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So the meme goes "Terri Branstad will win the Iowa Governorship because Jack Hatch is a big city liberal". If Terri Branstad does win, it will be in part because of lazy parroting of this lame Republican meme set in negative contexts. Seriously people?!! For more discussion as to why everyone should stop treating Iowans as if we are idiots and send Jack Hatch a little love, please proceed.

Horror of horrors, Jack Hatch is a big city liberal!!! Would anyone who is trumpeting this particular talking point please explain why we Iowans wouldn't like folks from Des Moines. Where exactly do Republicans and talking heads think Terry Branstad lives?

FYI - Yes, Des Moines is a big city, at least by Iowa standards. But you can rest assured that residents of Des Moines do Iowa nice as well as anyone. What is Iowa nice you might ask? It is a line of people at a convenience store who don't know you reaching into their pockets when they realize you might be a little short. It is smiling and saying hello to complete strangers as you walk down the street and having them smile and say hello back. It is talking about the weather in an elevator so as not to be rudely silent. It is lying that you are too busy to talk so you can politely hang up on political phone callers. I even called one sweetheart the other day, a reflex of an Iowa mom.

I was particularly miffed when I read this meme in a DailyKos blog post, again in a context that suggested being a liberal was a loser in Iowa - a second-tier candidate who was a big city liberal. Guess what non-Iowans. There are liberals in Iowa. There are lots of liberals in Iowa. They are all over the state doing great things. Steve King is an aberration, I swear. Show us liberals some respect already.

As to the particulars of why you should help us get Jack Hatch - a small businessman who builds affordable housing, a state senator and a proud liberal - get elected and why you should inform people that Terry Branstad has broken more than he's fixed, here are some important differences.

Jack Hatch on governing: Respectful team-based governing that engages Iowans in the decisions that affect their lives.

Terry Branstad on governing: Firing and blacklisting government employees, paying hush money, and hiring his unqualified friends and financial supporters into the jobs at higher pay.

Jack Hatch on jobs: Expanding job-training opportunities to more Iowans; Supporting small Iowa businesses in all Iowa communities; Investing more in sustainable energy to make Iowa #1 in wind power; Creating good paying construction jobs.

Terry Branstad on jobs: Illegally closing job-training offices across the state; Giving large foreign companies millions of our taxpayer dollars for a handful of jobs; Privatizing public services at higher cost for lower quality.

Jack Hatch on healthcare: Successfully fighting Branstad to extend affordable health insurance to thousands of Iowans; Supporting a strong public health system; Supporting families of children with disabilities.

Terry Branstad on healthcare: Fighting against expanding affordable health insurance to Iowans; Reducing our state’s public health workforce; Leaving families with disabled children on waiting lists for home healthcare support when we have $900 million in our rainy day fund.

Jack Hatch on education: More support for K-12 and state universities and universal access to preschool for Iowa's families; Directly providing low interest state loans for college students to make college more affordable; Respect for Iowa's teachers and the goal of returning Iowa to #1 in education.

Terry Branstad on education: Cut state support for education and watch the schools lay teachers off; Rinse and repeat.

Jack Hatch on infrastructure: Rebuild and maintain our infrastructure; See "Jack Hatch on jobs" above.

Terry Branstad on infrastructure: Ignore our infrastructure needs despite size of rainy day fund (see above).

Jack is smart and authentic. Disrespect for him is disrespect for what is the essence of Iowa. He deserves your support!


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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Scifiowa - Well-behaved women rarely make history

    by scifiowa on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 06:44:57 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for reminding us that there are people (1+ / 0-)
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    who are not hate filled teahadists in deep red states.

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 07:48:47 PM PDT

  •  How anyone could suggest (4+ / 0-)
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    Witgren, elwior, Mopshell, Wee Mama

    a state that has sent Tom Harkin to Congress for forty straight years in a row could have anything against liberals, I will never quite fathom. ;p

    "[T]he preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country." - John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law. (1765)

    by AnacharsisClootz on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 08:04:58 PM PDT

  •  People forget (6+ / 0-)
    I was particularly miffed when I read this meme in a DailyKos blog post, again in a context that suggested being a liberal was a loser in Iowa - a second-tier candidate who was a big city liberal. Guess what non-Iowans. There are liberals in Iowa. There are lots of liberals in Iowa. They are all over the state doing great things. Steve King is an aberration, I swear. Show us liberals some respect already.
    People forget that between Branstad's stints as governor we had Democrats Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver as governors.  Our Attorney General, Tom Miller, is a Democrat and has served continuously since 1995 (and also served in the same office in 78, 82 and 86 - he took 1990 off to run for governor but lost the nomination).

    We have Tom Harkin as one of our Senators.  

    Our Supreme Court was one of the first to overturn gay marriage bans.  

    Former Governor Bob Ray, who served in the late 70's and early 80's (a sane Republican who today would be considered a raging RINO), was instrumental in passing legislation allowing Vietnamese refugees to come to the US (contrast that with today's Republican Party and their reaction to Central American children fleeing violence).

    There are plenty of Democrats in Iowa, and there are no small number of people, even among Republicans, who are tired of Terry Branstad.  Terry has had a scandal or two during his terms (during one of his earlier terms, his underage son killed an elderly couple in a drunk driving incident and got off with a slap on the wrist, and more recently there have been incidents involving speeding tickets and also secret payoffs to state employees who were let go to keep them quiet), and so that's wearing on him, too.  People who favor term limits note that Terry will have served 20 years in the Governor's seat in the 80's, 90's and 2010's, and maybe that's more than enough for anyone.

    Iowa should by no means be written off as a Democratic loss.

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