Martin O'Malley Hall of Fame 2017

2017 Hall of Fame Banquet

The Dubuque Democrats cordially invite you to our Thirteenth Annual
Hall of Fame Banquet

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Featuring keynote speaker, former Governor of Maryland

Martin O’Malley

Dubuque County Democratic Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for 2017:
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Don Vrotsos
  • Rick Baumhover
  • Vicki Krug

Volunteer(s) of the Year

  • Indivisible Dubuque — Carrie Tedore, Chair

Ann Michalski Distinguished Service Award

  • To Be Announced

Location: Diamond Jo Casino Banquet Room, 301 Bell St, Dubuque, IA 52001

  • 5-6:00pm Social Hour with Cash Bar
  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • Awards & Keynote speaker following dinner

Purchase Tickets one of these ways:

  1. At Central Committee Meetings
  2. Through a member of the Hall of Fame Committee
  3. Call (563) 557-1007 and leave a message
  4. Online through ActBlue (online tickets include a processing fee).
  5. Mail check payable to Dubuque County Democrats, P.O. Box 686, Dubuque, IA 52004.
  • Tickets are $40 per individual ($41.65 via ActBlue).
  • Tickets for children under 12 are $30 per individual ($31.25 via ActBlue).
  • Tickets MUST be purchased no later than August, 31st.
  • No tickets will be sold at the door!
Abby Finkenauer for Congress


Please join our hosts

Tammy Wood * Carrie Tedore * Caroline Koppes * Julie Maddox * Deb Finkenauer * Trish McDonald * Pete Hird
~ host committee in formation ~

for a



Abby Finkenauer

Democratic Candidate for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District

Saturday, June 24th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Smokestack 62 East 7th Street Dubuque, IA 52001

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2017 Bipartisan Legislative Accomplishments

Because legislative Democrats stood up for hard-working Iowans, for students, for workers, for safe communities and good government, the Legislature had some bipartisan accomplishments during the 2017 session. Here are some examples:

Education & worker training

Helping schools use limited resources effectively by allowing them to spend various categories of school funding on a broader range of expenses (HF 564).

Allowing some unused school funding to go into a “Flexibility Account” to be used in a broader fashion to achieve the intended goals (HF 565).

Expanding the ways Iowans can earn a high school equivalency diploma (HSED) when they meet minimum standards in reading, language arts, literacy, math, science and social studies. (HF 473).

Jobs & economy

Promoting and increasing opportunities for local small businesses that make and sell Iowa beer, wine and distilled spirits (HF 607).

Helping thousands of Iowans become homeowners and boosting our economy by providing a state income tax exemption for First-time Homebuyer Savings Accounts (SF 505).

Apprenticeship training program for in state Iowa residents only (HF 231).

Health & health care

More timely, appropriate help for kids with autism spectrum disorders (SF 515, HF 215).

Limiting the harmful effects of congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV), which can cause long-term health problems, including hearing or vision loss, lack of coordination and seizures (SF 51).

Reducing breast cancer deaths by requiring mammography reports sent to patients to include information on breast density, if the patient has dense breast tissue (SF 250).

Improving mental health services in rural areas by addressing inequities in funding for mental health and developmental disability services (SF 504).

Ensuring appropriate treatment for sick and disabled Iowans by allowing a physician to override an insurance company’s step therapy protocol in certain cases (HF 233).

Safe communities

Expanding the criminal offense of “sexual exploitation by a school employee” to include full-time, part-time and employees, as well as others who have significant contact with students (SF 238).

Allowing survivors of sexual assault to get a sexual abuse civil protective order to keep abusers away from them, their home and their place of work (SF 401).

Enhancing public safety by including law enforcement communications systems in the Iowa Communications Network (HF 467).

Saving lives by making texting while driving a primary offense. That means law enforcement can pull over a driver and ticket them if they see the driver texting (SF 234).

Stopping deceitful and damaging adoption practices that harm Iowa’s families by toughening penalties for scamming prospective adoptive parents (SF 433).

Charging a motorist with reckless driving (a Class “C” felony) when texting while driving causes an accident that seriously injures or kills another (SF 444).

Protecting kids by updating the definitions of “child in need of assistance” and “child abuse” to apply in additional cases of cocaine and other dangerous substances in the home (HF 543).

Cracking down on stalking and domestic violence, and enhancing monitoring and penalties for violations (HF 263).

Expanding the definition of “criminal stalking” to include repeated use of an electronic device to track a person’s whereabouts with no legitimate purpose (HF 263).

Reducing drunken driving fatalities and other drug and alcohol-related crimes by establishing 24/7 Sobriety program in counties that want to try this accountability-based program (SF 444).

Requiring temporary staffing agencies to conduct background checks on employees for nursing homes and assisted living centers (HF 576).

Prohibiting the use of monitoring devices in public libraries and other government buildings where a person expects privacy, such as in a toilet or locker room (SF 499).

Quality of life

Protecting homebuyers by ensuring construction lien disclosures before the sale of a house (HF 541).

Keeping traffic moving efficiently by updating traffic laws for turns on red. On a red light, a driver may turn right from all lanes designated for right turns, and left from all lanes designated for left turns on a one-way street (HF 372).

