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Breaking News: Obama Wins Iowa, Despite Boycott PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:39
I am so tempted to tell you how I feel about the movement to Boycott the Presidential Election, but will bite my tongue and save it for today's civil-yet-spirited conversation with Terri Lee . . . and anyone else who wants to call-in at (855) 244-0077 and opine on either side of the issue.

I will, however, weigh-in briefly on Mitt Romney's decision to concede Iowa to President Obama. Yes, if there is a political move dumber than coming out against the wind energy tax credit and calling Iowa's booming wind energy industry a “stimulus boondoggle,” I can't think of what it would be.

Even Steve King disagrees with Romney.

Tom Latham cautiously chastised Romney, saying the latter's position “shows a lack of full understanding of how important the wind energy tax credit is for Iowa and our nation.” (DM Register, 07/30/12).

And rumor has it that Senator Grassley, the self-described "father of the wind energy tax credit," is livid . . . although there weren't any tweets to corroborate such speculation.

Possibly the most telling comment in terms of the political damage this causes Romney came from Senator Harkin, who simply said, “Good luck in Iowa!”

Unfortunately, Romney's fatal stumble means the presidential candidates will spend less money in Iowa, at a time when our economy could use a boost. On the up side, we won't have to view so many inane television commercials. Bottom line? Put Iowa in the win column for Obama . . . unless that crazy boycott idea catches fire.

Monday, in addition to Terri Lee and me sparring over the proposal to boycott the presidential election, Jeffrey Weiss with Catholic Piece Ministry and I discuss yesterday's deadly US drone attack in Yemen on the eve of the commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (see Events calendar on my website).

Tuesday, Arnie Arnesen joins me. Arnie is, to some extent, my twin cousin from New Hampshire. Having served in the State Legislature and run for Governor and Congress, Arnie now hosts a daily talk show. With Arnie, one can never predict where the conversation will go, but let's start with the highlights posted in her e-mail message this morning: "Eliz Warren addresses the Dem. Convention good for the base? bad for the Pres?; Electing Ayn Rand for President?; Revolving Doors."

Wednesday, Sean Bremhorst with Students Beyond War is my guest. We'll discuss how some young veterans feel lied to by Army recruiters when the promise of $50,000 for college turns out to be a lot less. Also with me in the studio on Wednesday is Jim Gray, the Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate.

Thursday, we meet Kelli VanDyke-Wulfekuhle with Harbor of Hope Mission, which provides transitional housing for men released from jail or prison. Kelli is helping raise funds to refurbish the facility. Also Thursday, State Representative Dan Kelly joins us.

Friday, Ira Kurzban is my guest. Ira is an American civil rights and immigration lawyer and author. He received widespread media coverage during the 1980s for his representation of Haitian immigrants in Miami. Also Friday, we meet an innovative young entrepreneur: Emily Svec, whose business - Body by Svec - is turning plenty of heads.

So, join the conversation live, Monday-Friday, online from 12:00-1:00 pm on the Fallon Forum website. Call in at 244-0077 or toll free (855) 244-0077. And tune-in to Bradshaw, Monday-Friday from 1:30-2:30, also on the Fallon Forum website. Video and audio podcasts are available, too.

Thanks! - Ed

 

EVENTS

August 6 - Hiroshima to Fukushima: The Nuclear Fallout (DM)
At the Japanese Bell on the State Capitol grounds (next to the Supreme Court Building) at 7:30 pm. This annual lament of the Hiroshima/Nagaski nuclear bombings will feature speakers and music. Contact Jeff Weiss with Catholic Peace Ministry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text24259 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (515) 255-8114.

August 8 - Modernizing Iowa’s HIV Statute (Ames)
Community Forum at the Ames Public Library and viewing of the film “HIV is Not A Crime," in response to efforts to change a state law criminalizing HIV transmission. It begins at 6:30 pm and is open to the public at no charge. Contact Mark Kassis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (515) 441-9944.

August 9 - Drinking Liberally (Des Moines)
You don't have to be a card-carrying liberal to enjoy political conversation and excellent libations at AJ's, 419 E Court starting at 8:00 pm every Thursday. If the revolution is going to start anyplace, it's over a frosty libation. Contact desmoines@drinkingliberally.org.

August 24-26 - White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow (Waukee)
At Hawkeye Antique Acres, 3322 Ute Ave. Twelfth annual event, fostering better understanding of all cultures through drumming, music, dance and story-telling from Native American and other cultures. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (515) 266-3187.

August 30 - Green Drinks (Des Moines)
Join casual conversation with people interested in environmental issues and sustainable energy over something to eat and/or drink. It's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gateway Market and Cafe, 2002 Woodland Ave. Contact Shari Hrdina at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

October 20 - Contra Dance at Odd Fellows Hall (Des Moines)
Contra-Indications is hosting a contra dance at Odd Fellows Hall, 2904 Kingman Blvd, 8:00-11:00 pm, with lesson at 7:30 pm. Live music by Barn Owl Band; Jill Allen as caller. $10 adults; free under 12; $25 family maximum. Visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
OBAMA FOR AMERICA HOLDS MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF EVENTS ACROSS IOWA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:52

CHICAGO – Today, Friday, August 3, Obama for America will hold two events to talk with working families and middle class Iowans about the choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt.  The President believes the only way to create an economy built to last is to build it from the middle out, not the top down.

