Trump EPA Nixes Warning Labels On Glyphosate

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The EPA just prohibited companies from putting warning labels on pesticides containing glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.1

As consumers, we have the right to know if using a product could put us at risk, but the EPA’s new decision will keep vital information from all of us.

Take Action:  Tell the EPA to require warning labels on products containing glyphosate — not forbid them.

Glyphosate is classified by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency as a “probable carcinogen.”2 It’s irresponsible for the agency tasked with protecting us from harm to keep important health warnings out of the hands of consumers.

As the evidence mounts that glyphosate is linked to cancer, it’s more important than ever to get it off of store shelves and out of the environment. It’s past time to ban Roundup until and unless it’s proven safe. But as long as it remains on the shelf, consumers have the right to know that glyphosate is dangerous.

If you agree that consumers should be warned about probable carcinogens take action today.

Glyphosate is everywhere: Our research partners tested 20 beer and wine samples and found that glyphosate has made its way into many products that we consume.3 Across the world, enough glyphosate is used every year to spray nearly half a pound of this dangerous chemical on every single acre of cultivated land.4

Iowa PIRG and our national network have mobilized tens of thousands of people to call for bans on glyphosate nationwide. As we keep working towards a ban, we also need to hold the EPA accountable and make sure it places vital warnings on products that pose deadly risks to consumers.

We have the right to know about products that can harm us and our families. Add your name today.

Thank you,

David Rossini
Acting Director

1. “Trump administration says it won’t approve Roundup cancer-warning labels,” CBS News, August 9, 2019.
2. “IARC Monograph on Glyphosate,” International Agency for Research on Cancer / World Health Organization, January 3, 2016.
3. Kara Cook, “Glyphosate Pesticide in Beer and Wine,” U.S. PIRG Education Fund, February 2019.
4. Charles Benbrook, “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally,” Environmental Sciences Europe, February 2, 2016.

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Podcast: Grassley On America’s Gun Problem

This commentary about Grassley’s remarks was submitted by a trusted reader who prefers to remain anonymous.  Click on the link below to listen to the podcast of the interview about Grassley’s position regarding guns.  I have one question for the interviewers and the rest of the media: Why don’t you ever ask a follow-up question?

https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/audio/capitol-hill-report-229

Grassley’s latest effort to protect assault-type rifles. He, like other firearms apologists, points out the difference between a “submachine gun” and a sporting rifle as the ability of the former to fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger. The gun lobby people often use semantics to cloud the issue; an AR-15 isn’t an assault rifle because it only fires one round with each pull of the trigger. In my mind, having fired automatic and semiautomatic weapons, any rifle, or any pistol with an extended magazine, capable of pumping 30 or more bullets into a crowd of people just as fast as the shooter can pull the trigger, is bygosh an assault weapon.

Grassley’s proposed bills are better than nothing, but they won’t stop people who have no record of criminal actions or any indications of murderous intent from killing others. If they have access to assault weapons, then they can be much more efficient at their killing. The only solution is to ban all military-style firearms and any weapon or magazine holding more than a certain number of rounds. The owners can be compensated, but those items must be taken out of civilian ownership.

And yes, somebody will at sometime be able to obtain one and commit mass murder, but it will eventually be much harder to find one, and some other insane people will still kill others, but they won’t be able to kill as many.

Grassley really made noise after he went after the ATF after the Fast and Furious debacle, when a large number of semiautomatic weapons were lost. If Grassley and his colleagues had not voted to repeal the assault weapons ban, it would have made it much harder to obtain those weapons. Some day, I hope he will see the light and do what’s best for this country, instead of hiding behind the Second Amendment and kowtowing to the NRA.

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Joni Ernst Town Hall Schedule This Week: Rockwell City, Forest City

Does this campaign ad look like someone who plans to do something about the nation’s gun violence problem?

Iowans have been doing a great job of attending Joni’s 99 County NRA Propaganda Tour. We try to share all the videos we come across of her constituents at the meetings attempting to talk to her and Joni responding with the same old lame, nonsensical talking points.  Gun violence and Joni’s commitment to doing nothing about the gun problem has been a big topic at the meetings.

Keep up the great work, everyone.

