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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • NEWSWEEK: HILLARY’S CHIPOTLE VISIT “HISTORIC”

    04/17/2015 2:07:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 124 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 4.17.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    I would like to think this headline from Newsweek is simply being sarcastic, but I doubt this is the case: Who Reported on Hillary Clinton's Historic Chipotle Visit, and How? This headline was written by people who have no conception of what is and isn't historical. SNIP Hillary going to a Chipotle counter and saying, "I'll have a chicken bowl with a side of guacamole," is not historic. SNIP
  • Teens shocked by graphic content at anti-bullying conference (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT)

    04/17/2015 12:04:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 46 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Editor's note: WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT They thought the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth was about anti-bullying. Instead, about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles. The April 3rd conference was sponsored by Iowa Safe Schools, a non-profit group that creates “safe and supportive schools” for LGBTQ young people. Some parents were furious about some of the sexually explicit comments from paid speakers – including a comedian who told the high school...
  • Democrat Jim Webb hires aide for Iowa 2016 work

    04/17/2015 8:02:02 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 19 replies
    Des Moines Register | 18 Apr 15 | Jennifer Jacobs
    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/17/democrat-jim-webb-hires-aide-rania-batrice/24890241/Gannet publication. Link only.
  • ‘That’s our gal’! Meet the totally random, ‘everyday’ American Hillary happened to speak to in Iowa

    04/17/2015 8:01:21 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-17 | Twitchy Staff
    Hillary Clinton tweeted out a new video this morning featuring a one Mike Yowell, a much quoted gay rights activist in Iowa who was on hand at an Iowa diner yesterday and thanked Clinton for coming out in favor of the Supreme Court ruling in favor gay marriage. Check it out:
  • Howard Dean: 'Why Would You Believe' Daily Mail on Hillary Vetting Coffee Klatchers?

    04/17/2015 5:36:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Howard Dean can't handle the truth. Rather than discussing the implications of Hillary Clinton kicking off her campaign by handpicking the "everyday Americans" she spoke with at her first event in Iowa, Dean dissed the Daily Mail, the source of the story. On today's Morning Joe, the volatile former Vermont governor scoffed "it's the Daily Mail. Why would you believe this?" Why, Howard? Well, for starters, the Mail quotes one of the participants by name and at length about the vetting process he underwent prior to being ushered into Hillary's presence. And if the story were inaccurate, don't you think...
  • Is Scooby campaign limping already? Secret Service parks Hillary Clinton's van in a HANDICAPPED spot

    04/16/2015 8:44:01 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/16/15 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    ...as she huddles with Democratic leaders in high-stakes meeting Hillary Clinton’s now-famous Scooby Doo van made an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Thursday for a closed-door meeting with state Democratic Party officials – and it idled in a handicapped parking space from beginning to end. Footage broadcast by KETV-7 in the nearby city of Omaha, Nebraska, showed the presidential nominee emerging from a cafe, greeting onlookers and walking past the blue handicapped-parking sign to climb into the vehicle. Secret Service agents are technically federal law enforcement officers, so there was no chance of a parking ticket, even if Scooby...
  • MSNBC's Krystle Ball: Hillary's IA Campaign Swings 'Staged & Inauthentic', 'Not Working for Folks'

    04/16/2015 10:24:34 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 15, 2015 | 5:28 PM EDT | Ken Shepard
    Krystal Ball doesn't seem to be sold on Hillary Clinton's "listening tour" campaign shtick. In a segment discussing the former secretary of state's carefully-staged campaign swings in Iowa, The Cycle co-host and former Virginia congressional candidate confessed Hillary's campaign rollout isn't doing much for her, and, she suspects, that's probably true of how it's being received by most voters. Ball made the remarks in a discussion with Brian Beutler of The New Republic. Here's the relevant transcript: MSNBC The Cycle April 15, 2015 3:08 p.m. Eastern KRYSTAL BALL, co-host: But, Brian, I wanted to get your take. Is this listening...
  • Hillary Clinton Caught Exaggerating the Number of Immigrant Grandparents She Has

