Here to share with you stuff your Mother told you never to discuss: Politics and Religion with a little Gossip thrown in for flavor. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee a time for you and I to relax over some crazy news stories of the past week. As always, I can't make this stuff up. Grab a cup and relax...the coffee is served:
Trying to Keep Up
After Iowa and New Hampshire this election cycle has gotten crazy with it's twists and turns. Yesterday Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won in Kansas, which surprises no one given how completely nuts the GOP is in that state. (Gov. Brownback (R-KS) has just about pushed the state into bankruptcy with his goofy economics.) Mr. Trump came in second a distant second 25 points lower than Sen. Cruz. Sen. Rubio (R-FL) is on life-support hoping to grab a win in Florida. Meanwhile Sen. Cruz also picked up Maine. Mr. Trump is also looking forward to Florida where polls show him leading. It's important because the winner of Florida takes all 99 delegates. In Kentucky it was a narrow Trump win over Cruz but the big news was that Gov. Kasich (R-OH) did so poorly getting only 14% of the vote. Ohio is a neighbor to Kentucky.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) picked up wins in Kansas and Nebraska while Sec. Hillary Clinton won in Louisiana. Democrats will caucus today in Maine where it is expected that Sen. Sanders will notch up a victory. Of the 30 delegates there five are "super-delegates".
See, keeping up is hard to do.
I understand why so many people are drawn to Mr. Trump. I wrote, very early on, that the simple voters who want simple solutions to complex problems. And, because they see everything as black and white they are willing to give this reality TV star a pass. And, the real danger is most of the rhetoric coming from the Trump Camp is simply based on fear and hate. Some in the party, Gov. Mitt Romney for example, see it for what it is: Pandering to the worst in people. Meanwhile the rest of the world is looking at the United States and must think we have completely lost our collective minds. Some...I believe...have. (Cartoon: Tim Lloyd)
After getting their ass kicked election after election Iowa Democrats have had enough and they have been very busy organizing county and, in many urban areas, neighborhood organizations in a huge mobilization of getting out the vote. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the regular meeting of the East Side Democrats. Great conversation among very committed individuals who are spot on when it comes to the issues. Some of the elected officials that took the time to drop in and give an update were Polk County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith, Des Moines City Council Member Linda Westergaard and Des Moines School Board Member Connie Bosen.
If you would like to get involved in a neighborhood group the bet is there is one near your home. I get to live in Windsor Heights and am part of the Windsor Heights Democrats along with many of my neighbors and friends. Perhaps the best place to find your county or neighborhood group is on Facebook. Search in your Facebook Feed and bingo! You are welcome!
Iowa State Senate District 16
Speaking to the Eastside Democrats last week was candidate Nate Boulton who gave an impressive list of why Democrats should pick him over Pam Dearden Connor. Connor had a scheduling conflict and was unable to attend. Whomever wins the June 7th Primary is sure to pick up the seat. Boulton, it would seem, is the "fresh-face" of the party while Connor seems to be the choice of the establishment. This will be fun to watch.
This is only one of a few areas in play in the Des Moines Metro for the primary on the 7th of June. I'll check out a couple more next week.
Gov. Chet Culver to the YMCA??
For several months the rumor was that former Gov. Chet Culver (D-IA) was eyeing Iowa's Third Congressional District for a run. After looking at the field and seeking support it looks as if Gov. Culver is going to take a pass. That was even more apparent when it was confirmed that he is one of several people who have applied to lead the Des Moines YMCA. Which, if you think about it, is a great place to camp out for a bit before another try at...something.
Lt. Governor Patty Judge and Sen. Chuck Grassley
Saying that she is angry that Sen. Grassley (R-IA) is refusing to allow committee hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (D-IA) entered an already crowded field going into the June 7th Primary. Already in the race are former legislators Tom Fiegan of Clarence, Iowa who has already traveled to all 99 counties and Bob Krause who has a long history of service and current State Senator Robb Hogg (R-Cedar Rapids) who has lined up lots of legislative support. I dunno... Patty has the name recognition across the state but, is it a bit late? This will be another interesting race to watch.
Whatcha Been Doin'?
Last week my friend Desmund Adams became the first Democrat in the state of Iowa to file his nomination papers for elective office. Desmund is running for Iowa's Third Congressional District and, once successful in the June 7th Primary, will go on to defeat Rep. David Young (R-IA) in November. So, how does all of that happen? In this election it's all about out-working your opponent. That's what happened last week. A video sample:
We did it again. My Bride is a savior when it comes to rescuing FurKids. Last week we adopted four-month old Yofee (Hebrew for beautiful.) Yofee came to us from Panora PETS an amazing rescue service. It seems this pup was burned by scalding water. We do not know if it was intentional or by accident. However, her former owners did not seek medical care and that resulted in infection and her losing an ear. Yofee joins Oscar, Dave and Sprocket, rescue critters all.
Hey, life is good right?
Have a great Sunday and thanks for reading!