Category Archives: 2014 Election Campaign

George Lakoff Explains Why Donald Trump

George Lakoff  explains how it came to be that Donald Trump could be the Republican nominee for President of the United States.  Here are some highlights from a must-read article, especially if you are unfamiliar with Lakoff’s work.  http://georgelakoff.com/2016/03/02/why-trump/ Why … Continue reading

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Branstad’s Medicaid Debacle Moves Forward

Iowa Democrats are attempting damage control, but Branstad’s corporatization of Medicaid is yet another sad tale of what happens when Republicans get too much power. State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City gave her opening remarks today regarding SF 2213, … Continue reading

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Joni Ernst And The Koch Brothers

A true tale with foreboding for the 2016 election. From politico.com comes the story of how Joni Ernst became the darling of the Koch brothers and how they disguise their involvement through layers of operatives: Until now, little has been … Continue reading

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Democrats Must Campaign On Progressive Values

http://ladylibertine.net/ Taking control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House, Republicans swept the election, largely by tying Democrats to negative messaging around President Obama. Accepting the GOP message framework, Senate Democratic candidates like Alison Lundergan-Grimes, Mark Pryor, … Continue reading

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Joni Ernst Delivers For The Koch Brothers

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Why Iowa Democrats Should Resist The Urge To Blame Bruce Braley For Joni Ernst

There is only so much a candidate can reasonably be asked to overcome.  I’ve seen a lot of snark coming from my fellow Democrats about Bruce Braley on social media.  Some of it I don’t disagree with.  Every campaign makes … Continue reading

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A Progressive Agenda For The New Congress

The 2014 midterm elections are over.  Republicans won with no platform, no plan, and no vision. They rode a wave of discontent with government and blamed Obama. While the GOP savors its impressive electoral successes, many voters remain discouraged. A … Continue reading

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Top Ten Things Iowa Will Regret About 2014

Regrets, there have been a few but not too few to mention!  BFIA has compiled a list of decisions made over the past year that we predict are going to turn out to be very, very bad indeed.  Happy new … Continue reading

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Iowans Carol For Clean Water

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How The Corporate Media Kills Progressive Candidates

I’ve been involved in the media reform movement since 2004.   One thing I have been writing about lately is how the national corporate media make up narratives and frames to control how we think about candidates and issues.  For example, … Continue reading

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