Report: 191 Million Voter Records Exposed In Database Configuration Issue

A Reditt user, Chris Vickery, has posted that they had found the addresses, date of birth, phone numbers and more for 191 million registered voters in America due to a database configuration issues .  The user has updated their Reditt post to indicate that the database is now offline.

I’m Chris Vickery. I know your phone number, address, date of birth, and more (if you’re registered to vote in the US).

I have recently downloaded voter registration records for 191 million Americans from a leaky database. I believe this is every registered voter in the entire country. To be very clear, this was not a hack.

The mysterious, insecure database is currently configured for public access. No password or other authentication is required at all. Anyone with an internet connection can grab all 300+ gigabytes.

We’re talking about first name, middle name, last name, home address, mailing address, phone number, date of birth, party affiliation, and logs of whether or not you voted in primary/general elections all the way back to 2000. I looked myself up in the Texas table. It’s accurate.

It is not known whether or not “high risk professionals” are included in this database. However, I have looked up several police officers in my city, and their data is indeed present.

I’ve been working with journalists and authorities for over a week to get this database shut down or secured. No luck so far.

CSO reports that while the database did not contain drivers license or Social Security numbers, it does contain a large amount of personal data.

The database contains a voter’s full name (first, middle, last), their home address, mailing address, a unique voter ID, state voter ID, gender, date of birth, date of registration, phone number, a yes/no field for if the number is on the national do-not-call list, political affiliation, and a detailed voting history since 2000. In addition, the database contains fields for voter prediction scores.

CSO goes on to say that much of the data is public record; however, states often charge money for the data and make those requesting the data confirm that they are using the data for political and non-commercial purposes.  With this data not being password protected, anyone could potentially gain access to in.

All voter information, except for a few elements protected by law in some states, is public record. For example, in Ohio, voter records are posted online. Other states make obtaining voter records a bit more challenging or outright expensive, but they’re still available. For the most part, voter data is restricted to non-commercial purposes.

While the data may be able to be requested by each state, unprotected data can get in the hands of people that could otherwise not qualify to get the data.  Recently, in Georgia, a more serious data handling issues occurred when over 6 million voter records that included drivers license and Social Security numbers were accidentally released to political parties by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

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State Senator to Host Forum on Education, Mental Health

Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy is hosting a public forum on education and mental health at the Des Moines Public Library on December 12.

According to McCoy and other legislators, the issues surrounding education and mental health will be major priorities for the 2016 legislative session.

McCoy’s legislative assistant, Taylor Van De Krol, told Iowa Free Press, “These will be the two main topics that will be discussed next spring at the capitol.”

Saturday’s forum will be divided into two parts, one for each topic. Along with McCoy, representatives from the Iowa Hospital Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be speaking about such matters.

Van De Krol said there will also be two senate democratic caucus staffers, “one for each part of the forum.”

McCoy, a seven-term member of the Iowa Senate, represents Senate District 21. According to his office, McCoy tries to host an annual public forum before the next legislative session “to hear input from concerned constituents and other Iowans.”

The forum will take place at DMPL located at 1326 Forest Avenue. The public is invited to attend this event, which is scheduled to start at 10:30am and end at noon.

Event organizers informed Iowa Free Press “there will be room for questions and comments if time permits for each section.”

Bill Hicks’ ‘Arizona Bay: Extended’ Is Now Available

Revolutionary comedian Bill Hicks is back with Arizona Bay: Extended, now available from Comedy Dynamics.

Bill Hicks was a strange combination of jester, philosopher and poet. Much of his material contains prophetic commentary with his incendiary insight on racial unrest, police brutality, US wars in the Middle East, celebrity culture and what he felt was a two-party system rigged in favor of corporate interests. All of these hot topics are hilariously dissected in the new, extended edition of his comedy concept album Arizona Bay.

Arizona Bay was an ambitious project that blended stand-up with musical accompaniment by Hicks and his friend Kevin Booth. Paul Outhwaite, author of One Conciousness-Bill Hicks, reports that Hicks referred to Arizona Bayas “his comedic Dark Side Of The Moon” and that it was to serve “as an all-encompassing view of America as a microcosm of the world.”

