Your inbox, like mine, is no doubt rapidly filling up with last-second pleas from federal candidates before tomorrow night's quarterly federal finance filing deadline. The actual reports aren't due till the 15th but by weeks end candidates who think they've had good quarters will be bragging. But silence speaks louder and this may be the moment some of that crowded Republican Senate fields reconsiders that 3rd CD race.
Brad Zaun seems to be calling dibs on that one, though I don't see losing to chronic under-performer Leonard Boswell in the best Republican year in two decades as a resume bullet point.
The rumour mill also seems to include every mid-term central Iowa GOP senator, and of course Matt Schultz. If he runs for something other than Secretary of State, he has to talk about something other than photo ID and I don't know if he is able. I repeat: that signature issue serves him best in the race for his current job.
Republican Mark LeRette dropped out of the crowded House 91race in Muscatine but offered some good GOTV advice:
If we want to improve turnout for our elections, I propose we set them for Dec. 23 and locate polling booths at Hy-Vee...Which would be good, if the Johnson County Hy-Vees hadn't kicked early voting out of their stores this year.
— Mark LeRette (@marklerette) December 23, 2013
This might solve the problem of more candidates than seats: do our congressional districts have too many people? Apparently there's a rule of thumb that the ideal size of a legislative body is the cube root of the population. That'd give us a US House of 675 members and Iowa would at least gain the 5th CD back. The Iowa House would have 143 which isn't so far off the House plus Senate total of 150.
Late entry in Tweet Of The Year contest:
A deer jumped in the cheetah exhibit w/ Carmelita & Justin this morning. Sadly the deer is dead, but cheetahs are OK. http://t.co/y2c2WXidnLBut loses points for not using the Chuck Grassley Assume Deer Dead format.
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) December 27, 2013
Here's something that would never ever ever happen in Johnson County politics:
Waukee Councilman @ShaneBlanchard, who recently won 2nd term, admits to using a Facebook alias preceding election. http://t.co/RgOJIh924RI briefly used a pen name in grad school on advice of advisers. My campus only had about nine TAs and our very existence was mildly controversial. But I've always been a strong believer in putting your real name on stuff, which I've done since 1990. I still think so even though I was in a situation - a boss with a reputation for retaliation - where anonymity would have been useful.
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) December 27, 2013
Speaking of grad school, among the reasons I dropped out: http://lolmythesis.com/. "One sentence summaries of years of academic work, by that work's author."
And Johnson County journalism loses one of its best as Adam Sullivan is moving from the PC to a new job as communications coordinator at the Crisis Center. Congrats and don't lose your voice.