It’s day three of the prevailing wage sleepover at the Iowa statehouse. The vote still stands (as of 3pm) 50 “for” and 47 “against”, meaning the Democrats remain one vote short of passing their plan. Early tonight, one of the missing lawmakers, Rep. Greg Forristall, is supposed to show up to vote. But the Macedonia Republican isn’t in for a “yes” vote, so that still doesn’t help make the math work for the Democrats.
We talked with one of the five Democrats who originally voted against the bill. McKinley Bailey, of Webster City, sure doesn’t sound like he’ll switch before tomorrow. He said he hasn’t heard from Democratic leadership to try to push him the other way. But he adds he hasn’t checked his phone, which is full of voice messages. When we asked him whether leadership could try to more than “gently” persuade him, he said he was shot at twice during the war. So he says he’s not easily intimidated.
Here’s a little non-statehouse Sunday distraction for you. Country star and former college football player, Toby Keith, performs before thousands tonight at the “Well” in Des Moines. Let’s hope he doesn’t have to kick a little a$@ like he did at this concert after a drunken fan threw beer at him and flipped him his “favorite finger”.