Follow BFIA on Twitter
Blog for Iowa Archives
Blog for Iowa Categories
Search BFIA by Date
June 2017
M T W T F S S
« May    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Fight Media Bias

Iowa

Iowa Rapid Response Action

First responders to biased, imbalanced or factually inaccurate media coverage

Iowans for Better Local TV


National

FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
FAIR is a national media watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship

Free Press

News Corpse

Prometheus Radio Project

Radio for People

Save the Internet

Save the News

Rob Hogg

Summer Of Citizenship Continues

Rob Hogg


Reminder the Summer of Citizenship headed up by Iowa State Sen. Robb Hogg is just hitting its stride. Below is is the remaining schedule.

Today is the 2nd district workshop and Hall of Fame Dinner in Ottumwa. There are then other events throughout the next week:

Iowa 2nd District Workshop and Hall of Fame, Saturday, June 17, Ottumwa
– You can learn about issues, campaigns, party leadership, and running for office at a day-long workshop in Ottumwa on Saturday, June 17, starting at 9 a.m. and going until 5 p.m., followed by a Hall of Fame Dinner with special guest Jason Kander, Missouri’s former Secretary of State who ran for the United States Senate in 2016. Cost of the workshop is $15, and for the Hall of Fame Dinner it is $50. See this event page for more details and registration information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1671901083119368/

Summer of Citizenship Kickoff in Cedar Rapids with Rob Hogg, Tuesday, June 20
– Join me at Dublin City, 415 First St. SE, in downtown Cedar Rapids, to kick off the “Summer of Citizenship” in Cedar Rapids on the Summer Solstice, Tuesday, June 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Contributions to “Citizens for Rob Hogg” are welcome but not required. Please RSVP at this Facebook event page and share it to invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1940793252864897/

Summer of Citizenship Canvass Training, Wednesday, June 21, Davenport – The Davenport Eastside and Bettendorf Democrats are sponsoring a canvass training, conducted by myself, on Wednesday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kelly’s Irish Pub, 2222 E. 53rd St., in Davenport. Please RSVP at this Facebook page and share it to invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1309413879155194/

Rob Hogg Central Iowa Fundraiser, Monday, June 26, Des Moines
– I will be holding a fundraiser for “Citizens for Rob Hogg” on Monday, June 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Peace Tree Brewing, 317 E. Court Avenue, in Des Moines. I don’t have a Facebook event page yet for this event, but I did want you to get it on your calendar.

We need to raise money for local Democratic parties, for Democratic candidates, and for advocacy organizations. I need to raise money to cover campaign expenses including staff assistance to do the work that needs to get done. Overall, I believe Democrats need to raise $40 million or more for the 2018 election cycle, so please contribute generously as you are able.

You can bring a check to “Citizens for Rob Hogg” to one of my fundraising events, or mail your check to P.O. Box 1361, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406. You can also contribute online here.

I hope you can attend one or more of these events. If you want me to appear at an event, or if you want a list of ideas for the Summer of Citizenship, please email me at SenatorRobHogg@gmail.com. Some key ideas are:

Join your local Democratic party or advocacy group
Register people to vote
Get to know our Democratic candidates for office
Organize a study group, education program, or service project in your community
Invite people to contribute financially to the party, candidates, and advocacy groups
Speak up with elected officials and staff in person, by phone call, by mail, and in public

Remember: The answer to our problems – with the President and Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Administration and Legislature in Des Moines – is a renewed spirit of citizenship.

Thanks for your work as a citizen. Together, we can have the biggest political comeback in Iowa history.

Rob

Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader
Cedar Rapids

P.S. You can also like “Rob Hogg” and “Summer of Citizenship” on Facebook and follow on Twitter: @SenatorRobHogg and @CitizenSummer – it’s a great to follow along on a daily basis.

Real Consequences Of Legislative Cuts To Services For Survivors

Rob Hogg

Email from Rob Hogg:

Last night, I appeared at an event with Senator Kevin Kinney (D-Oxford), who shared with the audience his disappointment about the deep cuts (26 percent or $1.7 million) to state services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Kinney, a long-time deputy sheriff in Johnson County, said he had warned the Republican budget chairs that we could not use federal dollars instead, and that making state cuts would actually cost us federal dollars, but they refused to listen.

