Mike Franken Schools Grassley on Leadership on Iowa Press

There is no doubt Iowa needs Mike Franken to replace Chuck Grassley. On this weekend’s edition of Iowa Press Franken calmly and surely and without partisan talking points, showed viewers, in a way that the Iowa press has not, that Grassley is not doing his job in the office of senator. Asked about his reactions to January 6, Franken said:

Well, I don’t believe I’m much different from any Iowan who wants to ensure that we come clean if we think a transgression occurred. And everybody involved needs to come clean. What happened? Why was it, what occurred? What do you mean, Senator Grassley, that you thought Vice President Pence wasn’t going to be there and you would be president pro-tem? What did you really mean by that? How would you have ruled on the matters before you? What did you know? And don’t let your staff do this business. Walk in front of the committee, swear an oath and make a statement. Be a leader. Step out. You’re supposed to be that individual. You’re the senior Senator, almost in all of the Senate. Act like it. And he’s not. – Admiral Michael Franken

Erin Murphy wins worst questions this week attempting two gun related gotcha questions that failed because he didn’t do his homework and Franken wasn’t there to push BS. He actually knows stuff. And when he doesn’t he says so.

If you are interested the full transcript is available on Iowapbs.org. I bet Murphy does his homework first next time he plans to ask Franken a gotcha question. That said, it was really a pretty good program. Franken was very good and the Iowa Press panel seems to be improving somewhat. To our readers who say they stopped watching Iowa Press long ago because they are hostile to Democrats while sweet-talking Republicans, this one is relatively safe to watch.

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Sanders, Warren Propose SS Increase

FDR 0 The New Bill of Rights (2 minutes)

Something that has been lost in the incredible assault on America and American values that has been the center of our politics for the past decade or more is the vision that progressives had and still have for America. Visions of a better life for all doesn’t make the headlines on the cable newsers, conflict and death do. We have had plenty of that lately.

A proposal from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren reawakened my desire for America to once again dream of what can be. Our founders did not break away from Britain so they could become property of those wealthy in our society. True, that was an element of society back then, but the trajectory has been toward freedom for all.

America made great strides toward real freedom for all citizens from FDR’s New Deal up until 1980 when Ronald Reagans insane ‘trickle down’ economics reversed much of the gains made by the common American. It gets worse each year.

During the Clinton years things were looking up. Had Al Gore become president (after all he did win but SCOTUS short circuited the ballot count in Florida) America would have taken a hugely different direction. Clinton’s economics had the country on a path to get out of debt. With that out of the way, who knows where Al Gore would have led us.

But SCOTUS intervened and Bush got us into a costly war and occupation, bankrupted the country and nearly plunged the world into an unprecedented economic catastrophe. Democrats had dreams of some form of Medicare for All, attacking the climate challenge and the curse of the gun pandemic may have been blunted.

So when this little story snuck its way into some of the lesser news sites, my heart did a little flip.

While the mainstream (and nearly monopolistic) media is setting the midterms up as a quasi Biden v Trump rematch or possibly a referendum on President Biden, the story that Senators Sanders and Warren were introducing a bill to stabilize Social Security and raise the cap on income taxable for Social Security revved up my memory of some of the grand visions that Democrats have for our country.   

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren led a group of lawmakers Thursday in unveiling legislation that would expand Social Security’s modest annual benefits by $2,400 and ensure the program is fully funded for the next 75 years.

The benefit boost under the Social Security Expansion Act would be funded by lifting the cap on the maximum amount of income subject to the Social Security payroll tax. This year the cap was $147,000—meaning millionaires stopped paying into the program in late February.

“It is time to scrap the cap, expand benefits, and fully fund Social Security.”

If passed, the expansion bill would apply the payroll tax to all income, including capital gains, above $250,000 a year, a change that would only raise taxes on around 7% of U.S. households.

“At a time when half of older Americans have no retirement savings and millions of senior citizens are living in poverty, our job is not to cut Social Security,” Sanders (I-Vt.), head of the Senate Budget Committee and a co-chair of the Expand Social Security Caucus, said in a statement.”