    04/16/2015 10:17:39 AM PDT · by drewh · 22 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:52 pm, April 16th, 2015 | by Tina Nguyen
    Presidential candidates who can authentically can talk about their relationship to the American Immigrant Experience can sometimes experience a boost in public opinion, which is why Hillary Clinton recently spoke about how her grandparents — all of them — always talked to her about emigrating to America. A recent report indicates, however, that most of them weren’t exactly immigrants. According to Andrew Kaczynski, three of Clinton’s grandparents were not immigrants: Census data and draft cards from the 1920′s and 1930′s revealed that her paternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania, and both of her maternal grandparents were born in Illinois. (That’s...
  • ‘Vroom! Vroom!’ Hillary Clinton’s I-80 observation is semi-hilarious

    04/15/2015 1:30:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Twitchy ^ | April 15, 2015 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton is making campaign appearances in Iowa under extremely controlled conditions, and during one event she spoke of commerce:
  • Statewide Weapons Of Mass Destruction Drill Underway in Des Moines

    04/15/2015 11:54:29 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    DES MOINES, Iowa — This week you may notice extra emergency vehicles and public safety officers running around in tactical gear, Hazmat suits, and bomb suits. It’s a part of a statewide drill Des Moines is hosting Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare emergency personnel for dealing with weapons of mass destruction. Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department said emergency officials in Iowa need to be prepared for anything.
  • Ed Schultz: Hillary Doesn't Need To Answer Your Stupid Questions

    04/15/2015 10:41:50 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 14, 2015 | Caleb Howe
    There's not much to add to this ridiculous video. On MSNBC today, Ed Schultz was speaking with newly minted daytime host Thomas Roberts about Hillary's campaign stop in Iowa, when he said ... well, exactly what you would expect Ed Schultz to say. Your questions are beneath Hillary. "I don't think Hillary Clinton wants press. I think she wants people. And I think she doesn't have to answer any questions right now. And I think what she's going to do in Iowa is not focus on press but focus on what people have to say. And I think that Hillary...
  • I Am An ‘Everyday Iowan’ And Here Is How Close I Got To Hillary Clinton Today

    04/14/2015 5:10:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | april 14, 2015 | erika smalley
    Hi. My name is Erika Smalley. I grew up in Iowa and am currently a student at Kirkwood Community College. That’s the same place that Hillary Clinton visited on her first campaign stop to my state. I went there to see if I could meet Hillary:
  • When Hillary Goes to College to See ‘Everyday Iowans’ Students Get Locked In Their Classrooms

    04/14/2015 2:56:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | april 14, 2015 | benny johnson
    Students at Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College were apparently on ‘lockdown’ if their classes were along Hillary Clinton’s walking path when she visited their campus Tuesday. Jennifer Jacobs        ✔ @JenniferJJacobs Organizers told us that the hallway where Clinton enters would be locked down. It apparently affecting the classrooms along her path. 2:36 PM - 14 Apr 2015
  • Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78

    04/14/2015 1:53:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 April 2015 | Pam Belluck
    There is no question that Donna Lou Rayhons had severe Alzheimer’s. In the days before being placed in a nursing home in Garner, Iowa, last year, Mrs. Rayhons, 78, could not recall her daughters’ names or how to eat a hamburger. One day, she tried to wash her hands in the toilet of a restaurant bathroom. But another question has become the crux of an extraordinary criminal case unfolding this week in an Iowa courtroom: Was Mrs. Rayhons able to consent to sex with her husband? Henry Rayhons, 78, has been charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse, accused of having...
  • Clinton Stops at Iowa Coffee Shop to Kick off 2016 Campaign

    04/14/2015 8:56:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 14, 2015 | By KEN THOMAS and LISA LERER, Associated Press
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is chatting with voters this morning at a coffee house in the Mississippi River town of LeClaire, joking that she's going to "drink my way across Iowa." Clinton popped into the Jones Street Java House on Tuesday and ordered a chai, a latte and a glass of water with lemon. She's headed later to a round-table discussion with students and teachers at a community college in Monticello.
  • Steve King: 'Screechy' Hillary Clinton Won't Play Well In Iowa

    04/14/2015 2:28:38 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    RightWingWatch ^ | 17 November 2014 | Brian Tashman
    Rep. Steve King thinks that if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president, her “fingernails on the chalkboard” voice will make her vulnerable in the Iowa caucuses.
  • Iowa students preparing for session think she's a 'control freak' will be 'talking s**t'