It was a strong reminder about the importance of the work we do, and prompted me to read an article that appeared last week in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, “Iowa domestic violence providers brace for deep funding cuts.”

It is disappointing and unnecessary. These cuts could have been avoided, especially if the Branstad-Reynolds Administration and Republican legislators had not gotten carried away with tax cuts for out-of-state corporations.

Over the coming months of the legislative interim, I plan to provide more information and resources about the real consequences of the Republican majority’s misguided legislative decisions this past session.

But I also want to help you get more involved as a citizen. The answer to our problems with state government in Des Moines and the federal government in Washington is more citizen participation, a renewed spirit of citizenship.

On the issue of support for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, you can get more involved by being more informed, by helping service providers directly, and by speaking up with legislators and the public in support of these services. In Linn County, service providers include:

Waypoint
Riverview
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family

I hope this information is helpful. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

–Rob

Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader
Cedar Rapids

Reminder: ‘Summer of Citizenship’ Begins Today In Boone

A reminder from a posting here in blogforiowa Wednesday.

The “Summer of Citizenship”
Begins Saturday, June 3, at the
“Picnic for the People” in Boone

Welcome to the “Summer of Citizenship,” a campaign to encourage and empower Iowans to reach out and listen to each other, get involved, and renew the spirit of citizenship our state and country so urgently need. You can join in, reach out, and speak up with us.

“Summer of Citizenship” begins this Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the “Picnic for the People” at McHose Park Shelter in Boone, Iowa. This picnic is sponsored by the Boone County Democrats. Suggested contribution for food tickets is $10 per person.

At the “Picnic for the People,” I will provide more details on ways you can participate. Some ideas:

– Join your local County Democratic Party or advocacy organization

– Register people to vote

– Get to know our Democratic candidates

– Organize a study group, educational program, or service project in your community

– Invite people to contribute financially to the party, candidates, or community groups

– Speak up with elected officials and staff in person, by phone call, by mail, and in public

Here’s the bottom line: The answer to our problems – with the President and Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Governor and the Iowa Legislature in Des Moines – is a renewed spirit of citizenship.

Hogg: We Need A Renewed Spirit of Citizenship In Iowa

Rob Hogg

A word from Senate Democrats Leader Rob Hogg

With the conclusion of the awful 2017 legislative session, my attention is turning toward raising money, recruiting candidates, and helping Iowans get organized for the biggest political comeback in Iowa’s history in 2018 and a better future for all Iowans.

A Renewed Spirit of Citizenship in Iowa

As I said in my official Closing Day speech, “the Republican majority dedicated this session to addressing fake problems, with an anti-worker, anti-women, anti-family agenda that hurts Iowans.”

I explained in more detail what the problems were, but I also added a hopeful note. “Because of the attacks on workers, women, families, students, minorities, and all voters, we are already seeing the greatest re-awakening of democracy that Iowa has ever seen.”

I called on Iowans to “join together with a renewed sense of citizenship, to sit at our table of democracy, to participate, to reach out, to listen, to speak up, and to serve, so that together we can build a safer and healthier future, with broad prosperity and more opportunity, for all Iowans.”

To read the full speech, visit this link

You are an essential part of this brighter future. Please let me know if you are interested in running for office or if you want to help a campaign or the party so we can take back the majority in 2018, un-do the damage caused by the Republican majority, and build a better future for all Iowans.

Contribute Generously – Iowa Senate Democrats’ Fundraiser May 2

I do need to raise money for my own re-election and to help Iowa Senate Democrats across our state. The Republican leader in the Iowa Senate raised over $2 million in the 2015-16 cycle ($2,016,268 to be exact), so I need to do as well to help Iowa Senate Democrats re-take the majority.

The Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, May 2, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Star Bar, 2811 Ingersoll Avenue, in Des Moines. Please attend if you are available and in the area, and share our event page on social media:

If you cannot attend, you can still contribute by check made payable to “Senate Majority Fund,” Iowa Senate Democrats, 5661 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321, or contribute  online

You can also contribute directly to my campaign committee by sending a check made payable to “Citizens for Rob Hogg,” P.O. Box 1361, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406, or by contributing online here.

Thanks in advance for your ongoing financial support, and please let me know if you would like to help organize or host a fundraising event in your community.

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend one or more of these upcoming events:

Hiawatha, Linn County Democratic Central Committee, Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. – I will be speaking to the Linn County Democrats about the 2017 legislative session as part of our regular monthly meeting this Wednesday at the Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons Street, in Hiawatha.

