The line against hate is drawn in Oakland, Iowa

Nov 04, 2017

giving local law enforcement a heads up

is great advice that also paid off for the activists who planned the protest during Senator Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride fundraiser. Elizabeth Dinschel told that story here.

Because Dinschel and others had communicated with the chief of Polk City police in a respectful way during the planning, the police chief let them know when Roast and Ride organizers changed their route at the last minute in order to avoid the protesters.

The chief even directed them “to another city owned park, a traditional First Amendment space as interpreted by the Supreme Court, and posted a deputy with us to make sure we were safe and people riding along the route would be safe as well,” Dinschel wrote.

If all Iowa candidates had to win under rules Republicans forced on unions

Oct 28, 2017

I used total registrations

because that was a closer approximation to the total number of adults in the district.

If I had used active registrants (23,811 in HD-85 as of November 1, 2016), Lensing would have been well beyond the 50 percent threshold. But that wouldn’t include the people who registered during the final week before election day.

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