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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Iowa Voice: Is Nussle Going To Win Or Lose In November?

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Scott at Election Projection has revised his prediction of the Iowa Governor race. He's showing it as a "Weak Democratic Gain". He's basing this on the polls (from a bunch of sources). How accurate will that be? I think Nussle will win in November, and here's why (I also posted these thoughts in his comments).

- First, Nussle hasn't even begun to get into full campaign mode, yet the Republicans are pretty much settled with him, whereas the Democrats are fighting each other tooth and nail with attack ads to win their primary. If you live in Iowa, turn on your tv, and in the span of one hour you'll see more than a few.

- Second, Nussle hasn't really been doing many ads.

Century of the Common Iowan: Starving our universities?

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On Monday the Des Moines Register Opinion page took a look at the issue of funding for our state universities. I have written about this issue a couple times including here.The Register included letters from all 3 university Presidents and an interesting graph.

The graph showed that in 1981 the state universities got 77.4% of their funding from the state and just 20.8% from tuition. In 2006, the state universities got 49.1% of their funding from the state and 44.1% from tuition. This is a massive shift in priorities over the past 25 years. The President's of the 3 state universities argue that it hurts the quality of faculty, the state loses research dollars, and our children lose out on a quality education.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

CENTURY OF THE COMMON IOWAN: The Primary is just 1 week away and Culver Can't Shake Opponents

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The primary is just one week from tomorrow and it seems that it is going to be a close race. Here is a good article from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier talking about how Culver, though in the lead in polls, can't seem to pull away.

A poll released last week by KCCI-TV showed him with 38 percent of the vote among likely Democratic voters. That's just 3 percent more than the 35 percent he needs to win the primary outright. And with the poll's 5 percent margin of error, it's not a comfortable cushion.

Blog for Iowa: Revising Conventional Wisdom

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I'm not sure, but I think it is happening. I think people are starting to figure it out. Today's Iowa City Press Citizen Endorsement for Ed Fallon is a strong sign that people are putting the pieces together.

Winning elections is not about getting out the base anymore. In today's polarized political climate base cancels base. To win today, a candidate and a campaign must:

- Respect and acknowledge that voters are smart and informed
- Realize that Iowan's are frustrated with the status quo
- Have a lofty vision that isn't watered down or constrained
- Dare to challenge and inspire voters
- Be confident enough to stick to this vision and not pander
- Offer a message of hope that will motivate people to go to the polls

Friday, May 26, 2006

Things Going Round & Round: Illegal Immigration: Heavy Metal or Grunge?

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Some of those hard livin' metal-heads chalk up the demise of metal in the late 80s to the self-absorbed equivocating of the kids fronting grunge bands. Grunge, an offspring of heavy metal, spoke the language. Headbangers & politicians know: you must speak the language if you wanna' get to... Recently, Congressional pols have been ignoring this rule. Take the immigration debate; it's headed for a major collision, in part, because there are a few too many metal heads in the Senate.

Mainstream Iowan: Voting and Photo ID's

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Amid all the disputes over immigration in Congress, one amendment is being proposed that in theory should unite people in both parties. How about requiring that everyone show some form of identification before voting in federal elections? Polls show overwhelming support for the idea, and there is increasing concern that more illegal aliens are showing up on voter registration rolls. But the fact that photo ID isn't likely to pass shows both how deeply emotional the immigration issue has become and how bitter congressional politics have become with elections only 5 1/2 months away.

Iowa Voice: McCain Wants Cable Companies To Go A La Carte

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Look....I'm not a big fan of high cable prices either, but making the cable companies do something like this is not going to solve the problem. In fact, I'd say it would make it worse. Can you imagine a small-town cable company trying to manage the subscription choices of just a few hundred users? Can you imagine the extra equipment, the extra technology, the extra people that would need to be bought or hired to run something like that? Imagine what that would be like in large cities like New York and Los Angeles. It'd be a bloody nightmare. And, of course, we the consumer would pay for that extra stuff. Whether we wanted to or not.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Iowa True Blue: Pop Quiz: How Many Elections Can You Win With 40% of the Vote?

