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Friday, June 30, 2006

Political Forecast: Summer of CIETC?

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The Government Oversight Committee is still on its holy quest to find out more information about the greedy bastards at CIETC, even while the federal government's investigation of the dirty deeds and dealings is still going on. And their holy quest is remaining fairly secretive too, as Dave Price notes here at his blog. At least Democrats issued a statement urging less secrecy and more openess for a committee that's supposed to provide oversight and accountability. I mean, honestly, how accountable can it be when it goes into secret meetings?

Politically Speaking: Aggressive reporting/leaks

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The Bush administration is taking the news media to task for vigorously reporting on two White House-approved intelligence programs they contend are solely to fight the war on terror, and Capitol Republicans are mulling a resolution on the matter. But for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, the matter is a case of an administration that wants to have it both ways. On Monday in a Nebraska stop, vice president Dick Cheney said "some of the press, particularly the New York Times, have made the job of defending against further terrorist attacks more difficult by insisting on publishing detailed information about vital national security programs."

Krusty Konservative: Democrats think Culver's ads suck

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I think many Iowans were surprised when a Des Moines Register poll showed that only 10% of Iowa Democrats would vote for Governor Vilsack if he ran for president in 2008. Now it seems that Democrats don't like Chet Culver's TV ads either, and if that's not bad enough they give Nussle's ad high marks. The following is from an article in The Hill about recent survey by Wilson Research Strategies Inc.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Iowa Voice: Superman "The Ultimate Illegal Alien"

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This is what MSNBC has up on their website in the "who's who" section on the movie. Nice. No agenda there, huh?

Maybe they should also mention that Supes didn't sneak across a border (he crash-landed), doesn't go on crime sprees, doesn't burden our social programs by collecting welfare and swamping health care facilities, and as a high-paid reporter, probably pays a butt-load of taxes.

And as Clark Kent, I'm fairly sure he's a legal citizen. After all, it stands to reason that Jonathan and Martha Kent would have made sure he had his "papers" in order as an infant.

But that would be wrong to compare him to, you know, actual illegal immigrants, now wouldn't it? It should also bear pointing out that Superman isn't "living in the shadows" or been driven "underground". He's still out there, flying around for everyone to see.

Gavin's Journal Vol. 2: Chet Culver and Patty Judge

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My thoughts on Chet Culver, the "proud progressive" Democrat:

Culver would support limited reinstitution of capital punishment. He supports failed sex offender legislation introduced by state Republicans and passed with the help of emotionally charged Democrats.

He supports Governor Vilsack's veto of eminent domain legislation that would protect private property owners, a bill that passed nearly unanimously in the state House and Senate.

Culver's opposed to civil unions and backed by Bill Knapp, whose shady land deal has perpetuated Ankeny's ridiculous urban sprawl problem.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Iowa's First: Rove met with protesters

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At yesterday's exlusive $250 per plate Republican luncheon fundraiser for Mike Whalen, Bush strategist Karl Rove was greeted by a small group of protesters. The picture above was taken by the Courier, and made the front page of the Times as well.

This QC Times article, titled "Rove catches grief during Iowa stop", details the event through interviews with protesters and attendees.

Iowa Voice: Grassley Wants IRS To Go After Pimps

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I must say, this is the most bizarre thing I've ever seen out of an Iowa politician...and that's saying a lot:

Pimps and sex traffickers could soon find themselves being chased by tax collectors, not just the vice squad.

Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, wants the Internal Revenue Service to chase after pimps and sex traffickers with the same fervor it stalked gangster Al Capone for tax evasion.

Grassley, R-Iowa, would hit pimps with fines and lengthy prison sentences for failing to file employment forms and withhold taxes for the women and girls under their command.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Political Forecast: Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post doesn't know s--t

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Wow, this guy is either really dense, really uninformed, or just plain stupid. I used to think he knew a bit about politics, but I guess he doesn't like to fact check any of his information or anything like that.

