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  • Sen. Tom Harkin offers names to fill 2 federal judgeships

    06/24/2014 6:59:31 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:00 am | Associated Press
    IOWA CITY (AP) — Two federal judges from Iowa have announced plans to retire next year, and outgoing U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin is calling for the White House to appoint their replacements “as quickly as possible,” the Democrat’s office said Monday.
  • Braley Camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa Farmers and Grassley.

    04/02/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by campg · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/1/2014 | Guy Benson
    Braley camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa farmers and Grassley POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON APRIL 1, 2014 BY GUY BENSON Many of us assumed this recording was made surreptitiously. It must have been. There’s no way a statewide office-seeker from Iowa would knowingly demean farmers and a beloved state political figure on tape, right? Wrong, says the Braley campaign, via the Des Moines Register: Braley’s campaign strategists say the candidate knew he was being videotaped at the private fundraiser when he made the remark that has the political world buzzing, describing Chuck Grassley as...
  • A Gaffe Can Matter When It Motivates the Base (Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley)

    04/01/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    FiveThirtyEightPolitics ^ | April 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    We recently published a forecast that described the GOP as more likely than not to win the U.S. Senate in November. But our analysis was less bullish on Republicans’ prospects of flipping the seat in Iowa currently held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring. There, Democrats appeared to have a strong candidate in Rep. Bruce Braley, who has cleared his primary field. Republicans, meanwhile, face a contentious primary with a number of candidates who have never won races for statewide or federal office. After we published our forecast, the Republican PAC America Rising released a video of Braley,...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate (Iowa - Harkin's open seat)

    03/26/2014 11:11:47 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 41 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 03/26/14 | Kevin Hall
    One day after her “Squeal” TV brought her national attention, Joni Ernst picks up the endorsement of Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, 2008 vice-presidential nominee and conservative firebrand calls Ernst a “champion for life, small government, and lower taxes.” Here is what Palin had to say when announcing her support for Joni Ernst in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race: “If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork. Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her “pork cutting” skills to the Iowa...
  • Most troubled PAC in history flies under radar, squanders Democratic donors' cash

    02/13/2014 10:46:13 AM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies ^ | february 13, 2014 | luke rosiak
    The fly-by-night group has tried to represent itself as something more official by presenting a list of respected Democrats as its "advisory board," complete with fabricated quotes, when they hadn't even heard of the organization, theWashington Examiner found. 21st Century says it was founded by Sen.Tom Harkin of Iowa in 1985 and was previously known as the official-sounding "Democrats 2000." Its web site names no staff and instead lists an "advisory board" including former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, former Labor secretary Robert B. Reich, and David Wilhelm and Don Fowler, former Democratic National Committee chairmen. In reality there is nothing official...
  • Dems push to ban e-cigs on Capitol grounds

    02/05/2014 3:13:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Seven Democratic lawmakers are pushing to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on the grounds of the Capitol complex as part of a wider campaign against them. Led by the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin (Ill.), the group called on rulemaking committees in both chambers to include e-cigarettes in the Capitol's existing ban on smoking in public places and near building entrances. "Given preliminary [federal] research finding harmful chemicals present in e-cigarettes, measures should be taken to ensure that the public is equally protected from the potential dangers posed by e-cigarettes and their vapor," the lawmakers wrote Tuesday. Via a...
  • Sen. Harkin Falls For Cuba's Health Care Propaganda

    02/04/2014 4:45:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies ^ | February 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Sympathizer: Tom Harkin, or "Comrade Harkin" to some, says Cuba's health care system is "remarkable." Maybe a better name for Iowa's senior senator, would be "Useful Idiot," a term the USSR used for gullible leftists in the West. Harkin, a Democrat, recently spent a week in Cuba, apparently taking in all that the island prison has to offer. On his return, he told reporters that Cuba is a "poor country" — did he think they didn't know this? — but gushed that "they have a lower child mortality rate than ours." "Their life expectancy is now greater than ours," he...
  • Harkin pushes bill prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

