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Friday, September 29, 2006

Iowa Progress: Those Democrats and their old policies...

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I'd like to begin this rant with a quote from Iowa Republican Party spokeswoman Sarah Sauber: "Voters are looking for fresh, new ideas to bring change rather than the old policies you get from Democrats." What? The last time America got any significant policies from Democrats, the country was peaceful, prosperous, and had a balanced budget. Speaking of old policies, though, there's an interesting piece in Wednesday's Washington Post. The World Economic Forum has dropped America's economic competitive ranking from 1 to 6.

Krusty Konservative: Yepsen is Krazy

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Yesterday David Yepsen devoted his entire column to Roy Nielsen, a businessman from Orange City who is running as an independent against Kongressman Steve King. I can't wait till Yepsen wastes more of his political ink writing about James Hill in Iowa's first district. Nielsen describes himself as a moderate Republican who has had enough of King's "ultrakonservative" rhetoric. Nielsen said he thought about running against King in a primary but waited because he believed others would. Umm, that's because everyone knows what would happen in a primary against Steve King; you would get you butt kicked. Heck, I know of a few people who would like to run for the U.S. Senate in 2008, but they are hesitant until they know what King's going to do.

The Real Sporer: A Challenge To Everyone

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As the election grows closer the disconnection between Democrat rhetoric and factual reality has grown wider than the gulf between Bill Clinton's intern policy and NOW's governing statement of purpose. The NIE says that Bush policy has crushed Al Qaeda leadership and splintered the far more powerful group into smaller, albeit more covert, but still less lethal subparts. If you don't like this result would you be happier with Al Qaeda leadership intact and in control of Afghanistan while obtaining support from Libya. How could any thinking person prefer the latter?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

FromDC2Iowa: Press-Citizen Promotes Student Gambling

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The Iowa City Press-Citizen, which has been pushing the edge of the envelope with regard to the promotion of gambling (see earlier blog entries, linked from below) in page one stories and special supplements, ripped the envelope open this morning with a direct assault on our local high school and college youth. ... I really do think that for any paper to promote gambling in this irresponsible, inaccurate way to young people, without balance, without saying something about the real odds of winning (laid out in detail in the UI piece linked below), the real disasters it has brougnt into the lives of many youngsters, and the treatment programs that are available, can only be described as "shameful."

Diary of a political madman: Krusty and Republican leadership wander all over the place

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I saved a post this morning from Krusty about the race for Secretary of Ag, and sure enough, by the end of the day, I had another Krusty post about anti-bullying legislation to write about as well. ... I was going to make a point about small government here and how these two topics share no common ground. It would seem that keeping state standards on hog confinements is promoting big government, while moving not to enact anti-bullying legislation is a move towards small government. Then, I noticed the common thread. ... In both cases, Krusty and the Republicans siding with him have the opportunity to protect someone. Instead, in both cases they've decided to protect no one.

Things Going Round & Round: Heard it all before ...

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... This anti-bullying legislation isn’t about the kid with developmental disabilities. And it’s not about the smart girl with no fear of being right. And it’s certainly not about the morbidly obese kid. (We have other fancy social engineering agenda items in the wings for that kid, somewhat along the lines of POW camp food monitoring at school & home.) No, this is a clever hijacking of an emotional policy issue that is couched in female friendly sound bites that cover up the long-term legal agenda. ... On the same note, Krusty’s pi**ed off tirade slicing the minutia associated with the Republicans position on the anti-bullying legislation is lost on me. It never works to say things like: This proposed legislation is good but it is also bad for this and this and this reason therefore, even though I believe in the idea, we’re not going to do anything about it.

