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  • Can Scott Walker Have It Both Ways?

    07/12/2015 2:48:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 12, 2015
    The biggest question hanging over Walker's presidential campaign is whether the political strategy that got him this far can work at the next level. "I'm pro-life," Scott Walker said, looking directly into the camera. "But there's no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one. That's why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options. The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor." That was last October, less than a month before Election Day, when the Wisconsin...
  • Ethanol and Biodiesel: Guilty as Charged

    07/11/2015 6:10:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Two notorious crooks are helping us wrap up another sordid episode in the saga of the United States biofuel mandates, while further highlighting how bungled and long past its expiration date the program is. Congress concocted the mandates over fears that US gasoline demand would rise forever and keep the United States dependent on foreign oil, as America’s supposedly limited reserves were depleted. The mandates currently require that we blend 15 billion gallons of ethanol with gasoline every year, and produce over a billion gallons of biodiesel. They hammer us consumers every time we fill our tanks. Turning corn into...
  • America's grain stocks running short (food security and export control?)

    02/25/2008 5:08:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 273 replies · 3,162+ views
    The Grand Island Independent ^ | 02/24/08 | By Robert Pore
    America's grain stocks running short By Robert Pore robert.pore@theindependent.com Print Story | e-mail Story | Visit Forums Global demand for grain and oilseeds is at record levels, causing the nation's grain stocks to reach critically low levels, according to Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt. With a weak U.S. dollar and global demand so high, foreign buyers are outbidding domestic buyers for American grain, Hurt said. "Food consumers worldwide are going to have to pay more," Hurt said. "We ended 2007 with our monthly inflation rate on food nearly 5 percent higher. I think we'll see times in 2008 where...
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Seeds from plant said biodiesel source

    07/10/2007 5:19:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies · 545+ views
    John Gallagher pinches a pod from the long-stemmed plant in the greenhouse next to his office, cracks it open and pops the BB-sized seeds into his mouth. "They're not going to compete with peanuts, but they're good," said Gallagher, a University of Delaware researcher. While the seashore mallow might be handy for a quick snack, the sturdy plant has provided Gallagher food for thought in addressing a smorgasbord of environmental problems, from global warming to the disappearance of coastal farmland. Gallagher, a marine biosciences professor, says the seeds are a promising source of biodiesel, with an oil composition similar to...
  • House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

    06/11/2015 4:27:10 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 63 replies
    MyWay ^ | Jun 11, 2015 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat WASHINGTON (AP) — Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry. The World Trade Organization rejected a U.S. appeal last month, ruling the labels that say where animals were born, raised and slaughtered are discriminatory against the two U.S. border countries. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said it's up to Congress to change the law to avoid retaliation from the two countries. The law was initially written at the behest of northern...
  • An immoral food-to-fuel policy(starving people or fueling cars)

    06/03/2015 5:15:22 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/2/15 | s burnett
    In the early 2000s, ethanol was touted as the solution to a variety of ills plaguing our nation. As is currently the case, those who worshipped at the altar of ethanol placed their faith in a false idol. Early in the new millennium, oil prices began to rise and natural gas prices shot up. Doomsayers lacking an understanding of history and economics popped up, as they always do, to proclaim the end of cheap oil was nigh. “Peak oil” pundits ruled the airwaves and editorial pages. The United States had recently suffered the horrific terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,...
  • Ted Cruz Makes NC Swing: SENATOR ATTENDING TAR HEEL STATE’S “REPUBLICAN” CONVENTION

    06/02/2015 11:04:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    FITS News ^ | June 2, 2015 | Staff
    North Carolina may not be “First in the South,” but the so-called “valley of humility betwixt two mountains of conceit” has become an increasingly competitive state in general elections (to the extent there’s really a “contest” between Democrats and “Republicans” anymore). Of more immediate relevance to GOP presidential campaigns is North Carolina’s role as one of twelve states holding primaries or caucuses on March 1, 2016 – a.k.a. “Super Tuesday.” Looking to boost his Tar Heel State support is U.S. Senator Ted Cruz – who will spend part of the coming weekend in Raleigh, N.C. as the state’s “Republican” party...
  • EPA pushes forward with biofuels

