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  •  How cool! (5+ / 0-)
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    But yes, though I don't know anything about Harkin's record on BC, he's got a great record otherwise. Very hard to follow.
    So, btw, would you be interested in writing up a report on your lobby day for the MNCC sometime soon?

    Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:12:00 PM PDT

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    •  Sure, no problem (6+ / 0-)

      I hope I don't get in any fist fights this time, but if so, I'll leave that out ;-)

      It's just not going to be the same this year with Rep. Kucinich gone.  Last year, I started to get weepy with his LD, who I had known very well for several years.  

      Story about Harkin (I'm pretty sure I have the details correct, but no promises).

      In 1992, several breast cancer activist groups (not Komen) went to Congress and asked for $300 million per yr for breast cancer research.  Congress usually gives that money to NIH and NCI.  

      The activists asked NCI and Congress if they would agree to promise:
       the funds would be spent only on breast cancer research and
      the research program would be open and transparent, ie NCI would report on which research projects were funded and what the results were.  NCI said "go away little ladies, we won't do that."

      So Tom Harkin, who was serving on Defense appropriations at that time, said he would help them set up their model research program over at DoD.  DoD grants a lot of money for medical research and are very experienced and meticulous at managing the grants programs.  

      And that's exactly what happened.  It resulted in an innovative, efficient, creative basic & translational  research program.  Over 90% of funds go to research grants at universities & research institutes across the US, over $1 billion to date.  DoD BCRP funded the research that led to the discovery of the Her2-neu oncogene and the development of Herceptin.

      Tom Harkin did that.  In an indirect way, you can thank Tom Harkin and DoD for Herceptin.  (Well, you can thank Denny Slamon, too, and a few other guys).

      Ok, I'm done practicing my DoD BCRP pitch, haha.

      "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being up there."

      by Betty Pinson on Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:47:03 PM PDT

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