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What A Merry-Go-Round

1, 2, 3 BYE!

Well as I sit here on Tuesday a new game is being born. Who Goes First? Herman Cain? Joe Paterno? Sylvio Berlusconi? Any or all could be off the media map before this gets posted Sunday. My bet is that Cain is gone for sure.

Two days later, Paterno is gone, Berlusconi going and Cain getting more solid. Boy am I glad I don’t bet.

Al Gore Returns!

Remember a few years back when Al Gore emerged from a quiet period following the 200 selection? Gore came out with both guns blazing as he took the Bush Administration to task for its foreign policy and other things (“How dare they drag the good name of the United States through Abu Gharib?”).

Recently Mr. Gore has been working hard on the environment and Current TV. But he took some time recently to give what appears to be a humdinger of a speech on Wall Street. If we had good media, this should have at least been reported. I happened to stumble on it at the democraticunderground.com which linked this article. The article is short and well worth the read. The conclusion is excellent and gives us hope:

“We have a choice to make now,” he told the audience in closing his speech. “You are a key part of the solution. I congratulate you on what you are doing. We have everything we need to succeed, with the possible exception of political will and the will of the executive suite of some businesses, but always remember that the will to act is itself a renewable resource.”

Believe it or not, This is not the Onion

I think most of you are familiar with The Onion. The Onion is of course one of the finest satire magazines ever. Back in the 80s and 90s their off beat look at world and local events would draw huge laughs because their material was often ‘out there.’ But anymore it is becoming hard to tell actual news from something you would find in the Onion. It must be hard in the satire business when the real news is more bizarre that what you can make up, even with some medicinal help.

All that to preface the announcement the other day that the Family Research Council – a purported family centered group – awarded recognition to Joe Walsh as a “True Blue” member of congress. Walsh is the congressman who has become famous for his skipping out on $117,000 worth of child support payments and being named as one of the most corrupt politicians in Washington.

Maybe the Onion will have to go to covering space aliens to keep ahead.

Never truer

Which reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s famous line – “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”

Harry Truman still quite relevant

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.    - Harry S Truman

Oh, I wonder, wonder, wonder

What ever would the 95% of the press that is owned by the right wing be saying if Barack Obama was wearing the kinds of hats that Herman Cain wears?

And……rounding the corner it’s Newt?

Willard Romney is still stuck at 77% of the Republican party not wanting him. These folks are so desperate that Newt Gingerich, with more baggage than a wagon train could carry, is getting another look. Seriously?

Maybe a mask so they can’t tell it’s you?

I will offer Willard Romney a small tip. Willard, your party really, really doesn’t like you. But you have changed positions like most people change underwear and it hasn’t helped. So maybe you should start wearing a mask? Maybe a lovable cartoon character like Charlie Brown? Or maybe a real life curmudgeon like Andy Rooney? And you could change that every day just like your policies.

Thank You, Mississippi

A relative is living in Mississippi for a while. She is of child-bearing age, so was quite concerned about the constitutional amendment on personhood being voted on this week. She and her husband were seriously concerned. Come Wednesday she was quite relieved but cautioned me that “these people won’t quit.”

Alan ….. Alan Keyes! Your party needs you!

It is almost time for you to swoop in and save the Republican Party with your amazing skills!

Iowa State Capitol News – Weekend Recap

Iowa
State Capitol News – Weekend Recap


Iowa
State Capitol News – Weekend Recap

by Paul Deaton

[Editors'
Note: Following is a weekly recap of stories from Des Moines that
came through the Weekend Editor's in-box in the twelfth week of the
legislative session. Check out the House Democrats page for a
different take on the week here.
Senate Democrats are here.
Watch for this feature every Saturday while the legislature is in
session.]

Second Funnel

Friday was the last day for Senate bills to be reported out of House Committees and for House Bills to be reported out of Senate committees. When we consider that the legislature adjourned after 80 days in 2010, and Friday was day 82 of the 2011 session, with only one 2012 budget bill passed, the legislature has a lot to do to adjourn by April 29th when per diem ends. While the rules about the funnel are intended to turn the legislature's attention to budgetary matters in April, the rules can be suspended to consider bills deemed politically important. Since they have to pass a budget before adjourning, here's hoping elected officials will hunker down and get it done.

