Legislative Issues From Robb Hogg

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Water Debate Heats Up – Speak Up For Real Action For Water Solutions

One of the key issues facing the state that is expected to be addressed early in the session is water policy. In early January, I wrote an op-ed for the Gazette and the Des Moines Register, urging Iowans to speak up for real action for the many water solutions that work, with specific legislative suggestions that would create rural jobs, improve soil health, and clean up our water. I also pointed out that Senate File 512, a pending bill that has already passed the Senate, was not good legislation. It promises to spend money on the problem in the future, subject to change by a future Legislature, without any real accountability or measurement of results.

Here is a link to my guest column.

On Tuesday of this week, State Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) wrote a guest column in the Des Moines Register that said I was “throwing barbs” at “good legislation,” rather than proposing ideas of my own. Here is a link to his guest column:

I obviously disagree with Representative Wills’ view of my guest column, and the work I have done to not only propose water solutions but to actually pass them (e.g., Iowa Flood Center, Iowa Flood Mitigation Board, watershed management authorities, etc.).

However, there is good news in Representative Wills’ guest column. If his column is true, the Republican majority does not have a “done deal” on water that they intend to pass without further committee work or public input. That means Iowans have a real opportunity to speak up with your ideas to clean up our waters and reduce the risks of drought and flood damage.

Reynolds Proposes Large Mid-Year Budget Cuts . . . Again 

Yesterday, our Justice System Budget Committee began reviewing Governor Reynolds’ proposed major mid-year budget cuts.  It includes a $3.4 million cut to Corrections, a $1.6 million cut to our courts, and a $900,000 cut to the Iowa State Patrol. Even areas like victim assistance programs, which were cut by 26 percent over the last two years, would face an additional $45,000 cut.

This is on top of major mid-year cuts to other areas of the budget such as Medicaid ($10 million), our universities ($5.1 million), human service operations ($3.3 million), and our community colleges ($1.8 million).

It is clear that the policies of the Branstad and Reynolds Administrations are not meeting the needs of Iowans, and Republicans are talking about making the situation worse with even more tax cuts. We cannot cut our way to prosperity. I believe we need a new direction. Here is my three-part strategy to fix the Branstad-Reynolds budget mess: 

(1) Fiscal discipline to balance the budget as required by Iowa law;

(2) Strategic investments and initiatives in education, job training, public health, clean energy, water management, natural resources, infrastructure, and community development to support more and better jobs and raise wages in every county in Iowa; and

(3) Fair and progressive tax policies that generate the revenue needed to operate state government.

You can help by speaking up with legislators of both parties to stop the cuts that hurt education, public safety, health care, and water management, and get Iowa going in a better direction.


Stay Vigilant – Watch Out For These Issues 

Finally, I want to urge you to stay alert and speak up on some other big issues that the Republican majority could raise in the 2018 legislative session. Just like the rushed legislation last year to gut workers’ rights and close the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, they could ram through bad ideas again. Here are five items on my “watch” list:

  • Will the majority fund public schools at a level that at least matches inflation (2.5 percent in 2017)?
  • Will the majority protect IPERS and other retirement security? 
  • Will the majority fix the Medicaid managed care mess? 
  • Will the majority fix the problems in the health insurance market? 
  • Will the majority use “tax reform” as a guise for more tax cuts that make the budget mess even worse? 

This is not a complete list. There are many important issues that could come up for consideration in the 2018 legislative session. I hope you will contact me with your questions and suggestions, and I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events mentioned above.

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Women’s March Today


Grab those pussy hats and get ready to protest!

Power to the Polls – Decorah Iowa March!

