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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Ernst event attracts big names in presidential politics to Iowa

    06/02/2015 1:40:18 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    KWQC TV ^ | 5/14/2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Senator Joni Ernst’s Jobs, Opportunity, and New Ideas PAC announced that elected leaders from across the state will join declared and potential presidential candidates at the Roast and Ride event to be held at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone on June 6th. Newly confirmed speakers include Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Chuck Grassley, Congressmen Steve King and Congressman David Young. Previously, Ernst announced that Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker would be speaking at the event as well. Prior to the roast, Ernst...
  • Why Socialism Draws Crowds in Iowa

    06/01/2015 12:30:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The rally that Bernie Sanders had in Iowa's got everybody nonplussed. Nobody can figure it out. I have. I know exactly why the left is going nuts over Bernie Sanders. For one thing, sex scandals are resume enhancements for the Democrat Party. They always have been and Bernie's got a little bit of a sex scandal going with that memo, his Fifty Shades of Grey impersonation that he did, his ruminations about what men are doing when they're doing other things and what women secretly want when men are doing it to them. That kind of stuff enhances Democrats....
  • Let’s not forget… [Randy Paul]

    06/01/2015 2:48:23 AM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies
    RedState ^ | May 31st, 2015 | Ben Howe
    As the accolades and attaboys come in for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) standing up against the continuation of NSA surveillance, we would do well to remember that this is a man who believes the GOP created ISIS. While many candidates are saying that “knowing what they know now” they wouldn’t have supported the Iraq War, Paul went a step further and basically gave an updated version of his father’s view of 9/11; a view which received gasps and boos from the audience when Ron Paul espoused it during the 2007 Republican primary debates. Those gasps have turned into agreement and...
  • Poll: Walker holds 7-point lead over GOP presidential rivals in Iowa

    05/31/2015 12:44:48 PM PDT · by familyop · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | May 30, 2015 | Maeve Reston and Ashley Killough
    Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)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...Walker has not declared his candidacy,...Paul and Carson were tied for second place with 10% of the vote...Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finished tied for sixth place with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum,...
  • Challenging Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Gains Momentum in Iowa

    05/31/2015 6:48:32 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 20 replies
    DES MOINES — A mere 240 people live in the rural northeast Iowa town of Kensett, so when more than 300 crowded into the community center on Saturday night to hear Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, many driving 50 miles, the cellphones of Democratic leaders statewide began to buzz. Kurt Meyer, the county party chairman who organized the event, sent a text message to Troy Price, the Iowa political director for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Price called back immediately. “Objects in your rearview mirror are closer than they appear,” Mr. Meyer said he had told Mr. Price about Mr. Sanders....
  • 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...
  • Walker maintains seven-point lead in Iowa

    05/30/2015 5:34:24 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/30/2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t let up in Iowa, a new poll from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg shows. Walker gets the support of 17 percent in the crowded Republican field. Following him are Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with 10 percent each. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are next at 9 percent each. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who won the 2012 Iowa caucuses, come in at 6 percent each. Outspoken Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) remains at five percent, the same level as in January.
  • Scott Walker Praises Carly Fiorina, Adds That ‘We Play to Win’ on Iowa Straw Poll

    05/30/2015 2:47:11 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 30, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Wisconsin Governor and likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker joined the Howie Carr radio show on Friday to praise GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and knock a recent Washington Times story. A columnist for the Boston Herald and talk radio host, Carr took to Twitter posting quotes during his interview with Walker. His first tweet read, “@ScottWalker tells me WashTimes story is inaccurate. He will not be skipping Iowa. IAPolitics “We play to win.””
  • Marco Rubio won’t compete in Iowa Straw Poll

    05/30/2015 12:49:28 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Ali Breland
    Sen. Marco Rubio will not participate in the Iowa Straw Poll, his campaign team confirmed Saturday. The Florida senator and 2016 hopeful’s decision marks the latest blow to the August event long considered a staple on the Republican road to the presidential nomination. Jeb Bush, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee have all said they won’t participate this cycle. Many, including Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Rand Paul, have yet to signal if they will attend.
  • Judge orders Clinton Foundation racketeering case to trial

    05/29/2015 7:31:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 109 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-29-2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Judge orders Clinton Foundation racketeering case to trial BY SARAH WESTWOOD | MAY 29, 2015 | 7:39 PM A Florida judge has set a trial date in the racketeering case against the Clinton Foundation and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered the racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case to head to trial January 20, 2016. The order, entered Friday and obtained by the Washington Examiner, came days after Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch filed a lengthy civil complaint against the Clintons and their foundation in...
  • The Iowa Straw Poll is dead whether it happens or not.

