(Via The Daily Caller)
A group of Democratic politicians from Midwestern states is calling on the party to change or face a minority for years to come.
“The number of Democrats holding office across the nation is at its lowest point since the 1920s and the decline has been especially severe in rural America,” Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat, wrote in a new report.
After years of dominance in state and local offices, eight midwestern states turned solidly red around the time of President Donald Trump’s defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton, and Democrats have lost their authority.
“Hope from the Heartland: How Democrats Can Better Serve the Midwest by Bringing Rural, Working Class Wisdom to Washington,” a report compiled by Cher PAC, an organization for Bustos, offers suggestions for how Democrats could accomplish such a feat.
Busto’s report includes interviews with 72 Democratic politicians from “the Heartland” — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin — who have won local and statewide elections despite the GOP sweep of the rural Midwest.
At the national level, midwestern Democrats appear to be doing fine: 10 of the 16 U.S. senators from heartland states are Democratic, but the report warns that after 2016, “the rural vote in states like Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana will be critical in determining whether Democrats hold those seats.”
To regain influence in the Midwest in 2018 and beyond, Democrats must change their messaging, focus on jobs and the economy, reach out to Midwestern voters more and adapt campaigns to rural America, Bustos, who is up for reelection in 2018, says in the report.
One of the big problems is that Democrats seem to be most interested in national identity politics driven by urban centers than reflecting values of voters in rural areas.
“We say we’re diverse and tolerant, but we’re really not tolerant of certain groups,” said former Democratic Indiana state Rep. Dennie Oxley, according to the report.
“The Democratic brand is hugely damaged, and it’s going to take a while to bring it back,” Illinois state Rep. Jerry Costello Jr., also a Democrat, said. “Democrats in southern Illinois have been more identified by bathrooms than by putting people back to work.”
The big policy areas Democrats should focus on to attract rural voters to, or back to, the Democrats are infrastructure, education, small
business, economic and national, agriculture, and reducing government waste, according to the report.
“If we don’t get this right in the next two cycles, we’re done,” Robin Johnson, a consultant and adviser to Bustos told Politico, adding that the report is “a cold reality check.”
Fear & Loathing in Iowa: Are The Cedar Rapids NewBo Tech Elite, GO Cedar Rapids, KCRG / Gazette Running Amuck Maybe Sabotaging Jordan Farley?
Around May 20th, 2017, KCRG-TV 9 News, a CNN & ABC network and “local” news station, released a story on Jordan Farley, which seemed to represent a premise in which Jordan was some sort of wild-west bandit attempting to screw over any and all willing people. The Gazette, who is owned by KCRG, also put out a similar story. Mind you, these were the only two news station that reported on this story, most likely because of the missing facts.
What happens when you dig deeper, is what seems to be a coordinated, planned, and downright blatant attempt to ruin someone’s reputation while not thoroughly investigating or purposely omitting facts from a story to portray it in a specific light.
Jordan Farley moved back to Cedar Rapids to do a couple things. Start a new life, run a venue, and do a music festival tied to the venue in the NewBo District. He had shared these ideas all of the business owners involved as well as many of the people in NewBo District, even Go Cedar Rapids who at the time was planning their Newbo Evolve music festival.
Jordan Farley had presented multiple similar ideas before their festival with budgets 10X less and were partially free and locally organized with local vendors. Some things that were told to Jordan that could not be done by the city, were done for Go Cedar Rapids, which ended up losing millions of dollars and closing up shop, even with it projected to lose money initially.
His hunch is they stole his idea but extorted the city of money, all in the name of being trendy and elitist.
KCRG & Gazette Botch The Story
To fully explain what KCRG and the Gazette left out and decided not to investigate, we have to look at what they didn’t report on, mostly the fact that there was a second person leasing the property and was business partners with Jordan Farley, the owner of 515 Alive: Rajan Devan, someone who was the only investor on the project at the time. Jordan was simply a General Operations Manager, as was publicly stated on his Facebook Page. Documents for all related info in article linked above. Raj had left the project and decided to leave Jordan with the burden of dealing with new investors, an almost impossible task. Raj still denies he owes anything, a denial of what 2025 Corporation has stated he owes.
Another fact that was left out is that each and every person besides Joe, had signed a contract, one that had saved Jordan from all potential downsides, specifically called an ‘Indemnification Clause’. While the Gazette mentioned agreements, they did not mention the content at all.
Booking Agreement (Mock Up) by on Scribd
They also didn’t mention Joe was working not only in the NewBo Market but in the venue itself, he knew the condition of the building when he decided to do the deposit and over the 4 months of negotiation never wanted anything but 100% repayment all at once, many different repayment options were offered. Communications were never ceased by Jordan Farley, Joe’s lawyer and him simply decided to stop negotiating and go to the press maybe get publicity for the lawyer’s Law Firm , which was mentioned several times in both publications as well as the other venue, A Touch Of Class. Did they have to be mentioned?