Start: January 20, 2018 • 1:30 PM

Mary Christopher Park, 306 East Water Street• 306 East Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101

Host Contact Info: svermace@gmail.com


If You Can’t Hear Our Voice, Hear Our Vote | Anniversary

Start: January 20, 2018 • 12:00 PM

Iowa State Capitol• 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

Host Contact Info: Robin@womensmarchia.org


Equality March

Start: January 20, 2018 • 3:00 PM

USW Local 105• 880 Devils Glen rd, Bettendorf , IA 52806


Women’s March 2018: Iowa City

Start: January 20, 2018 • 9:30 AM

End: January 20, 2018 • 10:30 AM

Iowa City Pedestrian Mall• Iowa City Pedestrian Mall, Iowa City, IA 52240

Host Contact Info: Iowa City Women’s March Planning Group


First Anniversary Women’s March-Lamoni

Start: January 20, 2018 • 1:00 PM

The Colesium• 100 North Maple, Lamoni, IA 50140


Omaha Women’s March

Start: January 20, 2018 • 1:00 PM

Downtown Omaha• 1302 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68102

Be sure to check the times closely. It looks like all marches takes place next Saturday, January 20th.

If you are looking for a march closer to home check here.

Hope to see you there!

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“All We Want Is Clean Air And Water” Support The Moratorium on CAFOs (Factory Farms)

This happened at the state capitol this week.  Farmer Chris Petersen:  “Our beautiful state of Iowa is being sacrificed… for what?  for what?”   Please share this.

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If You Think You Are Making a Difference in Iowa, You Are Right!

Ahhh!  Remember the “good ol’ days” when Howard Dean set off an explosion of Deaniac fervor in 2003? Democracy for Iowa gave birth to Blog for Iowa, as we joined the cause, in Deaniac style, along with several other non-Dean progressive groups here in Iowa.

Well, recently I spoke with Executive Director Kevin Geiken of the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) to see if we’d made any “progressive progress” within the party, and was surprised to learn that activists are now welcome at the IDP, and as Geiken told me, the IDP now has “the most progressive platform” it ever has had.

It’s exciting news, and even though the national party still seems to be fighting the progressives all the way, the Iowa party has been quickly making changes away from the old top-down system.

Read my article here about the founding of the Dean movement, Blog for Iowa, and how things have changed since 2016 here in Iowa.

Linda Thieman, co-founder and original editor of BFIA

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We Must Talk with Rural Voters

–John Norris, Democratic candidate for Governor, was State Director of the Farm Unity Coalition during the 1980s’ Farm Crisis. He served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is currently co-owner of the State Public Policy Group. Norrisforthepeople.com

I have traveled thousands of miles across Iowa on my campaign for governor and I cannot help but get depressed at what I see.  Iowa’s rural landscape has slowly but steadily eroded from when I grew up on my Southwest Iowa family farm. Our state’s farming operations continue to consolidate and family farms are nearing extinction. Rural communities lose population and economic diversity while industrial scale agricultural practices, both crop and livestock degrade our water and soil. Is this progress?

We’ve seen this downslide taking place for too long while policy makers in Des Moines fail to take action. A perfect example of this is the battle over water quality. The problem is well known. Industrial scale agriculture applies tons of fertilizer and chemicals and plants every possible foot of every field in order to secure higher yields and subsidies. Accelerated runoff from fields with no cover crops or buffer strips leads to extremely high levels of nitrogen and nitrates that threaten public health. The municipal water systems need to remove the nitrates, greatly increasing their operational costs when much of the problem can be managed at the source – the field.

The Iowa Legislature, largely influenced by the Farm Bureau and other corporate ag interests, has been ineffective while doing its best to shift responsibility to all citizens of the state rather than those most responsible for the problems. This is a complete policy failure.

How can we incentivize producers and, more specifically, land owners to farm sustainably? If cooperative funding is needed, one approach could be to assess a surcharge on fertilizer and farm chemicals sold in the state. Every dollar generated would go back to farmers through financial assistance to those who deploy measures to reduce over-fertilization, water run-off and soil erosion.

Of course, rural Iowa faces many other issues. Many ‘downtowns’ are close to abandoned. Regional superstores get property tax breaks and then suck commerce from the smaller towns. Changes in agriculture to larger operations and fewer overall operators have driven people from the farm. And the steady expansion of livestock confinement operations has dashed the dream of a bucolic, rural lifestyle for many.