In his discussion about the DNC plans to insert one caucus after Iowa and one primary after New Hampshire, he writes: "Iowa state Sen. Ed Fallon may have been the least known but most important participant.

Fallon ran a surprisingly strong primary campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination this year, a bid based largely on his opposition to the war in Iraq. Though he came up short, his race showed that antiwar sentiment is running strong in the Hawkeye State.

Meanwhile, Edwards's recent statement confessing that he erred in his 2002 vote authorizing the use of force in Iraq has been showered with praise by the party's antiwar wing." ... Fallon's campaign wasn't 'based largely' on any opposition to the Iraq war (even though I'm pretty sure he is against it). Look here at his site - these are the issues he ran on. They were Iowa issues entirely and Cillizza, if he were to have researched, would've known that.

Iowa Voters: Congressman King Wants Ballots In English Only

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Western Iowa's Congressman Steve King has helped stall the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. King wants to remove a provision that requires ballots be prepared in other languages if more than 5% of the voters in the jurisdiction routinely speak the other language.

This probably doesn't happen in his district. He says it is an unfunded mandate and a divisive practice that runs counter to the melting pot theory of American history. Eighty Representatives joined in King's effort.

Century of the Common Iowan: Local Blogs Will Lead the Way

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This week I came across 2 articles about the power and influence of blogs on the political scene. The first was posted on DailyKos about the need for local blogs. The author states that, "Unless you are a big-time blogger, get a job with a big-time blogger or major media outlet or have some kind of national-level expertise or connections, you shouldn't spend all your time blogging about national issues.

"The author then explains why small time bloggers should not focus on national politics. Here are 3 reasons why...

1. It's been done...The blogosphere is a crowded place and it is really crowded at the top, where there are a lot of blogs handling national issues.

2. You're needed elsewhere...In all likelihood, there are few people covering politics in your state in an in-depth manner. You can fill that void. National elections are won at the state and local level.

3. You'll have more success and fame elsewhere...There is a demand and a market, but little competition. How better to make a name for yourself.

Blog for Iowa: Culver on LGBT

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Culver has been saying he doesn't want to look like he waffles and look weak in the face of the Nussle attack dogs on this subject.

Culver can easily avoid 'flipflop' labeling on the LGBT same-sex marriage issue by publicly saying in a press release: "I strongly support equality and civil rights legally across the board for all Iowans - minorities including the LGBT community - and believe in making sure same-sex couples and family rights are secure and protected in Iowa. But I will not retract my statements about civil unions or marriage."

As someone tasked to try to politically organize through the IDP the LGBT community, my mission has become more difficult in getting the marginal and independant LGBT voter out to vote or interested in registering when looking at his history of public statements and refusal to publicly address his most recent anti-same sex couple statements.

Saying it's Nussle's(the devil) so vote for the Culver(deep blue sea) is not a positive nor affirming campaign message to promote or advocate to potential voters. What happened to his vaunted following in his dad's civil rights footsteps?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Politically Speaking: Best of Teddy, via Rants

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It wouldn't be a major speech from Iowa House Speaker Christopher Rants if it didn't include a key quote from Theodore Roosevelt. Rants came to his high regard for Roosevelt after reading a series of biographies right before he became speaker. He noted the former state representative from New York had some losses before being elected president.

Iowa Progress: Per Government Order- This Post Only in English

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Maybe our good friend Steve King has been too busy trying to stop immigrant voters from exercising their rights to realize that nearly 600,000 U.S. citizens are denied representation in Congress because they live in the Nation's Capital. Heck, most of them they speak English too! Indeed, King and his colleagues in the House Judiciary Committee seem intent on letting the "DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act of 2006," which would give the District of Columbia a voting member of the House of Representatives, rot while the session expires.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Century of the Common Iowan: Vote for Culver in Feingold's Pick a Progressive Patriot

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Vote for Chet Culver Senator Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund wants your help identifying a candidate for Governor to support in this year's elections.

