Democratic Presidential candidates at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa - September 16th

Originally posted at Show Me Progress.

On Sunday, September 16th the 30th Harkin Steak Fry will take place at the balloon field in Indianola, Iowa. Democratic Presidential candidates Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Chris Dodd, Senator John Edwards, Senator Barack Obama, and Governor Bill Richardson will be in attendance (and speak to the crowd).

I plan on attending this year.

On September 12th in 2003 I received a phone call from a friend the day before the Harkin Steak Fry. He asked me, "Do you want to go?" It'd been ages since I'd taken a road trip - I agreed to go. So, we drove the 4 1/2 hours to stand in a muddy balloon field and listen to Democratic presidential candidates. We had the time of our lives.

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Missouri state senator switches from GOP to Dem

Today's Kansas City Star is reporting that Missouri state senator Chris Koster, a candidate for Attorney General in 2008, is switching to the Democratic Party.

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Our national media never got out of junior high school

Remember this?

Rolling Stone, Nov 26, 2001

...Recalls one network-television correspondent who spent lots of time on the presidential campaign, "There just developed among a certain group of people covering Gore, particularly the print people, a real disdain for him. Everything was negative. They had a grudge against [Gore]. I don't know how else to put it...."

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Lead poisoning, crime rates, and Rudy Giuliani

Today's Kansas City Star carried a page 2 article by Shankar Vedantam of the Washington Post titled (in the dead tree edition) The 'New York miracle': An economist links the city's drop in violence to a drop in lead exposure (link may expire). An additional header in the Kansas City paper asks: "Did less lead or more Giuliani make city safer?"

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How not to circulate rnc memes - Poppy's pardons

The hand wringing around here over right wingnut talking points about presidential pardons spewing from the Faux News Channel and other cable news network wannabees is getting excessive.

It's as if the shorter version of candidate hit pieces are "the republicans will say bad things..." I've got news for you - they're going to say bad things about anyone who's the nominee.

Learn to do some basic research, instead of repeating and recycling republican right wingnut memes. Frackin' amateurs. Smack the republicans up side their heads.

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You Can Call Me Al

This little story will be a bit off the beaten path, but it's a reminder for me that our little world here does not encompass the whole universe. I have a job and a life outside of my political activism - but these various parts of my life do seem to intrude on one another, sometimes unexpectedly.

I've written about quilts before at another place, but this quilt is a little different and may be somewhat appropriate for our current political environment.

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Best legal footnote ever...

United States v. I. Lewis Libby

Scooter has lots of friends.

Heh. The judge is not a happy camper.

United States District Judge Reggie Walton's footnote to his order granting motion for leave to file amicus brief:

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Ike Skelton (D-Mo 4) on Iraq, Speaker Pelosi

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo 4) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and has represented his district for 30 years. His record when it comes to "supporting the troops" is unquestionable.

Ike Skelton attended our local Democratic Party event in Warrensburg, Missouri yesterday evening. He took the opportunity to speak on the war in Iraq.

Over the past 15 years I've had the opportunity to attend numerous events where Ike Skelton has spoken and where he also greets and listens to his constituents. The district is considered to be "moderate/conservative" by popular opinion. At these events I've never seen Congressman Skelton walk away from a constituent (of any "ideology") who was determined to bend his ear. Ike Skelton listens to and engages with the people of his district.

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For some of us, it's not over - part 3

For obvious reasons, the following is offered without further comment:

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For some of us, it's not over - part 2

Election recount.

I first wrote about this here

For over two years I've been working on the campaign of Monica Penrose for Prosecuting Attorney of Johnson County, Missouri.

The unofficial results released at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9th had Monica Penrose down 45 votes out of almost 15,000 cast. The incumbent Democratic County Auditor, Kay Dolan, was down 3 votes to her challenger. Both margins are well within the 1% margin for a recount. We were not provided the totals for Warrensburg Southeast 1 and Pittsville precincts at that time. The precinct by precinct totals to that point were taken off the county website some time in the morning on November 9th....

There will be recounts for both contests....

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