There was never any PLAN for a five week hiatus, it just happened that way. With the legislative session over, I didn’t feel the need for long-form hyper-detailed posts, and as for local stuff, I have a Grand Unifying Theory but what I know I’m not saying.
I kept tweeting, of course – Twitter’s really my main medium now. But all I really intended was a brief British Election Break.
British voters have a hard choice between a sinister villain that wants to drag the world back to the Medieval Period, or Lord Buckethead pic.twitter.com/awqWSHzKYI
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) June 9, 2017
But when I saw people on Facebook saying “I didn’t know you had a blog,” I knew I had been slacking.
I still don’t have anything lengthy to say so I’ll just look back over June, string the fragments together, and hope it turns out like side two of “Abbey Road” and not like side two of “Red Rose Speedway.” Younger readers may need to look that up. I had to explain my joke “I heard rumours but I prefer Tusk” to a young prospective candidate this week.
.@Billboard has neat feature where you can see what was the number one hit on a given date. Try it out: https://t.co/gZ4SFsNEUc
— John Deeth (@johndeeth) June 2, 2017
Trump came to Cedar Rapids and I mostly ignored him.
Now leading @HuffPost, the single greatest headline I’ve ever written https://t.co/dVV9h0pkxv pic.twitter.com/Mwsmfo5Xs7
— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) June 12, 2017
There was the debacle in House District 22 where Democrat Ray “The Streak” Stevens didn’t get his papers turned in. Confession: I would have made the same mistake in 1996 when I was a late-starting convention candidate, but the state party ad a staffer follow up with me. So whose fault?
It was always a long shot, but maybe a lost opportunity: the two Republicans (Slightly Silly and Very Silly) split the vote almost equally with the winner at only 44%, and the Libertarian drew off a few.
Sadly we have another special election with the death of Fairfield Democrat Curt Hanson. This one promises to be much more competitive; the 2009 special in which Hanson was first elected drew national attention and outside spending.
And there’s a special election for Iowa Democratic Party chair… but no one seems to want the job.
North Dodge @HyVee fireworks tent clearly in violation of Iowa City’s Nuclear Free Zone ordinance 💣 pic.twitter.com/2AA9xqRxuh
— John Deeth (@johndeeth) June 27, 2017
I’m less upset by fireworks than most of my liberal friends, perhaps because I have teenage boys and thus used to unpredictable loud noises. But I never understood why fireworks were SUCH a high priority for Republicans and why they are considered SO important as a FREEDOM! thing.
My unpopular but strongly held opinion: The 4th CD is unwinnable for a Democrat, but we need someone credible who can run, maintain dignity, and boost the rest of the ticket. That’s a lot to ask of someone for a no-shot race. Do any of our 74 candidates for governor live there?
Ross Wilburn does: I discovered the former Iowa City mayor’s (he moved to Ames) committee for governor without even trying. I was looking at the Iowa Ethics website looking for SCHOOL candidates when I saw his committee had been sitting out there for a week. So I tweeted it and it looks like I was first. Mainstream press accounts started about six hours later, none mentioning my minor scoop.
I finally found a clip that sums up my feelings about the platform committee:
Must follow Twitter Accounts:
Saudi arabian king names own son as heir to throne, in disgusting act of nepotism bringing shame to his nation.
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) June 21, 2017
VOTE FOR BATMAN pic.twitter.com/3ehP5ZoNfW
— Batman 66 Labels (@BatLabels) June 5, 2017
— You Had One Job (@_youhadonejob1) June 28, 2017
I don’t really have an ending so I’ll close with a reprise of the British election beginning like Pink Floyd closed “Animals.”
Battersea flips to Labour. Tories blame loss on dogs, sheep, and pigs on the wing #UKElection2017 pic.twitter.com/1jUArUt9QQ
— John Deeth (@johndeeth) June 9, 2017