You Can’t Trust Joni Ernst With Your Health Care

Joni Ernst is a corporate tool who has demonstrated this over and over through her votes. Name one thing she has done for Iowa in six years.  Voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act   NRA$$$

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Is The Beltway Media Avoiding The Whole Truth About Trump?

[Update] Check out Press Run a newsletter by veteran media critic Eric Boehlert who has been monitoring right-wing misinformation for years, first as a staff writer for Salon, for ten years at Media Matters for America, and most recently as a media critic at Daily Kos.

Boehlert writes:

Trump’s at war with an unraveling America, that much is clear. The parallel reality is that the American press corps does not know how to deal with this frightening scenario. Or it does know, it just doesn’t have the courage to put that into practice.

Too timid to call Trump out as a radical saboteur who ferments racial violence for political purposes, the Beltway media busies itself chronicling his controversies, documenting his “falsehoods” (never “lies”), and occasionally highlighting his hypocrisy. But an honest discussion about Trump’s plot against America? That’s not really allowed in the news pages.

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This comment on Boehlert’s Press Run article goes even further. The commenter says the media should be talking about Trump in the framework of being owned by the mob and organized crime. There is plenty of newspaper documentation pointing to this yet no real coverage by broadcast media outside an occasional book author as guest on a show.

Even if you think this is far-fetched, what can be more far-fetched than the President of the United States suggesting at a televised press briefing that people should maybe drink or inject bleach to combat COVID-19?  How can the media defend not covering a widely documented fact-based story about the president when they have been more than willing to saturate the broadcast airwaves and cable news with birtherism and every other far-fetched made up narrative to come out of the Trump administration?

Eric Boehlert is right. But this commenter is likely even more right.

https://pressrun.media/p/trumps-pandemic-propaganda-comes/comments#comment-141954

by YubNub25Apr 2

Can you please say any of the following words when discussing how Trump is handling this? Mob, mafia, organized crime, etc. I prosecute white collar/org crime. I say that’s what Trump is b/c I know what he is.

Enough with the outrage performances about his lies or that he said it’s no worse than the flu. We get it, he can’t be trusted. This was established with inauguration crowd size. Yet we’re reminded every day how much he lies, golfs, etc. This doesn’t inform citizens, it depresses them and makes them feel powerless. Yet there is a consortium of reporters who are building a following doing this. Did you know Trump pays people to attend his rallies? I can prove it, but it’s never been covered.

Where are the investigative reporters and/or the critical thinkers to tell us why. You can literally go to @lincolnsbible on Twitter where all of the facts are laid out. Its right in front of you. The mob creates chaos then profits off of it. The daughter of Kushner’s PR flunky works at NYT and covers this everyday, yet no one confronts them? Did they sell journalistic integrity for subscriptions? LOOK AT HER FAMILY’S CONNECTIONS TO RUSSIA! JFC! See http://www.citjourno.org/maggie1

Sunlight is how you stop this. No other way.

Media gets more and more blood on its hands as this passive genocide continues. You (the media) have had 3 years to uncover this, yet you failed and continue to do so. Why? Legacy media dying + outside investment from nefarious sources? Start talking mob or stop talking. You’re just making noise.

Check out  @lincolnsbible  and http://www.citjourno.org/

 

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Greenfield: Wheeler Must Step Down Immediately

Theresa Greenfield

At a June 22 press conference U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield said since Joni Ernst hasn’t called for the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler over 52 new Renewable Fuel Standard waivers she will. And she did.

Below is the press release issued by the campaign immediately after the presser:

For Immediate Release:
Monday, June 22, 2020

Greenfield: “Wheeler Must Step Down Immediately” Following Reports of 52 New RFS Waivers

Today, businesswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield joined rural advocates to hold Senator Joni Ernst accountable for her disastrous record of failing to protect Iowa’s farm economy and biofuels industry after accepting more than $420,000 from Big Oil.

