Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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November 3, 2016

Sullivan’s Salvos     11/8/16

In this edition:

*Election Work
*Dakota Access Versus the Bundys
*National Adoption Month
*Veteran’s Day
*Did You Know?

         Election Day is upon us! Vote, and make certain everyone you know votes! There is a lot at stake here!

         If you have a ballot, do NOT mail it in! Please take it to your polling place! But you must have it with you! If you have other voting questions, call the Auditor’s Office at 319-354-6004.

         I will admit; I am scared. I have never been more worried for my State and my Country. All I can do is try my damndest to get as many people as possible to get out and vote!

*Election Work
         Melissa and I have been door knocking every weekend since mid-September; 8 straight weeks, I believe. Yet lately, you have not seen us in Johnson County. What gives?

         We have been working in Muscatine County. Why? Our work there still helps Hilary Clinton, Patty Judge, and Dave Loebsack. But where as our State Senator (Joe Bolkcom) is unopposed, State Senator Chris Brase is in a pitched battle for his seat in Senate District 46. The fate of the Iowa Senate may well hang on this race!

Yes, this is counterproductive for me. I am on the ballot. I benefit from going to the doors of voters who can cast a ballot for me. But I am unopposed, and there are more important things at stake.

         Senator Brase is a Muscatine Firefighter, a union man, and a very nice guy. So I am happy to work on his behalf. But this is self-serving, too! As I said, we MUST maintain the Iowa Senate!

         Why is the Iowa Senate important? Democrats hold a 26-24 lead. Lose the Iowa Senate, and Governor Branstad and radical Republicans in the Iowa House can do whatever they want. What would they do?

         Public education will suffer huge cuts. Water quality will get worse. Medicaid will be further cut and further privatized. Public money will pour into private companies, while union employees go away. Women’s rights will be under assault. There will be an attempt at an anti-gay change to the Iowa Constitution. Voting rights will be restricted. And that is just a start!

         The Iowa Senate matters… oh, does it ever matter! That is why you’ll find me doing my political work in Muscatine.

*Dakota Access Versus the Bundys
         You have all heard about the Sioux Tribes who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. This pipeline would run through tribal land that was guaranteed to the Sioux by treaty. Private security firms, local police, and National Guard members are using paramilitary equipment and tactics to keep the Sioux away from the area.

You have all heard about the Bundys and the rest of their group – an armed militia that took over the Malhuer Wildlife Area in rural Oregon. The occupiers were just exonerated by an Oregon jury.

When juxtaposed against each other, there may not be a more troubling set of events in my memory. Heavily armed white people take over federal land so their cattle can graze for free. They threaten violence. The government does next to nothing. On the other hand, we have people of color trying to protect sacred burial grounds and drinking water from a big oil company, and doing so peaceably. In that case, the government brings in the military and makes hundreds of arrests.

         Seriously, I cannot recall a more troubling series of events. Armed white men get treated with kid gloves. People of color are taken down. The injustice is almost more than I can take.

         President Obama and Secretary Clinton – you need to act! It is time to step in and do what is right!

*National Adoption Month
         November has been named National Adoption Month and November 20th National Adoption Day.

         The need out there is tremendous. In Johnson County alone, there are between 100 and 150 kids in foster care every day. There are nowhere near enough foster and adoptive homes to meet the need.

As many of you know, Melissa and I are the parents of three adopted children. We also continue to serve as foster parents.

It has been a life full of tragedies and triumphs. It has not always been easy, but it has been indescribably fulfilling. Along with marrying my wife, it is the best decision I ever made.

         If you or someone you know is interested in foster care and/or adoption, please let me know. I am always happy to speak with prospective parents.

*Veteran’s Day
         Happy Veteran’s Day on November 11. Thanks to all the men and women who have served our country. I appreciate your service, and wish you peace.

         Veterans For Peace Chapter #161 is sponsoring an Armistice Day Observance to be held on Friday, November 11th at the Clinton St. entrance to Old Capitol, Iowa City. Gather @ 10:45AM. Bells will be rung @ 11:00 AM, as they were rung around the world at the end of WWI in 1918 and on each November 11th for decades thereafter. Armistice Day is a day to promote peace and to remember the victims of war, both veterans and civilians. The event will feature Veterans for Peace from throughout the state of Iowa. The event is free, and the public is welcome.

*DID YOU KNOW?  Barack Obama got the highest Johnson County Presidential vote total ever – 51,027 in 2008. The highest Johnson County vote total ever for any candidate is 53,440 by Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek in 2012.

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website-

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