    11/04/2013 1:00:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 38 replies ^ | Dar Danielson | November 4, 2013
    Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat, spoke on the Senate floor today urging passage of a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Harkin said a vote in favor of the bill would be positive for both the House and Senate. “I think in the general public we’re probably about as popular as a toothache right now,” Harkin said. “But this week we can show the American people that we can come together and we can lift our eyes above the haze and the smoke, the horizon, and we can make this country a...
  • Senator Harkin says government shutdown leaves Americans unprotected from disease outbreaks

    10/03/2013 7:23:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies ^ | October 3, 2013 | Matt Kelley
    The federal government shutdown could be hazardous to the health of all Americans, according to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The Centers for Disease Control, which Harkin calls the world’s premiere public health agency, is closed. Less than two weeks ago, Harkin says the CDC identified frozen berries from the nation of Turkey as the cause of hundreds of people in several states being sickened by hepatitis-A. “The CDC detective epidemiological team went out, they recalled all this food and they stopped it before it spread any further,” Harkin says. “That team is at home now. They’re not working. What if...
  • Harkin: Tea Party 'every bit' as dangerous to nation as the Civil War

    09/27/2013 7:29:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 27, 2013 | Ramsey Clark
    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Friday said that the Tea Party movement is just as dangerous for America as the Civil War. “A small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology about how our country should run and what we should do cannot get their way in a normal discourse and votes,” Harkin said. “Since they can’t get their way they’re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope the public is so mixed up in who to blame for this that perhaps they’ll blame both sides.” “That is the path they see for taking...
  • Biden to face anti-war Democrats at Iowa picnic

    09/15/2013 8:30:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/15/13 | Thomas Beaumont
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden is heading into the belly of Democrats' anti-war opposition, venturing into a politically influential heartland state for the first time since President Barack Obama publicly endorsed a possible military strike on Syria. Biden is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in Iowa Sunday for Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, an annual steak picnic for the senator who is popular with anti-war Democrats. Even if Biden sidesteps talk of Syria, the issue will be as much a part of the backdrop as the bales of hay and smoke from the grilling steaks, and in a...
  • Harkin on Classified Syria Briefing: 'Frankly Raised More Questions Than It Answered'

    09/01/2013 5:14:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/1/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama has some work to do if he wants congressional authority to bomb Syria. Already some of his liberal allies are questioning the evidence which is supposed to show that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. “I have just attended a classified Congressional briefing on Syria that quite frankly raised more questions than it answered. I found the evidence presented by Administration officials to be circumstantial. The atrocious use of chemical weapons against civilian is an affront to human values and a violation of international law. It should be condemned by the international community...
  • Harkin: Southern senator described Obama as ‘exotic’

    08/07/2013 4:27:00 PM PDT · by onyx · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/07/13 02:55 PM ET | By Daniel Strauss
    President Obama was described as “exotic” by one senator from a Southern state during a closed-door meeting, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) claimed Wednesday. Harkin said the remark was made at a private event attended by nearly the entire Senate on filibuster reform. “I'm not naming any names, but one senator got up from a Southern state and said, ‘Well, you've got to understand that to my people down here, Obama seems like he's exotic,’ ” Harkin told the Des Moines Register’s editorial board on Wednesday. “That he's just exotic, he doesn't share our values.” Harkin spoke in response to a...
  • State Sen. Joni Ernst jumps into Iowa Senate race

    07/11/2013 3:25:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    The HIll ^ | July 10, 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) will run for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) seat, she announced Wednesday afternoon. "As a mother, soldier, and a conservative, the values I hold dear, and have fought more than 20 years to protect, are being threatened by the failed policies of this president," she said in a statement on her new campaign website. "Washington has failed us. We need and deserve better leadership. And that's why I am running for U.S. Senate." Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in Iowa's national guard and first-term state lawmaker, has received encouragement from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R)...
  • (Steve) King Announces He Will Not Run For U.S. Senate (Iowa, Tom Harkin's seat)

