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Pre-Caucus Points

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On February 3, 2020
I have been almost totally silent on the blog about the presidential primary. But I will say the following: After tonight, I can forget Iowa exists. Thank God. This process of selecting a presidential candidate is as trash as the rest of governance. It’s a truly, genuinely awful way to choose a candidate. It barely […]

End Ag-Gag Laws

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On January 13, 2019

One of the worst things about modern America are ag-gag laws, passed in many states over the past decade to keep undercover animal rights reporters from finding out and publicizing the abuse to animal

A Big Announcement

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On January 25, 2018

My blogging has been extremely light since the first of the year due to a long research trip in Boise and then driving across the country. I was in Iowa yesterday. It was obviously for one reason. Eat

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Colin Gordon has an excellent if depressing summary of the horrors Iowa Republicans have pushed through this year, which has included an anti-union bill that makes Scott Walker look like a piker and the repeal of local ability to set wages or other progressive standards. The state’s workers comp system is next. Why? Because unions […]
Tom Philpott’s essay on how the pork industry serves as an economic negative to the Iowa communities in which factory farms are concentrated is quite interesting. In short, since 1982, the number of hog farms in Iowa has declined rapidly while production has skyrocketed. This means more pigs concentrated into huge farms. Those megafarms not […]
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