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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Radio Iowa blog: Alex P. Keaton

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The Chet Culver campaign let it be known late last week that Michael J. Fox, the fellow who used to portray conservative Republican Alex P. Keaton in the t.v. sitcom "Family Ties," would be campaigning on Culver's behalf in Des Moines today. (For you political people, you already know it's all about stem cell research. For the curious, here's the Radio Iowa story on the Fox visit.) With that amount of lead time, one would think the campaign could throw together a nice event. Think again. The Culver camp chose to hold it at Drake University's Olmstead Center, which is the student union, on the second floor in a hall that should have been air conditioned, but apparently was not. There were a number of disabled people in the audience whose comfort levels were not optimum, to put it mildly. Some were forced to sit on the floor. During the more than hour-long wait for the event to start, two women in the front were trading places -- one would sit on the chair while the other sat on the floor, then they'd switch. There were over a thousand people in the room, and Drake security started turning people away at the door.

Political Forecast: Researcher statement on Iowa's restrictive stem cell law

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Krusty notes here that in some of the talk about stem cell research, the word embryonic is missing. To be fair, though, in general there is a field known as stem cell research. There are multiple different methods of the kind of research, one of them happens to be embryonic. The difference is that Democrats support all forms of stem cell research in an effort to advance human life and save human life. Somatic cell nuclear transfer is one way to improve the research and continue down the path towards the research with the greatest success potential. As I have noted before by linking to this LTE in the Register, the only real hope for true cures and understanding of these diseases rest with the unlimited potential of embryonic stem cell research.

Krusty Konservative: Dems: You keep forgetting a word, EMBRYONIC!

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After reading all the coverage of Michael J. Fox's Des Moines visit, I'm very shocked in how little the word "embryonic" was used. The debate between Republicans and Democrats is all about just one word, yet the media and the leftist bloggers fail to use the most important word in the entire debate. Rekha Basu doesn't use the word "embryonic" in her exclusive with Michael J. Fox. To his credit Chris Woods has used "embryonic" in his writings last week, but in today's coverage of the Fox visit Nate Kopple fails to use it. I give credit to Thomas Beaumont, at least in his article he actually explains the issue. Saying that Chet Culver and Jim Nussle disagree over whether Iowa should lift the ban on a type of research that involves creating human embryos for the purpose of research.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Real Sporer: Invasion of the Shameless

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Leaving no stone unturned in his race to bottom feed, the Democrats are bringing Teen Wolf himself to Iowa. If ever you need proof of Ann Coulter's genius you have a chance to witness a first hand demonstration when you watch Michael J. Fox in action. ... Having now seen several days of comparative video, both of other interviews and performances as well as the same commercial shot in different states, the inescapable conclusion is Fox did something to intensify his Parkinson symptoms in the commercials. ... Teen Wolf was too busy mac'n in the closet with Boop to have learned either the breathtakingly complex science of stem cell research or the Republican ethical position on using human life as a commodity.

Iowa True Blue: Congressman Nussle: On Stem Cell Research, He's Right For Bush, But Wrong For Iowa

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With Michael J. Fox coming to Iowa on behalf of Chet Culver, this is a good time to to remind folks about Congressman Nussle's extreme, right wing position on a critical issue. Congressman Nussle supports banning all embryonic stem cell research. His stance is simply indefensible. ... Let's be clear. Fertility clinics dispose of tens of thousands of embryos every year. Unless you want to outlaw and ban fertility clinics (the logical extension of Congressman Nussle's extreme views?), these embryos will continue to be discarded. If they are to be discarded, and again they will be as long as fertility clinics exist, why not use them for good, use them for research?

John Deeth Blog: Register Endorses Chet

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Uses the phrase "big lug" at least twice: Highlights: "Culver has taken his working knowledge about state government and molded it into proposals on education, economic development and renewable energy. He correctly identifies renewable energy as a historic opportunity for Iowa to remake its economy, and he has presented reasonably detailed ideas for helping it happen." "Nussle has been part of a Republican inner circle infamous for all-out partisan warfare and fiscal irresponsibility. And his views against abortion in almost all circumstances are extreme. It takes a leap of faith to believe he could give up his partisan habits and govern Iowa in an inclusive, moderate manner."

JCR Blog: Des Moines Register has officially lost it

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... Not only did they endorse Iowa's need for a "big lug" (yes, that's what they called him), but they endorsed every Democrat congressional candidate except for our own Congressman Jim Leach. Leach certainly deserves their endorsement (and our votes on Nov. 7), but I couldn't help but feel like the only reason they chose not to toe the entire party line was to give themselves at least the appearance of objectivity.

Krusty Konservative: Krusty Kudos to NW Iowa

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... in 2004 President Bush won Iowa by only 10,059 votes. Bush won Sioux County with 14,229 votes, compared with Senator John Kerry's 2,259. It is truly remarkable what the people up there can do. It's too bad other kounties don't go up there and figure out how to duplicate their efforts in other strong Republican areas of our state. I remember my first days in Iowa Politics, I was young and dumb, and laughed when I saw that little Sioux Kounty on the list of top targeted kounties. I learned quickly how important Sioux and the surrounding kounties are to elections in Iowa. The register also reported that President Bush will be visiting NW Iowa for a political rally on Friday in Le Mars. It seems as if things are really falling into place.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Iowa Progress: Guiliani Helps Hustle

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Via Hotline On Call, we learn that Rudy Giuliani will be campaigning for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Jim Nussle and Republican congressional candidate Mike Whalen in the days leading up to Election Day. There's no question that spending time with Iowa Republicans is good for Giuliani as he mulls a presidential run in 2008, but what could be the effects on these two Iowa races? Sure, Giuliani brings a lot of star-power with him, and he conjures up memories of 9/11 — we all know how good Republicans are at wrapping themselves in the flag — but he is also widely known as a liberal Republican, particularly for his pro-choice views. Should we be surprised that two pro-life candidates like Nussle and Whalen have attached themselves to the Giuliani teat? I don't think so.

