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In Iowa, a dispute over neighbor’s chickens threatens Braley’s Senate bid
Washington Post ^ | 8/7/14 | Philip Rucker

Posted on 08/08/2014 7:55:37 AM PDT by jalisco555

Brooklyn, Iowa — The battle for control of the U.S. Senate could come down to a dispute between two neighbors in this heartland hamlet over four plump, wander-prone hens.

This spring, Pauline Hampton’s chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braley’s vacation property on tranquil Holiday Lake. Hampton said she did not know this until she walked over one day to offer Carolyn a dozen fresh eggs. To which she said her neighbor replied, “We aren’t going to accept your eggs — and we have filed a formal complaint against you.”

Carolyn took her complaint to their neighborhood homeowners’ association board meeting in May. Her husband, Bruce, then called the association’s lawyer, Thomas Lacina, to say that he believed “chickens are not pets and should not be permitted at Holiday Lake,” and that he wanted to “avoid a litigious situation,” according to an e-mail Lacina wrote. Braley denied that he threatened a lawsuit.

Regardless, Hampton relented and built a wire fence in her back yard to contain the chickens. No harm, no fowl — in the Braleys’ yard, at least.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: braley; chickens; ernst; iowa; joniernst
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1 posted on 08/08/2014 7:55:37 AM PDT by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555

Bruce Braley (D)


2 posted on 08/08/2014 8:02:31 AM PDT by A message
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To: jalisco555

OK...so why would wapo publish this?


3 posted on 08/08/2014 8:02:44 AM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're yelling "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: jalisco555
The chicken episode is the latest in a series of missteps by Braley that have fueled a nasty character assault against him

I'd say his character has fueled the nasty character assault against him....

4 posted on 08/08/2014 8:02:59 AM PDT by freebilly (How about this-- we stop trying to elect the unelectable)
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To: jalisco555

I was recently in Des Moines and saw some of Braley’s TV ads. The ads tried to tie Joni Earnst with the Koch brothers and Sarah Palin. I thought these ads were pathetic and showed desperation by evoking liberal boogie men.


5 posted on 08/08/2014 8:03:08 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: jalisco555

Free range chickens need to range free! Braley sounds like an a$$.


6 posted on 08/08/2014 8:06:53 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: rhinohunter
OK...so why would wapo publish this?

I know, right? It's like the Times publishing the article that torpedoed the Dem Senator in Montana. Is it possible that they're actually ashamed of their behavior in the past several years and are becoming journalists?

7 posted on 08/08/2014 8:07:12 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jalisco555
Some months ago, the editor of the Albia, Iowa newspaper described Braley as “an elitist, condescending turd.”
(an exact quote)
8 posted on 08/08/2014 8:09:11 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: jalisco555
No harm, no fowl — in the Braleys’ yard, at least.

That would be "No fowl — no harm," which would have been funnier, but fewer would get it.

9 posted on 08/08/2014 8:09:19 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (ObamaCare IS Medicaid: They'll pull a sheet over your head and send you the bill.)
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To: jalisco555

Braley’s chickens are coming home to roost!..................


10 posted on 08/08/2014 8:10:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: jalisco555

Count me among the people who don’t want Bruce Braley to be the next senator from Iowa. He knows little about the care and feeding of animals, how can he possible bring pork back to Iowa?

While chickens should be out on dirt to chase bugs for dietary supplement, they ought not be allowed to roam freely on less than several acres of secluded land - certainly not in a subdivision with a homeowner’s association.


11 posted on 08/08/2014 8:10:57 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Some months ago, the editor of the Albia, Iowa newspaper described Braley as “an elitist, condescending turd.” (an exact quote)

He certainly came off that way in that talk he gave to the trial lawyers.

12 posted on 08/08/2014 8:11:04 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Red Badger

“We don’t want no eggs from CHICKENS! We get ours at the store!”


