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Good Wednesday morning to you!

I served as a poll watcher in a rural Iowa community in the late 1990s. I watched the town mayor illegally greet residents in the front door of the election center, telling people in line to vote down the bond issue. I saw a hand-painted city sign placed on a city street by a city employee telling residents to vote no on that same issue. I saw a group of residents making phone calls from inside the tax-funded voting center (city hall) on tax-funded city phones reaching out to people who had not yet voted. And, yes, I saw election volunteers being scolded by elderly voters wanting to know why they couldn’t vote for their spouses this time but they could in the past elections. All this was happening in one small election in a rural Iowa community, yet we are to believe this doesn’t happen on a much larger scale in metropolitan cities for major elections?

As long as there are competitions, there will be cheating in competitions. Always has been. Always will be. Political elections are no exception. The problem is that election cheating is difficult to catch.

Are voter ID requirements the fix? Will they disenfranchise voters? I am not sure, but I do know one thing. Where there is a will to cheat, there is a way to cheat. Even with IDs. Just ask 20-year-olds who want to get into bars.

So what would fix election fraud? Fingerprint readers (biometrics) would help. They are being used today in elections in Nigeria and Brazil, among other places. They are not perfect, though, and the costs could be substantial. And if you are worried about the data that Facebook has on you, how would you feel about volunteer poll workers with access to a national database of voter fingerprints? One solution is to require fingerprinting only for people who show up at the polls without proper identification. Their fingerprints on forms could be their way to attest their identity under penalty of perjury. Interesting.

Regardless, cheating will continue. We can’t force folks to have a moral conscience when it comes to cheating in elections, but we can stiffen the penalties. Fortunately, Iowa’s lawmakers have been taking note. Under a new Iowa law, first-degree election fraud is now a Class D felony. Section 39A of the Iowa Code makes second-degree election fraud an aggravated misdemeanor, third-degree election fraud a serious misdemeanor, and fourth-degree election fraud a simple misdemeanor. That’s a good start, but election fraud penalties should be even stiffer. Why? Well, in this state, and in 47 others, you can’t vote from prison.

That works. Always has. Always will.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Shower and thunderstorm chances will be best this morning before affecting mainly northern Iowa later in the day with severe possibilities there. Another rain chance will affect us most of the day on Thursday. A drier period follows that.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Wednesday, July 14
⇛Gabriela Arriaga String Quartet No. 2 in A major
At: On the lawn at Salisbury House and Gardens
Info: Civic Music Association - Belin Quartet offers free outdoor summer performances on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. On the lawn at Salisbury House and Gardens; www.civicmusic.org/belin-quartet

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

1600 Beaver Avenue
200 28th Street
2100 Grand Avenue

POLK CITY: Beginning July 13th, NW Hugg Drive will be closed between 72nd and Timber Valley Drive for approximately three weeks as the Developer works to install infrastructure in the area. Weather may delay the project plans, your patience and understanding is appreciated.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Check out new Iowa State Fair foods for 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa — A highly anticipated announcement came from the Iowa State Fair Tuesday. Iowa State Fair officials announced the 2021 new foods in a special Facebook Live stream. Some of the new foods introduced Tuesday include Atomic Strawberry Shortcake, Bacon Mac Dog, Chicken and Egg Salad With Indian Fry Bread Chips, Cinnamon or Salted Pretzel Bites, Duke’s Quebec Style Poutine, Granny D’s Apple Pie, Island Noodles with Teriyaki Chicken, Peanut Butter Squealer, Peanut Butter and Fluff Cookie Dough and Tennessee Twinkies.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: What we know about the Iowa state trooper mission at the US-Mexico border

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa State Patrol troopers have arrived in Texas for a border assistance mission after Gov. Kim Reynolds approved sending them there on June 24. The governor said on Monday that 29 state troopers are joining 30 members of the Iowa National Guard already on duty in the Del Rio area at the U.S.-Mexico border. They will be there for 16 days.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Yes, you can run for public office even with a criminal record

ANKENY, Iowa — Many Ankeny residents have shared concerns after Issac Holtz, who admitted to sending threatening emails to staff at Waukee High School in 2020, set up a website exploring a run for school board. Holtz pleaded guilty to one count of Threat of Terrorism and is spending three years on probation. That has raised the question: What are the qualifications to run for a public office like school board?... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS: The Iowa Cubs (24-34) dropped the first game of their road trip in a 2-1 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens (33-26) on Tuesday at Fifth Third Field.
MLB: Al All-Stars 5 NL All-Stars 2
NBA Finals: Suns v. Biucks tonight.
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Law Firm
1. Baer Law Office
2. VanDerGinst Law
3. Hupy and Abraham, S.C.


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Meet Sara Richardson
: When in doubt, go to the library.

By Becky Kolosik

Growing up, Sara Richardson thought everything her school librarian did was fun. From reference tests and map tests to reading logs and, of course, time to sit and read, she loved it all.

In fifth grade, a paper Richardson wrote would ultimately declare her intention to be a school librarian when she grew up. She went on to work at the Newton Public Library in high school and has followed the “library” path ever since.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education along with a minor in library science and later completed her master’s in instructional technology — all at the University of Northern Iowa.


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Jordan Huxford reports taking this photo outside of 515 Brewing.  He cooperated nicely having his photo taken.

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Digital Editions
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Summer Stirs
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

Details and Tickets
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to Michelle Pohlmeyer on July 14!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden; Ingmar Bergman; Jane Lynch; Gerald Ford; Scott Porter; Matthew Fox; Ryan Sweeting

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Which are you most fearful of?

Public speaking


Do you seek out fireworks for the Fourth of July?

Yes - 38%
No - 62%

Morning Chuckle
Two fish are in a tank. What does one say to the other?
CAN YOU DRIVE THIS THING? (They were in a tank...the military type). Not even a stab in the dark.
What do you get if you drop a piano down a mine shaft?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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