MORNING BUZZ: Did Things Just Get More Interesting?

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Good Morning!

I know I know!  It’s been a while.  I’ve actually started three of these.  They are all still in the draft file.  That’s where they’re going to stay cause they’d get me in more trouble than it’s worth.  In fact maybe I should delete those…but I digress.  I’m going to try to catch up with a few stories that showed up on Facebook over the last few days.  Am I crazy or did I see someone post that Facebook changed it’s news feed(again)?  I think they are just showing me the funny stuff.

Secrets

This wasn’t on Facebook but I feel compelled to ask about these hearings going on at the Capital.  First, can anyone tell me what the “hush” money was for?  keeping the terms of their agreement secret?  So they wouldn’t tell any co-workers right?  This wasn’t money so they’d keep it a secret that their bosses flogged them or anything right?  No one is claiming they were sexually harassed or treated unfairly…this is money so they don’t go comparing settlement agreements with the guy at the next cubicle.  So if that’s the case…what are we talking about?  Transparency?  Good point, and one that should be dealt with, especially from A Governor who said his administration would be more transparent.

While we’re on the subject of transparency…The Senate Democrats running this inquiry should hand over all the emails with the keywords that The Republican Party Chair asked for.  It’s a political stunt for sure, but if there was conversation about embarrassing the Governor or how this inquiry might help the Hatch for Governor campaign, voters should be aware of that.

Iowa’s open records law leans toward revealing more, not less.  A government or public official has to come up with a reason why the public SHOULDN’T be aware of the contents of those emails.  In this case, the reason is that The Senate and House don’t operate under the same rules that the rest of us do.  The reasoning is that some correspondence with constituents should be private…people shouldn’t be worried that what they say to their elected officials will be public…and I agree.  Lawmakers should also be able to correspond with one another about pending legislation in an open way.  They should be able to float ideas and debate issues without fear their writing will be taken out of context.  I also agree with that.

This is not that.  This is correspondence among three State Senators about a specific topic.  I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.  I’m sure they weren’t using the Iowa Senate Oversight Committee as a tool to smear the Governor.  Let’s see the emails and confirm that.

Taxes

As a guy who just payed a LOT in taxes I was interested to see how the candidates for Governor fared with the IRS this year.

Jack Hatch released his tax returns for last year…I didn’t see if he’d released the last five years as many candidates do.  Anyway, he made north of $400,000.  Good for him.  He paid less than 20% federal taxes.

The Governor releases his tax returns today.  We’ll see where he lands.

DSM Performing Arts

If you didn’t see the Schedule for Des Moines Performing Arts over the next year here it is.  It’s one of, if not the best season of Theatre we’ve had in Des Moines.  I was at the announcement last night and got just about the lineup I was hoping for.

I don’t know anything about Kinky Boots (That’s not a sentence I thought I’d ever write out), but I hear it’s the show to see next season.  I’ll look forward to it.  Pippin is actually one of my favorite musicals.  Our High School did it while I was there and it featured two friends that went on to perform on Broadway.  I hope the “remake” doesn’t ruin my image of the original.  A close second on my favorites list is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  I love the music…in fact it’s still on my iPhone. I’ve never seen Lion King…I know I know.  That is the show I’m most looking forward to.  I think Cinderella is actually the first musical I ever saw.  I think my brother’s 8th grade class did it.  Anyway anything Rogers and Hammerstein is OK in my book.  When I am mentioning Phantom, Book of Mormon, Evita and..Oh Yeah, a great looking new show called Motown as afterthoughts…you know this is a pretty good list.

We’ll talk more to DSM Performing Arts on today’s Noon News.  Tune in!

Now on to the Facebook Stuff:

I saw this video pop up on my feed about a thousand times this week.  It’s the one where people are interviewing for “the toughest job ever”.  I get the ad.  I agree we should all thank our Mothers more.  That said I agree with this article on Salon that talks about why the buzz around the video may be over the top.  What do you think?

Great Announcement

I know some people don’t like flying the cattle car that is Southwest but I love it when one of the Flight Attendants goes off like this and makes it fun.

OK Those of you who are already on Facebook are probably bored by now.  I’ll shut it down.

Have a good one!

PWD

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