    04/13/2015 1:37:30 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 40 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 13, 2015 | David Martosko
    Iowa students preparing for Hillary's first 'listening' session think she's a 'control freak' who will be 'talking s**t' and only wants immigration reform because the Democratic party needs voters Daily Mail Online spoke to ten students at Kirkwood Community College's satellite campus in rural Iowa where Hillary Clinton will be Tuesday One student is among those picked by teachers to question the former secretary of state He wants her to comment on his suspicion about immigration reform – that Democrats are pushing the policy because they need new loyal voters Another predicted that 'she's going to be, like, talking s**t'...
  • Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal and Santorum Speak to Iowa Homeschoolers (Video)

    04/12/2015 2:48:54 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | APRIL 10, 2015 | SHANE VANDER HART
    The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators held their 8th annual Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day yesterday. The activities started off at the Iowa State Capitol Building with remarks from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Those attending were encouraged to contact their State Representative and State Senator.The afternoon session attended by hundreds of homeschoolers from all over the state picked up at the Airport Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Des Moines. WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson led a panel discussion on education issues in Iowa with Iowa’s Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, State Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Melcher-Dallas), Rebekah Maxwell, a homeschooling graduate...
  • Clinton's presidential campaign: world's worst-kept secret ends Sunday - aboard flight to Iowa

    04/12/2015 2:09:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Guardian ^ | April 12, 2015 | Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington and Lauren Gambino in New York
    Hillary Clinton is prepared to formally declare her intention to run for president on Sunday, ending years of speculation over her ambitions to return to the White House as the first female president of the United States. The political world’s worst-kept secret will officially escape out into the wild shortly before noon Eastern time with the launch of Clinton’s campaign website. As the Guardian first reported early Friday, the former secretary of state is scheduled to announce her second presidential candidacy on Twitter – alongside simultaneous video and email messages – while aboard a plane from New York to the...
  • BREAKING: The State of Iowa Just Bowed Down to Shariah Law

    04/11/2015 11:37:12 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 62 replies
    Here’s a quick question for you: Have you ever once in your life heard of a state designating a day of the year as Christian Recognition Day, Buddhist Recognition Day, Hindu Recognition Day or Jewish Recognition Day? Earlier this week, Iowa state Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation designating Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as Muslim Recognition Day. The proclamation reportedly also “recognizes the many individuals and families of Muslim faith who make this state their home and willingly share their rich tradition and culture with other Iowans.” Apparently, the governor has been signing an Iowa Muslim Day proclamation for a number of years. However,...
  • Exclusive: Hillary Clinton to launch presidential campaign on Sunday en route to Iowa – source

    04/09/2015 10:03:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 139 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 10, 2015 | Lauren Gambino
    Hillary Clinton is planning to officially launch her US presidential campaign on Sunday while en route to Iowa, a source familiar with the campaign has confirmed to the Guardian. The former secretary of state is scheduled to declare her second run for president on Twitter at noon eastern time on Sunday, the source told the Guardian, followed by a video and email announcement, then a series of conference calls mapping out a blitzkrieg tour beginning in Iowa and looking ahead to more early primary states. Clinton’s Sunday schedule is booked beginning with takeoff from New York to Iowa, where speculation...
  • Ted Cruz gains steam and donor support

    04/09/2015 10:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | April 9, 2015 | Kevin Diaz, Washington Bureau
    <p>WASHINGTON — Riding a wave of conservative fervor over gay marriage and “traditional” social values, Texas Republican Ted Cruz has rocketed upwards in national presidential polls and major donor support.</p>
  • Trump's Glitz vs. Santorum's Substance

    04/09/2015 2:59:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 4/9/2015 | Craig Robinson
    One candidate flew to Des Moines on a Boeing 757, a $100 million private jet with gold plated seat-belt buckles. The other took a cab from O’Hare airport in Chicago to Midway to catch a Southwest flight to make it to Des Moines for his planned appearances. Donald Trump and Rick Santorum both spent the better part of the day in central Iowa yesterday, but their visits couldn’t have been more different. Trump was treated like the celebrity that he is, with people he came in contact with stopping to get their “selfie” taken with him, and yes, that even...
  • Judicial Watch Sues DHS Office of Inspector General for Records Regarding Terrorist “Hands Off” List