13 posted on 08/08/2014 8:11:56 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: jalisco555

The Post goes out of its way to obscure and delay telling the reader that Braley is a Democrat.


14 posted on 08/08/2014 8:13:06 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: alloysteel
While chickens should be out on dirt to chase bugs for dietary supplement, they ought not be allowed to roam freely on less than several acres of secluded land - certainly not in a subdivision with a homeowner’s association.

Ah, but according to the article these were not mere chickens. They were therapy hens.

15 posted on 08/08/2014 8:13:35 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: rhinohunter
I think it is no more complicated than the fact that city slickers just can't resist an opportunity to take a jab at what they perceive as country bumpkins.

While I think Iowa is a state vastly overrated in its political importance, it is still more important than Washington, DC and the chattering political class is jealous.

By running a negative story on a rural state Democrat now and then, the WaPo can pretend they are actually journalists.

16 posted on 08/08/2014 8:15:35 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: WashingtonSource
The Post goes out of its way to obscure and delay telling the reader that Braley is a Democrat.

Of course, that's SOP. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the Times mentioned Walsh being a Democrat in the headline of the article where they reported on his plagiarism. That makes no sense.

17 posted on 08/08/2014 8:16:46 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jalisco555

If Iowegians elect this jerk, they’ll get exactly what they paid for.


18 posted on 08/08/2014 8:17:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: rhinohunter

I imagine the media outlets are tired of repeating “Why couldn’t this be a Republican?”. There is so much news they can’t cover and it is hurting profits.


19 posted on 08/08/2014 8:18:42 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious they are trying hard to ignore.)
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To: Red Badger

“Braley’s chickens are coming home to roost!..................”

The problem was they were wandering and ‘roost’ing on others properties !!

I have hens and then will sh!t everywhere, you step in it and track it in the house without knowing. I just fence them in and problem solved.


20 posted on 08/08/2014 8:21:41 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: jalisco555

I saw HOA and stopped reading. Dumb a$$es.


21 posted on 08/08/2014 8:23:04 AM PDT by Minsc
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To: jalisco555

Braley voted for Obamacare and insulted Iowa’s farmers. This is just another straw on the camel’s back.


22 posted on 08/08/2014 8:25:46 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: jalisco555

If my neighbor brought over free range eggs, I would gladly take them and then ask if she wanted to stay for chicken dinner.


23 posted on 08/08/2014 8:26:58 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: MrB

Here, in our county, there is a current controversy over chickens in residential unincorporated areas.

The county passed a statute several years ago, when Vietnamese Pot Bellied pigs became ‘popular’ as pets, that banned keeping ‘animals that are normally found on farms’ in residential areas of the county (not the incorporated parts, since they set their own rules).

A woman recently challenged that statute, because she has chickens on her property, in a pen and coop. The neighbors don’t mind, but the county says the chickens, about a dozen, have to go.

It is to be debated at the next County Commission meeting. She has the support of her commissioner and her neighbors, and me as well, but I live in another part of the county.

What gets me is we have all these Mexicans and Central American immigrants here and they tend to have chickens in their yards, and nobody says a thing about it. A ‘group’ down the street from me, (I say ‘group’ because they rent a house and several people stay there, mostly grown men, not a ‘family’) has chickens, and I hear them crow in the evenings when I get home and work in the yard. It doesn’t bother me.

There are others in nearby neighborhoods that do the same.

But if I were to get some chickens, which I would like to do, I’m sure the wrath of the county inspectors would soon come down on my head.

I’m going to wait and see what happens with the rule after the Commission meeting(s)...........................


24 posted on 08/08/2014 8:28:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: Kirkwood

LOL!


25 posted on 08/08/2014 8:29:39 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: jalisco555
Given the choice between some good nitrogenous chicken droppings on my lawn that disappear with the next rainfall and a steaming pile of doggie doo, guess which one I'd prefer?