The candidate chosen by the grassroots as a Progressive Patriot will receive a $5000 contribution from the Progressive Patriots Fund.

These candidates were selected by you through the candidate suggestion form, and we hope to do more of these events in the future.You do not have to create an account to vote.

Blog for Iowa: Cut-and-Run Liberal, and Proud of It

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I want to be perfectly clear about this. We liberals really do want to cut and run. I admit it. We are cut-and-run liberals, just as Karl Rove alleges. More than that, I am proud of it and encourage more Americans to join us. We are liberals/progressives and, damn it, we want to cut and run.

We want to cut and run from the borrow and spend, borrow and spend economics of the GOP that have piled an additional $4 trillion in debt onto our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We want to cut and run from the unholy alliance between the GOP and energy companies that has left us at the mercy of a bunch of medieval Islamic tribal leaders who run their own countries like feudal states and treat their own people -- especially their women -- worse than Americans treat farm animals.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Blog for Iowa: Convention Wrap Up; Thoughts for 08

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We need to elect Joyce Schulte. Thanks to the Johnson County Republican Blog, we get this from Steve King at the Republican State Convention: "There are probably not 72
virgins in the hell Al-Zarqawi is in. If there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas.

"What the heck is that? I'd hate for someone to say that about your mother, Steve. Oh yeah. He also prayed that "Justice Ginsberg and Justice Kennedy fall madly in love with each other and elope to Cuba, giving President Bush two more appointments to the Supreme Court.

"Hey, Hey, Ho Ho, Steve King has GOT TO GO!

Century of the Common Iowan: 3 Way Race in 2008?

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Washington Whispers: "We know, we know, the race for the White House is a long way off. But there is already a growing buzz on the Democratic side that there are just three worthy candidates likely to end up in a pitted primary battle starting in 19 months:

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, and one-term ex-Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

Here's the 411 from a top Democratic maven: Clinton is the, well, elephant in the room, the "uber" candidate; Warner gets the mainstream moderates; and progressive Feingold is attractive to the activists who seem to be taking over the party."

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Blogging the Dem Convention

Political Forecast had the broadest coverage of Dem bloggers at the convention.
Braley speaks
Bruce thanks Boswell for the warm introduction. ... Tells Mike Whalen right now: Social Security will not be privatized. That's about the only issue that Mike Whalen might actually know anything about.

And the Culver-Judge ticket speaks
Tom Vilsack says that he wishes we had a public financing system in Iowa, but we've got to raise what we can. The Democratic Governor's Association just gave Culver-Judge $500k and then got a $100k check from Heartland PAC.

Patty Judge is now speaking ... if Nussle-Vander Plaats run a "Karl Rove-style negative campaign" she and Chet will fight back with the truth and the IDP will be with them. Damn she's fierce.

And Culver takes the podium. ... He's explaining the Culver Plan to Lead Iowa Forward. And he's talking about the points offered in it and how things are going to change and how we can do it.

Culver is now comparing himself with Nussle and noticing the differences. Nussle said he was going to Congress to make changes. What's actually changed? He has made some changes, but not in a good way. In 2001 he became chairman of the budget committee. With a surplus that he managed to turn into a deficit of $400 billion in four years. We have a $9 trillion federal debt.

Gov. Vilsack speaks
... This speech is definitely beginning to feel like his going-away speech, which to some extent is the truth. This will probably be the last time he commands an Iowa audience like this until he starts campaigning 'officially' for President.

Talking about the 8 years of accomplishments and fulfillment of campaign promises. ... "An opportunity lies before us." One that's been waiting for us, Democratic control after 42 years of divided or Republican control. "Speaking of cronies, will you allow to talk about Jim Nussle for minute?" Good laughter from the crowd. Calls Jim Nussle a hustler and is going to talk about his hustling.

Radio Iowa ran with "live-blogs" of key convention speeches.

See the posts:
Culver @ Demo State Convention

Judge @ Demo State Convention

Vilsack @ Demo State Convention

Blogging the GOP Convention

The Johnson County Republican blog was on hand at today's convention, filing a series of quick updates.

