Buying An AR-15 In Iowa

View this video and be shocked. Thanks to Terry Branstad and the Iowa Republicans’ allegiance to ALEC and the NRA.

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Watch This Handy Video Explaining Iowa’s Burdensome New Voting Regulations

Shout out to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office for providing this information.  This law will have a major voter suppression impact, particularly in college towns.  We need to make sure everyone knows what they need in order to vote.

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Want a handy five minute explanation of Iowa’s new voter ID law? The Johnson County Auditor’s Office and Iowa City Cable Channel 4 have produced a new video outlining the changes in state law.

The video explains changes in early and election day voting, the types of IDs that will be accepted, and changes in timing and requirements for mailed ballots.

Please watch and share this video and contact our office with any questions. Special thanks to the volunteers who participated and to Iowa City Cable Channel 4 for production.

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February Schedule of Iowa Legislative Forums and Town Hall Meetings

Don’t miss out.  Go to a meeting! Ask questions, ask follow-up questions, get video.

http://www.infonetiowa.org/calendar/events/

February 2018

02/21/2018 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Town Meeting with Sen. Grassley – Bloomfield
02/22/2018 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Town Meeting with Sen. Grassley – Keosauqua
02/23/2018 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Town Meeting with Sen. Grassley – Wapello
02/23/2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Keokuk
02/23/2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Orange City
02/23/2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Legislative Forum – Wyoming
02/23/2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Coffee with US Rep. David Young – Henderson
02/23/2018 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Coffee with US Rep. David Young – Underwood
02/23/2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Education Forum – Iowa City
02/23/2018 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Town Meeting with Sen. Grassley – Manchester
02/23/2018 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Legislative Forum – Cedar Falls
02/24/2018 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Rock Rapids
02/24/2018 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Shenandoah
02/24/2018 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Town Hall – Moville
02/24/2018 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Eggs & Issues – Fort Dodge
02/24/2018 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Eggs & Issues – Oskaloosa
02/24/2018 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Education Forum – Sioux City
02/24/2018 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Mount Pleasant
02/24/2018 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Legislative Coffee – Council Bluffs
02/24/2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Keosauqua
02/24/2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Clive
02/24/2018 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Legislative Forum – Maquoketa
02/24/2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Legislative Forum – Winterset
02/24/2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Town Hall – Janesville
02/24/2018 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Peosta
02/24/2018 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Coralville
02/24/2018 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Town Hall – Pierson
02/24/2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Breda
02/24/2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Oelwein
02/24/2018 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Sioux City
02/24/2018 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Town Hall – Logan
02/24/2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Clarinda
02/24/2018 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Talk with Officials – Urbandale
02/24/2018 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Town Hall, Kingsley
02/24/2018 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Carter Lake
02/24/2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Town Hall – Tripoli
02/24/2018 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Town Hall – Remsen
02/24/2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Legislative Forum – Bloomfield
02/24/2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Legislative Forum – Mount Ayr
02/26/2018 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Monday Legislative Coffee – Des Moines
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NRA-Russia Scandal Involves Iowa

Ernst is one of Congress’ biggest recipients of NRA $$$ – over $3.1 million. photo/Bloomberg

Check this out from the Iowa Informer

The FBI is investigating whether the National Rifle Association received illegal funds from a Russian oligarch associated with the Kremlin to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to a summary of a confidential report obtained by the news agency McClatchyDC. Among a slew of other details, the report revealed that NRA board president Pete Brownell, owner of the Montezuma, Iowa-based firearms parts manufacturer Brownells Inc., traveled to Russia with other NRA officials in December 2015 to meet with a Russia pro-gun organization connected to the oligarch, Alexander Torshin.

The FBI’s investigation may be linked to Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, which has already involved another Iowan, former Morningside College professor and former Trump foreign policy adviser Sam Clovis.

The NRA dumped more money into the 2016 election than any other outside spending group — at least $55 million and, McClatchyDC reported, possibly upwards of $70 million accounting for undisclosed spending including internet ads and field work.

Click here to read the entire article on Iowa Informer

There’s also this from the Des Moines Register:  Russians Claimed Fraud in Iowa Caucuses, Mueller Indictment Alleges 

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Grassley Scapegoats The Mentally Ill

Maddow screenshot of Grassley

Chuck Grassley is having a few town halls this week and once again he is avoiding most of the population of Iowa by going to rural venues where he will be expecting friendly crowds. The list of his town halls is at the link provided.

This is a really good week for Grassley to try to avoid unfriendly faces. When we look at all that is wrong for the common American, Chuck Grassley is the personification.

But Chuck and his fellow Republicans have a scapegoat on this one even though he was instrumental in making sure mentally ill could get guns. Once again it is a group of people who are lower in society’s social standing. The mentally ill are also not an organized group. They are a very disparate group so there will little organized defense for them. Once again the GOP finds someone to blame who can’t respond.

Like all Republican memes there is a very small portion of truth and a large portion of bull. This is mostly bull.

The term “mental illness” covers a huge swath of problems that people must endure in their lives. Most sufferers never hurt others or even think about it. But for Grassley’s purposes they are a very convenient scapegoat that are unlikely to bite back.

Let me suggest that if there is a mental illness problem associated with the slaughter of our kids in school and our citizens on the street. That mental illness lies in those who have made arms of mass destruction easily available to anyone including those with a grudge or some personality disorder that wants to settle a score.

It is too bad we did not retire Grassley last year for our own good.

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Sunday Funday: The Onion’s Observation Edition

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Onion story from last October

LAS VEGAS—In the hours following a violent rampage in Las Vegas in which a lone attacker killed more than 50 individuals and seriously injured 400 others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Monday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Iowa resident Kyle Rimmels, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep these individuals from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

Tweet from Michiko Kakutani:

During assault weapon ban, the number of gun massacres fell by 37 percent.

After the ban lapsed in 2004, the numbers shot up again — an astonishing 183 percent increase in massacres and a 239 percent increase in massacre deaths.

3:38 PM – Feb 15, 2018

 

Another strange and historic week.

  1. Indictments were handed down Friday for how many Russians for meddling in our election?
  1. Business leaders are warning the Iowa legislature that there may be costly repercussions if a bill concerning what is passed?
  1. Black History Month: What summer became known as “Freedom Summer?”
  1. Purdue Pharma has decided to quit marketing what product to doctors after 20 years?
  1. What Republican US senator is considering rescinding his retirement and running in this year’s election?
  1. Well, Chuck Grassley has a new lead in his silly goose chase. He and Lyndsey Graham are all over an email from what Obama National Security Advisor?
  1. Freedom Riders in 1961 had their bus set on fire while they were trapped inside in what Alabama city?
  1. How many White House staffers were found to not have the full necessary security clearance for their jobs?
  1. Among those employees in question #8 were what very close relatives to Dear Leader?
  1. Thomas Brunell withdrew his nomination to head what decennial government activity?
  1. Capetown, South Africa is in the news for what dire prediction that may happen this May or June?
  1. 24 hours after the school shooting in Florida, the Iowa senate saw a bill pulled that would have dropped requirements for what permits?
  1. What African American politician first said “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”
  1. The prime Minister of what country was accused by police of accepting over $280,000 in bribes?
  1. A really strange proposal from Dear Leader’s administration is to replace what federal program with pre-packed food boxes?
  1. News you wouldn’t expect to hear. What gun manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection?
  1. What former White House staffer was telling tales on reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” last week?
  1. Despite claims from Dear Leader, the shutdown of what company’s facility in South Korea will not lead to returning jobs to the US?
  1. Who was the first African American to hold the (once prestigious) title of boxing’s heavy weight champion?
  1. In Kansas a republican candidate for representative from KS-02 is giving away what as a prize in a contest on his facebook and twitter pages?

Andy Borowitz: “Millions of Americans Demand $130,000 for Not Having Sex with Trump “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Stormy Daniels,” one Californian said. “I just want my check, too.”

Answers:

  1. 13
  1. “Religious liberty”
  1. 1964
  1. Oxycontin – talk about cutting the barn door a little late
  1. Corker of Tennessee
  1. Susan Rice
  1. Anniston
  1. 130
  1. His daughter Ivanka and SIL Jared Kushner due to their extreme debt
  1. The census. Brunnel is noted for gerrymandering research for Republicans.
  1. They will run out of potable water
  1. Concealed carry
  1. John Lewis
  1. Israel – Bebe Netanyahu
  1. SNAP
  1. Remington
  1. Omarosa Manigault-Newman
  1. GM. Dear leader (wait for it) LIED
  1. Jack Johnson
  1. An AR15 assault rifle.

John Fugelsang:  “Mitt Romney, millionaire-at-birth Nam-supporting-draft-dodger who likes to fire people & thinks millionaires have it rough, presents self as GOP alternative to Trump.”

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WTF, Joni?

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Accidents happen. Right, Joni?

I was planning on writing this week about what a horrible week the Republicans were having as more of the veneer eroded from their joke of an administration and their Congress of fools and boobs. Even though they were having a horrible week it gave no pleasure to anyone including myself. As they stumble and bumble they are irreparably damaging the country and the state.

At the end of last week came the revelation that a wife beater inhabited the inner halls of power in this administration. While that is horrendous enough on its own, the further revelations are even worse. The offender in this case, Rob Porter could not get security clearance because of his wife beating. Seems that he may be a target for blackmail because of his actions and thus not the kind of person we want anywhere near classified secrets.

Joni Ernst wowed constituents with an underwhelming statement on CNN stating: “I’m extremely disappointed in this situation. Abuse is never OK.” 

Yet there he was, daily reading and handling state secrets. His status was not something new either. This has been on-going since the new administration came to power.

Further investigations revealed that Porter was not alone in this status. As the week came to a close as many as 130 were revealed to be in a similar situation. Not cleared for security yet still allowed by the administration to handle state secrets. One particular case is that of Jared Kushner whose incredible debt – some $1.2 billion – coming due in a year makes him particularly vulnerable to blackmail.

As if that weren’t enough, here comes the nation’s security team testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. All appointed by this administration which looks for loyalty to Dear Leader as one of its top criteria. Among the panel was National Intelligence Director Dan Coates who said that the midterm elections were already under attack by Russia. He also said the administration knows about it and is doing NOTHING!

Both of these stories had me scared down to my inner soul. Honestly, folks we have never been in worse shape concerning our sovereignty. Not only are we being attacked by a long time arch enemy, we have people in positions of power in the administration and the congress who simply don’t care. What would have happened had Roosevelt not responded to Pearl Harbor? 

Then Wednesday came the bombshell: another mass murder in another high school in America. The 18th in a year that is only in its 7th week.  

According to John Fugelsang on his Sirius show Thursday this was the 273rd school shooting since the massacre in Newtown, Conn. 

Newtown should have been the massacre that should have moved rocks to action. But it did not move Republicans a squinch.  Some other stats here, but the point is the same – our schools that should be safe havens for our children have become slaughter houses. 

None of this has moved Republicans to do anything except tweet out totally worthless and meaningless “thoughts and prayers” tweets. Here’s one from Ernst Wednesday night. I am sure it made Ernst feel better, but did nothing for the families who lost a loved one, nor will it do one damned thing to stop the next assault. Senator Ernst:

“Please join me in praying for the students, faculty, and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as their loved ones. Let us also show our gratitude to the courageous first responders.”

As many now know Bess Kalb, a writer for Jimmy Kimmel, called out the hypocritical senators who sent out “thoughts and prayers” tweets with their thumbs while their palms continue to be greased by bloody NRA money.

It will probably surprise no one that our own Joni Ernst has had her hand greased to the tune of $3,124,273.

$3,124,273 from the NRA. https://twitter.com/SenJoniErnst/status/963896476580614145 

As Upton Sinclair stated so truthfully long ago:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”  Or in this case “campaign donations.”

We can expect one of Ernst’s defenders to tell us that Ernst has received only a few thousand dollars in campaign contributions. That may be true, but she and others like her receive millions and millions from the NRA in outside spending that benefits the congress member like Ernst that they want in service to them.

So next time you see Ernst ask her how she can sleep at night knowing that her obstruction on sensible gun control laws leads to the deaths of school children.

Oh, by the way, Senator, a friend gave me a great tip. AR15s are great for castrating hogs.

Sensible gun control starts with removing people like Joni Ernst from power. It is our government. We should control it. If 80% of us want gun control, why do we have NRA toadies like Joni Ernst in office?

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Get Thee To A Forum

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From an email from Rob Hogg:

This email is a quick one to ask for your help speaking up against proposed mid-year budget cuts – and now proposed tax cuts – pending in the Iowa Legislature.

Right now, we are dealing with a flurry of hot-button issues: mandatory civics test for high school graduation (SSB3119/HSB573); Medicaid work requirements (SF2158); death penalty (SSB3134);a militia amendment to the Constitution (SJR2004); immigration (SF471); abortion (SSB3143); religious discrimination (SSB3171); school vouchers (SF2091/HSB651); more anti-worker legislation (SF2110); firearms in courts and schools (SF2044, SF2052, SF2104, SF2086, SJR2, etc.)]; and changes to Iowa’s judicial system (SF2153), etc.). You can find these bills and legislative contact information at www.legis.iowa.gov.

Please keep speaking up on the issues you care about, but don’t forget the budget and taxes.

On the budget, the Senate Republicans passed Senate File 2117, which would slash $44 million from the budget Republicans passed just last April. Some of the major cuts proposed in Senate File 2117 include:

$14.5 million from our three universities
$1.8 million from our community colleges
$10 million from the Iowa Skilled Worker and Job Creation Fund
$6.2 million from the Department of Human Services
$925,000 from Department of Public Health
$220,000 from area agencies on aging
$3.4 million from the Department of Corrections
$1.6 million from the Iowa Courts
$200,000 from the Department of Public Safety
$377,376 from the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
$123,373 from the Department of Natural Resources

Many of these cuts come on top of past cuts that have already reduced staff, taken away services, and closed valuable programs and facilities.

These cuts are unnecessary because the state has more than $600 million in our “rainy day funds” for just such a purpose, and Governor Reynolds is actually planning a $72 million addition to our reserve funds this year. Please speak up with Representatives in the Iowa House to stop the cuts. After eight years of Branstad and Reynolds, why are we making more mid-year budget cuts?

I am also asking you to begin speaking up against the massive tax cut proposed this week by Governor Reynolds. With all the budget mess, and with all the hot-button issues this week, Governor Reynolds decided to submit a proposal to cut taxes for Iowans by $1.7 BILLION by 2023. That’s totally reckless. If the budget is a mess now, which it is, massive tax cuts would make it a HUGE mess. Please let legislators know that the Governor’s tax cut proposal doesn’t add up; tell legislators to fix the budget mess instead.

You can find contact information for legislators at www.legis.iowa.gov, or you can contact House members at 515-281-3221 and Senators at 515-281-3371 through the Capitol switchboard Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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The Iowa GOP is counting on you to remain quiet and let them pass the most extreme agenda in the country. 

Add your name and commit to showing up this weekend to tell Republicans to start standing up for Iowa values, not this Koch Brothers nonsense. 

Find your local forum below: 

Algona

February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Public Library, East Call Street and North Phillips, Algona, IA 50511

Arlington

February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Arlington Community Center, 853 Main Street, Arlington, IA 50606

Burlington

February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St., Burlington, IA 52601

Cedar Rapids

February 17, 2018 10:30AM

Linn Co LWV, 318 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Clinton

February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Clinton Chamber of Commerce, 721 S. 2nd St., Clinton, IA 52732

Dewitt

February 17, 2018 11:00AM– 12:00PM

DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th Street. De Witt, IA 52742

Fairfield

February 17, 2018 7:30AM– 9:00AM

Fairfield Public Library, 104 W Adams Ave Fairfield, IA 52556

Fort Madison

February 16, 2018 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Palms Supper Club, 4920 Avenue O, Fort Madison, IA 52627

Frederika

February 17, 2018  11:00AM

Frederika Community Room, 113 3rd St, Frederika, IA 50631

Marshalltown

February 16, 2018 12PM

Fisher Community Center, 709, S Center St. Marshalltown, IA 50158

Newton

February 17, 2018. 9:00AM

HyVee, 1501 1st Ave, E., Newton, IA 50208

Okoboji

February 17, 2018 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Hwy. 71, Okoboji, IA 51355

Plainfield

February 17, 2018, 9AM

Plainfield Community Room, 723 Main St. Plainfield, IA 50666

Spencer

February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Spencer City Hall, Council Chamber, 418 2nd Ave., W., Spencer, IA 51301

Washington

February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Washington County Courthouse, 224 W. Main, Washington, IA 52353

Waukee

February 17, 2018 9:30AM – 11:30AM

City Hall, 230 W. Hickman, Waukee, IA 50263

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Upcoming Grassley Town Hall Meetings

GRASSLEY TOWN MEETINGS

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Davis County
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Mutchler Community Center
900 N East Street
Bloomfield

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Van Buren County
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Van Buren County Hospital
Community Service Building
308 Mulberry Drive
Keosauqua

Friday, February 23, 2018
Louisa County
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Briggs Civic Center
317 North Water Street
Wapello

Friday, February 23, 2018
Delaware County
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Delaware County Courthouse
301 East Main Street
Manchester

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Austin Frerick “Love is Love”

Iowa’s third district would be foolish to not send this polite, charming, intelligent, upstanding,  tells-it-like-it-is (in a good way!), young man to congress to represent our state in our nation’s capital. Austin stands out as a non-establishment Democrat that even establishment Democrats and sane Republicans will love. He is witty in a Tom Harkin kind of way, delivering his message with good humor and good will. You can’t help but like him. As a 20-something running for office, Austin Frerick represents the future of our country. And boy do we ever need to pass the torch to the next generation. 

Seriously, if you don’t believe us, check him out for yourself.  Start by watching Tuesday night’s third district candidate forum sponsored by College and Young Democrats of Iowa.   Visit Austin’s campaign website.  Follow him on Facebook and Twitter

Read this important message from Austin. You can’t do much better than this, Iowa.

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Love is Love. I vividly remember where I was in 2009 when Iowa took an enormous step forward in the fight for marriage equality. As a young gay man, I celebrated. I knew that, one day, I could proudly get married in the state I love so much. Iowa is a leader. Iowans are leaders.

But now, almost a decade after our state legalized marriage for gay couples and nearly 3 years after the US Supreme Court’s decision affirmed that gay couples are guaranteed the same protections under the law as straight couples, our representative is failing to lead. Congressman David Young remains committed to nullifying rights guaranteed to his gay and lesbian constituents. He remains committed to nullifying my rights.

David Young doesn’t believe that love is love.

I called his office. His staffers stood by his message. Call him up and you’ll hear the same story. Young said that he solely supports ‘traditional one-man, one-woman marriage.’ Apparently almost a decade of legality isn’t enough for same-sex marriage to be traditional to David Young.

It’s one thing for your representative to disagree with you, but the idea that David Young claims to speak for the citizens of the Third District while telling gay and lesbian couples they should not be guaranteed the right to be in a legally-binding committed and loving relationship just isn’t Iowa nice. The Third District deserves a representative who will treat constituents the way you’d like to be treated — with decency and respect.

Some of our campaign’s most dedicated volunteers have been fighting for marriage equality for their entire lives. Our treasurer, gay equality activist John Schmacker, shared his thoughts about the state of equality in Iowa’s Third District. “Marriage is the establishment of kinship between two otherwise unrelated adults. David Young’s position is not only anti-gay, it is anti-family. Marriage leads to more secure families and stable communities. Young seems to think that only heterosexual Americans deserve that security. The majority of Americans disagree with him.”

We all deserve security, equality, and respect. Iowa showed the country that it could be a national leader when it became the third state to legalize gay marriage. We can continue to lead, but we need a representative who is proud to speak up for every citizen in this district. I am ready to speak up.

With Pride,
Austin

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