Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Being Racist

We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and consider whether we are racist. It’s not easy to do in the best of circumstances. Dictionaries consistently define a racist as someone who has a notion that one’s own ethnic … Continue reading

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Rita Hart On Re-opening Schools Safely

Just in from the campaign of Rita Hart: ICYMI: Rita Hart Op-Ed makes the case for prioritizing re-opening schools, safely “The decisions that are made in the next few weeks will have real impacts on students and families that then … Continue reading

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That Person Doesn’t Live Here

I gave the political mailer I received from Mariannette Miller-Meeks a B grade. While not very inspiring to a progressive blogger, it accomplished the basics. She asked for a donation multiple times, explaining why she needed the money and how … Continue reading

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Dave and Terry Loebsack Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

On Saturday, July 18, Dave and Terry Loebsack were inducted into the Johnson County Democrats Hall of Fame. The event is usually a dessert and cash bar event with socializing being the best part. This year, because of the coronavirus … Continue reading

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An Immigrant In My Own Country

Reprinted with permission from the Summer #2 2020 issue of  The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter. The Prairie Progressive is  funded entirely by reader subscription,  available primarily in hard copy for $12/yr.  Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa … Continue reading

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Trinity 75 Years Later

Trinity was the code name for the first nuclear bomb detonation 75 years ago today. The test explosion was conducted by the U.S. Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. It took place … Continue reading

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AARP Poll Shows Ernst Underwater With Older Iowans

Just in from the Theresa Greenfield Campaign: Hi all, today AARP released a new poll from Selzer & Company that shows that among Iowans aged 50 and up, Senator Joni Ernst’s net approval is underwater, 42-53 — more than 20 … Continue reading

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Iowa Public Beach Water Quality

A person could post every year about water quality at Iowa state park beaches. The state fails to adequately reduce nutrient flow into public water. The source is primarily from fertilizer runoff, yet from other sources as well. Last year … Continue reading

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Simple And Easy Change Or Voter Suppression?

As chair of the Iowa House State Government Committee, Representative Bobby Kaufmann was quick to get out into the newspapers in his district to explain the last minute dealings regarding voting process as the second session of the 88th Iowa … Continue reading

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Toward Sustainable Pandemic Recovery

The climate crisis continues in the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic with its economic downturn threatens years of progress addressing climate change and sustainability. It’s now or never for the environment. Governments are expected to spend trillions of dollars in stimulus … Continue reading

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