    05/03/2013 8:38:07 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 11 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 5.3.13 | Kevin Hall
    Iowa Congressman Steve King sent an email to supporters Friday night announcing he would not seek the state’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014. The announcement is not unexpected. King said in February that he was leaning toward running. However, as he struggled with the decision for three months, it became less likely that he would enter the fray. King would have been an overwhelming favorite in a Republican primary. His decision not to run opens the field for other candidates to enter. Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker has stated he would run for the seat if King opted not...
  • Don't count Steve King out if he runs for Senate, Harkin says(is someone SCARED,HUMMM).

    03/06/2013 8:03:03 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 12 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's Rag) ^ | March 6, 2013 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON — Don't take Steve King lightly. That's the warning from Sen. Tom Harkin for his fellow Iowa Democrats itching for King to jump into a statewide race. “I've never underestimated Steve King,” Harkin told The World-Herald. “He is a smart guy. He is a tough campaigner.” Harkin is retiring after five terms in the U.S. Senate, and the race to succeed him in 2014 could help determine the body's balance of power. The race is viewed as a toss-up at this very early stage, before the candidates have been determined.
  • Iowa Senator Tom Harkin will not seek reelection in 2014

    01/26/2013 9:01:21 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 43 replies
    America's Party of Iowa ^ | January 26, 2013 | Staff
    Credible sources are reporting this morning that Democrat U.S. Senator Tom Harkin will not seek reelection next year.
  • Iowa's Sen. Harkin [D] to retire: Won't seek re-election

    01/26/2013 8:46:09 AM PST · by fieldmarshaldj · 89 replies ^ | 1-26-2013 | Dan Schillinger
    <p>CUMMING (AP) - Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said he will not seek re-election in 2014.</p> <p>The 73-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside."</p> <p>By the time Harkin would finish a sixth term, he would be 81 years old.</p>
  • Senator’s wife sought Iowa institute

    01/03/2013 8:48:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    KSTP ^ | 1-3-13 | ap
    AP) IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa Board of Regents member worked behind the scenes to create a university institute honoring her husband, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, and then pushed for its approval before two of the couple’s allies left the board, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press. The 2011 email from then-Iowa State University Provost Elizabeth Hoffman describes the top-secret process that Ruth Harkin and a small group of officials pursued in planning the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, which remains mired in controversy nearly two years later. It noted that an ethics scandal involving a...
  • Obscenities invade C-SPAN website during fiscal cliff coverage

    01/02/2013 5:54:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    daily caller ^ | 1-2-13 | Alexis Levinson
    Someone is running amok at C-SPAN, the nonprofit network where political junkies get their kicks watching the inner workings of Congress. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, as most of the country partied away the first few hours of the 2013, anyone who was watching C-SPAN at 1:27 a.m., breathlessly waiting for the Senate to pass a deal on the fiscal cliff, would have seen a somewhat odd caption over Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin: “Just Plain Dick.” The caption was memorialized by Erin Skinner Cochran on Twitter, and reported by Jim Romenesko on his media blog.
  • First the Health Care Mandate, Next a Retirement Benefit Mandate?

    09/21/2012 11:56:04 AM PDT · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 31 replies
    Free Enterprise ^ | 20 September 2012 | Aliya Wong
    Businesses already feeling burdened by the weight of being required to offer employee health insurance beginning in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act now could have another government mandate to worry about. Over the summer, Sen. Harkin (D-IA), chairman of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued a white paper about a new proposal to require employers that do not offer a workplace retirement plan with automatic enrollment and a minimum level of employer contributions to automatically withhold a portion of their employees' pay and send such amounts to a USA Retirement Fund. In addition, these employers would be...
  • Harkin to Seek More Anti-Bullying Funds

    06/10/2012 7:26:22 AM PDT · by campg · 7 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 6/9/12 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said Friday he will push for more money in federal grants to pay for anti-bullying programs and attach more strings to teacher training money the federal government already doles out. Harkin made his remarks following a 2 ½- hour hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee held in the gymnasium of East High School in Des Moines Friday afternoon. But testimony at the hearing, which included brutally frank and heart-wrenching accounts of bullying from student panelists, made it clear that the federal government has a limited ability to do...
  • Libya Taps Nicaraguan as Its Envoy at the U.N.

