Tag Archives: #iapolitics

Michael Franken For U.S. Senate

Michael Franken (D-Sioux City) announced his intention to run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Monday, Aug. 26. There are now five candidates to challenge Joni Ernst. Franken has been telephoning potential donors and appearing at events around … Continue reading

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State Auditor Rob Sand Speaks… Briefly

State Auditor Rob Sand spoke at the Zach Wahls birthday fundraiser in rural Johnson County on July 14. He was brief. Sand’s brevity is becoming a feature of his political tenure. Those of us who hear a lot of political … Continue reading

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Organizing The Organizers

The Democratic Party seems on the brink of descent into a primal ooze as we now debate political staffers forming unions in campaigns. What’s there to debate? Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gets the overarching policy right. “Freedom means the ability … Continue reading

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Politics In Isolation

It must be hard for out of state political organizers to penetrate the shield of work, family and friends behind which many Iowans spend most of their time. That’s especially true as the large field of presidential candidates self-sorts in … Continue reading

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We’ve Got To Do Something

Over the weekend Erin Murphy, a Lee Enterprises Des Moines-based reporter, said it was quiet in Iowa’s congressional primary races. “Perhaps in the coming weeks and months, some of these quieter primary races will become more crowded,” Murphy wrote in … Continue reading

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Zach Wahls Fundraiser July 14

Zach Wahls is turning 28 and he’s making his birthday celebration into a political fund raiser! That’s what his predecessor, State Senator Bob Dvorsky did so the tradition continues, this year at The Walker Homestead. Here’s part of a fundraising … Continue reading

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Prairie Progressive – Withered And Whining

Reprinted with permission from the Fall 2018 issue of The Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter. Bobby Kaufmann is not a victim. He may be an aggrieved party from time to time, but victim? No. His latest grievance was expressed … Continue reading

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After Dave Loebsack

You don’t need to be a political insider to understand Dave Loebsack’s days in the U.S. House of Representatives are getting numbered. Loebsack seems likely to dispatch with power his second time opponent, Chris Peters from Coralville, this year. He … Continue reading

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Morning Coffee, Climate Change And The 2018 Midterms

I first drank coffee in the Army… on top of a hill… during the dead of winter… from a mermite can. Steam rising from the lid proved irresistible when ambient temperatures were below zero and we had just slept on … Continue reading

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Politics and Real Zach Wahls

2018 will be an amazing year for Democrats, win or lose. Even so, I’ve been slow to engage, that is, until Zach Wahls announced his campaign for State Senate District 37. First I said no politics until after the June … Continue reading

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