Seeking good quotes and footage from town-hall meetings

Yesterday I posted information about some of the town-hall meetings that Iowans in Congress will hold during the next two weeks. You can also find Representative Steve King’s town-hall meeting schedule here and Representative Tom Latham’s schedule here.

If you attend any of these meetings, please take detailed notes and/or record the event if you can. Although local media will cover the story, journalists may not highlight every noteworthy comment. Senator Chuck Grassley’s infamous advice to a constituent seeking affordable health care was a sensation on YouTube and various political blogs before Iowa newspapers reported the story. I noticed that Daily Kos user clammyc used part of that clip in a video about the need for health care reform:

This diary by Daily Kos user ShadowSD contains lots of good links and talking points for you to use at town-hall meetings. Whether or not you get to ask a question, please consider posting a diary here with your impressions of the event. First-person accounts are usually a good read.

In general, I’d like to see more Bleeding Heartland readers writing diaries for this blog. Pieces with news or substantive analysis may be promoted to the front page.

Final note about this month’s town-halls: Rarely do I agree with Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn, but it is lame that Leonard Boswell hasn’t scheduled a health care public meeting in Polk County this month, or in any town that’s part of the Des Moines media market. If any Bleeding Heartland readers do attend Boswell’s scheduled “listening post” in Sigourney on August 13, please ask some specific questions about the kind of public health insurance option he supports. You might also want to note that rural Iowans would particularly benefit from a public option.

LATE UPDATE: I was wrong to criticize Boswell for not scheduling a health care event in the Des Moines area this month. On August 13 his office announced a town-hall on health care to be held on August 23 from 3 pm to 4 pm at the AIB College of Business Activities Center, 2280 Bell Avenue in Des Moines. RSVP by calling Congressman Boswell’s Des Moines office at 515-282-1909, or emailing  

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  • Access to Boswell is in my near future.

    I have an opportunity to help with a small upcoming event at which I should have an opportunity to see Congressman Boswell.  The event is not political in nature, and I don’t want to be obnoxious, but I do plan to try to put a quiet bug in the congressman’s ear about sticking to his previous statements in support of a public option.

    As I mentioned yesterday, I’m planning to attend Grassley’s town hall in Winterset tomorrow morning and will drop by his Des Moines office with a letter in support of quality health care reform on Thursday morning (I’m going to call ahead in hopes of getting a little face time with a staffer).  My letter contains a brief summary of my older brother’s battle to obtain health care following a severe brain aneurysm five years ago.  I’ll do my best to take notes and report back here on Thursday afternoon or Friday.

  • The Fair

    I was thinking about something: Gov. Culver always puts in a appearance at the State Fair, shaking hands and meeting people and so on. I wonder if any of this right-wing idiocy will trickle down to him? I could see some angry people confronting him over gay marriage.

  • Humor is the best medicine

    You have to hit idiocy with ridicule.…

    It’s the only way they’ll learn.