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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Blouin-McGuire

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Looks like another ticket is set: McGuire supports abortion rights and has been active in promoting Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, a part of her resume that could help Blouin with women voters...

I'm not convinced - she may be pro-choice but she doesn't hold the veto pen.To tell you the truth, when I heard "doctor" and "McGuire," I expected SHEILA McGuire, who ran against Latham in the `94 open seat race...

I like the old LBJ maxim of campaign experience: "I'd like (her) better if (s)he'd a run fer sheriff once."

Mainstream Iowan: Blouin Running Mate Andrea McGuire

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Democratic candidate Mike Blouin is expected to announce today that he has chosen Des Moines physician Andrea McGuire to be his running mate.

McGuire, 49, is chief medical officer and vice president of American Republic Insurance Company and has been Blouin's campaign co-chairwoman.McGuire supports abortion rights and has been active in promoting Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa.

Blouin has said he would make no changes to Iowa law to restrict or enhance Iowa's laws concerning abortion. In the last presidential election, Bush won the Roman Catholic vote over Kerry (a supposed Roman Catholic) Democrat. It will be interesting to see if Roman Catholic Deacon Blouin loses the Roman Catholic vote in Iowa...

Political Forecast: IA-SoS: GOP primary battle likely

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Interesting news coming from 'insider' Krusty Konservative this morning: Republican Chuck Allison, the Des Moines foot doctor running for Secretary of State, is about to get a primary challenge from Bob Dopf.

Some information on Dopf: "Dopf is a recently retired attorney with the US Attorneys office. And has some very influential friends in the Konservative movement here in Iowa. While the late start will give him some headaches, Allison, a foot doctor, was only able to raise just over $3500 (no I didn't forget a zero) last year, and has just over $1000 bucks cash on hand at the end of last year."

Monday, February 27, 2006

DrewMiller.net: What's A Spoiler?

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I haven't even finished reading this editorial, and already it has annoyed me. A flurry of developments has anointed a Republican nominee for governor and narrowed the Democratic field to two heavyweights and a potential spoiler.

What the hell? Ed Fallon isn't a "spoiler." Ralph Nader was a spoiler. Ed Fallon is running in a primary. If he has the support of a substantial plurality of Democrats, then he will be in the general election. If he doesn't, he won't have deprived anyone of the chance to win the race.

He might be an "underdog" or even a "longshot," but "spoiler" is just clearly inappropriate.

Political Forecast: Iowa doesn't have term limits and other 'Duh' moments

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Maybe they can blame this error on the Cox News Service reporters from Washington who evidently don't know what they're talking about:

"However, one of the best pick-up opportunities for the GOP this year is Iowa, where Democratic incumbent Tom Vilsak is barred from seeking a third term. Republican congressman Jim Nussle and businessman Bob Vander Plaats have decided to run as a ticket rather than compete against each other for the gubernatorial nomination.

Half The Politics: Iowa License Plates Debate

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Some State Legislative bodies debate issues that are what I consider to be A-List topics. For instance, South Dakota recently passed the Anti-Abortion bill which I'm sure you've all heard about. But, did you know that Iowa has an upcoming A-List topic that is currently being discussed on Capitol Hill?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

DrewMiller.net: Look, I Can Be Bipartisan

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I agree with all these goals that the Republicans have set out for education:

- Creating financial incentives for school districts to share administrative functions.
- Measuring the school year by hours instead of days, so that students receive the equivalent of 180 full days of instruction.
- Providing salary incentives for people to teach subjects where teachers are in short supply, such as math and science.
- Curbing the practice of "social promotion" by ensuring elementary students master essential reading skills by the time they reach fourth grade.

Blog for Iowa: Fallon Reschedules Health Care Tour for Thursday and Friday

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State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Ed Fallon (D-Des Moines) will visit 8 cities in central and eastern Iowa on Thursday and Friday to introduce his plan for universal health care.

The tour was initially scheduled for last week but had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions. "Other politicians seem content to apply a few bandaids to our ailing health care system," Fallon said. "What I'm offering is a transfusion, an overhaul of a system that fails more and more Iowans every year."

John Deeth Blog: National Journal: Top 25 US House Races

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Tucson is in the top 10 (Jim Kolbe's open seat), and Iowa has two in the top 25. They rank the open Nussle seat number two, and Boswell vs. Lamberti is in the mix. Sandwiched between the two in a bad GOP year, count Dave Loebsack as a sleeper. Remember, folks: a vote for Leach is a vote for GOP control.