See selected posts:
Our next governor, Jim Nussle
The Democratic nominee said the focus on this election should be on beating Jim Nussle. I reject that. The focus should be on Iowa.
1. Energize Iowa's education
2. Energizing Iowa's economy
3. Revitalize Iowa's healthcare
4. Energize Iowa's confidence in our government
5. Promote and maitain Iowa's quality of life

The only CPA in the race for State Auditor
Dave Vaudt is up. "My first term has been about fiscal accountability and government accountability... Iowans are outraged at the excessive salaries and bonuses at CIETC. This misuse of taxpayer dollars (under the Democratic leadership [or, more accurately, lack thereof] Tom Vilsack) cannot continue."

Iowa's conservative firebrand
Steve King got a huge response when he was introduced. Can you say red meat?

Great King quote #45,367: "There are probably not 72 virgins in the hell Al-Zarqawi is in. If there are, the probably all look like Helen Thomas."

He spoke on the Kelo amendment "The Supreme Court is the last place the US Constitution should be amended, and that's exactly what they did." Here's a prayer King offered us: I pray that Justice Ginsberg and Justice Kennedy fall madly in love with eachother and elope to Cuba, giving President Bush two more appointments to the Supreme Court."

Radio Iowa's blog presented an unfiltered look at the note-taking process behind the news.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Iowa Progress: 1 News Day = Lots of Bad News for Vilsack

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Rubbermaid announced last night that it will be moving 500 jobs from Centerville (population 6,000) to Kansas. The company turned down the offer of a $1 million tax break under Vilsack's Iowa Values Fund, and executives explained that they believe there are more opportunities for expansion in Kansas. Vilsack's statement, issued this afternoon, doesn't seem very reassuring to the hundreds of Iowans finding their jobs in jeopardy lately.

Krusty Konservative: More on Pataki

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Governor Pataki's recent announcement is still creating a lot of buzz around Iowa. On Wednesday, Pataki announced that Sen. Stewart Iverson, Ed Failor Jr., Loras Schulte, Diane Crookham-Johnson, and Jo Ellen Hill will all have positions with Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC. Iverson will serve as the PAC's Iowa Chairman, Failor will serve as Senior Political Adviser, Crookham-Johnson will serve as Executive Director, and Hill and Schulte will also be on staff.

Radio Iowa: Skip Iowa?

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Here's an idea that's being kicked around not only by the reporters who cover the Caucuses, but I'm guessing by Tom Vilsack himself: why not skip Iowa? During an interview yesterday, Vilsack said he would start taking his case to Iowans and he downplayed last week's Des Moines Register Iowa Poll which showed him in fourth place among likely Iowa Caucus-goers surveyed.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Iowa Voice: Yet Another Takedown Of Gore's Movie

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Yet more evidence that Algore and the environmental nutjobs won't like to hear: "Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth", showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2.

With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie? Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment:

"Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention." But surely Carter is merely part of what most people regard as a tiny cadre of "climate change skeptics" who disagree with the "vast majority of scientists" Gore cites?

Iowa Liberal: Over the hump

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Al Gore was on Larry King Live and talked a little about peak oil. It was at the very end of the program so it wasn't in depth. ...

Good to see that the man is at least making an effort, however futile. They may give the Establishment Liberal college crowd around here something else to pat themselves on the back for but hybrid cars really aren't going to solve a lot of problems (don't Toyota Corollas already get 40 mpg?) beyond the immediate concern of carbon dioxide emissions.

Though a majority of it is used in the making of gasoline, liquid hydrocarbons comprise a gigantic portion of the economy not directly related to transportation. Most notably the agricultural sector which relies heavily upon fertilizers, pesticides and plastics that are made directly from liquid petroleum.