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Congressman Jim Nussle has no opponent in the Republican primary. He spent more than $2 million dollars already, just in the past few months. Yet, in a state about half Republican, he still can't get more than 40% of the vote. He seems to have topped out.

Rasmussen has been consistently polling, pitting Congressman Nussle against potential Democratic opponents Culver, Bloiun, and Fallon. In December 2005, Congressman Nussle got about 40%. In January, Congressman Nussle got about 40%. In February, Congressman Nussle got about 40%. In March, Congressman Nussle got about 40%. In April, Congressman Nussle got about 40%.

Iowa Voice: Hastert Under Investigation?

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ABC News' blog, "The Blotter", has a story up that, if true, could explain why the Speaker of the House is so gung ho about keeping the FBI out of Congressional offices:


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is seeking to determine his role in an ongoing public corruption probe into members of Congress, ABC News has learned from senior U.S. law enforcement officials.

Krusty Konservative: Dickinson on TV and Radio

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I think I can say without question that Rick Dickinson's ads are the worst political ads I've ever seen. It's not like I demand high production quality but I do think your ad should do something and attempt to move voters. Dickinson's voice is more suited to a lullaby than a political advertisement. If you're going to put your audience to sleep maybe you should have someone else do the audio for your ads.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Woodbury Democrat: Why the Republicans Need Illegal Immigrants

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OK. In case you were wondering what in the heck all the sudden furor was regarding the so-called "threat" of illegal immigrants, I've got an answer for you. It's all a Republican conspiracy of sorts! As you know, in recent years Bush and the Republicans were successfully able to excuse almost anything – torture, spying, secret prisons, renditions, infringements on the personal liberties of Americans, tax cuts for the rich, etc., with recourse to cries of "9/11!"

Krusty Konservative: Mike Blouin defends Bob Vander Plaats

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Today there was KUNI radio debate between Democrats Mike Blouin, and Ed Fallon. Chet Culver didn't attend. I don't think he could squeeze himself into the studio.

Ed Fallon took advantage of the situation and attacked Blouin about the Values Fund. Fallon said "I do think the size of campaign donations makes a difference and I'll give you once example," Fallon said. "(Former Republican gubernatorial candidate) Bob Vander Plaats got $100,000 from the CEO of Wells Dairy. Now, he's not the only one to have received significant contributions from Mike Wells and others with that company over the years. Wells Dairy is no stranger to getting nice tax breaks and even Values Fund grants from the state. I don't think you can possibly say there's not a connection."

Iowa's First: Tuesday's Fun Point to Ponder: Dix's "Secure" Commercial

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I know I've been a bit remiss lately about disucussing each candidate's commercials. Braley, Dix, and Whalen all have multiple commercials on the air right now, and Dickinson began airing one last week too. Gluba doesn't have one on that I've seen, and Kennedy has been sticking to his same old Cowboy ad.

However, I did take a peek recently at Dix's commercial page. He has now had four different TV spots on the air. While I hear the latest is a pretty good attack on Mike Whalen, I can't seem to view it, though I wait with great anticipation.

Iowa True Blue: Rants Raves 'Bout Buckeye Burglars

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Iowa House Speaker Christopher Rants found a state for Iowa to emulate: Ohio. Speaker Rants, issuing a press release through the Iowa Republican Party, actually claims Ohio is the beau ideal of state government. The Buckeye State's Republican Governor, Bob Taft, Speaker Rants effusively praises as being "pro business." Look for yourself at iowagop.org. Just how out of touch with reality can Speaker Rants actually be.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Political Forecast: IA-Gov: New ad compares Culver with Blouin

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Last week, Mike Blouin was the first gubernatorial candidate to go negative by attacking Chet Culver and accusing him of lobbying on behalf of IBP and a certain piece of legislation. Over this past weekend (yesterday, I believe) the Culver campaign released a new comparison ad comparing Chet Culver's stance on some issues with Mike Blouin's stances (or past stances).

Some have resorted to calling it negative, which, in the world of political media and ads it really isn't. There's a certain lingo like 'comparison' ad that gets around the term 'negative' because the ad is positive towards a certain candidate when comparing him against another. Call it what you will, it highlights a lot of the issue controversies surrounding Mike Blouin and his campaign.