Looks to be no CANDIDATE against Latham, and the only way to get rid of the embarrassment that is Steve King would be a primary. However, it seems the GOP is incapable of embarrassment, judging from the immigrant-bashing rhetoric in the 1st CD primary...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

PATRIOT SKULL FACE: Dean doesn't Heart Iowa

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The Seattle Times: Politics: Dean draws crowd, hits GOP:

"LACEY, Thurston County - Washington Democrats greeted Democratic National Committee
Chairman Howard Dean on Monday night as if it were early 2004, when his presidential campaign was igniting liberals in the party.

A record crowd of more than 1,200 Democrats packed the party's annual crab-feed fundraiser...

Dean indulged himself in a little nostalgia. If only we started out in Washington state and not Iowa,' he said about the race for the nomination he lost to U.S. Sen. John Kerry."

Circle Jerk at the Square Dance: Top Ten Tuesdays: What are our alternative energy alternatives?

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President Bush has been promoting his plans to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

What are some of his suggested energy alternatives?

Blog for Iowa: Iowa Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against Nussle

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Today, the Iowa Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Iowa Ethics Board against Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Nussle.

After careful review of both his January state and federal campaign filings, it appears that Congressman Nussle has made expenditures from his federal account that clearly benefit his gubernatorial race, and he has failed to report these expenditures as in-kind contributions.

Mystery Pollster: RoboScam: Not Your Father's Push Poll

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The automated calls we noted Friday received in the New York Congressional District of Republican Congressman John Sweeney (as reported by the Glen Falls, NY Post Star and the Albany Times Union) do not appear to be an isolated incident.

Very similar calls have been received in Iowa and at least three other congressional
districts held by Democrats that match the pattern of a classic "push poll" dirty trick.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mainstream Iowan: The Vander Plaats And Nussle Combination

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Bob Vander Plaats has quit the race for Iowa governor and will become Jim Nussle's running mate as the Republican team for the Iowa gubernatorial race.

A large voter turnout in western Iowa, particularly northwest Iowa, is critical to winning a general election for a Republican and this decision avoided a divisive primary.

A large Rebublican turnout in Northwest Iowa will compensate for the larger Johnson and Polk counties Democratic turnouts in a statewide race.

John Deeth Blog: Third Party update: Libertarians have a candidate

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The IA Libertarian web site has nomination petitions up for Christy Welty for governor. She used to live here in the People's Republic then moved to Fairfield and got elected to the city council; she's run for something each of the last three partisan cycles. (legislature `00, state auditor `02, US Senate `04)

I've heard the Greens don't have anyone for governor and are focusing on the party status lawsuit instead. So if Blouin wins the primary, Welty could be the only pro-choice candidate on the ballot...

John Deeth Blog: Vander Plaats bows out

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To repeat my previously stated points:

- This increases the pressure on Blouin and Fallon to name running mates
- Outside the 1st CD, the top GOP race is Ag Secretary, which will be
less of a draw than Democratic governor. This reduces the chances that
Blouin will do the right thing and say VETO in public pre-primary - gotta
get that crossover vote...
- Locally it means Republicans will be drawn to the Democratic courthouse
contests...

Monday, February 20, 2006

PATRIOT SKULL FACE: Everyone better than Nussle

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It seems like a given right? But I'm posting on this because of a few comments in my endorsement thread both pro and against Fallon, and because of some thoughts Gavin had about those Rasmussen poll numbers. He points out that he also finds it strange that there are 7% who would support neither Culver or Nussle in a head to head match-up. He speculates, probably correctly, that many of these people are Fallon
supporters.

DrewMiller.net: More Iowa Blogs

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Three blogs that I haven't linked to before: Who's Makin' Bacon, an ideologically-indeterminate Iowa horserace blog. It seems like the author has soft spot for outsider candidates. It's unusually good. Check out this recent post about a likely Nussle/Vander Plaats ticket.

New Iowan, who is, believe it or not, new to Iowa. I confess to falling asleep during debates over water quality. If that's your thing though, this is the blog for you. There are other good reasons to check out the blog too.And finally, Denise O'Brien has started a blog.

Blog for Iowa: IOWA'S WATER WOES

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Last Sunday, February 12th, the headlines of the Des Moines Register read: 'NO CLEAR SOLUTIONS TO STATE'S TAINTED WATER' This article by Perry Beeman/Register staff writer goes on to say that recreation and more businesses would come to the state if we had better water quality.