Joni Ernst town halls this week:

Thursday, August 22
Calhoun County Town Hall Meeting
7:30 AM
South Central Calhoun Schools
Middle School Auditorium
1000 Tonawanda Street
Rockwell City, IA 50579

Friday, August 23
Winnebago County Town Hall Meeting
3:00 PM
Waldorf University
Meeting Room
106 South 6th Street
Forest City, IA 50436

And Grassley has one coming up next week:

Tuesday, August 27
Clay County Town Meeting
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
City Hall
418 2nd Ave. West
Spencer

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My Weekend At Woodstock

Woodstock, 1969

This is not a political post, but kind of it is.  If nothing else, bravo public radio!

Over the weekend by pure happenstance I found out about a public radio station in Philadelphia exclusively broadcasting the entire Woodstock music festival, as it happened in August of 1969, 50 years ago this past weekend.  Dubbed Woodstock – As It Happened – 50 Years On the broadcast was a “full authentic musical account including all the performances, set breaks, and stage announcements.”

Public radio station WXPN from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, broadcast and live streamed the “completely uncut audio of the original Woodstock from start to finish at the exact time it actually occurred. The broadcast featured every set break and stage announcement. Yes, even the brown acid warning.  [And Grace Slick recommending the orange.]  The end result was a full presentation completely synced with the timing of the original Woodstock.”

At our house, we were glued to the broadcast via livestream over our cell phones or laptop all weekend. It was an amazing event I will be forever grateful I did not miss.

Much of the music was previously unreleased, such as the Creedence Clearwater Revival set. You may remember that John Fogerty refused to release CCR’s set for the Woodstock movie so  it had been unavailable up until this broadcast. We stayed up for it. And was it ever incredible.

Even though Fogerty apparently was critical of their own performance, listening to it live from Woodstock 50 years later, not a single person on social media could understand why, because the energy of the music, performed raw in its natural habitat, was absolutely stunning. The entire Creedence set from Woodstock is now available to order from Amazon. Highly recommend..

It really was like you were there. Between acts you could hear the audience and people on the stage talking, emergency messages being read, patient, polite requests from Chip Monck for people to please come down from the towers. You were there when the rainstorm came, the only time Monck had any tension in his voice, as he pleaded with the crowd to avoid the power lines, cover up, etc. as best they could.  “We’ll get through it together.”   One person commented on social media about the calming effect of Monck’s voice as he relayed emergency information from the stage all weekend long:  “I was at Woodstock. I was sixteen years old but I was never afraid.”

Adding to the reality of the experience, you had to stay up all night to hear some of the best acts as the broadcast stuck to real time. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played at 2:00 in the morning. The Who took the stage at around 5:00 am. Janis Joplin 2 am, Sly and the Family Stone 3:30, Joan Baez, 1:00 am. I hadn’t realized that the original concert went on throughout the overnight hours. I have to admit we didn’t make it up all night any of the nights. But according to social media, lots of people did and set their alarms. Just like back in the day when there was real radio, you had to hear your favorite songs when they were played on the air. You couldn’t just download it or play it on YouTube any time you liked.

There were breaks in the broadcast and WXPN used this time to play songs from 1969 so you never had to be jolted back and forth between being at Woodstock and being in our current Trump-opia reality.

You didn’t have to be young in 1969 to appreciate this historical musical event but no doubt it helped. It was an amazing experience, a wonderful trip back in time when the music was the most important thing. When it was over you felt sad to look around and find yourself back in 2019..

If you missed this inspired radio broadcast, that is indeed a bummer but you can get a feel for it by going to your Twitter account and put #WXPNstock into the search box to get the entire 3-day stream of comments, pictures, video, reactions, love, etc. from blown-away listeners around the world. Hopefully, WXPN will do it again before another 50 years pass.

The weekend culminated in Jimi Hendrix taking the stage at 9:00 Sunday morning for his 2 hour long set. When he was done playing, Chip Monck came out and in his calm, zen-like voice that had kept things going throughout the 3-day festival, simply said to around 30,000 to 80,000 estimated to still be left standing, “Good wishes, good day, and a good life.”

After that, the sounds of packing it up and tearing it down. But #WXPNstock is still trending on Twitter as of this morning.

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Iowans Shout Down Ernst’s Excuses For Doing Nothing About Our Gun Problem


Thank you Rodger Routh for getting this video.

