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I’m a traditionalist baseball fan. I absolutely despise the designated hitter! For me, watching an American League game is like watching paint dry. Guys come up to bat. Guys take their cuts. Guys sit down. There is little strategy other than where to position players and when to change pitchers. I get pumped when I realize at an Iowa Cubs game that I’m watching two NL affiliates play because the DH won’t be used. It’s just more fun for me to have to think along with the managers as they try to figure out how to deal with a structural weakness in their lineup, or with the neat surprise you get with a pitcher who can actually hit well. Having a DH reduces variables. The DH does give good hitters who can’t field a lick a chance to play in the majors, but it isn’t worth it when you lose so much in the way of strategy.
Yes, Prairie Fan, there are lots of "good thorough" reports that appear here at BleedingHeartland. Often they cover topics of wide interest that newspapers and TV stations have not covered nearly as well as Laura has. So why is it that legislators regularly ignore questions coming from this blog? They all read it, don't they? Some of them must know that other websites also point to what gets published here. Would they ignore questions if they came from the Associated Press? Or are these legislators to embarrassed to answer Laura's questions? Does she have their motives all figured out already? Do they want to pretend this news report is illegitimate? Do they fear sunshine? I, too, await Chapman's explanation.. He doesn't have to answer every email or facebook comment or blog post that questions his legislation, but he owes the public straight answers to serious questions that come from credible outlets like this one!
Good Analysis. | Rated: Up
I spent a lot of time knocking doors in that district. I think that people were turning away from the far right agenda in the Iowa Legislature - but only those who were better informed. Many voters were staunchly apolitical, and further analysis may conclude that many of those voters stayed home. A campaign focused on educating voters could gain ground - especially in a high turnout presidential year. Ashley Hinson showed herself to be somewhat thin skinned when called out on her Iowa Legislative votes. The key would be to hold her to account.
While Governor Reynolds works on her agenda, climate change will continue to work on Iowa. Her speech ignored climate change, but it is not ignoring us. It's possible that some of those STEM students may learn enough science to realize that. And someday, they'll be voters.
...and their ongoing Yay For Hoglots Anthem, sung loudly at every opportunity, has six basic stanzas. The first stanza is that building new hoglots is the only way that farmers' beloved children can afford to get into agriculture. The second stanza that the hog manure is badly-needed as fertilizer and is great for soil. The third stanza is that the hog industry in Iowa is hugely important to Iowa's economy and employs lots of Iowans. The fourth stanza is that hoglot life is wonderful for hogs and hogs just love it. The fifth stanza is that people who don't like hoglots are mean uncaring people who don't want everyone in the world to be able to enjoy cheap pork. And the sixth stanza is that hoglot owners and operators are fine upstanding people who make sure that their rural neighbors don't suffer any adverse effects because they, the hoglot owners and operators plant trees and shrubs! Site their hoglots according to wind direction! Do everything they can to reduce odor! Etc. etc. etc. Those arguments, plus the biggest argument of all, major moolah, are what hoglot opponents are up against. It doesn't help that while many rural Iowans live in fear that the next hoglot will be built right down the road, many Iowa town and city dwellers don't really care and just keep right on enjoying those bacon festivals. There are counterpoints that can be made in response to every stanza, but those counterpoints won't really matter until we have more legislators who care. One thing I never seem to read about is how the hoglot issue is being handled in other states. I can understand why Iowa Big Ag doesn't care to talk about that, but the rest of us have reason to be interested.
All of these articles are important to Iowa. I thought your work on the supreme court selection and Reynolds ignoring Iowa law and precedent was such an important work. Thanks for what you do!
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