Calls to Action
It almost feels as if the people of Iowa were strung along in a little show of political theater around school funding. Republicans can now go back to their districts and claim that they were all about not spending money based on their sticking to the meager 1.25% rise in school spending. They can also claim they really cared about schools when they agreed to a one time extra funding of $55 million. All the while they knew that Branstad would have their backs and use that tool known as line item veto to give Republicans just what they want.
Now they can smile to themselves knowing that they will look good politically to all sides, Branstad covered their butts and the chances of a special session with an override vote are probably nil. Now onto the business of strangling schools again next year.
So with revenue dwindling from all sides that leaves schools in Iowa to fund quality education with the old standbys of bake sales supplemented by the new revenue producing selling of old beater cars for junk. Always thought Branstad wanted to make Iowa into the Mississippi of the north. Looks like we are on our way.
Thus we have one example of the strange twists and turns the Republican party (aka Tea Party) is taking these days. Their policies are so internally inconsistent that it seems half of their day is spent trying to explain away what they did the other half of the day. At least try to explain them in a way that may be acceptable to their base. Actually their base really doesn’t care about policy. It has been a long accepted tenet of Republicans don’t say what they mean and they never mean what they say. When all is sorted out, their electeds do what they are told by those whose dollars fund the machine and those whose companies grease the talking point machine.
Over in Marion County last Saturday we had the spectacle of a Republican float in a couple of parades displaying the finally disgraced Confederate flag of treason. Even though that flag has always meant treason it was only a couple weeks ago that it became toxic. Sometimes news travels slowly when a person watches Fox. Explanations and negative reactions abounded through the Republican party a day later, but why did no one stop it beforehand?
It is hard to read the news or turn on a TV or radio without hearing the bleatings of Donald Trump. The more he speaks and the uglier his rants get, the bigger his following gets. Iowans are fairly use to this kind of talk. Much of it sounds like a Steve King speech. That may be OK for Northwest Iowa – obviously it gets him reelected every 2 years – but saying the things Trump says about people from other countries on a national stage is verboten. But Trump is the Republican Party’s owner’s worst nightmare. Someone they can’t control with their money. Trump is also someone who actually is saying what he means. Having thoughts like his being expressed publicly can be hard on the Republican Party. To see his popularity grow the uglier his statements becomes even worse.
Jeb Bush says Americans need to work longer hours. He didn’t mention whether they would get paid more or if the revenue produced from working longer would go to the folks at the top, like it has been since Reagan.
Don’t forget that Jeb has never really worked a job in his life. So Jeb must spend his days imagining how workers screw their bosses over at every turn. No doubt he gets the best data available from his billionaire buddies who must lose millions a year to nefarious worker. Too bad the billionaires never mention how they force their workers to work off the clock or get fired, nor how they keep their wages and benefits so low that workers must depend on the government to assist them.
But all these fumbles and stumbles doesn’t make Republicans less popular where it counts: in the hearts of the wealthy and therefore in the campaign wallet. Despite proving that brother George was not really the dumb sibling in the Bush family, Jeb continues to reel in the millions from the billionaires who are thoroughly convinced that money can buy anything. So far this year the wealthy have bet $114 million that they can buy the presidency for another idiot.
The country is moving forward without Republicans. Even their own hand-picked super conservative Supreme Court justices agree it is time for the country to move on. But the Republican Party will continue to work hard in word and deed to drag our democracy backward into a plutocracy run by their wealthy owners. They are using their old tried and true weapons of hate and fear. They continue to pit citizens against each other through making resources scarce for them. But the country is slowly catching on to the game and they are finally demanding that the quality of life be restored to what it was before Reagan.
You’re invited to a day of pipeline resistance activities on Thursday, July 9.
At 10 a.m. we are hand-delivering to the Iowa Utility Board (IUB) 1375 E. Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319 about 2,000 objections to the pipeline. We’d love to have you show up in full force to let the IUB know that we support clean water, a stable climate and healthy future generations – and that means we oppose this pipeline.
Strategy Session and Brown bag lunch:
At noon after the objection drop, we will gather at the offices of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement for a coalition-wide strategy session (2001 Forest Ave, Des Moines). We’d like to update you on the status of the IUB hearing, develop a calendar of strategic events and plan ways to guarantee that the IUB rejects this pipeline. But to do this well we need YOU! Please forward this message on to your networks.
Thanks friends! Let us know if you have any questions.
Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition
We are a coalition of organizations representing landowners, community members, non-profits, and interest groups united to stop the construction of the Bakken Pipeline.