Krusty Konservative: Rants Signs on with Mitt Romney

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Iowa’s Speaker of the House, Christopher Rants has signed on with Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PAC. Rants is the highest ranking Republican elected official in the state to sign on with a potential 08er. Romney will be in Iowa (today) for a two day visit. ... I think it’s important to note that this isn’t just an endorsement, but instead it looks like Rants will take an active roll in the Commonwealth PAC’s Iowa operation. It will also be interesting to see if other legislative endorsements follow for Romney once the November elections are over.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Just Ignore It

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A letter signed by Senate co-leaders Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, and Mary Lundby, R-Marion, calls for a vote on anti-bullying legislation next session. ... Back in my day they told me “just ignore it.” Over and over and over again. I was surprised a couple weeks back when Tom Vilsack spoke of being bullied in school, of the need for this bill. He didn’t offer details of his hurt, but there was an odd catch in his voice. ... To the theocratic wing of the Republican Party, ideology is more important than reality. They actually believe that if this bill passes, we’ll be saying that it’s somehow wrong to hurt a young boy by calling him “queer,” and we’ll maybe just maybe imply that it’s NOT WRONG to be young and gay. Which of course it isn’t. But they’re more concerned with their dogma, with Motivating The Base, that with the real tears of our children. Kids like me. We can’t just ignore it.

Krusty Konservative: SOA Race Centers on the Siting of Livestock Operations

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... The Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa deals with a ton of different things. I went to the SOA website and was shocked to see how little information was on the site. You have to click on current Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge’s biography for find an in depth menu bar which seems a little odd if you ask me. The main issue in the kampaign is state vs. local control of the siting of livestock operations. O’Brien favors local control. It is her belief that counties should decide what Ag enterprises set-up shop in the local community. Northey supports state standards. Northey has said that the siting of livestock operations should be made at the state level with consideration for local conditions, such as soils types.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Things Going Round & Round: My November 7th Wish List

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It’s a little over six weeks until we bury this election and I have a list of things I’m wishing on. Some of these things are selfish suggestions, they’ll help with the blogging, other suggestions are random ideas that I think will improve the universal peace of mind. And, since this is my blog, my peace of mind matters. ... I want Chet Culver to have every opportunity to speak extemporaneously to as many voters as possible – I told you it’s a wish list. ... I want Jim Nussle to lose the Wink Martindale vocal quality when using prepared scripts – I know it’s important to enunciate and speak crisply when making an important point but the lilt throws me off, all I can think about are those damn Orbitz commercials and Cancun.

Iowa Voters: SOS Project Endores Mauro

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“A modest political investment in electing clean candidates to the key Secretary of State offices is an efficient way to protect the election in 2008.” That’s the pitch at a website which has endorsed SoS candidates in seven states, including Iowa. They even claim to have raised over $8000 for Iowa’s candidate, Democrat Mike Mauro of Des Moines. That figure is up more than $1000 since I first saw the website a week ago, so business is pretty brisk, I’d say. Mauro is third highest beneficiary of their fundraising.

Krusty Konservative: McCain, Rudy, Mitt, Frist all beat Clinton in Iowa Poll

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The Des Moines Register kontinues to milk its most recent Iowa Poll. This week they let us in on how the 08ers match up. This is the same poll the conducted from the 10th thru the 13th of September. I wonder if they are holding the results of the 3rd kongressional District Race for next week. The polling information will only be three weeks old… The Iowa Poll is bad news for Sen. Hillary Clinton, and Iowa’s Gov. Tom Vilsack. In hypothetical match ups she gets her clock cleaned by McCain and Giuliani, but she also gets edged out by Romney and Frist. Ouch!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Nussle & Flow: Nussle Unveils "If-It-Ain't-Broke, Fix-It" Plan

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The FIX is in, folks. With only 47 days left before the election, my Better Half has unveiled his "If It Ain't Broke, Fix It" Plan (so much for his Grammatically-Correct English initiative). The key to effective advertising, whether it be a product or a candidate (I apologize for using redundancy again), is how you manipulate the public into buying into something they don't really need, say a fully-loaded Hummer or the Truth - both of which can be extremely dangerous if not handled correctly. Using this precept, Jim plans on taking it one step further by creating the illusion that we need to fix something that isn't really broken.