It sounded like there were a few noisy gun fanatics in the room but there was a lot of push back, too. I’d say the push back crowd definitely dominated the conversation.  The gun lovers didn’t have much to say to argue their side (since their side is indefensible). But they did some shouting and cheering when Joni stuck to the Fox News and NRA talking points.

As I listened to this video, and like every other time I have seen her speak, Ernst’s smooth, robotic, at times patronizing tone never changes, no matter what she’s saying or what she’s responding to. If someone interrupts she just talks faster. She is not even listening to the room. She is going to say what she had already planned to say, regardless of what is put in front of her.  And by the way, since when has Ernst concerned herself with due process? That is laughable.

Ernst has said that there is nothing she can do about gun violence.  So we should be looking at sending her packing and electing someone who is at least willing to try.

 

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Media News: More Mergers, Less Players And Net Neutrality Still On The Ropes

 

social mediaGannett and GateHouse:

USA Today, The Des Moines Register and The Iowa City Press-Citizen are newspapers that most iowans are familiar with. These papers are also some of the big names for newspaper industry Gannett. USA Today is fairly well-known as the Gannett flagship national newspaper. Those who traveled for business in the 80s and 90s usually woke up to a USA Today at their motel room door courtesy of the motel.

Gannett is, in many large cities these days, the local paper. Names like the Detroit Free-Press, The Arizona Republic, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Indianapolis Star, the Louisville Courier Journal along with hundreds of properties in medium sized cities such as Sioux Falls, SD and Lansing Michigan.   

The other party in this merger, GateHouse, has properties that range in the smaller town category but also includes hundreds of properties. In Iowa GateHouse is represented by the Burlington Hawkeye and the Ames Tribune. GateHouse also publishes many weekly small town papers.

One of the goals of the writers of the constitution was to have many voices speaking out on issues. Thus one of the most powerful tools during our revolution and the formative years of the early republic was the printing press in the backroom. Unfortunately, news is a business. Over the years competition in the news business would usually lead to consolidation and fewer voices in the local markets.

As radio and TV entered the news business, markets became larger and the players became fewer. In many cities there was a dominant newspaper that was also the owner of the big local radio station and a TV station. At one time the FCC held the line at one newspaper, one radio and one TV station. However, the FCC in recent years under Republican presidents have greatly relaxed those rules. Therefore one company can often now totally dominate one market.

For cities and towns that are served by Gannett and GateHouse, you can expect belt tightening to be the the order of the day. That will mean closing some of the smaller papers and slashing staff in most of the others. These are businesses after all and the competition now includes the internet where one site can reach millions easily.

CBS and Viacom:

That was last week. This week comes news that CBS and Viacom will be merging once again. As stated before, the writers of the constitution wanted many voices speaking out on issues. As more voices get silenced the fewer watchdogs on the government. The fewer watchdogs on the government the easier it is for a wannabe dictator to either intimidate the few voices that are left. Or with fewer voices, governments can more easily subsume them making them ineffective.     

Net Neutrality Is still going away:

The one relief valve we once had was the neutral internet. As you know Ajit Pai, head of the FCC continues to work on ending net neutrality and making it yet another zombie media of corporations. When net neutrality is gone, so will be any chance that those of us who are a little contrary will have to set up get togethers and good old American protests.

This should be a major issue in the presidential campaign, but we hear little of it. Trumpublicans are all in favor of corporate mergers that lessen and weaken the voices in a democracy. I would hope that any candidate with a (D) behind their name will stand up for net neutrality.

Net neutrality has been dead for a year now. In that year few if any of the bad things we expected has taken place. I believe that there are still lawsuits being pressed to hopefully stop some of the expected abuses. But at some point those will be done and the corporations will be able to make their dreams and our nightmares come true. 

Here is a good write up from a year ago that spells out many of the expected abuses. Scroll past the “updates” to the middle of the articles to review what the end of net neutrality may mean to us. It ain’t pretty, folks.

 

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Sunday Funday: Who’s The Worst Edition

Seems to be a little skirmish in the lower levels of the Trumpublican Party to see who is the worst of the lower level talent in the Party this past week.

Our first contestant is the perennial challenger Steve King. Mr. King’s entry is called “Rape and incest saved humanity.”

The second contestant is Gov. Kim Reynolds with her entry “Iowa is a great place for Christians.” The story can be found at bleedingheartland with a pic of tshirts that Reyolds finds apparently pretty awesome.