Protecting kids by providing consistency in child custody laws for married and unmarried couples, including completing a court-approved Children in the Middle course (HF 253).

Reducing harassment and invasion of privacy by making it illegal to share images of another person in the nude or engaged in a sex act without their consent (HF 526).

Good government

Saving taxpayer money by giving County Auditors the flexibility to combine staff and polling locations when low voter turnout is expected in primary and general elections (HF 471).

Protecting the rights of Iowans by setting higher standards for law enforcement to seize property — especially money and cars — that may be related to a crime (SF 446).

Saving taxpayer dollars by ensuring private parties cover more of the costs of civil services that county sheriffs must provide, such as bills of sale and certificates or deeds for land sold (SF 501).

Expanding ways for indigent Iowans to obtain legal counsel when they’re charged with a crime carries the possibility of jail or prison time (SF 374).

Download a copy of the 2017 Bipartisan Legislative Accomplishments.

2017 Legislative Session in Review

Fighting the attack on working families and vulnerable Iowans

Prepared by the Iowa Senate Democratic Staff

This year, legislative Republicans and out-of-state special interests rammed through laws that are making Iowa a less attractive place to live, work and raise a family. They are driving down wages, cutting health care and degrading the quality of life for hard-working Iowans.

Because the priorities of legislative Republicans are out of whack, they managed to turn Iowa’s $928 million surplus into a $130 million deficit. The problem is compounded by policy changes and budget cuts that are causing Iowa to lose federal funding and matching funds to many state agencies and programs. [Read the full 2017 Session Wrap-up]

2017 Iowa Legislative Session – Wrong Way

Legislative Republicans ignored the concerns of Iowans this session and broke their promise to create jobs and raise family incomes. While the GOP follows the lead of special interests and moves Iowa in the wrong direction, Democrats will keep listening to Iowans, hold Republican politicians accountable, and fight to build an economy that works for all Iowa families.

GOP & Branstad/Reynolds


Corporate special interests come 1st Iowans come 1st
Lower wages for 65,000 Iowans Raise wages for over 200,000 Iowans
Shortchange public schools Invest in K‐12 schools
Cut access to women’s health care Expand access to women’s health care
Take away rights from Iowa workers Protect rights of Iowa workers
New government barriers to voting Make it easier to vote
Raise tui on & cut scholarships Keep college & job training affordable
Reduce early childhood & preschool Expand early childhood & preschool
Cut $$ to natural resources & environment Improve water quality/protect environment
Slash support for domestic abuse victims Protect victims of domestic abuse
Cut job training for Iowans with disabilities Support Iowans with disabilities
Ignore challenges facing rural Iowa Improve quality of life in Rural Iowa

Download a copy of the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session – Wrong Way report.


Legislative Democrats – 87th General Assembly

Republican lawmakers ignored the concerns of Iowans this session and broke their promise to create jobs and raise family incomes. While rewarding the special interests and out-of-state corporations, the GOP stacked the deck against everyday Iowans who are working hard but still not getting ahead. Democrats will keep listening to Iowans, hold Republican politicians accountable, and fight to build an economy that works
for all Iowa families.


GOP BroKEn PRomises; Iowa Headed in wrong direction

  • Instead of listening and working to improve life for everyday Iowans, Republicans stacked the deck against them.
  • Instead of raising family incomes like they promised, Republicans lowered wages for 65,000 Iowans.
  • Instead of making sure every kid gets a great education, they shortchanged public schools again this year with the third lowest increase in history then blamed teachers for the state’s budget problems.
  • Instead of keeping health care affordable, Republicans cut a woman’s access to health care for cancer screenings, STD test, and birth control. They also passed a 20 week abortion ban without exceptions for rape, incest, or even health of the mother.
  • Instead of keeping higher education and job training affordable to build our skilled workforce, Republicans raised tuition on students attending our state universities and community colleges.
  • Instead of working together with dedicated public servants like firefighters, police officers, and teachers, Republicans took away their rights and their voice in the workplace.
  • Instead of making it easier for Iowans to vote, Republicans created more hurdles and less time for Iowans to cast their vote.

Iowans pay for the gop budget mess

  • Republicans have wrecked the state budget, slowed the state’s economy, and turned a $930 million state budget surplus into a $130 million deficit. The deficit is largely driven by $500 million in corporate tax giveaways that overwhelmingly go to out of state corporations.
  • Now, Iowans are being forced to pay for the GOP’s budget mess. Students will be paying higher tuition. Fewer at-risk kids will be able to attend preschool. Victims of domestic violence may not get the support they need. Iowans will be paying higher property taxes.
  • Democrats believe we need to restore fiscal discipline and embrace economics that make sense for the average Iowa family. We should put people and a skilled workforce before corporate tax breaks.

Download a copy of the 2017 End of Legislative Session.

Text the word Heroin to 51555

CRUSH opiate epidemic in Dubuque

CRUSH presentation of the opiate epidemic in Dubuque, Iowa. C.R.U.S.H. (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin) gives a brief history of opiate addiction, why addiction has spiked in recent years to become an opiate epidemic, and challenges to families seeking help.

C.R.U.S.H. (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin):

To stay in touch or engaged with what Community Resources United to Stop Heroin is doing in Dubuque text HEROIN to 51555. When you get the text message you have to click a link to sign up.

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

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