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Sen. Cory Booker fires up Iowa Democrats: 'It is a time to get up, to rise up, to speak up'

"U.S. Sen. Cory Booker repeatedly brought more than 1,100 Iowa Democrats to their feet Saturday night with a rousing call to get their party and country back on track.
The New Jersey Democrat, a possible 2020 presidential candidate, used a preacher’s cadence to fire up activists at a Des Moines fundraiser for the state party.
"Stay faithful. Stay faithful. Stay faithful," he said, quoting a mantra he learned from a mentor in a subsidized housing complex in Newark."

Article here: [link:https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/07/iowa-sen-cory-booker-democrats-speech-2016-election-donald-trump-iowa-caucuses-president/1552663002/|

J.D. Scholten needs our help to defeat Steve King

From Scholten's latest email...

We have three important items to share with you today:
1) Moveon has teamed with Ben & Jerry’s to create new flavors of ice cream based on a few selected candidates across the country, and J.D. has been chosen as one of them! Vote for J.D. and name the new flavor [link:https://act.moveon.org/survey/benjerrycontest/|]
2) Steve King won’t do public events, doesn’t hold Town Halls, and refuses to debate or show up for the people of this district. In contrast, J.D. is currently doing his THIRD 39-county tour! He’s holding a Town Hall in every county in the district because voters deserve the opportunity to hear from those running to represent them.
3) Two days ago, we announced our goal of raising $100,000 over the last ten days of the month. After two days, we’re at $19,161! Help us finish the final quarter of this race strong with a contribution of whatever you can today! [link:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jdgoal|]

Thank you.
Standing Tall for All,
Team Scholten

Mollie Tibbetts' father slams Donald Trump Jr

The father of slain University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts lashed out Saturday at those who are using her tragic death to promote their own political agendas. To do so is “despicable” and “heartless,” Rob Tibbetts wrote, throwing Donald Trump Jr.’s own words back at him in an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register.

Tibbetts said the family was “grateful” to those who respected their pleas to not turn his daughter’s death into a political confrontation.

“Sadly, others have ignored our request,” he wrote. “They have instead chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed.”

Des Moines Register article here: [link:https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/09/01/mollie-tibbetts-father-common-decency-immigration-heartless-despicable-donald-trump-jr-column/1163131002/|

Impact of Climate Change on Iowa and every other state

This is a comprehensive article on the impact of climate change in Iowa but it is often worse for other states. It also mentions that farmland destroying urban sprawl causes the results of the storm to be that much worse.

The article really pulls it all together.

"Iowa is 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer since 1988, according to an Associated Press analysis of weather data. Northwest Iowa has seen the greatest increase in temperature at 1.67 degrees, and the southeast has seen the smallest at 0.8 degrees, the data show."

"Farming, historically important in Iowa and making up about a quarter of the state economy, could be among the industries hardest hit. Imagine corn trying to pollinate in a 108-degree oven...It's a no-brainer. Pollination can’t occur at those temperatures...and if you raise the temperature in those hog buildings by 13 degrees Fahrenheit in the dead of summer, no amount of additional air movement by fans is going to cool them. They'll have to look at adding air-conditioning," Takle said.


Anyone watching right-wing Candace Owens on Ari Melber right now?

She is one of those fast talkers who makes up shit at 90 MPH and hardly takes a break and overtalks.

EMILY's Lists Endorses Slate Of Iowa Statehouse Candidates

Emily's list has a great track record in Iowa so far this year. Let's hope the new set of endorsements lets Iowa Dems take back the house or senate.

"The pro-choice organization previously endorsed six legislative candidates in the primaries back in May, as well as Deidre DeJear for her secretary of state contest. All but one (Janice Weiner lost to Zach Wahls) won their primaries."