Iowa Progress: Fighting for Newton

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Alright, I take it back, maybe Congress.org's Power Rankings do mean something. More likely though, it is just that Grassley's power means something. Either way, he is using his considerable influence in D.C. to help out nearby Newton in anticipation of the Maytag plant closing. Grassley has set up a meeting with Newton Mayor Chaz Allen and the Assistant Secretary of Labor to discuss giving some assistance to Newton.

Iowa Liberal: Jesus rode a Pleseasaur.

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If you're traveling through Pensacola, Florida with the kids and got some time on your hands be sure to stop by Dinosaur Adventure Land. There your kids can learn, well, not so much about dinosaurs per se but how God created every living thing on the planet approximately 6000 years ago, dinosaur fossils be damned (literally).

Monday, May 22, 2006

Political Forecast: Thoughts on the IPTV debate

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Thoughts on the IPTV debate: For the most part, I think David Yepsen is actually correct in calling the debate a 'tame affair.' It never got heated between the candidates (though it might have afterwards) and most of the questioning from the candidates to each other was tame as well. I do, however, think he didn’t give Ed Fallon a fair chance in the piece. Fallon is legit and should be considered that way, even by Iowa's worst political pundit.

Iowa Voters: Test Voting Machines Yourself

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Between now and the June primary your county must publicly test its voting machines. You can participate–and not just by watching. You can call the county auditor for the schedule or ask your political party chair who should have been notified as well. Contact the Rs or the Ds where you live. Iowa code chapter 52 provides for a test using "a pre-audited group of ballots" including a provision that "Any observer may submit an additional test group of ballots which, if so submitted, shall also be tested." Your test group is limited to ten ballots, but they may be the only independently created ballots in the test. It is common for officials to run canned tests provided for them by the same company that sold them the machine and then set up the ballot definition for the next election. In that case it is only the programmer testing himself.

Iowa's First: 'I think, unfortunately, Mr. Braley may have just cost himself the election'

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"I think, unfortunately, Mr. Braley may have just cost himself the election" That was a quote by Bill Gluba at the taping of Iowa Press on Friday. The Iowa politics talk show is featuring the 1st District candidates in a special hour-long program this week. Gluba made that statement in response to a call from Bruce Braley to cut funding for our troops in Iraq as a way to force the administration to end the war there.

Krusty Konservative: 1st CD Republicans on Iowa Press

Excerpted from this post at Krusty Konservative
All three candidates looked good on TV. Whalen somehow found the strength to keep his head still, and not look like a bobble head doll. The only weird thing was Brian Kennedy’s eyes, I don’t know if the man blinked the entire time, it freaked me out. Before the program started I thought it was kinda funny that each of the sponsors of Iowa Press were associated with Bill Dix. The sponsors of the program are the Iowa Bankers Association, Associated General Contractors, and Capitol Resources. Both the Bankers and General Contractors are maxed out Dix donors, and Capitol Resources is Bill’s fundraiser. I thought this alone might have got Mod Whalen to start wheezing.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Iowa Progress: Players with Power

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Progress

So Congress.org just released congressional Power Rankings, and lo and behold, Iowa is doing pretty well.

Congressmen (and women) were ranked according to 15 ‘characteristics of power,’ including things like positions, influence, and legislative activity. You guys should probably just check out the background page to learn about their methodology, but here are some highlights:

In addition, the project team recognized that Members of Congress can exert or possess power that can’t be measured by these standard measures. Therefore, we created the “Sizzle/Fizzle” factor. For example, Sizzle factors can include a legislator’s unique background and experience (Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)) or relationships (Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY))

Iowa for Feingold: Join Feingold in Supporting Congressman Boswell

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I got this in my email box today from Senator Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund.

Dear *****,

I am writing you today to express my strong support of one of our
greatest Democrats in the House of Representatives, Congressman
Leonard Boswell.

Recently, I spent time in Iowa with the congressman. Over the course
of the weekend, I learned how special a man Leonard Boswell is. He's a
decorated veteran, an intelligence expert, a farmer, a family man and
a strong Democratic leader.