Given the choice between my neighbor's dog which yaps incessantly and a rooster greeting the sunrise, guess which one sounds more pleasant.

You can give chickens stinking rotten food and they greet it as enthusiastically as if you'd just delivered them a gourmet meal. I find them therapeutic as well.

26 posted on 08/08/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Braley as “an elitist, condescending turd.”

He will fit right in as a United States Senator.

27 posted on 08/08/2014 8:30:40 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: jalisco555

the horror the chickens walked onto their property .
I can’t believe that there are people who would make a complaint about such trivial crap like this. Have some people not got better things to do.


28 posted on 08/08/2014 8:33:27 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Kirkwood
"If my neighbor brought over free range eggs, I would gladly take them and then ask if she wanted to stay for chicken dinner."

Now that is passive-aggressive....

29 posted on 08/08/2014 8:35:41 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: jalisco555
“We aren’t going to accept your eggs — and we have filed a formal complaint against you.” Carolyn took her complaint to their neighborhood homeowners’ association board...

That's the way arrogant jerks and manipulators handle even minor complaints, when a simple conversation with the neighbor could probably have solved the problem.

30 posted on 08/08/2014 8:35:43 AM PDT by Will88
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if the former great, current rag Washington Post was really trying to be a real news source again instead of a democrat Myna Bird they’d go after obammy and company.
Come on man, all the illegal horse crap and the post says squat cause they are up the magic negros ass.


31 posted on 08/08/2014 8:44:37 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: jalisco555

Why did the chicken cross Braley’s property line?

To receive his suet.


32 posted on 08/08/2014 8:44:57 AM PDT by buridan
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To: Will88

exactly.
First getting all pissed off about this trivial crap is pathetic , but to make an official complaint without even talking to the neighbor just tells me what arrogant , pathetic elitist turds they are.
All they had to do was to ask the neighbor to try and keep the chickens in their own back yard, but instead they do this.


33 posted on 08/08/2014 8:45:10 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: jalisco555

More likely they’re acting as a early warning alarm to spur the Democrats to leave (voluntarilly or not) the race so a more electable candidate can step in.


34 posted on 08/08/2014 8:49:23 AM PDT by tanknetter
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““I had 10 jobs between the day I graduated from high school and the day I graduated from law school — hard, tough, physically demanding work. I worked on farms when I was in junior high, I was a truck driver, a janitor, a bartender, a waiter, a cook, a construction worker. You name it, I’ve done it.”

Not only does he have a deranged fear of chickens, he was fired from every honest job he ever had.


35 posted on 08/08/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: manc
First getting all pissed off about this trivial crap is pathetic ,

It's starting to look like the Dems are snake-bit this election. Yesterday it was Montana, now it's Braley making one unforced error after another. And didn't Michelle Nunn's campaign get egg on it's face a few days ago? I didn't credit the talk about a "GOP wave" this year before now but I'm starting to re-think.

36 posted on 08/08/2014 8:52:42 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Red Badger

I live in one of those “used to be rural ag” areas that the county is trying to tax like a suburban subdivision, so they try to treat it like one.

Having to go through the county commissioners myself, because the appraiser’s department is a collective ass.


37 posted on 08/08/2014 8:56:55 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Vigilanteman

You are mis-perceiving the class difference/grievance here. Actually, the chattering class in DC pays $5/dozen for those range-free eggs (and won’t eat any other kind). Range-free eggs are a kind of holy grail among the foodies of this class. They’d perceive anyone who’d refuse them as a gift to be a low-life idiot, regardless of party affiliation.


38 posted on 08/08/2014 8:56:56 AM PDT by EDINVA
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“Range-free eggs are a kind of holy grail among the foodies of this class.”

Range free eggs are the ones sold in every store. I think you mean free-range.


39 posted on 08/08/2014 9:01:30 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

sorry. I don’t know how to edit something that’s been posted.


