest counties in 6 years! The counties he’s avoided hearing from the general public in make up 45% of the state’s population.

That’s why we’re renaming Grassley’s annual tour the Fake Grassley. He has established a pattern of hiding from Iowa’s most-populated areas where constituents might be more likely to disagree with him.

Grassley events for Thursday and Friday, July 28 – 29, 2016

Washington County
Thursday, July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse
Board Room
224 West Main Street
Washington

Louisa County
Friday, July 29, 2016
3:15 p.m.-4:15 pm.
City Hall
232 2nd Street
Columbus Junction

Check on our new FakeGrassley.com website to see just how far and share it: How Far Away Are You From Senator Grassley’s Town Hall?

And then afterward read our full report on the Fake Grassley to see how few times he’s held a public event in your county.

To give you an idea of how much Grassley avoids Iowa’s largest counties, here’s his record for the top 10:

  • Polk: 0

  • Linn: 0

  • Scott: 2 (none since May 2012)

  • Johnson: 0

  • Black Hawk: 0

  • Woodbury: 0

  • Dubuque: 0

  • Story: 0

  • Pottawattamie: 1 (none since August 2011)

  • Dallas: 0

If Grassley’s town hall on Friday is near you, head on over to tell him how you feel about his historic Supreme Court obstruction!

Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa

Here is the link to Grassley’s calendar:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/calendar

Bernie Comes Through

Thank you, Bernie Sanders and all of the Bernie supporters for the passion and commitment you have brought to the Democratic party.  It is a great, historic day for Democrats and a great day for the country.

 

Some Need Counseling After Listening to Trump Speech

Listen live Mondays at 11 am/podcasts available

Listen live Mondays at 11 am/podcasts available

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Dear Friends,

So, I’m watching Trump’s convention speech yesterday (bad idea) on my laptop over lunch (an even worse idea) when, halfway through, I find myself searching on my phone for information on how to become an Irish citizen. Then I find myself googling “parallels between the rise of Hitler and Trump.”

Can this egomaniac’s crazy-talk truly have brought him this close to the presidency of the United States of America?

After watching Trump’s speech, I needed a hug. (Where were you?!) Or maybe ice cream. At this point, I’ll settle for counseling.

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)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)

Thanks!

Ed Fallon

ed fallon

Grassley Challenger Patty Judge Within Striking Distance

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

Patty Judge joined fellow Democrats Rep. Dave Loebsack and  Monica Vernon on the campaign trail Sunday in Johnson County.

“When I entered the race, conventional wisdom was that we could not ever defeat Chuck Grassley, that he is everyone’s favorite uncle, that Iowans are used to voting for him and will vote for him again. And I’m here to tell you no. That is not true. We know we can beat him. Today we are on track to do that. We have seen polling over the last 6 weeks that shows us – every poll – shows us from either a virtual tie to down 6 or 8 points. We are not any further down than that. We are just single digits behind him and that’s the first time in his political history that has happened to him. And we can win this.”

 

Upcoming Grassley Town Halls

taking some time off from doing nothng in the senate

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

Here is the link to Grassley’s calendar:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/calendar

This Friday and next Thursday and Friday:

Palo Alto County
Friday, July 22, 2016
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Election Center
Front Room
1302 Broadway Street
Emmetsburg

Washington County
Thursday, July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse
Board Room
224 West Main Street
Washington

Louisa County
Friday, July 29, 2016
3:15 p.m.-4:15 pm.
City Hall
119 Walnut Street
Columbus Junction

And now a word from ProgressIowa:

Everyone has heard of Chuck Grassley’s 99 County Tour, right? It’s hard not to, as much as he talks about it.

But there’s a funny thing about that claim: most of his county events are private and not open to public audiences. Progress Iowa’s recent research shows Grassley hasn’t held a public event in 8 of Iowa’s 10 largest counties in 6 years! The counties he’s avoided hearing from the general public in make up 45% of the state’s population.

That’s why we’re renaming Grassley’s annual tour the Fake Grassley. He has established a pattern of hiding from Iowa’s most-populated areas where constituents might be more likely to disagree with him.

This Friday Grassley is coming back to Iowa after seeing Donald Trump nominated in Cleveland. We’re guessing for most of you, his one public town meeting on a Friday evening isn’t anywhere near you.

Check on our new FakeGrassley.com website to see just how far and share it: How Far Away Are You From Senator Grassley’s Town Hall?

And then afterward read our full report on the Fake Grassley to see how few times he’s held a public event in your county.

To give you an idea of how much Grassley avoids Iowa’s largest counties, here’s his record for the top 10:

  • Polk: 0

  • Linn: 0

  • Scott: 2 (none since May 2012)

  • Johnson: 0

  • Black Hawk: 0

  • Woodbury: 0

  • Dubuque: 0

  • Story: 0

  • Pottawattamie: 1 (none since August 2011)

  • Dallas: 0

If Grassley’s town hall on Friday is near you, head on over to tell him how you feel about his historic Supreme Court obstruction!

Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa

The Coolest First Lady Ever

For fun ICYMI. She is so awesome.

 

Kaufmann: “Walker Administration a ‘Model’ of What One-Party Control Should Look Like”

Jeff_Kaufmann_-_Official_Portrait_-_84th_GAWe don’t typically like to fear-monger, but if you are worried about Iowa becoming Wisconsin, it would seem that your concern is well-founded, because that is exactly what the Iowa Republicans have in mind.

Please think about ways you can help elect a Democrat in your district to the Iowa legislature.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/alexander-wisconsin-a-model-for-iowa-says-state-gop-chief/article.html

Republicans should follow Wisconsin’s road map if the GOP takes the lone seat of Democratic power in Iowa, the state Senate, in November, party officials said Monday.

Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann lauded the tax breaks and right-to-work policies enacted since Republicans seized Wisconsin’s Legislature and governor’s mansion in 2010.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is a “model” of what one-party control should look like, Kaufmann said Monday morning while introducing Wisconsin’s governor to Iowa delegates.

For his part, Walker highlighted sweeping tax cuts, voter ID laws and defunding Planned Parenthood that were only possible under GOP control of both legislative houses. Iowa could achieve those conservative milestones, too, he said, should the party topple Senate Democrats.

click here to read the entire story

Rep. David Young Votes Against LGBT Protections

win back congressIowa Republican David Young switched his vote at the last minute on an amendment that would have prevented federal contractors from getting government work if they discriminate against members of the LGBT community. The amendment was about to pass by one vote, when 7 members changed their vote at the last minute, Young being one of them.  Young said he changed his vote after he learned that there were no religious protections in the amendment –  presumably meaning that he thinks if you want to discriminate because you are religious, you should be able to –  but the video shows Young being taken off of the house floor by two party leaders shortly before he changed his vote.

Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer observed,  “Every single opportunity he’s had to vote with the moderates and on the right side of these issues, he has instead chosen to vote with the tea party and allowed to have his agenda controlled by Washington Republicans, not by Iowa voters…religion is never an excuse to discriminate.”

Help Democrat Jim Mowrer take back this congressional seat. We need more Iowa Democrats in Washington, not more tea party Republicans.  You can donate or volunteer to help by going to Mowrer’s campaign website, http://jimforiowa.com.  Or follow him on Facebook and Twitter