I also learned about how hard Republicans in Washington, D.C., are
trying to discredit his good name. Leonard remains the only Democrat
from Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives. And as you can
imagine, Karl Rove and his Republican attack machine are committed to
ending Leonard's career this November. The National Republicans have
targeted Leonard as their #1 priority this year. They will be coming
at him with everything they have.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Iowans for Romney: Romney again listed in Top Tier . . . But Rudy on the Rise?

Excerpted from this post at Iowans for Romney

Now three political handicappers (here, here, and here) are placing Romney up with McCain and Allen as the only GOPers with a shot at the nomination. Those rankings combined with how well Mitt did in the Memphis, TN straw poll seem to indicate that Mitt is definitely on the map. However, the wildcard of Guliani looks to be more in the mix than ever before.

Personally, I think that if Guliani runs that would be a big hit to Romney's chances because he would divide up the moderate GOP vote as well as the northeastern vote. Ideally, Guliani makes a push and garners some early support . . . then throws his backing behind Romney (admittedly this is pure fanciful speculation)P.S. Wouldn't it be wild to have a "First Family" like that pictured above?

Krusty Konservative: Newt's Chances

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Madonna, Cher, Elvis, and Newt. I don't need to list their last names for you to know who I'm talking about, heck I don't have a clue what Madonna's or Cher's last name even is.

Recently former House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited Iowa and keynoted the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner, and was the featured speaker for a bunch of fundraising event in Eastern Iowa for Jim Nussle's campaign for Governor.

RPI's Lincoln Dinner was sold out, and Nussle's events all generated large crowds. While Newt has been vilified by the Democrats and national media, he is still loved by konservative Republicans. Under Newt's leadership he accomplished the
impossible, and took over control of Congress in 1994 with the Contract with America, and for that this konservative will always be thankful.

Now Newt is back, and all signs point to him running for President.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

DrewMiller.net: Vote Blouin

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I voted for Mike Blouin for Governor, and I'll tell you why: I like him the best. I also think he will be the best Governor, but I'm not sure which factor played a bigger role in my decision.

Culver and Fallon are both good people, and I think they would both make fine Governors in their own right - not just in comparison to Nussle. But Mike Blouin has the experience, the connections, and the personality to accomplish a LOT with the office.

I think he could get a Republican to vote for a minimum wage increase and a clean elections law and make him or her believe it was their idea in the first place. He's respected across the aisle, and will be able to get more of his campaign goals accomplished than either of the other candidates.

Monday, May 15, 2006

DrewMiller.net: Presidential Hot List

Excerpted from this post at BLOGNAME


Cold:
- Evan Bayh
- John Kerry
- Joe Biden

Warm:
- Wes Clark
- Bill Richardson (Kerrpow! Kerrpow!)
- Hillary Clinton

Hot:
- John Edwards
- Tom Vilsack
- Mark Warner
- Russ Feingold

Boiling:
- Al Gore

Blog for Iowa: Black Box Voting Says Iowa Machines Could be Corrupt!

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Black Box Voting has these claims about Iowa's Diebold machines. Iowa
analysis can be found at Iowa Voters.

- The Oakland Tribune scooped other newspapers yesterday on the story.
- Pennsylvania's Michael Shamos sequestered all Diebold touch-screens.
- California is invoking emergency procedures.
- The state of Iowa is trying to figure out a way to scrub Diebold clean.

Harri Hursti has just come out with Hursti Report II, a Black Box Voting
project.

Here it is: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/BBVtsxstudy.pdf

A second study with 12 more defects will be released Monday May 15.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Iowa's First: Dix Hits Whalen on Iraq, Tibbetts Covers Dem Views Instead

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On Monday Bill Dix released a statement bashing opponent Mike Whalen, questioning his stance on the war in Iraq. Dix said that he stands firmly with President Bush.

Dix noted that Sen. Tom Harkin has introduced legislation that calls for the complete withdrawal of troops by the end of 2006. He then asked, "Will Mike Whalen join me in standing with our President or will he join other liberals in support of Harkin's legislation."

Mainstream Iowan: Dean and The Dalai Lama On Gay Issues

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Democratic chairman Howard Dean mischaracterized his party's platform on gay rights in an interview courting evangelicals, then set the record straight Thursday when an advocacy group called him on it.