    03/30/2011 9:03:51 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | March 30, 2011 | Dan Bilefsky
    UNITED NATIONS — A former Nicaraguan foreign minister who once called President Ronald Reagan “the butcher of my people” has been appointed to represent Libya at the United Nations after its delegate was denied a visa, the Nicaraguan government said on Wednesday. Nicaragua said the former minister, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, 78, an outspoken critic of the United States and a Catholic priest, would replace the Libyan diplomat Ali Abdussalam Treki, who had been unable to obtain a visa to enter the United States. Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgam, defected in late February after denouncing Col. Muammar...
  • Obama’s new Iowa campaign HQ opens Sunday – in Romney’s old digs

    03/01/2012 7:19:33 PM PST · by iowamark
    March 11, 2012 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: Obama’s new Iowa campaign HQ opens Sunday – in Romney’s old digs
  • Iowan's FBI file details fizzled Carter probe

    02/10/2012 10:13:41 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 02/10/2012 | RYAN J. FOLEY
    Newly released FBI memos detail a sensitive investigation into fundraising in the Carter White House that started with a comparison to Watergate but fizzled after uncovering special access for donors but no criminal wrongdoing. The memos were released from the file of Charles Manatt, an Iowa native and former Democratic National Committee Chairman who was interviewed during the investigation. The records became public after Manatt died in July at age 75 in Richmond, Va. Manatt grew up on an Audobon farm and studied rural sociology at Iowa State University before ascending to the top of the fields of law, business...
  • Link Strategies' Dirty Deeds and Deep Ties to Top Democrats

    01/23/2012 5:57:44 AM PST · by Conservativegreatgrandma · 9 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/23/12 | Kevin Hall
    When an employee of Link Strategies was arrested Friday for trying to steal the Iowa Secretary of State’s identity, it was not the first time the Democrat consultant group was investigated for criminal activity aimed at tearing down a Republican opponent. Back in 2002, while Link Strategies was running Tom Harkin’s senatorial campaign, the group was involved in an infamous “taping” scandal. The 2002 incident became one of the most talked about stories in Iowa politics that year. A Harkin campaign staffer arranged to have a supporter tape-record a private strategy session conducted by Harkin’s Republican opponent, Greg Ganske. The...
  • Harkin (D-Iowa): Obama team silently cheering Gingrich rise

    12/01/2011 1:33:46 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-1-11 | Justin Sink
    en. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said that Newt Gingrich would be a "heaven-sent" nominee for President Obama's reelection campaign and that there was "silent cheering" from the Obama campaign about his emergence in the GOP race. The senator went on to dismiss the former Speaker as a "bomb thrower" in a call with reporters Thursday. "I was in the House with Newt, as a matter of fact, years ago. I can remember him being a bomb thrower at that time," Harkin said. "One of those people always lobbing things around - I thought at that time, in his early career in...
  • The Democratic Proposal to Tax Financial Transactions Show They Have No Idea What They Are Doing

    Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) are set to propose a tax on financial transactions similar to what is being proposed in Europe (as if that lends them any support). It is being marketed by the folks behind it as very small, so small that Tom Harkin bets that "nobody would even feel it". Statements like that further convince me that he has absolutely zero knowledge of the financial world, not surprising given that he has had a total of 2 years of private sector experience (practicing law 37 years ago after he lost a Congressional election)...

