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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Things Going Round & Round: Friends, until TouchPlay broke them apart

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Y'all know this is poll tested, right? (Story on Nussle losing supporter after advocating pulling plug on TouchPlay) There is no way a savvy pol would toss out
that much campaign cash if TouchPlay didn't move numbers.

And given the new political soup, big campaign checks attached to a controversial issue might make for a rough ride in the polls.

Nussle's actually not giving up much; the money is replaceable a steep dive in poll numbers attributed to an issue, which a core group of Nussle supporters care about, is not.

DrewMiller.net: Donation Madness

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Blouin's hitting Culver over donations from Scott Ginsburg, State 29 is hitting Blouin for donations from Bernard Schwartz, and I've been informed that PETA is joining Ed Fallon in bashing Judge over donations from big Agribusiness.

Is anyone other than No Nussle applying the same scrutiny to Nussle's fundraising? Vander Plaats' is of course so ridiculous that it almost seems pointless to pick on any particular donor.

Daily Davenport Politics: regulating political money

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The feds are big into trying to regulate money in politics. They put limits on individual contributions so we ended up with PACs, which may have just made matters worse. They tried further regulation of candidate and political party monies and that spawned 527 organizations, which probably did make matters worse.

The fact is that it's like hackers and 'net security pros; it's an on-going war of block, end-run, counter-attack. There is simply too much at stake. Money will find a way.

So today we find feds running for cover about Abramoff. And we have finger-pointing about some of our gubernatorial contributors.

Monday, January 30, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Gubernatorial candidates not well known

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The only poll that really means anything at this point. Joe and Jane
Average Primary Voter don't know who any of these guys and gal are. Which
means, four months out, that it's still pretty much anyone's ball game.

Is this a sign that people are just not tuned in, or a sign of a weak field? Judge and Culver have run statewide in two generals, Vander Plaats ran statewide in a primary, and Nussle has represented nearly a third of the state in the three versions of his district. Blouin's been out of office a long time but was in the headlines off and on as a state department head.

Only Fallon and the Lesser Knowns have an excuse to be Lesser Known.

Hawkeye Republican: RACING TO IOWA: Folks who Have Begun the Politicking

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently compiled a list of the folks who have begun the politicking for '08.

In the Republican corner, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee leads with six visits. Mitt Romney (Massachusetts governor), Sam Brownback (Kansas senator) and George Pataki (New York governor) have toured the corn four times each.

Newt and Tom Tancredo (Colorado congressman) have rolled through three times, while Mr. "Roboto" Frist and neighbor Chuck Hagel (Nebraska senator) have only dropped in once.

Blog for Iowa: YOU Can Bring Air America Radio to Iowa!

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Air America Radio is coming to Iowa! Well, that is, if you follow this easy recipe. There are just a few ingredients you need to bring progressive talk radio to your town and your local station.

Why let Rush Limbaugh have the last (or only) word on everything? Davenport was the first in Iowa to pick up Air America at WKBF-AM 1270 – and the popular liberal talk-radio format is working for them, so why not have Air America Radio all across Iowa?

Friday, January 27, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Alito and Grassley: Well it's too late baby, now it's too late:

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Just as I predicted, my in box is now filling up with sincere folks invoking us to Call Now To Stop Alito. Some bright bulb on the ICProgressive listserv tell us: "there is also much talk that Judge Alito will not uphold women's rights either." Gee, ya think? Becky Sharp retorts to this message concisely: "It's a little bit late to be doing this."

IOWA Voice: Basu: Iowa City Shouldn't Allow Wal-Mart To Expand

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More nuttiness from Reka Basu at the Des Moines Register

Blog for Iowa: FALLON: Patty Judge Fundraising "Legal, but not Ethical"

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State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Ed Fallon (D-Des Moines) held a press conference at the Capitol this afternoon (Thursday) to discuss how Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge's campaign finance disclosure reports show the need for a Clean Elections Law in Iowa. "Patty's report, quite frankly, troubles me quite a bit," Fallon said. "All across Iowa, family farmers and rural residents are deeply concerned about the growing power of corporate hog confinement operators. It's disturbing to see such a large amount of money coming from these groups to one candidate."

