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  • Scott Walker’s Wife: One More Reason For SoCons To Worry?

    07/07/2015 8:50:40 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1:04 PM 07/06/2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    Behind every great man, there’s an incredibly astonished woman. And if you’re a Republican politician, the odds are pretty good she’s not on board with everything in your agenda. Along those lines, social conservatives have a new reason to worry about Scott Walker: Tonette Walker. In an interview with the Washington Post, Wisconsin’s first lady publicly distanced herself from her husband over the issue of gay marriage. What is more, it’s clear that Scott Walker’s views are out of step with his entire family on the issue. Consider this excerpt regarding the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling: “That was a...
  • Ted Cruz Encourages Americans To #BelieveAgain In Iowa

    07/04/2015 5:16:53 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 07/04/2015
    Ted Cruz: CRUZ: This July 4th, Americans Want to Believe Again 07/04/15HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in observance of Independence Day:“If you are like me and pay attention to the news every day, you can easily be overwhelmed by all the simultaneous events that seem to indicate an impending American decline. But I don’t believe that. Everywhere I go, I see it in their faces and hear it in their voices. Americans want to believe again.“On this July 4th, I want to share with you my hope for America.“In the summer of 1776,...
  • Sanders draws more than 2,500 to Iowa stop — tops for this presidential cycle so far

    07/04/2015 8:51:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | John Wagner
    Another day on the presidential campaign trail, another crowd of eye-popping size for Bernie Sanders. The independent senator from Vermont attracted more than 2,500 people to a convention center here on Friday night as part of his continued quest to lead a "political revolution" and win the Democratic nomination in a field that also includes Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Scott Walker’s Hard Right Turn in Iowa May Hurt Him Elsewhere

    07/02/2015 10:24:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 2, 2015 | Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin spent months persuading influential Republicans that he alone had the impressive conservative achievements and mainstream American appeal needed to not only win the party’s nomination but also recapture the White House. Breakout performances on the stump in Iowa early this year vaulted Mr. Walker, who is expected to officially enter the presidential race this month, into the lead in polls in the state with the nation’s first nominating contest, and cemented him among the top three Republican contenders in most national surveys. But the expectations created by that early prominence, as well as a growing...
  • Pro-life laws stymied by courts in 4 states

    07/03/2015 6:03:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    brnow.org ^ | Jul 1, 2015 | Baptist Press staff
    Pro-life regulations in Texas, North Carolina, Kansas and Iowa have been stymied in court challenges. Affected are a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to qualify as ambulatory surgical centers and for abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges; a North Carolina law requiring doctors to show pregnant women ultrasound images before performing an abortion; a Kansas law banning dismemberment abortions; and an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “webcam” abortions. Texas The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a stay of House Bill 2, which was slated to go into effect July 1, until the justices can consider whether to...
  • Ted Cruz battles SCOTUS marriage decision, calls Republicans to join him

    07/02/2015 12:06:42 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 64 replies
    KPTV.com ^ | Jun 26, 2015 8:26 PM PDT
    <p>SHELDON, IOWA (KTIV/CNN) - Some Republican lawmakers had another reason to chastise the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday after it ruled same-sex marriage legal nationwide.</p> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, put his legislation where his mouth his, introducing an amendment to counteract the SCOTUS ruling. Cruz is a candidate for president in 2016.</p>
  • Sanders rolls, doubles support in Iowa, Clinton below 60% for first time

    07/02/2015 6:25:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Populist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is on a roll, more than doubling his support in Iowa where the Democratic race is coming down to the independent against Hillary Rodham Clinton, with others like Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley becoming irrelevant. In a new Quinnipiac University poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers released Thursday, Clinton continues to lead, 52 percent to 33 percent for Sanders. That is a huge jump for the outspoken Sanders. In a May poll, it was Clinton by a margin of 60 percent to 15 percent.
  • America’s Crumbling Infrastructure?