    10/06/2011 6:14:29 AM PDT · by shortstop · 29 replies ^ | 10/06/11 | Bob Lonsberry
    Should we use ethanol for fuel? Certainly. Should we use corn to make that ethanol? Certainly not. Sure, we want to get over our need for foreign oil. Sure, we want to find a renewable fuel for our vehicles. Sure, ethanol could work just fine. But don’t make it from corn. Here’s what I’m talking about. The president and a bunch of powerful people in Congress have been working over recent years to hold up corn-based ethanol as the answer to our future energy-supply needs. When he talks about it, the president says corn-based ethanol is our only hope of...
  • Document suggests witness tampering by Sen. Tom Harkin’s office

    07/21/2011 10:28:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/21/11 | Jonathan Strong
    A top aide to Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin supplied an answer last year to a thorny question a friendly witness would face the next day at a pivotal hearing on for-profit colleges, raising questions of witness tampering, an email obtained by The Daily Caller shows. As Harkin prepares for another event on the same subject at 2:00 p.m. today, the email raises fresh concerns about the senator’s committee conduct after he recently faced accusations from Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigators that he pressured them on an error-ridden report unveiled at the very same hearing. That Senate Health, Education, Labor...
  • Boeing Labor Fight Takes Over (Dungheap) Harkin Hearing

    05/12/2011 2:49:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/12/11 | Melanie Trottman
    Boeing Labor Fight Takes Over Harkin HearingBy Melanie Trottman May 12, 2011, 4:47 PM ET An effort by Senate Democrats Thursday to highlight the problems of the middle class turned into a partisan debate over the merits of Boeing Co.’s effort to build a non-union airplane factory – a project now under attack by the National Labor Relations Board. Chicago-based Boeing’s general counsel, invited by Republicans to be a witness at a Senate panel led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) , portrayed Boeing as a company that could be frustrated in its effort to create good-paying manufacturing jobs by...

    10/12/2010 12:08:39 PM PDT · by Immerito · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 12, 2010 | Neal Boortz
    For 16 years I've been telling you that if the Democrats gained enough power in Washington, they would attempt to seize the money you have in your 401K, IRA and private pension plans. Many of you poo-pooed me, calling me "over-the-top" or unable to back up my claims. Maybe you might be interested in knowing that just last Thursday, a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on retirement savings and security. WebGuy forwarded me lots of emails of people asking me to prove it. So here you go. You can watch the committee meeting right here...
  • Harkin-Lugar Amendment Would Give Ethanol A Boost

    08/02/2010 10:37:26 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 27 replies
    Wallaces Farmer ^ | Monday, August 2, 2010 | ?
    The week of August 2 the U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin debate on a new comprehensive energy bill introduced by majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) have offered an amendment that is being strongly endorsed by corn growers and other ethanol supporters. The Harkin-Lugar amendment would: Mandate the production of flex fuel vehicles by requiring all new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. be flex fuel, Require the installation of blender pumps nationwide to dispense mid- and high-level ethanol blends, Create a federal loan guarantee program for pipelines to carry ethanol...
  • Senator Harkin Hints 'Card-Check' Bill Could move During Lame-Duck Session of Congress

    06/24/2010 9:03:10 PM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/24/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) suggested Thursday that Democrats might attempt to move "card-check" legislation this year, perhaps during a lame-duck session. Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, strongly disputed that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, or "card-check") was dead in the Senate. "To those who think it's dead, I say think again," Harkin said on the liberal Bill Press radio show. "We're still trying to maneuver," the Iowa Democrat added, explaining that if Democrats can't move the bill in its entirety, they might try to pass key parts of the union-organizing legislation...
  • Harkin calls for Attorney General Investigation

    05/30/2010 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Abbeville Conservative · 5 replies · 333+ views
    Harkin Website ^ | May 29, 2010 | Tom Harkin
    In reaction to news that Transocean Ltd., the owner of the destroyed oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, intends to distribute $1 billion to private shareholders, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) signed a letter with 17 of his Senate colleagues to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Department of Justice investigate the corporation’s pending transactions. The announcement by Transocean came after a closed-door meeting of company executives and weeks after the Transocean-owned Deepwater Horizon oil rig was destroyed. In the early days of the leak, BP estimated that some 5,000 barrels per day were leaking into the Gulf...
  • Where are Insurance Jobs Located? (Iowa, Tom Harkins state, is big...)

