Unfortunately, not everyone who ran got a position-- which just stinks! But we are so happy to introduce the Northern Iowa Democrats' new executive leadership team, and we're confidant they'll build an even stronger core membership as the Northern Iowa Democrats stay involved in local politics and prepare for the 2014 elections.
Aaron Friel is good with computers and social media, which is essential for the position of public relations. He has plenty of experience to take on the reigns from me, someone who usually remembers to put up facebook events Saturday at 4am. The Northern Iowa Democrats need a serious internet makeover in their transitional period, and I think Aaron Friel will be just the officer to do it. Congratulations, Friel!
...and if it gets that far, the Iowa Senate as a whole.
But the controversy hasn’t stopped there unfortunately. Say what you will of the price lab closures, the unfair funding of UNI, and even the complacency in the decision to ax several academic programs; the bottom line is that even state wide the Regents have a real obstacle to overcome – they have completely lost the public trust.
Though trust began to slowly disintegrate with the above-mentioned incidents, it didn’t catch my attention personally until around July of last year. There was an article released at that point which placed blame for several human rights violations in the hands of Regent Bruce Rastetter. Rastetter denied involvement, but that was of little consolation to the Tanzanian refugees whom Bruce’s business “AgriSol” had relocated (along with help from the Tanzanian government). Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has since filed a formal ethics complaint against Rastetter.
More recently, there was a dust up at ISU involving retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. ISU had plans for a Public Policy Institute with which the retiring senator would leave his papers. The problem is that the institute’s advisory board voted to recommend that Harkin not do so in deference to concerns about academic freedom. The BOR had once again intervened where it did not belong and instituted a ban on agricultural research. The overall impact: one of our institutions does now not have the papers of its name sake. We have only the Regents to thank.
The bill will be considered tomorrow morning at 8:30am in a state senate sub-committee (and, if public, will be viewable here). Please, contact your state senators and tell them you support this measure. We can’t begin to fix higher education in Iowa if those at the top cannot be trusted.
With the election only four days away, attacks ads and direct mailers have been heating up-- some of them in the ‘pants on fire’ sort of way. You may have heard Jim Kenyon in one of these ads accuse Bob Kressig of spending THOUSANDS of dollars on HEATED SIDEWALKS. What?! Heated sidewalks?!
It sounds ludicrous because it is. Again, please read this article. It is from a liberal bias BUT it has a lot of evidence to go along with it.
Jim Kenyon has once again shown that he has nothing to use against Bob Kressig. Thus, he is resorting to lying and manipulation of his own party’s actions.
Here’s what it comes down to: Iowa has a record surplus that’s growing. Some of that money is in reserves, which means we can’t spend it except for an emergency, but even given that reserve we have money. Let me quote the first line of that article: “Iowa’s state government has never been in a stronger financial position.”
That’s awesome! Unfortunately, Republicans running for public positions against incumbents (Lyn Tackett, Jim Kenyon, Matt Reisetter) have been running on the idea that our senators have spent incredulous amounts of money on incredulous things-- like heated sidewalks. But keep in mind, there are no tax-payer heated sidewalks and there are no plans to install heated sidewalks. The Republicans running are hoping you wont do your research.
If you don’t have time to read the Bleeding Heartland piece on this, here’s what happened in a nutshell:
- Geothermal heating systems was considered for use on the main street of West Union which was part of a GREEN STREETS PROJECT, because it was new technology and they thought it would help eliminate some of the snow plowing that had to be done.
- It was found that geothermal heating systems were not cost effective, so West Union’s city council removed it from the Green Streets Project
- When the 2010 legislature debated the appropriations bill covering the Iowa Department of Economic Development, House Republicans put forth an amendment that included geothermal heating systems.
- This was pointless because geothermal heating systems were no longer part of the project.
- There was a vote, the bill was defeated on a party lines.
- House Republicans translated this into Democrats supporting “heated sidewalks”.
- Meaning that House Republicans either weren’t aware geothermal heating systems were no longer part of the Green Streets project, or they were intentionally using the irrelevant amendment as a tool to use against Democrats.
In the end, I just wanted to write about this to remind voters as they are heading to the polls: What can Jim Kenyon do for voters that Bob Kressig hasn’t already done? So far, he has agreed with Kressig regularly at public forums and then lied about Kressig’s positions in direct mailers. Keep that in mind when you go to vote.
For Part I in the series, click here
So what about the claim that Matt Reisetter wants to get rid of birth control? Jen seems to be pretty adamant here that he does not, but his public statements say otherwise. Take a look at this video that we created:
Or if that was too dry for you, let Jon Stewart explain why Personhood is a terrible idea:
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Republican Candidate Said What About Rape Now?|
For Part IV in the series, click here