With the primary engines for economic growth outside of Iowa’s cities tending to be meat packing and ethanol production, it is clear that rural communities and regions need a more diverse path forward. They aren’t getting it from a centrally located economic development authority that relies almost exclusively on tax handouts as our economic development strategy rather than actually creating economic opportunity.

Is it time to shift our economic development efforts from this model to regionally-based efforts? Does an authority based in the state’s largest city truly understand the needs and aspirations of a county in the corner of Iowa?

Completely redesigning the state’s economic development model is a radical notion but, with the challenges Iowa and its citizens face, the time is now for considering such changes. We are dealing with a growing number of sobering realities. Our public education system, once the envy of the U.S., continues to decline, not the least because we refuse to fund our schools and teachers adequately. Rural schools and hospitals are the essential building blocks of rural communities and now the privatization of Medicaid threatens the future of these economic anchors.

As Iowa’s population continues to shift from rural to urban, Democrats campaigning for statewide office have focused almost exclusively on the state’s largest counties, while virtually ignoring rural Iowa. It has clearly been a failed strategy to ignore rural voters. We must talk with rural voters about our shared values of caring for the land, families and communities and offer a better vision for the future of rural Iowa. Renewable energy, expanding broadband access, targeting small business development and investing in our workforce are all critical initiatives Democrats should own. We must show we are willing to fight to bring life back to our rural communities and offer a better economic future for rural Iowans.

In 2018, I believe that there will be a Democratic resurgence so that we can return our state to its role of being a leader in progressive policy and action. But to do so will require the greatest possible presence in areas too often ignored by Democrats.

Reprinted with permission from the Winter 2018 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter, available only in hard copy for $12/yr.!! Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City 52244.

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Get On The Bus

Reprinted with permission from the Winter 2018 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter, available only in hard copy for $12/yr.!! Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City 52244.

[from a transcript of remarks given at Bethel AME Church in Iowa City on January 16, 2017, edited for The Prairie Progressive]

Thank you for asking me to speak at Bethel, especially on this day. When I asked Mrs. Townsend what she wanted me to talk about, she said, just tell people why you’ve worked quietly over the years to help people who are struggling for their civil rights. The truth is, I don’t know.

Maybe it’s because my grandparents were immigrants to this country, and I grew up hearing their stories of persecution and poverty.

Maybe it’s because I grew up in Chicago, when it was known as the most segregated city in America, and might still be. At an early age I saw extremes of poverty and extremes of wealth side by side, for no good reason that I could determine.

Or maybe it’s because I was lucky enough to grow up around the time the transistor became cheap and available, and my friends and I could listen to the great American poet Chuck Berry all day and into the night. And then in high school, the golden age of Motown began. The sound of the Supremes, the Miracles, the Temptations, was everywhere. I was drawn to the music, and I was drawn to an old theatre down on the south side, on 47th St. and South Parkway. (South Parkway is now Martin Luther King Drive.) It was called the Regal, and it was home to live shows every weekend. On a lot of those week-ends, my friends and I would travel from our slice of life on the north side down to the south side, and see everyone from James Brown to Bobby Blue Bland, but best of all, the Motown Revue. In one night, for just $2.50, you could see some combination of Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Little Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Diana Ross, the Four Tops!

This was an important cultural experience for me, a white kid from a middleclass family, who was brought up to stay in his seat and clap politely. At the Regal, people were running up and down the aisles, laughing and shouting to friends, jumping up and down in their seats, going in and out for popcorn during as well as in between songs…it was exhilarating.

But I learned something else at those shows. It never seemed to matter to anyone that a handful of white teenagers were there. Nobody ever gave us any trouble, everybody was friendly, nobody asked us what we were doing there. We felt at home. But back home, up north, a lot of people would say, ‘You went down to 47th St? At night? You know, that’s a bad neighborhood.’ Well, I’ve heard that term Bad Neighborhood many times since then, and I learned what people usually mean by it, even here in Iowa City. Those early experiences at the Regal taught me to take it with a grain of salt.