    07/02/2015 12:25:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Most politicians and transportation interest groups claim that America’s infrastructure is in bad shape. At a recent House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said our roads and bridges are in “a sorry state.” At the same hearing Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, reported, “Two-thirds of highways are in poor or mediocre condition.” These statements are reinforced every time we drive over a pothole on the way to work. So it’s no surprise that many people think most roads in the United States are of poor quality. However, government statistics tell a...
  • Ted Cruz book signing in West Des Moines

    07/01/2015 3:48:48 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Date/Time:  Monday, July 6, 2015 - 1:00pm Ted Cruz will host a book signing for his new book “A Time For Truth: Reigniting The Promise Of America.” No Q&A or speech are scheduled. Party:  Republican Candidate(s):  Ted Cruz Location:  Iowa Address:  Barnes & Noble 4550 University Ave West Des Moines, IA
  • Rep. Steve King: Trump Telling the Truth About Mexicans

    07/01/2015 2:36:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Rep. Steve King, who himself came under fire for making controversial comments concerning immigrants, says he appreciates Donald Trump's "scrappiness" and that there is truth behind his comments on Mexicans. (SNIP) "I have been down to the border and the number I come back with is 75 percent are sexually abused on the way to the United States," said King. "I say in Donald Trump's defense, somebody is doing that to the kids being raped and abused. It's reasonable to conclude they are Mexicans." (SNIP) The 13th and 14th Amendments were ratified to "end slavery and make sure there were...
  • Iowa poll: Trump takes second place behind Gov. Walker

    07/01/2015 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    CBS 58 ^ | July 1, 2015 | Dana Bishop
    CNN - Whatever New Hampshire saw in Donald Trump, it looks like Iowa is seeing it too. After taking second place in the latest New Hampshire polls, Trump is also claiming the silver in Iowa -- where he traveled hot off his announcement -- claiming 10% of support among likely caucus-goers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to lead the Republican field in the Hawkeye state with 18%, while Ben Carson tied with Trump for second. Walker has yet to announce he is running for president, but is expected to launch his campaign...
  • It's Walker Plus Six Also-Rans In Iowa GOP Caucus, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

    07/01/2015 7:05:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack in the Iowa Republican Caucus, but his support is shrinking among likely Republican Caucus participants, as six other contenders battle for second place, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is in 15th place, with 1 percent. Walker has 18 percent of likely GOP caucus participants, compared to 25 percent in a February 25 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and 21 percent in a May 6 survey. Jostling for second place are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, at 10 percent each, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul...
  • Ted Cruz Welcomes Endorsement from Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson

    06/29/2015 6:20:26 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/29/15
    Lawmaker Announces Support at Annual PicnicPIERSON, Iowa – Speaking from a flatbed trailer flanked by bales of hay and political yard signs, State Senator Bill Anderson surprised the crowd at his annual picnic this weekend by “doing something I’ve never done before,” and announcing his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for President.Anderson, who is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate, invited Cruz to be the keynote speaker at the annual event held in the ball park outfield at Pierson City Park. When making his introduction, Sen. Anderson highlighted several areas that caused him to give his support to...
  • Iowa caucus odds: 1 of these 4 will win

    06/29/2015 8:07:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Turns out there is a silver lining to five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court committing what amounts to cultural self-immolation last week — it winnowed the crowded field of 2016 GOP presidential candidates considerably. After analyzing the historical demographics of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, along with the overall environment on the ground, I’m confident we already know who can win here next February and who cannot. Championship Tier Given the demographic dominance of evangelicals in the Iowa Caucuses, where they’re about 60 percent of the vote, as well as Iowa Republicans’ documented disdain for activist judges (see Iowa’s historic...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Cruz works to defeat Washington "cartel"

    06/27/2015 8:09:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Siouxity Journal ^ | 6/26/2015 | Rod Boshart
    GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz took aim Saturday at activist liberal judges, leaders of his political party and members of a "Washington cartel" that are thwarting American liberty and standing in the way of conservatives trying to change a "rigged" system that favors big-money special interests. Speaking for an hour to about 200 supporters, the U.S. senator from Texas offered his 2016 presidential candidacy as the best hope to break the grip of Washington power brokers - what he called a "cartel" of union bosses, giant corporations, lobbyists, the media, liberal activist judges, and career politicians from both parties -...
  • Steve King Blames Drugs For Charleston Shooting, Says Undocumented Immigrants Have Killed More

