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Archive for January 9, 2012

This Week On The Fallon Forum: Iowa Legislature, GOP Voter Suppression Tactics

Monday – Thursday from 7:00-800 pm, join us for the fusion of politics and civility at 98.3 WOW-FM and on-line at 983wowfm.com.  Call (515) 312-0983 or (866) 908-TALK to participate in the conversation.  If you miss the show, you can hear it as a podcast and please help support local progressive talk radio with an online donation  or by check to PO Box 13421, Des Moines, IA 50310.

Dear Friends,

Monday, Charles Goldman and I discuss voter suppression, with a look not just at the breaking news regarding Texas but at the many tactics being used to keep people from participating in meaningful elections.

Tuesday, we discuss Terry Branstad’s Condition of the State address and other State Capitol happenings, some involving protests, clever signs and possibly arrests.

Wednesday, we talk about the politics of disability advocacy with Sylvia Piper.

Thursday, State Representative Dan Kelley (D-Newton) gives us an inside look at the opening week of the Iowa Legislative Session.

So, tune in at 98.3 WOW-FM and online. You can download the Fallon Forum as a podcast, too.  And don’t forget to visit The Fallon Forum website at fallonforum.com.  Thanks!

Ed

84th Iowa General Assembly 2012 Session Begins Today

The Iowa legislature will likely focus on the economy, jobs, mental health, education and property tax reform, probably not abortion and gay rights.

Here are some links to Iowa newspaper coverage speculating about what the upcoming session will bring.

Des Moines Register: Complex Reforms n Priority List for 2012 Session

The Gazette:  Iowa Lawmakers Focus on Economy and Jobs

Sioux City Journal:  A Wishlist for the Iowa Legislature

Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Iowa Legislators Say Action on Abortion, Gay Rights Unlikely

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil: Legislature: Focus on ‘Jobs, jobs, jobs’

Quad-City Times: Iowa Lawmakers Plan Focus on Economy and Jobs

2012 Iowa Legislative Session Timetable

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/Schedules/SessionTimetable.pdf

Participate in your government.  Find your state senator and representative here.  (They are sending us to Congress.org until the page is updated).

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/officials/congress/

Livestream the Iowa Househttp://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?category=billinfo&Service=livevideo

Oh and here’s the agenda of the Iowa Firearms Coalition if you’re interested. They want to amend the state’s constitution to include “the right to keep and bear arms.”

http://www.iowafc.org/download/2012%20IFC%20Legislative%20Agenda.pdf