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New Polk County (Iowa) Democratic t-shirt

from the Polk County Weekly Update...
"With more than 275 attendees, our 18th Annual Polk County Women’s Event with Cecile Richards was the biggest in our history! We welcomed candidates, elected officials of past and present, and the women who are mobilizing Polk County this year (and the men who support them). Perhaps the best part of the night was to see all the new faces. One of my good friends told me he wasn’t sure he was at the right location because of all the new people. That’s exactly the kind of momentum we need to take back our state in less than four months...
Thank you to Raygun for designing this shirt proudly displayed by Cecile for the 2018 Women’s Event. A portion of all sales go to the Polk County Democrats. You can order yours online at:


The obituary of 5 year old Garrett

I hope it is okay to publish this obit here...it made me smile and broke my heart. [link:http://www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com/services/services_detail.aspx?rid=35399|

Garrett Michael Matthias
AKA “The Great Garrett Underpants”
3/26/13 – 7/6/18

My name is: Garrett Michael Boofias
My birthday is: I am 5 years old
My address is: I am a Bulldog!
My favorite color is: Blue….and Red and Black and Green
My favorite superhero is: Batman…and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg
When I grow up: I’m going to be a professional boxer

My favorite people are:
• Mommy, Daddy, my sister ‘Delcina’ (Delphina),
• The grandparents with the new house (Fredric and Cheryl Krueger),
• The grandparents with the camper (Daniel and Nita Matthias),
• My cousins: Grady, ‘that guy I took down that one time’ (Luke), and London Marie,
• My Auntie Janette and Stinky Uncle Andy (Andrew and Janette Krueger),
• Those two guys, you know, my uncles (Kristopfer Krueger and James Taylor)
• Batman!!

The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port
Things I hate: Pants!, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles, and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts…I do like the mint monkey nose like at Mayo Radiation and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy)

When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!

Burned or Buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla

Big or Small Funeral: Funerals are sad: I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman, and snow cones

Emilie and Ryan Matthias will honor Garrett’s final wishes by having a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 14th from 5pm – 11pm at 2377 132nd Ct Van Meter, Iowa

Note: Symbolic Asgardian burial ceremony and fireworks will be held just after sunset

A private burial of Garrett’s ashes will be held at a later time once his parents figure out how the hell to get his ashes made into a tree and locate a nature preserve, so his tree resides in a protected area.

Donations can be made directly to the family https://www.gofundme.com/garrett-mathiasmathias-family or in Garrett’s honor to a few of the many non-profits that helped Garrett along the way: The Little Al Foundation (https://www.littlealfoundation.com), The Pink Tractor Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/PinkTractorFoundation) and the University of Iowa Dance Marathon (https://dancemarathon.uiowa.edu)

We are so grateful to the many doctors, nurses, child life specialists, musicians, art therapists, and volunteers that worked tirelessly to cure Garrett of his cancer. The reality for Garrett and so many other children is pediatric cancer is an ugly, nasty beast that leaves a path of destruction. For Garrett and many others before him – cancer kills. Those that are ‘lucky’ enough to survive endure long term debilitating side effects and the constant fear of relapse. We will fight for a cure until no other kids are robbed of their childhood, no other siblings lose their best friends, and no other parents have to bury their babies.

Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopy cushions and sneaking clothes pins on their clothes to ‘hazing’ the interns and new staff doctors, he was forever a prankster. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to ‘see ya later alligator’:

See ya later, suckas! - The Great Garrett Underpants

Why Anthony Kennedy Gave Up

In his last year on the bench, the lifelong devotee of dignity and the rule of law joined Team Trump. What happened?


Good read, tells how conservative Kennedy really was.

Sec. of State candidate Deidre DeJear becomes first black person to win major nomination in Iowa

She is an inspiring and solid candidate.


May the Fourth baby hats

Check out these Star Wars theme baby hats.


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to visit Des Moines on Saturday

"Our next event will be with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti this Saturday at 11:00 AM at Cooney’s in Beaverdale. Just like our event with Governor Bullock, this event will be free and open to all Democrats. Because this is Iowa, CSPAN has requested to attend this event as well. I’ve talked with some of the national press about the visit and they’re saying Mayor Garcetti is one of those people to watch.

He made headlines for raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles and taking on bold transportation and infrastructure plans. He is the city’s youngest and first elected Jewish mayor. He is also the second Mexican American mayor there in more than a century. A Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve, Mayor Garcetti has helped secure housing for more than 8,000 veterans and is committed to veteran employment. One of our own Polk County veterans, Ben Cobley, has agreed to introduce the Mayor. We can’t wait to see you there."

Sean Bagniewski
Polk County Democratic Party Chair

Montana Governor Steve Bullock visits Des Moines

From the Polk County Democrats Weekly Update...

"The first words that Montana Governor Steve Bullock said when he walked through the door last Friday night was, “Wow. Looks like Polk County has done this before.” A few weeks ago, several people had jokingly asked if we were sure that we should be doing an event in Johnston because there aren’t any Democrats there. There certainly were on Friday. Well more than 100 Polk County Democrats showed up to greet him at Doc’s Lounge. Our House District 39 candidate Karin Derry did a great job introducing the Governor. We even had a special appearance from Attorney General Tom Miller. If you missed the event, it will be broadcasting on CSPAN this week."

Sean Bagniewski
Polk County Democratic Party Chair

Polk County Iowa Democratic Caucus results will make you happy!

It’s official. The 2018 Caucus was the biggest midterm Caucus in the history of our Polk County Democratic Party. Since it all happened during a snowstorm, it’s all the more impressive.

Polk County Dems are lead by the energetic Sean Bagniewski and publishes a weekly update that includes all Dem meetings, candidate meet-n-greets, and the agenda of the next Central Committtee meeting.

Most importantly, the Dems are organized into areas or neighborhoods which allows more participation and greater ownership of the party, such as Beaverdale Dems, Southside Dems, Eastside Dems, etc.

We expect great things in November.

Send your GI Joe dolls and toy soldiers to the Trump.

Maybe that will satisfy his need for a military parade.

Polk County Iowa Midterm Caucuses are biggest ever!

from Sean Bagniewski, Polk County Democratic Party Chair...

Well, it was a night for the history books. Despite a terrible snowstorm, it looks like it was the biggest midterm Polk County Caucuses in our history!

Thank you to the thousands of Democrats who came together to help organize our Party for the County Convention and for the general election in November. This will be one of the most, if not the most, important elections in our Democratic history as we fight to take back the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office. Last night was the first step in that long battle ahead.

Thank you to the hundreds of people who volunteered to lead the 177 precincts across Polk County. From Site Leaders to Precinct Leaders to those working the check-in tables, everyone went over and above to make sure everything went smoothly. Thank you to our sisters and brothers in labor who plowed the streets so that we could all come together...
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