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Iowa Senator Tom Harkin will not seek reelection in 2014
America's Party of Iowa ^ | January 26, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 01/26/2013 9:01:21 AM PST by EternalVigilance

Credible sources are reporting this morning that Democrat U.S. Senator Tom Harkin will not seek reelection next year.

(Excerpt) Read more at americaspartynews.com ...


TOPICS: US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 113th; communist; demagogicparty; harkin; ia2014; iowa; retirement; tomharkin; ussenate
Wow. I figured they would have to carry the old communist out of the Senate feet first.
1 posted on 01/26/2013 9:01:23 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)isn’t running in 2014.


2 posted on 01/26/2013 9:07:06 AM PST by Principled
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To: Principled

If you went out to find Senators who retired in the 1980s...I suspect most would say the current environment is toxic and stressful. In the 1930s and 1940s....if you were a Senator...you’d take most afternoons off in the summer and attend baseball games. You might have put twelve hours of work in...in a normal week. Today? You get dragged out to do interviews with various news media groups and I doubt if you get more than six hours of sleep a night during the week.


3 posted on 01/26/2013 9:10:08 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Cry me a river. These individuals who become senators are very wealthy and usually corrupt on many levels. Maybe they’ll work themselves to death and do all of us a favor.


4 posted on 01/26/2013 9:11:56 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: EternalVigilance

Those Iowa boys got plenty of guns. Must be he doesn’t want to be blamed when the storm troopers start “live fire” exercises. He’s gonna go hide when TSHTF


5 posted on 01/26/2013 9:15:27 AM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: EternalVigilance

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2982126/posts

Beat ya to the punch.


6 posted on 01/26/2013 9:15:40 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Admin Moderator

Dang. Didn’t show up in search.

Admin, could you remove this thread, please? It’s a dupe.

Thanks.


7 posted on 01/26/2013 9:20:38 AM PST by EternalVigilance ('Where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.' Samuel Adams)
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To: EternalVigilance

At a minimum, all Democrat office holders should be expected to leave public office when their age exceeds their IQ - I’m glad to see Harkin at least is observing that dictum.


8 posted on 01/26/2013 9:31:34 AM PST by Stosh
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To: EternalVigilance

It will be good riddance but however, how much worse will the replacement be if a democrat. Look at what was Ted Kennedy’s seat. Now Liz Warren, the fake American Indian who IMHO will be much more worse than Teddy boy.


9 posted on 01/26/2013 9:39:06 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: EternalVigilance

FR has a search?

I used to use google + FreeRepublic + the article. That doesn’t work anymore either.


10 posted on 01/26/2013 9:39:25 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: EternalVigilance

Best news of the day!


11 posted on 01/26/2013 9:39:51 AM PST by Exit148
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To: CORedneck

The Dem bench isn’t that deep here.


12 posted on 01/26/2013 9:47:18 AM PST by EternalVigilance ('Where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.' Samuel Adams)
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To: EternalVigilance

hallelujah!


13 posted on 01/26/2013 9:51:08 AM PST by Prospero
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To: EternalVigilance

Dung Heap Harkin is leaving?

Miracles never cease!


14 posted on 01/26/2013 9:52:14 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: EternalVigilance
Gee...I hope that Comrade Tom doesn't have some sort of exquisitely painful and universally fatal brain cancer or anything.That would break my friggin heart!
15 posted on 01/26/2013 9:55:12 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Red State Secession Is The Only Answer)
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To: EternalVigilance

Harkin, Rockerfeller, Levin and Chambis. A good start IMHO....


16 posted on 01/26/2013 9:55:45 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: EternalVigilance

Who is the youngest yet most Tea party right state rep or state senator that we can get behind on FR right now, today? I’m in Texas and I am willing to send money today to a tea party candidate that an Iowa tea party recommends.


17 posted on 01/26/2013 9:59:33 AM PST by reluctantwarrior (Strength and Honor, just call me Buzz.kill for short......)
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To: EternalVigilance
I guess he's gonna retire now and reminisce about all those combat fighter missions he flew in Viet Nam..../s

Lying bag of pig squeeze.

18 posted on 01/26/2013 10:03:39 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Principled

Damned good thing...the effin RINO


19 posted on 01/26/2013 10:04:10 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: EternalVigilance

I just looked on the IOWA GOP site and US Rep Steve King looks pretty good, comments?


20 posted on 01/26/2013 10:07:51 AM PST by reluctantwarrior (Strength and Honor, just call me Buzz.kill for short......)
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To: reluctantwarrior

With Harkin’s announcement this morning, the political ground in the state is shifting 87 different ways. Lots of folks weighing their options, I assure you.


21 posted on 01/26/2013 10:10:20 AM PST by EternalVigilance ('Where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.' Samuel Adams)
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To: reluctantwarrior

We’re talking to a number of people today.


22 posted on 01/26/2013 10:12:52 AM PST by EternalVigilance ('Where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.' Samuel Adams)
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To: EternalVigilance
His wife has had some pretty heavy lobbying and corporate connections over the years, so you might wonder if there's some scandal or at least a lot of nest-feathering in the background.

There are already whispers about questionable fund-raising for the Harkin Institute they are setting up at Iowa State.