"Many IOWA rivers are seriously polluted - dying before their time- and environmental rules that would force a massive new cleanup effort promise to affect IOWAN's pocketbooks, river outings and fishing trips.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Iowa for Feingold: Join us for the Russ For President Meetup Sun, Feb. 26th in Iowa City *Change of date

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**Update** The Russ For President meetup will be held in Iowa City on Feb. 26th at 3:00. There were a couple people that could not make it on the 19th, so I decided to change it. Shoot me an email if you have any questions. Iowa for Feingold is sponsoring a Russ For President meetup on Sunday, Feb. 19th at 3:00 (date changed to Sun, Feb. 26th) in Iowa City. The venue is to be determined (in the next day or so). Please post comments if you have suggestions of places in downtown Iowa City.

Mainstream Iowan: Whittling Down Iowa's Gubernatorial Primary

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Former Democratic candidate for governor Patty Judge has announced she has dropped out of the race and is joining Culver's campaign. It appears the viable remaining candidates on the Democratic side are Culver, Blouin and Fallon.

Blog for Iowa: New Report: In Iowa, Straight Students Harassed for Having Gay Friends

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According to a new study released last week by the Iowa Pride Network, a significant percentage of straight students are harassed and bullied in Iowa high schools simply because they have friends that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

John Deeth Blog: More thoughts on Culver-Judge

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The height differential in this photo illustrates one more barrier female candidates face: From our worship of athletes to our habit of electing the taller presidential candidate, we tend to think of "leaders" as big, physically imposing people. Witness the endless negotiations on podium height, standing vs. sitting, and who walks over to who in presidential debates.

But leaders come in all sizes: I remember with a bittersweet tear in my eye a photo of Bill Bradley and Paul Wellstone campaigning together.

Blog for Iowa: Report on Health Care Lobby Day in Des Moines

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On February 7th, many health care advocates from across the state came together in association with Democracy For America, Democracy For Iowa and Iowa For Health Care for their first joint Health Care Lobby Day.

Iowa Voice: Skunked Again

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John Hawkins has his Top 40 blogs up (no, I didn't make the list....again!
lol), and challenges us to put up our list. So here goes:

My Top 40 Blogs:
1] Michelle Malkin
2] Right Wing News
3] Sister Toldjah
4] Stop The ACLU
5] bRight & Early

The Hometown Conservative: Gearing up for an ‘08 Presidential bid, Tommy?

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Gov. Tom Vilsack today said he believes Iowa should recognize civil unions among gay partners along with its laws the define marriage as being a legal bond between a man and a woman.

Vilsack used Britney Spears as an example saying it isn't fair that society gives full marriage rights to someone who is married for 51 hours and then has that legal relationship annulled but won't provide the same set of rights to a gay couple where the partners have been committed to each other for 25 years.

Daily Davenport Politics: wrong one

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So it's Patty Judge who's dropping out of the race for the Democratic
nomination for governor. She's going to back Chet Culver and be his
running mate...

This pretty well eliminates the possibility that the first place finisher in the Democratic primary won't get at least 35% (there are now three "first tier candidates" plus a few fringe candidates) and toss the decision to party leadership. November's Democratic candidate will be selected by voters in the June primary.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Hawkeye Republican: JOHN EDWARDS ATTACKS, PART II

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Wow, John Edwards is moving up in the world. On February 25th, he'll be headlining a fundraiser for the Johnson County Democrats at Vito's on the downtown ped mall.

Tickets to the event are $25 and the soul of your first born child.

I wonder if he'll run into any hung-over, popped collar, North Face-clad sorority boys passed out in the alley from the $2.75 Coors special the night before?

DrewMiller.net: Two More Labor Endorsements for Blouin

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That's all I know right now. I'll update when I find out who. It's also
probably worth noting that, after the soup supper, virtually every
undecided student who attended was leaning Blouin, as were a few who had
come in supporting other candidates.

UPDATE: It was the IBEW State Council and Waterloo Building Trades.

Monday, February 13, 2006

In a Word: Iowa Road Trip 2.10.2006

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After a week hiatus, we will now travel to the better educated and better written blogs of Iowa. If for no other reason than to show the readers of In A Word how the English language is meant to be used.

The Hawkeye Republican -- The Politics of Medicine: Hey we all know today's college campuses are crawling with liberal sentiment, so Laura W. at the Hawkeye Republican talks about the University of Iowa talking about it liberal sentiment...

Hawkeye Republican: IOWA NEWS RUNDOWN: Evan Bayh thinks terrorism is ...

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Evan Bayh thinks terrorism is the new black - an issue that's always going to be in style! Iowa State professor shunned over intelligent design. At least, it wasn't by Doug on Trading Spaces, eh? Indians, Abramoff and some dude named Doolittle...a story for the ages.

