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Update on Sunnycrest Manor

By Dave Baker,
Dubuque County Supervisor
(Originally published in the Dubuque Leader March 3, 2017)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of our Sunnycrest Manor facility. Dubuque County has for years invested in the health of our senior citizens, intellectually disabled citizens, and disabled veterans. Our employees provide compassionate care for our residents. Sunnycrest Manor has routinely been rated among the best nursing homes in the state.

A family atmosphere truly exists at Sunnycrest Manor. Our employees know each resident personally and they continuously interact with the residents. I believe that Dubuque County citizens are proud of the care that our employees have provided to our residents for many years – and that a vast majority of our citizens support the subsidy that we provide through our tax dollars.

The “subsidy” has averaged approximately $2.8 million per year for the past decade or more. There exists a small (but vocal) faction of the people who want to either close the facility or privatize the operations of the facility, resulting in our dedicated, long-term employees losing their jobs. Just the talk of privatization creates anxiety among our employees and residents, and raises concerns from the family members who have loved one residing at

Sunnycrest Manor.

As I have said, there is definitely a family atmosphere at Sunnycrest Manor and I believe that we need to continue monitoring the operations at Sunnycrest Manor through the Sunnycrest Manor Board of Trustees, whose members are elected officials, the Sunnycrest Manor Board of Directors, (an advisory board made up of the citizen volunteers) and utilizing the expertise of our Administrator,Cris Kirsch.

In closing, it should be no surprise to anyone that I am standing strong in support of our residents, employees, and the family members of our residents. I have been contacted by numerous family members of residents, and Dubuque County residents who are not in favor of privatizing Sunnycrest Manor. I ran in three elections, and I did not hide my positions regarding my support for Sunnycrest Manor. As always, I am interested in hearing your views on Sunnycrest Manor and any other Dubuque County issues.

2017 Caucus & Biennial Organizational Meeting

2017 Dubuque County Democrats Caucus & Biennial Organizational Meeting

Saturday, 18 March, 2017

Northeast Iowa Community College
8342 NICC Drive
Peosta, Iowa, 52068

Park on the south side of NICC and follow the signs for registration.
Google Directions to NICC Peosta

See maps & directions at the bottom of this page.

8:45 a.m. Pre-registration for organizational volunteers.
9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. General Registration & Continental Breakfast (requested donation $5)
9:30 a.m. Caucus Call to Order.
10:00 a.m. Start seating alternate central committee members by arrival time.*
At approx..10:30 a.m. Biennial Organizational Meeting of Central Comm. Call to order.
{election of officers}

Download a copy of the 2017 BOMC booklet + amendments 1 March.

All precincts except 18 & 19 have openings for committee persons. To look up what precinct you are in go to https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/VoterReg/PollingPlace/search.aspx.

The information committee will start seating alternate central committee members @ 10:00 a.m. Any regular cc member must arrive prior to 10:00 a.m. to be guaranteed a ballot. *Precinct openings remaining after 10:00 a.m. will be filled by alternates from that precinct, in the order that they arrived that morning.

Those who are nominated to fill openings at the caucus will be confirmed at the Biennial meeting & will be given ballots after confirmation. Only central committee members can vote for officers.

Precinct Number – Polling Place – Number of positions open in each precinct:
1 – Rockdale Methodist Church – 6
2 – Theisen’s Home Center – 5
3 – Area Residential Care Building – 1
4 – The Journey Church – 2
5 – Tri-State Blind Society – 2
6 – Summit Congregational Church – 5
7 – Tri-State Blind Society – 11
8 – Emmaus Bible School – 3
9 – Westminster Church – 6
10 – Westminister Church – 4
11 – U.A.W. Local 94 Hall – 5
12 – Windsor Park – 11
13 – Moose Lodge – 8
14 – Sacred Heart Church – 10
15 – Holy Trinity Church – 6
16 – Election Annex – 5
17 – St John’s Parish House – 6
18 – Federal Building – 0
19 – Dubuque Community Y Building – 0
20 – St. Columbkille’s Fogarty Hall – 7
31 – Asbury Fire Station – 5
32 – Meadow Golf Course – 9
33 – Cascade City Hall – 9
34 – Peosta Community Center – 2
35 – Luxemburg City Hall – 12
36 – Hope Evangelical Free Church – 10
37 – Dyersville St Francis Xavier Bsm’t – 12
38 – Dyersville Memorial Hall – 12
39 – Dyersville Beckman High School – 12
40 – Farley Community Center – 11
41 – Epworth Council Chambers – 10
42 – Sherrill Saints Peter & Paul School – 11
43 – Key West Fire Station – 7
44 – Bernard Fire Station – 10
45 – Swiss Valley Nature Center – 10

Maps & Directions

  1. Take Highway 20 to Peosta.
  2. Take Exit 308 and go North (in the direction of Dairy Queen).
  3. At the roundabout take the first right turn onto NICC Drive.
  4. Take a right at the stop sign.
  5. Take a left to enter the south parking lot.

NICC Peosta Google map

NICC Building Floor Plan

FDR Party

Extra! Extra! We’re Having a Party!

