Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Book Review: The Hidden History Of Neoliberalism

Thom Hartmann’s latest in the Hidden History Series, The Hidden History of Neoliberalism: How Reaganism Gutted America and How to Restore Its Greatness, is scheduled for release on Sept. 13. Well-written and timely, it takes a deep dive into neoliberalism … Continue reading

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Politics At Summer’s End

The conventional wisdom about Iowa’s First Congressional District election is incumbent Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks has the advantage over Democrat Christina Bohannan. This was borne out by polling sponsored by the Bohannan campaign. In a Change Research poll conducted June 30-July … Continue reading

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Mike Franken On The PACT Act

A message from Admiral Michael Franken: Wednesday night, Senate Republicans blocked the PACT Act, which would have given more treatment options to veterans exposed to fallout from toxic burn pits and who now suffer health ailments years after those deployments … Continue reading

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Electric Vehicles In Iowa

After the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Iowa Department of Transportation has funding and is working on a plan to to deploy more electric vehicle charging stations across the state. Once the plan is finalized, it goes to … Continue reading

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Featuring: White House Rural Stakeholders Call

One of the best kept secrets of the Biden administration that shouldn’t be is his rural outreach program. Each week I receive an email invitation from Will McIntee, associate director of public engagement. This one for today’s Zoom call is … Continue reading

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Can Deidre DeJear Win? The Answer Is Yes!

I attended enough events and got enough one-on-one time with Deidre DeJear – both during her current campaign and when she ran for Secretary of State – to know she would be a good governor. When I compare her to … Continue reading

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Howard Zinn’s 100th Birthday

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth, Aug. 24, 2022, several organizations collaborated to offer a series of events to celebrate his legacy. Running from Aug. 23-25, most of them will be available online. “Howard Zinn … Continue reading

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Supporting Access To Abortion After Dobbs

In the Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released on Sunday, “A majority of Iowans – 60% – say abortion should be legal in most or all cases, at a time when the state’s Republican lawmakers have new freedom to restrict … Continue reading

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Feature Friday: Progressive Action For The Common Good

One of the most active progressive groups one never hears about outside their Quad-Cities base is Progressive Action for the Common Good. “As progressives, we empower people to take action for positive change and social justice by coordinating a network … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Social Media Discourage You – Vote

A lot changed in political campaigns since I worked my first for Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Democrats and Republicans are now at a place where established patterns repeat each cycle: marching in parades, having a booth at the county fair, … Continue reading

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