Scholten And Jacobsen Taking It To King

King confronted by DACA students in 2014  (7 minutes) Always fun to watch Rand Paul run from these kids.

For some reason I am having a good feeling about the chances for a Democrat finally taking out Iowa’s most embarrassing politician in 2018.

Like many we are on mailing lists for many candidates and issues. Among them are the campaigns of JD Scholten and Leann Jacobsen in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. From a vantage point far away, it looks like the primary race will be vibrant and focused on issues. For both candidates the focus is on lifting Iowa and Iowans. This is in direct contrast to what the current 4th district congress member does.

Here are a couple of examples of what I mean from recent emails from their campaigns. First Leann Jacobsen:

Leann Jacobson

“You can judge a nation, and how successful it will be, based on how it treats its women and its girls.” — President Obama

I am a mother of two daughters. I worked to instill common sense in my daughters’ upbringing that I hoped would keep them safe when they were at school and away at college, understanding that bad things can happen anywhere.

We live in a world where, even when we do everything possible, we still have to worry about other people who may not be playing by the same rules and who do not respect women. Rules that are, sadly but unsurprisingly, now undermined by the current administration.

Last week, Trump-appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speculated that Title IX protections put in place by President Obama for victims of sexual violence were a “disservice to everyone involved” — including those accused of sexual assault. And she has already started the process of undoing the Obama-era guidance, all to protect those who are abusing other people.

Protecting our young people from sexual assault should not be a partisan issue — join me in demanding that Congress speak up and stop DeVos.

President Obama acted amid concerns that schools were not taking sexual violence seriously enough and put Title IX protections in place. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex for schools and programs that receive federal funding. It includes protection from sexual harassment. This law helps protect girls and young women from preschool age to college campuses across the nation.

And it absolutely sickens me to see the continued assault on women under this current administration — from a president who brags about groping and kissing women without their permission, to Betsy DeVos trying to take us back in time and putting our children and grandchildren at risk.

And now from JD Scholten:


“Like many Democrats across the country, I agree that healthcare is a right and not a privilege.

Our Declaration of Independence says that “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” are unalienable rights which our government was created to protect. Far too often, Americans’ lives are shortened because they lack access to affordable healthcare. Why? Because too many of our healthcare dollars go to feeding massive profits for CEOs and stockholders. These resources should instead be devoted to making healthcare more efficient and accessible to the people who need it.

Profiting off of the sick should not be an American value. It’s not who we are and it’s time for fundamental change in our healthcare system.

Say you’re with me in supporting Medicare for All with a contribution today!

My opponent Steve King, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, going so far as to tweet that we should, “Rip it ALL out by the roots!” This does not represent the Iowa values, or the American values, that I know. It’s time to repeal and replace backward thinking politicians who put profits over people. 

Show your support today for repealing and replacing Steve King!

Let’s stand up for all Americans by moving toward Medicare for All. Let’s do away with profiting off of the illnesses of others and instead make it a priority to take care of the most vulnerable among us.

Gee, look at that – candidates standing for Iowans and what Iowans believe in – equality and health care for all. These are Iowa values! 

Meanwhile their opponent continues to spew his racist and misogynist hate. For those voters who think that Steve King is protecting their interest just remember that like all Republicans he hate workers, students and the elderly. They just don’t happen to be at the top of his list. Here is a fairly recent report on some of the most outrageous things King has said:

Just don’t think because someone else loses , you win as suggestedvin King’s rhetoric. Unlike the Democrats who believe that a rising tide raises all boats, King and colleagues believe in pitting one against another so that no one wins but the wealthy.

Best wishes out there in the 4th district. Hope you can prove that Dr. King’s belief that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

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