I have had a few people ask me about this... Barack Obama's rally Friday in Des Moines, according to the campaign, is slated to take place at the Western Gateway Park. The rally area isn't right across the street from Obama headquarters on Locust. That's the area that's all torn up right now. The only open grassy area is in front of the Pappajohn Learning Center and the new Des Moines Public Library around 12th and 13th Streets.
Speaking of Obama... There's clearly an effort here to get people to the polls early. Obama's rally is called the "Early Vote for Change Rally with Barack Obama". Governor Chet Culver already voted early, so is Senator Tom Harkin, so is Rep. Dave Loebsack (I think it was. Maybe it was Rep. Bruce Braley).
The campaign also sent this out to supporters:
Barack is coming back to Iowa this week to rally on Friday, October 31st, because he knows how important this state is. What began in Iowa nearly two years ago has set off a chain reaction -- and now all across the country, something is stirring. You see it in the thousands of people who are casting early votes for change in Iowa and across the country. But time is running out for you to be part of it. The last day of Early Vote is coming up quickly, and this Saturday there are extended hours at your local county auditor's office.
Then, there's this: