Dan Dolan is an Iowa Republican who is running for Congress.

By all accounts, he gave a pretty good stump speech before the party convention this weekend at the Monroe County Courthouse.

There was only one small detail which spoiled it – he gave the speech at the wrong party’s convention.

It turns out that the Democrats were also meeting Saturday in the same building in Albia, Iowa, two hours earlier than the GOP.

Dan Dolan, who made 10 speeches around the state Saturday, says that his staffer had asked the crowd when they arrived if he could speak, and when he finished, “a guy raises his hand and says, ‘I think you want to talk to the Republicans.’”

Dolan says everyone was nice about the mixup, but now he asks, “Is this the Republican convention?” before he starts talking.

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Iowa inmates may make toilet paper

On December 3, 2010, in Crimes & Criminals, by Weird

Iowa prisons are soon to embark on an endeavour to save taxpayers money and to provide inmates with jobs – by making toilet paper.

The Des Moines Register reported that inmates at two prisons are already testing the single-ply paper which is made in a Missouri prison.

Roger Baysden, director of Iowa Prison Industries, says Iowa inmates could start processing their own toilet paper next year, as long as the isea is approved by the Legislature.

Currently Iowa prisons use about 900 000 toilet paper rolls a year and making it themself would save around $100 000 a year and create 50 jobs for inmates.

Al Reiter, the associate warden at the prison in Anamosa, Iowa, says the paper is not fluffy but the state says it’s an acceptable roll.

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