    06/27/2015 4:02:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    RightwingWatch ^ | 6/22/2015 | Miranda Blue
    Steve Malzberg invited Rep. Steve King onto his Newsmax program on Friday to discuss issues ranging from the church shooting in Charleston, which King blamed on prescription medication, to undocumented immigrants, whom he said have killed “multiples of the victims of the September 11 attacks,” to Caitlyn Jenner, whom he said illustrates “how far this society has gone from rational thought.”
  • Ted Cruz Returns to Iowa on June 26-27, 2015

    06/26/2015 7:11:57 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    Ted Cruz Returns to Iowa on June 26-27, 2015Friday, June 26, 2015 1:00 pm CT — Sheldon, IASen. Cruz will hold town hall meeting Sheldon Community Services CenterCommunity Room ACorner of 9th St. and 4th AvenueSheldon, IA 51201 3:30 – 5:00 pm CT – Orange City, IASen. Cruz will make stops to meet with local business ownersOrange City, IA 51041 6:30 pm CT – Pierson, IAMeet and Greet with Sen. Cruz, hosted by State Senator Bill AndersonPierson City Park and Ball Diamond(Rain location: Pierson Community Building)Pierson, IA 51048 Saturday, June 27, 2015 11:00 am CT – Des Moines, IASen. Cruz...
  • Fearing Another Lawsuit, Christian Business Owners Stopped Hosting All Weddings. Now Their Business

    06/23/2015 1:26:02 PM PDT · by Coronal · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 19, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Charged with discriminating against a gay couple, the owners of another Christian family-run business are being forced to shut their doors. “We can’t pretend it’s going to get better,” Betty Odgaard told The Daily Signal in an exclusive interview. “There wasn’t enough business.”
  • Court decision frustrates Iowa pro-lifers

    06/23/2015 7:43:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Charlie Butts
    Even though 20 states have banned webcam abortions, they remain legal in Iowa, where a court ruling struck down a ban on the practice. The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision that had upheld the Iowa Board of Medicine's ruling against webcam abortions. Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life says that equates to lawyers sitting on the bench telling the Board of Medicine their business. "One of the justices said just that: Why should we as Supreme Court justices, attorneys by trade, why should we find ourselves to know more than the Iowa Board of Medicine,...
  • 2nd trial begins in conservative's bias case against U. Iowa

    06/23/2015 1:21:31 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 6/22/2015 | Ryan J Foley
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — After years of arguing that liberal Iowa law professors illegally derailed her career, a conservative lawyer will get a second chance to prove her claim to a jury. Selection of jurors began Monday in federal court in Davenport in a lawsuit filed by anti-abortion activist Teresa Manning, who contends that the University of Iowa College of Law refused to hire her for teaching jobs because of her beliefs and associations. The long-running lawsuit has been closely watched in higher education. Manning has reached a deal with a publisher to write a book about her experience, and...
  • Ted Cruz "Believe Again" Event at Drake University on Saturday June 27, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa

    06/22/2015 7:21:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    Ted Cruz "Believe Again" Event at Drake University on Saturday June 27, 2015 in Des Moines, IowaIt’s time to break with the past.  Break from the status quo.  Break from the DC power brokers.  It’s time to ‘Believe Again’. Join Ted Cruz on Saturday June 27th in Des Moines to learn more.  You do not want to miss this event. Believe AgainSaturday June 27th, 2015Doors Open at 9:45amProgram Starts at 11:00am Drake UniversitySheslow Auditorium2507 University AvenueDes Moines, IA 50311
  • Ted Cruz in Johnston: Charleston Shooter is the Face of Evil

    06/22/2015 1:31:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | June 22, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    (Johnston, IA) U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told the media at a stop in Johnston, IA on Saturday that there is a difference between the shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.Dylann Roof, age 21, shot and killed nine people at the historic black church during their prayer meeting on Wednesday.  Among the victims was State Senator Clementa Pickney (D-Charleston) who served as the church’s pastor.Gun control advocates, including President Barack Obama, have taken the opportunity to call for more gun control in response to the mass...
  • John Boehner Is Not a Man to Be Crossed(Embraces libs more than conservatives)

    06/22/2015 5:27:36 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/21/15 | j gerhke
    Voting against the speaker’s reelection may have cost one Iowa Republican his seat. John Boehner has found ways to punish the fractious conservatives who have formed into a thorn in his side since attempting a coup at the beginning of the year. Through means both petty and significant, Boehner has made his displeasure felt while trying to lead the broader conference in a series of high-profile legislative fights. A number of rebel backbenchers have had their overseas travel curtailed and their committee posts threatened or even taken away. But the treatment of one lawmaker in particular stands out: Colleagues worry...
  • TED CRUZ DEFENDS GUN RIGHTS IN IOWA

    06/21/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jun 2015 | AWR HAWKINS
    During a June 19 town hall meeting in Red Oak, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) defended gun rights and suggested Iowans define gun control the same way Texans do–namely, as “hitting what you aim at.” Besides defending gun rights, Cruz also told the Iowa crowd how much his wife, Heidi, loved shooting machine guns with him at an earlier campaign event in a another state.The Huffington Post reported on the Iowa event by pointing out that Cruz “did not mention the mass shooting [in Charleston] during the town hall meeting.” But after the event, he did...
  • Facing uphill battle in Iowa, Bush turns to immigration

    06/19/2015 3:42:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/18/15 | Steve Holland
    Facing an uphill battle in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush urged conservatives to accept his more welcoming position on immigration as a way to increase their chances of winning the White House in 2016. Iowa Republicans so far are leaning toward the conservative Republican governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, as their choice when the state holds the first nominating contest next Feb. 1. Recent polls put Bush farther back in the pack, and one problem he has is his support for granting legal status for illegal immigrants. Conservatives like Iowa Republican Representative Steve King call this amnesty. Bush’s challenge...
  • Walker Continues Lead in Iowa Caucus Poll, Rand Paul Slides

    06/19/2015 12:10:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    Scott Walker continues to lead the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, according to a poll of likely Republican Iowa caucus participants released on Thursday. The poll, commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, also found a 5-point drop in support for Sen. Rand Paul compared to a similar survey by the Des Moines Register late last month. Walker received 19 percent in the poll, followed by Ben Carson at 13 percent and Jeb Bush at 11 percent. Marco Rubio received 9 percent, followed by Rick Perry at 7 percent, Ted Cruz at 6 percent and Rand Paul at...
  • Trooper's act of kindness goes viral

    Great story about a Iowa Highway Patrol trooper helping someone
  • Join Ted Cruz in Iowa! [June 19th & June 26th]

    06/16/2015 9:53:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    You’re invited to join Senator Ted Cruz at town hall meetings across Iowa!Friday, June 19Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz 9:15 am CT Council Bluffs Public Library 400 Willow Ave Council Bluffs, IA 51503RSVP HereRed Oak Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz 3:30 pm CT Red Coach Inn & Restaurant 1200 Senate Ave Red Oak, IA 51566RSVP HereDenison Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz 7:15 pm CT Cronk’s Café 812 4th Ave S Denison, IA 51442RSVP HereFriday, June 26Sheldon Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz 1:00 pm CT – 2:30 pm CT Sheldon Community...
  • Ted Cruz Holds Town Hall Meetings in Council Bluffs, Red Oak, and Denison, Iowa on Friday, 06/19/15

    06/15/2015 9:28:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Ted Cruz Holds Town Hall Meetings in Council Bluffs, Red Oak, and Denison, Iowa on Friday, June 19, 2015 Friday, June 19, 2015 Council Bluffs Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz9:15 am CTCouncil Bluffs Public Library400 Willow AveCouncil Bluffs, IA 51503RSVP Red Oak Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz3:30 pm CTRed Coach Inn & Restaurant1200 Senate AveRed Oak, IA 51566RSVP Denison Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ted Cruz7:15 pm CTCronk’s Café812 4th Ave SDenison, IA 51442RSVP
  • Clinton suggests rivals lack Christian compassion

