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Archive for May 2008

Vote on Tom Harkins Building Blue Contest

Vote on Tom Harkin's Building Blue Contest

By Carol and Dave Bradley

Please go to and vote the second round, we have until June 3rd to cast our vote for one house representative and and one senator candidates. If you don't have anyone running in your districts Please vote for Sharon Savage our district 4o senate race.

Please vote today, and defininately by Tuesdays closing.

Thanks for to all for their participation.

Iowa Water Essay and Photography Contest

Iowa Water Essay and Photography Contest

By the IPP

To facilitate public discussion on Iowa’s water quality and promote sound water-quality policy decisions, the Iowa Policy Project (IPP) wants to gather Iowans’ stories and views on this issue. IPP is requesting short, passionate essays from Iowans about Iowa’s water or photos that tell their story.
Essay Submissions

We would like original vignettes on water quality from Iowans with a variety of backgrounds, ages, professions and interests. Writers or photographers for this project may be anyone: farmers, water-quality monitors, legislators, students, seniors, researchers, advocates, business representatives, water treatment plant operators, fishers and boaters. Whatever their background, participants will share a common characteristic – they will be people who have thought carefully about Iowa’s water. The essays should be personal and could be written from a variety of angles – a person’s love for fishing, a desire to improve our water for future generations, a particular water quality battle she or he waged, an action she or he took to improve our water. Whatever the author’s take, we ask that he or she supplement essay submissions with an entirely separate short paragraph describing an idea, action or policy recommendation for improving Iowa’s water quality.

We will accept essays in two categories: 1) fewer than 500 words, including poetry, and 2) between 500 and 1,000 words. Prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions in each category – first prize will be $500; second, $250; and third $100. All authors must sign a statement attesting that the submitted work is their own and that no copyright or privilege is being violated by submission of the work. Essays may be submitted in printed form, but must also be submitted electronically in a Microsoft Word file.

Photography Submissions

We will be accepting black and white photographs featuring Iowa water. As with the essays, we are interested in photographs that illustrate the many aspects of Iowa’s water. The photographs could capture the beauty of our water, highlight the need for improvement, or display its multiple residential, commercial or recreational uses.

We will award prizes for top three photographs – first prize will be $500; second, $250; and third $100. Those submitting photos must sign a statement attesting that the work is their own and that no copyright or privilege is being violated by submission of the work. Photographic prints may be submitted, but all submissions should include a digital JPEG file at a resolution of 300 ppi or above.

Contest Details

We will combine several essays, recommendations, and photographs (including the winners as well as other submissions) in a pamphlet with an introduction about Iowa’s water quality and water quality policy. The pamphlet would be printed by the Iowa Policy Project and distributed for use by the media, public, other Iowa organizations and decision makers. Additionally, the Iowa Policy Project may seek to place some individual essays in Iowa newspapers or magazines. We hope this contest and the resulting publication facilitates discussion and ultimately advances policy that will improve Iowa’s water quality.
Essays and photographs should be submitted by July 11, 2008. Iowa Policy Project staff may edit the essays. The Iowa Policy Project would retain the nonexclusive right to use all submissions in any manner, though authors would retain the right to use their own submissions as well and would be encouraged to place their writings or photos elsewhere.

Please mail or email your submission to:

Teresa Galluzzo, Research Associate, Iowa Policy Project, 120 N. Dubuque Street #208, Iowa City, IA 52245 or Questions may be addressed to Teresa Galluzzo at 319.338.0773 or by email.

Business School Project for Home Grown Eggs

Business School Project for Home Grown Eggs

By Shelli Carol

I am a student at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. 

quarter, a group of entrepreneurial students, including myself, are
working on a business that would allow average homeowners to cleanly,
quietly, and easily keep organic, egg-laying chickens in their

consider taking our 10-minute survey about it.  The link to the survey
is here:

you feel comfortable, we would certainly appreciate your passing this
request to others. Please welcome them to forward it further.

Feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Thank you for your consideration.

Shelli Carol
Kellogg School of Management

Fallon Gets DM Register Endorsement

Fallon Gets DM Register Endorsement

By Sam Garchik

I'm still trying to stay out of the primary race, but this is important news. The Register threw its hat over to the Edster yesterday. Way to go, Fallon. You got yourself a real race out there in the 3rd. Vote is on Tuesday.

Candidate Forum for the Third Congressional District Democratic Primary

Candidate Forum for the Third Congressional District Democratic Primary


State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust Street
Des Moines 50319-0290
Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.

The two candidates for Iowa's Third District Congressional office, Representative Leonard Boswell and candidate Ed Fallon, have both been invited to appear together on stage for a “Question and Answer” forum.

About the Master of Ceremonies: Vern Naffier
Vern Naffier is the Chairman of PCCI and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Philosophy at
Grandview College.

About the Moderator: Mary Brubaker
Mary Brubaker has been one of Des Moinesʼ most recognizable television and radio personalities
over the past 40 years. She was KCCIʼs first female reporter and has hosted and produced
various programs on KCCI television a nd WOI radio over the span of her career. She is an
Alumna of Drake University and a community activist.

About Leonard Boswell
Leonard Boswell is running for his seventh term as Iowaʼs 3rd district U.S. Congressional
representative and is a former member of the Iowa Legislature.

About Ed Fallon
Ed Fallon has served seven terms as a State Representative in the Iowa Legislature and ran for
Governor in 2006.

Principal Sponsors:
The Progressive Coalition of Central Iowa (PCCI) and Central Iowa Operation Democracy (CIOD).

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Iowa Chapter of Physicians for
Social Responsibility (PSR), Iowa Chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), and
Clarion Alliance.

Please note: Due to the importance of this special announcement, it will be repeated 2 more times over the holiday weekend.