Dean told Christian Broadcasting Network News that the 2004 Democratic platform declares "marriage is between a man and a woman" just one of the points he made in reaching out to religious conservatives who are largely hostile to the party.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Iowa for Feingold: Probe into Domestic Wiretaps Ends

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The Justice Department has given up trying to investigate the NSA's Domestic Wiretapping because they are not cooperating in the probe, denying investigators the needed security clearence.

To all the Senators that say they can't support the Censure because they don't know enough about the Domestic Wiretaps: You will never find out more unless you support the censure. All attempts at accountability are being stonewalled. This is just the latest one. Russ is standing up for US!

Krusty Konservative: Kennedy confronts Dix

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Yesterday, Brian Kennedy called out his opponent Bill Dix about supporting
the Iowa Dream Act in 2004. The bill passed the Iowa House 99-0, but died
in the State Senate.

Basically the bill would have allowed ILLEGAL immigrants instate tuition
if they lived in Iowa for three years before they graduated from high
school. (Nationally they estimate that there are 50,000 to 65,000 students
that would fall under this category.)

Now, I'm not here to defend Bill's vote, as I've said before if you do
something stupid, I'll call you out on it. This vote and along with his
support of the Iowa Values fund are votes that I wish he had voted
differently on. His campaign has said his support of the bill was a
"mistake". At least he realizes it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fuller's Field: More Iowa stops on schedule for Romney

Excerpted from this post at Fuller's Field

He's going to be here for 3 days it looks like! I'll try to catch him at a venue or two.

The Johnson County GOP blog looks like a good one . . . next time I update my links I'll have to add it on.

Fuller's Field: Romney's Commonwealth PAC site is up and running

Excerpted from this post at Fuller's Field

Just within the last 24 hours the site has been launched. There's a wonderful bio, great photos, and even a couple of video links. Of course, they've made it easy to donate since that is the whole purpose of the PAC. They've also added a function where anyone can subscribe to eNews about Romney and his PAC.

(Speaking of videos, I've added some links to streaming video of Mitt at different events/interviews)

DrewMiller.net: Maytag Closing: Lamberti vs. Boswell

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So today it was officially announced that the Maytag plant in Newton is closing. This sucks.

Seeing as how Lamberti has been trying to make it a political issue since it came up, I have no doubt that he'll be trying to turn this on Boswell. Too bad he's been wrong on it the whole time.

It's obvious to any observer that the merger is what killed the plant. Boswell and Harkin tried to stop it; Lamberti supported it:

Third district congressional candidate Jeff Lamberti today visited the Newton home of Maytag and criticized his opponent's call for federal officials to block the appliance maker's sale to rival Whirlpool. Congressman Leonard Boswell and Senator Tom Harkin, both democrats, have asked the Justice Department to block Maytag's sale on the grounds it would create a monopoly.
Lamberti, a republican from Ankeny and co-president of the Iowa Senate, says almost every other alternative beyond the sale to Whirlpool is worse for the community and workers.

Monday, May 08, 2006

DrewMiller.net: Harkin And Iraq

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Harkin wants the troops redeployed by the end of the year. For those following along at home, that means getting them out of Iraq but into places where they are safer and could still assist in the event of an emergency.

I don't really understand what makes December 31st 2006 an ideal deadline - I'd rather peg it to some sort of substantive event in the Iraqi political process - but his resolution has no chance of passing and exists to express a sentiment that I share.

Also, I signed his petition to censure President Bush.

Century of the Common Iowan: Kerry speech at Grinnell College

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John Kerry spoke at Grinnell College today. I did not attend, but after reading the transcript I wish I did. He had some really good stuff to say about dissent, speaking the truth, patriotism, and activism.

Now, I am not one who thinks Kerry was he best Presidential Candidate ever, but I think he is a great Senator. Here is some of what he said...