    06/15/2015 2:42:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    10tv.com Ohio ^ | June 14, 2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says much of the nation's political debate lacks the compassion for the poor she learned in Sunday school. At a rally in Iowa, the Democratic presidential hopeful portrayed herself as a champion for struggling Americans, in contrast to the alleged "mean spiritedness" of others. Without naming names, Clinton asked, "Did they not go and hear the same lessons I did in Sunday school? Did they not sing the same hymns?" She said those who lack compassion make her wonder, "Did they never hear, 'there but for the grace of God go I?'"
  • Iowa Focus Group results confirm voters are idiots and the country is doomed

    06/13/2015 6:44:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 31 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | May. 21, 2015
    On the 2016 field… Idiot: I’m a little overwhelmed. It’s like, whoo! There’s lots of people. On Common Core… Moron: I haven’t– what is Common Core? I guess, I don’t understand that. Idiot: Yeah! On Jeb Bush’s position on immigration… Idiot: I’ve not heard his position on it. On Hillary Clinton taking foreign bribes in the form of “speaking fees” and destroying her server to cover it up… Imbecile: Really, I don’t care.
  • No straw poll? 8 ways that affects 2016 GOP horse race

    06/12/2015 4:21:28 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Des Moines Register | 6/12/2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: No straw poll? 8 ways that affects 2016 GOP horse race
  • (2013) Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz)

    06/12/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 84 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • Iowa Supreme Court affirms right to be drunk on front porch

    06/12/2015 12:11:04 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 42 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 06/12/2015 | KAKE.com
    The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed the right to be drunk on your front porch. The court ruled Friday in the case of Patience Paye, who appealed her 2013 public intoxication conviction. Paye called police after fighting with her boyfriend and met officers on the front porch of her Waterloo home. While investigating the domestic assault complaint an officer questioned Paye about whether she'd been drinking. A test revealed her blood alcohol concentration at 0.267 percent, more than three times the amount considered drunk for driving. She was charged and convicted. But she appealed, saying her front porch isn't a...
  • BREAKING: Iowa Straw Poll Cancelled (Excellent Decision)

    06/12/2015 8:50:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    After much controversy and a lack of interest from candidates and voters, the 2015 Iowa Straw poll has been cancelled after a vote from the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee. The poll was originally set to take place on August 8. The following statement was released by Central Committee Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. “I've said since December that we would only hold a straw poll if the candidates wanted one, and this year that is just not the case. For that reason I called a special meeting to update the State Central Committee, which then voted unanimously this morning to cancel the...
  • Iowa Straw Poll cancelled

    06/12/2015 7:29:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    twitter ^ | 06/12/2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Jennifer Jacobs ‏@JenniferJJacobs 20 minutes ago Maryland, USA JUST IN: The Iowa Straw Poll is dead By unanimous vote, the Iowa GOP board just voted to kill it. #iacaucus
  • Blum Says Others Will Support Him If Republicans Don’t

    06/12/2015 7:09:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RollCall ^ | 6/12/2015 | Emily Cahn
    Iowa Republican Rep. Rod Blum’s re-election effort is not getting much support from his party. But that’s just fine with him. The freshman Republican alienated himself from some of his GOP colleagues after he cast his first vote in Congress against John A. Boehner’s speakership — despite getting Boehner’s support in his 2014 bid for Iowa’s 1st District. And while Blum admits his vote has hurt his relationship with groups such as the National Republican Congressional Committee, he says there are other outlets he can turn to for support.The vote has, “been a problem as far as the NRCC goes,” Blum told CQ Roll Call on Wednesday. “I’ve always believed that when one...
  • Kasich campaign off to a rocky start in South Carolina

    06/11/2015 8:54:05 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/11/2015 | David M Drucker
    ohn Kasich's presumed presidential campaign is off to a rocky start in South Carolina, with some Republican insiders there questioning two recent staff hires. The Ohio governor has yet to officially declare for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he has begun assembling a political operation in preparation to run, including the signing of veteran GOP consultants Fred Davis and John Weaver. That could hurt Kasich in South Carolina, host of the third nominating contest and first in the GOP-dominated South, because both Davis and Weaver worked to unseat Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014. "Congratulations to Gov. Kasich and his...
  • Cruz's new strategy is a recipe for disaster