Clinton, Pints and Politics with Senator Rita Hart, Thursday, April 27, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – I will be attending Senator Rita Hart’s “pints and politics” event at the Mezcal 2 , 1841 Lincoln Highway, in Clinton, this Thursday. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Iowa City, “Take Back Iowa Senate” Fundraiser for Joe Bolkcom, Friday, April 28, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Senator Joe Bolkcom is hosting a fundraiser this Friday at the Sanctuary, 405 S. Gilbert, in Iowa City, with his special guest, Senator Nate Boulton, possible candidate for Governor. (I cannot attend this because of a prior commitment to speak to the Workers Memorial Day in Cedar Rapids.) For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Des Moines, Peoples Climate March-Justice, Jobs, Clean Energy, Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. – Join me at the Peoples Climate March-Iowa for justice, jobs, and clean energy at the State Capitol this Saturday. To find other nearby climate marches, including Maquoketa, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City, Omaha, and Lacrosse, visit: https://peoplesclimate.org/sister-marches/

Fairfield, Jefferson County Dems’ Spaghetti Dinner & Climate Trivia, Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. –
I will be speaking at the Jefferson County Democrats’ annual spaghetti dinner at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St., in Fairfield, featuring climate change trivia and a pie auction. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Davenport Eastside & Bettendorf Democrats Meetup, Sunday, April 30, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – I will be attending this meeting at the Baked Beer & Bread Company, 1113 Mound St., in Davenport, with citizens who want to elect a Democrat in Senate District 47 in 2018. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Des Moines West Side Democrats, Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. – I plan to attend the West Side Democrats’ regular meeting at Zimm’s Food and Spirits, 3124 Ingersoll Ave., in Des Moines. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Des Moines, Iowa Senate Democrats Majority Fund Fundraiser, Tuesday, May 2, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – Please join me and other Iowa Senate Democrats for our post-session fundraiser at the Star Bar, 2811 Ingersoll Avenue, in Des Moines. Suggested minimum contribution is $26. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Johnson County Democrats’ Hall of Fame Dinner, Saturday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. – Join me for the Johnson County Democrats’ Hall of Fame at the Brown Deer Golf Club, 1900 Country Club Drive, in Coralville. Tickets are $25 per person. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Polk County Dems Spring Dinner with Amy Klobuchar, Sunday, May 7, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. – Please join me, State Representative Mark Smith, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for the Polk County Democrats’ annual spring dinner at Forte, 615 3rd St., in Des Moines. Tickets are $50 per person. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Boone County Democrats “Picnic for the People,” Saturday, June 3, noon to 3:00 p.m. – Please join me for the “Picnic for the People” at the McHose Park Shelter House in Boone for this event. (This is the same day that Senator Ernst is holding her Republican “Roast and Ride” in Boone.) Let’s build a big crowd for this picnic. Suggested contribution is $10 per person. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Moravia, Seven County Rally, Saturday, June 3, 5:00 p.m. – I am planning to attend this event as Democrats from across southern Iowa come together for a seven-county rally at Grace United Methodist Church, 101 E. North St., in Moravia in Appanoose County. For more details, or to invite friends, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader
Cedar Rapids

Rob Hogg is a state senator from Cedar Rapids and the new Democratic leader in the Iowa Senate. He is serving his third term after two terms in the Iowa House. He believes the answer to all our problems in Des Moines and Washington is a renewed spirit of citizenship that uplifts our democracy and makes life better for our citizens. Don’t quit and we won’t quit. Get involved and stay involved.
Iowa Senate Democrats’ Majority Fund

For additional events, visit www.robhogg.org

Robb Hogg: Stand Up For Iowa Workers!

Today, I am writing to ask you to help speak up over the next five days for our public workers – teachers, firefighters, police, correctional officers, human service social workers, sanitation workers, snow plow operators, and many others – who do so much on our behalf to make our communities and our state better.

On Tuesday, Republicans proposed SF213 which would gut the rights of our public workers to organize and negotiate contracts for wages, benefits, and other terms and conditions with local and state elected officials. You can read that bill at the legislative web site, www.legis.iowa.gov.

Among other things, this bill would make it harder for Iowa to recruit and retain great teachers and public workers, would drive down take-home pay for our public workers, and would take away the voice of our public workers.