Krusty Konservative: Why Nussle Attended the Rotary Meeting

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I can't believe all the media coverage about Jim Nussle not attending Jeff Lamberti's noon time fundraiser yesterday in Des Moines. I also find it disturbing that the good folks in the media didn't think about talking to someone at the Rotary Club of Des Moines. If they would have they might have understood why Nussle was unable to attend. The following is a series of emails I got my hands on that explains what went on... I think we need to remember that the Bush visit was a fundraiser for Jeff Lamberti's campaign. I hear they brought in another $400k. It's not like this was some big Republican rally. I would think that everyone who attended Lamberti's fundraiser is going to vote for Nussle.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Krusty Konservative: Why Nussle Attended the Rotary Meeting

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I can't believe all the media coverage about Jim Nussle not attending Jeff Lamberti's noon time fundraiser yesterday in Des Moines. I also find it disturbing that the good folks in the media didn't think about talking to someone at the Rotary Club of Des Moines. If they would have they might have understood why Nussle was unable to attend. The following is a series of emails I got my hands on that explains what went on... I think we need to remember that the Bush visit was a fundraiser for Jeff Lamberti's campaign. I hear they brought in another $400k. It's not like this was some big Republican rally. I would think that everyone who attended Lamberti's fundraiser is going to vote for Nussle.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

FromDC2Iowa: It's Not About "Taxes"

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Talk about "taxes" is a diversion, especialy during election season. It shifts the focus from the substantive issues, and the process that would be necessary to make real progress with a state's economy. ... "It's the programs, stupid!" Before one can rationally talk about "taxes" there needs to be a discussion of the programs we buy with that form of currency. Like the politician who wants to "cut taxes" but refuses to talk about defense spending and social security, and the other programs that make up the bulk of government expenditures, anyone who talks about "taxes" without talking programs is just blowing smoke -- and may be deliberately trying to impede your vision. ... However politically impossible it might be to do, wouldn't it be at least interesting to know what the consequences would be if the federal and state income taxes were the sole source of government revenue? No property or sales taxes. Fewer distorted, tax-driven, decisions by individuals, businesses and governments. A transparent, data-driven public discussion of public programs that could be easily grasped, and participated in, by all.

From Right to Left: Voting "none of the above" and other endorsements

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... I am of the view that you don't know who the person is, you shouldn't vote for them. I have no intent to vote for the other unopposed candidates. I just don't know them well enough to know that they deserve my vote. ... Sometimes, I do know an unopposed candidate, but refuse to vote for him or her nonetheless. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is one such candidate. ... The war on tobacco gets more press from Miller than all violent and drug crimes combined! Is that really where our priorities should be? ... In big capital letters, I will write in "NONE OF THE ABOVE." I would rather register my displeasure with Miller's ridiculous war on tobacco than to either vote for him or not vote.

John Deeth Blog: Limbaugh Will Just Say He's Faking It

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Michael J. Fox is scheduled to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chet Culver on Monday, aides to the actor and stem-cell research advocate said, drawing attention to the issue in the competitive campaign in Iowa... See the ads running in Missouri and Maryland. Mojo Nixon was wrong: Michael J. Fox has a lot of Elvis in him. Every kid has heard his voice acting in cartoons, and every voting parent grew up with Marty McFly pushing that DeLorean to 88 MPH. Why is the GOP so foolish to attack someone who's as genuinely beloved as Fox?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Politically Speaking: Republican dissatisfaction? Crunchy cons

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... when I was interviewing Denise O'Brien, Democrat candidate for the Iowa Secretary of State position, over the lunch hour today, I threw a question at her on whether that sort of dismay with Republicans would even impact downticket state races ... O'Brien said "I've been in the homes of many Republicans that are really dissatisfied with their party and with the way their party has gone." She said Crunch Cons "are granola eating Republicans" who described themselves as "Republicans who are interested in organics, interested in the environment, interested in family values and community, and they are the ones that are upset with the way their party has gone."

NewsConference: Campaign Season becomes Crabby Season

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In the final two or three weeks before Election Day, people get crabbier. And suspicious. And accusatory. Folks will find reason to complain. It is "crunch time." The stakes are high. Many people are working night and day for their candidates or issues, and the strain is starting to show. ... It has gotten to the point where I wouldn't be surprised to receive a complaint that, if the Telegraph Herald carrier tosses the paper toward the left half of a subscriber's front porch, that will prove the paper's liberal bias. Or, on the right half, our conservative leanings. ... One thing has changed, at least in my observation, over the past three decades. It's unfortunate that people seem less willing to accept that folks who hold a different opinion are not automatically bad, evil or stupid. Democracy is about discussion, debate and decisions. Thoughtful people should be able to disagree without demonizing the other side.

Krusty Konservative: Dems take TouchPlay Special Interest Money

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Sally Pederson says it's ridiculous to think that there is a secret plan between TouchPlay investors and Chet Culver's kampaign for governor. Now do I think there is some written kontract out there? Of kourse not, but I do think that the TouchPlay investors who have given kontributions to Chet Culver and other Democrats want something in return for their latest investment. ... The TouchPlay investors kreated the Revenues for Main Street Iowa PAC this past summer. ... Simply put, the Revenues PAC and TouchPlay investors are banking big on Democrat takeover from Governor's office on down.

Political Forecast: IA-Gov: Nussle's TouchPlay of desperation

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... I'm sensing a strong force of desperation behind Jim Nussle's gubernatorial campaign, a desperation to save them from the bad poll numbers and their inability to motivate their base because of just how badly Republicans have screwed up this country at all levels. Not to mention, all the campaign problems from abortion to the Iowa Values Fund. ... And now, the Nussle campaign is reaching for straws by claiming there is some kind of secret plan or deal to bring back TouchPlay or to make the state settle and pay tons of cash to those business interests invested into TouchPlay. As many commentators have noted, this was just a way for Nussle to try and energize the base with an issue that wouldn't turn off independent voters.

The South of Iowa: Secretary of Ag race

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... For the most part, the Secretary of Ag's position is to watch over bureaus that are generally regulatory. The Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is broken down into various divisions, then bureaus: ... Now, nowhere do I see "Livestock Zoning" or "Ethanol Plant Ownership", issues that are polarizing this race. It really doesn't matter what Bill Northey or Denise O'Brien think about local control of livestock operations; they'll get their marching orders from the Legislature and Governor. ... To be honest, it might make more sense to have the SOA appointed by the Governor and the DNR Chief selected by general election.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Political Forecast: IA-Gov: Another poll gives Culver the lead

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Today's Rasmussen Reports Daily Snapshot reported their latest polling in the Iowa gubernatorial race. When the polling is released later this week, it will show Culver with a three point lead over Nussle. When leaners are included, Culver goes ahead by four points. Just one month ago Rasmussen reported the race as a pure toss-up. This is the fourth poll in just over a week to show Culver with a lead at the far end of the MoE or outside of it. Advantage Culver.

