Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Changing Iowa And Its Public Schools

Iowa Democrats took a shellacking during the 2010 general election for U.S. Senate. We ran Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin against incumbent Chuck Grassley in a historic campaign. Grassley won 718,215 votes to Conlin’s 371,686. In an email to supporters … Continue reading

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Holiday Politics

What went wrong for Democrats in the 2022 midterm election? A lot. How do we fix it? The first reaction, and I believe the wrong one, is to throw the bums out. I like Ross Wilburn, Iowa Democratic Party chairman … Continue reading

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Update on Iowa CO2 Pipelines

While driving to the Democratic office in North Liberty after a shift of door knocking, I passed a seemingly endless line of black tank cars waiting to be loaded with ethanol or corn syrup in Cedar Rapids. That Iowa’s vast … Continue reading

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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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