So maybe it was my grandparents, or maybe it was the economic inequality that I saw as a child and couldn’t ignore, or maybe it was Smokey and the Miracles, that led up to my wanting to go to the March for Jobs and Freedom at the end of August of 1963. What a chance to see Dr. Martin Luther King and be a part what was predicted to be a quarter of a million people in our nation’s capital! My friend Ira and I scraped together a few dollars…my older brother loaned me $30 and promised not to tell our parents…and we took the train downtown to the Greyhound station. We waited in the hot dark station until that big bus pulled up with the words Washington DC on the front. We were actually within a few steps of getting on the bus when out of the shadows stepped Ira’s father. Well, we were busted, and Ira started trudging alongside his father. I started trudging with them, until Ira’s father said to me, ‘I just came to get Ira. You can do whatever you want.’

I looked at Ira, and I looked at the bus, and I went home with Ira and his father.

At the time I told myself I was being loyal to my friend. If he couldn’t go, neither would I. The truth is that I was 16 years old with little money and no place to stay in a city I’d never seen, and I was just a little too scared to go on my own. I’ve regretted it ever since.

Now, this might be the first time at a Martin Luther King Day celebration that you’ve heard a story about NOT going to the March on Washington, but I learned something that day that I’ve tried to live by ever since. When you’ve got a choice between getting on the bus or staying in the station, get on the bus! I know that all of you here today have gotten on the bus, that most of you have been on the bus your entire lives, so I say it mostly to the younger people here. When you’ve got the chance, get on the bus.

Many years later, I was a social worker for people who had been shut away in Iowa’s state hospital-schools for most of their lives. Many of you know some of them here in Iowa City who came back to live in their home towns after being institutionalized as children. I learned a lot about courage and resilience from them. To live and to get around independently, they often had to do something scary: get on the bus. Most of us don’t realize how confusing and frightening that can be if you’ve never done it before, but these folks did it.

More years later, I was a member of an organization that I generally respected, but I became disturbed by what seemed to be a strain of racism within its leadership. I grew discouraged when nothing I did had an impact, and I was on the verge of quitting the group as a matter of principle. But before I did, I asked for advice from a community organizer in Des Moines. Some of you might have known her. Her name was Evelyn Davis, she was the founder of the Tiny Tots Day Care Center, and just about everyone in Des Moines knew her as ‘Mom.’

When I told Mom Davis my predicament and wanting to quit this organization, she informed me that principle was no good if you don’t fight for it. In so many words she told me to stay on the bus! Since then, I’ve had moments in every job I’ve had, where resigning on principle was tempting, but I learned from Mom Davis that it’s almost always better to fight from within, than to give up and get off the bus.

Mom Davis once said something else that I’ve tried to live up to. She said, ‘I never got a paycheck big enough to shut my mouth.’

Mom was one of the people I first met when the Rev. Jesse Jackson ran for President. Your former pastor, The Rev. Dial, was another. When Rev. Jackson decided to enter the Iowa caucuses in 1987, I knew that was one bus I had to get on. I learned a lot from the people on that bus.

I didn’t get the chance to talk with Rev. Jackson very much, but once I asked him a question. The Reverend was obviously a long shot for President, twenty years before Barack Obama came along, and many people thought it was naïve and foolishly idealistic to be on the Rainbow Coalition bus. I asked him, what should I tell the people who, somewhat mockingly, call me an idealist? Rev. Jackson answered, ‘tell them you’re a realist with high ideals.’ That’s another thing I’ve tried to live up to over the years.

One time after a campaign event at a hotel in Cedar Rapids, I was with campaign manager John Norris in a van picking up Rev. Jackson at the front entrance. As we pulled into the circle driveway, Jackson was pacing in the big lit-up doorway of the hotel. He got in the van without a word. I thought to myself, he seems angry, but we were only a few seconds late, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Finally he turned to Norris and said, ‘don’t ever leave me exposed like that.’

I looked back at the front of the hotel, and sure enough, the brightly-lit double-doors provided a perfect frame for an assassin’s bullet. It drove home to me the ever-present daily danger that Rev. Jackson lived with, just as the Rev. King did. And the necessity of never letting it stray far from your mind.

Since then I’ve also learned, many times over, the ever-present daily danger that many people live with, dangers that a white person like me rarely experiences. I don’t have to be extra vigilant and take precautions that many people do every day. I don’t have to worry if I look presentable enough to go to the grocery store, or if I’m talking too loud, or if I might appear to be loitering. I’ve never been asked for three forms of ID to cash a check. I’m not followed around by a security guard in the aisles of a store. I don’t have to be extranervous if a police officer pulls me over. I wasn’t burdened with having to explain all of this to my children.

These are just a few snapshots of some of what I have learned from others. And as I reflect with you on Martin Luther King Day, they make me think about the challenges our country faces, with a new president just four days from now. Most of you have faced these challenges throughout your entire lives, but I want to conclude by saying again, especially to the younger people here: don’t let these challenges scare you. Don’t be left at the station, as I was 53 years ago. Get on the bus if you’re not already on! If you’re already on, stay on the bus! And let’s remember what Dr. King would most want us to keep in mind: we’re all on the bus together.

–Dave Leshtz is a former Chair of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

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I Have A Dream Martin Luther King Jr. Full Speech: Video

Recently, I was having a conversation with a young person, well younger than me, thirty something, about the Vietnam war.   I happened to mention Agent Orange, and she had no idea what I was talking about, had never heard of it, didn’t know that it was a chemical used by the U.S. military during the war to defoliate the rainforests.  This is a person with a college degree, and who holds a professional job in the medical field and who is intelligent. So, you just can never assume “everyone already knows this” or that everyone has already seen MLK’s historic speech, for example.  So here it is again.

Iowa’s only Democrat Dave Loebsack, will be attending two MLK events today in Davenport and Iowa City.


Dave will join Friends of MLK at their celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WHERE         Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 W. 14th Street
TIME              11:00am


Dave will attend the service honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
WHERE         Bethel AME Church, 411 S. Governor Street
TIME              2:30pm

Connect with Dave online


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Politics and Real Zach Wahls

2018 will be an amazing year for Democrats, win or lose. Even so, I’ve been slow to engage, that is, until Zach Wahls announced his campaign for State Senate District 37.

First I said no politics until after the June 5 primary. An aging, low-wage worker doesn’t have bandwidth for everything and I know both my limits and what politics can demand.

That didn’t last long. I volunteered to be temporary chair at our Feb. 5 precinct caucus.

However, the 2018 political campaign began for me at 8:54 a.m. Jan. 13 with this.

Zach Wahls had been in Tipton for a morning meet and greet at D’Alicias Cupcakery and Cafe. He held his first campaign event in the City of Solon that afternoon.

Wahls is running in the June 5 Democratic primary against Janice Weiner to replace retiring State Senator Bob Dvorsky in the general election for Senate District 37. The filing period doesn’t start until February, so there could be other candidates for this open seat. No Republican has declared in the race.

Janice Weiner in Tipton, Jan. 13, 2018

I was in Tipton to speak at a gathering of Indivisible Iowa and Weiner spoke as well.

Weiner’s credentials are impressive, especially her work for the U.S. State Department and as a Stanford intern working on policy for then San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein.

Her uphill climb to a primary win will be a lack of name recognition, and articulation of her views and credentials. Wahls’ challenges are different and unique.

If people know Zach Wahls, it is likely from the speech he gave in Des Moines in 2011. As of today it has more than 3.2 million views on YouTube and created an internet sensation. He must balance internet celebrity with grassroots campaigning among people who may not have heard of him. He had a great start in Solon.

Zach Wahls and Marcia Gaffney in Solon, Iowa, Jan. 13, 2018.

About 35 people, young and old, gathered at Solon’s old middle school on a winter Saturday to meet and hear Wahls. Political pal and city counselor Lauren Whitehead and I organized the multi-layered event. Attendees who came and went during a two-hour period included a small group of boy scouts, school-age children, long-time political activists, local business people, a labor leader, Democratic central committee members and the president of the Solon School Board, a registered Republican.