    04/08/2015 8:22:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | MARCH 31, 2015
    “Hands off” list allowed individuals with potential terrorist ties to enter the United States. Judicial Watch announced today that on February 13, 2015, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain a copy of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report about an alleged “hands off list” used by the Obama administration to allow individuals to enter the U.S. who had previously been barred because of suspected terrorist ties. ... On May 6, 2014, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) released internal DHS emails revealing an alleged terrorist “hands off” list allowing...
  • In a swing across Iowa, Ted Cruz packs in the crowds with a conservative call

    04/04/2015 12:39:47 PM PDT · by VinL · 71 replies
    Wash. Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz, pacing as he always does when making a stump speech, looked out on a room packed with people and made note of the furniture. “The reason I’m optimistic is because we ran out of chairs,” Cruz (R-Tex.) said to the crowd at the Longbranch Hotel, some in straight-backed chairs, others massed in the back. It’s a line Cruz would use more than once on his first trip to Iowa as a declared presidential candidate, underscoring his status as an emerging top-tier contender in the crowded 2016 race. On a two-day, five-stop swing that took him from Sioux...
  • Davenport high school buys property from local university

    04/03/2015 6:58:19 PM PDT · by Aliska · 7 replies
    AP and multiple ^ | April 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>When the mayor vetoed the building of a sports stadium in a residential neighborhood, SAU sold the property to Assumption High School which was not restricted to the residential zoning regulations.</p> <p>This has been going on for a couple of years now.</p>
  • Ted Cruz Reportedly Winning Over Some Rand Paul Supporters in Iowa

    03/25/2015 8:59:41 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Dan Riehl
    According to a New York Times report, Sen. Ted Cruz is making some critical inroads in Iowa, including gaining the support of “more than a dozen party leaders for his statewide campaign.” Some of that support is coming from the state’s libertarians, or Liberty movement, generally assumed to be aligned with Rand Paul. One, Iowa state Senator Jason Shultz, endorsed Rand’s father, Ron Paul, in 2012–and two others, Joel Kurtinitis and Chad Steenhoek, are former members of the Iowa GOP’s central committee. NYT reports: “The assumption of lot of people has been that the Liberty movement would roll over and support Senator Paul,’’...
  • In Cedar Rapids, Jindal decries ‘assault on religious freedom’

    04/03/2015 2:28:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 3, 2015 | B.A. Morelli
    During a stop in Iowa on Friday, Louisiana Gov. and possible GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said he supports an effort in his state to strengthen religious liberty laws just as other states have dialed back laws with potential for discrimination against gays and lesbians. State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, is drafting a bill to enhance Louisiana’s 2010 Religious Freedom Restoration Act to prevent the government from penalizing a business for acting based on religious beliefs, according to a Times-Picayune report this week. The bill would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on conflicts with...
  • UPDATE: IT’S A NATIONAL AD BUY – Ted Cruz buys ads in Iowa to air during new NBC Bible Series

    04/03/2015 11:01:03 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 19 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/3/2015 | Right Scoop
    I love this guy’s strategy. He’s making a strong statement even with his ad purchases: POLITICO – Ted Cruz is scheduled to become the first 2016 presidential candidate on the airwaves. The Texas senator is purchasing a small amount of airtime on television affiliates in the early states of Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Nevada on Easter Sunday, according to ad tracking sources. At least some of the advertising will air during a showing of the NBC program “AD: The Bible Continues.” As of Thursday afternoon, Cruz had booked a total of over $9,000 worth of airtime on affiliates...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • Grassley Strives for Seventh Term, Always Wanting More

    04/02/2015 9:31:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Alexis Levinson
    He has never won re-election with less than 64 percent of the vote. His approval rating is 67 percent. This is not some senator from a deep red or deep blue state. He is, in fact, a Republican representing a swing state in a presidential year, and Democrats would quite like to unseat him. So why does Sen. Charles E. Grassley seem almost politically invincible? (SNIP) Democrats looking to topple him will not have an easy path. His lowest re-election margin of victory was 64 percent in 2010. (He won 66 percent of the vote in 1986, 70 percent in...
  • Saw Cruz speak today

    04/02/2015 11:51:36 AM PDT · by QualityMan · 34 replies
    Had the opportunity to hear Ted Cruz speak today in Cedar Falls, IA. He was accompanied by Rod Blum, our newly elected representative. Event was well-attended. Cruz was articulate, positive, and laid out his message and vision with passion and grace. It was like a ray of light in the murk of the obamanation we have endured for the last 6 years. I am on board.
  • Republicans are quietly strategizing to delete gay marriage from the party's 2016 platform.