Robert Nehman, Executive Director
Allamakee County Protectors
To attend, you must RSVP by Monday, May 11th
Feel Free to contact Sue Dinsdale with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP online at: REGISTER NOW! or call 1-800-372-4817
Join us at the
Working Families Summit
Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Scheman Building, Iowa State Campus, Ames, Iowa
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!
The event features keynote speaker and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Also speaking and leading workshops are leading civil and progressive rights advocates including Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice; Larry Cohen – President Communications Workers of America (CWA); Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO; Rich Fiesta, Executive Director Alliance for Retired Americans and many Iowa leaders.
Doors open at 9
9 am Registration
(Many organizations will have informational tables so come early and check it out!)
10 am: Summit Begins! Invocation – Speakers – Worker’s Stories – Discussion
11:30 am LUNCH
Workshops: presented twice at 12:30 and 1:30 pm – so you will be able to pick 2!
Common Sense Economics
The State of Latino, Immigrants, and Refugee workers
Wages and Wage Theft
Making Work Family Friendly: Child Care, Paid Medical Leave
Civil Rights and Your Rights
Attacks on Workers
Will I Ever be Able to Retire??
Keynote Address by Robert Reich: Making America Work for the Many, Not Just the Few
Call to Action and Closing
If you want to see change and a better future for the 90 percent of Iowans who are not positively affected by economic gains, come to the summit and find out how to make a difference.
Donations to the Mid Iowa Community Action Food Bank (MICA) will be collected. Suggested items include: Crackers; Soups; Raman Noodles; Rice; Hamburger Helpers; Toilet Paper; Hygiene Products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste etc.)
GET ON THE BUS: buses will originate in the Quad Cities and Dubuque, with stops along the way in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids (QC Bus), and Waterloo and Cedar Falls (Dubuque Bus), possibly other locations TBD.
To reserve a seat on the bus, call 309-738-3196 or email email@example.com
Availability on a first-come, first-served basis
For more information, contact Sue Dinsdale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-354-8116
Updates will be posted on our website: www.IowaCAN.org
And on the Working Families Summit Facebook Page
RSVP online at:
Registration ends May 11
Sponsors include: the AFL-CIO along with many Iowa labor and advocacy organizations focused on concerns for working families in Iowa: the Iowa Federation of Labor; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Communications Workers of America (CWA); Iowa Postal Workers Union (APWU); Progress Iowa, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Iowa State Education Association (ISEA); Iowa Citizen Action Network (ICAN); Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), Laborers International Union of Northern America (LIUNA); Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA); Iowa Policy Project; Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa; Iowa Community Action Association; Iowa Main Street Alliance; Fair Share-Iowa and the American Friends Service Committee.
Sue Dinsdale,Executive Director
Iowa Citizen Action Network (ICAN)
ICAN Education Foundation
1620 Pleasant, Ste. 225
Des Moines, IA 50314
Action Alert From Progress Iowa
We need your help to show Governor Branstad he can’t keep ignoring his constituents.
An independent survey released today showed that Iowans oppose his plans to shut down mental health institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant (by a 68-12 margin) and his efforts to privatize Medicaid (by a 52-22 margin).
Unfortunately, Governor Branstad is better known for acting like a self-appointed emperor than for his responsiveness to constituents.
Will you help us spread the word and show how strongly Iowans feel about these issues?
Here’s how you can help:
Click here to share the news on Facebook (you will need to be logged in)
Click here to Tweet about Iowans opposing Branstad’s plans
Shutting down the mental health institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant would be devastating to the patients who need care and their entire communities. And Branstad’s efforts to privatize Medicaid amount to nothing more than a dangerous corporate takeover of health care for more than 500,000 Iowans.
With your help today, we will make sure the Governor, and all Iowans, know how widespread the opposition is to these two dangerous proposals.
Thank you for all you do,
P.S. To read coverage of today’s survey in the Des Moines Register, click here. And be sure to send the story on to your friends and family as well!
Amazingly, there has been little fanfare on this round of debt ceiling limit. While Republicans claimed we would never go through this again, we are about to go through it again.
There has been little fanfare most likely because the near monopoly that Republican backers have on our media understand that Republican hostage taking in the last iteration of the debt crisis was horribly received by the public. This may be an especially touchy time to force yet another crisis caused by bad governing when we just avoided shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a week or so ago. The public may be getting sensitive, so it is probably best for our media not to even bring it up.
Republicans are so divided at this point that they haven’t even gotten together to talk about just what hostages they plan to take in this crisis. One thing for sure, there is a faction of the current congressional Republicans who will in no way vote to keep the government running. Iowans should be proud, since that faction appears to be headed by our own Neanderthal (apologies to any surviving Neanderthals), Steve King.
