If it's Sunday you've got to try the coffee. Sunday Morning Coffee is my personal take on politics, gossip and sometimes religion...you know, the stuff we are never to discuss. For those of you who swoon over "45" this might not be the place for you to be. I can't stand the man. For those of you who are enamored with Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) same story. She is a walking disaster for Iowa and a person who believes, for some reason, she is above the law. Sound familiar? Anyway...let's go!
Because It's Bastille Day
As you know "45" doesn't have much of a grasp on stuff like history. He reminds me of the kid in school who would shout, "It's boring!" Last year "45" went to France (a country with a president he can't stand and thinks is "weak") and watched a parade. In typical fashion he comes back to the the U.S. (a nation currently under an occupation force) and says he wants a "gigantic military parade". The folks in the military, it is said, rolled their eyes but went to work figuring out what a Russian May Day parade would look like and cost. Last week "45" blamed Washington D.C. (a city he can't stand) for jacking up the price and making the event too expensive. The "gigantic military parade" has been put on hold until next year. What a gigantic waste of time and money. If "45" wants a Veterans Day Parade he can go to nearly any city in the nation (Indian River, Michigan has a nice Veterans Day Parade) and see one. Oh, yeah...the reason there was a parade in France was because the country was celebrating Bastille Day. If you know a Trump supporter...have them Google it. Nah...never mind if would only confuse them. BTW, if you want to really support the military how about a pay raise for them?
Not Far From the Tree
Yesterday Eric Trump (the bright one) sent out a Tweet condemning Reuters for posting a photo of his father waving to people. He was all jerked up about it looking like a Nazi salute. You simply can not make this stuff up. Meanwhile on Friday Reuters had a story that said "junior" and his mistress/girlfriend have pet names for each other. No, really. It must have been a slow news day. You do know that the words to the Canadian National Anthem are really good...and so too is the tune.
Speaking of Girlfriends/Boyfriends
I wonder when somebody is going to blow up the boyfriend/girlfriend story about Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) and her friend for many years who also was a county auditor? This story has been whispered about for years. I've been told nobody wants to touch it. It's really not important it's just so odd. Usually stuff like this gets more than a whisper...but maybe because there are no photos or video from a metro watering hole? I dunno...just asking.
Last year the wise people who make up the Iowa House Brain Trust said it was not going to allow images of candidates to be used on official marketing items that came from the state. It is said the bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA), was targeted against State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald (D-IA) who often has his image on state marketing materials lifting up college savings accounts and such. Imagine our surprise when there, in all it's glory, is a big ass sign in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair with the governor and acting lieutenant governor photos. The governor's office said it was OK because the materials were purchased "before the bill became law". OK...but if you look you don't see images of Mr. Fitzgerald or Secretary of State Paul Pate (R-IA) at their booth. But, it doesn't surprise me. Kim is...after all...above the law. BTW...did you know that Mr. Fitzgerald is the longest serving state treasurer in the United States? No, really been in office since 1983! Bet his marketing materials were purchased before last year....but hey who's counting?
I was at a meeting of the Clive Democrats last week. I believe, with their addition as a working neighborhood group, the Polk County Democrats has every community/neighborhood organized and working. I know folks outside of Polk County have organizations but wondering if they are organized at the community/neighborhood level? Let me know? You can reach me at [email protected] if you want.
I was driving to Mason City on Friday afternoon when I got the text message that former Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) died at a Des Moines Hospital. I pulled over and texted my friend Desmund Adams who would want to know. Rep. Boswell and he were close friends and Desmund thought of Leonard as a true mentor and would often seek his political advice. Long time aide and former Chief of Staff to Rep. Boswell is Grant Woodard. He penned a thoughtful tribute on Facebook yesterday saying in part. "It was my honor to serve, one final time, Congressman Boswell and his family..." As I read it, twice, I thought about the many interactions I had with both Grant and Rep. Boswell. Sometimes we were on the same page...other times not so much. But this is what struck me: Loyalty means something. And, unlike what we see at the White House, it is so very easy to be loyal to good people who attempt to do good. Leonard Boswell was that guy. He always had time. He always worked for the good of all the people he represented. I remember the 2012 election when Rep. Boswell was defeated by Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) and then, a year later Latham announced he would not run for another term. How sad that we turned aside a hero like Leonard Boswell. Loyalty matters. I mean no disrespect to Tom Latham...I rather like the guy. But seriously people...
Last week I was at a meeting with Jennifer Konfrst the Democratic candidate for Iowa House District 43. It was a "work session" but I missed the "work" part because I came from a meeting of the Iowa Asian/Latino Coalition where presidential candidate Andrew Yang was speaking. I've caught him two or three times and he is such a bright star with great ideas. Anyway, Jennifer is working to represent Iowans who live in Windsor Heights and part of Clive and West Des Moines. She has been knocking doors for months and while the numbers look good she could use your help. Here is her website...so GO already!
Today is the final day for the Iowa State Fair. Yep...going. Nice thing about it is admission is half-price! I'm headed early to spend some time with friends in the Iowa Democratic Party Booth in the VI building and wander a bit before Here Come the Mummies take the stage later in the evening.
Next week on The Business News Hour, for you political folks, we will go "Out to Lunch" with Cindy Axne the Democratic candidate for congress from the 3rd District. We'll lunch and record at Vino 209 in the Historic Valley Junction. In fact, we'll be there for the next four weeks doing our "Out to Lunch" segment.
I went looking for a photo of me and Rep. Boswell. I know I have one or two but I was usually the guy taking the photos not being in the photo. While I was looking I ran across this picture of my Mother (z'tl) and Desmund Adams. It was at a meet and greet for Desmund and our speaker that day was Congressman Boswell. Anyway, at the conclusion of the event my 91 year old Mother rose and said, "My name is June Libbie. I am new to Des Moines from Michigan and this is the first time I have had the chance to meet Congressman Boswell. I can tell you I am impressed! I have been involved in political campaigns since I was a little girl and you really have something here with Congressman Boswell and Desmund Adams. I am just a little old me. But if all the "mes" in this room band together "me" becomes "we" and we need to do all we can to elect these two men. Thank you both for being outstanding examples of service." And, she sat down to applause. Then it was Congressman Boswell who said, "June, thank you and if you're looking for a job I think we have one in our campaign." Mom spent that fall on the phone calling folks for both of my friends. It's what we do.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!