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Grassley Should Put Country Before Party And Unendorse Trump



Grassley’s DC office
Phone: 202-224-3744
Fax: 202-224-6020

Grassley’s Des Moines office
Phone: 515-288-1145
Fax: 515-288-5097

Grassley’s Cedar Rapids office
Phone: 319-363-6832
Fax: 319-363-7179

Grassley’s Davenport office
Phone: 563-322-4331
Fax: 563-322-8552

Grassley’s Sioux City office
Phone: 712-233-1860
Fax: 712-233-1634

Grassley’s Waterloo office
Phone: 319-232-6657
Fax: 319-232-9965

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Phone: 712-322-7103
Fax: 712-322-7196


Cecile Richards Event In Iowa City Draws Supporters And Protesters

plannedparenthood2016 is the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. In 1921, Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942. Planned Parenthood is made up of 159 medical and non-medical affiliates, which operate more than 650 health clinics in the United States, and it also partners with organizations in 12 countries globally. The organization directly provides a variety of reproductive health services and sexual education, contributes to research in reproductive technology, and does advocacy work aimed at protecting and expanding reproductive rights.”


Here is a live report from Dave Bradley who attended this event Wednesday.  Dave has the day off today.

Got an email @ 9AM for a 10:30 event, but we had some loose time today.

The event was at offices on Kirkwood Ave in Iowa City. It was easy to spot because of the protestors on the curb. That that made finding the place pretty easy.

There was a good crowd I would estimate at around 50, quite good for late morning in the middle of the week. As one could guess it was predominantly women of all ages and races. I was one of about ten men.

Ms. Richards message was short and sweet. We need to work hard to bring Hillary home in this election. First she asked how many in the room had voted only a few hands didn’t go up. She said great – you are the people we won’t have to call. Plus you are the people that that can make the calls and knock the doors to get those voters out.

Planned_Parenthood_Fan_Page_Profile_PhotoShe then tried to channel her mother, the late Governor of Texas, Ann Richards. “What would my mother say right now? I told you it would never be easy. Change never comes easy.”

She then made one more appeal for all to get out the vote. Then picture time.

As we left we got stares from the protestors. I just waved. As we drove off I said to Carol “I wonder what these folks would do if they had a medical emergency and had all sorts of politicians and other people trying to stop them? Bet none of them have ever had any such problem or even a similar issue.”

Dave Loebsack Supports the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act

Iowa’s only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Dave Loebsack spoke on the House floor in favor of passing the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, which aims to end breast cancer by 2020.


Dear Steve King

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Read this outstanding letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register by a western Iowan. Then do something to support Kim Weaver who is doing her best to unseat Iowa’s most disgraceful “representative.”   Click here to help Kim Weaver.  Click here to watch the full video of Kim Weaver’s impressive interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board.     Kim Weaver for Congress

Dear Steve King:

When you posted a picture of yourself on Twitter last week alongside a declaration that “cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end,” it struck a particular nerve. You see, I grew up in Denison. For a long time, you were my elected representative. I went to school with kids from your hometown, Kiron. The mom of one of my best friends from high school was your campaign chairwoman.

So when you say that the changing racial demographic of our country is “cultural suicide,” I know what you mean.

You mean me. You mean my brother and sister. You mean my father, who immigrated from India in the 1970s with eight dollars in his pocket and a perfectly pressed suit that was no match for the Midwestern winter wind.

My siblings and I may not look like the racially pure version of Iowans — or Americans — you desire, but we had a fairly typical Iowa childhood. We played tennis and conducted the marching band and designed elaborate costumes for Odyssey of the Mind. We showed hogs at the county fair and spent long summer days selling lemonade during RAGBRAI. The education we got in small-town Iowa (in school systems which, as a state legislator and a U.S. representative, you’ve systematically de-funded) got us full-ride scholarships to Iowa colleges. We’re now a professor and a lawyer and an art curator. We’re doing just fine.

My hometown, however, is not doing fine. And, despite your belief in the horrors of “demographic transformation,” I’m pretty sure my siblings and I aren’t the cause of its slow decline. I’ve watched over the years as small businesses on Main Street turned into vacant storefronts. Members of my high school class (myself included) left western Iowa because the jobs we could get there just didn’t compete with the ones we ended up getting elsewhere.

In fact, your sense that allowing other races to mix into an historically white area will lead to “cultural suicide” couldn’t be more off base.

Cultural suicide occurred when the unions were broken at the packing plants in our hometowns, turning respectable $21-an-hour jobs into back-breaking $11-an-hour labor that couldn’t support a family. Cultural suicide occurs every time you vote to defund public education, stripping Iowa public school teachers of the resources they need to educate the next generation of Iowans even as you accept $10,600 in campaign contributions from the College Loan Corp. — a company that profits from increased student debt. Cultural suicide occurs when you decide to display a Confederate flag on your desk, conveniently forgetting that you represent a state that fought for the Union.

I get it. It’s easier to point fingers at the brown people who take those 3 a.m. shifts at the packing plant and are now raising their families on minimum wage than it is to accept personal responsibility for the ways that your particular brand of strip-mining the Iowan economy is devastating the lives of Iowans.

Here’s the thing: Your worn-out brand of racism isn’t new. It’s what caused you to suggest that publicly acknowledging the work Harriet Tubman did to free slaves by putting her on the $20 bill would “upset this society and this civilization.” It’s what caused the KKK to leave leaflets throughout my hometown for a nearby Klan rally. And although you may not realize it, your emphasis on cultural purity is what made a generation of German-speaking farmers in Kiron and Schleswig terrified to speak their native tongue in the 1940s.

