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Fixing Immigration One Potluck at a Time

on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:18am

Nothing says grassroots politics in Iowa quite like a long row crock pots nesteled between large containers of home make salads. And if the diversity of dishes is any sign of success, the Northwest Iowa Immigration Reform Potluck on January 11, 2014 was a major hit.

Led by Haorld Hieie, of CASA Sioux County, over 50 people from 9 northwest Iowa communities joined together and discussed strategies for making Iowa's District 4 a more welcoming place at Our Place, a new mulitcultural center in Storm Lake.

The sessions were all recorded and you can watch them here:


Who is Tweeting in My Small Town?

on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 10:41pm

There’s no doubt about it, most people on Twitter live in urban areas -- and it's going to be a while before anything changes there. Urban internet users are twice as likely as rural residents to use Twitter, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Survey in December 2010.

So if you’re going to make Twitter part of your rural campaign, it’s important that you’re smart about it -- otherwise, you’ll just end up talking to yourself.

So what’s the best way to find your local Twitter audience? Easy, it’s Follower Wonk.

Follower Wonk has been around awhile -- it’s an oldy, but a goody.

Why You Should Care About the 2012 Farm Bill

on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 4:16am

The 2012 Farm Bill -- Obama's first Farm Bill -- is starting it’s journey through Congress. So now, after 5 years, we need to reeducate ourselves and start paying attention to the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the Federal Government.

We all know that the farm bill is an omnibus bill passed every 5 years or so by Congress and deals with both agriculture and all other affairs under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture

But what does the Farm Bill mean for us Americans who want real, wholesome food?

Author, and food activist, Michael Pollan tells us why it’s

Ten Organizations Working to Save Family Farms

on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 3:46am

The other day, for a research project, I compile a list of ten organizations and websites working to improve the lives of family famers. This is the list I came up with. What do you think? Did I missing anyone?

Three Tools for Building Great Campaign Websites -- For Free

on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 3:23am

At some point -- if it hasn’t happened already -- you’re campaign will need a website. If you're putting it off, I don’t blame you, building a website can take (and waste) a lot of time. Luckily, web technology has gotten so good lately that you don't have to be a programming whiz to put together a respectable website.

There are bunch of free tools that will get your started. Here are my top three picks for launching your campaign website in a matter of hours -- not days.