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Monday, June 11, 2007

Century of the Common Iowan: Live Blogging PIN Conference: Loebsack, Bolkcom, Fallon, O'Brien

Excerpted from this post at Century of the Common Iowan
... It is Ed Fallon's turn. ... Some issues that need to be addressed in Iowa are CAFO's. We can't be spending more time in task forces, we need to take action on this issue and if not it might be a very, very short tenure for Democrats in the legislature. Voluntary public financing is the key. If that is passed, we can see progress on many other issues because it cuts out the moneyed interests. Gronstal even voted for campaign finance reform 3 times back in the early 90's. Fallon thanks Rep. Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque) for her work on this issue. He says the VOICE bill has a chance to be the best law in the nation because it takes into account and fixes problems similar bills have had in Maine and Arizona. ... Denise O'Brien is speaking now. ... She says she was disapointed with the outcome of the election, but has recovered. She mentions the nasty attacks that were made at the end of the campaign. She had been an activist for many years, but decided to make the change and run for office and she hasn't ruled out running again. That comment got large applause from the audience. ... She goes off on aside and asks what can we do about Sioux County. She says her opponent had 10,000 more votes there. We must think about local economies, local food, and local businesses. These are our roots and where are values and families are and they must be strong for small towns to survive.

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