Making Disability Votes Count

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Blog |

Making Disability Votes Count Prepared by Ruth Thompson It’s hard to identify a group more directly impacted by the outcome of elections than people with disabilities. But disabled voters can face barriers to voting that most people don’t realize. In the U.S. we know that in 2016 there are 35 million eligible voters who have disabilities-that’s larger than the Latino and Asian vote combined. But these voters feel largely ignored by candidates...

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Changing views of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Blog |

Changing views of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley By Kathleen O’Leary I know what Patty Judge, Iowa candidate for the U. S. Senate, means when she says that Chuck Grassley has changed his political stance.   This was painfully evident when Grassley, who in former times sponsored and co-sponsored pieces of legislation benefiting persons with disabilities, voted against the U.S. Senate’s advice and consent for Obama to ratify the Disability Treaty.  ...

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Actually, The Clinton Foundation Does A Lot Of Good

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Blog |

By Rick Smith The Republican Party leadership has become obsessed with inventing Democratic scandals by ignoring or twisting the facts. Reality is based on provable facts, which Republicans seem to abhor when it inconveniently conflicts with their beliefs. Their latest tall tale is to fabricate numerous scandals out of one of the most effective and respected global charities in the world, the Clinton Foundation. The established facts rate the...

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Could Polk County Democrats successful grassroots neighborhood groups be a model for Party Building?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Elections |

  South Side Democrats primary forum   Could Polk County Democrats successful grassroots neighborhood groups be a model for Party Building? By Rick Smith Following the 2014 election, Polk County Democrats began to grow the number of neighborhood groups within Polk County. Their vision is to develop a permanent core of local activists centered on geographic areas within the county. There has been a long history of local Democratic...

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Raise the Minimum Wage: Support our Democratic Polk County Supervisors

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Blog |

Raise the Minimum Wage: Support our Democratic Polk County Supervisors By Rick Smith Our three Democratic Supervisors, Tom Hockensmith, Angela Connolly and John Mauro are courageously advocating to raise the minimum wage in Polk County. Their minimum wage task force has had two meetings and there is a growing consensus that their members can reach common ground for an increase. Hockensmith shared an informal survey with cities within Polk...

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Senator Grassley is blocking the America people from hearing from President Obama’s nominee

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Blog |

  Senator Grassley is blocking the America people from hearing from President Obama’s nominee By Rick Smith Over the long history of the Supreme Court, Senators from both political parties have often challenged the nominees from the opposing parties. They have filibustered them, they have mounted massive efforts to oppose them, and they have refused to confirm some of them. All these actions are well within the accepted parameters of...

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