The album was built on a darkly humorous scenario envisioned by Hicks where Los Angles (“the City of Angels”), or “Hell-A” as he called it, falls in the Pacific Ocean, is flushed away and “all it will leave is Arizona Bay.” To Hicks, L.A. represented commercialism, materialism and mediocrity that was eroding away at the best humanity had to offer. “L.A. is a nightmare place,” he said.

Kevin Booth, Hicks’ co-conspirator and the album’s original producer, writes in the 1997 liner notes of Arizona Bay, “Bill had a fantasy that he would someday gather up a troop of Boy Scouts, give them crow bars, and take them to the San Andreas fault. Sometimes you have to lose a finger to save a hand.”

This version of the underground comedy classic is “much longer” than the original, according to Alyssa Gibbs of Comedy Dynamics, with material previously unheard by the masses. The music for the original album was recorded at Fossil Creek Studio in Austin, Texas from November 1992 to June 1993. This extended release, however, does not have the bluesy soundtrack that distinguishes the original. According to Gibbs, this is so the listener can “hear Arizona Bay like an audience did when it was first recorded.”

William Melvin Hicks, better known as “Bill,” came screaming into the world on December 16, 1961. After twenty years of performing stand-up comedy live on stage and for television audiences, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 32. He died on February 26, 1994. Before his death, he had recorded a wealth of material tackling various subjects, mostly under the category of “controversial.”

Hicks was the first comedian to be axed from “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The Hicks’ portion of the program did not air until many years later. For his dedication to the evolution of comedy, Hicks was admired by fellow comedians including George Carlin, Richard Pryor and John Cleese, just to name a few. Comedian Brett Butler said Hicks was “easily the best comic of my generation.”

Hicks also had a cult following among musicians as well, earning praise from Henry Rollins, Tom Waits and members of Rage Against the Machine. The band Tool was so inspired by Hicks that they recorded Ænima, an album partially inspired by Hicks’ material, most notably his “Arizona Bay” routine where the band transformed Hicks’ plea into a ritualistic chant calling for L.A. to fall in the ocean and rid the world of its evils. Hicks later opened for Tool during the 1993 Lollapalooza tour.

Comedy Dynamics, an independent comedy production and distribution company in North America, released this album so Hicks fans can “revel in his genius” once more. Arizona Bay: Extended became available on digital retailers and streaming websites on November 27.

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‘Getting Candidates on the Record’ workshop in Des Moines

Three non-profit organizations are joining forces for the “Getting Candidates on the Record” workshop in Des Moines on December 3.

Iowa activists will gather at the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting House to learn how to “bird-dog,” or lobby, presidential candidates for the political season. This effort will be hosted by the Free Press Action Team, One Iowa and the American Friends Service Committee‘s grassroots project “Governing Under the Influence.”

The workshop is set up to give members “the tools you need to push candidates to improve Internet access in Iowa, protect Net Neutrality and rein in mass government surveillance.”

Free Press is described as a group that fights to save “the free and open Internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media.”

“We believe that change happens when people have a real voice in the political process,” Free Press announced in a news release.

“To that end, we mobilize our growing base of 900,000 activists to sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, attend rallies and town-hall meetings, write letters to the editor, and take part in other targeted actions. We also craft policy proposals, conduct research, testify before Congress and argue in court for policies that serve the public interest.”

One Iowa is described as “the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization working toward full equality for LGBT individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.”

One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing told Iowa Free Press that the group is engaged in the event in order to “train people on the art and the science of bird dogging.”

“We are not there to promote any other group’s agenda or legislation. We came together with the other two groups to strengthen the training and maximize our efforts.”

The AFSC is described as “Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.” The group’s “Governing Under the Influence” project operates on the sentiment that “Large corporations wield too much political force,” calling for a “halt to ‘governing under the influence’ through a strategic education and action project.”

“We’re starting in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that get the lion’s share of attention from presidential candidates,” the AFSC announced.

According to Free Press, “Together we can ensure that anyone who ends up in the Oval Office adopts policies that protect the free and open Internet.”

The program is scheduled for 6-8pm at the DMVF Meeting House located at 4211 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Light refreshments will be served.

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Forum on America’s Global Leadership to be hosted in Des Moines

The Forum on America’s Global Leadership is meeting to discuss “What’s At Stake in 2016?” in Des Moines on November 23.

Sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition based in Washington D.C., the forum is seeking answers to difficult but important questions at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Local and national leaders in politics, business, military and charitable organizations will partake in Monday’s discussion regarding “international affairs, their impact, and the role of the 2016 presidential race.”

The luncheon will open up discussions about burning issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis, America’s role in international affairs and China’s role in the global economy, which is “increasingly assertive” according to a USGLC news release. This occasion will feature guests Senator Joni Ernst, Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. General Daniel Christman and Chief Political Correspondent David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Iowa International Center reports that “voters know that events abroad profoundly affect us here at home.”

The USGLC describes itself as a non-profit “broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.”

The USGLC’s advocacy arm, Center for U.S. Global Leadership, was founded twenty years ago to bring together public servants, businesses and NGOs “who share a commitment to advocating for a robust U.S. International Affairs Budget,” a component of the Federal Budget allotted to “global economic, diplomatic, and humanitarian initiatives.”

According to the USGLC, “The International Affairs Budget provides America with the fundamental tools to meet the global challenges of the 21st century and is critical to ensuring our national security, building economic prosperity, and strengthening humanitarian values.”

The Honorary Co-Chairs of Iowa’s USGLC Advisory Committee include Senator Tom Harkin, Casey’s General Stores Inc. Chairman/CEO Bob Myers and US Representatives Leonard Boswell and Tom Latham.

The Washington Post notes that due to the non-profit group’s self-described “non-partisan” stature, the group’s members often make for “strange bedfellows.”

The expo and registration period is schedule for 11am and lunch is slated for 12-1:30pm at the Des Moines Marriott hotel downtown, located at 700 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

Folk Singer Will Channel Labor Martyr Joe Hill in Cedar Rapids

Grammy-nominated folk singer John McCutcheon will perform in the one-man musical “Joe Hill’s Last Will” at the CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids on November 21.

The stage show celebrates the legacy of Swedish-born songwriter and union activist Joe Hill, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.  Historian Philip S. Foner referred to him as “The I.W.W.’s most accomplished, most famous and most prolific songwriter” and was heralded as a “genius for satire” by the authors of Solidarity Forever, an oral history of the I.W.W.

November 19 marked the 100-year anniversary of Hill’s execution by the state of Utah. Written by songwriter and activist Si Kahn, the play is set in a Salt Lake City jail cell during Hill’s final hours after being convicted of a crime many people say he did not commit. As a result of the verdict, he was killed by a firing squad. Before he died, it was reported that his final words were “Don’t mourn, organize!”

Many of Hill’s supporters believe Hill was framed-up on criminal charges due to his union activities, which were controversial at that time. At the height of the First Red Scare (1919-1920), many I.W.W. members were jailed, beaten or killed by authorities and vigilantes. Hill, however, has become a kind of folk hero in the labor movement.

Before he died, he contributed several songs to his union’s “Little Red Song Book,” including “The Preacher and the Slave,” “The Tramp” and “We Will Sing One Song.” The play’s title comes from Hill’s song of the same name.

As the show’s star, McCutcheon has 37 recordings to his credit and has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards. He first performed the role for a 2011 stage production in Sebastopol, California. To commemorate the centenary of Hill’s death, McCutcheon has released an album of the songs that helped make Hill a legend after his death.

“Joe Hill’s Last Will” will be presented at the landmark CSPS Hall in downtown Cedar Rapids by the non-profit Legion Arts, which is described as being “dedicated to the creation, presentation, understanding and impact of contemporary art.” The show starts at 8pm.

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Benefit for Jimi Strychnine: Lefty’s Hosts Fundraiser for Friend in Need

Lefty’s Live Music is hosting a fundraiser for Jimi “Strychnine” Scribner in Des Moines on November 21.

Scribner served as the head chef at the House of Bricks performance venue in Des Moines and has worked there as a sound technician. Throughout the years he befriended many walks of life and has since become “a genuine staple in the Des Moines music scene,” to quote Cityview columnist Chad Taylor.

After Scribner was diagnosed with cancer, the same people he befriended and supported over the years decided to return the favor and help their friend. With it came an outpouring of emotional and financial support.