The events in Davenport and Dubuque will highlight President Obama’s plan to restore middle-class security and discuss the stark contrast between President Obama’s push for tax relief for middle class families and Mitt Romney, who supports raising taxes on millions of hardworking families to finance tax breaks for the wealthy.

A nonpartisan report out Wednesday found that in order for Romney to pay for his $5 trillion of tax cuts weighted toward millionaires and billionaires, he’d have to raise taxes by an average of $2,000 on a middle-class family with children. The Obama campaign also released a new web video and digital tool to underscore Americans have a clear choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt. President

View the new OFA video HERE, and check out the new digital calculator HERE.

 

Friday, August 3

1:00PM

WHAT: Middle Class Tax Cut Roundtable with Mayor Bill Gluba

 

WHERE: Davenport Public Library - Eastern Avenue Branch, Meeting Room A

6000 Eastern Avenue
Davenport, IA 52807

3:15PM

WHAT: Middle Class Tax Cut Roundtable with Senator Pam Jochum

 

WHERE: Home of Ken Kraus

2635 Renaissance Dr. Unit 2

Dubuque, IA 52001

 

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Schilling: "Let’s keep working, govern responsibly" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:41
Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 6233, the Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act:  

“Advancing the Farm Bill remains a priority of farmers and producers in the 17th District of Illinois, and it remains a priority of mine,” Schilling said. “But it is important that we act now, in a bipartisan fashion, to help rural America and livestock producers during this very difficult drought.”

On July 12, Schilling helped advance the Farm Bill through the House Ag Committee by a bipartisan vote of 35-11.  He also spearheaded a letter to House leadership signed by 78 of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle urging a vote on the Farm Bill before the August district work period.  Schilling last week joined members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation and Governor Pat Quinn in requesting a Secretarial Disaster Declaration from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to help Illinois’ agriculture communities being impacted by the drought currently gripping much of the United States.  The United States Department of Agriculture only yesterday designated 66 counties as primary natural disaster areas.

“It seems that folks only hear of the arguing, bickering, and – arguably the worst of all – deadline crunching in Washington,” Schilling said. “Yesterday, a fellow member of the House said that Congress works like this:  ‘Crisis.  Cliff.  Deadline.  Extension.’  It seems to me that’s just not how the best system of government in the world is supposed to work.

“We have worked in a bipartisan way to achieve results this Congress, but there are a number of important legislative items to get done, including the Farm Bill.  We have an opportunity to provide certainty, Let’s get back to regular, govern responsibly, and pass the Farm Bill, giving our farmers and producers the tools they need to continue feeding the people of America.”

In September 2011, Schilling introduced H.Con.Res. 82, a resolution that would prohibit the Senate or the House of Representatives from adjourning for any period three days or longer unless that chamber has passed a budget for the current fiscal year in addition to all 12 of its regular appropriations bills.   He also is a cosponsor of H.R. 3643, the No Budget, No Pay Act, that would ensure that Members of Congress wouldn’t get paid if Congress doesn’t fulfill its responsibility of passing a budget.  Schilling also voted against adjourning the House for the August district work period.

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Loebsack: Republicans Fail Iowa Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:37

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House voted on an insufficient agriculture disaster package instead of bringing up a bipartisan farm bill.  Loebsack has called on Congress to stay in session multiple times to get critical work done.

“The worst case scenario came true for Iowa farmers - Republicans are playing politics and leaving early for their summer vacation while there is a historic drought gripping our state. The Republican Majority has refused to pass the single most important piece of legislation for Iowa Farmers – the farm bill.  While I was hoping it would not come to this point, I was afraid it would, which is why I led the delegation in introducing a disaster relief package for farmers and livestock producers.

“The bottom line is - we need a new farm bill and we need disaster aid.  There are bipartisan bills to do both in the House and Senate, but Republicans would rather play politics and pack up and leave for vacation a day early than do the difficult work of actually getting a reformed farm bill done. Unfortunately, today we were forced to take a vote on a bill that is dead on arrival in the Senate to give the Majority Members cover for their August vacation while Iowa farmers suffer and the fields whither.”

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The Chairman's Report August 2, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by A. J. Spiker   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:09

Last week, we were fortunate to welcome Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to Iowa. They travelled to Davenport, Coralville and West Des Moines and addressed packed crowds at each event. Both spoke about the need to reaffirm the American Dream for our children and grandchildren and how the fiscal path our nation is currently on is unsustainable. I enjoyed meeting both Governors and I am sure we will see them back in Iowa in the future.

Governor McDonnell and Governor Jindal speak at the Coralville Victory Office

On Saturday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was scheduled to speak at the Capitol in Des Moines but unfortunately he was unable to make it due to plane trouble. That didn’t stop a large crowd from gathering in the rain to hear Governor Branstad speak! Senator Rubio was able to address the crowd by phone and we hope to have him in Iowa soon.

Governor Branstad addresses the crowd in front of the Capitol

This Saturday is Super Saturday all across the nation. Join Republicans in every state as we embark on a massive phonebanking and doorknocking effort. Find the closest Victory Office at the bottom of this email and sign up for a shift! Our Victory Offices help all Republicans up and down the ticket so it is important that we make as many voter contacts as possible.

To Victory,

A.J. Spiker
Chairman, Republican Party of Iowa

 
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