Category Archives: Progressive Community

Late Summer Reading – 2018 Version

If you’re like me, most of what we read is on line articles. I also read full length books and have a goal on Goodreads to finish 16 this year. Among the ones I’ve finished and recommend are: Confessions of … Continue reading

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RAGBRAI 2018

(Editor’s Note: Trish Nelson is taking a break from editing Blog for Iowa this July and August. One of her annual activities is riding RAGBRAI and she sent some photos of her experience this year. This is also her remembrance … Continue reading

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Advocating For Those With Four Paws

Mindi Callison-Long created Bailing out Benji, an organization devoted to putting an end to puppy mills through educational outreach, advocacy and rescue, in 2011 when she was 21 years old. She recently made a trip to Washington, D.C. with animal … Continue reading

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Prairie Dog’s Summer Reading List 2018

Reprinted with permission from the Summer 2018 issue of The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter. The Prairie Progressive is funded entirely by reader subscription, available only in hard copy for $12/yr. Send check to PP, Box 1945, Iowa City … Continue reading

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Building A Blue Wave

People are excited by the prospect of flipping the Iowa House and governorship in November. I share the excitement, and note such voters are engaged in politics more than most who will show up at the polls. I’ll be convinced … Continue reading

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Help For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A lot of pixels have been spilled over the primary election win of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on June 26. Regardless of the methods of her election or her platform — or the buzz around beating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in … Continue reading

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The Importance of American Freedom

by Ralph Scharnau Freedom is the central tenet of how we view ourselves individually and as a nation.  It is embedded in our history and language.  Simultaneously it has been contested in debates and dissents in Congress, in political books/essays/editorials, … Continue reading

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A Blog For Iowa Independence Day Post

Independence Day is an American holiday if there is one. A group of military veterans discussed participation in a local Independence Day parade via email. A member made this post: I will not participate in the July 4th parade. This … Continue reading

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Republicans Are Bad At Law Making

Last Friday the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the 2017 law requiring a 72-hour waiting period before a woman could have an abortion. Here’s the money quote from Chief Justice Mark Cady, writing for the majority: “The state’s capacity to legislate … Continue reading

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Is The IPERS Cake Baked?

The Cedar Rapids Gazette was sitting on the break room table last week at the home, farm and auto supply store, open to an article about IPERS, Iowa’s public employee retirement plan. Written by Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa, the … Continue reading

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