Wednesday, March 15, 2006

CQ Braley Leads the Pack

While the GOP candidates are fighting about immigration and gambling problems, Waterloo Democrat Bruce Braley is plowing ahead with a steady bid to win his Primary to make him the D's candidate in November.

Last night Congressional Quarterly's online outlet posted an article and interview with Braley. The issue front in the Dem primary is different from what we've seen in the papers for the GOP'ers. Braley has his focus on health care, and he and Rick Dickinson have been promoting countering plans to improve Medicare Part D.

The article notes that Braley leads all six candidates in the field in fundraising and cash on hand coming into 2006, and Braley does a great job of describing some of the differences between him and his opponents. He varies from Dickinson in his stance on lowering the cost of prescription drugs (Braley thinks we should import them from Canada while Dickinson writes off that notion). He is different from Bill Gluba in that Gluba is running as a pro-life Dem, while Braley says "I believe that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and that there are certain decisions that the government should not interfere with between a woman and her doctor."

CQ rates this as one of six US House districts with "no clear favorite".


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have to implore people: Read the article from CQ. Read it! Read it again, and then sit back and think of what kind of candidate Braley is.

He's smart, focused, well versed on the issues (at least his standpoint), and aggressive.

It makes the point I've made here and other blogs all the more important: we need THE BEST candidate we can find to put up against this guy.

A businessman with a checkered past in casino gambling, employment discrimination lawsuits, and a wandering political path is NOT the best candidate. Mike Whalen, please stand aside.

A farmer from a smallish rural part of the district who has a checkered past with the House Appropriations committee and who has been one of the Godfathers of TouchPlay machines in every nook and cranny in the state? No way. Bill Dix, stand aside.

We need a smart, focused, aggressive candidate who is well versed on the issues and not afraid to fight. Brian Kennedy.

Read that article. It ought to prove my point.

12:20 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...

I second that motion.

8:01 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Kennedy - If you want to have any chance in the primary, stop blogging as "anonymous" and get back on the campaign trail.

And since when does being a farmer from a "smallish" area diqualify you from public office? (So asks your good friends Chuck Grassley and Jim Nussle...)

I wouldn't call holding the line against Tom Vilsack on tax cuts and voting to BAN, DO AWAY WITH, END, Touchplay "checkered" in any way shape or form.

You won't be hearing from Bill on this blog today because he is busy representing his district in the Iowa House.

But Brian ... keep blogging!!!

5:56 AM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about last week? Bill missed 25 votes last week while in DC with his image consultants. How does that square with representing his district in the House?

He HAD to vote to ban TouchPlay. He was the one who managed the bill in the House that brought us TouchPlay in the first place by creating the Lottery Authority. It's a nice flip-flop, and he was called out for it on the house floor.

I guess when he was getting his thousands from Krause and the rest of the cabal, it was OK to give them the keys to the kingdom. Once Iowans figured out what had happened, he conveniently voted against it.

11:08 AM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 5:56

You better start getting up earlier than that to help save Dix's bacon. His pumpkins are gonna get turned into pies by Whalen & Co.

11:38 AM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We republicans shouldn't worry if Bruce Braley gets the Democratic nomination. As a medical malpractice trial lawyer who is nearly 100% funded by one special interest group, he will be an easy target to hit because he is a tool of special interests - Liberal Lawyers and Labor. Guys like Braley are responsible for the high costs of healthcare due to his lawsuits against our family doctors. Let's hope Braley is the Democratic nominee! We'll clobber him.

12:07 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick, is that you???

12:11 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, noooo Braley is a TTTTTrial LLLLawyer. Run, run away!!

12:12 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should be worried if Braley is the nominee, especially if Whalen is the R nominee. He'll get slaughtered like a side of bacon and hung up to dry.

12:14 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it a little disingenuous to criticize Bill for having Washington DC image consultants, when you support a candidate who is a Washington DC image consultant?

12:14 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that Braley is a trial lawyer shouldn't matter and where his money comes from shouldn't matter either. His opponents need to stop whining about it.

What is Braley's position on abortion?

1:20 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's disingenuous for the Dix anon posters to say Bill is in the House representing his district when he was out in DC missing 25 votes.