Finally we have that awesome twosome Huckabee and Santorum. The Huckster and the Sant are leading Americans on a tour to America’s future – Russia! And it sounds like they are fleecing the sheep well for the adventure.

We will be voting on the latest Diebold electronic ballot marking system this afternoon. Thanks to programming on these machines, we don’t have to wait until the votes are cast to know the winner. It is Steve King once again, with Joni Ernst coming in second. Wait!!! Ernst wasn’t even on the ballot! Oh those silly electronic voting systems. Good thing they don’t do that in REAL elections.

Can it get worse? Don’t ask.

  1. The stock market endured a rugged week as indicators seemed to predict what is becoming more likely?
  1. “Not for sale!” Said the government of what island when Dear Leader expressed interest in buying it?
  1. Double double on the horse followed by  triple double in the floor exercises. Who did these incredible gymnastic feats in competition last week?
  1. The autopsy for Jeffery Epstein showed evidence that he may have been killed by what rather than hanging?
  1. What internationally known climate activist traveling to the US on a solar powered boat called a possible meeting with Dear Leader a “waste of time”?
  1. 50 years ago today, what legendary rock festival was coming to an end?
  1. According to Ken Cuccinelli the “huddled masses” referred to in the poem on the Statue of Liberty was referring to immigrants from where?
  1. The poem on the Statue of Liberty is titled “The New Colossus.” Who wrote this poem? (You were supposed to learn this in grade school)
  1. This week’s whole immigrant controversy began when the administration amended immigration to those who could do what?
  1. Chinese army troops were massing near the border of what territory as protest in that territory continued?
  1. What Democratic presidential candidate ended his campaign and is looking into running for senator in his home state?
  1. In Georgia, a federal judge ordered the state to use what means of voting in the 2020 primary and general elections?
  1. Tennessee lawmakers are considering a banning access to abortion once a woman knows what?
  1. Dear Leader claimed credit for a plant being built in Pennsylvania. The plans to build the plant were actually announced in what year?
  1. Long court battles are expected after the administration announced major changes to what bedrock conservation law passed during the Nixon administration?
  1. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she doesn’t have enough data to refute claims that what cause health problems?
  1. What city declared a problem with lead in their water and has gone to distributing bottled water?
  1. What CNN anchor got into a heated exchange with a man who called him “Fredo”?
  1. The mayor of San Jose, California has proposed an ordinance that would require gun owners to do what?
  1. Israel announced it would not allow what two American congress women to visit after Dear Leader requested that Israel stop them?

Hey white people who are angry about immigration… just a heads up: there are not enough white folks to keep the economy afloat and support your social security into old age. So you better welcome immigrants who do work you won’t…or else prepare to eat cat food. – Tim Wise tweet

Answers:

  1. A recession 
  1. Greenland
  1. Simone Biles
  1. Suffocation. Broken bones in his neck indicated this.
  1. 16 year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden.
  1. Woodstock
  1. Europe. White immigrants
  1. Emma Lazarus
  1. “Stand on their own two feet” or in no way take any government help.
  1. Hong Kong
  1. John Hickenlooper of Colorado
  1. Hand marked paper ballots
  1. That she is pregnant. The illogical loop is amazing
  1. 2012 the Obama was in his first term.
  1. The endangered species act
  1. wind turbines
  1. Newark, NJ
  1. Chris Cuomo
  1. Buy gun liability insurance
  1. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Epstein’s suicide note will be released as soon as Barr finishes writing it. – Julie Ford tweet

licensing guns like cars

hat tip to allhatnocattle.blogspot.com

 

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U.S. Farmers Suffer ‘Body Blow’ As China Slams Door On Farm Purchases

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From Reuters, August 5th:

“Chinese companies have stopped buying U.S. agricultural products, China’s Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday, a blow to U.S. farmers who have already seen their exports slashed by the more than year-old trade war.

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China imported $9.1 billion of U.S. farm produce in 2018 – mainly soybeans Sc1, dairy, sorghum and pork LHc1 – down from $19.5 billion in 2017, according to the American Farm Bureau.

Overall, China has purchased about 14.3 million tonnes of last season’s soybean crop, the least in 11 years, and some 3.7 million tonnes still need to be shipped, according to U.S. data. China bought 32.9 million tonnes of U.S. soybeans in 2017, before the trade war.

