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October 18, 2018 Farewell Bill Rockafellow, mainstay of county ag
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RIP Bill Rockafellow

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Bill Rockafellow. Rock was a longtime sheriff’s deputy and a mainstay of the Johnson County Ag Association, which is our local fair board. He was a really good guy, and he will be missed.

Kaufmann update

As you may recall, on March 21 I challenged state Rep. Bobby Kaufmann to a debate on HF2372. (I texted him the challenge before it appeared in Salvos.)

The bill was later changed, and passed in a different form. But he still supported taking away even more local control. (Not from his Dad, mind you, but from Johnson County.) I still think this is a terrible vote, and an important topic to discuss. I still want the debate.

I have not yet received a response from Rep. Kaufmann. I will keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I see that Bobby refuses to debate Jodi Clemens, his opponent in HD73. He even skipped the longstanding forum hosted by the Task Force on Aging. So I guess it is not just me he is afraid of!

Kaufmann is whining about this criticism; he says he had family matters come up. He is begging voters for compassion. Too bad he refuses to show that same compassion for those much more vulnerable than himself.

Shall I say it, or do you want the honors? “Suck it up, Buttercup!”

But let’s talk policy. In a recent Daily Iowan interview, Kaufmann said, “My top priority has always been working across the aisle and being independent-thinking, not just blindly voting with a political party or because a lobbyist says so.”

Really? Then why did you vote to gut collective bargaining, underfund K-12 and the University of Iowa, make it harder to vote, make it harder for women to get healthcare, and give huge tax cuts to wealthy corporations? Was that bipartisan? Why were those votes all Republicans for, all Democrats against? Is that the “bipartisanship” you are talking about?

What a load of crap!

Political subdivisions

Back in the mid-90s, a Swisher-area developer kept getting turned down by Johnson County. So, he tried to incorporate a new city where he could do what he wanted. The state shot this down, but it does lead to questions – do we have too many political subdivisions? Under what circumstances can you justify a new one?

I get a lot of questions about University Heights. Some people find it quaint; others see it as ridiculous.

I believe any decisions regarding their independence need to be made by the citizens of that city.

Do we need fewer municipalities? Probably, yes. But this change cannot be forced upon the people – they need to do so thoughtfully and democratically.

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