Extra! Extra!
We’re Having a Party!

(Yes, we know that it’s a strange time for Progressives to celebrate but if there were a time when one was needed it’s now, right?)

Purpose: To celebrate the 135th birthday of our 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the RE-BIRTH of PROGRESSIVISM in IOWA!
Day: Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Where: UAW Hall
3450 Central Avenue
Dubuque, IA
Other Info:
  • This is a COMMUNITY building Potluck so bring your favorite dish to share!
  • Beverages such as soda, coffee and beer (thank you FDR!) will be available for purchase through the United Auto Workers
  • Bring an example of a FDR policy from which we currently benefit and/or one that we are in danger of losing!
  • Bring an example of WPA projects in Iowa (there are many!)

When FDR took office in November 1932 the country was in the depths of fear and despair. The Great Depression brought widespread unemployment, failed banks and farm foreclosures. Lacking Agricultural policies resulted in droughts, dust storms and massive displacements of people in the Midwest. War, fascism and genocide was raging in Europe. BUT… up stepped Franklin Delano Roosevelt, bringing hope and leadership to our desperate country.

Through this PARTY we honor this great Champion of Democracy and his crowning achievements (among them Social Security, Progressive Taxation, Banking/Utility Regulation, Farm Policy, putting American back to work through the WPA and ending Prohibition – YAY!) the most important being… *HOPE*. Let’s make this event an opportunity to network, renew and forge social alliances to dispel fear, cynicism and isolation!

Finally, although FDR left us almost 72 years ago perhaps his unselfish display of Progressivism will be an inspiration for you also to LEAD?

“There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Lykam Wins Special Election

Jim Lykam wins Special Election for District 45

From the Quad City Times:

Lykam wins Senate special election

Iowa Rep. Jim Lykam won a convincing victory Tuesday in the special election to fill the vacant state Senate seat in District 45.

The longtime Davenport Democrat defeated Republican Mike Gonzales and Libertarian Severin Gilbert in the contest to succeed Joe Seng, who died in September.

With all 20 precincts counted, as well as absentees, the unofficial tally from the Scott County Auditor’s Office showed Lykam getting 3,788 votes, or 73.2 percent, while Gonzales got 1,310, or 25.3 percent. Gilbert received 76 votes, or 1.5 percent.

The district covers much of west Davenport, along with the town of Buffalo.

Lykam’s win was not unexpected. He’s represented half the district in the Iowa House since 2003, and the Senate district has twice the number of Democrats as Republicans.

Lykam campaigned as a pragmatic Democrat working for the middle class who was seeking to carry on Seng’s legacy. Gonzales, a LeClaire police officer who lives in west Davenport, said he wanted to shrink government, help small business but also maintain education funding. Gilbert expressed an interest in taking part in fixing Iowa’s medicinal marijuana laws.

Lykam and his party vastly outspent their rivals. Lykam estimated their expenditures would hit about $100,000. A chunk of that went toward soliciting absentee ballots.

At Scott County Democratic headquarters Tuesday night, Lykam was appreciative of the victory.

“It was a team effort. We worked hard at it. I’m very happy the voters will allow me the privilege of representing them in Des Moines,” he said. [Read the full article at QCTimes.com]

Tim Kaine at Loras College

Dubuque Get Out the Vote Event with Tim Kaine

*** Times Updated ***

Loras College Field House
1450 Alta Vista St Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Wed, Nov 2, 2016, 1:45pm – 3:30pm CDT

Official event

Tim Kaine heads to Dubuque, where he’ll discuss his and Clinton’s plans to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and their shared vision for an America that is stronger together.

Doors open: 12:30pm

RSVP at https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/vfayspg3zaviuutl/

Please arrive early and expect airport-style security upon entry; Prohibited items include homemade signs, large bags, alcohol, weapons, or noisemakers. No food or drinks are allowed inside the event, water will be provided inside the event.

Michelle Kwan in Dubuque

Michelle Kwan to Campaign for Hillary Clinton in Iowa

Kwan to Raise the Stakes for Women and Millennials; Will Encourage Iowans to Vote Now

Des Moines – This week, Michelle Kwan will campaign for Hillary Clinton across Iowa. Kwan will highlight Hillary Clinton’s record of fighting to expand equal opportunity for women and girls, as well as urge millennials to vote early for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

Kwan will lay out the stakes of the election, pointing to Clinton’s words in the final debate that, “It’s really up to all of us to demonstrate who we are and who our country is and to stand up and be very clear about what we expect from our next president, how we want to bring our country together, where we don’t want to have the kind of pitting of people one against the other, where instead we celebrate our diversity, we lift people up, and we make our country even greater. America is great because America is good.”

With more people voting in this election than any in history, Iowans can vote now either by mail or in person at their county auditor’s office. Iowans face a clear choice in this election between Clinton, who believes that we are stronger together – regardless of their gender, and Donald Trump, who has shown blatant disrespect towards women.

Wednesday, October 26

Loras College Early Vote Event — 9:45 AM
Hoffman Hall — Room 340
675 Loras Blvd, Dubuque