LAKE MACBRIDE— Honey locust trees are in bloom around the lake country. It is another step in the steady march through the calendar of our awareness. We expect the blooms now, and so they have come.
The newspaper in the county seat announced their endorsements for the statehouse primary elections and picked Dennis Boedeker in Iowa House District 73. I stopped by our local newspaper yesterday, and they are running my candidate comparison articles side-by-side this week. We don’t endorse, but there are clear differences between the two Democratic candidates. Boedeker was recruited by political insiders to run for office, whereas his primary opponent David Johnson is self-activated, making his fourth attempt to win a seat in the Iowa legislature. I have no clue who will win the primary, and don’t care to speculate. From talking to locals, there have been no indications that Johnson’s time has come, and that’s no endorsement.
The Republican incumbent Bobby Kaufmann read Sullivan Ballou’s letter at the legion’s Memorial Day observance. We had a brief chat after the ceremony, before the crowd headed to the legion hall for coffee and kolaches. Kaufmann has been a constant presence in the district if the two Democratic contenders have not.
Rain fell around 3 a.m., beating against the house. Would that the garden were planted. Instead, rain is a hindrance to garden progress. I’ll work a shift at the CSA in the greenhouse instead and hope the ground dries out later today or tomorrow.