John Deeth Blog: Endorsement Season Starts

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I find endorsement season deeply frustrating, as the old media bends over backwards to split their ticket in sacrifice to the altar of their false god of objectivity. Today the Press-Citizen starts with endorsements and feels the need to devote a great deal of their editorial endorsing the two Democrats - Larry Meyers and Sally Stutsman - to a weak case for making the office non-partisan. ... This is the year to save some ballot marking time and make a statement, which is why I made my own endorsement a couple weeks back: straight ticket Dem.

Nussle & Flow: Nussle Gambles on TouchPlay Gambit

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In case you haven't heard, Mister Anti-Gambling himself, Jim Nussle, took a gamble during the final gubernatorial debate, accusing his opponent of having a secret plan to reinstate TouchPlay lottery machines if he is elected governor: ... Jimmy the Hussssssssssssstler give odds on what Chet's hiding from usssssssssssss: 100 to 1: Chet made deal with Osama bin Laden, who plans on buying the discontinued TouchPlay machines and equipping every cave in Pakistan with the "money-making machines." 20 to 1: Donate the TouchPlay machines to public schools, where they'll be used as math manipulatives to help give Iowa's children a jumpstart on their World Class Education. 15 to 1: Replace all of the voting machines in Iowa with TouchPlay machines, with the hope of reinvigorating the voting process and increasing transparency by creating a paper trail. 5 to 1: Ship all the discontinued TouchPlay machines off to Capital Hill and use the revenue to help replenish the National Debt accrued during the past six years. 2 to 1: Chet has no secret plan, sssssssssssssssucker...

State 29: Sally Pederson Has A Bad Theory

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... Nussle has come out against the further expansion of gambling casinos in Iowa, something I'm sure current casino owners won't mind paying to support since the new casino in Riverside has done nothing but take away business from nearby Iowa casinos. And nevermind the fact that Chet Culver has already come out in favor of rubber stamping casino licenses for Fort Dodge and Ottumwa. If anybody is for expanding casinos in Iowa, it's Chet Culver.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Iowa Voters: SoS Candidates Answer [Iowans for Voting Integrity] Questions

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... Having read through them just once, my first impressions are that both have resigned themselves to the use of vote counting software that is a corporate secret (!) and that Hanusa missed a chance to say she supports paper trails. Hanusa is cool with the corporate takeover of election administration whereas Mauro is more critical. ... What do you see as the biggest challenge for the next Iowa Secretary of State, with respect to administering elections? Here is Hanusa's reply: Balancing the public's desire to use available technology to generate fast and accurate election results with the need to generate complete confidence in the entire election process. ... Here is Mauro's reply: ... The implications of policy decisions made with the Help America Vote Act (H.A.V.A), have changed the requirements of the office across the country. The biggest challenges lie with the election equipment and additional human capital to support the equipment.

Diary of a political madman: Mike Blouin: "It's amazing how many people I can't delude."

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... Allow me to remind you of something: all this money we've given away was in exchange for promised jobs. As of earlier this year, the most recent released report by the Department of Economic Development showed that less than 1,500 actual jobs had been created. At that point the state was claiming 25,000 jobs had been created. Also, IDED was unable to show proof that any company that had failed to create the promised jobs had returned a dime of their money.

Radio Iowa Blog: TouchPlay in governor's race

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The final debate of the 2006 Iowa governor's race is history. If you liked the "all TouchPlay, all the time" nature of the 2006 Iowa legislative session, you loved this debate. All the exchanges about this issue, both before and after the debate, are included in the story I just wrote for Radio Iowa. Nussle and Culver came into the IPTV studio where reporters had been camped out during the debate and answered questions after the event. For those of you not there, here's the give and take:

Friday, October 20, 2006

Krusty Konservative: Team Pataki's Iowa Disclosure

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Knowing how seriously some on Team Pataki take the job of helping to fund our 2006 kandidates for the State House, particularly the new konservative first-time candidates, I've been keeping close watch to their activity. Pataki's PAC raised $237,900.00, and spent $215,678.31. I'm happy to see that Pataki's Iowa PAC has given over $70,000 in kontributions to Iowa kandidates and organizations. Pataki’s 21st Century Freedom PAC gave $45,000 to 20 different kandidates, the majority of them are State House and State Senate kandidates.

Political Forecast: IA-Gov: Culver outraises Nussle by $200k

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You can see the comparisons between the two campaigns below in terms of dollars raised, spent, and cash-on-hand totals, as well as debts... It looks like Nussle has significant debt to pay off compared to Culver. This is clearly becoming quite the expensive gubernatorial race, if not the most expensive in Iowa history (which it was bound to be anyway judging from the political climate). I haven't had time to look over the reports in too much detail, but I'm sure we'll be hearing more about them soon.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Radio Iowa blog: Vilsack and Virgin Records founder on "Prop 87"

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Iowa's jet-setting governor, Tom Vilsack, appeared at a news conference in San Francisco, California, this morning -- with the city's mayor, Gavin Newsom -- to speak in support of one of the propositions on California's November ballot. Proposition 87 seeks to impose a tax on oil production and funnel the money to produce "alternative" forms of energy. Former President Bill Clinton appeared in California last Friday to speak in favor of the move. Actress Geena Davis of "Thelma and Louise" fame was at that news event with Clinton. Former Vice President Al Gore has cut a commercial for "Yes on Prop 87" campaign. Actress Julia Roberts appeared at an event on Monday to laud the initiative.

Political Forecast: 2008: Heartland PAC raises near $360k in third quarter of '06

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... Clearly, a lot of money is coming into Iowa for candidates and if you look at the pie chart that the Register has in the story, the money is coming in equally for the gubernatorial candidates and other candidates for state office — at least proportionally. The big difference to me was the Democratic emphasis on the party donations versus the Republican focus on the candidates primarily, with only 2% going to the RPI. Now, I know that the IDP does a lot of the legwork for legislative candidates by giving them campaign managers and field employees, etc. I'm not sure that the RPI does that, but when it comes to party organization, I know that pound for pound, the RPI cannot compete with the Iowa Democratic Party.

