Looking ahead to the weekend, I'll be blogging John Edwards. Not live, because of the University of Iowa's obnoxious IT policy. You have to be affiliated with UI (faculty, staff, student) to connect to their wifi; apparently it's not good enough to be a mere Iowa taxpayer. The Edwards folks tried to help me out (thanks, Kevin) but no joy, so I'll be scooped by any student bloggers. Slight delay while I run upstairs to post.
Elizabeth Edwards will be there too and I've been told some bloggers will be meeting with her before John's speech.
Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, heads the tax-writing Senate Ways and Means Committee, and he said most legislative leaders have suggested an increase of between 40 and 60 cents per pack.
'It's been widely vetted around the state,' said Bolkcom. 'Gov. Culver campaigned on it and got elected on it. At the end of the day we will in fact raise the cigarette tax.'
A jump, not the dollar Culver and anti-smokers are asking.
You are Rep. Jim Nussle. You decide to vacate your seat to run for Governor of Iowa.
The Republican Governor's Association, headed by Mitt Romney, chips in $1.2 million.
Romney himself throws in $100K -- the largest contribution Nussle received the entire campaign.
How do you reward such largess?
You join the Giuliani campaign.
How much did Giuliani give to Nussle's gubernatorial effort?