YES WE CAN! Democrats must not forget that in America:

    We can afford GOOD schools for every child.

  • We can afford medical care for all 
  • We can afford food for all
  • We can afford a dignified retirement for all
  • We can afford (we simply must) stand up to the crisis of climate change
  • We can assured to house our citizens 
  • We can afford good paying jobs with decent benefits for all 

The list goes on. This is the year we finally say NO to the insane Reagan economics that have so distorted our nation for 40 years. It is time to say NO to the crazy culture wars that have us attacking teachers and doctors and nurses. It is time to say NO to policies that has our citizens armed to the teeth with weapons of war.

And most of all it is way past time to boot out those who use racism and bigotry to divide us and mislead us. In short we can dream again but we must get behind the leaders who will help us achieve this dreams.

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Sunday Funday: SCOTUS Edition

Well, they reversed Roe v. Wade, eroded Miranda, set the stage for the ending of most gun restriction laws and forced Maine (and by extension all states) to fund, in part, religious schools. That sonic boom you heard Friday morning was America going back 50 years at light speed.

Meanwhile Corporate Kim Reynolds is no doubt burning sacrifices to whatever gawds she believes in. She can really screw Iowa now.

What a week, sadly.

A) Let’s do one Jeopardy style – 11,780?

B) The chief of police in what city recently scourged by a school shooting has been suspended for his response to that shooting?

C) In a growing trend, what retail outlet of a top tech company voted to unionize last week despite heavy pressure from the company to stop it?

D) What age group was finally able to get covid vaccine shots this week, nearly 2.5 years after the start of the pandemic?

E) Late Thursday night the US Senate passed a bill, weak though it was, focused on what burning life and death issue?

F) In the morning of the J6 Committee’s hearing on the DOJ’s involvement in the insurrection, the FBI raided what former DOJ official?

G) Who proposed a ‘gas tax holiday’ to lessen the burden of high fuel prices on Americans?

 H) “Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” was a comment from what high elected official to DOJ officials revealed during Thursday’s J6 hearing?

I) Why did no Democratic congress members press the White House for pardons during the post 2020 election period?

J) June 25, 1876. What general attacks a Sioux encampment only to be overwhelmed by a huge contingent of Sioux warriors?

K) Is this creepy? Amazon announced a new feature that will allow Alexa to speak in whose voice?

L) What Trump administration official claimed on Fox that “he had “never” seen a president lie as much as Joe Biden.”

M) Another Jeopardy style: 30,573 is the number counted by the Washington Post.

N) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diedre DeJear named who as he running mate last week?

O) Does the 4th of July celebrate the constitution or the Declaration of Independence?

P) President Biden had what kind of a minor accident last weekend in Delaware?

Q) What Asian country suffered a 5.9 magnitude earthquake killing over 1,000 people?

R) What European country will restart coal powered electric plants in an effort to minimize their use of Russian natural gas?

S) “Alternative” or “fake” electors who were set up to support Trump in their attempt to overturn the 2020 election found themselves receiving what Wednesday morning?

T) One more Jeopardy style: Shae Moss.

‘Sure, he’s a total scumbag who tried to usurp democracy with a violent insurrection, but sure I’d still vote him’ seems to be the GOP mantra.  – Noel Casler

tip of the hat to Mike Lukovich


A) What is the number of votes Trump wanted the Georgia Secretary of State to create for him so he (Trump) could win in Georgia

B) Uvalde, Texas

C) The Apple Store in Towson, Md.

D) The under 5 set!

E) Gun safety

F) Jeffrey Clark

G) President Biden

H) Trump

I) Because unlike several republicans, they did not commit felonies

J) General Custer

K) voices of dead relatives 

L) VP Pence

M) What is the number of Lies told by Trump as president

N) Eric Van Lancker, Clinton County auditor

O) Declaration of Independence

Q) Afghanistan

R) Germany

S) subpoenas

T) Georgia poll worker targeted by Trump and his supporters for doing her job.

