Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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March 23, 2017

Sullivan’s Salvos     3/28/17

In this edition:

*No Salvos Next Week!
*Happy Birthday Marie!
*Happy Birthday Jordan!
*Mission Creek Festival
*Bobby Kauffmann, Part II
*Democratic Party Hall of Fame
*Did You Know?

*No Salvos Next Week!
         There will be no Salvos next week. Expect your next edition (dated 4/11/17) somewhere around April 7 or 8.

*Happy Birthday Marie!
         The newest member of our clan turns 17 on April 6th! Marie has been with us over a year now, and her bubbly personality has been a great addition! Happy Birthday, Marie! I love you!

*Happy Birthday Jordan!
         My daughter Jordan turns 23 on April 8th. Jordan graduated last year from Western Illinois University, and is working with youth in Memphis, Tennessee. More importantly, she is a really good person. Man, am I ever proud! Happy Birthday, Jordan! I love you!

*Mission Creek Festival
         The Mission Creek Festival runs April 4-9 in a variety of venues around Iowa City. Because of the genius that is Englert Theatre Director Andre Perry, this weeklong extravaganza has become an incredible package of art, music, comedy, film, literature, food, technology, and much, much more!

         For tickets and a complete schedule of events, see:

*Bobby Kauffmann, Part II
         Three weeks ago, I wrote the following:

Bobby Kauffmann is a Republican State Representative who “represents” a portion of Johnson County – the City of Solon, plus Big Grove, Cedar, Graham, East Lucas, Scott, and Newport Townships.

         Representative Kauffmann has helped Johnson County with a couple pieces of legislation over the years. Don’t get me wrong; I am very glad he did so. But really, isn’t it a pretty minimal expectation that you help the local Supervisors to help the folks you both represent?

Meanwhile, I have had many differences with Representative Kauffmann over the years. The differences between us were never more stark than when he voted against teachers, cops, firefighters, nurses, social workers, roads crews, correctional officers, ambulance staff, and all the rest of our public employees.

That vote is a disqualifying vote. There is no small bit of help he can offer on another bill that will atone for his attack on public employees. He is not deserving of your support.

So quit giving it to him! Over the next month, Representative Kauffmann is going to get a free pass from Representative Upmeyer. He will join Democrats on several votes, attempting to appear moderate. We saw this earlier with Representative Andy McKean, whose Anamosa District contains a lot of correctional workers. McKean never actually fought for public employees – he simply got a pass, and took a free vote.

Representative Kauffmann has already been given his pass. He has been given permission to vote against a couple of the craziest GOP bills that are yet to come; they will pass without his vote.

You need to remember a few things – the attack on public employees, his voting for 1% for public education, etc. (More bad votes are still to come as of this writing. He will get a pass on many, but not all.) Small goodwill gestures do NOT make up for this!

He’s going to be looking for tiny ways in which he can appear bipartisan. He’s going to want to take all kinds of photos with Democrats. Please do not let this fool you. He has already cast his disqualifying votes. He needs to go.

         That was three weeks ago. Since then, Representative Kauffmann has:

*Voted for HF291, gutting collective bargaining (despite a promise not to vote for a “Wisconsin-style” bill);

*Voted for SF166, starving our schools with an unacceptable 1% funding increase;

*Voted for HF517, adding the deadly and racist “stand your ground” to Iowa’s gun laws;

*Voted for HF516, making voting harder by creating a voter ID requirement when we have almost zero voter fraud;

*Voted for HF518, shredding worker’s comp protections for injured workers;

*Voted for HF134, stripping cities of local control;

*Voted for SF376, absolving the wealthy from any liability they may have for exposing others to asbestos.

         Is this what you want? He is NOT representing, you folks! We deserve better! Bobby Kauffmann has got to go!

*Democratic Party Hall of Fame
Save the date! The Johnson County Democratic Party is holding our Annual Hall of Fame Awards event on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm at Brown Deer Country Club in Coralville.

Please join us for coffee, desserts, and plenty of old war stories! A cash bar will be available. Parking is free.

The Hall of Fame inductees for 2017 are: Nancy Porter, Tom Larkin and Joyce Bernardy, and Sally and Roger Stutsman. We hope you can join us in recognizing this remarkable group!

Tickets are available for a $25 suggested donation. People who cannot afford that amount should still feel welcome, but please call 354-7199 so we can get a count.

Sponsorships are available at the following levels:
$100         includes two tickets
$250         includes 4 tickets
$500         includes a whole table (8 tickets)

Checks can be mailed to:
Johnson County Democrats
PO Box 1773
Iowa City, IA 52244

If you have any questions, please contact Rod Sullivan at 354-7199 or We hope you will join us for a fun evening, and lend your voice to those who are honoring these very deserving people. We look forward to seeing you!

*DID YOU KNOW?  Johnson County is named for Colonel Richard Mentor Johnson, the 9th Vice President of the US. Johnson had a bit of a scandalous life for the 1820s, including an interracial relationship with Julia Chinn, a slave. Unlike other upper class leaders who had African American mistresses but never mentioned them, Johnson openly treated Chinn as his common law wife. He acknowledged their two daughters as his children, giving them his surname, much to the consternation of some of his constituents. The relationship is believed to have led to the loss of his Senate seat in 1829, but his Congressional district returned him to the House the next year.

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

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