Krusty Konservative: Chet not Stupid, Chet Misspoke

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In Monday night's gubernatorial debate Chet Culver said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Iowa the fifth-best business climate in the country. I was as perplexed as Jim Nussle was when I heard that on the radio. Iowa's business climate is terrible. Todd Dorman did some fact checking after the debate and found that the Tax Foundation ranked Iowa's business tax climate 43rd in the nation. South Dakota ranked second, while Minnesota took 41st place, Illinois ranked 25th, and Wisconsin stood at 38th. ... Now I see that David Felipe, a spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said he doesn't know what Culver is talking about. He said his organization doesn't compile business-climate rankings. "We didn't do the study," he said.

The Caucus Cooler: Just Shoot Me

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While in Iowa today, John McCain had this to say about the possible (impending?) Democrat takeover in Congress. "I think I'd just commit suicide. " Seems a little drastic, but the prospect of Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi is enough to make all of us shudder. McCain is in Sioux City for Steve King and Des Moines for Jeff Lamberti today.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Culver and Kerry in Iowa City

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... We must be over 150 folks here. Kerry goes first. "I was on CSPAN this weekend, most of the Republicans I saw were on Cops." He skips the re-introduction of every politician in the room. Sticking to the Iowa Values vs. Washington Values Culver message. He's tie-less, wonder if Dick Myers auctioned it off? Now moving to veterans' issues, touching on his own service and swiftboating. Ties it back to Nussle voting record. Energy independence is a "four-fer": jobs, health, environment, and national security. I don't know if it's just me, but congressional pay raises just don't resonate for me as an issue.

Political Forecast: IA-SoS: Does Hanusa campaign outside of Western Iowa?

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... I'm curious to know if anyone outside of Western Iowa knows who Hanusa is beyond the party faithful spread out across the state? It seems like she's campaigning in the Western third of the state because that's the Republican base and since she's from Council Bluffs. It would explain the 25% or so in the poll against Michael Mauro, her Democratic opponent.

Politically Speaking: McCain (today)

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U.S. Sen. John McCain, as popular a Republican as exists, will attend a fundraiser breakfast for Iowa 5th District Congressman Steve King (this) morning at Clarion Hotel in Sioux City. McCain is making a swing through the Midwest to help Republican candidates as the party seeks to hold majorities in the two federal chambers. He also is undoubtedly surveying the land for a 2008 presidential bid. McCain is making a stop tonight in Sioux Falls for the 100th annual meeting of the SF Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Reaction to Third Gubernatorial Debate

Statehouse Snippets: Debate raises questions
Republican candidate for governor Jim Nussle tried a new line of attack in his debate with Democrat Chet Culver Monday night. It's called the "Leadership Experience Gap," or LEG, which sounds like something the boys at the Pentagon came up with. ... This new line of attack raises some obvious questions. First, is it good strategy to paint your rival as an inexperienced outsider ahead of what is shaping up to be a throw-the-bums-out, narion's-on-the-wrong-track election? Is touting your long ties to a highly unpopular Congress really going to get you the crucial votes of independents who might decide the election?

Radio Iowa - The Blog: Fiesty debate in Davenport
Tonight's gubernatorial debate featured a feisty Jim Nussle (the Republican in the race). Nussle opened by directly questioning whether rival Chet Culver (the Democrat) has what it takes to be governor. Culver, in turn, repeatedly mentioned that Nussle was a Republican congressman. (Nussle himself asked the organizers of their last debate NOT to refer to him as congressman. It made for a really awkward opening introduction in which Culver was introduced as "Secretary of State Chet Culver" and Nussle was simply introduced as "Jim Nussle.")

Iowa True Blue: Listening to the Culver-Nussle Debate on the Radio
Just a moment ago, Chet hit a GRAND SLAM. Congressman Nussle clearly knows he's behind, and is being extra petulant, patronizing, and negative. When Chet had an opportunity to ask Congressman Nussle a direct question, under the debate rules, Chet took the high road. Let's not engage in shrill negative attacks, Chet said, very graciously. Iowans are fed up with personal attacks. Why don't you just tell the audience something they might not know about you? The audience literally burst into applause. Congressman Nussle, despite this gracious question, just continued his negative and venomous attacks. This might be remembered as THE moment Chet won the election.

Krusty Konservative: 3rd Gubernatorial Debate
This was actually the first debate, not the third debate. The kandidates were asked questions, then the other could respond, and then the person who was asked the question first was allowed a rebuttal. ... Once again Culver delivers a canned opening and closing. I've heard it so much, I think could fill in if the "big lug" ever goes down before a debate. ... Nussle is this debate was more aggressive, which was a welcomed change of pace. In the first two debates Nussle answered the questions that were asked of him and ignored Culver's relentless attacks. This time Nussle went right after Culver. He made this debate all about experience.

2nd CD Debate - Leach v. Loebsack

From Right to Left: Leach v. Loebsack Love Fest
I just finished watching the Leach/Loebsack love fest that some people call a "debate." It merely confirmed my view that if we want to see bipartisanship in Congress, Leach is the one to bring it. Loebsack is a run-of-the-mill left liberal and Leach is a left of center Republican. Leach can and does work with Democrats. Loebsack cannot work with Republicans. If Republicans get what is coming to them in the House, Leach will still be able to work with the Democratic leadership because he has so much in common with them. If Democrats get what a lack of vision has given them, Loebsack will be an ineffective minority member in a Republican Congress.

Century of the Common Iowan: Comments on Loebsack and Leach Debate
I thought Loebsack was a little shaky at the beginning. He was jumping around trying to include every issue in his answers. Loebsack settled down and I think at the end, he came out on top. ... Leach did well...for a newscaster. He did an outstanding job outlining the issues. He used big, important sounding words and discussed both sides of the issues, but when he was done, you weren't sure what he was saying. It was Kerry-esque. Then in his closing statement, Leach quoted from a poem. That may play well in Iowa City, but what about the rest of the district.