The ppl saying Keystone XL would bring down gas prices are the same ppl who said 2 wars w/Iraq would bring down gas prices. – John Fugelsang

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Return Iowa To Normalcy

Michael Franken

As the J6 Committee hearings roll on there is little question that the then president was the driving force behind an attempt to end our constitutional government in the US after some 230 years. There had been little question before that. The Committee has simply put a lot of flesh on the bones of what most Americans believed was true.

What has been amazing is that the current Republican Party, instead of condemning this attack on the government that has provided Americans with a good structure for a couple of centuries, has instead almost 100% chosen to rally behind a man who committed treason.

Such support for Trump surely brings us to question the motives of those supporters. Why would Chuck Grassley support a man who seems to have committed open treason? That certainly belies any claims he makes of working for the best interests of the country. The best interests of the country would be to root out those involved in or sympathetic to the insurrection.

Grassley needs to be pressed on this at campaign appearances. Which is more important – Trump or the country? As of right now, Grassley is siding with Trump and his followers. Is Grassley so scared of being called a RINO that he is afraid to stand up for what is right. 

On a similar note, Grassley voted NO on the compromise gun bill the other day. This is not a man of integrity who wants to put life over the gun industry. This is a man who gets tons of money from the gun industry and votes for them no matter what. Once bought he stays bought. But that is not good for Iowa.

I sometimes wonder if the school age children of Iowa – just short of 500,000 – each ponied up $5 and gave it to Grassley for him to vote to regulate guns if that would do anything? These kids just want to get an education without the fear that some loser will burst into their classroom and blast them away. Is that asking too much?

Frustration and fear is really starting to settle in for many Americans following the SCOTUS decision Thursday to strike down New York state’s restrictions on concealed carry. This case will be the springboard for ending almost all restrictions on guns in this country. 

Therefore in short order, a person may be well advised to be wary that any person they interact with could easily be packing a pistol. We were once told this would make for a more polite society. It will certainly make for a more fearful society. One of the people we can thank for this is Grassley.

Grassley who stopped a SCOTUS nomination by ignoring the constitutional provisions of the constitution. Grassley who worked for the election of a thoroughly unqualified person for president. Grassley who now supports that same person even after he committed treason.

Mike Franken has been a breath of fresh air in the rancid atmosphere of recent Iowa politics. Franken has an extremely distinguished public career rising to the rank of 3 star admiral in the US Navy. Folks, he is competent! And he has a set of values learned in a much more normal Iowa that has served him well.

In a recent email, he reminded Iowans how their state has always been at the forefront of progress in America:

Fox News and my opponent Chuck Grassley are hot to paint me as “liberal.” They’re already calling me a radical socialist who is the most liberal person to ever run for office. (*eye roll*)

Bit of history: Iowa was one of the first states to open college for women, to elect women to public office, and admit female lawyers to the bar. We were the second state in the nation to allow interracial marriage and the first state to desegregate public schools. Iowa is home to America’s oldest mosque, and we were the third state to recognize same-sex marriage.

You would think the good Senator would recall these events… Perhaps Grassley has forgotten Iowa and who we are – or maybe he’s just once again playing partisan politics and courting the support of far-right fringe groups to try to win reelection.

Iowa has always been a place of progressive values, and I am running against Chuck Grassley because it’s time to return our state to its roots of advocating equality and caring for one another.

Mike Franken will not be for sale to the highest bidder. It is time for Iowa to pick the guy who will put Iowa values first.

Iowans deserve a guy who will fight for them and their children, not the top 1%. Mike Franken is that guy.

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Roe v. Wade Overturned

Well, now we know what he meant. Very bad for women

Much as with the death of a friend or relative, even when you know they are dying you still hold out hope until that final breath is drawn. Even though we had much warning, when the official release of the Dobbs v. Jackson happened Friday morning it was much like realizing that an old friend is gone, never to return.

I believe the very first outcomes of this decision will be more erosion of the status of women as citizens. The second will be a further sharpening of the divide in this country. 

Make no doubt that this is only the first in what many suspect will be a mass overturning of cases that advanced civil and personal rights in this country over the past 80 years. Expect homosexual marriage to be a target very quickly. Will interracial marriage also be a target? Probably, though in a couched way.