    03/30/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2015 | Alex Roarty
    Late last summer, with midterms consuming the attention of the political class, a group of GOP activists spent two days in Des Moines trying to convince their fellow Republicans that change was coming to their party. With eyes on 2016, they attended the Iowa State Fair, talked with newspaper editorial boards, and even ventured onto conservative talk radio. To cap it off, on the last evening, supporters gathered at 801 Chophouse, the upscale watering hole of the city's political elite, as if to announce their movement had gone mainstream. That it couldn't be dismissed as fringe any longer. Their issue,...
  • Tourist apologizes for snapping selfie near East Village blast site

    03/30/2015 2:44:12 AM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bruce Golding
    A selfie-obsessed tourist apologized Sunday for posting an online pic of herself grinning at the site of the deadly East Village inferno. After The Post exposed her with a front-page story headlined “Village Idiots,” Christina Freundlich said she was “deeply sorry for my careless and distasteful post.” “It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York,” she said in an e-mail to The Des Moines Register. “What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action.” Freundlich, who worked on both of...
  • 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...
  • Chuck Schumer: Tea Party Members 'Hate Immigrants'( while praising NY GOP)

    03/27/2015 4:01:27 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 25 Mar 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Sen. Chuck Schumer says tea party members "hate immigrants," and blames congressional Republicans' fear of their hard-right members for preventing passage of a Senate immigration bill last year. (SNIP) "Why doesn't he? Because the tea party, these 80 to 100 folks from the hard right, none from New York, say they hate immigration, they hate immigrants.
  • Steve King to Steve Israel: Face Me 'Man to Man' on Mideast

    03/25/2015 4:20:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Bill Hoffmann
    Rep. Steve King says Rep. Steve Israel twisted his comments about Democratic support for Israel, and tells Newsmax TV that the New York Democrat should face him "man to man." "Sure he is [distorting]," King, an Iowa Republican, said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. ow "He demanded an apology in a tweet, and he also demanded that the Republican Party repudiate me. "I just tweeted back and said that's the kind of request that he should make eye-to-eye and man-to-man."
  • Political Discrimination against Conservatives at Iowa Law School

    03/24/2015 11:54:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 23, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Think politics does not play a part in hiring decisions at universities? Think again. Teresa Wagner, a conservative lawyer, has been in the center of a years-long legal battle with the University of Iowa’s Law School over their decision not to hire her because of her conservative political views. Legal Insurrection, a legal blog, explains her case here. She recently spoke at the conservative family think tank Family Research Council, where she once worked before moving to Iowa. wagner v jones frc event Wagner said that the Iowa law school has “50 tenure track faculty members and there [was] only...
  • Ted Cruz Recruits Some Rand Paul Supporters in Iowa

    03/24/2015 11:04:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/24/2015 | Trip Gabriel
    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, whose path to the Republican nomination requires a breakout performance in Iowa, has quickly recruited more than a dozen party leaders for his statewide campaign, who are to be announced in coming days, according to people told of the choices. Most significantly, Mr. Cruz has peeled away three leaders of the Libertarian faction in the state, known as the Liberty movement, who are the base of Senator Rand Paul’s support in Iowa. They included state Senator Jason Shultz, who endorsed Representative Ron Paul for president in 2012; and two former members of the state Republican...
  • Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Releases Autumn Steele Shooting Tape

    03/23/2015 4:59:09 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    KBUR radio ^ | 3/23/2015 | Rob Sussman
    The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation has released a 12 second video captured from Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill’s body mounted camera on January 6th–the day that Hill shot Autumn Steele when responding to a domestic dispute. In it, it shows the moment of the shooting. While Autumn Steele is grabbing and pulling at her husband Gabriel, Hill orders the couple to stop. “He’s got my kid!” Steele responds. Immediately afterwards, a dog can be heard. Hill orders the couple to “get their dog”. A shot is fired. The camera falls backwards as Hill slips on the snow. Another shot...
  • At Iowa U, a Degree of Bias