John Deeth blog: Debate Daily Double: Loebsack-Leach
They're introing Leach with all his committee assignments and Loebsack with his academic credentials. Wonder if they wrote them themselves? ... Loebsack has lots of details. Solid for single payer. Solid against border fence. Loebsack solid for Palestinian statehood and Bush has fumbled it. Whole problem is caught up in this issue. Iraq is taking away all the attention. Leach is adopting a "on the one hand on the other hand" approach designed to make himself look "moderate." For example, he defends the border fence by arguing that it beats vigilantism and "I see no alternative." Leach is "open to a number of policies" over and over again. Playing into his usual "above the fray" persona. Bashing PACs - but how much does he loan his own campaign?

Politically Speaking: Nielsen momentum?

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How much will independent Roy Nielsen cut into the turf of Republican incumbent Steve King and Democrat Joyce Schulte on Nov. 7? He may be making inroads, given two developments this week. ... First, on Oct. 10, Nielsen held an event on Historic Fourth Street that drew an intriguing cast of about four dozen current Republicans and Democrats ... We can't say all those people are in the Nielsen fold, but they at least were intrigued enough to turn out to hear about him. Regarding another lieutenant governor candidate, or more correctly, an actual lieutenant governor, Art Neu of Carroll, who served in the position from 1972 to 1979 under beloved governor Robert Ray, has publicly come out in support of Nielsen.

Monday, October 16, 2006

John Deeth blog: Backwards Supper At Jefferson-Jackson

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As I so briefly noted Bill Clinton's still got it, both on stage and in person; the mobs waiting for handshakes were 1996 reminiscent. And usually I pass on such things but my daughter had a wonderful moment with him. Basic theme of the Clinton speech was "Mr. President, tell us what happened." He said we can't blame the entire Republican Party, because the whole government is now in the hands of the most extreme sliver of the Republican Party. ... Clinton contends that the Democrats are now both the progressive party AND the conservative party, the only party representing the two main streams of though in American history.

Krusty Konservative: Iowa Poll Gives Culver 7 point Lead

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... what did Chet Culver do to gain the bump in the poll? I honestly could not think of anything. In both debates he offered little vision for the future of the state, and instead focused on attacking Jim Nussle. So if Culver didn't do anything to gain his bump, then Nussle must have messed up right? Nope. Nussle was solid in both debates and showed a good grasp on current events. So if the kandidates don't have anything to do with the sudden change in the poll numbers then it either has to be a poorly done poll or the national mood has infiltrated Iowa voters.

Political Forecast: IA-Gov, Ag, SoS: New poll gives Dems commanding leads

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As I mentioned late last night, the new results of the Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll were released and it had good news for Democrats in all of the races polled. ... I had the privilege of telling Denise O'Brien in person what the poll numbers were and she was pleasantly surprised. She and her campaign are ready for the attacks to come and Iowa Farm Bureau's new PAC group is getting ready to attack her. ... As for the Secretary of State race, Mike Mauro's got to overcome a lack of name recognition. At 41% undecided, it is still a bit of an open race. Getting on the air — radio or TV — is going to be critical, as well as a mass mailing to people across Iowa to get your name out there and what he supports as a contender for the Secretary of State.

Things Going Round & Round: Round Up - a few political weeds

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The Sunday DMR "Iowa Poll" released a flurry of press. First, the Nussle camp came out with a morning statement on the poll, which included this prickly swipe at the cozy relationship that the DMR seems to have with the Democratic Party. What's more interesting is that the current Democrat Governor had knowledge of these questionable numbers to announce before partisans at a Democrat fundraiser before they were made available to the public in print or online.

Iowans for Romney: Beltway Boys---Warner out potentially helps Romney, McCain or Giuliani

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On Fox News show "The Beltway Boys" Mort Kondracke and Fred Barnes were discussing the early "bowing out" of potential 2008 Democratic POTUS hopeful Mark Warner, and it's impact on the Democratic nomination, and the 2008 race as a whole. ... That Warner is out of the picture makes it even more likely that potential Republican nominees who are well positioned to capture much of the moderate vote (McCain, Giuliani, and Romney were the three they mentioned) would win the nomination. Romney is the most socially conservative of those three and has a better standing among the GOP base. However, it has to be realized that he does have somewhat of a moderate streak.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Krusty Konservative: Brown & Black Gubernatorial Debate Rekap

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Last night Jim Nussle and Chet Culver participated in the Brown & Black Gubernatorial Debate which was aired on Iowa Public television. I thought the staging and set up of the debate was the best yet, but once again the sound quality just sucked. I did appreciate that the panel and moderators were bipartisan and active members of the kommunity. I thought both kandidates looked sharp in their suits. Culver wore a black suit, white shirt, and a red tie. Nussle wore a brown suit, with a cream kolored shirt with and greenish brown tie. I was impressed with Nussle's performance.

Iowa True Blue: Thoughts on Governor Mark Warner

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I don't want to be like the GOP blogs -- constantly writing about 2008, because even they must know they are in for a butt kicking here in 2006. I want to focus on November. But today Governor Mark Warner dropped out, saying he didn't want to run for president because it essentially would mean that he couldn't spend much time with his family for the next decade or so. Three thoughts. First, Mark Warner is a smart, decent, eloquent, generous, and gregarious Dem who had governed Virginia extremely well. He had an awful lot to offer the Democratic Party, both in Iowa, and the entire country. He had won in Virginia and Our Party desperately needs a Southern Strategy. I sure hope he stays involved in politics, because frankly we need him to.

Blog for Iowa: Braley Attacked by Enron Lobbyist

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A well connected Enron lobbyist has entered the First District Congressional race funding negative campaign ads against Bruce Braley. Sue Walden, a former lobbyist for Enron, is listed in IRS documents as the contact person for the 527 smear group, "Americans for Honesty in Issues". She was also a Bush Pioneer for 2000 and 2004 and a Bush Ranger for 2004 ( Americans for Honesty on Issues (EIN: 134341094) is a 527 committee running attack ads against nine Democrat candidates in the 2006 mid-term elections, the New York Times reported.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Warner Drops Out of Presidential Race

Former Va. Gov. Mark Warner, scheduled to be in Iowa today and tomorrow, announced this morning that he won't be a 2008 presidential contender.

In a prepared statement, he said a recent weekend with his family led him to decide "that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge—at this point, I want to have a real life."

