I know, it's been a long time. In the opening months of 2014 I was the primary care-giver for my Mother z"l who lived in our home. That took a bunch of time and after she died on the first day of Spring that same year...I longed for some time off. Sunday Morning seemed like a great time to "take it easy". So, that's the excuse. But that's not why you stopped by so let's go!
Justice Antonin Scalia
It was a rough week for the Supreme Court Justice with stuff like the Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, Fair Housing and Marriage Equality. Former Des Moines Register writer Regina Zilbermints who now is based in Golfport, Mississippi (I'm sorry...) said in her Twitter Feed, "Seriously guys, can someone buy Scalia a cookie or a spa weekend: Sounds like he needs it after this week. #SCOTUS." BEST line of the day!
The UNITED (Wait for it) States of America
Perhaps the most emotional speech I have seen our president give was the eulogy for Pastor Clementa Pinckney. While some may focus on his singing of Amazing Grace...which was perfect...his last line was over the top. In case you missed it:
I know, those of you who hate this president...hate a bunch of things like equal rights, health care for all, people of color, different religions...even folks in "your religion" that just have not figured out the "right way". I get that and hey...it's OK with me. But, have you figured out that, on so many of these things, you have been on the losing side of the people? So, keep hating. We'll simply continue to march forward.
Two Blogs Worth Following
Earlier this year former State Senator Jack Hatch and some investors created the Iowa Daily Democrat. If you don't want to be bothered by facts or if you prefer the flamethrower approach to political discourse DON'T click through. Solid group of writers including former Associated Press reporter, Mike Glover. Another interesting read is The Starting Line by my friend Patrick Rynrad. Lot's of Iowa Caucus and Iowa Political stuff.
Gossip & Rumor & Facts
This often is my favorite part. Story is that former Governor and life-long politician Chet Culver is all but IN to square off against (Yet to announce - but traveling all over the Third District.) businessman and community service volunteer, Desmund Adams. Other names include Jim Mower who recently moved back into the Third from the Fourth District and U.S. Attorney Nick Klinefeldt. Other name mentions, Staci Appel (out) and State Senator Matt McCoy...I don't think so and State Senator Janet Peterson...nope. Why spend the money on a tough primary when you're a lock for your existing seat? Ain't gonna happen.
Looks like there will be another race in House District 42 (Windsor Heights/Clive). Not sure if, yet to announce, Jon Neiderbach will have a primary but whoever faces Rep. Chris Hagenow count me in. I'm still trying to figure out what Mr. Hagenow has done for his district in the three terms he's been here. His "hot button issue" last session was some goofy "Convention of the States" radical right-wing agenda item. Education? Nah. Minimum Wage? Nah. Equal Pay/Equal Work? Nah. But wait! He was all over requiring women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. No word on if Chris will support a bill requiring men to view their testicles on a large video monitor before having a vasectomy. Weary.
Meanwhile In Urbandale
She's IN! My friend State Sen. Brad Zahn (R-Urbandale) has, at least one challenger in former combat veteran, author, activist, model and public speaker Miyoko Hikiji. She will be a formidable opponent given her background and abilities. Urbandale is not as "red" as it once was...Rep. John Forbes (D-Urbandale) and the Democrats need to add to their senate numbers.
Urbandale also has a very active neighborhood group, as do other cities and counties. Democratic neighbors are banning together and forming activist organizations with the express idea to push progressive policies on the local level. I know...I belong to the Windsor Heights Democrats.
Business and Politics?
Some of you may know that I do a daily business radio broadcast (which I own) and some have said that it is impossible for a Democrat to be pro-business. Huh? As a business owner (three) I am all over capitalism. Because we may disagree on legislation that is progressive does not mean I'm anti-business. Silly people.
OK..SHORT for a re-introduction of Sunday Morning Coffee...but need to get about the business of...Sunday. May you have a wonderful day!