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Monday, October 26, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Loebsack, Senate contenders at JC Dems BBQ

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

"Because we've been pushing hard in on the public option, we're
beginning to see some movement in the Senate," Congressman Dave
Loebsack told the 150 or so Democrats gathered in Hills Saturday for
the Johnson County Democrats fall barbecue. "We in the House helped
move the Senate and, yes, the President." Responding to critics of
health care reform he noted, "Not only have I read the bill, I've
amended it" to provide better federal funding for direct care workers.
Loebsack also took credit for improving reimbursement rates. "Finally,
Iowa can be treated fairly." The second term congressman, who casually
acknowledged ("not an announcement") that he's seeking a third term,
shared the stage with the two announced US Senate candidates, Brb
Krause and Tom Fiegen. But some of the buzz in the room was about the
likely entry of former gubernatorial nominee Roxanne Conlin into the
Senate race.

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