Warner also left open the possibility of running for other elective office: "My decision does not in any way diminish my desire to be active in getting our country fixed. It doesn't mean that I won't run for public office again. I want to serve, whether in elective office or in some other way. I'm still excited about the possibilities for the future."

See reaction from two national blogs:

-- Daily Kos: Warner will not run for president
... As his statement says, he's not done running for office. His love for the office of governor is well-known, so he would be considered a shoo-in for the governorship in 2009 if he chooses that route. (Virginia governors cannot serve consecutive terms.) Better yet, he would be a strong candidate for the Senate seat in 2008 ... The biggest winner of the 2008 field? There are several. John Edwards, already the frontrunner in my opinion, loses the only serious southern opponent. Already strong in Iowa and Nevada, this will make him the prohibitive favorite in the fourth contest in South Carolina. If he wins the first three out of four, he's looking pretty good. Bill Richardson becomes the only serious candidate in the race who is a governor, making it easier for him to distinguish himself from the crowd. As for Hillary, this is a double-edged sword.

-- The Fix: Warner's Out: Winners and a Loser
The most obvious winner from the Warner news is Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. Bayh and Warner shared much of the same ideological territory -- moderate, consensus builders elected in red states. ... The other obvious winner from Warner's decision not to run is former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. Edwards and Warner were seen as occupying the tier just below that of Clinton -- the two candidates given the best chance of dethroning her for the nomination. ... Clinton, too, gets some residual benefit from Warner's decision simply because a serious contender for the anti-Hillary mantle has been removed. ... One quick loser in all of this: the state of Virginia. At the start of the year it looked like the Old Dominion might have two viable candidates for president: Warner and Sen. George Allen (R). Warner is now out of the race and Allen's struggles in his reelection race against former Navy Secretary Jim Webb (D) have seriously damaged his own chances of running for national office in 2008.

Caucus Cooler: 54 People Like Cox

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We received an email in the tipjar from the Cox campaign touting their strong Iowa organization and asking to be moved up the line. ... They didn't brag about the front page spread in the LA Times, which was the most bewildering news of the week to us in the Cooler. In that article, his law partner calls him a long shot! Nice commitment bud. ... The point of this process is choosing a leader of the free world and there's a vetting process. The American people are not going to elect a lawyer they've never heard of. The Gang of 50 unanimously agree on this. John Cox will not be President.

Political Forecast: IA-Ag: O'Brien and supporters call on Farm Bureau to cease attacks

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Earlier today, Democratic Secretary of Agriculture candidate Denise O'Brien held a conference call with supporters and members of Farm Bureau who are objecting to a letter from the Farm Bureau's PAC supporting Republican Bill Northey while attacking O'Brien. A full press release from the O'Brien campaign is below the fold, but let's put it this way: The President of the Farm Bureau has never taken such steps in attacking the opponent of the candidate it has endorsed in a letter to all members. Radio Iowa and the Register tackle the issue here and here, respectively. Essentially, Denise is getting smeared as a "progressive" and as an "activist" and is accused of being against "modern farming techniques."

Radio Iowa blog: Apples or pumpkins?

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This might fall into a "they purport, I deride" category, but I can report I am not the only statehouse journalist who saw these two news releases and laughed. Patty Judge, Iowa's current Secretary of Agriculture and the Democratic Party's 2006 nominee for Lieutenant Governor, issued a news release on October 2 with a headline that blared: Iowa Ag Secretary Patty Judge Reminds Iowans October is 'Apple Month' ... This was immediately followed the next day by another "reminder" from Judge: Iowa Ag Secretary Patty Judge Reminds Iowans That Autumn is Always 'Pumpkin Season' ... Gird yourselves. November will probably be gourd month. December is definitely going to be Christmas Tree month. What will January be -- ice sculpture month? Will February be snow ball month? The mind boggles. But perhaps we now know what role Secretary Judge might serve in a Culver Administration – the "reminder."

Circle Jerk at the Square Dance: McCain Blames President Truman for Current North Korean Nuclear Crisis

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Republican Senator John McCain, a 2008 presidential hopeful, went on the offensive against reporters who asked if the Bush administration could have done more to stop North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons. Walking from the stage toward the press area, McCain asked, "Do you remember that little thing we had about 50 years ago called the Korean conflict? And how we failed to achieve victory?" ... "Imagine how things would have been different today if we had crossed the thirty-eighth parallel," McCain said

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Straight Out of the Cornfield: Iowa uses attack dogs to torture prisoners

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A report released today by Human Rights Watch titled "Cruel and Degrading: The Use of Dogs for Cell Extractions in U.S. Prisons," says the state of Iowa uses aggressive, unmuzzled dogs to intimidate, and even attack, prisoners who refuse to leave their cells. ... As of March of 2006, Iowa had fifteen canine teams (or fifteen dogs, each paired with a handler). Between March of 2005 and March of 2006, dogs were brought next to a cell 63 times for possible use in cell extractions. In 48 of these incidents, according to a prison official, the presence of the dog changed the prisoner's attitude so that force did not need to be used. In ten of the incidents, even though dogs were brought to the prisoner's cell, officers used other means of physical force to gain compliance from a prisoner. In five incidents, the dog was sent into the cell and bit the prisoner."

State 29:

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Via Instapundit, here's, a massive database of Federal government spending broken down like you can't even begin to believe. Let's go into Steve King's district for FY2004. It's mostly business loans, Pell Grants, rural rental assistance payments, Social Security, crop insurance, flood insurance, and stuff like that. The list is so damn long that your eyes will boggle.

Political Forecast: My meeting with General Wesley Clark

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... When asked what makes him unique as a Democrat helping other candidates in 2006 as well as what would set him apart from other potential 2008 candidates, General Clark (as expected) mentioned national security as the issue that distinguishes himself from other potential candidates. He stressed his beliefs in Democratic principles and the desires of tolerance, diversity, and bringing people together, which is what the Democratic party has always fought for. But we've got to be strong against a Republican enemy that uses fear as its primary weapon.

Globe Gazette News Blog: Do you still listen to Rush?

