Thursday, December 28, 2006


Nick Ryan interview at Hotline

I think this is the most interesting question:

HOTLINE: How much danger is there that the Iowa GOP is becoming a regional party within the state?

Sunday, December 17, 2006



Thursday, December 07, 2006


Leach's Loss in Context

The Washington Post has an interesting piece that spends some good space dissecting Leach's loss and its broader implications for Congress -- particularly the loss of so many centrist Republicans.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Still More on Leach's Next Step

Just a few more quick links to stories on Leach's transition out of Congress.

Yesterday, the Press-Citizen reported on Friday's reception hosted by the University of Iowa. The story includes some comments from Dan Gable, who was brought into politics by Leach:

Dan Gable, who won 15 national wrestling titles when he coached the
Hawkeyes, said in his speech that Leach encouraged him to participate in

"Jim Leach, we do have wrestling in common," said Gable, who is now
an assistant to coach Tom Brands.

Gable, who pondered a gubernatorial run several years ago, said Leach "actually turned my ear to politics."

"It kind of gave me the chance to broaden my horizon. And it actually helped me in a lot of areas of my life," he said.

Could Gable be thinking about getting a little more active now?

The Register also has a report out of DC on Leach's transition, with some sad pictures of Leach packing up.

Friday, December 01, 2006


More on Leach's Next Step

Jim Leach will be on IPTV's Iowa Press, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at on Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. The AP has a story up including some quotes from today's taping.

Let's hope that the good Congressman does not continue the "brain drain" by taking one of the "many offers" he's received to teach out East and decides to remain here in Iowa. The University would be lucky to have him, in any capacity.

UPDATE: Here's full transcript of Leach's interview on Iowa Press.