Blog for Iowa: What You Can Do To Ensure Reliable Elections in Iowa

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Last Thursday, Blog for Iowa asked you to contact your state representatives in Des Moines to demand verifiable elections in Iowa. Today, we are asking Blog for Iowa readers to help pass HR 550 in Washington.

Please pass this on to everyone you know, regardless of party affiliation or (non-affiliation), who think Democracy is a good thing. There are 161 co-sponsors to date, none so far from the great state of Iowa!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Hawkeye Republican: The Politics of Medicine

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University of Iowa medical students have accused the Carver College of Medicine of discriminating against conservative and religious students. This is totally like one of those situations when you're walking down the street and all of the sudden you see a Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks - then you suddenly realize how pervasive the problem is. At the University of Iowa, it is common practice to deride all stripes of conservatives, often times in class through snarky comments and slanted discussion. I've had my own experiences with blatant discrimination, which I often shrug off.

Blog for Iowa: Demand Verifiable Elections in Iowa

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Iowans for Voting Integrity and IowaVoters.org, together with VoteTrustUSA have launched a citizen action in support of verifiable elections in Iowa. Last year the Iowa Senate unanimously passed SF 351, a bill that would require that all voting machines in Iowa provide a voter verified paper record that can be used in audits and recounts to confirm the accuracy of vote totals.

Blog for Iowa: Act Now For Paper Ballots in Iowa

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County auditors throughout Iowa have spent a pile of money for new voting machines that take the state deeper into the shadow of paperless voting. Seventy counties now will “record” at least part of their votes in a way that many voters distrust, on touchscreen computers with no paper printout for the voter to verify.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Political Forecast: Fight for gay marriage rights moves on in Iowa

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The Des Moines Register has a great piece today that gives a look towards the future in where the six couples suit against Polk County (on the grounds the state's seven-year old ban is unconstitutional) will be going. Essentially, it looks like this.

By the end of the summer - about six months from now - the first ruling is expected. From there, an appeal will almost be automatic to the Iowa Supreme Court and that ruling wouldn't come for another 18 months, or just about a year and a half after the first decision.

It is going to be a while for a final decision, but no matter what, it will be a huge moment for the state as well as the entire midwest.

Things Going Round & Round: The pros & cons

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Using the Register's tobacco tax pro & con op-eds, I'll attempt to deconstruct the rhetorical legos slapped together by two esteemed Iowa types;

Joe Murphy, a senior student government guy from UNI writing for a tobacco tax increase and Jamie Van Fossen, a fiscal ninja and House Ways & Means chair writing against raising the tobacco tax.

John Deeth blog: Cigarette tax supporters berate Rants

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The GOP is playing really really dumb on this one by lumping the tobacco tax in with their read my lips pledge. Smokers are less popular than anyone except sex offenders right now.

People, even many smokers, don't look at cents per pack as a tax - they see it as a "stupid fee" that people "choose" to pay. That may fundamentally misunderstand the biochemical nature of addiction, but that's the political reality.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

PATRIOT SKULL FACE: Buying a seat with Grandaddy's friend's money

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"What better way for possible pres. candidates to ingratiate themselves to IA's top GOPer than by throwing a little money at his grandson? Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) grandson Patrick is running for the state legislature -- the same seat Chuck held when he was just 24 years old.

In his '05 finance reports, young Pat (he's only 22, which makes the entire Hotline staff feel very old) reports an impressive $50K raised, with $48K still on hand. Some of his donors, however, may have ulterior motives for donating, and at least one shows that there's some bipartisanship left in DC. Some notable donors:

DrewMiller.net: The End of State 29

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State 29 is dead, and Iowa is worse off for it. Unquestionably the biggest Iowa-focused blog, State also played an important role in keeping right- and left-leaning Iowa blogs aware of each other's existence.

A self-described "left-leaning libertarian" blog with apparently three writers, State 29 had nothing nice to say about anyone in power, and nothing but love for the things that make Iowa great.

Blog for Iowa: Nussle Uses False Arguments to Defend Soaring Federal Deficits

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Jim Nussle once again tried to justify soaring budget deficits to Dubuque voters this weekend by blaming the war on terror. However, even conservative think tanks blame increased federal spending and tax cuts for wealthy Americans for the largest budget deficits in America's history.

In a Dubuque Telegraph Herald article from February 4th, Nussle claims, "The huge deficit was caused more by Osama bin Laden than George W. Bush."

Monday, February 06, 2006

watersblogged! The Democrats' New Litmus Test

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Our beloved (and, fortunately, lame-duck) governor is running for president- on a junk science-based pro fetal stem cell research platform.