40 posted on 08/08/2014 9:05:07 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: A message
Bruce Braley (D)

This spring, Pauline Hampton’s chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braley’s vacation property on tranquil Holiday Lake

Demon-rats of the "People" no doubt....

I don't Forsake them owning a "Hoilday Home", I forsake them Owning one and then complaining about the 1% WHILE owning a Holiday Home...

Screw them, I hope their neighbor buy some Goats, Sheep, Horse and Cows and has them trapse all over their damned land...

41 posted on 08/08/2014 9:05:17 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Beagle8U
[ “Range-free eggs are a kind of holy grail among the foodies of this class.”

Range free eggs are the ones sold in every store. I think you mean free-range. ]

Free Rang Please! But NOT IN MY BACKYARD...

42 posted on 08/08/2014 9:07:58 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: MrB

Our Appraiser is an elected official, so he can’t be too asinine in his appraisals. State law says the the appraisals should be within 10% of the real estate market for that particular area. So, they take into considerations what the property sold in the area since the last appraisal (every ten years) has gone for.......................


43 posted on 08/08/2014 9:09:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: Vigilanteman

The DemonRats and RINOcrats could certainly USE more connection back to the Real world that is Nature and Farming....


44 posted on 08/08/2014 9:10:12 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: jalisco555

>>I didn’t credit the talk about a “GOP wave” this year before now but I’m starting to re-think. <<

I think what you’re seeing is a bunch of Dem candidates struggling because Obama has had six years to implement their favored policies and the result has been abject failure across several fronts. As a result, they have nothing to advocate so the news revolves around their inevitable missteps.

Think about it. They won’t be seen with the President. They can’t talk about Iraq or Afghanistan. Russian reset...nope. Immigration looked good, until people realized their local schools were going to be inundated with young illegals this year. Obamacare...nope. Economy humming....hardly.

They’re screwed, and they know it. But they’re politicians and so they have to say something. But what? What can they advocate that Obama hasn’t already dynamited? When their best option is to rail against his policies (coal, Keystone pipeline, drone warfare) they’re toast.


45 posted on 08/08/2014 9:11:08 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: manc
Sorry, but guess that you don't have a walk around concrete porch, driveway, nice wood railings, etc. and while you are trying to keep your property maintained the neighbors chickens/fowl come chase grasshoppers and find the shade irresistible. So, they poop every few feet and you have to clean off with Clorox and reach the wood railing poop before it dries or it stains until you paint again. They also will scratch a car and a turkey chased by a dog actually did $400 damage when it slammed into our neighbors truck. I do not mind neighbors having animals, just don't want them in my house or yard...thank you very much!!
46 posted on 08/08/2014 9:12:07 AM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: jalisco555

Reminds me of an issue some family memebers are having right now.

They own a farm and sold a few acres to some folks wanting to move out of the big city. Now they do nothing but bitch and complain about the “Dust” from the gravel Road Nearby, and the dust that gets kicked up when my family members till the nearby field....

They wanted to move into the country because they appently hated the suburb they were in, only to bring a bunch of their own bad city habits with them and now have become a complete pain the rear end for my Family Memeber.

They now deeply regret selling those dozen acres to a bunch of sanctimounous aholes that though living in the country would be like living on a “movie farm”.... Bunch of jerkwads....


47 posted on 08/08/2014 9:15:12 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: EDINVA

No need to edit, I knew what you meant.


48 posted on 08/08/2014 9:18:46 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: jalisco555
he believed “chickens are not pets

There are many, many people who have chickens as pets. I knew a lady who had her Christmas card picture taken with them. You can buy "chicken diapers" if you let them in your house.
49 posted on 08/08/2014 9:21:25 AM PDT by neefer (Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run.)
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To: GraceG

This is what Braley is up against...he’s toast!

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=make+em+squeal&FORM=VIRE6#view=detail&mid=B7B815C7DBBA176D7D02B7B815C7DBBA176D7D02


50 posted on 08/08/2014 9:25:16 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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