As for Tom, I imagine he started a folksy anecdote and got stuck in an endless loop and couldn't get out of it, and figured it was time to leave the Senate.

But will he leave Washington, or stick around and go into lobbying?

23 posted on 01/26/2013 10:16:23 AM PST by x
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To: reluctantwarrior

” US Rep Steve King looks pretty good”

Yep he’s good, but not the right guy to run for Senate here.


24 posted on 01/26/2013 10:17:07 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Lawyers have caused thousands of times more destruction to our nation than have guns)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Why not, read his bio, seen him on Fox. Seems right of center and pro life.


25 posted on 01/26/2013 10:19:43 AM PST by reluctantwarrior (Strength and Honor, just call me Buzz.kill for short......)
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To: EternalVigilance

PraiseGod!

So far that’s Ds Harkin and Rockefeller and Chambliss for the Rs?


26 posted on 01/26/2013 10:24:10 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: reluctantwarrior

Who is the youngest yet most Tea party right state rep or state senator that we can get behind on FR right now, today? I’m in Texas and I am willing to send money today to a tea party candidate that an Iowa tea party recommends.
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Lots of us would be willing to support good candidates. We just need to be sure we “vet” them thoroughly first.

I say this as one who supported Mourdock enthusiastically and then Akin (reluctantly, after Sarah Steelman lost in the primary). We definitely do NOT need any candidates who will self-destruct and say STUPID things—as these two did.


27 posted on 01/26/2013 10:28:48 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: reluctantwarrior

Oh I know Steve very well, not personally, but very familiar with him.
We need to keep in the House.He is in a very conservative district in NW Iowa. The rest of the state is not that way.

There are others that would have a better chance of carrying the whole state in my opinion.

But his name will come up; and there will be a lot of discussion about it.


28 posted on 01/26/2013 10:30:59 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Lawyers have caused thousands of times more destruction to our nation than have guns)
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To: reluctantwarrior

The other Republican Congressman, Tom Latham, has a better record of electoral success in Iowa.

Steve King is just waiting to be Palinized, Mourdocked and Akined by the partisan MSM.


29 posted on 01/26/2013 10:33:25 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: reluctantwarrior

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is a rising star.


30 posted on 01/26/2013 10:36:59 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: EternalVigilance

Apparently, sitting eternally on top of the federal treasury has finally made him rich enough to stand on his own until death.


31 posted on 01/26/2013 11:15:02 AM PST by DPMD
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To: EternalVigilance

Too bad for our nation that he ever sought election to any political office in the first place.


32 posted on 01/26/2013 11:15:51 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: EternalVigilance

Iowa, please don’t do that to us again.


33 posted on 01/26/2013 11:27:32 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: GBA

I’m devastated.


34 posted on 01/26/2013 11:37:46 AM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: huckfillary

What about the gopher?


35 posted on 01/26/2013 11:52:39 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: GBA

Iowa, please don’t do that to us again.

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At best Iowa is a 50/50 state as to what you’ll get. The state has gone democrat in five of the last six presidential elections. Bush won in 04 to breakup the run. The US Senators are split, one and one, the House delegation is split 2 each, the state house has maybe three more repubs with the state senate up a couple of dems. It most likely would come down to who has the most appeal be it a dem or rep. Then throw a 3rd or 4th party into the mix and who knows what you’ll get.


36 posted on 01/26/2013 11:56:09 AM PST by deport
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Fred Grandy endorsed Newt Gingrich before the Iowa caucuses. Lobbyist and commentator in D.C. He actually has been spoken of as a Republican candidate for governor in Iowa (to succeed Branstad). Unlikely he’d return to Iowa, but he might actually win.


37 posted on 01/26/2013 12:02:10 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: EternalVigilance

Elect a conservative!


38 posted on 01/26/2013 12:13:43 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Harkin is both old and worthless, and he has been that way for a long time.


39 posted on 01/26/2013 12:24:25 PM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Good. Harkin is one nasty POS. Remember him shouting “Bullshit!” at President Bush?


40 posted on 01/26/2013 12:51:49 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: EternalVigilance

It’s always good news when a tornado disapperars into the sky...but then you have to clean up the mess.


41 posted on 01/26/2013 2:49:49 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: x

Jeff Patch has done some extremely in-depth reporting on Harkin’s shenanigans. I have no idea if that is a factor is Harkin’s retirement but it couldn’t have done Harkin any good. theiowarepublican.com


42 posted on 01/27/2013 5:12:57 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: deport
At best Iowa is a 50/50 state as to what you’ll get.

That never fails to mystify me, but I believe you're right. One of my sisters went to U of Iowa in the 60s. I love my sister, but to be honest? I don't think she'll ever recover from either one. Grandpa was right about Iowa City.

43 posted on 01/27/2013 8:31:01 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: EternalVigilance

I know Tom Harkin personally and have visited him in his little beach cottage at Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. He seemed to be one of those professional pols who had a fine ear for his constituents in Iowa and could therefore inoculate himself from criticism and political defeat. This allowed him to behave in a way that was 180 degrees out from the nature of the people of Iowa, even considering the odd pacifist strain that runs through the state. Good to see him go.


44 posted on 04/22/2013 7:34:30 PM PDT by centurion316
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