Blog for Iowa: Change is in the Air - 29th Annual Harkin Steak Fry

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I can't tell you how excited I was to finally be able to attend a Harkin Steak Fry. For the past two years, since I became politically active, I was never able to make the trip. Traditionally, the Scott County Democrats always fill an entire bus with eager democratic activists, hungry to hear the voice of strong leadership (as well as a sizzling steak or two). This year was no exception. Since there was no room on the bus, an extra dozen of us pooled our resources and rented a passenger van to make the trip. It rained the entire time we were on the road -- we just knew we would end up getting drenched.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Krusty Konservative: Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll

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The Des Moines Register conducted a poll last week where Republican Jim Nussle and Democrat Chet Culver both received 44% of the vote. 10% remain undecided and 2% say they will vote for someone else. The poll is based on interviews with 600 Iowans age 18 or older who say they definitely plan to vote in the Nov. 7 general election. Now it’s just a poll, but I’ve been waiting to see a Register Poll for some time now. This poll also confirms what we already know; that the race is going to be extremely tight. Bring the Rolaids on election night folks.

State 29: Chet Culver: "Iowa can create and manage a venture capital fund"

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The Chet Culver web site has revised the "Iowa Means Business" section. As far as I'm concerned, Culver's political capital has gone from worse to kamikaze: ... Several years ago, the State of Iowa funded the Iowa Agricultural Finance Corp, which was supposed to be this venture capital-like fund exclusively for Iowa businesses that had ties to agricultural-related businesses. It should have been a hit, right? It has been a disaster. Take a look at this PDF and see what it "invested" in:

JCR Blog: Fry and Gable for Nussle!!

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On the eve of the Iowa/Iowa State game, we have some great news to report to here in Johnson County! Legendary Hawkeyes Hayden Fry and Dan Gable have announced their public support of our next Governor, Jim Nussle!

John Deeth Blog: Obama at Harkin Steak Fry: The Main Event, Part 3

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I may be too much of a speech-style person, as an ex-teacher and old college speech circuit hack. But I like oratory and consider it a lost art. And Obama's style is special. Quiet, yet commanding. Fiery yet not over the top. Conversational and at the same time challenging. You can tell in the phrasing, the pronunciation, that this is a guy who fully absorbed Harvard Law while keeping the ability to connect to South Side Chicago. Obama looks at the challenge and goes on the attack, making his case against Bush (who gets a chuckle) and the Republican congress who gets booed. I found those reactions interesting: Bush is a joke; the GOP majority is an enemy?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Iowa Progress: Good for Jim

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Far out of the mainstream, Jim Nussle was against a woman's right to choose - even when a woman's life is in danger. Until now, anyway. Carroll’s Daily Times-Herald calls him out on this sudden "flip-flop." In an interview with the Herald, Nussle took this position: "Those are very difficult challenges and my position has been that I believe life begins at conception and I don't have any exceptions to my pro-life position." Problem is, now he's running for governor. And those views are a little extreme.

Krusty Konservative: Presidential Money

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It takes a lot of money to run for President; and if the current trend continues, we are going to have a few candidates who will have plenty of money to run a campaign, and the rest will be just raising enough to get by. I kind of look at presidential candidates like baseball leagues. You have your minor league system and then you have the major leagues. It's been no secret that Sen. John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney have been feverously signing up Bush Rangers and Pioneers like its going out of style. It's also worth noting that Senator Bill Frist has also been able to recruit a handful, but he is a distant third behind Romney and McCain. The following is how I see the Presidential field shaking out.

