Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Yesterday my wife and I traveled to her mom's place, just outside of Adel. Preparations were being made for RAGBRAI to pass by my mom-in-law's house today.

We got up this morning and the bicyclists were already going by on their way toward Waukee. A steady stream of bikes continued by all morning. Quite a few stopped in the yard to enjoy some wonderful Bluegrass fiddle music and a break in the shade.

The riders were welcomed with chairs, free water and a nice clean portable toilet.

There was also a tasty spread of home-made pies and baked goods for sale, thanks to the Bear Creek Friends group.

I enjoyed the day by sitting in the shade and chatting with bike riders. I brought a box full of Culver campaign materials, and distributed stickers and stuff.

One of the highlights of the day was when the KCCI TV news crew stopped by and filmed some stuff for the news. If you happened to have been watching Channel 8 at 5 p.m. today, you may have seen Cynthia Fodor interviewing my Mom-in-law, Nancy Plagman.

This photo is of Cynthia interviewing with some bicyclists in the yard as we listened to the fiddlers.

Friday, July 21, 2006

What in the world did Nussle do with all that money?

Geez, did you look at the campaign fundraising numbers this week?

Jim Nussle has raised 4.2 million bucks, and he only has 1.5 million left! What the heck did they spend all that money on? He didn't even have an opponent in the Primary!

We all know he's really good at wasting money, considering his record in Congress. But this is amazing.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Evan Bayh in Des Moines

Sen. Evan Bayh gave a speech today in Des Moines. The room was full, and there were lots of familiar faces in the crowd.

Bayh has a great resume for a presidential candidate. He's a former two-term governor and currently a two-term senator from Indiana. He has proven his ability to win elections in a Midwestern red state, which will be an important factor to voters in Iowa.

I really liked what he had to say. I met him after the speech, and he's a very gracious and friendly guy. If he can make that personality come forward in his oratory, he'll be a contender.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Invited to an Evan Bayh event

I received an e-mail tonight from Sen. Evan Bayh's All America PAC, asking bloggers to come to a major speech on Monday in Des Moines.

I'll be planning to attend. I don't have the capability of live-blogging, but I'll go and probably take my camera. I haven't had the chance to see Sen. Bayh in person before, so I'm eager to attend.