Category Archives: money out of politics

Job #1 For Democrats? Restore Real Democracy

  As we come up to yet another election, we face the prospect of control of state and national legislatures being decided by black box voting machines and gerrymandered districts. This flies in the face of everything the founders stood … Continue reading

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Why Would The Senate Vote To Kill ACA When No One Wants That To Happen?

7 minutes Just a thought passing though my mind after another day of getting no answer from the Ernst office once again and the usual surly response at the Grassley office. I have a couple questions and some ruminations about … Continue reading

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The Money, The Money, The Money

Last week brought the not too stunning revelation that the Iowa legislature seems to be under the direction of Americans For Prosperity, a Koch brothers front group. Following the money, one of the most valuable lessons ever to learn in … Continue reading

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SCREWED

I write this just after learning that the Iowa legislature has set the state back about a century as they strip public unions of almost all rights they have in the workplace. Republicans have their usual BS reasons why it … Continue reading

Posted in ALEC, Economy, Iowa legislature 2017, Iowa Policy Project, Koch Brothers, money out of politics, Republican hypocrisy, Republicn Policy, union busting

Buy Senator Ernst’s Vote

A gofundme page has sprung up to try to outbid DeVos for Ernst’s vote: Betsy DeVos gave* $2,600 to Sen. Joni Ernst, whose vote is now pivotal inDeVos’s nomination fight (If one more Republican commits to vote “no” DeVos loses). … Continue reading

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ALEC Convention Ends; As Usual No Reports

Rest assured that most of us are screwed. ALEC ended what should be by any measure an illegal gathering of businesses and state legislators in Washington DC Friday. Even though this is a meeting where legislators are conducting business of … Continue reading

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Plasma Sales And Iowa Politics

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was written for On Our Own: Sustainability in a Turbulent World in 2013 and has been corrected and updated). The Cumulus radio station in Cedar Rapids was advertising how a person could earn up to $340 … Continue reading

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Dark Money Is Warping Democracy But Not How You Think

The Brennan Center for Justice published a report on the impact of “dark money” and “gray money on democracy.  They say “gray money” is a new phenomenon they have identified which has surged in state and local elections.  Click on … Continue reading

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Inequality

The past two weeks have been simply startling at how those with wealth have been both evading taxes while hoarding money in almost unimaginable amounts in offshore tax havens. At the same time we have corporations doing all sorts of … 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

Posted in 2014 Election Campaign, 2016 Election Campaign, Bruce Braley, Clean Elections, Corporate Greed, Joni Ernst, Koch Brothers, money out of politics