    03/23/2015 11:43:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 21, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    Teresa Wagner is a distinguished attorney, professor, and author. The mother of four, who in the 1990s served as a senior leader here at FRC, is also probably the first FRCer ever to obtain a favorable ruling in a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Sadly, her victory before the nation’s highest legal bench is not one she ever wanted to obtain. It only came about because in 2009, Teresa was denied a position at the University of Iowa’s law school because she’s a self-identified conservative who believes in protecting the unborn and sustaining one-man, one-woman marriage. Again, this...
  • Welcome to the Arena, Senator Cruz

    03/23/2015 3:48:51 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    RedState ^ | March 23rd, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)[95%] will today announce he is running for President. At our very first RedState Gathering, Ted Cruz showed up. He was the Solicitor General of Texas. I did not know him, but he’d gone to law school with a friend and several other friends highly recommended him. He stood on stage to speak along with another guy named Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)[82%]. Both of them dazzled the crowd in Atlanta. They both got repeated standing ovations. They both took questions from the crowd and never made a misstep. I hope they will both return to Atlanta this...
  • Conservatives seethe after attacks from allies of Boehner

    03/21/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/15 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    Conservatives are seething after an outside group aligned with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars targeting a trio of Republican lawmakers over threats to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. Tea Party Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) equated the attack ads to GOP “cannibalism,” while his conservative colleague Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) called them a “stupid” tactic that would backfire. American Action Network, a nonprofit whose board includes former Boehner chief of staff Barry Jackson, launched the $300,000 ad campaign earlier this month with TV spots depicting terrorists and accusing GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Tim...
  • Under fire, Walker aide Liz Mair resigns

    03/18/2015 4:28:45 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/2015 | Niall Stanage
    An online communications strategist working for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) campaign-in-waiting resigned late Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after controversy erupted over disparaging comments she had made disparaging comments about Iowa?
  • 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...
  • Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status--and Her Emails

    03/19/2015 11:11:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Mar 15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton. "I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Department’s use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took...
  • Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) Admits Her Staff To Blame for Scuttling of Trafficking Bill

    03/19/2015 3:31:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/1/8/2015 | Jake
    Last Friday, I wrote about how the Democrats were putting abortion before helping victims of human trafficking. The Democrats incredible defense was that they had not read the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to find the language inserted by the GOP relating to abortion. Now, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a Democrat from Minnesota and the bill’s leading Democratic sponsor, admits that it was her staff, not the Republicans, who should be blamed for the scuttling of the bill. Per the Daily Caller; Klobuchar admitted Tuesday one of her staffers did see the language weeks ago. The staffer “had seen...
  • 150 Years Later, Democrats Are Still Fighting Efforts to End Slavery

    03/19/2015 3:20:29 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/18/2015 | Erick Erickson
    The Democratic Party is the Party of Slavery. They are the party that decided to secede from the Union. They are the party that started a Civil War over the right to treat people as property. They are the party that, once their side lost the war, set up structures to keep American citizens from exercising their civil rights. And now, 150 years after the Civil War, the Democratic Party is at it again. Republicans were leading a bipartisan effort to stop slavery around the world. Human trafficking is a terrible issue. It affects children in this country and women...
  • Wah: Obese RINO Erick Erickson whines bout Liz Mair firing

    03/18/2015 4:05:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    Militant feminazi Liz Mair was forced to resign from the Scott Walker campaign Tuesday after Mair’s radical pro-amnesty, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion views went viral… (SNIP) "She is very good at her job. She is also a friend of mine. I have known Liz for a number of years…I am very saddened to see an organized effort by conservatives to have Governor Walker fire Liz Mair…it is really appalling to see self-described Christians showing as little grace." (SNIP) Even after two autopsies, a toxicology report, surveillance footage, and additional witness testimony called into question his initial reading of events– Erickson refused...
  • Jeb Bush, Pearson, PARCC, and your kids’ privacy (Common Core)

    03/18/2015 8:33:28 AM PDT · by shortstop · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin Web Site ^ | 03/17/15 | Michelle Malkin
    Last week, Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, pressing on with his sordid campaign to delude conservatives into swallowing Common Core and massive, unfettered immigration policies. He has fashioned himself a champion of the American worker, even as he pompously pushes Gang of Eight amnesty as the “adult” plan in the room. And he has fashioned himself a champion of “school choice,” even as he zealously crusades for failed Fed Ed rackets and data-mining schemes masquerading as “higher standards.” The condescending Bush attitude is familiar to grass-roots activists and parents in Florida and across the country who have fought Club...