    05/31/2015 12:22:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies
    WUWT ^ | 5/31/2015 | Eric Worral
    US investment in biofuels are to be expanded under proposals advanced by the US EPA. Under the proposed rule announced Friday, the amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply would increase in coming years, just not as much as set out under federal law. That approach drew criticism from ethanol and farm groups that have pushed to keep high volumes of ethanol in gasoline. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for a robust renewable fuels standard while campaigning in Iowa, host of the leadoff presidential caucuses next year. … In a bid to ethanol producers, the administration also...
  • Poll: Scott Walker holds seven-point advantage over GOP presidential rivals among voters in Iowa

    05/31/2015 12:38:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Fox News Now - 6 ^ | May 30, 2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds a 7-point advantage among Iowan voters over the rest of the crowded Republican field in the scramble for the party’s 2016 nomination for president, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll finds. The poll, released late Saturday afternoon, shows Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounding out the top five in the state, which, as the first-in-the-nation caucus, is a critical battleground for presidential hopefuls. Walker captured 17% of the vote among likely GOP caucus-goers. He first gained...
  • EPA fighting global warming by reducing food supply

    05/30/2015 8:19:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/30/2015 | Newsmachete
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released a much-delayed proposal for the amount of biofuel that must be blended into conventional vehicle fuel. The proposal, which would become final by the end of November, would set levels for last year at what producers actually made but increase the total volume of renewable fuel required by 1.5 billion gallons, roughly 9 percent, by the end of 2016. That would bring the volume to 17.4 billion gallons[.]
  • Latest US proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

    05/30/2015 5:46:15 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-29-15 | Mary Clare Jalonick
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign. Under the proposed rule announced Friday, the amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply would increase in coming years, just not as much as set out under federal law. That approach drew criticism from ethanol and farm groups that have pushed to keep high volumes of ethanol in gasoline. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for a robust...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Subsidizing and price fixing us into the poorhouse

    05/18/2015 4:58:07 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 5/18/2015 | Bob Livingston
    The whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson can be reduced to a single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” — Henry Hazlitt, “Economics in One Lesson” One of the greatest fallacies of recent generations is the argument that free market capitalism has failed and that said failure is responsible for America’s moribund economy, the ongoing destruction of the middle...
  • Ben Carson: Let’s slash Big Oil to pay for ethanol

    05/10/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Well this is certainly disappointing. With all of the newly emerging candidates running around the early primary and caucus states talking to anyone who will listen it gets difficult to keep track of them all. But there’s one bit of news out of Iowa from earlier this week which is definitely worth a quick rewind and a better look. Newly announced presidential contender Ben Carson was out talking to the Cornhuskers and the inevitable subjects of ethanol, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and subsidies for King Corn came up. The answer from the esteemed neurosurgeon was dismaying even compared to...
  • 3 Indiana brothers plead guilty in biofuels fraud

    04/29/2015 7:36:52 PM PDT · by digger48 · 7 replies
    Associated Press on wishtv ^ | April 29, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Millions of tax payer dollars stolen and now the company responsible will have to pay for their actions. Investigators say three brothers who ran E-biofuels LLC, out of Muncie, are behind the scheme and it was one of the largest fraud busts in Indiana history.</p>
  • Scott Walker’s changing views a potential drag on candidacy

    04/07/2015 8:30:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 7, 2015 | Matt Viser
    Scott Walker was in favor of a legal pathway for illegal immigrants, then he was against it. And then he was for it again. Maybe. On so-called Common Core national education standards? He once touted them, now wants to repeal them. On federal ethanol mandates cherished by farmers, particularly in Iowa? Once opposed to them, he now embraces them. His record of shifting stances also applies to abortion, and “right to work” legislation that makes it harder for workers to unionize. As the Wisconsin governor continues to consider running for president, he appears to be following the playbook of Mitt...
  • Corn, Scorn and Policy Porn

    04/05/2015 8:20:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it. The anti-poverty group ActionAid USA wants to get rid of it, as does the pro-business Competitive Enterprise Institute. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants to end it. So does Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. They're both sponsors of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. Feinstein pans the ethanol mandate as "both unwise and unworkable." Quoth Toomey: "It drives up gas prices, increases food costs, damages car engines and is harmful to the environment." Scott Faber of the...
  • Scott Walker pledges to 'push back' on Obamacare [ethanol, other regs and mandates phased out)

    04/02/2015 1:46:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 1, 2015 | Patrick Marley
    Brookfield— Speaking before a conservative audience Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker suggested he would not allow Wisconsin to set up a health care exchange if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a portion of Obamacare. "We're going to push back," the likely Republican presidential candidate said of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. "This president of the United States — they've got to come up with a solution....They're going to try to put the pressure on us but we need to put the pressure right back on them." Walker spoke at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts as...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • Commentary: ‘Irksome’ Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy

    03/29/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
    The Texas Republican's devotion to principle – or an unyielding insistence on getting his way – could propel him to the front ranks of Republican contenders for president or render him unelectable.Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agri-business leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them. “I know you’d like me to say I’m for the renewable fuel standard” – that’s the subsidy of their product – “that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’m going to tell you...
  • Senate GOP asking new questions about emails for Clinton and (Huma) Abedin

    03/28/2015 2:27:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-28-15
    Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm. The new requests are being made by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following revelations that both women used a private Internet server and email accounts for State Department correspondence. Grassley says the earlier requests to the department have been largely ignored, ~snip~ Grassley’s probe started in 2013, when he requested all communications between...
  • Scott Walker, the gutless wonder of the 2016 presidential race

    03/19/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Week ^ | March 19, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Sometimes the most inside-baseball political stories tell you something essential about a presidential candidate. That's what happened this week to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently wants to win the Iowa caucuses so badly that he's willing to torch his staff and his reputation to do it. The Walker campaign recently announced that it had hired Liz Mair, a highly regarded Republican consultant. Mair has also played pundit at times, and is generally more pro-gay rights and pro-immigration than the average Republican. But that's typical of Republican consultants in general. It is assumed that policy is set by the candidates...
  • Sen. Flake Cosponsors Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol Mandate

    03/18/2015 3:39:38 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    Senator Flake ^ | Dec 12 2013
    United States Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), today joined Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and seven other cosponsors to introduce The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013. The bill eliminates the corn ethanol mandate within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires a yearly increase in the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the total volume of gasoline refined and consumed in the United States. The RFS, which was first enacted in 2005 and then expanded in 2007, requires refiners and blenders to use 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2013. "In 2005, Congress...
  • Maybe coastal Republicans have harshly misjudged Iowa (Liz Mair and ethanol)

    03/18/2015 5:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 18, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    It has become perfectly clear that coastal Republicans and the GOP’s Beltway-based class of political professionals – the people who are in the business of running campaigns – are suspicious of Iowa’s caucuses and the Hawkeye State’s heelers who determine their results. The feeling is mutual. Since the Iowa GOP has compelled Scott Walker’s campaign to jettison his digital strategist simply because she said some disparaging things about Iowa’s political culture, it’s clear that this state still commands an unparalleled level of influence over both party’s presidential nominating processes. This fit of pique from Iowa-based Republicans was understandable, but it...
  • No Glory in the Hawkeye State

    03/18/2015 10:06:44 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/18/15 | Jonah Goldberg
    I am no fan of the Iowa caucuses. I like Iowa. I’ve been there many times. But the caucuses have turned into something like a permanent subsidy for the political class of Iowa. What is supposed to be a democratic test of candidates in “real America” often morphs into a playground for savvy political consultants who’ve mastered a single skill: helping out-of-state politicians navigate their way around Iowa’s political landscape. As a result, the vast and bipartisan network of politicians, consultants, and activists unite to guard their food bowl. And that’s fine, or at least understandable. But they act as...
  • Texas frac sand execs who paid $52k in DNR fines in 2014, are backing Walker PAC

    03/16/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    WREX NBC Channel 13 ^ | March 16, 2015 | Greg Neumann, WKOW
    MADISON (WKOW) -- Two executives who run a Texas-based sand mining company - which paid $52,500 in fines to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2014 - are major backers of Gov. Scott Walker's political action committee Our American Revival (OAR), according to CNN. In an article detailing several big money donors published on Monday, CNN lists Bob Rasmus and James Whipkey - who run Hi-Crush Partners - as two of OAR's major supporters in Texas. In August of 2014, 27 News reported the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered Hi-Crush Partners to pay $52,500 in July for...
  • Crony Biofuel Politics Wag the Dog

    03/14/2015 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Talk about the Norfolk terrier tail wagging the Great Dane. If they are to have any hope of winning their party’s nomination, Republican presidential hopefuls better support ethanol mandates, Hawkeye State politicos told potential candidates at the recent Iowa Agricultural Summit in Des Moines. “Don’t mess with the RFS,” Republican Governor Terry Branstad warned, referring to Renewable Fuel Standards that require refiners to blend increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline. “It is the Holy Grail, and I will defend it,” said Rep. Steve King, another Iowa Republican. It is vital for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing dangerous climate change...
  • Paying fealty to farmers: When Ted Cruz is the only person talking sense, something is wrong

    03/12/2015 2:10:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 14, 2015 | The Editors
    A FEW years ago, while reporting on the madness that is European farm subsidies, this columnist came up with a “Richard Scarry” rule of politics. Most politicians hate to confront any profession or industry that routinely appears in children’s books (such as those penned by the late Mr Scarry). This gives outsize power to such folk as farmers, fishermen, doctors, firemen or—to cite a fine work in the Scarry canon—to firms that build Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. The rule is seldom good news for taxpayers, and there is a logic to that too: picture books rarely show...
  • Why Are Republican Presidential Candidates Openly Stating a Desire to Violate the Law?