On a virtual press conference call with Focus on Rural America co-founder and former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge, fifth-generation Iowa farmer and former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Tim Gannon, and Iowa press, Theresa spotlighted Senator Ernst’s vote to confirm fossil fuel lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — despite his “explicit promises” to continue granting renewable fuel standard waivers to oil refiners at the expense of Iowa farmers and biofuel producers.

Here’s what Theresa is calling for today, in response to reports that the EPA is considering as many as 52 new RFS waivers dating all the way back to 2011:

1. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler must step down immediately.
2. EPA needs to release a full accounting of the RFS waivers currently under consideration.
3. The U.S. Senate must take immediate action to pass more direct relief for Iowa’s biofuel industry.

“Senator Ernst said she’d be different. She said she’d make ‘em squeal,” said Greenfield. “But after nearly a full term in the Senate, hardworking Iowans are the only ones squealing and our ethanol and corn producers are under attack. Today, I’m calling for Administrator Wheeler to step down immediately, and for Senator Ernst to stand up to her Big Oil donors and join me in calling for his resignation. Iowa’s farm communities and biofuel producers deserve answers for why Senator Ernst voted for a fossil fuel lobbyist to run the EPA in the first place. We’re going to keep holding her accountable from now through November.”

Previously, Senator Ernst has attempted to rewrite her record of support for Wheeler by suggesting that she would call for his firing if he failed to protect Iowa’s farmers and biofuels producers. But as the industry faces unprecedented hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, haphazard trade policies, and the last 85 RFS waivers the EPA granted to oil refiners, Senator Ernst has failed to make good on that threat.

In addition to voting for Wheeler’s confirmation and accepting more than $420,000 from Big Oil, Senator Ernst has taken more than $1.9 million from corporate PACs. Theresa Greenfield is not accepting one dime of corporate PAC money, and is running to put Iowa first.

In addition to postponing in-person events, the Greenfield for Iowa campaign is taking precautions by having all staff work remotely and encouraging social distancing practices at all times. For more information on Iowa’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website.

To donate to the Greenfield campaign, click here.

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Help Zach Wahls Help Rita Hart

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A note from State Senator Zach Wahls –

As the first Iowa legislator to grow up with openly LGBT parents, I learned at an early age how important it is to stand up for what you believe in. And that’s exactly why I’m writing to ask if you can chip in $10 to Rita Hart’s campaign for Congress.

Although Rita and I have very different personal stories and backgrounds, we’ve both spent our lives serving our communities and advocating for change. And we both believe that every Iowan deserves a fair shot in life, no matter who you are or whom you love.

That’s why I endorsed her when she announced she was running, and it’s why I’m so proud to be supporting Rita Hart to represent us in Congress. She has committed to supporting the Equality Act, which is more important than ever given the Trump Administration’s attacks on healthcare for LGBTQ Americans.

This Pride Month will you join me in supporting Rita’s campaign by making a $10 donation today? Her campaign has a big fundraising deadline coming up, and she needs our help to defeat her extreme Republican opponents.

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We all know just how much is at stake in this election. Control of the House, the Senate, and the Presidency are all on the line—and they all run straight through Iowa. Your donation to Rita’s campaign will help make sure Republicans don’t take control of Washington. If Republicans win, they’ll continue to rollback progress for LGBTQ+ Americans on both equal protection and all the other issues that matter to all of us, like healthcare, education, and workers’ rights.

We must win IA-02 and elect another pro-equality leader like Rita Hart to Congress. She has our back, and that’s why we need to have Rita’s back during this urgent fundraising period.

Will you donate $10 to help Rita win her campaign for Congress?

Thank you, and Happy Pride!

Zach Wahls
Iowa State Senator

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Partisan Priorities At The Statehouse

Iowa Democratic Party

Todd Prichard <slundry@iowademocrats.org>

After a long weekend, the Iowa legislature finally adjourned for the year last Sunday afternoon. I was proud of the work our Legislative Black Caucus did in the final days of the legislative session to pass reforms and take the first step towards equity and justice for all people.

House Democrats offered a plan  to protect Iowa workers and support Iowa families being affected by COVID-19. Unfortunately, House and Senate Republicans had other priorities. In the closing days of session, here are just a few pieces of legislation Republicans rushed through the state legislature:

  • Blanket protections for large corporations who refuse to protect workers or abide by CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19
  • An abortion waiting period that further restricts a woman from making  her own healthcare decisions
  • A voter suppression bill that hamstrings county auditors and makes it more difficult for Iowans to vote absentee in an election year where absentee ballots will be more important than ever in ensuring Iowans can vote safely.

Instead of working on COVID relief together, House Republicans were more interested in playing politics. 

Dave, these partisan priorities from House Republicans are dangerous for Iowa. Democrats need to flip just four seats in November to take the majority in the Iowa House and end the Republican trifecta in state government.

We can’t do this without grassroots supporters like you. Please, make a $25 or more post-session contribution to the Todd Prichard Leadership Fund today to elect Democrats and kick partisanship to the curb in 2020. 

Our state legislature should be working for all Iowans – not big corporations and partisan special interests. We need to take back the Iowa House in November to flip the script and get our state back on track. Click here to make your post-session gift today.

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Iowa House Democratic Leader

Comment:

Money will be the lifeblood of every campaign. We have what is probably a unique opportunity this election cycle to turn Iowa blue. While national politics gets the headlines, as Todd Pritchard notes above Iowa families are most affected by what goes on in the statehouse.

If you want to see Iowa return to its once sensible agendas with family centered policies in the forefront we have to help with the cost of the races.

From the White House to the State House, vote BLUE, no matter who!

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Sunday Funday: Dad’s Day Edition

A shout out out there to all you Fathers out there. Does right, being a father can be about the second toughest job there is. A special thanks to those who are doing their best to raise their kids to see their fellow humans as equals, not as some stereotype based on a person’s skin color, religion, sex or language. Mr. Bunker Boy has done all he can to split our country based on prejudices.  But we can change it one child at a time.

One more shout out to the ubiquity (it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere!) of the cell phone camera. The more the racists and the haters are caught on camera, the more likely people will understand just how ingrained it is is our society. Never forget: The medium is the message!

On that note, how about one of the latest from the Lincoln Project. This one concerns the deep roots racism has in this country:

WHAT A WEEK! And this is only the beginning.

  1. 155 years after the first Juneteenth, who claimed credit for making the holiday something people knew about?
  1. Which campaign was caught using Nazi Death Camp symbols in a Facebook ad last week?
  1. This coming Tuesday the tell all book by John Bolton will go on sale across the country. What position did John Bolton hold inn the administration?
  1. In the final hectic hours of the Iowa legislature early last Sunday morning Republicans passed what restriction to abortion rights in Iowa?
  1. Among stories in the new John Bolton book is one of Bunker Boy appealing to what world leader to interfere in the coming election?
  1. Since May 27th six people of color have died by what somewhat unusual method across the country?
  1. June 28, 1969 protests and demonstrations begin following a police raid on what gay bar in NYC?
  1. In two major SCOTUS losses for the administration, what conservative justice sided with the liberal faction in both decisions?
  1. A day late and a dollar short as usual what Iowa Republican introduced a bill to protect Inspector Generals last week?
  1. A bill passed in the last frantic hours of the Iowa legislature would force local governments to allow what in their buildings or face punitive damage?
  1. Speaker Pelosi had portraits of four former House speakers removed from the capitol because the four had done what in their lives?
  1. Can you name a major American company who made Juneteenth a holiday this year? (Either paying employees time and a half or giving the day off)
  1. Jean Smith died at age 92 last week. She was probably best known as the sister of what President?
  1. Right now there are many “hot” border skirmishes around the world, including one between what two largest countries in the world?
  1. What three states are now the hot spots for the coronavirus since “reopening” in May?
  1. Our northern neighbor, Canada, has about 1/10th of our population. What is their ratio of coronavirus to ours?
  1. In Tennessee a petition with 18,000 signatures requested moving Confederate statues and replacing them with statues of what famous Tennessean?
  1. January 9th, 1978 who becomes the first openly gay elected official in California?  (Hint: He was assassinated later that year)
  1. What inexpensive and widely available steroid has been identified as showing to reduced coronavirus deaths?
  1. Because the products’ name are based on racial stereotypes, Quaker Oats has decided to rename and re-image what product line?