As has happened with Roe v. Wade, support for improving the quality of human life Mengele style will doubtless become a cause with which all Democrats with national aspirations will be required to associate themselves upon pain of marginalization and effective exclusion.

Quad Cities Back Stage: Poll: Majority of Iowans say education is off-track

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The Des Moines Register did a poll recently where 54% of the respondents said education in Iowa has "gotten off on the wrong track." The results were published in Saturday's Register.

"The wrong track" could mean any number of things. A quote in the article referred to the large focus placed on test scores today.Test scores weren't the first thing that popped into my head. The huge discrepancy in how our schools are funded did, however.

Friday, February 03, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Democrats try to block Iowa death penalty debate

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Democrats try to block Iowa death penalty debate: Once again the Republicans are exploiting tragedy, using a genuinely horrible event to try to pass a fatally flawed and primitive penalty.

IowaVoice: I Am Still A Republican, Even If They're Not

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I thought a little more about this post I made yesterday, and I think I made myself clear on the matter, but just to be sure, I wanted to go a little further into it. I consider myself to still be a Republican/conservative. I have not changed: the Republican Party (or rather, it's leadership) has. Not everyone in the Party has changed, however, so there is still a lot of hope that we can get it back on track.

Blog for Iowa: Ed Fallon: Culver, Other Dems "All Too Comfortable with Present System"

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State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Ed Fallon (D-Des Moines) held a press conference at the Capitol today to show how Secretary of State Chet Culver’s campaign finance reports show the need for a Clean Elections Law in Iowa. “The whole campaign finance system is corrupt, with elections being sold to the highest bidder, rather than won by the candidates with the best ideas for moving our state forward,” Fallon said.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

John Deeth Blog: LoanMax Loves Leadership

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The owner of the state's largest car title loan company has over the past year poured more than $54,000 into Iowa politics, while legislation to place restrictions on the controversial industry has languished.

And they don't even have to pay it back with 360% interest.

One of Aycox's most vocal opponents, state Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said the donations affect lawmakers' thinking.

Iowa Voice: Union Hypocrisy And Wal-Mart

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Unions are NOT protesting Wal-Mart for the wages, the benefits, or anything else other than the fact that Wal-Mart is non-Union.

The fact that the unions are paying HOMELESS people to protest for them....spending their members' hard earned money....should not be lost on anybody, and it should also be duly noted that:

a) they're being paid LESS than what the workers inside the Wal-Mart are getting,
b) they're not getting ANY benefits at all,
c) they're forced to work in dreadful conditions, and
d) they can't or won't see the stupidity of it all.

Like I said, if these "protestors" had any sense at all, they'd march right into the Wal-Mart and ask for a job. But noooooooo. That would be way too simple.

Iowa Voters: Making Sausage and Counting Votes

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The room was too small and the table was too crowded. The ballot marking machine locked up once and had to be rebooted. The ballot scanner got tripped up by a test ballot and had to be reprogrammed. The voting machine managers from ES & S were unable to answer some questions about their equipment. They spent a fair amount of time on the phone to HQ getting things worked out.

That was the scene Monday in the office of the Iowa Secretary of State. Election Systems and Software of Omaha had come to town to get state certification of a new piece of voting equipment. It is intended to make it easier for blind voters and others to cast private ballots.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Blog for Iowa: Joins PETA in Demanding Patty Judge Return Slaughterhouse Donation

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Secretary of Agriculture Judge Accepted Donation from Owner of Slaughterhouse Under Federal Investigation.

Today, Blog for Iowa joins People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in calling on Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and gubernatorial candidate Patty Judge (D) to return the $10,000 that she recently received from the Rubashkin family, whose massive slaughterhouse, AgriProcessors, is currently being sued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the Clean Water
Act.

Even worse, AgriProcessors is also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violations of the Humane Slaughter Act

John Deeth Blog: Loebsack outraises Leach: Roundup of congressional campaign finance

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In another race in eastern Iowa, a Democratic challenger raised more than the Republican incumbent during the fall. David Loebsack of Mount Vernon filed reports showing he raised $42,000 during the quarter and has $86,000 cash on hand. He raised $95,000 in 2005.

But Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa City, the Republican incumbent in the Second District, raised less than $22,000 during the period, though he has $122,000 cash on hand. Leach raised $186,000 in 2005.

Of course, Leach can write himself a check if he needs to. But this race is a sleeper, and it's the most Democratic district held by a Republican in the nation. If the Dems of Eastern Iowa simply recognize that a vote for Leach is a vote for GOP control, we can win.

Mike Schramm
Andy Szal

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