Joe refused anything but a full refund all at once with no paperwork, but Joe had no paperwork signed to guarantee any of this in a specific format in the first place, Jordan simply wanted both parties to have something in writing.
KCRG then made several edits a year after the article had been out that removed their video as well as Jordan Farley’s response via voicemail. We have saved both for you to view and listen below as well as an example that most of the renters signed.
One other huge factor is that Samantha Meyers, the reporter who did the story, left the network and the state exactly a year to date after the story came out.
Starting to come together?
The Connections Explained
Before we explain the direct connections, we need to make you aware that 2025 Corporation, at the time, had four owners. Dennis Henderson, Bruce, Joe Ahman, and one other.
Joe Ahman, Owner of Ahman Design and Construction & Pivot Real Estate, two companies that seemed to just become million dollar companies overnight, have several projects that are subsidized by the city, state, and local “development” groups, such as the “NewBo Development Group”, where they have built property using grants outside the official NewBo market, sometimes miles away. How they get away with it we don’t know. The local media will not question this but simply announce day after day Ahman’s next big project for rentals that gentrify beautiful grassy areas and forests.
Pivot Real Estate also did work with the law firm mentioned in the article and video as well as GO Cedar Rapids’s ex-CEO who gave them a very good reference.
It is very proudly listed even on Pivot’s Real Estate Website as one of their clients.
Dennis Henderson, who owns and runs a company that sells Government subsidized services and devices from “Lifeline“, a program started under Bush and expanded under Obama, programs that has also had multiple issue with fraud and abuse as well as secret private funds that were hidden from tax payers. Dennis’s companies has also worked on that devices that would hypothetically allow the company to see if they have been texting, something that should alarm privacy advocates and defenders of our rights.
Dennis had two stories written about his spouse, one just a month after the May 20th story on Jordan on KCRG, showing an obvious connection. Ironically this story was about her business workshop in the same business district for “struggling business owners”, except one catch, it was for “only females”. The next story was done in the fall of the same year, on her birthday, espousing her good deeds with her mostly Facebook promoted “African Charities“.
Starting to see the bigger picture?
Dennis, along with Bruce, were investors in Steven Gray’s Casino project, which has been a long time goal for the Cedar Rapids elite and venture capitalists, despite being built in a flood zone with the nearest flood wall project being years away from being complete. This casino project was vastly propagated by KCRG with many stories. The voters ultimately rejected the casino.
KCRG has refused to remove the “allegedly defrauded” part on their article despite Jordan not being charged with fraud or at all follow up on any of the complaints we’ve raised so we created this article to raise awareness and show KCRG’s clear lack of self awareness and professionalism and how they deflect important issues while not concentrating on the real corruption in the city.
NFL Ratings Continue To Fumble
The NFL – suffering from dismal ratings for last week’s opening game and Sunday Night Football, may be in for a serious decline in viewers this season if Dallas local TV ratings are any indicator – after the Cowboys registered their lowest local ratings since 2009.
the Dallas market is an important market for one of the most watched teams in the country. There is a reason the Cowboys are valued at over $4 billion dollars. They absolutely own Dallas Fort-Worth. Nothing else really matters.
The NFL does not want to see one of it’s most important market losing fans. It’s not a good look. It’s cause for concern. -Touchdownwire
That said, some have pointed out that the cowboys are “boring” now…
No one should be surprised. The Cowboys, while still a compelling aspect of the overall fabric of the NFL, have become a somewhat boring team, with a Salisbury-steak-and-lumpy-spuds offense that features two stars, a diminished offensive line, and a collection of No. 2 and No. 3 receivers. -Profootballtalk
Less viewers, more money
Despite a steady decline in viewership over the last three years, advertising revenues have continued to climb.
“Everyone loves to focus on the ratings, and everyone loves to focus on the NFL because it is the biggest ratings on television,” said Brian Rolapp, the league’s head of media. “But the reality is: Historically, the ratings of the NFL have always gone up, they’ve just never gone up in a straight line.”
Austin Texas May Change It’s Name According To A New City Report About Confederate Statues
Known as both the “father of Texas” and the namesake of the state’s capital, Stephen F. Austin carved out the early outlines of Texas among his many accomplishments.
He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.”
For that reason, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week.
Also on the list of locales to possibly be renamed: Pease Park, the Bouldin Creek neighborhood, Barton Springs and 10 streets named for William Barton, the “Daniel Boone of Texas,” who was a slave owner.