    03/11/2015 7:49:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’ve pointed out that Washington is a cesspool of legal corruption. But if you donÂ’t believe me (and you have a strong stomach), feel free to peruse these posts, all of which highlight odious examples of government sleaze.But occasionally elected officials cross the blurry line and get in trouble for illegal corruption.For those of you who follow politics, you may have seen news reports suggesting that Robert Menendez, a Democratic Senator from New Jersey, will soon be indicted for the alleged quid pro quo of trying to line the pockets of a major donor. Attorney General Eric Holder has signed...
  • Jay Leno hates ethanol

    03/11/2015 6:59:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 62 replies
    Autoweek ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | JAY LENO
    There have been a lot of old-car fires lately. I went through the ’70s, the ’80s and most of the ’90s without ever having read much about car fires. Suddenly, they are happening all over the place. Here’s one reason: The ethanol in modern gasoline—about 10 percent in many states—is so corrosive, it eats through either the fuel-pump diaphragm, old rubber fuel lines or a pot metal part, then leaks out on a hot engine … and ka-bloooooie!!! As someone who collects old cars, and keeps them up religiously, I am now replacing fuel-pressure regulators every 12 to 18 months....
  • Breitbart California Interview: Governor Scott Walker

    03/11/2015 6:54:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    On Tuesday, March 10, I had a chance to sit down for an interview with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker while he was on a swing through Southern California. Having just been re-elected last November, Walker is on the campaign trail gauging support for a run for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Walker fielded questions from me on the areas of government growth. My questions are in some cases abbreviated. The Governor’s responses are verbatim. ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CRITICISM OF WALKER SIGNING RIGHT TO WORK LEGISLATION LAST MONDAY ON WHETHER HE WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SHRINK...
  • Walker: The biggest flip flopper you will ever find?

    03/11/2015 2:09:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 10, 2015 | Craig Robinson, Former Iowa GOP Political Director
    Governor Scott Walker has taken Iowa Republicans by storm. In the span of just a couple months, Walker has gone from a potential candidate who everyone seemed to like, to the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican caucuses. By every indicator available – buzz, staff hires, endorsement, or poll numbers – Walker is the lead horse in the Iowa caucus race. Walker’s campaign in Iowa is moving so fast that it will make your head spin. But that’s not all that is moving at a fast pace for Walker. Some of his long held positions seem to be on the move...
  • Ted Cruz Woos Iowa Ag Summit With Principled Anti-Ethanol Subsidy Stance

    03/10/2015 4:46:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 9, 2015 | Dan Riehl in Des Moines, Iowa
    While Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and some other potential contenders for 2016 opted out of the Iowa Ag Summit this weekend, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was roundly applauded by both the crowd and the media for rejecting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an ethanol subsidy that contributes significantly to Iowa’s farming economy. “Look, I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks who the answer you’d like me to give is ‘I’m for the RFS, darnit,’ that’d be the easy thing to do,” Cruz said. “But I’ll tell you, people are pretty fed up, I think, with...
  • Scott Walker Flip-Flops in Favor of Federal Ethanol Mandate

    03/10/2015 7:29:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 37 replies
    Reason.com ^ | Mar. 9, 2015 2:39 pm | Matt Welch
    Wisconsin governor, no stranger to corporate welfare, sings a new tune in front of Iowa farmers Breitbart.comIn 2006, when he was running for governor, Scott Walker took the opportunity of a proposed statewide ethanol mandate (which his opponent favored) to declare his opposition to all ethanol mandates, state or federal: "Currently, we have a problem with big government in Madison. On principle, I cannot support this proposal."It is clear to me that a big government mandate is not the way to support the farmers of this state,” he continued [in a statement]. "Central planning will not help our family farmers,...
  • “Only lost cause is Cruz”: Which GOP candidates shined (or flopped) in Iowa this weekend