Wahls gave a brief speech regarding his personal history and three legislative priorities: healthcare, education and workers’ rights. He took questions as long as people asked them and impressed with his depth of knowledge about policy issues that mattered to attendees. Wahls has experience in public speaking since the viral video but seemed genuine and unrehearsed in answering questions about tax policy, education, Medicaid, mental health, labor, law enforcement, water quality and other topics. He hung around after the formal part of the gathering to speak individually and take photos. He even helped clean up the room.

The real Zach Wahls literally hit the streets on Saturday where I met him. As district voters get to know him there is a lot to like. He gained at least this supporter in the process.

If you would like to find out more about Zach’s campaign, visit zachwahlsforiowa.com.  Follow Zach on Facebook and Twitter.

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Iowa’s Medicaid Is So Screwed Up

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Ending this is one of the most pressing problems for Iowa this session

Iowa’s Medicaid system has been going downhill since the day former Iowa Emperor Branstad declared that private companies would be allowed to start pecking slowly at the body in an effort to kill it. He said this would save it. Much like our policy in Viet Nam destroyed villages in order to save them.

So here we sit some 2+ years later as the Iowa legislature comes back into session. I hear some rumor that Republicans now think it needs to be saved. However based on their last effort I wouldn’t let them anywhere near Medicaid. Unfortunately they are currently in charge of the legislature so nothing gets done without their say-so.

We now have a system that treats its customers horribly. They also treat providers as with little more than disdain, paying bills very late and often not in full. These problems have been chronicled over and over. Yet our Republican governor can’t seem to understand that her and her predecessor’s experiment is simply a failure.

Now comes the story that their system that was supposed to save so much money is not doing that either. One could easily make the observation that any savings are not due to better patient care or efficiencies but due mostly to worse care and a failure to pay bills.

This is only a tip of the iceberg in what will soon become a national health care crisis. Samantha Bee took a glance at women’s health care in the US Wednesday night and had some pointed observations.

Thursday the current administration let it be known that states will be allowed to require work for people on Medicaid. I suspect Iowa will be an early adopter of such a program. Many folks on Medicaid are either elderly or disabled. Those who are able bodied are often already employed but their jobs don’t offer insurance and they cannot afford private insurance on their own. This will be yet one more kick in the teeth for the working poor.


Our health care system is a jumbled up mess. No one in their right mind would ever design such a system on purpose, yet for some reason – mostly having to do with enormous paychecks to CEOs and huge donations to politicians – this monster stays alive. As it lives, Republican politicians are able to tinker with pieces usually as a way to punish groups such as Medicaid recipients.

Even children are not spared from the Republican hammer of health care punishment. It has been something in the neighborhood of 4 months since the Republican leadership let the Children’s health plan expire. Let me repeat that – the CHILDREN’S HEALTH PLAN. Yet there is little move to do anything about it. Unless they can use the children as a hostage chip to get some concession from Democrats.

We continue to hear tales of Veteran’s programs that do not deliver. Since the advent of the current administration, Medicare has been dead in the sights of Republican politicians. If Medicare is turned into a privatized system, there will be a lot of early preventable deaths in this country.

Do I need to remind you that the ACA is on a day by day watch, with a Republican assassin around every corner ready to pounce, declaring your freedom as you die from preventable causes. Or that rural health care continues to get battered by the various systems to the point of itself being on its own deathbed.

And don’t forget that when your neighbor takes ill and can’t get medical care, he or she may more easily pass what ails them on to you. Not to mention that the cost of vaccinations may get a little

In short, the US has a totally balkanized health care system that simple should be scrapped. Instead of having the country divided into their own silos by group warring against each other over health care scraps the Republican politicians throw at us from above it would make much more sense to have one, unified system where a person, any person, could go for treatment when sick or injured.

This is such a simple idea that would no doubt save tons of money you have to wonder why some other country hasn’t come up with a plan that the United States could copy and maybe improve.

