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Olson hires a campaign manager.

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Sept. 6, 2013, 7:16 a.m.

State Rep. Tyler Olson (D) hired Demo­crat­ic op­er­at­ive Alex Youn as his cam­paign man­ager. Youn has worked in Ohio, In­di­ana and Iowa, in­clud­ing on John Ed­wards’ pres­id­en­tial cam­paign in 2008. Olson state­ment: “I’m thrilled to have someone with Alex’s tal­ent and ex­per­i­ence lead­ing my team. … It’s time for a fresh ap­proach to lead­er­ship in Iowa. I look for­ward to con­tinu­ing to talk to voters throughout the state about my vis­ion to be­gin Iowa’s next 30 years.” (Des Moines Re­gister)

ABOR­TION RIGHTS FIGHT. State GOP chair A.J. Spiker at­tacked Olson and state Sen. Jack Hatch (D) “for stand­ing by while a wo­man prayed for con­tin­ued ac­cess to abor­tion dur­ing a polit­ic­al rally in the Cap­it­ol last week.” Spiker called the pray­er “sick, twis­ted and dis­gust­ing” and and said in a state­ment, “If this is what Olson and Hatch think will help them in their race to de­feat Terry Bran­stad in 2014, then it shows just how un­be­liev­ably out of touch they are with every­day Iow­ans and how poorly they’re go­ing to per­form come elec­tion time.” The rally’s pur­pose “was spe­cific­ally to de­fend leg­al ac­cess to abor­tion.”

Hatch “was un­apo­lo­get­ic about at­tend­ing the rally, but said he and oth­er law­makers had no know­ledge of what would be said” in the in­voc­a­tion. Hatch: “We cer­tainly don’t have any power, nor should we, to re­strict what a pray­er is. … We were there to sup­port the po­s­i­tion that the med­ic­al board should fol­low the rules for dis­pers­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs as they do for dozens of oth­er pro­ced­ures through telemedi­cine.”

Olson: “I be­lieve that the de­cision should not be made at state Cap­it­ol. It should be made between a wo­man, her doc­tor, her fam­ily, her faith com­munity, who­ever she wants to in­clude in that. … That’s my po­s­i­tion, it has been my po­s­i­tion, it will be my po­s­i­tion and I don’t speak for any­body else.” (Des Moines Re­gister)
— Ju­lie So­bel

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