State and federal candidate filing starts today, and the research staff at the Deeth Blog is preparing to give this the usual blanket coverage, from Some Dude to Senator, through the filing period as we have since the 2006 cycle.
This may not mean a post EVERY day through the three week window. The typical pattern is a big flurry of candidates filing the first day. Then there's a lull, because filing the SECOND day is no big deal. So the rest of week one and most of week two are slow. The pace picks up through week three. Thursday we get the shock retirements, and we end with a Frantic Friday on filing deadline.
Rick Perry is returning to Iowa, in Des Moines and Davenport on Feb. 27 and Feb. 2. Hillary Clinton has no scheduled Iowa events this week.
This week we'll see one of the more expected announcements, as Mariannette Miller-Meeks makes her third bid for the 2nd CD official. The day is Wednesday and the local stop is 530p-630p at the Iowa City Cancer Treatment Center, 3010 Northgate.
Democrats have two local events this week. Friday night they're hosting a (maybe first annual?) "Black and Blue Ball" at the Mill. Schtick is: you wear blue jeans, black tie, or some bizarre combo thereof. Music by the Tanya English Band and The Tornadoes and no speeches! Time 7 to 11, cost $9.
Sunday is the Janet Lyness campaign kickoff, 2 to 4 at the home of Jean Lloyd-Jones.