So we need you to speak out. Speak out if you want an America that is finally and forever independent of Mideast oil - an America that relies on its ingenuity and innovation - not the Saudi royal family. Speak out so that instead of making a mockery of the words No Child Left Behind when China and India are graduating tens of thousands more engineers and PhDs than we are, we build an America where college education is affordable and accessible for every student willing to work for it.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Gavin’s Journal: Stupidity at Planned Parenthood

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Not only does Chet not stand head and shoulds above the rest, but Ed Fallon in fact actually HAS a record on abortion, which is 100% pro-choice. Patty Judge, Culver's running mate, does not have a 100% pro-choice record. Granted, she just voted for requiring parental notification for minors, which isn't especially controversial (although I would think it would be in the eyes of Planned Parenthood). However, not only is it completely unnecessary to back one candidate in a primary where two viable candidates are pro-choice and the third has no intention on acting upon his personal pro-life views, but it's outrageous to blatently lie about a candidate's qualifications.

Blog for Iowa: ICCI Needs Help Stopping Pro-Factory Farm Bill!

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ICCI sent this along to Linda, who passed it on to me. The bill was actually passed, so send your comments on to the guv...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Blog for Iowa: Senator Harkin Introduces Iraq War Resolution

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Senator Tom Harkin has just introduced a resolution for a new course in Iraq. Please call Senator Harkin and thank him for taking such a courageous and compassionate stance on this critical issue!

Also, please call Senators Durbin and Obama and ask them to support the resolution! It is important that we ALL be sure to WEIGH IN on the need to end this war as soon as possible as lives are hanging in the balance...

Blog for Iowa: Ed Fallon Visits The Mill

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Despite being a Tuesday evening, the energy was palpable at Iowa City's famed (and intimate) nightspot "The Mill" as well over 100 people anticipated Ed Fallon's arrival in a smoke-free, but clearly not fun-free environment.

Fallon staffers relayed that Ed had been slowed by House business, but that didn't keep the enthusiastic crowd from enjoying music and speeches from dignitaries like 2nd District US Congressional Dem candidate Dave Loebsack, 89th District State Senate Dem candidate Mark Nolte (who is a supporter of Fallon), and local Dem candidates for Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness and Nick Maybanks and Board of Supervisors candidate Larry Meyers.

Secretary of Agriculture candidate Denise O'Brien planned to come, but was ably represented by Sara Baird.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Blog for Iowa: GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT

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Steve King's most recent venomous rant (Des Moines Register, April 27) concerning a May 1 work walkout by immigrants, legal and illegal, across the nation, will go down in history as a last sickening gasp of a dying breed in Washington: the self-serving fear-monger.

This two-term incumbent Congressman from Iowa's fifth district is free-falling toward reality, and he's going to land very hard in November.

The incumbent's feeble attempts at historical perspective betrayed his utter ignorance of what a strong tool the boycott has been for oppressed people in modern times. The bus boycotts of the 60's, organized by Dr. Martin Luther King which led the civil rights movement forward, and the grape and lettuce boycotts of the 70's, organized by Cesar Chavez, which helped empower migrant farm workers to organize, come to mind as two great examples from current history.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Iowa Voice: Immigration Protest Round-Up

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Today I'm going to be blogging almost exclusively about immigration topics as a counter to the "Day Without Immigrants" boycott. So I decided to do an blog round-up to track as much as possible being written across the blogosphere.

Blogs commenting:
Stop the ACLU tells us that the founder of the Minutemen may run for President. Also has a post about the ACLU supporting the boycott. I wonder if they'll be suing employers when these immigrants get fired for missing work?

Right Wing News has a post about third party candidates and immigration (sort of an add-on to the Stop The ACLU article).Captain Ed asks "How Big Will The Walkout Get?" No idea, but I have a feeling it won't be as big as the MSM has made it out to be.

Blog for Iowa: Iowa SoS to Issue Voting SOS

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Secretary of State Chet Culver is about to issue an SOS (Save our Security) for Iowa's voting machines. "Emergency" rules are to be published in early May-in time to plug security holes in the new equipment that will debut for the June primary election. Iowans for Voting Integrity obtained a copy of the rules last week.

The action is a tacit admission that Bev Harris and the other "conspiracy theorists" have been correct these last three years when they said computerized equipment offered new ways to steal elections.

Mike Schramm
Andy Szal

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