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Thanks for the information that was posted about Election Law on the home page Wednesday. VOICE (Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections) is one of the pieces of legislation mentioned in the post - it has been weaving it's way through the Iowa legislature, passing out of both the Senate and House State Government committees, the Senate Appropriations sub-committee and expected to come out of the House sub-committee today. But we've run into a snag; the Democratic leadership is trying to kill the bill before it comes to the floor for a vote. On Wednesday, a group of fellow activists traveled to Des Moines to lobby on VOICE. No one expected they would have the F-bomb dropped on their heads. According to those who were there here's what happened:

Gronstal to Iowa Voters – F*ck You!
Gronstal Earns a Mouth Scrubbing at Capitol Wednesday

By swords&ploughshares

It's official, Iowa Democrats who turned out in record numbers this year to deliver the historic control of the Iowa House, Senate and Governorship to Democrats for the first time in over 30 years, can now rest safe that their leadership has abandoned them.

At today's VOICE Rally at the Capitol in Des Moines, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal stunned Iowa citizens advocating Clean Elections with his arrogance and use of obscenities.

A group of women and elderly men had gathered in the Rotunda after a peaceful rally calling for an end to the use of big money in Iowa's political campaigns, when Gronstal, who has been called "the most powerful man in Iowa politics," came strolling by.

Seizing upon the chance to speak with "the powerful one," members of the group caught his attention and began asking him where he stood on the issue.

When told of the citizen's concerns about how corporate money was impacting elections, Gronstal told them that's the way things work. When asked about the chance of Clean Election legislation reaching the floor he flatly said, "Not a chance."

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We may have thought we won the trifecta but it's politics as usual here in the heartland... not for long. If they want to give us an additional 8 months to organize around this issue, so be it - When the legislature re-convenes next January, we'll be marching on Des Moines, of course that will be right after we mobilize en-masse around this issue at caucus. ;-)  

Originally posted to Alta Price on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 02:51 PM PDT.

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  •  ah an honest politician (4+ / 0-)

    not only does he stay bought, he actively acts to drive up the bribe money...dem or rep, toss the sumbitch out (apologies to canine mommies!)

  •  if that is an accurate representation of what (1+ / 0-)
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    went on, that's pathetic.

    I watched the WOI link: he sounds like a real piece of work. My condolences for having a DINO in that position of power.  

    Challenge him next time he's up.

  •  Great Xpost (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the cross post. Ill add it to bleeding heartland also. What a jerk! I told Caroline that maybe we need to start with the other side. Mike G has worked so hard to build this bs house of cards, and now he's doing nothing to actually make Iowa better. The county party party in Council Bluffs is about as good as the one run in scott, which you progressives know is about as good as anyone who spends all their time making nice to the idp and getting nothing in return except grandstanding can do.

    Anyways, I think we need to keep working this because mike, he's just not that into us.


  •  Should we have expected this? (0+ / 0-)

    Is that what we get when our Democratic come from conservative western Iowa and conservative Dubuque?  I wonder if that is why local control, clean elections, and other important progressive issues and getting killed by the so-called Democratic leaders.

    "Government isn't an enemy of the people, it is the people." -Lyndon Baines Johnson

    by noneed4thneed on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 06:19:22 PM PDT

  •  This is the pits! (0+ / 0-)

    You're right Sam. I guess we'll have to get to know some progressives in Council Bluffs... are there any (lol)? No, seriously, we need to march on Des Moines. Most of the pivotal bills are being blocked from coming to the floor. The CAFO regulation bill is crucial for all of Iowa but particularly in Scott County right now because they estimate 1,000,000 hogs a year will be processed through the Triumph slaughterhouse. They are already pouring the concrete for the pits. This is the pits!

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