Answers:

  1. Bunker Boy!
  1. The Trump for President campaign
  1. National Security Advisor
  1. A 24 hour waiting period
  1. China’s. Xi
  1. Hanging – more specifically supposed suicide by hanging, some in public areas
  1. The Stonewall Inn
  1. CJ John Roberts
  1. Chuck Grassley
  1. Guns – are guns allowed on the floor of the legislature?
  1. They were part of the Confederate government
  1. There were many – Target, Penney’s, Google, Twitter (more here)
  1. President Kennedy
  1. India and China
  1. Arizona,  Florida and Texas
  1. Canada has @4% of the virus cases we do (100,220 to 2,400,000) and @ 6% of our deaths (8,300 to 122,000)
  1. Dolly Parton
  1. Harvey Milk elected as a SanFrancisco supervisor.
  1. Dexamethasone 
  1. Aunt Jemima syrups and pancake mixes
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DACA: Yes!

Obma on DACA

hat tip to soph0571 on democraticunderground.com

As a person who lives in Iowa’s minority majority city I was simply astounded Thursday morning when I heard the breaking news that DACA was not overturned. We have friends in the DACA program. No doubt we have friends that we do not know are in the DACA program. We feel great relief for this cloud being lifted, if only temporarily.

Watching a LULAC conference call Thursday afternoon, I could feel the relief and and the joy coming through the screen. But beyond today’s celebratory atmosphere was the knowledge that today’s victory is only temporary. Until Congress and a new president make laws to deal with DACA, President Obama’s executive order will continue to be the target of the right wing.

This SCOTUS decision was one of the most shocking since ……. well, Monday when the same Court by a 6 to 3 margin decided that gay people must be treated as citizens. Treating people as full citizens was roundly condemned on the right. Living here, paying taxes being involved in the community and helping the community have never been enough to qualify as citizens to the right.

At the very end LULAC President Domingo Garcia made the sly comment to the American People that “German sausages didn’t hurt you, Italian pizzas didn’t hurt you and our tacos, fajitas and margaritas won’t hurt you.”

The the host reminded viewers that the work is just beginning. Now the Latinx community needs to get people to the polls as they have never done before.

Do you think the SCOTUS will surprise us in the next couple of weeks and decide that the current president is like any other citizen and not above the law? Do you think SCOTUS will say that the president has to open his tax returns for examination by congress when they are investigating misdeeds? I sure hope so.

After all, Bunker Boy himself tweeted after the DACA ruling: “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” Here’s hoping his losing streak continues.

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Seniors And Trump’s War On Health Care

Truman on health careFrom Progress Iowa:

REPORT: How Trump’s War On Health Care Has Worsened the Coronavirus Crisis for Iowa Seniors

Matt Sinovic <matt@progressiowa.org>

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2020

Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0133

REPORT: How Trump’s War On Health Care Has Worsened the Coronavirus Crisis for Iowa Seniors

New Report Highlights Trump’s Ongoing Sabotage of Seniors’ Health Care and How His Lawsuit to Overturn the Affordable Care Act Would Devastate Iowa Seniors 

LISTEN TO THE FULL RECORDING HERE

Des Moines, Iowa — A new report was released today by Protect Our Care and the Alliance Retired Americans, as Iowans spoke out on a press call to discuss how Trump’s health care sabotage agenda is putting seniors at increased risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Lower Drug Prices Now Iowa coalition, and Protect Our Care Iowa joined Progress Iowa in hosting the call, and discussing how Trump’s war on health care continues to harm seniors—especially his lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, which would devastate older Americans during this crisis.