How about the ability to simply buy birth control over the counter in a drug store? Surely that will be a target.

Some may have missed it, but Miranda rights took a hit in Thursday’s decisions. Not completely gone, but eroded. 

This court is on a revenge tour. Because of their ages this group may have as much as another 20 years together to wreak havoc on our rights. 

Many have predicted that even Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas will be overturned. They will certainly be looking for cases to do so. Remember one man, one vote? Perhaps one of the most basic of civil rights cases. Do not be surprised if that is challenged.

As we come up on July 4th, don’t forget that the very basis of the Revolution was laws being imposed without representation. You have the power to make a difference, but you have to vote! And you have to vote against the forces that have brought the current situation to be.

If there is one person who should have blame heaped on him, that is Chuck Grassley. His refusal to grant Merrick Garland a nomination hearing for a seat on the SCOTUS blatantly ignored the dictates of the constitution. His refusal to act in a constitutional manner and to get away with it by being re-elected was the first move in packing the SCOTUS with reactionary members.

But sadly, voters who did not take the threat of what would happen if Hillary Clinton were not elected are also at fault. Donald Trump was a man who cared little about our country. He inflicted severe damage on our country and with his SCOTUS appointments his legacy of disaster will carry on for decades.


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Kick Out The Traitors And Sympathizers

Adam Schiff’s closing speech Tuesday (3:30)

The January 6th Special Committee has done a masterful job of putting together the time line and the actions and actors that led to the full blown attempt at overthrowing the legitimately elected government of the United States on January 6th, 2021. 

There is little doubt that the moving force behind the attempted overthrow of government was the then sitting president, Donald Trump. There was little doubt on that day who the moving force behind the coup attempt. It was pretty much out in the open.

Even immediately after, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy pointed to Trump as the instigator:  

“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” McCarthy said on the House floor. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.”

As did Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:  

“Following Saturday’s vote acquitting former President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., excoriated Trump for his actions on the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, calling them a “disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

But he said ultimately, he did not vote to convict the former president because of constitutional concerns.

“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” McConnell said shortly after the 57-43 Senate vote that ended in the former president’s acquittal.

“The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” he said, “and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.”

It was clear January 6th and is being made strikingly more clear now. Yet Iowa’s Republican delegation chose to ignore what was plainly obvious. Senators Grassley and Ernst ignored the obvious and voted to acquit the traitor. Grassley:   

“We do not have the authority to try a private citizen like former President Trump. Even if we did, he should have been accorded the protections of due process of law in his trial. And even if we assume he has been, the House Managers still did not prove that he committed incitement to insurrection, the specific crime of which he stands accused. This does not excuse President Trump’s conduct on and around January 6th of this year,” Grassley said in a statement. “It satisfies my oath as a U.S. Senator in this court of impeachment. I therefore voted to acquit.”


Ernst released a statement on Twitter saying in part: “The bottom line for this impeachment trial: Donald Trump is no longer in office, he is a private citizen.”

Iowa’s Republicans in the House did little better: 

“Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson said in a statement Wednesday she believes the president does bear responsibility for the riots, but said impeachment is the wrong path forward.

Republican Rep. Randy Feenstra said he will be voting against impeachment. Mariannette Miller-Meeks also said she opposes impeachment.”

Note to Grassley and Ernst – Trump was the President when he committed his treason. That he was a private citizen when the vote was taken did not matter. That is the way justice works.

There was little Iowans could do at the time to let these people know that their decision to let Trump commit a crime and be let free was wrong. But time marches on and we are now looking at an election. All 5 of Iowa’s Republicans must be held accountable for their votes to send a person who tried to overthrow OUR government free. Because of them, Trump and his fellow traitors are planning the next coup.

If our laws mean nothing, then why even have laws? Grassley, Ernst, Miller-Meeks, Hinson and Feenstra all made a public display of their disdain for our laws. For that reason alone they must be defeated at the polls and WE THE PEOPLE must reassert that we are a nation of laws!