Not to mention the diesel fuel it takes to ship heads of lettuce in refrigerated trailers from California to Wisconsin or corn from Iowa down to Plano, Texas to ensure that the crucial soda pop and Frito supply chain isn't disrupted. Like my fellow blogger Jeromy said; I'll feel a lot better when I see an electric tractor!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Blog for Iowa: Planning a Quad Cities Iraq War Forum

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Thanks, Sam, for bringing our Iraq War Forum to the attention of Blog for Iowa readers! We had a great planning meeting last night and want to tell you about this Democracy for America national action, and what we are doing about it in the Quad Cities.

Democracy for America (DFA) has come up with some great ideas for local groups all around the country (world?) to participate in more or less at the same time. The January 2005 Meetup was a framing workshop based on the George Lakoff DVD, How Democrats and Progressives Can Win, sent free of charge to DFA Meetup hosts around the country, together with directions for the workshop. We had 55 people come
out for that Meetup, even with a snow storm that closed the schools that day. My personal favorite was the April 2005 action to save Social Security -

The “constituent visits” to the local offices of Senator Grassley and Representatives Nussle and Evans.

Iowans for Romney: Alliance House Parties (Sioux City & Council Bluffs)

Excerpted from this post at Iowans for Romney

The Iowa Christian Alliance's Event's webpage has confirmed that Bay Buchanan will be at the two house parties in western Iowa on Jun 23rd (Sioux City and Council Bluffs).

It is interesting to note that this is now the second prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be hosted at ICA events in the last few weeks (see this blog entry about Romney's visit with the ICA last month). Buchanan is the sister of Pat Buchanan and has significant experience in presidential
campaigning including the 80 and 84 Regan campaigns and those of her brother (she headed all three of his failed bids).

Many have wondered if Buchanan might play any significant role in a potential Romney presidential campaign as well. It sure would be interesting to see what might play out under that scenario.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Iowa for Feingold: Iowa State Senate Candidate Rich Olive wins "Pick A Progressive Patriot: Iowa" Contest

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US Senator Russ Feingold announced today that Iowa State Senate Candidate Rich Olive has won the Pick a Progressive Patriot: Iowa online voting event. Olive is challenging former Iowa Senate Republican Majority Leader Stewart Iverson to represent Iowa's 5th Senate District.

The announcement follows a week of online voting in this, the third "Pick a Progressive Patriot" event. The "Pick a Progressive Patriots: Iowa" event was the first time candidates for state office were featured for an online Progressive Patriots Fund vote.

As with past events, the Progressive Patriots Fund will financially support Olive - sending him a $5,000 check for his growing campaign. Feingold also said that the Progressive Patriots Fund will contribute smaller amounts to the five other featured candidates.

Iowa Progress: Clinton, Feingold Call Fallon

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Apparently Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold gave Ed Fallon a ring to congratulate him on a well-run race and "say hello." This article at the Quad-City Times says Culver has also reached out to Fallon, meeting with him for over two hours on Friday about how to attract his supporters.

My first reaction to the party unity spiel was to roll my eyes, but it seems Democrats really are making an effort to create a unified front against Nussle. (Happy sigh.)

Fallon said he didn't want to think about running for another office "immediately," but it sounds like we haven't seen the last of him.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Century of the Common Iowan: Video from YearlyKos

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I caught some video from YearlyKos on CSPAN this morning feathuring George Lakoff, the person that founded Drinking Liberally, and a few others. It was pretty interesting. It will probably be replayed at sometime and watch it if you get a chance.

Here are a few other videos from YearlyKos including part of a speech by Howard Dean.

Diary of a political madman: After a few days of contemplation...

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A lot of you have probably seen this piece in the QC Times, Chris Woods mentioned it on Saturday. In it, there's a mention of a 2-hour meeting between Fallon and Culver from Friday. I was in that meeting, along with another Fallon staffer and a Culver staffer.

Since then, I've been debating how much of that meeting I should or should not blog about.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Passing Parade: Tilting at windmills...