Lefty’s owner Anne Mathey said she has known Scribner for over ten years. She was the bar manager at the House of Bricks until the venue closed and turned into Streetcar 209, a fulltime restaurant without a performance space. In February of this year, she opened Lefty’s in the Drake University neighborhood.

“He’s not been working through chemo and radiation therapy,” Mathey told Iowa Free Press in a November 20 statement, “and though he would never ask, we knew he could use a little help.”

Mathey started a GoFundMe fundraising campaign called “Jimi Strychnine’s Livin’ Fund,” which has raised over $1,765 as of November 20. It wasn’t long before the idea of a benefit concert came into being.

The crew at Lefty’s, a 350 capacity concert hall located at 2307 University Avenue in Des Moines, answered the call.

“It all came together because a lot of musicians and basically all my staff here know and love Jimi and wanted to help,” Mathey said.

The bands playing at Saturday’s benefit include: Madam Jules, Stutterin Jimmy and the Goosebumps, Reeferseed Express, Marcato, Calous, Goathill and As for You.

“We’ll have a silent auction and raffle including a couple guitars, art from local artists, gift certificates from local businesses,” according to Mathey.

Tickets are not sold out yet but they are going quick.

“None of us have the means to entirely take care of our friend,” Mathey said, “but when we get together as a scene and a family, we can move mountains!”

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The Fourth Estate and the American political debates of 2015

As I sit here we are closing in on seventy days until the Iowa Caucus. In Iowa the Green and Libertarian Parties are not quite yet official political parties. Therefore they are currently Non-Party Political Organizations in this state. Therefore Libertarians decide if they want to swallow their pride and switch parties for a day to support someone named Paul. Greens get to decide if they want to swallow their pride and switch parties for a day to support a Democratic Socialist that also happens to be a career politician. From my experience I find Iowa to be dominated by Independents that are willing to support someone from a party other than the one that they may currently have marked on their voter registration card. Either way with a relatively short window before the big gangs hold their events you would think that the fourth estate would be strong in Iowa. Let us take a look at where we stand. After all, our motto is still Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain, right?

Let us start with the big blue gang. The Democratic Party just had its second debate right here in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University. As of press time they feature three candidates currently in their debates. Most people have heard these three names by now whether they wanted to or not, of course, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley. There are two curious omissions from the Democratic Debates that are still technically running. These two people are arguably 4th and 5th in position for the Democratic nomination. Respectively they are Willie Wilson and Lloyd Kelso. Willie Wilson and Lloyd Kelso will get a chance to debate in the Democratic Liberty Caucus debates. One of these debates is set for Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. The venue is not currently set. All of the above candidates not named Clinton have openly expressed dismay at the debate process for the 2016 election. Martin O’Malley’s campaign loudly protested the rules, and said that it may seek to set up debates outside of the auspices of the party. (The party has threatened to exclude candidates who participate in unsanctioned events.) Senator Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying he was “disappointed, but not surprised,” by the schedule. Both Dr. Willie Wilson and Lloyd Kelso have expressed similar sentiments. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I noticed the name of the Hearst Corporation flash across the screen before the Drake University debate. The Hearst family is involved in the ownership and management of the corporation to this day. The former pater familias, William Randolph Hearst used the power of his newspaper chain to editorialize for the passage of the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act in the 1930’s.

I could talk about yellow journalism all day but let us move on to the big red gang. The Republican Party is on the way to their fifth debate. As of the minute the field has been narrowed down to eight candidates that were allowed to debate prime time. The candidates, in order of airtime in the last debate, were Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich. The most notable omissions from the big red machine this prime time were Mike Huckabee, and Chris Christie. The sixth debate, and the first debate of the year 2016, will be held right in my home city of Des Moines, Iowa, which holds the first caucuses, and will be the second debate to air on Fox News. As in Fox’s first debate, the moderators are set to be Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace.  Iwould be remiss if I didn’t mention that Fox News has a parent company, the Rupert Murdoch controlled News Corporation, that had as recently as 2015, as its second largest shareholder Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Prince Alwaleed’s uncle, former King Abdullah, ruled Saudi Arabia under Sharia law.