    03/10/2015 1:02:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Salon ^ | March 9, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    At Iowa's "Ag Summit" on Saturday, Jeb Bush had an auspicious debut, while Dems skipped town and others struck out. There’s a new player in the game at the Iowa caucuses this season, and the competition has just been elevated. That new player is Jeb Bush, and his debut at Saturday’s Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines could be a game changer — for both Republicans and Democrats. Even though they were invited, Democrats were missing in action at the Summit. Republican hopefuls took full advantage of the opportunity to appeal to Iowa’s core industry, as entrepreneur and President of...
  • Scott Walker called ethanol mandate 'central planning' and a 'big government mandate' - before Iowa

    03/09/2015 9:19:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 126 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 9, 2015 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Scott Walker went to Iowa over the weekend and embraced the ethanol mandate — a corporate welfare program that subsidizes corn farmers and ethanol producers at the expense of drivers, eaters, restaurants, and the environment.As my colleague Phil Klein aptly put it, "if Scott Walker can't stand up to Iowans, how will he stand up to the Islamic State?"Why do I assume this position was tailored to Iowa's caucus goers? Because Walker vehemently opposed the ethanol mandate back in 2006, actually standing out from the rest of Wisconsin's gubernatorial field in that regard.From Milwaukee's Daily Reporter at the time: "Currently,...
  • Gubernatorial candidates differ on ethanol [Walker's Original position on RFS]

    03/09/2015 8:43:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Daily Reporter ^ | March 9, 2006 1:00 am
    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker differentiated himself from Gov. Jim Doyle and his Republican rival for governor by speaking out against an ethanol mandate.Walker, who’s facing U.S. Rep. Mark Green in the Sept. 12 Republican primary for governor, said Tuesday he opposes a bill requiring 10 percent ethanol in some grades of fuel; Green and Doyle are both in favor of the bill. The general election is Nov. 7.Walker said he opposes the bill more because of the government mandate than the use of ethanol as a fuel source. He said instituting incentives for ethanol use would be better for...
  • If Walker can't stand up to Iowans, how can he stand up to the Islamic State?

    03/09/2015 8:38:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 9, 2015 | 11:46 AM | PHILIP KLEIN
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., was speaking to Iowa farmers over the weekend and, as the Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg reported, he shifted his position on ending the mandate that fuel contain ethanol.Though he previously indicated opposition to the mandate, now visiting Iowa as a likely presidential candidate, Walker said, "It's something I'm willing to go forward on, continuing the Renewable Fuel Standard." The fact that he later floated the possibility of phasing it out didn't help the damage that was done to his reputation.The ethanol mandate has little rationale beyond being a big government regulatory handout to farmers, many...
  • Ag Summit ‘naughty or nice’ list: 6 of 9 candidates back ethanol mandate

    03/08/2015 7:24:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | March 8, 2015 | O. Kay Henderson
    Nine men who say they may seek the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination sought approval from farm country this weekend. The first-ever Iowa Ag Summit convened early Saturday morning, with Governor Terry Branstad warning participants not to “mess” with the RFS. The Renewable Fuels Standard is the federal mandate that requires a set amount of ethanol to be blended into gasoline and diesel fuel each year. Monte Shaw is the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and he told Radio Iowa a candidate’s stand on the mandate will be a deciding factor for some Iowa voters. “There is,...
  • Walker, Cruz, Bush and the Iowa Crucible [READ THIS]

    03/08/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    It is now conventional wisdom that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a first-tier candidate, if not the frontrunner, for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. It is just as much a given that Senator Ted Cruz is not regarded as likely to win the nomination. The reasons why this is so were on display yesterday at the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call event that brought leading politicians from both parties to Des Moines to hawk their wares to farm-state voters. As in the past, the agriculture industry and political observers were interested to see which of the potential candidates...
  • Ted Cruz stands alone after the King Corn summit

    03/08/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday we covered the acid test of prospective candidates for 2016 in Iowa when it comes to ethanol subsidies and the Renewable Fuel Standard. At that time I promised that I would report back to you on how the 2016 hopefuls did in this admittedly daunting challenge to conservative politicians. I’m sorry to say that, as the WSJ reported for us, the results were less than impressive in most cases. Let’s start with the bad news. First up… Rick Perry. [T]he former governor of a petroleum-rich state [Governor Perry] suggested he didn’t think it would be fair to end the...
  • U.S. Republican hopefuls Bush, Walker change their tune on ethanol

