A Candid Assessment of Some Presidential Candidates

Dear Friends, Remember how the Republican field shifted in the 2012 and 2016 Iowa Caucuses? The lead changed so many times that emergency rooms across Iowa saw a drastic increase in whiplash cases. Ok, I made that last part up. But seriously, remember one-time 2012 front runner Herman Cain? I didn’t think so. How about 2016 flash-in-the-pack leader Ben Carson? Or shoe-in-for-the-nomination Scott Walker? And oh, how I miss Michele Bachmann. The horde of Democrats running for president this year may or may not experience Continue reading →

Dakota Access Proposes to Increase Oil Flowing Through Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 13, 2019, 12:00 p.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Website: www.boldiowa.com Dakota Access Proposes to Increase Oil Flowing Through Iowa Bold Iowa responds, requesting public hearing in Story County DES MOINES, IOWA — Dakota Access (DA) announced in a filing yesterday to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) that it plans to increase the amount of oil flowing through its pipeline across Iowa by altering the pump station near Cambridge, Iowa, in Story County just north of Continue reading →

Dakota Access Announces Pipeline Expansion

Dear Friends, As predicted, Dakota Access (DA) announced yesterday that it wants to increase the amount of oil flowing through its pipeline across Iowa. DA claims it needs no additional authorization from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to proceed. Bold Iowa disagrees. Today, we filed the following request with the IUB. We need YOU to take action, too. Here’s our five-step action request, which should take you about half an hour. It’s important, and your voice is needed NOW! 1. Read Dakota Access’s filing. 2. Continue reading →

Protesters Arrested Outside Republican Fundraiser Attended by Trump

We Are Iowa TV Channel 5 Excerpt: Those arrested are from a group called “Bold Iowa” that is protesting the denial of climate change. West Des Moines police say the group marched onto private property at Hy-Vee’s corporate offices. Officers asked them to leave and the five that didn’t were taken into custody. Ed Fallon, the director of Bold Iowa, explained the group’s mission. “None of us want to go to jail,” said Fallon. “But given the severity of what scientists are telling us about Continue reading → Continue reading →

5 protesters arrested outside Trump fundraiser in central Iowa

Des Moines Register Excerpt: “None of us want to go to jail,” said Ed Fallon, the group’s director and a longtime liberal activist who was one of those arrested Tuesday. “But given the severity of what scientists are telling us about the climate crisis, we feel it’s important to try to stop this fundraising event from happening.” “We’re justified for being here because of climate change,” Kathy Byrnes, 57, told the captain. “We’re here for the children — your children … and the children of Continue reading →

Protesters, supporters wait for Trump outside WDM fundraiser

KCCI Channel 8, Des Moines Excerpt: A contingent from the group Bold Iowa held a sign reading, “Climate denier in the White House scare the s— outta you? It does us.” West Des Moines police later arrested the diaper-clad protesters on trespassing charges after they went on the property. Members of Bold Iowa said getting the message out was worth the possibility of being arrested. Opponents of the president said they want their voices heard. “Climate change is the number one issue,” Clive resident Susan Pohl Continue reading →

Climate activists arrested blocking access to Trump fundraiser

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CT Contact: Mary Lovell at (206) 502-3949 or ed@boldiowa.com Website: www.boldiowa.com Climate activists arrested blocking access to Trump fundraiser Dressed in black and wearing Depends, sign reading “Climate Denier in the White House scare the S#*T outta you? It does us!” DES MOINES, IOWA — With a crowd of supporters holding signs and chanting, five climate activists blocked President Trump’s event at the entrance to the Ron Pearson Center on Tuesday at 5820 Westown Parkway in opposition to Continue reading →

Protesters prepare for President Trump to Iowa, call out his climate denial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Website: www.boldiowa.com Protesters prepare for President Trump to Iowa, call out his climate denial Iowans concerned as the President denies science, exacerbates climate crisis DES MOINES, IOWA — An estimated 100 people concerned about the escalating impacts of a rapidly changing climate will gather beginning at 4:00 p.m. near the Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines as supporters of President Trump arrive for Continue reading →

With so many candidates here, Cedar Rapids becomes epicenter for causes

Sioux City Journal Excerpt: Greenpeace was working with Bold Iowa, a group also fighting for climate change. “Climate has already gone from not on the radar to being the No. 1 concern of Iowa caucusgoers,” Director Ed Fallon said. “We just need to keep pushing and pushing and pushing.” Shortly after an interview, Fallon chased after New York Sen. Kristin Gillibrand to ask about her climate stance. Continue reading →