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Iowa for Feingold: Russ For President Meetups!

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I copied this from RussForPresident.com. They have started organizing meetups across the country to support Sen. Feingold.

If there is a group near your, please look into attending. If there isn't a group near you, then maybe you could start one!

I might make the 4 hour trip from Iowa to Madison on the 19th to attend. Here is the info from them...

PATRIOT SKULL FACE: New Feingold Blog

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Iowa for Feingold: "Why Russ Feingold for President in 2008? Because he's
fighting for us!

Russ Feingold understands what he believes, and he acts on his knowledge and intuition. His past proves that he is willing and able to stand up and fight for the average American."I'm a Russ Feingold supporter. I've been for quite some time now. I've wanted him to run for President since he was the lone vote cast against the USAPATRIOT Act.

Beyond that, he's been a champion of civil liberties, progressive foreign policies, fiscal responsibility, clean elections, and he also hails from another upper midwestern state.

National Journal's Hotline Blog: The Futures Market: Iowa

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Some GOP sources suggest that '06 may be tough for the party.


Dems are excited by the prospects afforded to them by the nat'l landscape and
seem poised to re-take the state legislature, where they currently face a tied Sen and a 2-seat deficit in the House.

Re-taking the legislature would create a new crop of rising stars for Dems, but each party has its share of 20-somethings who we may be following in 5, 10 or 15 years.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Iowa City and Wal-Mart? Separate these strange bedfellows

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The Register's Rekha Basu weighs in on the Iowa City stop Walmart fight:

A Wal-Mart Supercenter flies in the face of at least two fundamental Iowa City values: its small-business, pedestrian-friendly character and its social conscience...

Clearly she hasn't tried shopping downtown in the post-Coral Ridge era. Still, the state-wide publicity escalates things a notch.

DrewMiller.net: Grassley and the Lobbyists: A Tale In Two Parts

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First part: Grassley helps put together some good changes in Medicare
reimbursements. He gets props from some liberals. Not me though, because I
saw the second part coming.

Second part: Grassley totally drops all the good stuff in conference, in essence making a $22 billion sweetheart deal with HMO lobbyists.

And for all those people trying to say that corruption isn't just a Republican issue, you ought to know that Democrats were completely cut out of the conference committee.

demiowa: Kudos to the Iowa Senate Dems

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For the first I can remember, the Senate Dems sent out an email
advertising a candidate. Staci Appel for Sen 37.

I hope this is the first of many advertising emails they send out. (By the way, she has raised $70,000 in about 6 months. That is some serious dough.)

Also I notice for the first time they have scheduled town hall meetings listed. Sen Dvorsky should be congratulated for having them scheduled through April. Easily accessible schedules and prominent advertising of candidates. What party websites should provide.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Nussle wants to subsidize parochial school

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Nussle wants to subsidize parochial school.

"Nussle would expand the current $250 tax credit for parents who send their kids to a private school to $1,500...So, does that money come out of the PUBLIC education budget?

Looks like Nussle is hustling for the Dubuque vote; I don't have the latest stats but as of the 1990 census, Dubuque had the highest percentage of students enrolled in parochial school in the whole country - nearly 40%.

Iowa Voice: Not Good Policy At All

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How in the world this reporter can sit there and say this is good politics, or even good policy, is beyond me: A "C" average and you'll get free college tuition? Can you say "Budget Buster"?

There's no way the State of Iowa can afford this. And if we're going to set a standard, shouldn't we set it a little higher than a "C"?

I'd also be interested in knowing if there's a limit on how many years they can go to college, and to what other degree we'll be paying their way. I've known a few people in my life that I would have to call "career college students".

WashingtoPost.com's Politics Blog: The Fix: An Iowa Boost for Bayh

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Who said good policy doesn't -- sometimes -- make for good politics?

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who is "considering" (wink, wink) a presidential bid in 2008, got a very nice boost Monday when a group of Iowa state legislators introduced an education plan based on the "21st Century Scholars" program Bayh shepherded to passage during his tenure as Indiana governor.

