Category Archives: politics

Mike Franken On The PACT Act

A message from Admiral Michael Franken: Wednesday night, Senate Republicans blocked the PACT Act, which would have given more treatment options to veterans exposed to fallout from toxic burn pits and who now suffer health ailments years after those deployments … Continue reading

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Featuring: White House Rural Stakeholders Call

One of the best kept secrets of the Biden administration that shouldn’t be is his rural outreach program. Each week I receive an email invitation from Will McIntee, associate director of public engagement. This one for today’s Zoom call is … Continue reading

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Can Deidre DeJear Win? The Answer Is Yes!

I attended enough events and got enough one-on-one time with Deidre DeJear – both during her current campaign and when she ran for Secretary of State – to know she would be a good governor. When I compare her to … Continue reading

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Supporting Access To Abortion After Dobbs

In the Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released on Sunday, “A majority of Iowans – 60% – say abortion should be legal in most or all cases, at a time when the state’s Republican lawmakers have new freedom to restrict … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Social Media Discourage You – Vote

A lot changed in political campaigns since I worked my first for Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Democrats and Republicans are now at a place where established patterns repeat each cycle: marching in parades, having a booth at the county fair, … Continue reading

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Retire Chuck Grassley. It’s Long Overdue

Editor’s Note:: This post was written by long-time friend of Blog for Iowa Ellen Ballas of Iowa City. If Iowans want a better life, and who doesn’t, Mike Franken should be our next U.S. Senator. Senator Chuck Grassley has been … Continue reading

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Message Is To Vote. How Do We Get There?

In a 589-word article published Monday, July 11, Des Moines Register reporters Katie Akin and Francesca Block managed to reduce Sunday’s Reproductive Freedom Rally of thousands of people at the State Capitol to pabulum. “Speakers encouraged attendees of the event … Continue reading

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Politics In An Unending Pandemic

Part of the new protocol for summer events in Iowa, including political events, is recognition of and taking action to avoid contracting the coronavirus. It may not be going well because it seems a lot of people recently tested positive … Continue reading

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Independence Day 2022

Happy Independence Day from Blog for Iowa. Where I live Independence Day is often about the weather. Today, the weather was exceptional: scattered clouds set against the azure sky, moderate temperatures and low humidity. It was a great day to … Continue reading

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Letting The Courts Decide

On Friday, April 15, the Iowa Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision to remove U.S. Senate Candidate Abby Finkenauer from the June 7 Democratic primary ballot. The court was concerned with three signatures on Finkenauer’s nominating papers. There is … Continue reading

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