March 8, 2005

Race for expected Nussle
vacancy shaping up.

If Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA) vacates his seat to run for Iowa Governor as is widely expected, several contenders are lining up to vie to become Iowa's 1st District U.S. Representitive.

Ace QC Times political reporter Ed Tibbetts reports that a third Democrat has tossed his proverbial hat in the ring.

Rick Dickinson, current director of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, has served formerly as a two-term state legislator, mayor, and city council member in Jackson County and worked in adult corrections for the 7th Judicial District for 3 years.

The 51 year old Dickinson met with Democratic leaders in the Quad Cities this past weekend.

The developing field is currently:

Democrats -

Rick Dickinson

Bill Gluba, Davenport real estate agent and unsucessful candidate for the seat last time around

Bruce Braley, a Waterloo attorney

Republicans - (none formally announced)

Mike Whalen, restaurant and hotel owner and developer

Brian Kennedy of Bettendorf, former Iowa GOP chairman

Rep. Bill Dix, Iowa legislator from Shell Rock

If you can provide more insight or backgrounds on these likely candidates, please do.


At 3/08/2005 1:33 PM, Anonymous scoop said...

Someone big retiring soon? Watch for it tonight!

At 3/08/2005 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lane Evans???

At 3/08/2005 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cong. evans?

At 3/08/2005 1:52 PM, Anonymous It's Miller Time said...

That economic development guy, Dickinson, has a great resume for a Democratic candidate for Congress over in the 1st District.
He brings the base D vote out of DuBuque, and has good job creation credentials. He might be the right horse to ride.

At 3/08/2005 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lane Evans is retiring?

At 3/08/2005 2:02 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Now enough of this playing around kids. Evans isn't going anywhere at the moment.
Stop trying to use the site for such silliness.

Judging by the ridiculous 'tips' commenters have left in the past, "someone big retiring soon" is probably some fat guy retiring from an insurance company or something.

Someone apparently gets their kicks starting this crap.

At 3/08/2005 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


What on earth is going on? Someone always says, `Stay tuned for a big announcement later' and that announcement never comes. I know that in New Boston in Mercer County there is some announcement about a citizen effort to build a ferry across to Iowa, but I don't think they're anywhere near ready to go public.

At 3/08/2005 3:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for that heads up.
As it stands, the only place Mercer county residents have to cross the river is either in Muscatine or Burlington, and that spans 50 miles of shoreline.

But there's pretty much a lot of nothing on the Iowa side of Mercer county as well, so I imagine it would be for the benefit of rural drivers. I hope the project gets done.

The Dope thinks river ferries are a very cool idea.

I was heading up the river in Missouri when I noticed a sign for a river ferry. After following a country road for a few miles, I found a ferry landing in Canton, MO.

It's used primarily to ferry grain trucks and semis across the river to the feed storage facility near Meyer, IL and back. A ferry has been operating in that area since the covered wagon days!

It wasn't too expensive, and was very crude. It was just a fairly small flat-topped barge with a small tug attached by a pivoting mast thing.

You drove down the ramp and up onto the top of the barge. It's pretty cool to sit in your car on an open barge and thrum across the river.

I talked with an older grain truck driver as we waited for the ferry to return and he said that only a couple years ago, the ferry had capsized with a full semi onboard and the driver had drowned.

The tug would go across, beach, we'd drive off the ramp, it would back out and swing around on the mast thing until the tug touched the side of the barge and it would go to the other side and repeat.

Once on the Illinois shore, it was miles and miles of nowhere, and it took a bit of doing to find my way back to civilization, but it was a gorgeous drive.

At 3/08/2005 3:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sorry for that diversion.

Now back to our regularly scheduled topic...The race for Nussle's seat.... remember?

At 3/08/2005 4:13 PM, Anonymous It's Miller Time said...

A key question is whether the DCCC will get involved in sorting out the Dem candidates to avoid a wild and expensive primary. Ditto on the GOP side. Maybe the DOPE can find out by calling GOP and Dem hdqtrs in D.C.

At 3/08/2005 4:21 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm surprised they haven't already called The Dope. ;-)
Perhaps I'll have to shake the trees a bit. Thanks for the suggestion.

And don't be a stranger here "Miller Time". I appreciate your contributions.

At 3/08/2005 4:26 PM, Anonymous It's MILLER time said...

Dope, you are writing today about the hottest congressional race in the US. Yes, the 1st District in Iowa. Keep your eye on the ball.
You may get national media coverage -- yes, you -- if you cover this race. This is not political hot air. The national Dems and GOP will be focusing almost daily on this race.

At 3/08/2005 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all this talk of evans is more real than the dope would think

At 3/08/2005 9:43 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Absent any information that Evans is contemplating a move, I'm not sure it's fair to start rumors.

It is fair to speculate who might go for his seat if and when he retires however.

At 3/09/2005 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tibbetts is an "Ace" reporter? That's a bunch of blackslapping, bs.

At 3/09/2005 9:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You got that right.

And if all these "anonymous" commenters continue, I'll have to start trimming them.

It's not too much to ask to click the "other" button and type in a nickname.


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