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BOONE, Iowa–New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, accomplished several things all at once during a campaign rally in Boone Monday afternoon.

  1. He helped to attract far more people than organizers expected at the Boone County Democrats headquarters in downtown Boone (150 people, they estimated).
  2. He reminded Iowans that they could now officially begin early voting.
  3. He brought attention to a handful of Democrats running for office. Those included J.D. Scholten of Sioux City (Fourth Congressional District candidate running against incumbent Republican Steve King of Kiron), David Weaver of Rippey (candidate in an open race for House District 47 to face Republican Phil Thompson of Jefferson) and Tim Winter of Kelley (candidate in House District 48 against incumbent Republican Rob Bacon of Slater).

Booker slammed corporations dominating agriculture and forcing smaller, family farms out of the businesses, threatening the livelihoods of people in rural Iowa. “The first small business people were American independent family farms,” Booker said, “and what’s happening as a result of this farm consolidation is that we’re driving farmers across America out of business.”

He also criticized Iowa Republicans for policies that he said have added to that suffering by weakening collective bargaining, underfunding schools and privatizing Medicaid. “If they’re coming after farmers, if they’re coming after teachers, if they’re going after students, if they’re coming after unions, there’s one thing we got to do…that is stand up and vote,” Booker told the crowd.



DES MOINES, Iowa–  The Des Moines City Council tackled another flood mitigation project that came to light during severe storms this summer.

Heavy rain back in June flooded parts of 51st and Twana.

“It was a shock that we had water in the basement,” resident Melisa Forbes said.

Forbes was not alone.

“The water eroded ten feet of my yard away,” resident Jim Banes said.

Right outside Jim Banes’ front door water filled a low-lying intersection, that stalled cars with people trapped inside.

“We have lived here for 30 years aside from the June 30th incident where Lary Cotlar lost his life, it floods here all the time,” Forbes said.

That’s why the city gave the green light to start the bidding process on a project that will repair the storm water drain system but won’t improve it.

To do that engineers estimate the city must spend $366,000.

The sidewalk on 51st will be repaired along with tree protection, and anti-erosion measures.

85 percent of that money will come from FEMA, the remainder $54,900 from the city’s Storm Utility Fund.

Public Works Director Jonathan Gano says, a long-term solution is years in the works.

“Storm water pipes for a mile or two from that location are part of a 20 to 25-year plan that will deliver larger and more capable infrastructure,” Gano said.