Instead of attacking public workers, we should be considering legislation to improve the rights, wages, and benefits for all workers in our state. Unfortunately, Republicans are rushing this bill through the legislative process, and we expect they may try to vote on the bill on the floor of the Iowa Senate early next week.

When I sent out a survey to constituents in early January, 73% agreed that “Iowa workers should have the opportunity to organize and bargain for fair wages and benefits.” Only 16% disagreed. That’s why it is so important that you speak up now to help us find five courageous Republicans in the Iowa Senate and ten in the Iowa House who are willing to reject or soften this attack on our public workers.

Here are three events in the next three days where you can participate to help speak up for our public workers:


Mason City Rally for Iowa Working Families

With Senator Ragan and Representatives Steckman and Prichard
Saturday, February 11, at Noon
Mason City Central Park, N Federal and 1st St. NE, in Mason City
https://www.facebook.com/events/245039512609938/

March for Iowa’s Teachers

Sunday, February 12, from 2:00 p.m.
Stewart Square near Iowa State Capitolhttps://www.facebook.com/events/373424353032673/

Public Hearing
Monday, February 13, at 6:00 p.m.
Iowa Capitol, Room 103
You can sign up to speak with this link:
https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/publicHearings?action=viewOnlineSignup&meetingID=24398

You can also attend one of the legislative forums this weekend. For a complete list, visit:
http://www.infonetiowa.org/calendar/events/

You can contact state legislators directly. For contact information, visit www.legis.iowa.gov. You can call the Branstad-Reynolds Administration at 515-281-5211, and please speak up in public.

Finally, mark your calendars now for our next legislative forum in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, February 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Mercy Hospital, 701 10th Street SE, in Cedar Rapids. I hope to see you there.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and I will do my best to respond.

Rob

Senator Rob Hogg

Senator Rob Hogg
Senate Democratic Leader
Cedar Rapids
(515) 281-3901 (office)
(515) 281-4610 (assistant)
(319) 247-0223 (home)

Board Of Regents Mess Typical For Branstad Administration

King Terry the first

For the second time in two years one of Iowa’s major universities is looking for a new president. After last year’s fiasco in the hiring of businessman Bruce Herrald to head the University of Iowa three Democratic state senators have stepped up to try to step in before the Board of Regents derails the normal process as they did last year.

UNI President Bill Ruud announced he was leaving speculation immediately began on whether filling his post would be another adventure in railroading in a hand picked replacement rather than going through the normal competitive process for picking a replacement. Iowa deserves to have the best leaders it can get for its major colleges. That can only happen through a true competitive process that the Board of regents short circuited in last year’s hiring.

State senators Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls, where UNI is located, Brian Schoenjahn of Arlington and Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids have stepped up to remind the Board of Regents that the process is supposed to be conducted in the open and is to be competitive.

Once again we have a Branstad set of appointees ignoring the rules and going off their own way. What’s to stop them? There seems to be little if any consequence to ignoring rules and laws if you’re a member of the Branstad administration. Total lack of accountability. Anybody remember when Republicans preached accountability from sunrise to sunset? That wasn’t meant for them just you and I average folks.

Over at the Des Moines Register, Christopher Martin penned a scathing editorial on the Board of Regents lack of accountability. Martin lays out the cronyism involved in the current Board of regents in a very clear way:

* According to Politico, Rastetter recruited Terry Branstad for his return run for governor in 2010 and was his top donor at more than $160,000. The year after Branstad’s election, Rastetter got his six-year appointment to the board.

* State law requires that not more than five of the nine members of the Iowa Board of Regents be from the same political party. The board’s “current mix of five Republicans, three independents, and one Democrat on the board,” meets the legal requirements, but does little to dispel the appearance of intentional partisanship.

* As a regent, Rastetter partnered with ISU to develop land in Tanzania that would have benefited his company. ISU dropped out of the project in 2012 “in the face of mounting criticism,” the AP reported.

* The board hired Bruce Harreld, the least qualified of University of Iowa presidential candidates. The hiring process, which favored Harreld and lacked transparency, is now subject to at least two lawsuits.


This whole article is well worth a couple of readings to fully digest the crap and corruption going on in the Board of Regents.