    05/29/2015 8:36:22 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Steve Deace
    Nobody screws up a one-car funeral, or kills the goose that lays the golden egg, quite like the Republican Party establishment. Such is the plight of a political party lead by people who don’t share the same basic values as its base. This puts the GOP in a constant state of inner turmoil. For example, just six months after a historic midterm election victory only 23 percent of Republicans believe their party’s leaders have kept their campaign promises, according to a new Pew Research poll. At the epicenter of this dysfunctional family lies my native state of Iowa: Home to...
  • Photos: Officer Kerrie Orozco visitation, vigil, funeral

    05/27/2015 11:05:03 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 56 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 05/27/2015 | Omaha World Herald (Various)
    At the link is a very cool slide show of pictures from the funeral of Officer Kerrie Orozco from yesterday. http://odc.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=5002&p=5978
  • Two birds, one stone: Ted Cruz punches press and Rainbow Jihad in mouth at same time

    05/27/2015 7:52:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Steve Deace.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jeff Dunetz
    Finally!The economy sucks, the Islamic State now controls half of Syria and is poised to do the same in Iraq, our allies are losing faith in this country, and the media are acting as if gay marriage and a 14-year-old decision made by the previous president are the two most important issues facing the country.Senator Ted Cruz says he’s had enough, at least when it comes to questions about gay unions. Coming out of a meeting with Beaumont Texas officials, the candidate for the GOP presidential nomination stopped to take some questions from the press.After getting questions about his views...
  • More than 1,000 applicants seek unpaid Clinton fellowships in Iowa

    05/27/2015 1:24:18 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 5/26/2015 | James Q. Lynch
    DES MOINES — While many Iowans scatter to the coasts, mountains and “Up North” in summer, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is hearing from a lot of people who want to spend the next few months here. Hillary for Iowa, the 2016 presidential hopeful’s campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, reports receiving applications from more than 1,000 people who want to be Clinton fellows in Iowa this summer. Interviews are underway for the Hillary for Iowa Organizing Fellowship program, which will give those selected the opportunity to learn organizing strategies as full-time volunteers on the former secretary of state’s Iowa caucus...
  • Obamacare advocates seek to fix problem they made worse

    05/26/2015 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 25, 2015 | Byron York
    Back in 2009, when Congress was debating the Affordable Care Act, many liberal Democrats felt it did not go far enough — that it should be even more sweeping, even more expansive, even more costly. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, one of the Senate's most liberal Democrats and a veteran of many legislative battles, urged his colleagues on the Left to go ahead and pass the bill. "The key to this is that this modest home, we can put additions onto it in the future," Harkin told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in December 2009. "But if we don't have the starter home, we're...
  • It's The Duke's Birthday

    05/26/2015 5:35:07 AM PDT · by Phlap · 19 replies
    Refdesk ^ | 05/28/2015
    Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer.[1] An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. [2][3] An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height. Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa but his family relocated to the greater Los Angeles area when he was four years old. He found work at local film studios when he lost his...
  • Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown (Is this Free Market economics?

    05/24/2015 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 91 replies
    PR Watch ^ | 5/18/2015 | Mary Bottari
    During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, on Monday Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity. Walker is the Chairman of the Board When walker created WEDC in 2011, he named himself Chairman of the Board....
  • College Students Are Not Customers

    05/24/2015 3:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Slate ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Rebecca Schuman
    In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File 64, “an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors” at Iowa public institutions. Each year, the bill stipulates, any faculty who fails “to attain a minimum threshold of performance” based solely on student evaluations would be automatically fired regardless of rank or tenure. Lest you think that firing professors based on a questionable assessment metric affords them too much dignity, rest assured there is more. Some beleaguered governing body...
  • 5 reasons the Iowa Straw Poll does not matter

    05/22/2015 6:07:08 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    PersonalLiberty.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON (TNS) — R.I.P., Iowa Straw Poll. Badly wounded in 2011, it was lethally wounded Thursday.Mike Huckabee announced he won’t compete this year. Neither will Jeb Bush. So far, no one except Donald Trump has committed to participating — if he runs.For years, the circuslike summer event served mainly as a test of how much money candidates for the Republican nomination would spend to buy tickets for attendees, on buses to get them there, and on barbecue and music to entertain them so they would support them in a non-binding “poll.”And the Democrats, who ban all straw polls as a...
  • Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments

    05/21/2015 2:37:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 20, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    A focus group of ten Iowa Democrats were assembled by Bloomberg Politics and while all of them confidently pledged their support for Hillary Clinton as president, not one of them could name a single accomplishment while she was Secretary of State...[Snip]...The takeaway from the focus group accentuates the problem with an uninformed public. These Democrats were more than willing to stand behind a candidate they know little or nothing about. Their awkward silence when trying to conjure up a single political accomplishment of their preferred candidate speaks volumes.
  • Donny Doesn't Want to Sound Elitist, But 'Astounding How Ignorant People Are'

    05/21/2015 6:19:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For not wanting to sound elitist, Donny Deutsch came off an awful lot like the denizen of Manhattan and the Hamptons that he is. On today's Morning Joe, reacting to comments from a focus group of Iowa Republicans who were less concerned about Jeb Bush's policy positions and more concerned about his last name, Deutsch declaimed "I don't mean to sound elitist but it's astounding how ignorant people are." View the video here.
  • Huckabee skipping Iowa Straw Poll

    05/21/2015 5:51:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) will skip the Iowa Straw Poll in 2016, he confirmed in an op-ed for The Des Moines Register in which he questions the relevancy of the poll that helped spur his 2008 bid “I have concluded this year's Iowa straw poll will serve only to weaken conservative candidates and further empower the Washington ruling class and their hand-picked candidates,” he wrote. “It's clear that pitting conservative candidates with limited resources against each other in a non-binding and expensive summer straw poll battle, while allowing billionaire-backed establishment candidates to sit out, will only wound and weaken...
  • Report: Hillary Motorcade Hit 95 mph on Way to Iowa Fundraiser

    05/20/2015 3:10:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 81 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/20/15 | John Blosser
    Hillary Clinton apparently is in one heck of a hurry to become president. While fleeing from the press to an unannounced fundraiser in Waterloo, Iowa, Clinton's six-car motorcade, including her maroon minivan dubbed "Scooby," was clocked traveling at up to 95 mph by reporters giving chase, the Daily Mail reports. The speed limit for that stretch of highway is 65 mph, The Daily Caller reported. While Clinton's staff denies the motorcade was speeding, the Daily Mail posted a speedometer video taken by a reporter showing the speeds at which they were driving in an attempt to keep up with Clinton...
  • Iowa Democrats Can’t Name Hillary Clinton's Accomplishments as Secretary of State

    05/20/2015 11:07:53 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:11 pm, May 20th, 2015 | by Andrew Kirell
    For his With All Due Respect show on Bloomberg TV, Mark Halperin sat down with a focus group of Iowa Democratic voters to discuss Hillary Clinton‘s prospects for the 2016 presidential election. While the group fawned over the former First Lady’s personality and politics (one called her a “bad mama jama”), they were stumped when Halperin asked them to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton’s during her tenure as Secretary of State. The responses ranged from “I really can’t name anything off the top of my head” to “Give me two minutes” to “I honestly can’t say I followed...
  • Video: Iowa Democrats can’t name a Hillary accomplishment either

    05/20/2015 7:42:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    During the 2008 election, a local Democratic official got stuck for an answer during a Hardball interview when asked to name Barack Obama’s accomplishments. Seven years later, a roomful of Iowa Democrats gets stumped by Mark Halperin when asking the same question about Hillary Clinton and her years at the White House. One respondent, clearly embarrassed, laughs and asks Halperin, “You want to give me a minute?” She then adds, “Give me two minutes”:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The only substantive response comes from a young man who basically argues that at least she’s not Scott Walker. He...
  • Is Scott Walker afraid of social issues?

    05/20/2015 2:27:57 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    RedState ^ | May 19, 2015 | Ben Howe
    Politico says that Scott Walker is having a “crisis of faith” because social conservatives are questioning his bona fides.  Showing their ignorance of what “social conservatism” actually is, they quoted a lot of evangelicals and mentioned over and over how it was surprising he would have this problem given that he mentions God a lot.   You know, because that’s the criteria. Hold your hand up, say God led you, and the social conservatives will stop drooling on the floor long enough to scream “UNDER GOD!” defiantly when reciting the pledge of allegiance. That Walker is under pressure to prove his social...
  • In Iowa for second visit, Clinton keeps to her low-key, tilt-left strategy

    05/18/2015 11:06:45 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Robert Costa
    MASON CITY, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s appearance here Monday at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson — one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa — spoke volumes about the political pitch and style of her nascent presidential campaign. Even as a global celebrity and the overwhelming Democratic front-runner, Clinton is doggedly focused at this early stage on highlighting her progressive values and on what she called “people-to-people connections” — aggressive organizing in the state where she placed a disappointing third in the 2008 caucuses. The event — the first of Clinton’s two-day visit —...
  • Is Higher Education A Leisure Pool?

