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Iowa Road Trip! – the 2010 Harkin Steak Fry

Iowa Road Trip! – Interstate highway rest stops

Foreground, left to right: David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Senator Tom Harkin (D), and Governor Chet Culver (D) at the press availability at the the Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa.

A sunny almost cloudless sky, temperature in the eighties, fifteen hundred Democrats, statewide candidates, Congressional candidates, good food, and plenty of good speechifying. That’s the Harkin Steak Fry we’ve come to know over the past few years.

We had good conversations with folks new to us and, believe it or not, we saw friends from last year’s event and caught up on each other’s activities over the past year.

We spoke at length with Francis Thicke, the Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. He had a thing or two to say about CAFOs (he’s written a book about agriculture in Iowa, he’s a farmer, and he has a PhD). We’re hoping the wind and crowd noise didn’t overwhelm the audio recording. That interview’s for you, hotflash.

This post courtesy of the public WiFi at an Iowa Department of Transportation highway rest stop.

More to follow as we sort through the hundreds of photographs and several hours of audio from the road trip.