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... I do, however, take exception to my nephew's view that Rush Limbaugh should be president. He loves the guy and thinks everything he says is right on. I don't. In fact, I find myself listening to him less and less because I feel he's becoming far more predictable than he used to be and a lot less fun and funny.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Krusty Konservative: Whalen-Braley Debate Rekap

Excerpted from this post at Krusty Konservative

... It really didn't matter what the issue was, they were constantly going after each other; this is especially true of Braley.If Braley agreed with Whalen, he would then state the same thing but add a line how Whalen is just a rubber stamp for President Bush. I think Braley won this debate.He is a good communicator and was in his element.The problem he might have is he's just too slick.Whalen comes off as more like Leonard Boswell when he talks, but you can actually understand what Whalen is saying.He likes to tell stories and his element is retail politics.

Politically Speaking: Anyone for Barth or Litten?

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My post of Sept. 29 promised we'd return to unveil the full ballot for the Iowa governor race. The post on that date noted that according to the Zogby Poll, Republican Jim Nussle and Democrat Chet Culver "are locked in one of the tightest battles in the nation. With Green Party and Libertarian candidates sapping votes from both campaigns, this contest looks poised to go down to the wire." So who are the vote-sappers? Major research — OK, a quick look at the Iowa Secretary of State Web site on candidates listed on the Nov. 7 ballot — has determined them to be Iowa Green Party candidate Wendy Barth of Cedar Rapids, Libertarian Party candidate Kevin Litten of Cedar Rapids and Socialist Workers Party Mary Martin of Des Moines.

Things Going Round & Round: A vote for Nussle is a vote for homework

Excerpted from this post at Things Going Round & Round

I normally would not make any attempt at campaign ad analysis. I'll leave that one for the pros. However, a new Jim Nussle ad entitled Compete (on the Nussle website but not on YouTube™) must be an effective ad. Today, my oldest saw the ad and immediately sent younger brother (the minion) upstairs to tell me that I cannot vote for Jim Nussle because he'll make school difficult and the teachers will assign more homework.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Century of the Common Iowan: Denise O'Brien gets support from DFA

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Got this email the other day... Democracy for America supports fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government. That's why we are supporting Denise O'Brien for Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture. ... Denise's experience over the past 30 years has prepared her to step forward as a leader in Iowa. When elected she will work to create more opportunities in farming. She wants to reduce the influence of industrial agriculture -- which has a serious impact on family farms and prevents young farmers from entering agriculture.

Krusty Konservative: Kaptivated by King

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The Des Moines Register is obsessed with hating Congressman Steve King. I swear management must have a quota for how many negative pieces they want written about King each month. ... Some [district residents] say he is an embarrassment, some love him, and other just do not care. What the Register fails to point out is that the same is true in most congressional districts across the country.

Gavin's Journal: A Cautious Endorsement

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After much soul searching and not finding a place to file my recently-arrived absentee ballot, I've decided to vote for Chet Culver for governor over Green Party candidate Wendy Barth. I probably disagree with Culver on 50% or more of the issues, and I think Barth's the far superior candidate, but as I work within the electoral system in American politics I have to accept that it is a broken one. The Green Party has essentially no political sway in Iowa, and I believe that casting a idealistic vote, a protest vote in a sense, wouldn't be of great enough significance

Friday, October 06, 2006

Krusty Konservative: Politicizing Foley

Excerpted from this post at Krusty Konservative

Let me first say that I find Foley's actions involving a young page disgusting, and they should not be tolerated. I also think there should be a thorough investigation of Foley's actions, and an investigation of how this was handled in the United States House of Representatives. What shouldn't be done is using this tragedy for one person or one parties own political gain. Unfortunately, this is exactly what the Democrats are doing. In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District a group called America Family Voices is calling registered Republican voters and saying the following.

The Caucus Cooler: Massachusetts - Seriously?

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Mitt Romney is using RGA money to grease the wheels for his Presidential campaign... So says Chris Cilizza. "The RGA -- through its independent expenditure arm -- is spending nearly $900,000 on ads touting Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R) -- ads that indirectly seek to shore up Romney's legacy in the state. The governor's image is all over the ads as a narrator casts the successes of the "Romney-Healey team," including a balanced budget, job creation and health insurance for all. "Why would we want to turn back?" asks the narrator." Doesn't sound that shady. How about this.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Iowa True Blue: The "Foley Five": Steve King, Jeff Lamberti, Tom Latham, Jim Leach, and Jim Nussle

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It is axiomatic that all it takes for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And nothing is exactly what the "Foley Five" -- Steve King, Jeff Lamberti, Tom Latham, Jim Leach, and Jim Nussle -- are doing. The constituents of the "Foley Five" should demand three simple steps: (1) The "Foley Five" should call for Speaker Dennis Hastert to immediately resign. ... 2) The "Foley Five" should call for a full, fair, and immediate investigation as to what other Reps. knew, when they knew it, and what actions, if any, they took. ... (3) The "Foley Five" should call for the several hundred thousand dollars received by the National Republican Campaign Committee, received directly from the disgraced and disgusting Foley, be given to charity.

Diary of a political madman: Lottery losers

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Given the $200 million winner in Powerball and the news today that a woman in Ankeny won $21,000 on a scratch-off ticket, I'm feeling the need to republish this exchange of letters between Ed Fallon and Ed Stanek of the Iowa Lottery: "... I'd like to introduce the latest $100,000 winner from your district. (name withheld) from Des Moines won $100,000 in the Powerball game on May 5, 1998. We, of course, sent him our best wishes along with a check. I thought you might want to offer your best wishes also. ... Edward J. Stanek, Commissioner, Iowa Lottery" [Fallon's response:] "Over the years I have had the particular distress of seeing lottery losers from across our state. Although both jackpot and $100,000 winners only come occasionally, we do have losers on a regular basis. If you have it, I'd appreciate a list of all my constituents who play the lottery and lose."