Speakers discussed the need to protect Iowa seniors, especially as they are among the most vulnerable during this crisis:

“Seniors are scared right now. They tell me every day they’ve never seen anything like the coronavirus in their lifetime. One of the main concerns is that they don’t see people wearing face masks, and they are worried about the disease worsening, and about the cost of their prescription drugs. If the Affordable Care Act were repealed, their drug costs would spike and when that happens people will start splitting doses or not taking their medication properly. We cannot allow their health to be impacted by this, and our elected officials must do all they can to protect the ACA.”

-John Forbes, Iowa Representative and Pharmacist

“Older Iowans are at the highest risk during this pandemic, as nearly nine out of ten who have died from COVID-19 are seniors. And more than a third of people who have died from the virus live in nursing homes. Good heavens, this should be a wake up call, we have to do better protecting the most vulnerable. This disease is on the attack, and we must be proactive, protecting our health care, especially for seniors.”
-Mike McCarthy, President, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

“President Trump promised to take on the pharmaceutical companies, but has abandoned seniors, refusing to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and worsening the coronavirus crisis by waging war on our health care. And his supporter Senator Joni Ernst has marched along, following his lead, letting Iowa seniors down. We encourage every Iowan to hold Ernst accountable and to continue fighting for health care for seniors and for every Iowan.”
-Sue Dinsdale, Executive Director, Iowa Citizen Action Network & Lower Drug Prices Now Iowa

You can view the full report here and listen to a recording of the press call here.

Couple of quick comments:

First, a simple reminder that Senator Joni Ernst voted to end the Affordable Care Act. As an acolyte of the current president, you can bet she will be in agreement with the Republican wet dream of ending Medicare. The same is true of David Young in the third district. I think I am fairly safe in saying that Republican candidates Miller-Meeks (strangely she is a doctor) in the second district, Hinson in the first district and Feenstra in the third district, would all be on board to kill both the ACA and Medicare.

Pay close attention to this seniors. Voting for any Republican is seriously voting against your own interest.

Second – WEAR A DAMNED MASK!

When we go out to do our little bit of shopping about every ten days or so I am amazed at how few people wear masks. I have quit shopping at Walmart (we did little shopping there anyway) over their lack of a mask policy. For the life of me I can not understand why a person cannot put on a mask for a few minutes while they shop, if only for the selfish reason of protect their own self.

We have people in this state who have some idea that they are not ‘dressed’ until they slap gun on their hip. Guns are heavy – a mask weighs but a couple of ounces if that. Think of the store clerks, the waiters and waitresses, and eventually the doctors and nurses who the maskless are putting in danger for their own selfishness.

I do not understand why our governor is so scared that she can’t do the right thing and make masks mandatory. I is almost as if she. Wants the pandemic to continue. When she claims she listens to the scientists, you can bet at least one of them has told her to make masking mandatory.

Out in California, Governor Newsom orders masks must be worn.

   

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Donna Edwards And Al Franken Talk Race, Cops And Photo Ops

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Why Don’t People Get It About Wearing Masks?

Someone commented on Facebook yesterday, why don’t people get it about wearing masks.

Some people are just too good to wear masks. Especially during a photo op where they’re trying to create a false impression that Iowa has beaten back the Covid-19.

From Kim Reynolds FB page “Kevin and I enjoying lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Randy Feenstra.” #OpeningUpAmericaAgain #KeepIowaMoving #FeenstraDelivers

Yeah right.

A day after Governor Kim Reynolds & Mike Pence claim that Iowa has slowed the spread of #COVID19 , Iowa Capital Dispatch reports that Iowa now has the nation’s 12th highest rate of COVID-19 infections, with 758 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents.

According to an analysis by Reuters, Iowa is also one of only two states in the top 12 of per capita infections where the number of new infections is increasing.

Iowa saw its number of newly confirmed infections increase 6.8% with 2,659 new cases confirmed for the week ending June 14, Reuters found.

Posted by Iowa Senate Dems on FB

#StaySafe #StayStrong #StayHome #WashYourHands #WearAMask #CoverYourCough

Click here to read more at Iowa Capital Dispatch

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