Category Archives: middle-class

Democrats Continue To Run On Issues

As Republicans across the country and across Iowa run on fear and hate, Democrats continue to run on actual issues. This is often overlooked by the corporate media. Donald Trump himself has so confused things that he has decided to … Continue reading

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Flint and Reagan's Wake

Driving out of Flint, Mich. on Bristol Road wasn’t in the plans. I interviewed some 30 people, all but one male, for truck driving jobs at the Days Inn across from the GM plant. Tired and ready for sleep, I … Continue reading

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Progress Iowa On The State Of The State

Once again the folks at Progress Iowa listen to Governor Branstad and find his words do not match reality. Three press releases from Progress Iowa’s Communication Director Monica Biddix shows how the Governor is out of step with Iowans. Three … Continue reading

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What Happened To The Middle Class?

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Real Solutions Or Fear And Hate?

Yesterday and today will be offering a dramatic contrast of the differences between what the Democratic Party stands for and what the Republican Party stands for. Last night in Cedar Rapids, Democrats met for their annual Hall of Fame dinner. … Continue reading

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Governor Endangers Vulnerable Iowans, School Funding, Workforce Development, Legislative News

ed. note: This is an edited version of the Courtney newsletter. For the whole newsletter, please go here. SENATE: GOVERNOR’S PLAN MAY ENDANGER VULNERABLE IOWANS In January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid … Continue reading

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Local Schools, Middle Class, Health Care: The Courtney Report

Ed. note: this is an excerpt from the newsletter from state Senator Tom Courtney. To read the full newsletter, please go to WE CAN TAKE A STEP FORWARD FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS This week, Iowa Senate Democrats announced a plan … Continue reading

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Great Prognostications In American Conservative History

I saw this on and it really caught my attention. A tip of the hat to poster MrScorpio. This is just a short list highlighting some of the more egregious predictions. No doubt most of us could easily put … Continue reading

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Maybe Branstad Should Read Iowa Policy Project And Progress Iowa

My wife and I just got home from a little trip out for an afternoon. As we drive along we note the condition of what we have come to call “Branstad Boulevards.” These are roads that are full of holes … Continue reading

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Robert Reich On Republican Priorities

Truer words were never spoken – Robert Reich on facebook 01/10/2015 (yesterday): Look at the priorities of the new Republican congressional – the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Trans-Pacific Trade agreement, tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthy, rollbacks of … Continue reading

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