    05/19/2015 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 18, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A group called College Rank has helpfully compiled a list of colleges with the best leisure pools in academe, some replete with lazy rivers. "Recreational facilities and amenities have become a major part of the appeal of college campuses around the country,” Mackenzi Flannery, the article's author says. “Our list highlights some of the top leisure pool facilities and what those options provide to students as they look to complete their collegiate experience with some downtime in the water." While you peruse the list, you might ponder whether cash-strapped parents who send their children to these spas-with-degrees-attached can afford their...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Hillary hides from reporters with SECOND secret party of the day (95 MPH escape)

    05/19/2015 2:27:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/19/15 | David Martosko
    EXCLUSIVE: Hillary hides from reporters with SECOND secret party of the day as her security forces race across Iowa at 95 MPH to dodge pursuing journalists For reporters trying to cover the opening months of Hillary Rodham Clinton's second presidential campaign, Waterloo, Iowa might be her Waterloo. On Monday night the Clinton camp held a private campaign party at the home of a wealthy pharmacist in the central Iowa town – a longtime Democratic Party figure – and Daily Mail Online was the only media outlet to make it to the address. Other press outlets can't be faulted, however: Clinton's...
  • Iowans size up Republican presidential field

    05/17/2015 10:02:10 PM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 5/17/2015 | Rod Boshart
    Des Moines- As early season political scouts, the role of Iowa Republicans likely to attend the state’s first-in-the-nation 2016 precinct caucuses next February is more about cutting the field of recruits to the starting five than it is picking the party’s eventual MVP. Another step in that process took place last night when more than 1,300 GOP activists turned out for the party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner to audition 12 presidential prospects seeking to earn one of the coveted tickets out of Iowa in their quest to land the Republican nomination at the national convention in Cleveland in July 2016....
  • Cruz nomination would set up a clear choice

    05/17/2015 7:31:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 17, 2015 | Former Rep. Dave Nagle (D-Iowa)
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is running for president. His candidacy should not be overlooked. Many are not familiar with him, which is not surprising because for most of Iowa it is still very early in the caucus process. But the senator has attributes that may distinguish him from an unusually crowded field of GOP contenders. First, he went to Harvard. No, I am not writing about Ted Kennedy, I am saying this fellow actually went to not just Harvard, but the Harvard Law School after doing his undergraduate work at Princeton University. He is well educated and very intelligent....
  • Iowa Judge dismisses entire jury pool because 111 of the 112 are white

    05/16/2015 3:37:16 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/13/2015
    Iowa judge dismisses entire jury pool in murder trial of black man because 111 of the 112 people are white An Iowa judge has dismissed a 112-member jury pool after determining that a black man charged with murder couldn't get a fair trial 111 members of the jury identified as white Tyrone Washington Jr., 41, of Northwood, Iowa is accused in the August 2013 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Justina Smith Defense attorney Charles Kenville requested to have jury pool stricken, and Judge Colleen Weiland granted his motion An Iowa judge has dismissed a 112-member jury pool after determining that...
  • Republicans to swarm Iowa this weekend

    05/15/2015 8:25:30 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 5/14/2015 | Rebecca Morin
    Eleven announced and presumptive presidential candidates will crowd a room in hopes to not only get to know Iowans but to get close to state GOP leaders who can benefit them leading up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses. The Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Dinner will be held on Saturday at the Iowa Events Center, 833 Fifth Ave., in Des Moines. Though this isn’t the first event to bring together GOP hopefuls, it is one that doesn’t create a specific dialogue, such as the Faith and Freedom Summit or the Iowa Agriculture Summit had. Cary Covington, an associate professor...
  • Is Jeb Bush Forsaking Iowa? Some Republicans Hope Not

    05/15/2015 11:51:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 15 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    When Jeb Bush’s lone staff member in Iowa, Annie Kelly, telephoned Sherill Whisenand, a chairwoman of the Polk County G.O.P. recently, she got an earful. “I told her straight up, I was curious why this was the first contact made to me and it’s already April,” said Ms. Whisenand, who worked for President George Bush’s campaigns in Iowa during the 1980s. “I said, ‘I’m part of the original Bush brigade and I haven’t had any contact with anybody.’” As Jeb Bush arrives in Iowa on Saturday for only his second visit of the year, his supporters are well aware of...
  • Despite fame and fortune Jeb Bush loses his frontrunner status