First Redistricting Maps Published

Although political junkies reacted with fervent intensity to the redistricting maps released by the Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission, most Iowans interviewed by Blog for Iowa on the subject were not aware that the maps were released, or that it was important to their daily lives. Judging from the comments of elected officials, there were reactions to how the map impacted their personal district, but neither condemnation nor celebration were forthcoming. The open question from our post Thursday has been answered by Representative Loebsack, who indicated he wanted to continue to serve in the US Congress, representing people from the southeast part of Iowa. This means that if the map is approved as is, he would move from Mount Vernon into the new district and avoid a primary with Representative Bruce Braley. To check out the proposed district maps, click here. If you would like to comment on the redistricting maps, the public hearing schedule is here and the on-line comment link is here. The Des Moines Register opined that the first map favored Democrats.

Iowa House Debates HF 657 on Late Term Abortions

The Iowa House passed a bill intended to prevent a specific Nebraska physician from moving his practice to Iowa. The bill had bipartisan support with Democrats Dan Muhlbauer (D-51), Brian Quirk (D-15), Kurt Swaim (D-94) and Roger Thomas (D-24) voting with the Republican majority. During the debate, Representative Kim Pearson (R-42), sent an e-mail to constituents explaining why she decided to vote against the bill with the Democratic minority. It was not because she supports a woman's right to choose, quite the opposite. Pearson stated her objection, “An entire generation has been raised to believe that political pragmatism and incrementalism are the best, and perhaps only, way to achieve our ultimate goals.” She objected to the compromise made by House Republicans to produce a bill that was less extreme and had some chance of gaining consideration in the Iowa Senate. Whether the Senate will take up HF 657 seems unlikely.

Progressives should watch, understand and learn from ideologues like Kim Pearson, as she represents the extreme views of the Republican party. It seems unlikely that many of her constituents would have been surprised by her vote and because of this session's Republican majority, the defection of Pearson,

Tom Shaw (R-08) and Glen Massie (R-74) to vote against the bill did not affect the outcome. This is not the last we have heard from pro-life activists.

Governor Branstad was a Signing Fool

This week, the Governor's office announced signing ceremonies for a number of bills, indicating that some work is being done in the legislature. He signed a transportation budget, pleased that the legislature approved it for two years. It seems unlikely that he will get his requested two year budget for everything as the session shifts gear to budgetary matters (at least we hope that is what they do). While in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, the author drove past the I-Jobs sign with the Culver-Judge name on it. Governor Branstad, the jobs haven't trickled down yet, so where are they? Seriously, show us a sign.

2012 Democratic National Convention Delegate Plan

For the hard core politicos, the Iowa Democratic Party released a delegate plan for the 2012 convention. It can be viewed here.

~Paul Deaton is a native Iowan living in rural Johnson County and weekend editor of Blog for Iowa. E-mail Paul Deaton

Iowa State Capitol News – Weekend Recap

Iowa
State Capitol News – Weekend Recap


Iowa
State Capitol News – Weekend Recap

by Paul Deaton



[Editors'
Note: Following is a weekly recap of stories from Des Moines that
came through the Weekend Editor's in-box in the sixth week of the
legislative session. Check out the House Democrats page for a
different take on the week here.
Senate Democrats are here.
Watch for this feature every Saturday while the legislature is in
session.]


Tobacco Lobby Hard at Work

When asked what is the difference between the tobacco companies and other multinational corporations on Wednesday, Dr. Christopher Squier, an oral pathologist at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, answered that there is no difference, except that their product and methods are immoral. Squier, an outspoken advocate for tobacco use cessation, indicated that members of the current House Majority accepted $450,000 in contributions from tobacco interests during the 2010 midterm elections. First you are hearing about it? The money was laundered through third party organizations as the tobacco interests prefer to hide in the shadows. While their money and influence can be expected this session, their physical presence will likely not be found on the capitol grounds. In the target zone this session are programs that benefit Iowans like Just Eliminate Lies (JEL) and Quitline Iowa. In the meanwhile, partly through the efforts of Squier and the coalition he helped build, the percentage of smokers in the state has dropped from 18% to 14% during the last 6 years.

Governor Branstad Announces Preschool Plan, Dems Counter

On Valentine's Day, Governor. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds joined Education Director Jason Glass to unveil their preschool proposal. House Democrats were prompt to point out that the governor's plan reduces preschool quality, eliminating a requirement that preschool be taught by a certified teacher. Branstad's voucher plan will also serve to restrict access to preschool and end existing partnerships with private, local preschool providers in some communities. House Democrats made an alternative proposal and were voted down in a straight party line vote.