    03/06/2010 8:36:53 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies · 490+ views
    I don’t blame you if you’re thinking ” New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Des Moines. Yes – Des Moines, Iowa. You see, not every corporate insurance job is where you might expect it to be. Des Moines is a fine example of that. Unless you’re an insurance “insider,” Iowa is probably the last place you’d think to go to find a high-powered insurance career, but you’d be making a big mistake by not looking there. As amazing as it seems, over 60 major insurance companies have chosen Des Moines to locate their corporate headquarters. On top of that,...
  • Harkin: health care system segregates the sick

    02/25/2010 12:04:26 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies · 683+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 25, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Democrat on the Senate health committee says insurance companies who refuse coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions are engaging in discrimination. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told participants at the White House's health summit that such refusals are akin to racial discrimination that was legal during parts of the last century. Harkin says it's time to end discrimination based on health in this century. Democrats are pushing a health care overhaul that would make it illegal for insurance companies to refuse coverage to people who have conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
  • Reid dismisses Harkin's bid to change filibuster rules

    02/11/2010 3:34:36 PM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 70 replies · 3,531+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/10 | Michael O'Brien
    "I love Tom Harkin. I'm totally familiar with his idea," Reid said during a news conference on the Capitol on Thursday. "It takes 67 votes, and that, kind of, answers the question."
  • Filibuster reform headed for Senate floor; measure faces uphill battle

    01/22/2010 5:36:16 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 58 replies · 1,859+ views
    the hill ^ | 1-22-10 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) soon intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority’s power to filibuster legislation. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in the next few weeks intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority’s power to filibuster legislation.
  • Harkin: Dems Focused on Health Reform Big Picture [ObamaCare "Right of All Americans"]

    12/22/2009 12:11:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 464+ views
    CBSNews ^ | December 22, 2009
    December 22, 2009 Harkin: Dems Focused on Health Reform Big Picture Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, responded Tuesday to widespread criticism that Democrats only garnered the 60 votes needed to defeat Republican stalling tactics on the health reform bill by catering to self-interest, saying Democrats are focusing on the big picture; "trying to cross a demarcation line." Harkin dismissed deals dubbed vote-buying by GOP senators as "small stuff" that distracted Americans from the primary focus of the overhaul bill. "We have to keep our eyes on what we're trying to do here. We're trying to cross a demarcation line," Harkin told...
  • Biden urges Iowa Democrats to “stick with” President Obama

    11/22/2009 3:21:34 PM PST · by mdittmar · 18 replies · 934+ views
    Radio Iowa ^ | November 22, 2009 | O. Kay Henderson
    Party leaders who spoke at a weekend fundraising banquet urged Iowa Democrats to “stand up” against Republicans and “stick with” the president. Congressman Bruce Braley of Waterloo was among the first to speak at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on Saturday night.“It’s not acceptable for Democrats to be walking around looking glum because now is not the time for doubt. Now is not the time for fear,” Braley began.  “And now is not the time for silence.” Braley brought the crowd of Iowa Democrats to its feet by the end of his six-minute speech.“I want, as she sits in her...
  • New poll means deep trouble for Iowa Democrats

    11/16/2009 4:07:59 PM PST · by bigred08 · 25 replies · 1,924+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 11/16/2009 | Kevin Hall
    A new Des Moines Register poll is great news for Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, as well as GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Terry Branstad and Bob Vander Plaats. It is very bad news for Iowa's current Governor.
  • Harkin to Succeed Kennedy as Health Panel Chair ["A Fierce Proponent of The Public Option"]