I could talk about yellow journalism all day but let us move on to the third largest party currently in the USA. The candidates currently vying for the Libertarian Party Nomination, in the order listed on the parties official website are, Marc Allen Feldman, John Hale, Cecil Ince, Steve Kerbel, Darryl Perry, and Austin Petersen. No candidates are endorsed by the party, nor will be, until delegates select the party’s nominee at the LP national convention on May 26-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. If you are not a Libertarian you have no idea if they have any debates scheduled. I am a Libertarian and I have no idea if they have any debates scheduled. In June of this year The Libertarian Party joined Level the Playing Field, the successor group to Americans Elect, and the Green Party to file a lawsuit aimed at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), a Democratic- and Republican-run agency that sets rules designed to exclude third parties and independents from presidential debates. The lawsuit is filed against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which is also run by Democrats and Republicans and which refuses to enforce laws that the CPD is blatantly violating. The Libertarian Party believes that “Any candidate eligible for the Presidency and on enough ballots to be elected should be on the debate stage. Anything else is unfair and perpetrates a fraud on the American voter.  This lawsuit is just one way we are calling out this sham and fighting for all Americans to hear from all of the candidates for President.”

This brings us to the current fourth largest party in the USA. Can you guess which one it is? It is the Green Party. It is expected that the Green Party will nominate Jill Stein for the second national election in a row. Their official website lists Cynthia McKinney as a potential contender. It is worth noting that The Green Party does not accept donations from corporations, political action committees (PACs), 527(c) organizations or soft money. The party’s platforms and rhetoric harshly criticize any corporate influence and control over government, media, and society at large.

There is no rule saying that people vying for President have to announce their intentions light-years before the election. The main road block to a historical victory would be ballot access. If you are not the nominee for a recognized party you have a lot of Federal Reserve Notes to spend and/or signatures to collect to get on the ballot in enough states to be mathematically eligible to win the Electoral College and thereby the Presidency or Vice Presidency of these United States of America. Both Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, the nominations for the Green and Libertarian parties in 2012 achieved ballot access sufficient to be mathematically eligible to win the office in our most recent Presidential election. In fact, Johnson finished with over 1.2 million votes, an all-time Libertarian Party record in terms of raw total. The most notable wildcards as of today would arguably be John David McAfee and Jesse Ventura. John McAfee is running for President under the Cyber Party ticket. He has told the media that his candidacy is driven less by any long held desire to become President, and more by a calling to protect the U.S. against cyber threats. Jesse Ventura has been talking about running for President since Wrestlemania XX. Jesse Ventura is one of five independents to govern an American state since the year 2000. If you have access to a public library you can do an internet search for any of the names mentioned in this piece and you will find plenty of biased and some unbiased information on these people. I highly recommend doing it for yourself. If whomever winds up taking the oath when the smoke clears after election day needs any extra sense of urgency as to the direction of this country both Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan have announced interest in running for the office in 2020.

Burke said that there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate, more important far than they all.
 Thomas Carlyle

Marco Battaglia writes for the Iowa Free Press and is a proud member of The Fourth Estate

‘Psychedelic Siren’: Crusin’ with Max Allan Collins and The Daybreakers

“There’s a psychedelic siren, wailing in the night.” These words signaled the arrival of underground legends Crusin’ and their unique brand of 1960s rock n’ roll that first rocked Eastern Iowa nearly 50 years ago.

Crusin’s lead singer and keyboardist Max Allan Collins is better known to fans as a prolific author of novels, short stories and comic books. The Muscatine-born scribe studied at the University of Iowa’s prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Since then he has penned bestsellers in the genres of mystery and crime, including the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Road to Perdition, which was later adapted as a 2002 Hollywood blockbuster.

During his teenage years, Collins stumbled onto the two passions that would stay with him for the rest of his life: literature and music. He discovered the works of hardboiled fiction writers like Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Mickey Spillane, whom Collins would later befriend and was anointed his literary heir. Around this time he discovered the music of New York crooner Bobby Darin.

“I liked Darin from ‘Splish Splash’ on,” Collins told a journalist in 1999, “though it was ‘Mack the Knife’ that hooked me—I saw a live performance on TV, and Darin’s brash bravado, attached to this grisly crime story in song, captured my imagination. My obsession with him began in the sixth grade.”