National health care is an idea whose time has more than come. The longer it is delayed is another day of disgrace for this country. The longer Iowa continues with it’s insane experiment with privatized Medicaid is another day of disgrace and ridicule for Iowa.

Just to show just how awful the Medicaid system is in Iowa, a Chamber of Commerce, which is hardly a bastion of liberal ideas, in Mount Pleasant has called on the Iowa legislature to repeal the privatization of Medicaid in this state.

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Sunday Funday: Is Steve Doocey Running The Country?


Not Steve Doocey, Dear Leader or Alfred E. Neuman

Some of you may have heard of the study done over at Media Matters concerning the source of Dear Leader’s tweet material. Seems that it almost lines up exactly with whatever is on Fox News(?) at the time of the tweet.

Now that Dear Leader is taking more “executive time” in the morning he can really concentrate on the blather that is Fox and Friends. Fox and Friends has as its co-hosts a couple geniuses named Steve Doocey and Brian Kilmeade. To give you an idea of their collective brain wattage just look at your bowl of Rice Krispies and understand that that bowl of cereal is smarter and much more articulate than Doocey and Kilmeade.

Now understand that this is where Dear Leader goes to get his opinions on issues. So there you have it, Steve Doocey is the brains behind the guy that is supposed to be running the country. Like you I am not sure whether to laugh or cry or scream in hysterics.

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Consider how you want to be treated and resolve to treat all others with that degree of respect.

It just gets stranger every week.

  1. Well it’s an election year again. What pardoned criminal jumped in as a Republican in the Arizona senate race this week?
  1. What was the fastest selling book in the US last week?
  1. Who was charged with the assassination of Dr. King?
  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan had what to say about the president’s “shithole” comment?
  1. In some kind of karmic moment what was Dear Leader doing when word of his “shithole” comment was first being reported?
  1. Senator Diane Feinstein of California got the wrath of Republicans when she did what Tuesday?
  1. Why was Dr. King in Memphis when he was assassinated?
  1. Iowa Democratic Minority Leader Janet Peterson said last week that the response to what has been “disgraceful”?
  1. What state was given an unusual exemption from the newly declared administration policy allowing coastal oil drilling?
  1. Hot, hot, hot. Where in the world is it so hot that the pavement is melting?
  1. Kansas state representative Steve Alford claimed at a legislative coffee that what group responded the worst to marijuana due to their “character makeup”?
  1. What awards that Dear Leader was going to hand out last Monday has he pushed back to next Wednesday?
  1. Dear Leader claimed he cancelled his trip to London because what had happened?
  1. Ecuador is looking to remove what famous long term guest from its London embassy?
  1. In China, government officials are weighing the possibility of slowing or stopping the purchase of what?
  1. The congressional map for which state was ruled unconstitutional by a federal district court?
  1. In a strange play in the NFL playoffs, what quarterback scored after catching a deflected pass that he had thrown?
  1. In other weather news, snow fell in the town of Ain Sefra which is located in what desert?
  1. Republican representatives Darrel Issa and Ed Royce both announced they would not run for re-election. What state are both from?
  1. At its height what was the slave population in the US?

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  1. Joe Arpaio
  1. Fire And Fury
  1. James Earl Ray
  1. It was “unhelpful.” Way to stand up Paulie!
  1. Taping a message about Martin Luther King, Jr.
  1. Released the testimony of from the closed door hearing with Fusion GPS
  1. He was participating in a strike with the Memphis garbage workers for more pay and better conditions
  1. The Iowa senate Republicans sexual harassment situation
  1. Florida – every state wants the same exemption
  1. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. African-Americans. (Care to guess Rep. Alford’s party)
  1. His “Fake Media” awards – the old quizmaster would love to have one of those!
  1. Obama sold the old embassy for peanuts and put the new embassy in an out of the way place. All lies of course.
  1. Julian Assange
  1. United States Treasuries.
  1. North Carolina
  1. Macis Mariota of the Tennessee Titans
  1. Sahara
  1. California
  1. ~ 4 million

Andy Borowitz: “Trump demands poem on the Statue of Liberty be revised to exclude “shithole” countries.”

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