Want To End Gun Violence? Start With Voting Republicans Out Of Office

Vote Republicans out of office! You might assume this suggestion came from a Democrat. It didn’t. It’s from former Florida Republican Congressman David Jolly. Jolly was interviewed following the latest Florida school massacre. He believes the only way to end the gun mass murders is to vote Republicans out of office. “Republicans will never do anything on gun control,” Jolly told CNN. “If this is the issue that defines your ideology as a voter, there are two things I would suggest tonight. First, flip the House … Republicans are not going to do a single thing after this shooting we […]

A Familiar Story From Reynolds And Trump On Mistreatment Of Women

There’s a striking similarity between the reaction of Governor Reynolds to sexual harassment at the Iowa State Capitol and President Trump’s failure to offer sympathy to the two abused ex-wives of his key staffer. It was revealed last week that Rob Porter, a key White House staffer, had never received security clearance because of evidence of a history of domestic abuse. Following Porter’s resignation, Trump praised Porter and suggested he was innocent and wished him well. President Trump refused to offer any sympathy to Porter’s ex-wives that suffered the abuse. “We hope he has a wonderful career and hopefully he […]

Trump’s “Treason” Charge A New Low For Dictatorial President

President Trump’s vicious attack on Democrats, many of whom have bravely served their country, deserves unqualified condemnation. Trump’s labeling of fellow patriotic Americans with treasonous behavior, an offense punishable by death, crossed the line of acceptable presidential conduct. Here’s Trump’s accusation from a speech in Cincinnati last week. “They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘treasonous.’ I mean, Yeah, I guess why not? Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country that much.” Trump lacks any military credibility having cut and run from service in Vietnam by receiving a […]

Paul Ryan’s $1.50/Week Brag Reveals Sham Of GOP Tax Plan

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted on Saturday celebrating a Lancaster, Pennsylvania school secretary’s wage increase of $1.50 per week. “A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week… she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year,” Ryan’s tweet read. Ryan used the tweet to laud the benefits of Republicans’ #GOPtaxscam. The Republicans understand they must attempt to convince the middle class that their budget busting $1.5 trillion tax cut will benefit working class voters. Ryan immediately got bashed on social […]

Trump’s Sham Proposal Could Cripple Legal Immigration

President Trump’s latest immigration proposal appears to offer the 1.8 million Dreamers protection, but the rest of his proposal would severely restrict legal immigration. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused President Donald Trump of “using a proposed path for citizenship for young undocumented immigrants as cover for making sweeping — and damaging — changes to the legal immigration system.” Trump’s complete immigration proposal is a radical departure from traditional immigration policy. In addition to requiring $25 billion for a border wall, Trump’s immigration framework would end the visa lottery program and slash the number of family-based members allowed into the […]

Kim Reynolds and Iowa GOP’s Draconian Cuts Were Avoidable

Governor Kim Reynolds and the Republican-controlled legislature have chosen to slash essential funding for Iowa universities, courts, human services and the prisons. Why are they refusing to consider a reasonable, common sense alternative to these painful and unnecessary cuts? The state has over $600 million dollars sitting idle, unused and available in the combined Cash Reserve Fund and the Economic Emergency Fund. According to the Iowa Code, the purpose of this rainy day fund is to meet exactly these kinds of emergency budget shortfalls. The Iowa Code section 8.56 states: “Moneys in the cash reserve fund may be used for […]

Trump’s “America First” Will Actually Put America Last On World Stage

Throughout American history, the President of the United States has been recognized as the leader of the free world. Amazingly, in less than a year, President Trump’s “America first” policy has destroyed America’s leadership position among the nations of the world. A recent Gallup survey of 134 nations showed an approval of America’s role in the world dropped from 48% under President Obama to 30% after one year of President Trump. Trump’s world approval rating is at the lowest level Gallup has ever recorded since beginning its global leadership poll. Germany has now replaced the United States as the top-rated […]

An America Without Newspapers

If the falling circulation for the nation’s newspapers continues, that headline could become a reality. What would an America without newspapers mean to political understanding and awareness? Investigative journalists led by the New York Times and the Washington Post have exposed the Trump administration’s lies and their attempted cover-up. If America didn’t have newspaper journalists digging deep into the Trump Russian connection, the cover-up and the obstruction of justice Trump might have fired special counsel Robert Mueller long ago. A free press is the only barrier preventing authoritarian regimes like Trump’s from brainwashing the public with fake news. Newspapers are […]

A Must Read For Iowa Democrats: How To Talk To Rural Voters

The 2016 election losses in rural America were a shocking wakeup call to Democrats. It demonstrated that winning in urban areas alone isn’t sufficient to regain majority control in statehouses and Congress. Democrats must find an effective message that will resonate with rural and working class voters. Following President Donald Trump’s overwhelming wins in rural America and the devastating losses by Democrats, a number of projects were launched in an effort to craft that rural message. One survey was developed by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, our Democratic Illinois neighbor.  Her survey results are published in Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats […]

Republican Trade Policies Damaging Iowa Farm Economy, State Budget

Governor Reynolds’ growing budget crisis is a direct result of the Trump administration’s war on our agricultural trading partners. Trump campaigned on a promise to renegotiate our trade agreements, not destroy them. He bragged that he would bring his art-of-the-deal persuasion to the trade negotiating table.  He boasted that he would save American jobs and reverse trade imbalances. Instead, in his first year in office, he has insulted our trading partners, frightened our allies and opened the door to our (China) competitors. He’s threatening to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which could destroy Iowa’s agricultural […]