Category Archives: Politics

Is The IPERS Cake Baked?

The Cedar Rapids Gazette was sitting on the break room table last week at the home, farm and auto supply store, open to an article about IPERS, Iowa’s public employee retirement plan. Written by Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa, the … Continue reading

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Toward A New Electorate

Sunday my spouse and I took the public library poster she made to the fairgrounds where the county’s seven libraries have a booth for the fair which runs Monday through Thursday this week. We parked outside Building B, went in, … Continue reading

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Democrats In McConnellville

Mitch McConnell must miss Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Without their foil he’s got no one to blame but himself for failing to craft a legislative agenda to support the Republican president. He tries to blame Democrats but it falls … Continue reading

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Social Security Runs Out! (In 2034)

Last Thursday the board of trustees overseeing Social Security released its 2018 projection. 61 million beneficiaries — retirees, disabled workers, spouses and surviving children — will get an increase in monthly benefits. The forecast increase is 2.2 percent or about … Continue reading

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Political History Lesson

I helped manage the political campaign of Democrat Dick Schwab for Iowa House District 73 during the 2012 general election. We worked hard but lost. I took the following three posts down with my entire blog Big Grove News in … Continue reading

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Six Months In with President Trump

It’s been difficult to get a grip on our 45th president. His first six months in office have been so different from previous Republican presidents there is no comparison. An inability to relate to this president — on any level … Continue reading

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Hope in Solon

Yesterday’s election of Lauren Whitehead to the Solon City Council represents a turning point in local political activism. Whitehead campaigned diligently in an environment where city residents sought to become more active in politics after the 2016 general election. What … Continue reading

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