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Time to mount the faithful Rocinante, take lance in hand and charge that windmill... The turnout in Iowa's primary election Tuesday was pretty bad. Just 11 percent of registered voters state-wide bothered themselves; in Scott County, the figure was an ever-so-slightly better 12.3 percent in an election featuring real congressional races in both parties, a gubernatorial contest in one and several legislative races. Yawn, went the voters. Understandable. The candidates on the ballot Tuesday had been tugging on our sleeves, begging attention for months.

Radio Iowa: Quick bit about "Jimmy" Nussle

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I remember a few campaign cycles back when a Democrat named Donna Smith ran against Congressman Jim Nussle. Smith would repeatedly refer to him at public events as "Jimmy Nussle" and I recall how GOP types were outraged by her "lack of respect." Well, Congressman Nussle is taking a page from Donna Smith's playbook in the first two days of the general election campaign.

Krusty Konservative: The Nussle-Whalen Advantage

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Today Jim Nussle and Mike Whalen will kick off their general election campaigns by rallying supporters in Waterloo, Dubuque and Davenport. While everyone here knows that I preferred a different candidate in the 1st CD, I have to admit that the Nussle/Whalen combo is the best for the Nussle campaign in the general election. Tuesday's election was all about Scott County, they turned out big time. In fact over 37 percent of the total votes cast in the 1st CD came from Scott County.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Krusty Konservative: Congratulations Mike

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I'll start by saying that I was very surprised at the results from the 1st CD Republican Primary. Here is how it played out. Bill Dix won Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Clayton, Delaware, and Fayette counties. Mike Whalen won Clinton, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, and Scott. While Dix won more counties, his only large victories were in the relatively small Butler and Bremer counties. The rest were all pretty close.

The Passing Parade: Issues, sort of

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Now that 17th Congressional District Dems are through entertaining us with novel nominating maneuvers, it's time to move on to the important stuff. Start with Iraq. No difference there between Republican Andrea Zinga and newly named Dem nominee Phil Hare. Both think there ought to be a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. Haven't heard either say anything about dates -- and without dates, talking about timetables is pretty much the same as accepting the status quo. Several other similarities, too.

John Deeth Blog: Random Impressions

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An extremely late night for me and a normal early morning today. I will eventually crunch the numbers. The clock ran out on Mike Blouin who seems to have been rapidly closing the gap. Don't know anything about the rest of the state but he won here with Fallon in second. Ed's 26 percent statewide way exceeds expectations and gives him options for the future. I got three phone calls yesterday urging me to vote for Mike and not one from Chet. I hope Culver adapts and starts to do the field work that the state's most successful Dems - Harkin and Vilsack - do so well.

Iowa True Blue: Go Chet Go!!!

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We're all for Chet Culver now. He has the right ideas on promoting ethanol, protecting the environment, improving education, and solving the health care crisis. Chet's young, dynamic, and he worked his heart out in this primary election. He has the ability to bring lots of young people -- new voters! --- to the polls. He also has the experience to be a first rate Governor. Chet has eight years of executive experience as Secretary of State, and of course his running mate, Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge, has the same experience, passion, and vision. One more time, all together now: Go Chet go!!!

Political Forecast: Primary 2006: A review of the night's events

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Let me just say that I appreciate all of you who came and visited the site today (or yesterday now), and those who come everyday, and leave comments and get engaged in the political discussion process. I appreciate all of my readers, even if I don't agree with you all of the time. Anyway, tonight was an amazing night for me. This was the first campaign that I've really worked hard for that was victorious and let me tell you, it feels amazing.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Primary Round-up: Bloggers' thoughts on the primary so far

Iowa Voice: Iowa Primary Results Coming In
I'm a little disappointed that Mark Leonard isn't doing as well as I thought he would. His campaign was one that reached out to Iowa bloggers, but they seemed to drop the ball on that not long after they started it. I know why that happened, but I won't go into details right now. ... One thing I'm noticing in the results so far: Republicans turned out even less than the Democrats, and turnout wasn't so hot for them either. Does this signal the beginning of a non-voting protest come November? Not sure, but it can't be good news if that's the case.