I’m proud to be an Iowan. I’ve got a drawer full of Iowa T-shirts and a cutting response ready whenever anyone dares to call the Midwest a fly-over zone. It makes me sad beyond measure that often times the only thing people know about my home state is that its state representative once compared immigrants to stray cats that need to be neutered.

Rep. King, you speak for us at our smallest, weakest, least brave moments. And when you do so, you misrepresent Iowa.

Yes, your xenophobia speaks to some Iowans. But my hometown is also full of people who are kind and compassionate and have an uncanny knack for remembering things like that time my dog followed me straight into the produce aisle of the local grocery store. Iowans are my uncle, a farmer who reminds me every time I see him that book learning is not the only education worth having. Iowans are my grandmother, who left her job as a schoolteacher to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C., during WWII, and my father, who stops in the middle of the Omaha airport to spend 20 minutes helping a confused elderly couple find their luggage.

Iowans are my brother and my sister and every single other Indian-American and Senegalese-American and Swedish-American and Mexican-American and German-American and African-American and Ecuadorian-American kid who grows up playing soccer beside cornfields, adoring the Hawkeyes and hating the Cyclones (or vice versa), travelling hours to get to the mall on weekends, and praying for extra snow days. We already are doctors and lawyers and educators and engineers and government officials. And on our best days, we dream of being more.

Luckily for the rest of us, you and your racist fear-mongering do not represent the future of Iowa. We do.

Sangina Patnaik grew up in Denison. She is an assistant professor of English literature at Swarthmore College.



Will “Truckloads Of Cash” From Koch Brothers Hand Iowa Legislature To The GOP?

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Here is an urgent call to action from Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom. Follow Senator Bolkcom on Facebook  and Twitter

High Stakes Iowa Senate Elections

“Republicans already hold the governor’s office and are expected to retain a majority in the Iowa House this fall. They are pressing to win additional seats in the Iowa Senate, where Democrats currently hold a 25-23 edge with one Democratic-leaning seat vacant.”

“Gaining a majority in the Senate would allow Republicans to fully wrest control of the state’s legislative agenda. That would allow them to slash state spending and cut corporate taxes, tighten access to abortions, rewrite public employees’ bargaining statutes, and lessen the state’s burden for public employees’ pension programs. Legislative Democrats oppose all of those changes.

Senate Democrats are being out spent two-to-one as a result of truckloads of cash coming from the Koch Brothers and friends of WI. Governor Scott Walker.  [bold italics BFIA’s}

Republican take over of state government will be a disaster for education, mental health care, fair taxes, civil rights and women’s health.

Wake Up! Support your Democratic State Senator this fall!”

Also this:

An independent Iowa lawmaker who bolted from the Republican Party to protest Donald Trump’s presidential nomination could stop the GOP from gaining complete control at the Iowa Capitol in the 2017 legislative session.

Republicans already hold the governor’s office and are expected to retain a majority in the Iowa House this fall. They are pressing to win additional seats in the Iowa Senate, where Democrats currently hold a 25-23 edge with one Democratic-leaning seat vacant.

Gaining a majority in the Senate would allow Republicans to fully wrest control of the state’s legislative agenda. That would allow them to slash state spending and cut corporate taxes, tighten access to abortions, rewrite public employees’ bargaining statutes, and lessen the state’s burden for public employees’ pension programs. Legislative Democrats oppose all of those changes.

But the departure of state Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyedan from the GOP and his switch to independent status places a bigger hurdle for Republicans to achieve their goals. Under Iowa’s Constitution, a bill can’t pass the Senate without having 26 votes. That means Republicans now need to win at least three seats in November’s elections to gain control. If they only win two seats, Johnson could join Senate Democrats in preventing his former party from implementing its legislative goals. Several campaigns in Iowa Senate districts are being intensely fought, and both Democrats and Republicans have said they are optimistic about the Nov. 8 election.

“I haven’t changed my values or my principles,” said Johnson, a former newspaper editor and publisher. “I am taking this one day at a time. Even though I have no official research staff, I have my experience to back it up and I try to stay informed about the issues to the best of my ability.”

Johnson differs sharply with Democrats by staunchly opposing legalized abortion and he sides with Republicans on most state budget issues. But he has criticized Gov. Terry Branstad’s decision to privatize management of Iowa’s Medicaid health care program. He also supports raising the state’s sales tax by three-eighths of one cent to generate revenue for a the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund with a key goal of improving water quality. Most Senate Republicans have opposed raising the sales tax.

Whether he sides with Republicans or Democrats on legislation will depend upon the particulars of a specific bill, he added.

Johnson told The Des Moines Register he intends to serve out his term through the 2018 legislative session, although he has not decided whether to seek re-election. He added that he won’t caucus with Republicans or Democrats when the Legislature convenes in January for the 2017 session, but he is confident he can do a good job of representing his 60,000 constituents. He’s no political novice, having been elected to the Iowa Legislature six times — twice to the House and four times to the Senate, serving a total of 18 years. He had no opponent in his last two campaigns.

Johnson stunned and angered many of his fellow Republicans in June when changed his voter registration to “no party” in an anti-Trump protest. He generated widespread news coverage when he blasted Trump as a “bigot” unqualified to lead the United States and the free world.

Happy Monday, Electorate


Progress Iowa Launches

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,, 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 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.

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

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