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Sarah Palin in Iowa One More Time

From IowaPolitics.com:

McCain campaign: Governor Palin is returning to Iowa
10/31/2008

Join us for a Road to Victory Rally with Governor Sarah Palin

Monday, November 3, 2008
Grand River Center
500 Bell Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Doors open at Noon
Program begins at 2 p.m.

If you have questions or concerns please call the Iowa McCain-Palin Hotline: (515) 418-9322

Tickets are free and can be picked up at the following locations during the following times:

Dubuque County Victory Office
2560 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA 52003
Friday: Noon to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Scott County Victory Office
1880 E. 54th Street
Davenport, IA 52807
Friday: Noon to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Linn County Victory Office


Polling Data: To What End?

The biggest fraud in this election appears to be the use of polling numbers to disorient and discourage (mostly) Republican voters.

How many times have you heard three or four different sets of polling results in for the same state in the same time period?  Keep an eye on the organizations providing the information.  I doubt that any partisan organization is going to avoid showing numbers favorable to their candidate, but the largely liberal media is clearly having a heyday pushing numbers that just don’t add up.  Even this week here in Iowa, polling supposedly puts Obama 12 to 13 points ahead of McCain.

So why was Obama planning to come to Iowa this week?  (that trip was canceled after suspending his campaign to spend …


Burning Down The [US] House

Talking Heads:

No visible means of support and you have not seen nuthin yet

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The House of Representatives today passed the Senate version of the $700 Billion Bail-out.  For now, it’s over.  Bush signed the bill shortly after the vote, and we have not seen nuthin yet.

In case you haven’t noticed yet, the market is not exactly tripping over itself to show its appreciation.  After the announcement of the bill passage, the Dow lost all of the 200 or so points it had gained today, and then some. 

I haven’t even had time to read the bill yet, but have heard so far that there’s some pork.  It shouldn’t surprise me that our Congress, while debating the bill most …


The Senate Strikes Back

Our US Senators have approved a version of the $700 Billion Bail-out Bill that provides some new features:

  • New tax breaks for businesses
  • Raising the FDIC deposit insurance limit from $100,000 to $250,000

Normally, I am all about tax breaks for businesses.  I think that is one of the best ways to stimulate growth.

And without a doubt, raising the FDIC limit will help so many… almost rich people.  Okay, pretty much just really rich people.  I don’t even know anyone that has close to the $100,000 limit in a protected bank instrument, so I’m having a hard time understanding who benefits from this.  Maybe someone like Warren Buffet or Dan Rather, but not anyone I know.  I take that back, Buffet would have that …


The Economy Today

My cohort DJ is going to disagree with me.  Just you wait and see.

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Today did not scare me.  It did surprise me, because I didn’t think that Congress had the ability to face down the President, Treasury Secretary and their own part leaders all at the same time.  (For the votes of the Representatives from Iowa, see below, or this link for the roll call vote).

I am so proud of them!  From the above Reuter’s article:

“This isn’t legislation. This is extortion,” said Florida Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. “This is so embarrassing it turns the stomach of most Americans.”

That pretty much sums up my thinking on this.

As I mentioned yesterday, I think we should seriously …


Going To See McCain and Palin

Art SmithI’ve got a car load of people, four tickets, and tank full of gas.  We’re heading up to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Thursday morning.  They will be appearing at the airport there with the event starting at 8:00 AM (so we’re leaving town around 5:15 AM, with my eyes half open). 

You may wonder why on earth I would spend four hours on the road just to see John McCain? 

It’s all about Sarah.  Seriously, if it were just John, I’d pass since I saw him in August at the Iowa State Fair.  But this will be my first chance to see Sarah in person.  Maybe I can get her to autograph her biography (my copy showed up from BarnesandNoble.com yesterday).

My hope is that we …


What A Week: Party Unity

On the Republican side, the increase in McCain’s position in the polls, slow as it is in coming, is a reflection of the unity that is starting to build within the Republican Party.  I think what you’re really seeing is that as the various state conventions come to a close, and people have finished jockeying for position to attend the Republican National Convention, that the dust is settling, people are getting into position for victory and are finally realizing the inevitable: John McCain is going to be the Republican Candidate… there’s little that could change that now.  People are seeing more and more clearly the need to get past the differences and work toward victory in November, both in the Oval Office and in …


The Iowa State Fair: Day 2

Just so you don’t either get too enthused or too fearful, I don’t plan to attend any more days at the fair this year… two days are enough for me right now!

But today was a pleasant day!  My wife and I left late (oh well!) with hopes essentially dashed that we would get to see John McCain.  After all, we were parking at the State Capital, taking the DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transit) shuttle, and there would be thousands there to see the Senator, right?  Well, we got on the shuttle at around 10:25, and arrived at the fair at about 10:40.  We got into the fairgrounds at 10:45 and were walking up the Grand Concourse, knowing we had missed the speech but …


Iowa State Fair – Day 1

Today was the first day of the Iowa State Fair.  I had intended to participate in the early morning event (but slept in instead) to break the record for the most corn-dogs eaten by the most people at the same time in the same place.  Sounds like it was a rip-roaring success, with over 15,000 people showing up, only 10,000 of which were able to enter the Grand Stand, and I’m not sure, but I think only about 8,400 corn-dogs were available.  We listened to the actual “Chomp!” on the radio, and it sounded like a lot of fun!

All 15,000 or so were admiteed to the fair for free.  By late this afternoon, I was still meeting people who had been there since the …


Obama To Miss Iowa State Fair?

I just reviewed the scheduled speakers at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at the Iowa State Fair.  John McCain will be there at 10:30 Friday.  Barack Obama will be there… NOT!

Instead, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska will be speaking on Obama’s behalf on Thursday, August 14 at 3:30.

Iowans have long memories.

I now predict a McCain landslide in Iowa.…


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