“Francis Thicke is in the right place, at the right time, with the right message. But I think his campaign needs more grassroots donations in order to counter the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Northey ads up on the air.
If the progressive community can't get someone like Francis Thicke in office then it will be evidence of something more significant than a single election loss. Let's not let this one get away from us.”
“The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture writes regulations and submits reports to the legislature. The incumbent hates regulations and so he writes/enforces as few regulations as he can get away with.
The thing you're missing is what affects peoples lives: regulations written by experts to enact the laws, not the simple framework laws passed by a state legislature. The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture is the top expert in Iowa for agriculture. Political Science 210.”
manumoka on Oct 24, 2010 at 16:16:38
“So in other words he wants to write regs that will affect the entire state. I'm all for that. But that's not "local control."”
“All around the country it seems that environmentalists are forced to play defense in this election: prop 23 in California, the many members of Congress who voted for the weak American Clean Energy & Security Act, and various Senators with good environmental records.
But Francis Thicke's election in the heart of the heartland would be a truly huge victory for sustainability (www.thickeforagriculture.com).
Besides the US Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa’s is the most influential in the country on the operation of our food system. Electing Francis Thicke would be a huge gain in preparation for the next federal Farm Bill. So what happens in Iowa matters for the whole country.