Introduced by state Rep. Janet Petersen (D) and state Sen. Jeff Danielson (D), the plan would ask 7th and 8th grade students either living below the poverty line or in foster homes to sign a pledge vowing to remain crime, drug and tobacco free, and maintain a "C" average throughout high school.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Iowa Voice: Right Of Center Bloggers Select Favorite And Least Favorite Choices For President In 2008

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Last week, John Hawkins sent out a poll for right-of-center bloggers to
send in:a ranked list 1-5 of the candidates that they would most like to
take the Republican nomination for President in 2008 and the 1-5
candidates they'd least like to see as the Republican nominee in 2008. He
has the results up this morning here. I participated. Here were my
choices: My top five would be:

1) Newt Gingrich
2) Condi (although she's not going to run)
3) George Allen
4) Mitt Romney
5) Jeb Bush

demiowa: Inside the beltway vs Outside the beltway

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Yesterday's financial disclosures really makes me wonder why the
establishment in Des Moines seems to be so at odds with the rest of the
state of Iowa.

Culver clearly has that huge name ID which has helped him raise money by the bushel, but why does DM hate him? (Is it envy? Is it personal? Is it something so secret that it will show up as a plot line on Desparate Housewives?) I am not the biggest Culver fan.

I think he milks his name and thinks he is entitled to the Governorship. However, being practical, if he can continue to raise the coin, he is our best bet
agan.

Blog for Iowa: Tobacco, Beer and Pay Day Loans Finance Iowa Conservative PAC

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The Des Moines Register

According to House Speaker Christopher Rants, the Iowa Leadership Council
is "organized to promote conservative principles in Iowa."

By JANE NORMAN

Washington, D.C. - A new conservative political organization has sprouted
up in Iowa, financed with corporate contributions from tobacco firms, a
giant beer manufacturer and the management company of payday lender
LoanMax, according to records on file with the Internal Revenue Service."

Friday, January 20, 2006

Daily Davenport Politics: Trust us

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The implimentation of HAVA in Iowa continues. Based on a report I'm
reading, "eighteen counties have ordered DRE machines".

DRE machines are Direct Recording Electronic, that is, a touch screen like a bank ATM or something similar; no paper. "None of these counties ordered DREs with a verified voter paper audit trail (VVPAT)"

...they were allowed to purchase voting machines that can't be audited??? Have we learned nothing? Thank goodness Scott county isn't one of the 18.

DrewMiller.net: Saw Culver; Seeing Blouin

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I saw Chet Culver at an event last Friday. Great food, terrible colors. -
green and yellow, yuck. I'm sure John Deeth would disagree though.

Culver's gotten better at the stump, but he still looks lost at times. I
have a sneaking suspicion that he is actually a big introvert. The most
newsworthy thing he said was that he plans to raise the minimum wage to $7
and tie it to inflation.

While the cynical pol in me says that tying to inflation will keep it from being a winning issue 10 years down the road, the human being in me loves the idea.

PATRIOT SKULL FACE: WSJ.com: More Zogby polls

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WSJ.com Well, Zogby/WSJ has released more polling results. I'm still not
totally sure what to think of them, and I'll reserve judgement till there
is a way to measure them against acutal results. Here's what is released:

MOE +/- 4/1%
Nussle (R) - 43.5%
Culver (D) - 43.2%

Culver (D) - 44%
Vander Platts (R) - 42.3%

Nussle (R) - 41.4%
Blouin (D) - 41.1%

More statistical dead heats.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Political Forecast: IA-Gov: More on the Miller endorsement

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This Radio Iowa piece, for what it is worth, adds a bit more dimension to
the Blouin endorsement beyond their 44-year friendship: "Miller says Blouin
appeals to "people in the middle" and he says those kind of candidates
always fare best on election day.

Miller lost his own bid for governor, losing the 1992 Democratic primary partly due to his pro-life stand. Blouin, too, has been dogged by what critics call his "anti-choice" views. Miller says Blouin is "on his way" to dealing with the issue.

