Entries Tagged as 'Gavin’s Journal'

Iowa’s Medical Marijuana Hearings Draw to a Close

November 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Yesterday in Council Bluffs, the Board of Pharmacy examiners held their final of four hearings on the medical value of marijuana. A final decision for the Statehouse is expected by the time the legislature reconvenes in January. According to Susan Frey, the board’s vice chair, via Radio Iowa: “We have received copious amounts of information [...]

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Is the New York Post Chimp Cartoon Racist?

February 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Illustration: Sean Delonas/New York Post In today’s New York Post, a tabloid rag owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the above-pictured cartoon ran. Naturally, this sparked allegations of racist intent (Obama as the chimp) and condemnation by Al Sharpton, who told the AP the image is “troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of [...]

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Ending Pot Prohibition: The Solution to California’s Crumbling Economy?

February 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Okay, so it will never happen. But now that the economic crisis has left California on the brink of bankruptcy, the arguments in this new diary by Daily Kossack Setrak really ought to be taken seriously. In short, Setrak argues that legalizing cannabis — the biggest cash crop in California and 11 other states, according [...]

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The Story County Democrats Soup Supper and the “New New Deal”

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Photo: Gavin Aronsen “I think we need a new New Deal in Iowa, and in America”: Chet Culver speaks to guests before giving his keynote address at the annual Story County Democrats Soup Supper Saturday evening in Ames. Invoking the economic programs of FDR in Ames last Saturday, Iowa Governor Chet Culver made his case [...]

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Reason for Concern for Obama Supporters?

August 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Update (8/13): Then again, maybe my skills at prediction aren’t as good as I’d like to believe. This time in 2004, Kerry had a solid and pretty stable lead over Bush in the electoral college polls that became increasingly erratic as November closed in. Much has been said about national polls that purportedly show a [...]

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Final Thoughts on the 4th District Primary

June 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

In the 4th Congressional District, The Des Moines Register chose to endorse Becky Greenwald, for what it’s worth. I have no idea how this one’s going to turn out, but I suspect that Greenwald, with her Iowa Democratic Party connections, and Kevin Miskell, with strong connections of his own through the Iowa Farmers Union and [...]

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Final Thoughts on the 3rd District Primary

June 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Interestingly, The Des Moines Register endorsed Ed Fallon over incumbent Dem Leonard Boswell, writing that “Boswell’s own record of accomplishment in a dozen years in Congress is relatively light, and, in a recent meeting with the editorial board, he seemed out of touch about some serious issues facing the country.” Then this: One example: Boswell [...]

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More 3rd District Thoughts: No Debate, More Endorsements, and the “Fallon Loophole”

May 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Update #2 (5/12): Fallon paid himself a salary in the months following his gubernatorial campaign for campaign clean-up work using unexpected leftover funds, and he doesn’t expect to do the same after his congressional bid, Campaign Manager Lynn Heuss has told me via e-mail. Update (5/12): Previously, I wrote that I’M for Iowa was “arguably [...]

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Ames Libertarians Kick Off Statehouse Bids

May 1st, 2008 · 4 Comments

If I’ve learned anything about libertarians, it’s that they know how to have a good time. There’s a place on the 500 block of Hayward Avenue in Ames called the Liberty House II, ground zero of my ties to the university libertarian community here and the locale of more than a few heavily intoxicated nights [...]

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Fallon Receives National Endorsement from Progressive Democrats of America

April 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment

That’s according to his campaign’s latest media release. Ed Fallon (who, for any newcomers to the site, is challenging Democratic Representative Leonard Boswell in Iowa’s 3rd district primary) received DFA’s Des Moines chapter endorsement in March. I’ve got to bounce in a minute, so I’ll just share with you some excerpts from the e-mail: “PDA’s [...]

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