Snow...as I write this it's snowing in Central Iowa. Might have to brew a second pot and put a log on the fire. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my weekly look at the news stories you may have seen (or missed) all with my, often, acerbic commentary. Let's go:
He Will Say Anything
It really is astounding. "45" will say anything, mostly lies, and people swoon. I don't get it and suspect you don't either. But, beyond the lies and the dishonesty in business and government the Republicans stick with him. Perhaps out of fear. Perhaps out of ignorance. When faced by reality his supporters shrug and say silly things like, "He's doing what he promised to do." If this person gets another term it will, I believe, sink our democracy. We've got to move on.
Voting for "45"
it's a fun new game here in Iowa where Sean Bagniewski, the chair of the Polk County Democrats, continues to ask, publically, if current elected officials are going to vote for "45" next November. So far, from what I'm told...crickets. It's fun to see then squirm.
The House Intelligence Committee will begin reviewing a report tomorrow on the committee’s investigation into "45's" dealings with Ukraine. The committee is then expected to consider and adopt the report Tuesday evening. The report and any minority views will be sent to the House Judiciary Committee, which could draft articles of impeachment against the president in the next few weeks.
We're just 64 days away from the Iowa Caucus. 64 days. Sixty-five days from now we'll be reviewing every aspect of the event. Campaign staff, many of whom we've gotten to know well, will be moving on to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and beyond. It's such an honor to live in a place where we get to experience this process and get so close to the candidates. If you live here you know what I'm talking about.
Field organizing is going to be full on over the next two months. Our phones will light up with text messages...and that's OK with me. It's all going to be over way too soon.
Eleven people are reported injured in New Orleans early this morning. Eleven people. Meanwhile yesterday a man was shot in Dallas as he sat in his car. Some guy opened the passenger side door and just fired. And then in Chicago one person died and four others wounded in a shooting there. Remember, we don't have a gun violence issue in America.
Election in Des Moines
Voters in Des Moines, Iowa will, once again, head to the polls on Tuesday to select a mayor and two city council members. The runoff, which was required after none of the candidates received more than 50% of the vote back in November. If you want to listen to an interview I did for Mayor Frank Cownie you can do so here. If you would like to listen to my conversation with challenger Jack Hatch that is here.
The race has been really ugly with plenty of scrappy ads by Jack Hatch that surprised some. Meanwhile the TV time purchased, lately, by Frank Cownie have been upbeat. Sort of "stay the course" message. Whatever happens on Tuesday it will cost Des Moines about $85,000. It's the price of democracy.
I know...not much today. I have an excuse and she is sitting on my lap. Her name is "Tinker" and the rescue tells us she is six. She is a "special needs" dog who, we are told, suffered a fever as a puppy which caused her to lose her balance. So when she walks she looks like somebody on Court Avenue at 2:00AM. Her former owner was told by family members that he had to get rid of her. They were going to take her out and shoot her but somebody thought of a rescue center. And now she is with us. She's pretty clingy but that's OK. It's what we do...
I spent several hours on Thanksgiving helping others prepare a dinner and then serve it to some people in a drug and alcohol recovery center here in Central Iowa. It was a humbling experience. The stories were both shocking and sad. I am grateful that they allowed me to join them. It made a huge impact.
This coming Wednesday evening I'll be at a Flip Senate District 22 event in Clive with the Southeast Dallas County Democrats. It takes place at Rookies Sports Bar & Grill - 2180 Northwest 156th Street. It's a fund-raiser for the eventual candidate that will seek to "Chuck Chuck" in November. Should be a good time.
Later this afternoon I'm headed to a "Meet & Greet" for Kimberly Graham who is running to represent Iowa as our next United States Senator. She will be with Rep. Cindy Anxe (D-IA) and I'm looking forward to the visit.
Two quick reminders: I'll be speaking to the Clive Democrats on Tuesday the 10th at Wobbly Boots in Clive about my campaign and then on December 21st the first of several "Town Hall Events" where my goal is to bring people together to listen to issues of importance to Iowa and to my Senate District 22. That event will be in West Des Moines at the Public Library starting at 10:00AM.
Sorry for a short cup today...but next I've got to finish my broadcast for News/Talk 1540 KXEL that airs this afternoon at 2pm. Yikes!
Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for reading!