Blog for Iowa: Iowa Caucus Results Look Good for Fallon

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State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Ed Fallon (D-Des Moines)
announced during a Wednesday afternoon press conference that he expects to
send over 1,300 delegates to county party conventions on March 4 and 11.

"These results are very encouraging," Fallon said. "For caucuses, we were
able to have an organizational presence in over 500 precincts, and 408
Iowans came forward to be precinct captains.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Tom Miller endorses Blouin

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And the steamroller rolls on. Those with long memories know that Tom
Miller was the anti-choice candidate in 1990, and though he had a
"conversion" in `94 when he got his old job back, it seems he hasn't
converted too darn much.

The thing I hear from Blouin supporters is "he's smart" followed by a beat in which one is supposed to hear an unspoken "and Culver is dumb."

If Blouin were really smart, he'd start using the word "veto" in public.And even if he does, that won't get me for the primary. I don't want a candidate who says "I'm pro life but." I want a candidate who says "I'm pro choice."

Iowa Voice: Attack Ads Wrong On Nussle

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I just read some things by a liberal attack group that has been passing
around some disinformation on Nussle's campaign.

To hear these people report it, the budget cuts that went through Congress were targeted on the poor, the sick, the elderly, and students. I've looked at those "cuts", and they are anything but.

Anyway, here are the leading "myths" being reported by the AFSCME attack ads, and the rebuttal by the Nussle campaign:

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

DrewMiller.net: Liveblogging The Caucus

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My caucus is in a location with wireless, so I'll just go ahead and
liveblog the thing. I imagine most of my readers will be at their caucuses
anyway, though.

Diary of a political madman: Near-live caucus blogging

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Ok, since Drew, Chris and John all are doing it too, I'm not going to bore
you too much with details from my caucus.

But I will tell you this. I'm tremendously optimistic for the future. We had 14 attendees at my caucus tonight. We passed seven resolutions, including universal health care, election finance reform, renewable energy, civil unions, etc. Only somewhat exciting stuff.

Blog for Iowa: Homelessness on the Rise in Iowa, Families Affected Most

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Just over 21,000 Iowans were homeless during 2005, an increase of 2,688
people since 1999. Families with children now make up the majority of all
homeless households in Iowa.

In Polk County, which had the largest homeless population, about 6,000 Iowans were living in shelters, transitional housing, on the streets or in other places not designed for human habitation.

Click here to read the Full Report

Friday, January 13, 2006

PATRIOT SKULL FACE: Rasmussen: Looking bad for Fallon

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Rasmussen has new poll numbers out for Iowa. Let's take a look, shall we:

Jim Nussle (R) 40%
Chet Culver (D) 40%

Jim Nussle (R) 39%
Michael Blouin (D) 34%

Jim Nussle (R) 40%
Patty Judge (D) 36%

Jim Nussle (R) 42%
Ed Fallon (D) 27%

John Deeth Blog: Register and Rivals See Through Blouin

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Tom Beaumont, the Register's REAL political reporter, artfully cuts through the crap without violating the objective paradigm.

The other candidates aid this task. Blouin said he would name a Cabinet-level director of women's and children's health issues and double spending for smoking prevention if he is elected.

Blouin, the former state economic development director, also said he would promote universal access to prenatal care.

DrewMiller.net: Tom Latham - No Friend of Education

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Despite having a major University and plenty of smaller colleges and community colleges in his congressional district, Tom Latham has proven to be horrible on education.

He voted for Jim Nussle's recent monstrosity of half a budget bill, which cut student loans while failing to cut subsidies to big lenders.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Iowa Voice: Americans For Rice

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Anywhooooo....this was in the mail today: Dear Brian, I like your website,
Iowavoice.com. It was interesting to see a wide range of issues being
discussed and posted.

Would you be interested in coming to a public event held on Sunday at the Quality Inn downtown Des Moines to listen to the Americans for Dr. Rice members? We have Room 208 for a public meeting starting at 2pm. Therewill be tshirts and bumper stickers and information for the public.