More here: [link:https://iowastartingline.com/2018/07/25/emilys-lists-endorses-slate-of-iowa-statehouse-candidates/ |

Avenatti to Iowa on August 10 for Democratic Wing Ding Dinner

"Best get your tickets now for the annual Iowa Democratic Wing Ding Dinner on August 10 because it’s going to be a wild night. With the unexpected news that Story Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti will attend – and that he’s thinking of running for president – the speaker line-up got quite interesting. Expect an extra contingent of national news reporters to be hanging out in the booths at the Surf Ballroom to take in the curious move from the high-profile thorn in President Donald Trump’s side."

More at the link:
[link:https://iowastartingline.com/2018/07/27/the-wing-ding-dinner-is-gonna-be-lit/ |

New Polk County (Iowa) Democratic t-shirt

from the Polk County Weekly Update...
"With more than 275 attendees, our 18th Annual Polk County Women’s Event with Cecile Richards was the biggest in our history! We welcomed candidates, elected officials of past and present, and the women who are mobilizing Polk County this year (and the men who support them). Perhaps the best part of the night was to see all the new faces. One of my good friends told me he wasn’t sure he was at the right location because of all the new people. That’s exactly the kind of momentum we need to take back our state in less than four months...
Thank you to Raygun for designing this shirt proudly displayed by Cecile for the 2018 Women’s Event. A portion of all sales go to the Polk County Democrats. You can order yours online at:


The obituary of 5 year old Garrett

I hope it is okay to publish this obit here...it made me smile and broke my heart. [link:http://www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com/services/services_detail.aspx?rid=35399|

Garrett Michael Matthias
AKA “The Great Garrett Underpants”
3/26/13 – 7/6/18

My name is: Garrett Michael Boofias
My birthday is: I am 5 years old
My address is: I am a Bulldog!
My favorite color is: Blue….and Red and Black and Green
My favorite superhero is: Batman…and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg
When I grow up: I’m going to be a professional boxer

My favorite people are:
• Mommy, Daddy, my sister ‘Delcina’ (Delphina),
• The grandparents with the new house (Fredric and Cheryl Krueger),
• The grandparents with the camper (Daniel and Nita Matthias),
• My cousins: Grady, ‘that guy I took down that one time’ (Luke), and London Marie,
• My Auntie Janette and Stinky Uncle Andy (Andrew and Janette Krueger),
• Those two guys, you know, my uncles (Kristopfer Krueger and James Taylor)
• Batman!!

The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port
Things I hate: Pants!, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles, and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts…I do like the mint monkey nose like at Mayo Radiation and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy)

When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!

Burned or Buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla

Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman, and snow cones

Emilie and Ryan Matthias will honor Garrett’s final wishes by having a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 14th from 5pm – 11pm at 2377 132nd Ct Van Meter, Iowa

Note: Symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony and fireworks will be held just after sunset

A private burial of Garrett’s ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area.

Donations can be made directly to the family https://www.gofundme.com/garrett-mathiasmathias-family or in Garrett’s honor to a few of the many non-profits that helped Garrett along the way: The Little Al Foundation (https://www.littlealfoundation.com), The Pink Tractor Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/PinkTractorFoundation) and the University of Iowa Dance Marathon (https://dancemarathon.uiowa.edu)

We are so grateful to the many doctors, nurses, child life specialists, musicians, art therapists, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to cure Garrett of his cancer. The reality for Garrett and so many other children is pediatric cancer is an ugly, nasty beast that leaves a path of destruction. For Garrett and many others before him – cancer kills. Those that are ‘lucky’ enough to survive endure long term debilitating side effects and the constant fear of relapse. We will fight for a cure until no other kids are robbed of their childhood, no other siblings lose their best friends, and no other parents have to bury their babies.

Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopy cushions and sneaking clothes pins on their clothes to ‘hazing’ the interns and new staff doctors, he was forever a prankster. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to ‘see ya later alligator’:

See ya later, suckas! - The Great Garrett Underpants

Why Anthony Kennedy Gave Up

In his last year on the bench, the lifelong devotee of dignity and the rule of law joined Team Trump. What happened?


Good read, tells how conservative Kennedy really was.
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