Unfortunately this is only another log on the fire of corruption and usurpation of power that has come to be the cornerstone of the current Branstad stint in office. Cutting budgets for our (yes our) public school system; cutting money to feed the needy; closing the juvenile school at Tama without following rules and then doing the same with Iowa’s mental health facilities at Mount Pleasant and Clarinda; privatizing our Medicaid system and doing so in such a hurry that it is creating a crisis of health care for its clients and suppliers.

Speaking of the privatization – let us say rather profitization – of Medicaid, once again Democratic state senators are trying to jump in to mitigate the damage being done by Branstad’s out of control administration.

Another hearing is scheduled for next Monday, August 29th. If you know anyone who has been involved in the medicaid transition mess, please contact the senate committee conducting the hearing using the form on this web page.

We will publish a reminder next week of this committee meeting.

When you hear politicians talking about corruption and cronyism one need only cast their eyes to Des Moines. Iowa was once the very epitome of what good government meant. Today we are just one of many states run by Republican governors whose goal seems to be to funnel as much money and power to his buddies as he can while in office. We are fortunate that Iowa has a Democratic senate or it would be much worse. One only need cast their eyes to Wisconsin or Kansas to get an idea what damage can be doe with both houses of the legislature controlled by Republicans coupled with a Republican governor.

There is only one way to stop Branstad’s power grab – that is by voting. Vote out those who support such corruption, vote in those who oppose it. In this year’s election that is as easy as red and blue. Republicans support Branstad in these endeavors whereas Democrats will oppose him as noted in the two instances above.

Random Thoughts On A Hot Weekend

Denali Photo Credit - Wikimedia Commons

Denali Photo Credit – Wikimedia Commons

Too hot to work too hard today:

Congratulations to Patty Judge on her nomination to defeat Chuck Grassley this fall. Judge has always outperformed expectations. Let’s hope she can do it one more time. Grassley, you have obstructed your last Judge!

Note to Robb Hogg. Congratulations on running a great race. Now that you have time to think a little, think about a job opening coming up in Des Moines in 2018. The current occupant of Terrace Hill has been there way too long. If it is not Branstad, then Reynolds is way too right wing for Iowa.

– Paul Ryan called Donald Trump on his (Trump’s) racist remark concerning the judge in the Trump University case. Ryan then said he would vote for Trump. Does Paul Ryan have a clue what that last statement meant? After a while one begins to wonder if the Republican Party has a full deck among the lot of them.

Trump’s remarks have Republican office holders at all levels seemingly playing a game of dodge ball trying not to get hit with the slime of Trump statements while trying to look like a party loyalist. For the most part the Republican office holders just can’t seem to say “I quit you, Donald.” Thus they have become oddly pathetic creatures that can’t seem to stand up and are afraid to say anything. Certainly not worth a vote.

Tuesday night we watched Clinton’s speech. She hit all the right notes. For me, suddenly I got it. I thought about my daughters and how great it must be for them to see a woman, just like them, to be preparing to run for the presidency. And a tear crept out of my eyes. This is huge.

– America deserves a presidential campaign that lives up to the historic occasion. Unfortunately on one side we will have a candidate with the mentality of a 5th grade boy who wants lots of attention.

Now that Trump woke the press up by nastily insulting them directly to their faces at his so-called press conference, one has to wonder if if he (Trump) still feels that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?” It’s, like, incredible.”

Last week Physicist Stephen Hawking got oodles of press when he answered a question on how to explain Donald Trump , he said ” “I can’t. He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.” What was little reported was the remainder of the comment where Hawking said, “A more immediate danger is runaway climate change,”

– BTW – do you remember in 2008 when Republicans reported that Britain’s National Health System would abandon people with illnesses like Dr. Hawking?

As we sit here sweltering in yet another record or near record heat, don’t forget that one transcendent issue must be climate change. The earth won’t go way if we don’t address it, just most of the inhabitants.

What is the word that Republicans will be using when they are jumping the sinking ship named Trump? De-endorse? Unendorse? Disendorse? Never heard of the guy?

– Don’t forget that all that billionaire money – especially the Koch brothers money – will probably not be going to Trump. Therefore it will most likely be showing up in state and congressional races. Expect some to show up in all of Iowa’s congressional races, the senate race and certain state races. Mike Gronstal is one of the major targets so I think we could expect Koch money over there.

Getting Serious – Iowa Primary Next Week

June 7th, 2016

June 7th, 2016

One more reminder that the Iowa primary is next Tuesday, June 7th from 7AM to 9PM.

