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Friday, December 19, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: Department of lousy optics

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

When Governor Chet Culver scheduled a $5,000 a head fundraiser in Des Moines, he probably didn't expect the event to fall on the same day he announced about $100 million in "painful" budget cuts. Trust me, Bleeding Heartland's resident troll won't be the only one to use this convergence to push Republican talking points about Democrats no longer being the party of working people. Last week Iowa legislative leaders appeared at a forum organized by Iowa Politics, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy characterized the Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections bill as "flat-out bad" ... Of course, the real problem with our current system of funding politicians isn't the lousy optics, it's how narrow interests are able to push through bad bills or block legislation that is in the public interest and has broad bipartisan support.

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