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Iowa Officials Prepare for Occupation

January 2, 2012 by Alyssa Anderson in Politics

Occupy Iowa

Tuesday is caucus day in the state of Iowa, and Republicans are ready for trouble from the Occupy protestors who have in the past disrupted a variety of election-related events throughout the state.

Leader of the Occupy protest movement have declared that they are not going to interfere with the voting itself, although they will probably stage demonstrations at candidates’ headquarters before the election, and more protests later at victory parties. Nevertheless even a hint of any trouble has people from both sides nervous.

“Tempers can flare, and people can start to get out of control,” said Jack Whitver, a state senator and precinct captain for one of the larger caucus sites, just outside of Des Moines. “With a crowd of over 700 people, you just want to keep everything under control and make sure that something ugly doesn’t happen.”

Clel Baudler

Clel Baudler, Iowa state representative said that anyone thinking of protesting at hid caucus site in Adair County can be sure that they will receive a response that “will be swift and it will be sure.”

“Since I’m not a state trooper anymore, they probably won’t be handcuffed – but I have friends,” Baudler said. “If an officer asks for help, I will help, believe me.”

“We’re just not going to tolerate in rural Iowa what’s going on in the big metropolitan areas,” Baudler added. “A little thump therapy never hurt anybody.”

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About Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson has been involved in the world of business on several levels for many years. She was the CEO of a start-up high-tech company until its purchase by a global on-line e-business. Alyssa helped formulate marketing strategies for several other companies as an independent consultant, and she has advised local government on methods to achieve appropriate fiscal responsibility. Her opinions are well known through her many editorials which have been published throughout her career in a variety of local and national print media. She has been heard on radio discussing current issues affecting the business community and Alyssa hopes to bring her special brand of commonsense coupled with uncanny insight into her editorial responsibilities as the Business Page editor for Left Justified. Contact Alyssa at alyssa(at)leftjustified.com.

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