    09/08/2009 8:55:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 519+ views
    FoxNews ^ | September 08, 2009
    Harkin to Succeed Kennedy as Health Panel Chair Sen. Tom Harkin, the next most senior Democrat on the Senate panel focused on overhauling the nation's health care system, will fill the seat held on an interim basis by Sen. Chris Dodd. September 08, 2009 WASHINGTON -- A fierce proponent of the public option and proud, self-identified firebrand liberal will chair the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, formerly held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, FOX News confirmed late Tuesday. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the next most senior Democrat on the Senate panel focused on overhauling the nation's...
  • Harkin town hall

    08/10/2009 6:34:35 PM PDT · by ltrman61 · 24 replies · 1,523+ views
    Harkin get hammered at Des Moines Town Hall!
  • Town Hall... Tom Harkin "Capitalism, whatever that means"

    08/10/2009 7:47:27 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 18 replies · 1,695+ views
  • Health-care outbursts foreshadow a hot August (with links to info on LIAR Tom Harkin)

    08/09/2009 3:51:15 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 8 replies · 820+ views
    AP ^ | Today | Various
    Health-care outbursts foreshadow a hot August (with links to info on LIAR Tom Harkin, see below) DES MOINES, Iowa -- Loud outbursts, hot tempers and pleas for civility at town hall meetings around the country Saturday foreshadowed a long, hot August as Democratic lawmakers returning home faced resistance to proposals to reform the nation's costly health care system. At a meeting in Des Moines, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, was interrupted several times by people in the audience shouting criticism and questions, even though he said he didn't expect Iowans to take part in what he called "scare tactics, misinformation...
  • Harkin Health Care Event Erupts in Shouting Match (Stop the Government takeover of your life!)

    08/09/2009 5:22:03 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies · 2,000+ views
    KCRG ^ | 8/8/2009 | KCRG
    A health care event sponsored U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin erupted into a shouting match Saturday afternoon, when opponents of health-care reform yelled pointed questions and criticisms to the Democratic senator. It echoed other health care events sponsored by members of Congress around the country in recent days that have been disrupted by protestors, although no one was arrested at Saturday’s event. Uniformed police officers were present as roughly 200 people turned out to see Harkin at an inner-city health care center to voice their opinions or ask questions about health care. “This is not health reform, this is control, control...
  • Senators discuss removing card-check provision

    07/17/2009 1:31:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 387+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 17, 2009 | Kevin Bogardus
    A group of senators are discussing dropping a key provision in the card-check bill in order to win centrist support in the upper chamber. But congressional aides and union officials said no agreement has been hammered out yet on an alternative to a bill that is organized labor’s top legislative priority. They stressed that that every piece of the legislation is up for discussion in order to earn 60 votes to beat back a certain Senate filibuster. A report in The New York Times Thursday said senators led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) had decided to remove the card-check or...
  • Statement by the President on the Health Care Reform Legislation Passed Today...

    07/15/2009 3:23:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 40 replies · 2,620+ views ^ | July 15, 2009 | n/a
    Notes: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 15, 2009 Statement by the President on the Health Care Reform Legislation Passed Today by the Senate HELP Committee "Today, thanks to the unyielding passion and inspiration provided by Senator Edward Kennedy, the HELP committee he chairs has produced a proposal that will finally lower health care costs, provide better care for patients, and ensure fair treatment of consumers by the insurance industry. Like the legislation produced by the House of Representatives, this proposal would offer Americans...
  • Franken to be guest at Harkin’s steak fry

    07/01/2009 9:52:50 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 42 replies · 1,259+ views
    The Quad-City Times ^ | Wednesday, July 1, 2009 10:35 am | James Q. Lynch and Charlotte Eby
    Democrat Al Franken, right, with his wife Frannie Franken smile as they meet the media at their house in MInneapolis Tuesday June 30, 2009 after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Democrat in the Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman. (AP Photo/Andy King) Al Franken, the newest member of the U.S. Senate, will be the guest speaker at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry Sept. 13. Franken, who is expected to be seated in the Senate next week after winning recounts and court challenges in his upset of Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, will headline Harkin's 32nd...