Category Archives: Politics

Where’s the Beef Mayor Pete?

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa — If I ranked Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana in the third tier of presidential candidates, why did I attend his town hall meeting five miles west of the Herbert Hoover birthplace in West Branch? … Continue reading

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Political Checklist – President

I try not to inflate the importance of Iowa’s first in the nation caucuses. Whatever it was, the caucus process is less personal today than depicted in the media or by campaign consultants. Gone are the days of a Jimmy … Continue reading

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Taking a Holiday From Politics

There’s not much to add to the national conversation about politics. Our politics is broken, there’s a constitutional crisis, we have a do-nothing but bolster the richest people Congress, we spend money on defense like we have it, we’re pushing … Continue reading

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A Sheriff’s Race for 2020

Big Grove Precinct has two voters elected to the Johnson County Democratic central committee, Brad Kunkel and me. At the central committee meeting on Thursday, May 2, Kunkel formally announced his campaign to become sheriff when Lonny Pulkrabek retires at … Continue reading

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Iowa Caucus Contagion

In 2000, the year the U.S. Supreme Court stopped vote counting in Florida and made George W. Bush our 43rd president, measles was declared eliminated. Not so fast. “From January 1 to April 26, 2019, 704 individual cases of measles … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren in Tipton

TIPTON, Iowa — 125 to 150 people showed for an Elizabeth Warren meet and greet at the Tipton Family Restaurant today. The side dining room selected for the event usually seats about 25 diners. Staff cleared the tables and most … Continue reading

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Is He a Socialist?

My political fate was determined when I was very young. My grandfather was a socialist, union coal miner who believed the means of production should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. The very definition of a … Continue reading

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