Grassley and the Republican delegation have shown they do not have the judgment to hold the highest elected positions in this country. When they are called on to make decisions for the good of the country their judgment must not be clouded by their loyalty to a person over the country.

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The Second Amendment Is Not Good Enough For Republicans

Iowa State Capitol.

Republican lawmakers passed an amendment to the Iowa Constitution which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. I urge readers to vote no.

According to House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, “The Freedom Amendment is the proposal to enshrine in our state constitution protections for our Second Amendment rights.”

Most Americans appreciate the Bill of Rights. So do I. Here’s the Second Amendment:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

What Republicans propose isn’t the same:

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

Whoa buddy! This isn’t the language written by the founders in 1789. It is lawyered up with terms like “sovereign state” and “strict scrutiny.”

Republicans are tampering with our Second Amendment rights. They would infringe on rights that stood since the founders wrote them and the states ratified the Bill of Rights. 

Readers should pay attention on Nov. 8 and vote no on this bogus constitutional amendment that reduces our rights, protecting nothing.

~ A version of this post was published in the Des Moines Register on June 23, 2022.

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Will Our Democracy Survive?

Nicholas Johnson speaking at Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City

The Day Democracy Died: Listening to Washington and McLean

by Nicholas Johnson
published with permission

George Washington warned his “Friends and Fellow-Citizens” there could be days like this in his farewell address of September 19, 1796. Political parties could become “potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled . . . to usurp for themselves the reins of government.” [Photo credit: wikimedia commons; Gilbert Stuart painting.]

Individuals may then “seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction . . . turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.”

“[L]et there be no change by usurpation; . . . it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”

Are you old enough to remember the lyrics to Don McLean’s song, “American Pie,” about “the day the music died”?

It will be nothing to sing about, but we’re headed toward “the day democracy died.” Some say it’s already dead. “The day democracy died” was January 6, 2021.

It’s more complicated than that.

Like preparing your garden soil in the spring, a democracy can only grow in a nation with, one, a civil society of non-governmental and non-business organizations – from Rotary Clubs to garden clubs, trade unions to Wordle groups. And, two, people who understand and reject authoritarian rule, and affirmatively seek democracy (as we discovered after 20 unsuccessful years in Afghanistan).

The first was found in America by de Tocqueville and published in 1835 in his “Democracy in America.”

The second was made clear by Thomas Jefferson in the 1776 Declaration of Independence, listing and charging the “King of Great Britain [with] a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny.“

Many components, properly assembled and maintained, can become a car. Similarly, a democracy only emerges with the assembly and maintenance of components. A non-political, respected judiciary. A trusted electoral system, expanding participants and easing voting.

Thomas Jefferson considered independent media so essential to democracy that choosing “government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

George Washington thought education a component. “In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.”

How to destroy a democracy? As the Nazi Hermann Goering explained, “it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship . . .. It works the same in any country.”

The authoritarian’s playbook isn’t complicated. You destroy the public’s trust in its democratic institutions. Promote divisiveness, fear and anger. Repeat “the big lie” until it’s believed by the faithful. Convince the public the media is “the enemy of the people.”

Or, as in Iowa currently, you attack the public education system, prescribe the books and subjects that can and can’t be taught, reduce the appropriations, demonize the teachers.

It works the same in any country. Including ours. Just like George Washington warned us.
Nicholas Johnson is best known as a former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.  He is the author of Columns of Democracy.
Blog:  fromdc2iowa.blogspot.com  Website: nicholasjohnson.org

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How We Got Here

Check out this interview with Anne Nelson, author of Shadow Network: Media, Money and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right. She explains in fascinating yet shocking detail exactly how we got here and why the right’s use of the media is so important. She makes some fair points about Democrats’ lack of a pro-active strategy without bashing them and she poses interesting questions such as why did the Democrats abandon radio.

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Wanted: Democratic Candidates in Seven Iowa Senate Districts

Senator Rob Hogg

Important message from Senator Rob Hogg:

Help win back the Iowa Senate

After the primary, here is the lineup of Iowa Senate Democratic candidates who need your support.