HF 153 to Legislate Culture of Life Percolates in Subcommittee

During his appearance on Iowa Press last week, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen responded to a question from Radio Iowa's Kay Henderson, “…you have some key legislators who are among your fellow House republicans who…want to ban all abortions.  How are you being the moderator of this internal discussion?” Paulsen said, “Right now we're letting it percolate.” What percolated up on YouTube was a video of a subcommittee meeting on HF 153 in which Representative Kim Pearson (R-42) and Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-45) engaged in a colloquy over the purpose of the bill. Said Pearson, “The purpose of the bill is to turn our culture away from that of death to life.” Representative Pearson has had this opportunity to assert her position that abortion is murder and according to the legislature web site, the bill remains in the Human Resources subcommittee where Representatives Heaton (R-91) and Pearson are expected to vote for and Wessel-Kroeschell against, referring HF 153 to the full committee. House Democrats are calling for a public hearing on the matter. Read Des Moines Register coverage of the subcommittee here.

Senate Debates HF 45 and Amends

In a debate that stretched out for most of Thursday's session, the Iowa Senate debated about 20 amendments to HF 45, The Taxpayers First Act, and passed the amended legislation 48-1. HF 45 was messaged to the House of Representatives where Speaker Paulsen will get another at-bat to see if he and his caucus are ready to focus on governing, something that has been missing in that body during the first 6 weeks of the session. For the legislative addicts, read more in the Senate Journal for Thursday here.

First Funnel March 4

The Senate and House have two weeks to advance bills out of committee for consideration by the bodies according to Joint Rule 20. For your information, April 29th is scheduled to be the last day legislators are paid per diem, and therefore likely to be the last day of the session. Governor Branstad has discussed calling a special session to work on education issues this summer.

~Paul
Deaton is a native Iowan living in rural Johnson County and weekend
editor of Blog for Iowa. E-mail
Paul Deaton

Obama Outlines Areas Where He Can Act Quickly

Obama Outlines Areas Where He Can Act Quickly



According to the Washington Post, areas where Obama can quickly reverse Bush's executive orders are coming to light:

1.  stem cell research

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said that during Obama's final swing through her state in October, she reminded him that because the restrictions [on stem cell research] were never included in legislation, Obama “can simply reverse them by executive order.” Obama, she said, “was very receptive to that.”

2.  global gag rule on family planning

The new president is also expected to lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even in countries where the procedure is legal, said Cecile Richards, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

3.  fuel-emission guidelines

California had sought permission from the Environmental Protection Agency to require that greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles be cut by 30 percent between 2009 and 2016, effectively mandating that cars achieve a fuel economy standard of at least 36 miles per gallon within eight years. Seventeen other states had promised to adopt California's rules, representing in total 45 percent of the nation's automobile market.  The Bush Administration had denied California this permission.

Read the full article here.


Here they go again.

Here they go again.


By Planned Parenthood of IA
 
We should be used to the Bush Administration formula by now: erode civil rights, violate millions of people, and then lie about it.  They have nearly perfected it.
 
We have seen it in Iraq, where a country was invaded because it “had weapons of mass destruction.”  We have seen in it Guantanamo, where people were detained and water boarding was used, but America “does not engage in torture.”  We have even seen it in our homes, when a phone call with a traveling friend can be recorded by the NSA, but the administration “does not wiretap our phones.”
 
Now, the administration is doing something new.  They have taken their formula to the doctor’s office.
 
The Bush Administration has proposed a rule that they claim will protect doctors from having to provide abortions if they morally object.  They claim this rule has nothing to do with contraception or access to health care.

They are lying to you.  Again.
 
This rule has nothing to do with protecting doctors but is about replacing medicine with ideology – and it is their ideology, not yours.  It is about taking away the right of a patient to seek medically accurate and unbiased medical care, and instead providing only propaganda from those who do not believe a woman can make her own decisions. Consider a donation to help us fight this attack on health care!
 
Instead, this rule creates a special class for ALL employees of health care organizations based on their personal beliefs.  It allows everyone from the doctor to the receptionist to deny any care they feel is morally objectionable.  If any corrective action is taken, the organization could lose its ability to provide federal assistance programs to its patients.

What do these three things have in common?

·  A waiter who is a vegetarian refuses to serve meat to customers;

· A geography teacher opposed to communism refuses to teach students about China;

· NAACP hires a member of the KKK who opposes everything they stand for?

If this HHS rule were applied to all jobs, none of these people could be fired for not doing their job. It’s ridiculous!
 