Collins’ formed The Daybreakers in the spring of 1966 when he was still a student at Muscatine High School. His father, the late Max Allan Collins Sr., was a music teacher at Muscatine High and was instrumental in helping his son start his first band. Local guitar teacher George Dunker also aided Collins’ efforts by introducing him to his future bandmates: lead guitarist Mike Bridges, rhythm guitarist Denny Maxwell, drummer Buddy Busch and bassist Chuck Bunn.

The combo practiced in the Collins’ family basement and would eventually be recognized as talents on par with other popular acts in the area. The Muscatine Journal reports that the band members “outshined 30 competitors from all over the Midwest, including Minneapolis and Chicago, winning the Carnival of Bands competition at the Col Ballroom in Davenport.”

The group’s first nationally released single, “Psychedelic Siren,” became a hit on the now defunct radio station KSTT in Davenport during the December of 1967. With continuous airplay, the song, and the group, became a local sensation. The song was distinguished by its raw energy and Collins’ snarling vocal delivery that reinforced the power of his lyrics, capturing a moment in time that redefined the conventions of popular music.

After some of the members left The Daybreakers in 1972, the group evolved over time and took on different names, such as Rox, The Ones and finally settled on Crusin’ in the mid-70s. They have been described by Collins as “a retro band with a 60s slant.” They are still considered by many to be among the first ’60s revival bands to emerge from the Hawkeye State, where they have played on and off for four decades.

In addition to music and literature, Collins entered the world of film when he wrote and directed the feature films “Mommy” and “Mommy’s Day,” both of which serve as unofficial sequels to the 1956 cult classic “The Bad Seed.” Crusin’ contributed songs to the soundtracks of both films. Occasionally Collins plays with his side project Seduction of the Innocent.

Collins explained why he decided to focus more on writing instead of dedicating his energy to music in a profile by January Magazine:

“I’ve spent lots of time playing rock ‘n’ roll, and have had a little success. There have been periods where I made a living from it, which defines success in that arena, but it really is just a footnote to my writing career. I might have been able to make it as a performer and songwriter, but I would have had to focus all my time and talent and energy on that. I think I chose wisely, in turning to fiction.”

The Daybreakers were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on August 30, 2008 in Arnold’s Park, Iowa. The original members reunited for the induction ceremony and played their first set in decades, including the song that made them famous (perhaps infamous), “Psychedelic Siren.”

The current line-up includes Collins, drummer Steve Kundel, guitarist Jim Van Winkle and bassist Brian Van Winkle. They are limiting their personal appearances due to the rigorous schedule that comes with it.

The band’s recordings, under assorted names, are sought after by collectors, music aficionados and fans alike. And if fans play their cards right, they might be able to see Crusin’ kick out the jams live onstage at an unsuspecting venue near them.

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‘Mission Possible’ fundraiser in January to help fight human trafficking

The “Mission Possible” fundraiser on January 28 will contribute to the goal of ending human trafficking in the Quad Cities, according to event organizers.

The Davenport non-profit group Braking Traffik and the Quad Cities Lodging Association are teaming up to continue the fight in eradicating human trafficking, one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world.

“January 28 will be a combination of fun, food, drinks, and a silent auction, partnered with a program about the serious issue of human trafficking and a message from a human trafficking survivor,” Braking Traffik Executive Director Cathy O’Keeffe writes in a statement to Iowa Free Press.

Braking Traffik is a group whose mission is “to support and enable the discovery of and response to incidents of sex trafficking through a victim-centered, multidisciplinary, and collaborative community effort in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois.”

According to O’Keeffe, both groups are using the event as “an opportunity to further engage and educate our local hotels and hospitality industry.”

The QCLA, based in Moline, Illinois, works with the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau to “identify, solicit, and fund events that economically benefits its members and the Quad Cities area.”

“When the Quad Cities Lodging Association wanted to initiate a fundraiser, they also wanted to partner with another local charity,” QCLA Gala Committee member Jessica Waytenick told Iowa Free Press. “Braking Traffik was a natural fit to grow awareness of human trafficking within the local hospitality community and local residents.”

More information about the event, including ticket prices and their availability, will be announced in the near future.

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