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  •  I am a bit concerned what Harkin's leaving (13+ / 0-)

    will mean for workers' rights in the Senate.  Although I am just to the south of Iowa (in Missouri) I have been pleased to see his work covered on the news.  I will miss him.

    •  Harkin has been THE champion of the ADA (2+ / 0-)
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      annetteboardman, midwesterner

      he introduced them legislation to the Senate in 1989 as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it has been the baseline for disability law in the US. His influence in the senate and in the party runs deep. 2014 is looking to be another transitional year for the senate...

      "There is power in speaking up. We know the face of unfettered gun proliferation. Now it’s time to see more faces of regulation and restraint." - Charles Blow

      by Beastly Fool on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:09:01 PM PST

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      •  sorry to be off message (1+ / 0-)
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        annetteboardman

        but Harkin's retirement announcement threw me a bit. He's spoken for labor as well as for the disabled, and for the disenfranchised whenever he's seen the need. Labor is losing one of their best friends in congress with Harkin's leaving, and liberals are having one of their true elders retired. He was one of Paul Wellstone's best friends in the senate and set the bar many times for where the party ought to be going, instead of fudging so often to the center. Not perfect, but still carrying his liberal banner with pride...

        "There is power in speaking up. We know the face of unfettered gun proliferation. Now it’s time to see more faces of regulation and restraint." - Charles Blow

        by Beastly Fool on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:17:37 PM PST

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    •  An admirer of Tom Harkin.... (4+ / 0-)

      I am an admirer of Tom Harkin.

      Although it is hard to conceive of the US Senate becoming even more decadent and dysfunctional than it is now, it will be a lesser place when he departs.

      It is characteristic of Harkin's decency and good sense that he announces his retirement now, so that Iowa Democrats have ample time to select a candidate to succeed him.

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