    05/14/2015 6:54:07 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 5/14/2015 | Craig Robinson
    The mission statement of Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise Super PAC states that that the central moral of America is “merit, hard work, and earned success.” A campaign based on the widely shared principles of the American Dream makes plenty of sense, but oddly enough, the rationale for Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign has nothing to do with hard work or earned opportunity. Instead, it’s built entirely on his last name and the money he supposedly has raised. Ever since Bush announced his presidential ambitions at the end of 2014, he has been viewed as the frontrunner in the race for...
  • Jeb Bush May Skip Iowa In 2016, Sources Say (Not Just Straw Poll)

    05/14/2015 6:52:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 13, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    Jeb Bush’s decision to forego this summer’s Iowa Straw Poll has roiled many conservatives in the state, but that snub might only be the beginning: According to three sources with knowledge of Bush’s campaign strategy, the likely Republican presidential candidate does not plan to seriously contest the first-in-the-nation caucuses — and may ultimately skip the state altogether. Tim Miller, a spokesman for Bush, strongly denied that the candidate planned to write off Iowa, and suggested those who say otherwise are merely speculating. “There is nobody with any shred of authority or proximity to Gov. Bush suggesting that, should he decide...
  • Feds: Guns bound for Mideast found in Cedar Rapids clothing drive

    05/12/2015 2:26:59 PM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies
    KCRG tv ^ | May 12, 2015
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Caches of guns and ammunition bound for Beruit were secreted among boxes of goods collected in a clothing drive for Syria and Lebanon organized by a Cedar Rapids company, federal authorizes said Tuesday. Authorities said they intercepted two shipments and seized more than 152 firearms and ammunition. It was not disclosed who the weapons were intended for in Lebanon. Three Cedar Rapids men and a woman were taken into custody and were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon to face charges of conspiracy and knowingly shipping illegal weapons. The four, according to a federal affidavit, are...
  • Surprise: Jeb Bush skipping Iowa straw poll in August

    05/12/2015 1:47:23 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Lotta buzz about this in the political Twittersphere this afternoon. I can’t figure out why. The likely Republican presidential candidate will instead attend a competing event, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, the day of the Iowa event, GOP sources in Iowa told The Des Moines Register Tuesday. A spokesman for Bush confirmed the report…
  • Tornado hits our county - Mother's Day 2015 - Lake City, Iowa

    05/11/2015 8:17:54 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 11 replies
    Youtube and KCCI ^ | 5-10-2015 | Jacob Dickey
    Lake City, Iowa, which is one town west of us, got hit pretty hard. Took the roof off the high school. I haven't heard of any injuries or deaths, thank God. Our power is still off this morning. Lots of power lines and transformers flattened just west and north of us. Please keep all of those who were hit in prayer, not only here but from here to Texas. And stay safe. Looks like a pretty wild and wooly storm season is here. Watch the video here: Lake City, IA Incredible Multi-Vortex Tornado 5-10-15 RAW FOOTAGE An article about the...
  • The Honeymoon Is Over: Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Turns On Huckabee

    05/07/2015 5:26:20 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Wpoplar ^ | 5/7/2015 | Daniel Angster
    Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who supported recently-announced presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R) during his 2008 White House bid, expressed grave disappointment over the fact that the former Arkansas governor supports certain entitlement programs, which Huckabee outlined in his May 4 candidacy announcement. Deace's rejection of Huckabee comes in the wake of his praise and early support for one of Huckabee's challengers for the GOP nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). During the May 6 episode of the Steve Deace Show, Deace played former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy announcement speech but frequently interrupted it so that he and his...
  • It’s Time to Change the Iowa Straw Poll

    05/07/2015 3:28:08 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 07, 2015 | JEFF KAUFMANN
    In 1979 the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister of Great Britain, and former ambassador to the United Nations George H.W. Bush won the first ever Iowa Straw Poll. Much has changed since 1979 and sometimes cherished traditions—like the Iowa GOP Straw Poll—must change too. What is supposed to be a fun opportunity for Iowans and presidential candidates has turned into a high-stress and expensive endeavor. Some candidates have expressed concerns about the cost, and Iowans have said they’d like to see the Straw Poll get back to its roots. We’ve been listening to...
  • Iowa radio host bashes Huckabee [Steve Deace]

