Skip to comments.In Iowa, a dispute over neighbor’s chickens threatens Braley’s Senate bid
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 Hamptons chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braleys 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 arent 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 associations 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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Bruce Braley (D)
OK...so why would wapo publish this?
I'd say his character has fueled the nasty character assault against him....
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.
Free range chickens need to range free! Braley sounds like an a$$.
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?
That would be "No fowl no harm," which would have been funnier, but fewer would get it.
Braley’s chickens are coming home to roost!..................
Count me among the people who dont 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.
He certainly came off that way in that talk he gave to the trial lawyers.
“We don’t want no eggs from CHICKENS! We get ours at the store!”
The Post goes out of its way to obscure and delay telling the reader that Braley is a Democrat.
Ah, but according to the article these were not mere chickens. They were therapy hens.
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.
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.
If Iowegians elect this jerk, they’ll get exactly what they paid for.
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.
“Braleys 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.
I saw HOA and stopped reading. Dumb a$$es.
Braley voted for Obamacare and insulted Iowa’s farmers. This is just another straw on the camel’s back.
If my neighbor brought over free range eggs, I would gladly take them and then ask if she wanted to stay for chicken dinner.
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)...........................
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.
He will fit right in as a United States Senator.
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.
Now that is passive-aggressive....
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.
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.
Why did the chicken cross Braley’s property line?
To receive his suet.
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.
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.
“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, Ive done it.
Not only does he have a deranged fear of chickens, he was fired from every honest job he ever had.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
sorry. I don’t know how to edit something that’s been posted.
This spring, Pauline Hamptons chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braleys 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...
Range free eggs are the ones sold in every store. I think you mean free-range. ]
Free Rang Please! But NOT IN MY BACKYARD...
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.......................
The DemonRats and RINOcrats could certainly USE more connection back to the Real world that is Nature and Farming....
>>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.
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....
No need to edit, I knew what you meant.
This is what Braley is up against...he’s toast!