    06/11/2015 3:49:31 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | June 11 2015 | Craig Robinson
    The parallels between sports and politics are endless. In sports, there is the dreaded vote of confidence given to coaches from athletic directors, general managers, or team ownership. The public vote of confidence is dreaded because most of the time it is a precursor to the coach getting fired.In politics, a similar thing happens when a presidential campaign discloses to the media that states that were once central to a campaign strategy to win the nomination suddenly are not. Publically tying to lower their expectations in an early state is a clear sign of a campaign in trouble or one...
  • Iowa GOP to revisit fate of straw poll on Friday. (May be cancelled)

    06/10/2015 3:10:35 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | 06/10/2015 | Twitter
    Linking to the twitter post since DM Register is not allowed. Link to article at the twitter link.
  • Ted Cruz team looks beyond Iowa, New Hampshire

    06/10/2015 6:41:49 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/10/2015 | Katie Glueck
    He’s stuck in the middle of the pack in Iowa, lags in polls, and much of the GOP donor class views him with disdain. But Ted Cruz is embracing a novel strategy for winning the nomination: He’s lowering expectations in the early states while investing in later-voting states that hardly see a candidate before March. In the past week or so alone, the Texas senator has taken his presidential campaign to Michigan and Massachusetts, staffed up in New Jersey and Tennessee, and skipped an Iowa cattle call to stump in North Carolina — all states expected to vote in March,...
  • One Voter Awaited Rick Santorum at Small-Town Iowa Stop

    06/09/2015 11:32:27 AM PDT · by Coronal · 68 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 | Loren Gutentag
    Just one voter showed up to Rick Santorum's campaign stop at a restaurant in Hamlin, Iowa, on Monday, according to Politico. With a population of 300, Hamlin eventually saw four Iowans assembled around the 2016 Republican hopeful's table where they munched on breaded tenderloin and a side of onion rings, Politico reported. Santorum told The Des Moines Register he wasn't surprised by the low turnout — it was all part of the plan.
  • Anyone can sign up to learn online about Iowa caucuses with new Caucus MOOC

    06/09/2015 6:07:21 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | June 8, 2015 | Lily Abromeit
    Steffen Schmidt’s email and phone inboxes are flooded every day with questions about the Iowa caucuses. Schmidt, a professor of political science at Iowa State University, started to realize there’s a large number of people who don’t understand the caucuses and the impact they can have in deciding the next president. To help, he created ISU’s first MOOC — short for massive open online course — that will focus on how the caucuses came to be what their future may hold. “My feeling was, ‘Let’s package it together and put it out there,’ ” Schmidt said. Mack Shelley, another ISU political...
  • Schultz Show Compares Scott Walker on Harley to Dukakis in Tank

    06/08/2015 6:32:38 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Apples and oranges: or shall we say, Harleys and Abrams. On this evening's Ed Show on MSNBC, guest John Nichols of the far-left Nation mag and guest host Michael Eric Dyson lamely tried to analogize Scott Walker riding a Harley to the infamous episode of Michael Dukakis in a tank. The difference? Walker is a for-real biker and Harley owner. Dukakis did serve two years in the Army, but there's no evidence he did tanks before his ill-fated ride during the 1988 campaign. Check the photos at the foot to see the difference. You'll note that the hopelessly buttoned-down Dukakis...
  • In 2008, Clinton Couldn’t Buy Iowans’ Love. So She Bought Them Snow Shovels.

    06/06/2015 3:48:22 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | David A farenthold
    In Phyllis Peters’s garage, there is a snow shovel. A nice one: green, shiny, with an ergonomic steel handle. It came from Hillary Rodham Clinton. And it plays a part in a modern-day political legend, about some of the strangest money a candidate has ever spent. Eight years ago, Peters was a volunteer for Clinton’s first presidential run. She had been an admirer of Clinton since her time as first lady. But just before Clinton lost the Iowa caucuses, her staffers did something odd: They bought shovels for Peters and the hundreds of other volunteers.
  • Scott Walker gets a Harley edge during Saturday Iowa event

    06/06/2015 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 6, 2015 | Patrick Marley
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