Iowa Voice: For Once, I Agree With Biden

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Shocking, I know, but I'm going to agree with Senator Biden on this one: Supreme Court nominees are so mum about the major legal issues at their Senate confirmation hearings that the hearings serve little purpose and should probably be abandoned, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden said Thursday.

"The system's kind of broken," said Biden, a member of the Judiciary Committee considering the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito.

Mainstream Iowan: Iowa Governor Vilsack Punishes His Base

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This time Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has done it. Not only does Vilsack NOT
DESERVE TO BE PRESIDENT, Iowans will start wishing Jim Ross Lightfoot was
governor.

His new soak Iowans with taxes scheming is not directed at the rich, or greedy corporations. Vilsack now wants to soak beer drinkers with new taxes: college students, the working class, sports lovers and fans, Germans and even Lutherans by increasing taxes on the Lutheran beverage of choice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

STATE 29: Vilsack's Alternative "Condition Of The State"

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An alternative "Condition Of The State" address to the Iowa Legislature by
Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack:

Hello everybody. Sorry I'm late. Had to fill up the new Yukon with E85 and we had a real bitch of a time finding a pump.

Wait a second, I just got a message on one of my two Blackberrys. If you thought I was bad with email a few years ago, you've got to believe when I say I'm all thumbs with a Blackberry.

InMuscatine: Can It Be Any More Obvious?

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"And as he weighs a presidential run, Vilsack's read of the national temperament apparently suggests the best hope for a Democratic candidate is on the conservative side.

He almost could have been George Bush as he praised National Guard troops for making us safer and from the podium introduced a Guard member injured in Iraq and his wife.

But at least Vilsack did more than just praise their sacrifice. He introduced a plan to pay $10,000 to veterans seriously injured in combat."

Blog for Iowa: Joyce Schulte to Announce for Congress, 5th District, on

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Blog for Iowa Proudly Adds the Indomitable Joyce Schulte to our Candidate
Watch List.

Joyce Schulte will announce her candidacy to be Iowa's next
Congressperson from Iowa's 5th Congressional District, Saturday, January
14, in a six-stop tour of the district.

Schulte will address a different issue of concern to Iowans and the American people at each stop. Schulte talks about why she is running.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Iowa Voice: Most MSM Polls Are Bogus

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If you read any amount of news per day, you no doubt have seen this poll,
or a similar one like it here. Basically, they're showing that Republicans
are doomed in the November election.

But two bloggers have written to
expose how these polls, as I have always said, are skewed.

InMuscatine: When is News not News?

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Why, when it damages the Des Moines Register's golden boy, Tom Harkin!

"Sen. Tom Harkin ranked No. 10 among Democrats in campaign contributions
from lobbyist Jack Abramoff and/or the Indian tribes that Abramoff
represented, according to USA Today and the Center for Responsive
Politics.

No Republicans from Iowa made their party's top 10 list,
although Sen. Charles Grassley, Rep. Jim Nussle and Rep. Tom Latham all
accepted contributions from Abramoff and/or tribes."

DrewMiller.net: Abramoff, Dean, and Iowa

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As you know, I am a big Howard Dean fanboy. I've sort of taken it on as my
duty to defend him amongst Iowa blogs, so I have to respond to this
ridiculous State 29 attack.

State quotes a paraphrase of Dean in the New York Times:

The Democratic national chairman, Howard Dean, said that there was no
evidence that Mr. Abramoff had directly given money to any Democrats,
though some took contributions from Indian tribes associated with the
lobbyist.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Patriot Skull Face: Nussle and the '08ers

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Hotline On Call: Another presidential money chase item: here's what we can tell you about WH '08 GOPers and their contributions to Rep. Jim Nussle's (R) IA GOV campaign. Nussle's report is not public until 1/19.

Patriot Skull Face: Grassley won't return $62,000 in Abramhoff donations

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So why won't Grassley return, or donate to a worthy cause, the $2,000 that he directly recieved from a lobbyist who most surely will be convicted of bribing public officials, not to mention the $12,000 from tribes? In fact, the AP has tracked $62,000 in Abramhoff money to Grassley.