If you think I am angry about all this, you’re right!   The time has come to end this nonsense and support Planned Parenthood’s prevention strategy. Consider a donation to the Freedom Fund PAC, so we can ensure this never happens again!
 
Please, right now, take action and submit your comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the official method of registering complaints against this measure, and the more people who submit, the better our chances of defeating this regulation.
 
Next, get out and work on the campaigns of those candidates who oppose this rule.  If we defeat the policymakers who support this ideology – from the White House to the State House – then we can end this kind of nonsense. We can get back to a country which TRULY stands for freedom for all, not just freedom for those who agree with George Bush.
 
Sincerely,

Jill June
President and CEO
Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa

Planned Parenthood E-NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2008

Planned Parenthood E-NEWSLETTER: AUGUST 2008


By Cecile Richards

We've heard the rumors for weeks, but newly surfaced documents have
confirmed the unthinkable — the Bush administration is considering a
politically motivated new rule that deliberately confuses contraception
with abortion, allowing providers to cherry pick the information they
give women and cut off access to some of the most commonly used forms
of birth control. It's a desperate Hail Mary pass from politicians who
have lost all credibility on women's health issues.

In less than 48 hours, Planned Parenthood supporters sent more than
25,000 messages to President Bush voicing their opposition. Thank you!
And if you haven't done so already, please take a moment now to give the White House a piece of your mind.

There is no room for political agendas in the exam room when a woman is
with her health care provider, and we won't stop until every woman in
America has equal access to the full truth about her health care
options.

Buckle your seat belts — this is not over.

Sincerely,

Cecile Richards, President Planned Parenthood Federation of America

<<—< SUPPORT US >—>> Stop President Bush from
Selling Out Women's Health: Give now:
https://secure.ga0.org/02/spp08/nBd_3PwY16OC8?source=enews_aug08_ppolft

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<<—< THE DOCTOR IS IN >—>> Question: Can Zoloft affect my sex drive? I never feel intimate anymore …

Read Dr. Cullins' response:
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<<—< COURAGE >—>> Congratulations, Amber! Amber
Vaden, who became a mother at age 13, just completed her medical
assistant certification and will receive a scholarship from the Planned
Parenthood Teen Success Program to attend American River College this
fall. Read more about Teen Success here:

<<—< OUTRAGE >—>> Radical anti-choice law takes
effect in South Dakota: Doctors throughout the state are now forced to
comply with a law that requires them to tell their patients that the
abortion will terminate “the life of a whole, separate, unique living
human being.” Doctors' expertise doesn't matter, and patients'
intelligence isn't the point. It's the law.

<<—< ALL THE RAGE >—>> Tell President Bush not to
sell out women's health: Federal funding that is specifically designed
to prevent unintended pregnancy and promote reproductive health may
soon be used by facilities and providers that refuse to offer
comprehensive birth control and reproductive health care services. Join us to prevent this massive sellout.
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<<—< HERE >—>> In an effort to reduce the number
of unintended pregnancies in Iowa, Planned Parenthood of Greater
Iowa(PPGI) is partnering with the three Planned Parenthood affiliates
in the state to provide all women of Iowa with affordable long-acting
birth control. If you or someone you know is looking for an easy,
effective and free method of birth control, consider joining the more
than 2,100 Iowan women who have already received their IUD or Implanon?
through PPGI's long-acting reversible contraception promotions. Call
1.800.230.PLAN (7526) to schedule an appointment. This promotion is
available only at Iowa Planned Parenthood clinics and will begin August
18 with appointments being scheduled by September 30 for a free IUD or
Implanon? (insertion to take place in September, October or November).

<<—< THERE >—>> In Kenya, more education equals
fewer teen pregnancies and HIV infections: Education is improving in
Kenya, and so are the statistics on teen pregnancy and HIV infection. But roadblocks to education persist.

