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  • #48
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    @harold_lloyd It may have been snarky, but I'm with Neo on this. If others would do the same thing it would be really nice. I'd like to see the entire Senate and House be redone.
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    @PoliticalSpice Indeed they should accept their responsibility, but they won't. Most Americans are too raped up in their own lives to care. No since of duty, honor or country. Our election process has been bastardized by professional politicians selling laws and influence, and those with big money buying laws and influence. We need a constitutional amendment forcing Term limits on the professional politician. Thus taking the temptation of profit out of the equation. Then politicians, in temporary service, will stop folding under the pressure financial backing and work for all Americans. Not just the one that can afford to finance their re- elections.
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    @PoliticalSpice

    OK, let me rephrase! There should only be so many times one can run for office. My friend, I vote, I vote every election... my voter registration card is tattered ..I vote that much!
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    @FollowTheMoney Here is the real issue, comstitutional concerns aside. The legislature is authorizes funds and does oversight. Buearacracies are very resistent to change or reform, they excell at stalling, and it takes time to
    understand them. If people are termed out reform becomes impossible because it takes years to do the tiniest thing with these agencies.
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    Good, now if we could just get the rest of the House and Senate to do the same thing. A complete overhaul would be nice, the Lobbies wouldn't be able to establish a foothold immediately it would take time. Time that Congress could use to actually do some good work for the nation and the goddamn People they represent.
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    The Rothenberg Report doesn't think this is advantageous for Republicans:

    " (Rep Steve) King has carved out a tough line on immigration and other conservative issues, and is a favorite of the Club for Growth.(Rep Tom) Latham is a favorite of leadership and a proven fundraiser, and is already seen by the GOP establishment as the stronger candidate in a statewide race.(Gov Terry) Branstad told National Journal last year that Latham would be a more formidable candidate in the Senate race, while King would have “a tough uphill climb.”

    Numbers are still on the Democrats’ side, even though the GOP year of 2010 was kind to the GOP. President Obama won the state twice now, with nearly 54 percent in 2008 and 52 percent in 2012."
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    He's done well for Iowans as the natural counter weight to Sen Grassley. I'm not sure the GOP has much advantage in taking this seat though: Iowa went blur for Obama twice and I wouldn't be surprised to see the President campaigning for another corn belt Democrat.
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    Harkins been OK. Iowa leans repub, so Announcing was stupid. He should have waited till the last minute and told his prefered replacement earlier in confidence. That's the way the pro's operate.
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    @woodtick57 There are ways to do that, start by just fund raising for your next congressional campaign, saying you anticipate a tougher race then last time (technically the truth).
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    @OhWiseOne If by dear leader you mean obama, you "misunderestimate" me to quote your great leader. I've known about that for over 20 years. It's no big secret. I'm sure Harkins knows too, seems he just has a sense of fair play. Iowans are like that.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix Hope things are well in Neo land. We've got a beautiful crisp sunny day up here in central Oregon. Today is free day at our local High Desert Museum . A good day to soak up some culture on the cheap!
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    @PNWest "We've got a beautiful crisp sunny day up here in central Oregon."
    I'm jealous. Its frigid here, because of the inversion. The only place its warm is on the mountainside, and I can't afford lift tickets right now.:(
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    @Fishbone345 We had an inversion here for about 10 days. There was actually smog in downtown Bend. Cheer up - it won't last that long.
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