China bought 130,000 tonnes of soybeans, 120,000 tonnes of sorghum, 60,000 tonnes of wheat, 40,000 tonnes of pork and products, and 25,000 tonnes of cotton from the United States between July 19 and Aug. 2, Cong said according to the report.”

The above are some snippets of a report from Reuters Monday that gives an idea what kind of sales loss US farmers will be looking at thanks to the current administration. Losses like that are not easily made up. 

In addition, the US labeled China as a “currency manipulator” as China let the value of the yuan fall. What exactly that will mean is a little unclear. Let’s just say that it adds more mud into a fight that already has plenty of mud being flung about.  The bottom line is that the man who is using the power of the presidency to bully another major economy is not as simple as he claimed when he stated  (March 2, 2018)“Trade wars are good, and easy to win.”

Iowa’s farmers along with farmers across the country are the soldiers who were drafted into this war. At this point in the “war” the soldier farmers are being beaten to a pulp. Much like many other recent Republican wars there doesn’t seem to be any plan for the war other than to gloat when the enemy surrenders. The whole idea of have a battle plan is non-existent.

As in all things the Republican Party has done in the past four decades they will never admit a mistake. Instead they “double down” that is make the policy even more of what is being done. This is especially true in the case of the current president who never has a strategy, declares policies on twitter and then when they fail, he simply makes them worse.

When the current president first declared the trade war, there was a lot of support from those who would be right in the middle of it. Like many other wars, those in the middle perceived this trade war would be short lived and an easy victory. Then the enemy shot back and the war suddenly became a long slog and the enemy became much more formidable than perceived. Sound like Iraq?

The administration has tried to ease the pain in the heartland by turning farming into a welfare type set up. This is yet anther really, really bad idea and certainly won’t last for long. In the Reuters article, one farmer puts it this way:

“Farmers can start applying for the next round of trade aid this month, but trade uncertainty makes long-term planning difficult.

“We’ve been thankful for the aid payments. They have helped but we’d rather have open markets because it creates stability in our financial sectors,” said Derek Sawyer, 39, a corn, soybean, wheat and cattle farm from McPherson, Kansas.”

And once again old Corporal Bone-Spurs is not on the front lines. This time he started the war but he made sure that his (and his daughter’s) businesses were exempted and he wouldn’t have skin in the game like our farmers do. Doesn’t sound like leadership to me.

As if to add insult to injury, Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue went to Minnesota last Wednesday to try to blow some smoke in the eyes of local farmers. They weren’t buying his load of crap:

“This is causing long-term, devastating damage to not only farmers, but rural communities,” Wertish said. He added that farmers “greatly appreciate” the administration’s aid program for farmers hurt by the trade war but said the bailout payments will cause farmers long-term political damage. “The taxpayer is not going to stand for this.”

Brian Thalmann, a farmer from Plato who is president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, disputed recent statements by Trump that farmers are starting to do well again.

“Things are going downhill and downhill very quickly,” he said.

Joel Schreurs, a farmer from Tyler who sits on the boards of the state and national soybean growers’ associations, told Perdue that he didn’t expect to see China back down anytime soon.

“How are you going to keep the farmers farming?” Schreurs asked. “The exports just aren’t going to be there. We’ve worked a long time to develop these markets, and we’re going to lose this market share. It’s just not going to come back in a day or two. So how do we make this work?”

As if adding the insane trade war onto the overburdened farmer who has had to endure more frequent floods and droughts wasn’t enough the Agriculture Department posted a forecast earlier this spring of a huge harvest that drove down futures prices costing farmers about $3.5 billion.    Alternate source if that one is behind a paywall.    

If that wasn’t enough, the administration has granted waivers from biofuel laws to 31 small oil refineries. This means less ethanol will be used which means less corn will be used for that purpose. According to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw:

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw called EPA’s decision “devastating.”

“With this action, President Trump has destroyed over a billion gallons of biofuel demand and broken his promise to Iowa voters to protect the RFS,” Shaw said.

And now just one more insult to the farmers. Secretary Perdue along with Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney came up with a plan to move part of the Ag Department to Kansas City. The stated reason was to move Ag closer to its customers. The unstated and real reason was to Ag staffers who they couldn’t otherwise fire. This will result in a loss of expertise and researchers just at a time when climate change could be making some serious threats to the industry. 