    05/07/2015 2:46:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 07, 2015, 04:43 pm | Ben Kamisar
    A former key Iowa ally of Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during his 2008 presidential bid blasted his views on entitlement programs.Radio host Steve Deace delivered a line-by-line takedown of pieces of Huckabee’s presidential announcement speech, specifically honing in on his calls to save “safety nets like Medicare and Social Security.”“These are not safety nets, these are entitlements. Those programs are the basis for a permanent welfare state,” Deace said Wednesday on the “Steve Deace Show,” according to audio provided by the liberal-leaning Media Matters.“We can’t afford this, we are currently $18 trillion in debt. To make all those entitlement welfare...
  • Scott Walker in 2008: Too Many "Poverty Pimps" Use "Cycle of Dependency" For Political Control

    05/07/2015 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | 5/5/2015 | Christopher Massie
    Scott Walker said in 2008 that the government "needs to do more to give people freedom back" by fighting the "poverty pimps in our society," referring to government officials and community-based organizations that, he said, use poverty for political power. ...
  • Iowa hirings suggest Donald Trump serious about 2016 White House bid

    05/07/2015 4:10:40 AM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/6/2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    There are growing signs — including hiring key staff in Iowa — that after years of bluster, businessman Donald Trump is actually serious about making a run for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Mr. Trump has spent years hyping a potential run, and most of the political world now writes off his rumination as another publicity stunt from the fox-haired New York real estate mogul and reality television guru. But Steve Scheffler, Republican National Committee member from Iowa, said the billionaire has beefed up his team in the first caucus state with some notable hires, including Chuck Laudner, the operative...
  • Iowa GOP rep: ‘Nothing worse’ than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 6:35:04 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 100 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/4/15 | Ben Johnson
    ANKENY, IA, May 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a private e-mail exchange with a concerned parent, Republican state legislator Josh Byrnes of Iowa said there is “nothing worse than homeschool parents” making their views known on public school policy.The statement came as Jeff Moorman took exception to a pending bill allegedly dealing with “bullying,” the “Bully Free Iowa Act of 2015” (HSB 39).The proposal would allow school districts to monitor students outside of school hours and punish – or contact law enforcement officials and state bureaucratic agencies over – any communication it deems “bullying” – even if that behavior takes...
  • Iowa Caucus Kingmaker Assesses 2016 GOP Field [Read this]

    05/02/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 2, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Arguably the most important Republican presidential endorsement to precede the 2016 Iowa Caucuses will come from Bob Vander Plaats, who failed on three occasions to become governor of Iowa. And over here in the ‘nobody cares’ pile is Terry Branstad, Iowa’s current Republican head of state and the soon-to-be longest-serving governor in the history of this nation. How a man with that kind of stature can have zero impact on presidential politics is a solid lesson in pyrrhic victories. The reason for such a counter-intuitive reality is simple. It’s a matter of having convictions versus pursuing positions. Vander Plaats is...
  • Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

    05/01/2015 2:39:07 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/1/2015 | P.J. Huffstutter
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because of the viral outbreak, which either has led or will lead to the extermination of up to 21 million chickens and turkeys nationwide. Minnesota and Wisconsin declared states of emergency in April... Dozens of countries have imposed total or partial bans on U.S. poultry...
  • Trump: America could be better than ever with right leader

    04/30/2015 4:18:10 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 29, 2015 | James Q. Lynch
    CEDAR RAPIDS – Donald Trump does not hold politicians in high regard. “We’re being led by stupid people,” the global real estate tycoon said Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. “They didn’t read ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It was written by some guy named Trump.” The shameless self-promotion is part of his shtick as he points to the size of the crowds he attracts and the number of standing ovations he gets as evidence voters are taking his exploration of a presidential campaign seriously. “The only thing people want to know is if I’m going to run,” he said. “That’s the...
  • Ted Cruz ‘hitting on a lot of cylinders’ in presidential campaign: Insiders say rollout exceptional

    04/29/2015 8:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s month-old presidential campaign has won strong reviews from GOP insiders in key states who say he’s managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters, and his allies have proved they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars to boost his bid. The Texan’s presidential aspirations hinge on his ability to lay claim to being the chief conservative alternative in the race, which means he’ll have to find a way to expand beyond the tea party and social conservative base that he begins with. “He is expanding his base, and he is right...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa

    04/29/2015 11:18:59 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 4/29/2015 | Ed Tibbets
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...