John Deeth Blog: The Night I Knew I Was Going To Lose

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There's been a lot of talk this year about a 50 state strategy -- Dems running everywhere, trying everywhere, being in position just in case late developments make a long shot race winnable -- look at Wyoming, look at Idaho, look at Mark Foley. There's also a case to be made for investing resources in the best prospects -- the candidates with the sharpest resumes, the districts with the best demographics. I don't know the right answer -- both, I guess. As regulars know, I was a legislative candidate ten years ago. I remember the night I knew I was going to lose. I was a classic example of the 50 state strategy -- a relative unknown opposing an unproductive but affable incumbent in a very red district (though Red vs. Blue was still four years off). I was literally Better Than Nothing: it was either I run or there's a blank line on the ballot.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Iowa True Blue: Another Night, Another Debate, Another Dem Win

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Congressman Leonard Boswell won the debate tonight. The first half-hour was spent on Iraq, and Jeff Lamberti was reduced to saying "me too! me too!" Hardly the position a challenger wants to be in, especially for half the debate. The Boz did especially well trumpeting his experience as a decorated war veteran; world traveler; and long time member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Krusty Konservative: Lamberti-Boswell Debate Rekap

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.. I'm not going to wait till the end to let you know who I thought won this debate, hands down it was Lamberti. I think it's laughable to suggest otherwise. That said I didn't expect Boswell to win this debate, kommunicating isn't one of his best assets. On a number of issues Lamberti clearly laid out his position on issues like abortion, gay marriage, taxes, and spending. Boswell didn't offer any insight or passion. On a number of occasions Boswell actually agreed with Lamberti.

State 29: Iowa City Grants Another TIF Request For A Luxury High-Rise

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... TIF money was originally intended to help develop blighted or undeveloped areas. This is a prime location in downtown Iowa City that any developer would have wanted to build on. And you just know that the apartments and condos built will go for top dollar due to their location and view. ... I'm not saying this stuff shouldn't be built, but why do the taxpayers have to subsidize it? Don't give me this "investment" or "it'll eventually increase the tax base" nonsense. You know that the guy opening a new retail location or building a new middle class house doesn't get these sorts of breaks.

New Iowan: Unlawful Enemy Combatants Ravaging Des Moines!

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Des Moines police are investigating "posters and graffiti apparently linked to anti-government groups." Seems "the Anarchists" who may or may not be involved in "more than simple vandalism" have been leaving posters (gasp!) and grafitti (oooh!) advocating "the overthrow of organized government*." Yeah, the miliary-industrial complex is trembling.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Statehouse Snippets: Debate Shots

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... Nussle seemed confused at one point whether Iowa is overtaxed or under-taxed. He settled on overtaxed, I think. Then Culver pulled a $100 million tax relief package seemingly out of thin air. You'd think he might have mentioned that before. ... I'm feeling real uneasy about the future of health care in Iowa. Nussle said he would cap malpractice awards to help save rural Iowans caught "in augers." Culver would "expand 58,000 kids," perhaps by replacing physical education with competitive eating 101. ... Culver had a golden opportunity to hit a fat homerun when Nussle started talking about fiscal discipline. Instead the Democrat stumbled while trying to "correct the record straight."

The Real Sporer: Misters Lincoln and Douglas request

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Indeed, insist that you allow our candidates for public office to engage in real direct debate. The current format, with moderators asking questions that are neither penetrating nor profound, simply doesn’t allow the public to hear any level of scrutiny of the many claims and counterclaims hurled during these joint statements that masquerade as debate.

Politically Speaking: No bounce from debate?

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The first of the three debates between Democrat Chet Culver and Republican Jim Nussle played out last night, and a quick review of bloggers and political columnists shows there may be no bounce coming off this one, that both men seeking the Iowa governorship laid out their stances and made no major gaffes. The election will be held five weeks from today, so time is running short for Nussle and Culver to get some separation from the other in the tightly-contested race.

More debate coverage

-- Nussle and Flow: Gubernatorial Debate Blog (Tape Delayed)

-- Krusty Konservative: First Gubernatorial Debate is in the Books

-- Iowa True Blue: Chet Culver Flat Out Won The Debate

-- JCR Blog: Nussle wins first debate

-- Iowa Voice: Nussle And Culver Debate

-- John Deeth Blog: Debate, Debate, Debate

-- Things Going Round & Round: Debate # 1: No winner out of the first 25 minutes I actually watched

Radio Iowa: White House press secretary still selling windows

Excerpted from this post at Radio Iowa

On Monday morning (that would be today), I called the 800 number given in the ad, and Tony at Nu Vu related the story of how he had met Tony Snow three years ago (through a small Christian radio station) and Nu Vu had been running the Tony Snow ad on the radio ever since. I asked Tony P. if anyone had asked him to pull the ad when Tony Snow became the president's spokesman. "No," he said. "Am I not supposed to run it?" ... At 7:35 p.m. central, a White House spokesman (no, not Tony Snow) called to say Mr. Snow would ask that the spot stop running. (I was here in the newsroom listening to the gubernatorial debate at the time of this call.)

Monday, October 02, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Evan Bayh: Red and Blue Maps, Too Much Dessert, Colts Win

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[Bayh's speech:] "We're not here because we seek power – we're here because of the tangible things we can accomplish together to make a difference in people's lives."
We import more oil than on 9/11 – we need to break free from oil addiction.
Health care – Washington is stuck and powers that be don't seem to care. It won't be easy but we have to make choices. Care for kids, 50-50 match for business, re-insurance… We can do it - we have to afford it. "If the choice for me is health care or more tax cuts…" didn't hear the end for the applause.

New Iowan: Boswell Lost My Vote

Excerpted from this post at New Iowan

Well, my Democratic congressman, Leonard Boswell, voted for the Military Commissions Act (aka the Republican Torture Act). I can get the argument: he's in a close race, didn't dare look "weak" on terrorism. And I can hear the argument: the alternative is Lamberti, who will be worse. My response: either Boswell was in favor of the bill or he exhibited profound moral cowardice.
Follow-up post
Oddly enough, I've gotten feedback on my "not going to vote for Boswell" post. I got chewed out, nicely enough, by a committed Democrat, via email, and received an abusive phone call from some right-winger about my opposition to the Military Commissions Act (how the hell did Mr. Anonymous find out my phone number?) So, weird. I didn't think anybody really read this blog.

Straight Out of the Cornfield: Who cares if Braley was endorsed by a Communist?

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The ad, sponsored by the GOP, criticizes Braley because the Communist Pary and other "ultra-liberals" called him a peace candidate ... Anybody who would vote for Braley's opponent because of this must not believe in the freedoms of speech and association, much less care about the issues in the actual election. Braley's cleary not a Marxist. The CP on the other hand, has an embarrassingly long history of endorsing Democrats over third party candidates. They even endorsed John Kerry. The fact that the CP is essentially moderate compared with the far-left makes this whole thing that much more ridiculous.

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