Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Getting Attention On Climate Change

Ed Fallon is a friend of Blog for Iowa and we support what he does with his radio program and his advocacy against oil and natural gas pipelines in Iowa. He caught the attention of Democrats in Cedar Rapids last … Continue reading

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Algae And The Politics Of Denial

During his July 8 speech on the environment, the president mentioned his administration’s fight with “toxic algae” in Florida 50 miles from his Mar-a-Lago resort. Bruce Hrobak, a bait and tackle shop owner in Port St. Lucie, Fla. gave a … Continue reading

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Toward A Challenger For Joni Ernst

Two of three people running for the Democratic nomination to be U.S. Senator from Iowa spoke at State Senator Zach Wahls’ birthday fundraiser at Walker Homestead in Johnson County on Sunday. Clutching a microphone in one hand and her hand-written … Continue reading

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Can Democrats Change The ‘Roberts Five’ Majority?

If Democrats hope to undo the conservative lean of the United States Supreme Court it won’t be as simple as Republicans had it in 2016. Many said the 2016 general election was as much about the Supreme Court as it … Continue reading

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Can A Democrat Beat Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell?

Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath announced she was running to beat Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election. She raised $2.5 million during the first 24 hours after her announcement. With 20 years in … Continue reading

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The Most Important Freedom Is The Freedom Of Expression

The Most Important Freedom is the Freedom of Expression By Ralph Scharnau Freedom of expression or speech is the most fundamental right in the United States. It means citizens have the right to freely express themselves and their opinions. Although … Continue reading

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Support For Rita Hart

I first heard Rita Hart, candidate for U.S. Congress in Iowa’s second district, speak on Friday, June 26, 2015, at Gil’s Restaurant, Ballroom and Limousine Service in Clinton at the Clinton County Democrats Hall of Fame Dinner. I have no … Continue reading

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Support For Newman Abuissa

Editor’s Note: Newman Abuissa formally announced his candidacy to represent Iowa’s second district in the U.S. Congress at an event in Iowa City on Sunday, June 30. While Rita Hart is favored to win almost a year from the primary … Continue reading

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We’ve Got To Do Something

Over the weekend Erin Murphy, a Lee Enterprises Des Moines-based reporter, said it was quiet in Iowa’s congressional primary races. “Perhaps in the coming weeks and months, some of these quieter primary races will become more crowded,” Murphy wrote in … Continue reading

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$750 Billion, Who Cares?

$750 Billion, Who Cares? By Ed Flaherty In another wonderful example of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Senate on June 27 passed the National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 86-8.  The headlines of all media, conservative and liberal, should … Continue reading

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