<<—< EVERYWHERE >—>> The 2008 Maggie Award
Winners are here! These leaders in the media and arts and entertainment
industries have embodied the spirit of Planned Parenthood founder
Margaret Sanger by providing their audiences with accurate,
comprehensive information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Read about each of their accomplishments here:
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<<—< EVENTS >—>> Valley Junction Farmer's Market
Thursday, Aug 14th 100 Block of 5th Street, in front of Atomic Garage.
Volunteers needed for 1 to 2 hour shifts, 4pm to 8pm. E-mail:
chammond@ppgi.org

Des Moines Farmer's Market Saturday Aug 23rd Volunteers needed for 1-2 hour shifts, 8am-12pm E-mail: chammond@ppgi.org

PPGI Fall Booksale September 11-15, 2008 4-H Building at the State
Fairgrounds Viist: www.ppgi.org for more info _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
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<<—< WHAT WE'RE READING >—>> This Common Secret
by Susan Wicklund “This book inspired me to commit more deeply to my
belief in choice, a belief difficult to find words to defend. Dr.
Wicklund is a brilliant advocate for women's health and justice who is
also a powerful and vulnerable female.” – A Planned Parenthood supporter
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<<—< BY THE NUMBERS >—>> HIV in Kenya ::
1,300,000 people infected :: 47 percent of young men have comprehensive
knowledge of HIV :: 34 percent of young women have comprehensive
knowledge of HIV * Source: UNICEF  Learn more about Planned Parenthood's work in Kenya here:

<<—< SPEAKING OF SEX PODCAST >—>> 5 Ways to Make Safer Sex Sexy: Nathan and Malika share fives ways to keep the passion high, but the risks for sexually transmitted infections low:

<<—< FIND A PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH CENTER >—>>
Search for the nearest Planned Parenthood health center by state or zip code:
 
<<—< FIND US ON MYSPACE >—>> Planned Parenthood Federation of America on MySpace:

Bush Admin Against Choice

Bush Admin Against Choice


By Planned Parenthood of Iowa

The Bush Administration is proposing a rule change in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would drastically change the way family planning services are provided in the U.S. and Iowa.

Rule Change in Brief:
* Redefining “abortion” to include most birth control.
* Broad expansion of conscience clauses; so much that our already strained health care system may not be able to adequately provide service to millions.
* Violating state's rights overturning contraceptive equity and access laws in up to 34 states including Iowa.

Members of the Iowa Congressional delegation have publicly opposed this potential rule change, and Planned Parenthood commends their efforts to maintain access to contraceptives and expand women's health.  

Attached please find a fact sheet summarizing the potential rule change, along with the letters from the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Included is independent polling conducted by Anzalone Lizt Research that shows the support publicly-funded contraceptives have among Iowa voters, even among self-identified “anti-choice” voters.

Jill June, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa is available for media interviews, and comments on this developing story.

To schedule an interview, please call (515) 249-6084.

Articles about HHS Rule Change:

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/washington/15rule.html?_r=2&ref=us&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

U.S. News and World Report
http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/womens-health/2008/07/22/a-government-threat-to-birth-control.html?PageNr=1

Chicago Sun-Times
http://www.suntimes.com/news/douglas/1069579,CST-EDT-douglas23.article

David Stone
Public Affairs
Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa
1168 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
dstone@ppgi.org <mailto:dstone@ppgi.org>
515.235.0442

Springtime in Goosetown

Springtime in Goosetown


By Karen Kubby
Benefit for the Emma Goldman Clinic

Friends of the Emma Goldman Clinic are invited to attend its Spring Benefit on Friday, May 30th at the home and garden of Joy Smith and  David Rust located at 915 E. Bloomington Street, in historic  Goosetown. This fundraising event is from 5-7pm. 7 items will be  raffled off at this event.

“We're excited that Joy and David have welcomed us into their home and garden for this event,” said Karen Kubby, Executive Director of the clinic. The Emma Goldman Clinic is a non-profit feminist reproductive health care facility that has been serving the region for 35 years. Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be complimentary. “We are very happy to have the community come together for this event. We have had donations from so many local businesses, artists, and community members. It's great to know the clinic has this much support.”

This event will host a “feminist raffle” featuring 7 different raffle prizes. Prizes are outlined in detail at <http://www.emmagoldman.com/>www.emmagoldman.com. Tickets can be distributed amongst all the prizes or concentrated on one item. The Prizes include: Get Crafty With It, a basket of yarn, knitting books, tools, and gift certificates provided by The Knitting Shoppe, Home EC, and Crazy Girl Yarn Shop; The Spaaaaah!, a progressive spa treatment including a haircut at Twin Image Salon Spa, a signature pedicure from Zenders, and three massages from the Emma Goldman Clinic; Release Your Inner Child, an assortment of toys and games for all ages from the Fun Zone and Dairy Queen on Market gift certificates; Drama Queen, tickets for two for Riverside Theatre's Shakespeare Festival and Hancher Auditorium, and a gift certificate from Taste on Melrose; Trans-send, a way to show your style while reducing your carbon footprint with a commuter bike from World of Bikes, a basket from Design Ranch, and a helmet from the Bike Library; Sex in the City Basket, including a variety of personal care products; The Fashionista Basket that includes a handbag and jewelry from Hoopla, a bracelet from Silver Spider, a scarf from Om and a handmade piece of beadwork by Karen Kubby.

