Why is Iowa Senator Dick Dearden so obsessed with legalizing dove-hunting? I know he's introduced this bill many times before.
It doesn't seem smart to let the state legislature get tied up in a divisive debate over mourning doves. We don't want to give the impression that Democrats are wasting time on trivia during an economic meltdown.
Apparently Democratic statehouse leaders need to find non-spending issues to debate while they're waiting for revised budget forecasts. Great--there are lots of things they could consider that would either boost the economy or improve the quality of life.
For instance, they could pass an ambitious renewable electricity standard to create more incentives for increasing wind and solar-power generating capacity.
Or, they could give county officials zoning authority over agricultural operations. After all, the Iowa Democratic Party's platform does endorse the concept of "local control" over large hog lots. This measure would be popular and would address a significant issue in the lives of many Iowans.
If Senator Dearden is suffering from a shortage of winged animals to hunt, put him to work on preserving and expanding the habitat for other game birds in Iowa.