Family Day (South Africa)
Dessalines Day, October 17. Anniversary of the death of Jean Jacques Dessalines (d.1806), revolutionary, was declared emperor in 1805.
So he was named emperor in 1805, and died in 1806. I've written morning roundup posts longer than that. This won't be one of them.
You can find analysis of the three gubernatorial debates anywhere but here. For analysis of last night's second district debate, however, go read Common Iowan and John Deeth. Kudos to both of those guys for taking the time to write about Iowa's only competitive, yet not nasty congressional campaign.
Waukee got the phone call from the University of Wisconsin this week that they must have been dreading, the one that starts with, "Hey, y'know how you've been using that logo that's basically ours in a different color?" At first glance, they look a little different. Then I looked at the shadow and recognized that they're nearly identical. Marc Hansen is also up in arms over this, but when a Waukee school official says this:
The Waukee W logo combined the University of Wisconsin and the University of Washington logos, school officials said.
That's probably a pretty good sign that you've got a copyright problem. (UPDATE: It's actually a trademark problem.)
The Register has a boatload of information pieces on legislative candidates this morning, but I found this one on District 66 (formerly Fallon, soon to be Ako) interesting, largely because of this line buried in the fifth paragraph:
Des Moines officials also audited Creative Visions, a social services agency founded by Abdul-Samad, for discrepancies in the number of clients served. Last week, city officials said they found no evidence of wrongdoing.
So Ako was on the front page at least 5 times while Creative Visions was being audited, but once he was cleared of wrongdoing, the best they could do was bury that statement in the fifth paragraph of a story about his race. That's awful.
Finally, if you need a good laugh or something that will shake your faith in Congress a little further, check out this list of America's 10 dumbest congressmen, which I found via John Deeth. No Iowans on the list, but some pretty funny stuff about elected officials from both sides of the aisle.