Campaign Announcement

Dear Friends,

Yes, you read the subject line correctly. This Friday, March 1st, at Raccoon River Brew Pub at 6:30 p.m., I will announce a campaign. I realize this probably comes as a surprise, and two weeks ago I would not have predicted it. But upon deep reflection and deliberation, I am certain this is the right thing to do.

That’s all I’m saying for now, as I work to learn a new element of political discipline: timing. In the 2006 Democratic Primary for Governor, Mike Blouin proved to be a wizard at timing. First he announced an exploratory committee announcement. Then he announced the actual exploratory committee. Then he explored. That was followed by an announcement that there would be an announcement on a decision as to whether he would actually run for Governor. Finally, Blouin announced he was running. It didn’t matter that there were less than 20 people at each essentially redundant event. The media were dutifully interested and in attendance each and every time.

While I will never become that “good” at timing, I can at least keep my mouth shut until 6:30 p.m. this coming Friday, right?

Friday is also my 55th birthday, so we’re turning this puppy into a real party. (It’s also Sequester Day and the 203rd anniversary of Frederic Chopin’s birth. But let’s stay focused.) Here’s the lowdown, also available on my Website and Facebook Page, where updates will be posted as they arise:

March 1 – Birthday Party and Campaign Announcement (Des Moines)
Help Ed celebrate his 55th birthday from 5:00-10:00 pm at Raccoon River Brew Pub, (10th &  Mulberry). Please, no gifts or cards. Just come, patronize one of Ed’s favorite local businesses, play some pool, enjoy the conversation and have a fantastic time. At 6:30, Ed will announce his upcoming campaign, explaining why it’s important and why you will want to be involved. Contact Ed for more (but not too much more) information.

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Monday, we talk about how the Big Banks got away not only with breaking the law but are now poised to receive a tax break for their efforts (and where is Attorney General Tom Miller on this?). Also, we talk with Adam Mason with Iowa CCI about Bruce Rastetter’s most recent lapse in the realm of ethics and diplomacy. And we talk about the shroud of secrecy surrounding the Des Moines Public Schools’ search for a new superintendent. Joining us for that conversation are Joe Henry, Thatcher Williams, and Andrew Rasmussen.

Tuesday, we discuss the conflict over a city’s right to limit the number of unrelated people living in one residence. Also, we ponder a rhetorical question: Why do big chains seem to love other big chains so much? I thought they were supposed to be fierce competitors? And we discuss questions of medical ethics and racism raised by a Michigan hospital’s decision to allow a patient sporting a schwartz-sticker to prevent a black nurse from attending to his newborn.

Wednesday, is a work in progress, with plenty of options on the table, including why I hope Rep. Steve King runs for the US Senate.

Thursday, we talk with Diane Sweet about the practice of Reiki. Also, State Rep. Dan Kelley joins us for “This Week at the Iowa Statehouse.” And Nakisha Phillips is again our guest as she discusses her journey through pregnancy working with a doula and a midwife.

Friday, I’ll be off communing with nature to celebrate my birthday, so Dr. Charles Goldman fills in. The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced a new medal to acknowledge the UAV pilots who drive from their suburban tract homes to computer consoles in order to wage drone warfare against global terrorism. We discuss this and other facets of the unique nature of this new war with Dr. Stephen A. Goldman, psychiatrist and Civil War historian, and the brother of today’s host. Also, Heather Ryan pipes in with “Ryan’s Rants.”

So, Monday-Friday, join the conversation online from 12:00-1:00 pm on the Fallon Forum website. Call-in at 244-0077 or toll free (855) 244-0077 and add your voice to the dialogue. If you miss a show, video and audio-only podcasts are available later in the day. Thanks!

Ed

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