Dear Iowans:

Now that the primary is over, it is time to support our Democratic candidates so we can win in November.

Statewide, our ticket is led by Admiral Mike Franken for U.S. Senate and Deidre DeJear for Governor. Please do what you can to support them by volunteering, speaking up, and contributing as you are able.

At the legislative level, here is the lineup of candidates who need our support so we can take back the Iowa Senate (by district, name, and city or town in the district, *incumbent):

SD1 – Jackie Smith* (Sioux City)
SD11 – Lisa Fleishman (Indianola)
SD13 – Matt Greiner (Ottumwa)
SD14 – Sarah Trone Garriott* (West Des Moines-Dallas County)
SD15 – Tony Bisignano* (Des Moines)
SD16 – Claire Celsi* (West Des Moines-Polk County)
SD17 – Izaah Knox (Des Moines)
SD19 – Tyler Stewart (Newton)
SD21 – Todd Brady (Ankeny)
SD23 – Matt Pries (Grimes)
SD25 – Herman Quirmbach* (Ames)
SD27 – Sam Cox (Grinnell)
SD30 – Whitney Mixdorf (Mason City)
SD31 – Bill Dotzler* (Waterloo)
SD33 – Matt Robinson (Dyersville)
SD37 – Molly Donahue (Marion)
SD39 – Liz Bennett (Cedar Rapids)
SD40 – Todd Taylor* (Cedar Rapids)
SD41 – Deb VanderGaast (Tipton)
SD42 – Jessica Wiskus (Lisbon)
SD43 – Zach Wahls* (Coralville)
SD45 – Janice Weiner (Iowa City)
SD46 – Kevin Kinney* (Oxford)
SD47 – Mary Kathleen Figaro (Bettendorf)
SD49 – Cindy Winckler (Davenport)

Because this is the first election under the new redistricting map, there are 34 seats in the Iowa Senate up for election. If Democrats can win 21 of those seats, we can force a 25-25 tie and give Democrats a meaningful say in state government again. If we can win more, we will be back in the majority. We need to reclaim a seat at the table for working families, public schools, women’s rights, health care, public health and safety, family farmers, and clean energy and clean water solutions.

In addition to the candidates who won their primaries, Democrats can still nominate candidates from Senate District conventions where we don’t yet have a candidate. I have been told that is already expected in two districts (SD29 which includes Waverly and SD35 which includes Clinton). Other districts where Democrats are still looking for Iowa Senate candidates include SD3 (Storm Lake), SD4 (Fort Dodge), SD5 (Emmetsburg), SD6 (Carroll), SD7 (Onawa), SD9 (Atlantic), and SD44 (Fairfield). If you hear of candidates who are seeking nomination by convention in those districts, please let me know.

So pick your favorite Iowa Senate Democratic candidates to support. In addition, you can contribute to Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls who can allocate those resources to the candidates who are most likely to win with extra help. (Senator Wahls currently does not have an opponent, and even if he did, he would be able to win without needing to spend contributions on himself.)

Here is a link where you can contribute to help Zach take back the Iowa Senate:

Please contribute today as you are able and help us take back the Iowa Senate.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m. – Nate and Maggie Willems are hosting a “meet and greet” for Congressional candidate Liz Mathis at their home, 321 3rd Street SW, in Mount Vernon. For more details, visit:

Friday, August 12, 5 p.m. – Mark your calendars now for the return of the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake and stay tuned for more details.

Please stay involved, help uplift our democracy, and let’s take back the Iowa Senate.


Senator Rob Hogg
Cedar Rapids
Telephone: (319) 247-0223
Email: SenatorRobHogg@gmail.com
Twitter: @SenatorRobHogg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoggforsenate/

“Over the long term, as a matter of economic security and national security and for the survivability of the planet, we all need to move as quickly as possible to clean, renewable energy. And we’ll work together to help get that done so that the days of any nation being subject to the whims of a tyrant for its energy needs are over. They must end.” – President Joe Biden, March 26, 2022

Rob Hogg is a State Senator from Cedar Rapids.
Contact Rob at SenatorRobHogg@gmail.com.

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