Winners need not be present to win and tickets are for sale in advance. There is a suggested donation of $25 for the Spring Benefit, however the presence of supporters and a donation of any amount is encouraged. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, contact Toni at (319) 337-2112.

CRITICAL VOTE: Will Your Representative Vote Against Iowa Women?

CRITICAL VOTE: Will Your Representative Vote Against Iowa Women?


By Nicole McLuen, Field Director- Healthy Families

This is your last chance to defend family-planning for low-income women in the Iowa House.

Will your Representative vote against Iowa’s women because they didn’t hear from you?

Poisonous, anti-Planned Parenthood, and anti-woman amendments will be offered TODAY to strip funding from the Healthy Families line-item.

The more support constituents can give to our Representatives the better armed they will be to take a stand against the opposition.

Iowa Right to Life has been gathering support among Representatives to strip funding from this vital program.

If Iowa Right to Life truly valued reducing abortions in Iowa, they would support preventative contraceptive and family planning programs to prevent unintended pregnancies in the first place.  Unfortunately, their attack machine is only focused on Planned Parenthood despite this program’s effectiveness.

Take a minute right now to ensure your Representative knows your position on this vital issue.  Over 100,000 Iowa women are in need of this program… without your support, they may continue to go without.

Will your Representative vote with Iowa Right to Life because they didn’t hear from you?

Thanks for all that you do!


EMMA ROCKS!

EMMA ROCKS!


By Karen Kubby

Emma Rocks! is a fun and exciting musical event to benefit the Emma Goldman Clinic. It is a participatory musical competition to be held on Saturday March 29 from 7pm-9pm at the historic Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

11 performances will be included in this competition. Performances are from a broad spectrum of musical genres from folk to jazz pop to alternative sex rock by performers ranging from high school to middle aged.

This fundraising event is a collaborative effort between the Emma Goldman Clinic, the Englert Theatre, Summer of the Arts, Creative Connections, United Action for Youth, Dave Zollo, Community Television Services, The Guitar House, and J Frahm Music.

The audience will vote for the top three performances at the March 29th event. A panel of judges will chose the winner of Emma Rocks! Judges are Mayor Regenia Bailey, former high school music teacher and community theater actor; Nikki Lunden, local singer and songwriter; and Sam Schlesinger, United Action for Youth volunteer.

Winners will receive a prize including main stage time at the Iowa Arts Fest and a feature story in Creative Connections magazine; a demo CD produced by Dave Zollo in the music studios of United Action for Youth and a music video produced by Community Television Services; an Arbor acoustic guitar provided by J Frahm Music and guitar lessons from Bill Hook, owner of The Guitar House.

Tickets are available at the Englert Theatre Box Office and are $15 for adults ($21 the night of the show) and $9 for students, seniors, and those living on lower incomes ($11 the night of the show). The Englert Theatre Box Office is located in the theater at 221 E. Washington Street and is open Monday – Friday from 1-6pm. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (319) 688-2653, extension 1.

For more information, contact Toni or Karen at the Emma Goldman Clinic by calling 319-337-2111 or go to <http://www.emmagoldman.com/>www.emmagoldman.com.

Performer list:
* Marv Hain, Jr. playing folk.
* Factor X, made up of Joe Anderson, Jake Anderson, Dan Powers, and Miles Newkirk playing hard rock.
* Jeffery Morgan playing folk.
* Megan Kalb, playing folk.
* Iron Hymen, made up of Karl Gronwall and Lindsay DeLand playing alternative sex rock.
* Greg and Jean Thompson playing roots folk.
* The Nonoxyl-9 made up of Dave Collins, Diane Machatka, Pete Hammond, and Sam Hammond playing jazz pop.
* Truthhawk playing original reggae pop.
* Pigs in Clover made up of Jamie Frederickson and Matt Kearney folk swamp rock.
* Family Van, made up of Lisa Kattchee, Laura Kelley, Lisa Preciado, and David Luthor, playing noise pop.
* Blue Cat Alley made up of Kate Thompson, Tom Laughrin, David Bordow, Steve Jeffries, Mark Soth, and Beth Payne playing blues-rock.