Friday, August 29, 2008

Where does McCain's VP pick stand on biofuels?

It's no secret in Iowa where the two presidential candidates stand on renewable fuels.

John McCain is infamous for standing against biofuels time after time. And he sure didn't score too well on the Iowa Corn Growers Association's survey last year.

Barack Obama, a corn-belt senator, is a strong proponent of biofuels, and has talked about them at length during the presidential campaign. Iowans liked his message, and helped propel him to win the Democratic nomination.

Obama's pick for vice-president, Joe Biden, is clearly on the right side of the debate. Just watch this video:

So where does McCain's pick for VP stand? It's a mystery. But considering her ties to Big Oil in Alaska, I wouldn't bet on her being a friend to biofuels. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Gettin' Better

Awesome Tesla tune, and it fits the moment perfectly. Enjoy!

Convention coverage

My brother Joe is out in Denver. He's created a blog, Albia Democrat, where he's posting some good stuff from the convention.

Also, Chase Martyn is in Denver for the Iowa Independent. Check 'em out for some good coverage from the Iowa point-of-view.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Joe Biden was a brilliant choice to be Barack Obama's running mate. Biden was very popular among Iowa Democrats last year when he ran for president. He connected well with the people he met, and gained quite a few supporters along the way.

Above is a photo I took of Biden with my son, Aidan and my wife, Steva when Biden came to Albia for a campaign event.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

McCain on farm policy

Here are a few links to some stories on Iowa Independent that will shed some light on John McCain's views on federal ag policy.

This story by Doug Burns shows what Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin has to say.

Here's a story I did at the state fair last week when I interviewed Senate Agriculture Committee member Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

This story has a link to the Iowa Corn Growers Association's Targeted Agricultural Education Project results.

It's all stuff that should be of interest to farmers and rural Iowans.