Popular Post Hestia Posted January 27, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted January 27, 2022 Good evening! I just had the opportunity to really meet my first politician in real life this evening and wanted to share my experiences/notes that I thought were interesting to hear. If you want to contribute or ask anything, feel free to put them in the thread as well! I go to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and the (only) Democratic candidate for governor, Deidre DeJear came to speak. Attached is a crappy photo I took from my place in the back of the hall zoomed in lol. Anyway, here are a few things I noted/thought was important - She is an incredibly good public speaker. She spoke better than some of the national politicians that I've seen on debates or speeches before. Never was I thinking I was getting bored or even checking the clock. She moved in a consistent flow and addressed tons of topics alone in her speech at the beginning. - The most important thing that stuck with me was a quote/interaction that went something like this. She asked all of us to raise our hands if we were planning to move out of Iowa after college. There were about 30-40 people in the room. I'd say about half or maybe a little more raised their hands. She said that her job as governor was to convince all of you to put their hands down and stay, because Iowa needs you to stay. - She took questions at the end, and went through huge topics and many of them - infrastructure was one I asked about, mental health, the environment, jobs, education, was all brought up. There were probably 10 questions and she took a while to respond to every one of them. - I asked a dull question about infrastructure and crumbling roads (something along the lines of Iowa has a surplus now yet roads/bridges aren't being fixed. What would you do as governor, etc.). In the moment I thought it was a pretty typical answer, but looking back I think it was more significant. She said that she had spoken with farmers who need to go 5 miles out of the way to move their equipment because the bridges aren't strong enough to handle them (happens where I'm at too). But the important thing was this - she said (and is correct) the surplus comes from federal funds that Iowa was given. Now, rather than going into how it's a fake surplus, etc., she said that it's important to realize that this money isn't going to get replicated. After all there are 50 states, she said, and Iowa needs to be able to take care of itself and fix our problems. I thought that was a good answer and a thoughtful one. - She reminded me a bit of Michelle Obama or Barack speaking in the sense that (as I stated earlier) she held your attention and motivated you. At the beginning, she spoke about how Iowa had a progressive past. Segregation was outlawed in schools a hundred years before Brown v. Board of Education in Iowa because an Iowa farmer wanted their daughter to go to school. Iowa didn't blink. She said that same-sex marriage was legalized in Iowa early on because no one batted an eye here about allowing people to do what they wanted. That Iowa went to court to defend runaway slaves from Mississippi to settle in Iowa and won in state court. Just one of those things that makes you feel good about state's history. - She spoke quite a bit about education. Recently, the state schools (Iowa and Iowa State) have fallen in national and international rankings, and Iowa has slipped from the top of education in the country to 18th-20th. The State Senate Majority Leader just stated in an address that teachers have a 'sinister agenda'. She tied it together and said that demonizing teachers is having an effect on Iowa's education and the desirability of the state for teaching jobs. She said she's spoken to teachers who have moved to Iowa, Illinois, even Nebraska (to chuckles) and that she wants to reverse that. - She spoke a bit about local control. She said that she found it funny that the other side frequently touts local control, but go to war against school boards and city councils that want to make their own choices on different issues. DeJear said that she trusted local officials, Democratic, Republican, independent to do what they thought was best for their communities - "because that's where the rubber hits the road" as she said. - She spoke a little bit about legalizing marijuana - particularly medicinal. She said she's looked at a lot of results from other states that have tried it, and has seen that the allowed dosage for medicinal marijuana in the state is not working. She said that the state would have to be careful, since she didn't want the state to go the way of Colorado or Illinois who had many problems with starting it. She did say that it had a potential to bring a cash influx to the state as well. All in all, she's not terribly likely to win, but it was a really rewarding experience to go and see. She was funny, personable, it was clear that she liked to be out there and talking to people. Before I thought I would volunteer for Abby Finkenauer's Senate campaign this summer, but now I'm thinking about getting involved in the governor's race instead. 1 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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