Nussle & Flow: Nussle Urges Campaign Break: "Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em"

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The Jim Nussle Gubernatorial Campaign would like to take a break from the campaign and thank some of our sponsors for their campaign contributions. At this time, we'd like to extend a special thanks you to R.J. Reynolds and Phillip Morris for standing by our side over the years. Their contributions of nearly $70,000 dollars to Jim's campaign efforts have helped insure and protect smokers' and potential smokers' rights. It's a sorry state of affairs when Big Government feels it has the right to step on Big Tobacco's toes and extinguish their God-given right to exploit the Coalition of the Willing.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Nussle & Flow: Nussle Adopts "Duck & Cover" Strategy to Combat Wedge Issues

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It was only a matter of time before the Wedge issues would manifest in the campaign, only this time it was the Democrats who drew first blood, pouncing on Jim's equivocal responses on a survey that the Nussle campaign* completed for a voter guide published by Project Vote Smart, a nonpartisan group (I told Jimbo to guess 'C' and warned him that one day his standardized test responses would come back to haunt him.). In the survey, the eight-term congressman indicated support for legal abortion only in the first trimester, a departure from how he has completed the surveys in past campaigns.

Krusty Konservative: Krazy Poll Numbers

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Rosco and Enos sure love polls. Enos is giddy over a poll that shows Democrat Bruce Braley leading Republican Mike Whalen by 13 points (54-41). Now call me Krazy Kooter, but I'm not that dumb to buy those numbers. Braley does have some advantages; he has proven that he is a solid fundraiser, and he is running in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 19,000 voters. Whalen also has some advantages; he is from the largest metropolitan area in the district, and also has shown the willingness to dig deep into his own pocket to fund his kampaign.

Things Going Round and Round: Culver & Nussle: Perspective, Issues and Underwear

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I'm still thinking of ways to explain how the abortion debate never addresses what it means to have an occupied uterus. I'm sure with that line alone I've lost at least a quarter of the normal (using the term loosely) readers. I know, when we use correct anatomical terms it takes away all the mystery. I thought I'd break up my writers block with a first. The AP released a story with a good example of the different political philosophies eking out of the campaigns. This is in today's Mason City Globe-Gazette: Gubernatorial rivals offer prescription plans.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Iowa for Feingold: Feingold and Braley Focus on the Pocketbook Issues

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Sen. Feingold attended an event last night in Waterloo sponsored by Working Families Win, along with 1st District Congressional Candidate Bruce Braley. I was unable to attend, but heard from a someone who was there that there was well over 50-60 people in attendance. According to the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, Feingold and Braley focused on the pocketbook issues like the minimum wage, health care, outsourcing jobs, and trade agreements... "We get in there, we take the majority, we're going to pass that minimum wage increase right away," Feingold said. Braley has promised not to take a congressional pay raise until the federal minimum wage is raised. Feingold said he's been doing that. "I've returned $60,000 to the Treasury."

Krusty Konservative: Lamberti's on TV

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The much discussed 3rd Congressional District race has officially started with Jeff Lamberti going up on TV. I have been impressed with the fundraising numbers he has been putting up and it's a good sign to see him up on TV right now. I think it can only benefit him to have people begin to get to know him before Labor Day. This also provides him an opportunity to build the case for Jeff Lamberti before his builds his case against Leonard Boswell. Definitely the most important part of this ad is building up his positives and his name ID. Now is a great time to do it. I wonder if the DCCC wouldn't like to be running some ads against Lamberti right now? Instead he gets to go up without any competition on the airwaves and drive up his positive name ID.

Iowa Progress: Is This Heaven?

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You've all seen the movie, but now Forbes Magazine is here to tell us what Kevin Costner knew way back in 1989: It's Iowa. Well actually, according to Forbes's new list, The Best States for Business, Iowa is a pretty great place to live, but maybe not so heavenly for businesses. By the numbers Iowa was ranked the 1st in quality of life (looking at "index of schools, health, crime, cost of living and poverty rates"), but 25th overall. This is probably due to its low, low ranking of 47th in labor ("educational attainment, net migration and projected population growth"), beating out only West Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Iowa also fell below the half-way mark in economic climate and growth prospects, scoring 31 and 41, respectively. This brings up some issues looming large in the gubernatorial campaign such as how to get people to come to Iowa and stay in Iowa once they've received their diplomas.

Mike Schramm
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