Iowa lakes, rivers and streams: Waste receptacles or natural resources belonging to the people of Iowa?

Iowa lakes, rivers and streams: Waste receptacles or natural resources belonging to the people of Iowa?

By Iowa Environmental Council

In Iowa, as in other states, we have a state agency which grants wastewater discharge permits to regulated businesses, industries and municipalities, giving them permission to dump pollution in our rivers and streams. State-established water quality standards and the current condition of the water at the point of pollution discharge determine how much pollution will be allowed to be discharged.

Water quality standards, as currently implemented in Iowa, determine the maximum amount of pollution allowed before the water becomes so polluted that the public health or health of aquatic life is threatened. Iowa Water quality “standards” are lines that pollutant levels cannot cross without harming drinking water, people who swim in the water, people who eat the fish, etc.

It is important that Iowans realize that Iowa’s current water quality standards are not actually preserving good water quality in Iowa, but, in fact, are allowing our waters to border on the brink of disgust. That’s why Antidegradation Rules are so important.

Antidegradation Rules are required by the federal Clean Water Act, but have never been implemented in Iowa. In essence, these rules ensure that no new pollution is allowed which would lower the water quality below its current level, unless that new pollution is determined to be necessary (no reasonable alternative exists) and it is a byproduct of something important for the economic and social development in the community. Area citizens must decide if the public benefits of the project justify the loss of water quality.

Because of our state’s failure to implement Antidegradation Rules, industries, businesses and municipalities in Iowa may have the impression that our rivers, streams and lakes are waste receptacles. They may believe that they have a right to dump pollution into these “waste receptacles” until the line—the water quality standard—is crossed. And, in practice, that is exactly the right they have been granted if they hold an Iowa permit to discharge pollution.

But Iowa waters belong to the citizens of Iowa. Under the federal Clean Water Act, citizens have the legal right to demand that our state preserve good water quality in our lakes, rivers and streams. Iowa citizens have the right to demand that we wait no longer to implement Antidegradation Rules in Iowa.

Last October the Iowa Environmental Council petitioned the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to implement antidegradation rules in Iowa. As a result of that petition, the state is now moving forward to develop Antidegradation Rules that will assure that current water quality will be maintained wherever possible. Formal rulemaking is expected to begin in July 2008 and to be finalized in early 2009. But stakeholder meetings have already begun.

Iowans value their lakes, streams and rivers for recreation and drinking water. With the Iowa Department of Natural Resources finally beginning the process of making Antidegradation Rules, many Iowans are speaking out to ensure that the water quality in their favorite lake, stream or river will be preserved. Please consider personalizing and sending the letter below…

Lori McDaniel

Supervisor, Water Quality Bureau
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034

RE: Antidegradation Rules

Dear Ms. McDaniel,

I am writing to express my support for strong antidegradation rules which protect all of Iowa’s high quality waters.  It is important that we do not allow further degradation of these precious resources.

Please add me to your email list to receive information as the rules move forward.  I’m especially interested in dates scheduled for public comment.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely, (end of letter)

Lynn M. Laws
Communications Director
Iowa Environmental Council
521 East Locust, Suite 220
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-244-1194, x 210

Postville Video

Postville Video

By Atom Burke

Check out this video from Atom Burke about last week's protest in Postville:

Last Superdelgate Standing in Iowa?

Last Super-delgate Standing in Iowa?

By Sam Garchik

Tom Harkin. State chair went for Obama on Tuesday. Email Tom. Give him a piece of your mind.

We need to Fight Disease

We need to Fight Disease

By Neil Daniels

In Iowa it is not the insurance companies causing high health care costs. I am have someone cyberattacking on my e-mail. No doubt because of this issue. I am causing someone pain. I hope he/she is a Republican. Someone wants to shut me up but what they have done is scared me silly and forced me fight harder, get louder and be more angry. Don't fence in me because I am no cow!   
Food costs, epidemic diseases and health care costs are rising. The root of these problems is obvious. With ethanol becoming a necessity our food costs will rise.

Our cheap food gave America weight gain and more disease. How does starchy food like potatoes prevent food shortages? Calories! French fries are the solution to obesity?

Our diseases remain as America goes hungry.I fear the social unrest coupled with most epidemics. Millions are going to die. Obesity is history’s worst preventable morbidity pandemic and yet our democracies are powerless because the short term need for cheap food. Let the world’s poor eat Twinkies and drink soda! Both of America’s political parties share this 21st century Marie Antoinette like motto. Public health officials are mute witnesses to a crime being publicly covered up. I don’t understand the Nuremberg defense of it is my job to be quiet. Quiet during a genocide/epidemic? Silence will only worsen our troubles.

Maybe we don’t have enough nutrient dense food or the finances to avoid civil unrest and/or high health care costs. We have the science to stop obesity but I doubt we have the food supply or political will. Democracy is about talking through trouble in the town square and working for justice. Allow me to speak.

Neil Daniels
Coralville IA

McCain in second place in fundraising… among Republicans

McCain in second place in fundraising… among Republicans

By Dave and Carol Bradley

According to CNN, McCain's $76.7 million in total fundraising is still far behind the funds raised by Mitt Romney for this year's nomination race. Romney dropped out of the race two months ago for lack of support among people who couldn't funnel jillions of dollars into the election. Despite the extra weeks for soliciting and performing handjobs on Wall Street, McCain is still 28,000,000 dollars behind Romney's $104.8m in total funds raised.

Hillary Clinton has raised $189.1m and Barack Obama has raised $234.7m. If these were dogs instead of dollars, Clinton would be an Irish Setter, Obama would be a Labrador retriever, and John McCain would be half a Chihuahua. Romney would be a beagle, a dead beagle.