Ag Department staffers will have until Sept. 27 to either accept the move or resign.   

As Bluto (in this case Dear Leader) said to Flounder (the farmers) in “Animal House”: “You fucked up. You trusted us.”

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Joni Ernst Trashes Gun Laws Americans Want

Looks like the NRA’s second favorite senator behind Moscow Mitch is getting her bona fides in for big donations from the gun lobby in early. They staked her to the tune of $3.1 million in 2014. Perhaps the NRA can do some “educational advertising” under the rules established by SCOTUS in Citizen’s United like they did for her in 2014.

At times Ernst sounds like a robot repeating right wing talking points without even seeming to understand what she is saying. Once again like a good right winger she repeats the lie that Chicago is the murder capital of the US despite gun sales restrictions. A little googling would have revealed to Ernst that her claim was false. Maybe an “alternative fact?” Here is one list that has Chicago ranked tenth.

From americanindependent.com

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), one of 100 senators in the entire nation, told an audience on Wednesday that she is powerless to stop the epidemic of gun violence ravaging the nation.

“Laws upon laws upon laws; they’re not followed,” Ernst said during a town hall in Parkersburg, Iowa.

“They won’t make a difference,” Ernst sighed, as she refused to support any law that could reduce gun violence. Video of the town hall was captured by American Bridge, a progressive research organization.

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“Instead of trying to score political points by saying, ‘I’m going to take away everybody’s weapons’ or ‘I’m gonna put in red flag laws,’ we’re gonna have to sit down and have reasonable discussions about what actually is going to work.”

Ernst failed to mention that the House of Representatives held extensive hearings on gun violence and produced not one, but two bills that passed the House in February and await action in the Senate.

Ernst adamantly refused to admit that access to guns was an issue — instead, she blamed “the degradation of the value of life in this society.”

You get the idea, folks. She does not want to protect you. She does not want to protect your children. She does not want to protect your grandchildren. She DOES, however, WANT TO PROTECT THE NRA! She probably has at least 3 million reasons, maybe more to be a great obstructionist for the gin lobby.

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Joni Ernst is probably the one of most out of touch elected representatives at the national level.

The preamble to the Constitution calls for the government to “promote the general Welfare.” It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that getting shot by a weapon of war in the hands of an ordinary citizen is not “promoting the general welfare.” 

The right to staying alive once born would be in the spirit of “general welfare.” Yet Senator Ernst has lined up against common sense gun laws, against access to health care (including allowing pre-existing condition clauses), and in favor of cutting food stamps    among other stances that are extreme right in what is now Trump’s party.

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Iowans will have a choice next year – to vote for a senator who works hard for her masters and works hard against Iowans or a candidate from the Democratic Party (in our house we are favoring Theresa Greenfield so far) whose driving force will be to work hard for Iowans general welfare, including laws that will help keep us alive.

For you folks out there in Polk County, Ernst is having a “town hall at 7:30 this morning. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Polk County Town Hall Meeting

7:30 AM

Wallace Elementary School6207 Northwest 62nd Avenue

Johnston, IA 50131

Hope you can give her the welcome she deserves.

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Protest Prior to Ernst Town Hall Saturday Morning

Action alert from Progress Iowa:

TOMORROW (Saturday) at 7 AM: Iowans to speak out against Ernst before town hall

Johnston, Iowa — Iowans will gather to speak out and hold Senator Joni Ernst accountable tomorrow, before her town hall meeting at Wallace Elementary in Johnston. The town hall meeting begins at 7:30 AM, and a press conference featuring everyday Iowans is planned for 7:00 AM.

Ernst went to Washington promising to “make them squeal” but has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would prove disastrous for Iowans. It would result in thousands losing health care, and nearly 1.3 million in Iowa losing protections from insurance companies who could reject their coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

The statewide organizations Iowa Voices, AFSCME Council 61, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Tax March Iowa, Indivisible Iowa, and Progress Iowa are planning the press conference and encouraging Ernst’s constituents to attend the town hall meeting to ask questions of their Senator.

WHAT: Everyday Iowans speaking out against Ernst
WHEN: Saturday, August 17, 7:00 AM
WHERE: Wallace Elementary School, 6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa

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