    03/08/2015 7:17:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/07/2015 | ANDY SULLIVAN
    Potential Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Scott Walker told Iowa voters on Saturday that they supported government policies to boost ethanol use, a change in position that could help their prospects in the corn-growing state. Speaking at an agricultural forum in Des Moines, the two White House hopefuls said a 2007 law requiring ethanol use should be kept in place despite their general distaste for subsidies and mandates. Both have criticized supports for the corn-based fuel in the past. "The law that passed in 2007 has worked for sure," said Bush, a former Florida governor. The shift illustrates the...
  • Scott Walker shifts on ethanol, Ted Cruz brings the candor: Iowa Agriculture Summit scouting report

    03/08/2015 4:14:46 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 28 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | March 8, 2015 | Henry J Gomez
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and other Republican presidential prospects auditioned here Saturday for a crowd that can open doors and wallets in this first and hugely important battleground on the 2016 election calendar.
  • Reagan Calls for End to World's Farm Subsidies

    03/07/2015 9:51:40 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 06, 1987 | |JAMES GERSTENZANG and JACK NELSON
    VENICE, Italy — President Reagan, who less than two years ago signed the most expensive farm aid bill in history, called Friday for the elimination of agricultural subsidies worldwide by the year 2000 as a way of promoting better world economic health.At the same time, Reagan said that the United States has made "real progress" in trimming its budget deficit, despite ongoing spending battles with Congress, thereby freeing for private investment abroad some of the foreign capital that has been tied up financing the U.S. debt.Reagan's remarks, made in a speech televised by Worldnet and provided to networks around the...
  • Ted Cruz blasts renewable-fuel quota at Iowa ag forum

    03/07/2015 7:45:33 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is telling Iowa Republicans and agribusiness leaders that he opposes the federal standard for renewable production, including ethanol.At a forum focused on agricultural issues on Saturday, Cruz likened the federal renewable fuel standard to "corporate welfare."Cruz tells the audience of roughly 1,000 that he has "every bit of faith that businesses can continue to compete, continue to do well without going on bended knee to the government."
  • Wisconsin governor drops previous opposition, signals support for phase-out of Ethanol

    03/07/2015 11:57:58 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Des Moines—Only weeks after taking this key state in the presidential race by surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his front-runner status in Iowa by pledging to support a federal ethanol mandate, shifting his position on renewable fuels at a Republican roundup on farm issues.The GOP governor and a lineup of other major potential presidential contenders—including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—took the stage before hundreds of spectators and media at the Iowa Ag Summit at the state fairgrounds here.In the moderated discussion with ethanol magnate Bruce Rastetter, Walker dropped his previous flat opposition to ethanol mandates, offering a new stance...
  • The Iowa Ag Summit: 10 takeaways

    03/07/2015 7:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 7, 2015 | James Hohmann
    The politics of ethanol have shifted enough over the last 15 years that several Republican presidential candidates felt comfortable – at an agricultural summit in Iowa Saturday – expressing their disagreement with special government supports for corn growers. Philosophically, that is. Back in 2000, John McCain skipped the Iowa caucuses altogether on the grounds that he could not win while opposing the federal ethanol subsidy. But the GOP has shifted rightward during the age of Barack Obama, and as the 2016 race gets underway a thousand spectators gathered at the state fairgrounds to watch the party’s top contenders try to...
  • The real Iowa kingmaker [Time to dance for the farm lobby]

    03/03/2015 5:00:30 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/03/2015 | HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
    A dozen potential Republican presidential candidates are about to sit down, one by one, with the biggest GOP donor in Iowa — a multimillionaire few people outside the state have ever heard of. Bruce Rastetter, an agribusiness mogul who’s made a fortune in pork, ethanol and farm real estate, has long worked behind the scenes to help bankroll conservatives across the country, but Saturday is a public coming out party of sorts for Rastetter as he hosts the first Iowa Agriculture Summit. It’s an event designed to promote farm policy in a state where pigs outnumber voters 10 to 1,...
  • Bush, Cruz Stake Out Free Market Turf in Iowa Summit

    03/07/2015 4:21:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 7, 2015 | Zeke J. Miller
    DES MOINES — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz risked the ire of Iowa farmers by staking out free-market positions on two federal policies favored by agribusiness at a summit Saturday. The two likely Republican presidential candidates opposed an ethanol requirement favored by corn farmers as well as a wind tax credit in a state where more than a quarter of electricity is generated by wind. They were speaking at the Iowa Ag Summit, which was organized by the state’s largest Republican donor, Bruce Rastetter, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Most of the...