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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Essential Estrogen: Group calls for ouster of Mertz as agriculture chair

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

Democratic Iowa House leaders Kevin McCarthy and Pat Murphy have
received a call from the members of Iowa Citizens for Community
Improvement to remove Dolores Mertz (D-Ottosen) as chairwoman of the
House Agriculture Committee. The group cites Mertz's voting record and
close ties to the factory farm industry as reasons for the action.
Mertz, an 11-term member of the House, was re-appointed last week by
leadership to serve as chair of the committee for the 2009 legislative
session. "For more than a dozen years, she has consistently voted for
policies that benefit corporate factory farms and worked against the
interests of hundreds of thousands of everyday Iowans," read the ICCI
press release. "In addition, Mertz's son, Peter, owns a 4,000-head hog
factory, which raises other questions about her votes." Kevin
Shilling, a member of ICCI and a livestock/poultry farmer, accused
leadership of caring "more about the factory farm industry than the
quality of life of everday Iowans."

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