John Deeth Blog: John Edwards in Iowa City Feb. 25

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News flash from the Johnson County Central Committee meeting: John Edwards in Iowa City Saturday, Feb. 25, at noon. Interesting... wonder whe HE'S coming to IOWA?

DrewMiller.net: Maybe We Shouldn't Have the Caucus

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And by "we," I really mean "Republicans." This is at least the fourth time I've seen crap like this. I saw the same for John Roberts, although curiously not for Myers; I guess not everyone deserves an "up-or-down vote." If House or Senate Democrats ever start doing this, I hope they take away the caucus for good.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Iowa Voice: Will Newt Run In 2008?

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I've been wondering about this for some time, and I thought I'd throw this
out there for discussion. Will Newt run for President in 2008? Would you
like to see him run? Would you like to see him win?

I won't comment just yet, so as not to skew the discussion, but I will remind you of this post from some time ago, and compare it to a speech Newt gave
yesterday.

Regardless of who we nominate, we need to get the Republican
Party back to where it used to be and what it used to stand for.

InMuscatine: Pro-Alito campaign comes to Iowa

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"In addition, Roberts said he hopes U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, will not
only support a vote for Alito but also try to thwart any Democratic
filibuster attempt.

A spokesperson for Harkin, Maureen Knightly, responded
Tuesday by saying that the senator plans to 'listen attentively' to the
hearings and expects to ask for a meeting with the judge"

Harkin? Support a Republican?

DrewMiller.net: Caucuses and Preference Groups

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It should be no surprise that the Iowa Democratic Party has been meeting
with all the candidates for Governor, trying to run things in a way that
isn't too upsetting for any of them - trying to ford the river without any
of their oxen dying, if you will.

One such controversy is the idea of having "preference groups" at the January 16th caucuses (contact your county chair to find out where yours is).

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Iowa Voice: Blogger's Convention

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Jim at bRight & Early is working on setting up a possible blogger convention:
The concept is a conference for right of center bloggers. At this point
I'm looking for any and all suggestions, ideas, criticisms, critiques, and
good old fashioned brain-storming. But first let me lay out what I have in
mind.

IN A WORD: Liberal Media Bias, What Liberal Media Bias?

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Today's New York Times' headline concerning the breaking news regarding
the scandal surrounding lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, was this little gem: "GOP
Lobbyist Pleads Guilty In Deal With Prosecutors." Clearly, the headline
implies that Abramoff was a predominately Republican backer. Oh, but wait
here are a list of some of his other "clients:"

Thomas A. Daschle (former D-S.D.)
Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.)
Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Blog for Iowa: Dr. Susan Wood to Speak in Des Moines on Thursday, Jan. 5

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Wood to Speak on Women's Health, Emergency Contraception and the FDA: Dr.
Wood resigned on August 31, 2005, from the FDA in protest over continued
delays in approving over-the-counter status for Plan B emergency
contraception.

Though the FDA's own scientists and advisory panels have
approved Plan B for over-the-counter status, this status has been
continually delayed since 2003.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Political Forecast: More on Prof. Harvey and religion in Iowa

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Radio Iowa has another article up today on Professor Jennifer Harvey of Drake and her thoughts on the lack of multiculturalism and dominance of Christianity in Iowa.

I wrote about one of them yesterday. I'm not entirely sure what prompted these articles by Radio Iowa, but I'm guessing it might've had to do with this DM Juice article by Joe Lawler about Prof. Harvey.

Iowa Voice: States Considering Minimum Wage Hikes

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I wrote some time ago about why the minimum wage is a bad idea. I approached it from the perspective of a business manager...Now, the New York Times (gack!) has an article about how some states are simply going to do an end-run around Congress, and enact their own minimum wage laws:

DrewMiller.net: Ten Words

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Wow, it looks like Tom Vilsack's Ten Words concept is really starting to take off; it's getting support and opposition from some pretty big blogs. (Also noted is the point that Republicans may have their ten words, but they don't stick to them.)

I think the exercise is a useful one; even if the ultimate goal of a simple, saleable message is never achieved, it's good practice for explaining our values to others. So, without further ado, here are my ten words that define the Democratic Party's message.

Mike Schramm
Andy Szal

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