Politically Speaking: Sal, Sal, Sal
If there is a high point longshot governor candidate Sal Mohamed of Sioux City can look back on years from now it is this — with two-thirds of precincts reporting in Pottawattamie County, the second largest in western Iowa, he is in second place of the four candidates, ahead of Chet Culver, who likely could take the primary.

John Deeth Blog: Turnout and Tornadoes

I should have expected a maelstrom from the heavens on the 6-6-6 election.
A few polling places closed for a little bit while the weather moved through.

Radio Iowa: All Politics Is Local
County Auditors around the state are reporting light turn-out in today's primaries -- but that's not the case in Johnson County. Johnson County Auditor J. Patrick White, who's 67 I believe, announced over a year ago that he would not seek re-election, setting up a huge contest among those who wish to replace him. White has held the job since 1983, so it's been a while since Iowa City -- which is home to a law school, by the way -- has had this kind of opportunity. The race has driven turn-out among Johnson County Democrats to levels only exceeded in 1994 when a deluge of Democrats in Johnson County crossed over to vote for Fred Grandy in the Republican primary against Governor Terry Branstad.

JCR Blog: Tornados and severe thunderstorms in North Johnson Co
The National Weather Service is reporting a tornado by North Liberty and funnel clouds along I-80. Hail from golfball to softball size has also been reported. We have a tornado warning here in JC until 4:00PM and one in Linn County just expired. While I hope everyone in the path of this storm keeps safe, I can't help but wonder how today's earlier rains and this afternoon's severe weather will effect turnout, especially as it travels east into our neighboring congressional district.

Century of the Common Iowan: Low Turnout?
I watched the 6:00 news tonight and they said it will be a low turnout and Blouin and Culver are counting on high turnout to win. Blouin might be helped by the higher turnout in the 1st District due to the primary for the US House seat. That means the low turnout might help Fallon out.

Krusty Konservative: Dismal turnout for Dems?!?
I've been receiving emails all morning about low voter turnout in some of the Democrats best precincts, especially on the South Side of Des Moines! Still plenty of hours to vote, but if this keeps up its good news for Ed Fallon, or those of us who want to see it go to convention.

State 29: Touchplay Voting Machines Generating Incorrect Ballots
From the Des Moines Register: A Drake University law professor, Neil Hamilton, reported confusion with the new touch-screen voting machines, which are designed to help voters with disabilities who can't use a pen to fill in the ballot ovals.

Political Forecast: Primary 2006: Camp Culver Victory Celebration at Hotel Ft. Des Moines
Dave Price of WHO TV is set up at Camp Culver over at victory headquarters at the beautiful Hotel Ft. Des Moines. He's got a couple of quick thoughts up at his "Price of Politics" Blog. Where does the momentum lie? We'll see later tonight. Polls close in less than 4 hours. Now is the time that the phone banks at all the campaigns get busy and calling all around. Its crunch time.

In A Word: Exclusive: The Democratic Agenda Revealed!

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From the desk of the DNC Chairman Sensitive information not meant for wide release Dear Distinguished Democrats, After years of being adrift with no real purpose or direction as a political party, I am proud to present the Democratic agenda for 2006 and beyond:

Blog for Iowa: Vote Loebsack, not GOP

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What will it take to convince Iowans in the second district that a vote for Jim Leach (R-IA) is a vote for the Republican Party and the Republican-controlled Congress? Leach does a great job talking the talk of a moderate. But, instead of just taking his word for it, let's take a closer look at his voting pattern using a few of his recent votes as examples.

My first example: On May 24th, Leach helped kill a Democratic effort to add $750 million for alternative energy, innovation and energy efficiency and $250 million for flood control efforts to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill (H.R. 5427). Leach joined 224 of his fellow Republicans in voting to kill the Democratic amendment.

Century of the Common Iowan: May Poll Results

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The poll for May was who do you support in the Democratic Primary. Well, we will find out today who the winner is. Here are the results with 273 votes of the very unscientific poll.Who do you support in the Democratic primary for Governor?