The big draw for democratic primary voters across the state this year is the opportunity to choose an opponent for Chuck Grassley for this falls election.

Even before Grassley’s strange behavior concerning filling the SCOTUS vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia four or five months ago, Grassley’s behavior during this term has been that of the ultimate party insider whose first concern is how any move will affect the party. With the death of Scalia Grassley who has been obstructor-in-chief behind the scenes for senate Republicans has deservedly become the national face of Republican obstruction and the face of a do nothing Congress.

As I write this the Republicans are once again on recess while a critical health situation with the zika virus looms. Returning Republicans to power in the senate and Grassley to his role as obstructor-in-chief would seem to be the height of irresponsibility.

But who will Iowans choose to take Grassley’s place? The race seems to be between current state senator from Cedar Rapids, Rob Hogg and former state senator, agricultural secretary and Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge. Judge stirred up some excitement when she entered the race in February as Grassley stumbled and bumbled in his attempts to make his obstruction look acceptable. Grassley’s obstruction is still not acceptable.

Hogg has been in the race for the long haul having entered last fall. While Judge’s entry has stirred much press around the country and some contributions from everywhere, buzz on the ground feels light. I have seen no polls for Tuesday’s vote but my guess is that it will be close. If you want to see Grassley back on the farm as much as most of us do, be sure to vote. Former state senators and good solid democrats Bob Krause and Tom Fiegen are also vying for the nomination.

Besides the senate primary across the state, 3 of our 4 congressional districts will see primaries to choose opponents to face Iowa’s three really bad Republican congress persons.

In the 4th district the Democrats candidate Kim Weaver doesn’t have a challenger. Republican Steve King does, however. In a intra-party fight at the upper levels that seems to have spilled down to this level state senator Rick Bertrand is running against the long time incumbent King. Whatever the results of that race, look for Kim Weaver to give her opponent a tough race. This year I wouldn’t count any district as a “safe Republican” even Iowa’s 4th. King is a known whacko in a party that will be lead by a reality TV personality this year. Maybe his luck has run out.

In the southwest corner of Iowa, three democrats are looking to take on one term incumbent David Young. Young is very vulnerable, especially after his embarrassingly being forced to change his vote to oppose an LGBT amendment last week. Vying to oppose Young are:

– Veteran Jim Mowrer
– Businessman Desmund Adams
Michael Sherzan

In Iowa’s northeast corner incumbent Rod Blum seems very, very vulnerable. Blum is a tea partier and doesn’t seem to quite fit in this more progressive district. The Democrats have a couple of good candidates, either of which should give Mr. Blum a good tussle. The Democrats:

Monica Vernon who ran for Lieutenant Governor with Jack Hatch in 2014
– Former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy

Finally those who live in Iowa southeast corner have the pleasure of putting forth Congressmember Dave Loebsack for another couple of years. But just because Loebsack is an incumbent by no means means that this election is to be taken lightly. We need to keep Loebsack’s vote in Washington. This has been a really crazy year, so those in the southeast need to nominate Loebsack for another term and then work like hell to make sure he is re-elected.

We shouldn’t need to remind you that races at the state and county levels will probably have more effect on your day to day life than votes for national representatives, so pay attention and be sure to choose good candidates for state House, state senate and of course for county officials such as auditors, sheriffs and supervisors.

This primary is very important. democrats need to put their best candidates forward. Be sure to set your smart phones to remind you to vote Tuesday.

Early Voting For Primaries Started April 28th

do it early so you don't forget

do it early so you don’t forget

We are reminded by the Robb Hogg campaign that early voting for the June 7th primary began last Thursday. The biggest and most important choice this year is picking out a candidate to oppose the quite vulnerable Senator Grassley.

Depending on where you live there may be races for state house seats and senate seats. Races for various county positions are also at stake.

It is very important that democrats vote to pick the best candidates we can. This election is extremely important to put people in office who will stop special interests from controlling our government and our lives.

In the crucial senate race Democrats include the aforementioned Robb Hogg, Patty Judge, Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause.

You can vote early at your county auditor’s office or by filling out an absentee ballot request here

Don’t forget that you must be a Democrat to vote in the Democratic Party primary.

By voting early you also eliminate the problem of forgetting to vote on primary day, June 7th.

Grassley Challenger Rob Hogg On America’s Climate Century