Brian is an attorney who also knows a lot about how Congress works because he's been there. Bill is a politician who sponsors meaningless immigration bills to look good, and then votes against TouchPlay after managing the bill that allowed TouchPlay, saying he couldn't foresee what would happen.

If we can't trust him to know what the repercussions will be on creating the Lottery Authority, how can we trust him in Congress, when he already doesn't understand the real impact of legislation.

2:19 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Braley's position, read the article, or just read his words:

"I believe that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and that there are certain decisions that the government should not interfere with between a woman and her doctor."

3:07 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a firm believer in the division of labor theory.

Some people are better suited for some work than others. Some are incredible sheetrock workers, carpenters, electricians, doctors, lawyers, businessmen/women.

But not everyone is always suited for every job.

Mike Whalen is a good casino boat risk taker and food service guy. I like his Machine Shed, and so does my family.

But he'd make a terrible Congressman. He's arrogant, he cuts corners in his business and his campaigns, and he a lawsuit happy maniac.

I like Bill Dix personally, and have thought that he's got a nice farm operation which is successful and family oriented.

But he'd make a terrible Congressman. He has mismanaged the budget in Des Moines, authored the TouchPlay debacle, and offers bills on complex issues that he doesn't understand and has to have help with to fix them.

Brian Kennedy is suited to be our next Congressman. He's well versed in federal issues, has experience in Washington, and knows how to get things done for our district.

4:02 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Brian, now get back to raising what little money you can get from all three of your supporters.

4:54 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Kennedy also believes Tom DeLay is god's gift to America. Not sure that's a winning position.

I take his comment to mean Braley is all for partial birth abortions.

5:38 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey if you think Bill is such a Big Swingin Dix, then let's have a mano-a-mano debate between Kennedy and Dix on federal issues. Whalen doesn't count. He's a has been.

Let's do the debate. Let's see Bill and Brian on the big stage under the lights.

Let's see how many excuses now flow from the Dix operation about how busy he is at the Statehouse.

5:48 AM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last time Dix shared a stage with Kennedy, Kennedy put the entire debate on his website so all 1st district voters could listen to the questions and answers of both candidates so that they can make a fair assessment of who is ready for prime time and who clearly is not.

When Kennedy wants to debate and Dix doesnt', therein is your reason why Dix is too busy fixing his Touchplay debacle and will most likely get a restraining order on kennedy so he doesn't have to share a stage with him again.


6:55 AM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you are proud of your man who had his spring break at taxpayers expense and leaves his constituents
unrepresentfor two days right smack in the middle of the legislative session. Even my kids pay their own way for their senior trip to Washington D.C.

7:27 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger Steve Canyon said...

Leave Whalen off.

Is it true Scoop that Whalen hosted Gore at a 2000 event at the Machine Shed? When Gore was running against President Bush (then Governor)?

It's no wonder why Whalen is out there with his BS polls. He's sucking wind and trying to show he's still relevant.

He's IRrelevant.

7:27 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

As far as I know, it is true that Whalen did play host to the Democratic candidate for President in 2000, though I may have to do some digging to back it up with a credible source.

10:39 AM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Gore wouldn't eat the gruel served up at the Machine Shed!

12:32 PM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous Wolfman said...

The title of this post is "CQ Braley Leads Pack"

Braley is listed as the leader in the democratic primary, but what if Mike Whalen was a democratic candidate? I wonder if he's done enough to help democratic issues and the democratic party to garner their support in that primary?

My guess is that Whalen has in fact done enough to win it the democratic nomination.

10:59 AM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

You have got to wonder if he ever second-guesses himself for running as a Republican. It is clear that he will simply say what he thinks people want to hear him say in order to win.

Regardless, it is too late to do anything about it, but none the less an interesting point to ponder.

1:22 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Wolfman said...

Ya hear that Brian Dumbass?

8:22 PM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are the kind of candidates Brian Dumas and Victory Enterprizes take on?

Mike Whalen?.... Real Konservative?.... LOL

Wait, I forgot that Grubbs got beat almost 2 to 1 in his home county of Scott to the Bald Eagle Maggie Tinsman in his U.S. senate campaign. No wonder the pickings are so slim.

6:32 PM, March 26, 2006  
Anonymous Yoda said...

Real Konservative.... Whalen is not.

Gone is he... Seduced with the Blue side of the force.

7:45 AM, March 31, 2006  

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