Ed Fallon 58%
Chet Culver 28%
Mike Blouin 12%
Sal Mohammed 3%

So we know that Fallon's supporters are online more. We will see tonight if they get out and vote more too.

Daily Davenport Politics: eminent domain in Iowa

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House File 2351 reportedly would meaningfully restrict the use of eminent domain in Iowa. This all comes in reaction to the US Supreme Court decision in CT awhile ago.

This particular bill passed by large majorities in our legislature: 83-15 in the House and 43-6 in the Senate (of our 9 local legislators, only Rep Winckler voted "no").

Quite recently, Gov Vilsack vetoed the bill as being too restrictive and suggesting a special session to work out a version more to his liking. Reportedly, the Repub legislative leadership prefers to seek a veto override. According to a Register article, there hasn't been a successful veto override in Iowa since the 1960s. Should be interesting to see this work itself out. If there is an override vote, will enough Demos back their (lame duck) governor and switch their votes? More to come, I'm sure, on this issue!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Things Going Round & Round: David Hartsuch on the ramifications of human trafficking

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A few months ago, I posted on the human trafficking legislation making its way through the Iowa Senate. A quick recap: human trafficking is modern day slavery, most often associated with foreigners smuggled into the US for purposes of sexual and physical exploitation. At that time, it looked like Senator Gronstal & Company might kill the human trafficking bill with a couple lousy amendments.

Politically Speaking: Right before our surprised eyes

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Here's the story behind the story on today's Page One article on Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack signing the enterprise zone legislation not only in Sioux City, but before the eyes of seven reporters and editors in our office. Vilsack has been daily signing about three major pieces of legislation emerging from the 2006 legislative year over the past week, and we knew he was coming yesterday to a Sioux City truck stop at 2:30 p.m. to sign ethanol legislation and that he was slated to speak to our editorial board for an hour beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Krusty Konservative: Krusty Endorsement: Bill Northey

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On April 17th I sent an email to Bill Northey informing him that I would be endorsing his campaign for Secretary of Agriculture. I intended to announce the endorsement in April, but things got a little krazy, sorry Bill! As the President of the Iowa and National Corn Growers Association, Bill Northey has been promoting ethanol for over 20 years. I guess he could say he was for ethanol when ethanol wasn't kool.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

iowa progress: Some Reflections Going into Gubernatorial Hell Week Well

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We're about a week out and things are starting to get crazy. If I were Chet Culver, I'd be feeling a little nervous. Though his website touts an eight-point lead over Nussle and claims no one else can beat him, I'm a little skeptical of this as a reason to vote for Culver.

First of all, I think we're going to beat Nussle in the fall. Period. Secondly, Blouin and Fallon have really made tremendous gains, which shouldn't be taken lightly. Blouin has proved his vast experience in public service make him extremely qualified, and his colleagues sure seem to recognize it.

Fallon has managed to overcome his "cooky" image and appeal to the independent-minded and party-faithful alike, building a huge, old school grassroots network.

Iowa Liberal: Tackles the questions that keep the 101st awake at night

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The most difficult dilemma facing conservatives come 2008 will be that if a Democrat gets elected president they are going to have to figure out how to distance themselves from a war they spent five years defending. Asking solemnly if protesting President Clinton's foray into the former Soviet republics was indicitive of being a true patriot was easy enough. After all, the action was under-taken while the cloven-hooved Clinton was in office.

Conservatives also had the added benefit of being able to invoke the UN boogey-men with their black helicopters and their One World Government ambitions. The same cannot be said for our next chief executive. A president from the Democratic party will inherit a war designed by, exclusively voted for, and overseen by a Republican dominated government. How then can Republicans effectively scrutinize what is going on with Iraq? Especially when the good news doesn't immediately start pouring forth from the news outlets disproving their primary thesis that the media is to blame for all of Bush's Iraqi ills?

Mike Schramm
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