Yep, Iowa politicians are making quite the name for themselves these days. King, Grassley, Ernst. They make folks think Iowa is a backwater once more.
Governing from created crisis to created crisis is a horrible way to govern. Why do we elect folks who vocally hate government to run the government?
Legislative Services Agency – Legislative Information Office – www.legis.iowa.gov
HF 80 – A bill for an act establishing the state percent of growth and including effective date
provisions. (Formerly HSB 58)
Sponsored by the Education Committee –
Monday, January 26, 2015
7:00 PM (introductions begin)
After introductions, the hearing will be for two hours in the RM 103.
Speaking time per individual for the public hearing on HF 80 will be 3 minutes (written testimony is encouraged but not required). Written testimony or comments maybe emailed to email@example.com.
The cut off time to sign up to speak is 5 p.m. on Monday the 26th.
Persons wishing to speak or leave comments available to the public via the legislative website may sign up electronically at Public Hearings.
You may also sign up at the Legislative Information Office (LIO), Room G16, located in the Iowa State Capitol or call 515-281-5129 if you have questions. Please do not leave a recorded message by telephone.
Meghan Nelson, MPA
Assistant Chief Clerk
Iowa House of Representatives
A civility project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
MOVING THE PROGRESSIVE VOICE FORWARD
Incoming Chairperson, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
January 16, 2015
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC)
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
$10 per person (payable at the door)
Rev. David Sickelka, incoming chairperson of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, will lead a discussion on how we will move the progressive voice forward together in our state. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is building toward the future with an exciting yet challenging new 3-year Strategic Plan, which addresses areas of Program, Outreach, Communications, Fund Development, and Human Resources.
How can progressive people of faith and no faith across Iowa be part of this movement for change? The discussion will be interactive and informative and we hope you will be part of it!
Reservations must be received by Tuesday, January 13, and may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 515.279.8715. If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, payment for your reservation is appreciated if you do not cancel by the Tuesday deadline.
Like Crossroads on Facebook! You can find Crossroads on Facebook. We will have updated info on speakers for the coming months. Reservations will still need to be made by email or phone.
Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.
Thanks CCI (Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement) for sounding the alarm on toxic algae!
First it was Ohio, then Lake Red Rock in Iowa, and now it’s Big Creek Lake – toxic blue-green algae has struck again.
A reader sent us this photo that he took at Big Creek Lake last week with this comment: “Can see from the photo that water quality is one of Branstad and the DNRs’ top priorities…”
The toxic algae’s unpleasant odors and potentially dangerous health effects cannot be ignored.
When we look at the number of manure spills, just in the past year, the growth of this harmful algae is not surprising.
55 manure spills since Sept. 2013 when the DNR signed the Clean Water Act Work Plan – that’s over 1 manure spill per week.
The DNR must issue permits to these manure polluters – here is one action you take right now:
Share this photo on FB to keep the #cleanwaterfight in the public eye!
October is going to be a busy month for the #cleanwaterfight – stay tuned!
They DUMP it, you DRINK it, we won’t stop ’til they clean it up,
The Iowa CCI Crew
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
2001 Forest Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311-3229
515-282-0484 . www.iowacci.org
Iraq War Veteran and congressional candidate Jim Mowrer has been endorsed by the Alliance for Retired Americans, an organization with more than 30,000 members in Iowa.
In a letter of endorsement, the organization wrote that Mowrer’s positions “demonstrate a strong commitment to improve the quality of life for older Americans,” and that “[his] leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefit cuts ensures these programs will be around for current and future generations.”
Jim Mowrer: “I am humbled that the Alliance for Retired Americans believes that my election to the House of Representatives will enhance the quality of life for older Americans. While Congressman Steve King continues to vote to cut Social Security benefits and end Medicare as we know it, I’m committed to preserving and strengthening Social Security programs for years to come.”
To view a copy of the letter, click here.
Jim Mowrer grew up on a farm in Boone, Iowa. He is a life-long resident of the 4th district.
When Jim was seven, he lost his father in a farming accident. Thanks to his father’s Social Security survivor benefits, Jim’s family was able to get back on its feet. Jim worked hard and graduated from Boone High School and married his high school sweetheart, Chelsey. Today they have two boys, Carter (6) and Jack (3).
A month after the Iraq war started, Jim joined the Iowa National Guard, eventually serving in Iraq with the 1-133 Infantry Battalion.
In 2010, Jim was asked to serve as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army. At the Pentagon, Jim helped start and oversee the Army’s Office of Business Transformation – tasked with making the Army more effective, while saving tax dollars.
Jim Mowrer’s whole life has been about service to our country and protecting what makes America and Iowa great.