Once again Steve King backs a fellow white supremacist

In yet another embarrassment to the decent people of western Iowa, Republican Rep. Steve King has endorsed a white supremacist candidate in the Toronto mayoral election.  Be sure you turn out to vote in this election, and vote for J.D. Scholten for Congress.  J.D. would be a Congressman we could be proud of, for a change!

It could not be more clear

Brett Kavanaugh is about to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.  He has been credibly accused of sexual assault by two women that we know of, as of this writing.  He was nominated by a President who bragged, on the record, of sexually assaulting women.    He has the full throated support of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has made clear that nothing Kavanaugh’s accuser can say will derail the confirmation.  Kavanaugh seems to have the complete support of the Republican Party even if he did it.

This year’s election will be a referendum on sexual violence against women.  You can vote to end it.

The Republican Party of Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Brett Kavanaugh

Can we be blunt?  Being a sexual predator is OK with the Republican Party, as long as you’re a Republican.

Their candidate for U.S. Senate, Roy Moore was credibly accused of being a serial child molester, and despite those accusations had solid backing from the Republican establishment.  And we all know about Donald Trump’s success in the 2016 election despite, or perhaps because of, his open admission on tape that he sexually assaulted women.

Now comes Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s latest nominee to the highest court in the land, and he is credibly accused on the record of attempted rape of a minor.  Republicans are determined to put him on the bench, no matter what.  If they have to discount the experience of yet another woman, of course they will do it.  They don’t care if he did it 35 years ago.  They don’t care if he lied under oath about it last week.  If he’s going to be a reliable conservative activist judge, they probably wouldn’t care if he turned out to be a cannibal.

Nazis organizing in Iowa

Iowa phones have been ringing with Nazi robocalls trying to use the murder of an Iowa woman, Mollie Tibbetts, to whip up more anti-immigrant hatred.  The message

suggests that were Tibbetts still alive, she would support killing all Mexican immigrants. The group calls for deporting all immigrants.

We shouldn’t be shocked.  Our own Rep. Steve King has been flirting with Nazis for some time.  Republicans favor the shameful policy of tearing children away from their parents to terrorize undocumented immigrants.  We have gotten to the point that Nazis think Iowa is fertile ground for an ideology that was discredited, and defeated, back in the 1940s.

We have to prove them wrong by turning out to vote in November.

Our opponents are the party of shameless corruption

We’ve said before that the Republican Party is the party of Trump.  Is that unfair, or painting with too broad a brush?  Nope.  That’s what Republicans themselves are saying.  Katie Arrington, who just defeated Mark Sanford in a Republican primary in South Carolina:

We are the party of Donald J. Trump….

John Boehner, former Speaker of the House:

There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump Party.

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN):

It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cultlike situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of, purportedly, of the same party.

Corker talks about a cult of personality like it’s a bad thing.  Not that he’s done anything substantial to stop it, like, oh, vote against Trump’s policies.

So it’s Trump and Trump supporterrs all the way down, and if there’s shameless corruption at the top, the stink of it is on every Republican from Congress down to the Iowa statehouse.

So how about it, Iowa Republican Party?  Care to comment on the latest scandal from the White House, the flagrant self-dealing by Donald Trump’s fake charitable foundation?

[T]here’s quite a bit of evidence that the foundation was used as a piggy bank for Trump’s campaign – with Trump’s direct involvement – to the tune of $2.8 million.

“People have gone to prison for stuff like this, and if I were representing someone with facts like this, assuming the facts described in this petition are true, I would be very worried about an indictment,” Jenny Johnson Ware, a criminal tax attorney in Chicago, told the Times.

Anyone?  Any objection to tax evasion, or is that OK if Republicans do it?

Reynolds administration playing fast and loose with Medicaid numbers

Iowa’s disastrous Medicaid privatization program was supposed to save money.  If it doesn’t save money, Republicans would be exposed as wrong about it from the start.  So you can imagine that Iowa Medicaid Director Mike Randol has a motive to spin the numbers in favor of privatization.  You might not expect him to deliberately mislead:

Medicaid Director Mike Randol said the state is projected to save $140.9 million in the fiscal year that ends June 30, compared to what the state would have spent before its health care program for low income and disabled people was turned over to for-profit companies.

He did not explain why the state’s savings estimate for this year tripled after Gov. Kim Reynolds hired him to run the Medicaid program late last year. Randol also did not offer a cumulative number showing savings since the privatized Medicaid program started in April 2016.

That’s right.  The savings estimate miraculously tripled when Randol was hired, apparently because the Governor needed a bigger number.  We can’t get actual savings figures, not yet at least, perhaps because they wouldn’t stand up to scrutiny in the light of day.

After the meeting, Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, said Randol’s presentation was incomplete.

“He looked back at pre-managed care and then compared it to a projection of 2018, rather than comparing it to some actual real numbers from 2017,” Jochum said.

Yeah, that has a funny smell to it, doesn’t it?

Texas man robs bank so he can get healthcare in prison

What happens when health care isn’t accessible for all?  People get desperate.  It’s not really a funny story, it’s a story that should make us all hang our heads in shame.

We know who stands for universal health care, and we know who wants to repeal it.  This year, you have a chance to vote for the people who think health care is a right, and against the people who think it’s a privilege.

Ted Nugent, Republican spokesperson, calls Parkland survivors “soulless”

Of course Republicans are attacking the articulate survivors of a mass shooting.  What choice do they have, an open debate based on facts?  Here’s a recent comment from Ted Nugent, NRA board member, Republican booster, and sexual predator:

The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies. I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good law-abiding families of America when well known predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Republican Party.  When Ted Nugent is denounced by other Republicans for literally discounting the humanity of people who disagree with him, post the evidence here in the comments.  I won’t be holding my breath.