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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Good morning to you!

The Washington Post published an article on Sunday asking readers to meet the “double haters” who could decide the presidential election. The writer pointed out that many voters express “resignation, dismay and anger” over being asked again to choose between Biden and Trump.

Clearly, haters exist in this world, and, clearly, many of them will be voting for Joe Biden or Donald Trump. To call those who don’t like these choices for president haters is extreme. They should be called what they are — independents. And, yes, independents will decide the election, much like they have done in most every U.S. presidential election for decades.

The Post story took a different approach, though. The article was part of a series examining the views of “Deciders” — people they deemed as “sporadic or uncommitted voters in key swing states who are likely to play a pivotal role in deciding the presidential contest.” The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University surveyed 3,513 registered voters in what they determined as six key states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. They stated, on average, the poll’s response rate was 9.5% among Republicans, 8.6% among Democrats and 7.7% among voters unaffiliated with a party. After the data collection was finished, the poll was “weighted” to accurately reflect the partisan makeup of each state. The question is, what’s the difference between being unaffiliated and being independent? For many Americans, it comes down to the wording of the question.

In January of this year, Forbes published an article with the headline: Voters Who Identify As Independents Skyrocket — As Democrats And Republicans Dwindle. A Gallup survey found that 43% of U.S. adults identify as political independents as they move away from the two major political parties.

So, if the independent voting bloc is so important to the results of a presidential election, why are they not catered to more on the campaign trail? Why, instead, are the extremists in each party the ones who seem to have their concerns addressed the most? Is it the squeaky wheel syndrome? The need to placate to the base to win the primaries? Or is there a greater underlying attempt to keep the independents in check? Logic says all three. (An important item to note: In The Washington Post survey, cash incentives were used to boost the response rate.)

On Nov. 5, none of the pre-election studies or polls will matter. Only the votes will. And, whether Republicans or Democrats want to admit it or not, independents will, once again, choose the next president of the United States of America.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

Isolated thunderstorms are possible this morning. More widespread and possibly severe storms are possible this evening. Temps cool a bit into midweek.

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From the June issue of CITYVIEW 

80/35 Music Festival moves to Water Works Park

By Jackie Wilson

10 Watt Robot band members from left: Doug Hansen, Jeff Morgan, Lee Bissmeyer and Mike Sangster.

The 80/35 Music Festival returns for its 15th year, sponsored by the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). One significant change (besides offering new musicians) is the location. This year, the 80/35 event takes place July 12-13 at Water Works Park. Previously, it was held downtown Des Moines close to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Organizers say the old location had its limitations.


CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Fancy-Pants Bar

1. The Bartenders Handshake

2. Hello, Marjorie

3. The Winchester Public House

Read all the results now!

Explore Des Moines

CITYVIEW's seasonal guide for activities and things to do in Central Iowa

EXPLORE: Beaches, Bays, Lakes and More

By Cyote Williams

There are a number of exciting and many underrated spots for water-centered fun for the whole family in the area, whether it be a relaxing day on the lake or bombing down a waterslide.


Taquería El Califa de León made history last month as the first of Mexico City’s tens of thousands of taco stands to snag a star from the Michelin restaurant guide. At 100-square-feet, it ranks among the smallest restaurants in the more than 40 countries that Michelin covers to win the distinction. It stands alone as the only one without tables. Among Des Moines taquerias, La Familia (1610 Sixth Ave.) is the only one I know of claiming capital city style.  (WSJ)

Tuesday touts. Irina's Steak and Seafood (650 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines) hosts a New Orleans dinner this Thursday with five courses that include options for turtle soup, alligator bites, live lobster and southern fried oysters - $70 with jazz by Jones & Owens. Chef Gabriel Trujillo  is a rising star, so this is a good chance to try some of his Latino takes on New Orleans style. Reservations - 515-225-8020… Fareway stores sell "Our own special grind" of ground beef. It is guaranteed freshly ground daily so the fat to lean ratio varies. You can almost always eyeball how much fresher it is than other grinds. Because they won't sell it tomorrow, sometimes it's marked down late in the day... Washington Post does a very good job seeking out wine bargains. Here's their new tout for summer 2024: Count Karolyi Grüner Veltliner 2021, Dunántúl, Hungary, $12. "This wallet-friendly grüner from Hungary is tarter than many of its Austrian neighbors, emphasizing the peppery spice of the variety over the white flowers and minerals." 

Deals today.  Taco Tuesday brings serious discounts to Mariscos El Pirata (6050 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines), La Familia (1610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines), all Taco John's, The Dam Pub (2710 Beaver Ave., Des Moines)  and Club 2000 (422 Indianola Road, Des Moines)... Berkwood Farms' excellent hot dogs are just $1 tonight at the I-Cubs game. "Twos-day" at the ball park also means two tickets, two slices of pizza and two beers or soft drinks are just $40... Kids meals are half priced all day Tuesday at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale)… Hy-Vee stores are promoting $6 Tenderloin Tuesdays with a BPT and tots bargain priced... Kelly’s Little Nipper (1701 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines) offers really good tenderloins with a side and drink for $11.50 on Tuesdays... Today is the last day for Fresh Thyme's (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) digital special of $.99/lb. whole pork butts... Today is the day McDonald's finally drops its self-ballyhooed $5 meal deal, a six years later response to Wendy's Biggie Bag. $5 buys a sandwich, fries, nuggets and soft drink.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com
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From the June issue of Bondurant Living magazine

Lymans find a place to make connections
Neighborhood makes house feel like home.

By Lindsey Giardino

When Dennis Lyman and his wife, Stacey, were looking for a place to settle down and start a family, they were drawn to Bondurant because they saw the value in being in a community that felt connected.

Since moving to town in 2003, they’ve built plenty of those connections.

They currently live in a home just south of the high school and are close to trails, schools and parks. They have great neighbors, too.



FROM KCCI: Historic Fort Dodge school building engulfed in flames

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Firefighters are battling a nearly century-old school building in Fort Dodge on Monday night. The fire was reported at the former Fair Oaks Middle School, 416 S. 10th St., shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday, the Fort Dodge Messenger reports....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Humboldt residents prepping for record flood levels

HUMBOLDT, Iowa — Sand, shovels and sweat was the motto for those along the West Fork of the Des Moines River. Businesses and homes are bracing for what may end up being record-high river levels in the community.... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Woman arrested for arson after fatal fire in Ottumwa

Police say two people were inside the apartment when the fire was found. One of those people was able to make it outside via a third story window. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Panthers edge Oilers in Game 7, win first Stanley Cup title.  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Tennessee Beats Texas A&M to Win Men's College World Series. ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: Mets closer Edwin Díaz suspended for 10 games after being ejected over excessive 'sticky stuff'.   ...READ MORE
1876: Battle of the Little Bighorn: On June 25, 1876, Native American forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.   ... READ MORE
2009: “King of Pop” Michael Jackson dies at age 50. ... READ MORE
1956: Last Packard—the classic American luxury car—produced.   ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Benson Boone, Mckenna Grace, Kylie Cantrall, Madison Reyes, Fay Webster, Ricky Gervais, Linda Cardellini, Angela Kinsey, Carly Simon, Lilah Fitzgerald, Dell Curry, Sasha Shikolay, Busy Philipps

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you call Father Christmas when he visits the beach? SANDY CLAUS! - Shane Goodman, Peri Van Tassel, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Lori Bluml, Kris Hazelton, Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

Why did the worker get fired from the orange juice factory?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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