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On the Stump-Politics 2017

October 21, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Elections and how they are conducted have changed a bit over the years- See Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate's story on Page 1.

Here's my memory of being taken to the Tama County Courthouse on election night when I was age 6 (Nov. 6, 1956): There was a lot of activity - It was night and I was out late which made it even more exciting - there were polling places at the courthouse then and I remember someone in a booming voice hollering "The polls are closed." A bit later large white canvas bags with the ballots were being brought in from polling places around the county. One caught my attention - it had red substance on the outside and I asked my dad what was in the bag. "Someone didn't behave when voting and was shot," was basically his answer. I don't know exactly when I found out it was red sealing wax used to secure ballots at the time. I think it was before I managed to make a breathless report to the 1st grade class about it. - J. Speer

Cathy Glasson, in a campaign announcement recently called on Democrats to approach politics in a radically different way. one of seven Democrats currently seeking the party-'s nomination in 2018, she said recently, "$15 is first order of business, raise would kick in over three years."

She also called for- expand union rights for all employees no matter where they work; enact universal, single-payer health care to cover every man, woman and child; put a moratorium on new permits for factory farms until fewer than 100 waterways are polluted.

The Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg campaign team announced last week the support of over 3,500 Iowa community leaders, in all 99 counties, to serve as county chairs for their campaign.

Tama county chairs listed are: Mike Bearden, Chuck Bearden, Mary Lynne Bearden, Rep. Dean Fisher, Vicki Fisher, Rebecca Heeren, Brent Heeren, Lureta Kahler, Marcia Livingston, William Livingston, Bob Mason, Mildred Mason, Douglas Rowe and Andrea Rowe.

On Oct. 14, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement after completing her third annual 99 county tour across the State of Iowa:

"There is a great deal of frustration that Washington simply isn't getting its work done, and I couldn't agree more. Congress has a lot of work to do from tax reform, to health care, to the Farm Bill, to passing measures to keep our nation safe and secure. I look forward to taking the input I've received from folks all across our state and translating it into action in Washington."



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