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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Clinton Must go BOLD--and go LEFT for Her VP

    07/22/2016 10:12:23 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 57 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 20, 2016 | Richard Eskow
    Word is that Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice on Friday, and rumors that she’s going with a “safe” pick should worry Democrats. In this political climate, a search for “safety” could put her candidacy in serious danger. Change vs. the status quo. The GOP chose Mike Pence in part because his extremist views will reassure the Republican base. Pence is also an seasoned politician whose nomination is meant to reassure voters who worry that Trump has no experience in statecraft or governance. (Note to readers: Yes, I just used the words “Trump” and “statecraft” in the same...
  • Congressman Steve King Defends Old White People

    07/22/2016 8:41:37 AM PDT · by pinochet · 27 replies
    Congressman Steve King of Iowa violated the greatest taboo in mainstream American politics. He defended White people, and said their contributions to civilization were greater than other groups. His remarks were in response to a leftist political commentator, Charlie Pierce, who said that Republicans should stop being the party of old White people. Here is a story on the controversy: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-steve-king-clarifies-remarks-white-people-civilization/story?id=40687050
  • One Of Hillary’s Top VP Picks Also Destroyed Emails, Used A Secret Account

    07/20/2016 2:58:05 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/20/2016 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    One of the top candidates being considered for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Running mate in 2016 has had some email problems of his own. Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa and President Barack Obama’s current secretary of agriculture, was caught up in a 2004 scandal that resulted in emails being “inadvertently” destroyed. Vilsack partially blamed himself for destroying emails regarding the Iowa Department of Economic Development Foundation. The Des Moines Register had requested the emails. Vilsack’s response to the controversy, rather ironically, mirrored Clinton’s response to her own email scandal: he basically said he was old and...
  • Vilsack stock rises as Clinton nears VP pick

    07/19/2016 10:11:01 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 44 replies
    POLITICO ^ | July 19, 2016 | Gabriel DeBenedetti and Helena Bottemiller Evich
    LAS VEGAS — Fast approaching her final decision on a running mate, Hillary Clinton appears to be looking closely at Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, say multiple people who are in regular contact with her inner circle. But it’s another member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet whose stock has been steadily and notably rising in recent days, vaulting him into what close Clinton friends call the “top tier": Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • Rep. Steve King Defends Confederate Flag On Desk: Slavery Just 'Small Part' Of Civil War

    07/15/2016 8:35:11 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 80 replies
    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, landed in some hot water this week after he gave an interview to a local TV station in his Sioux City district office and viewers noticed that he kept a Confederate flag on his desk. (SNIP) And we’ve lived with respecting the South and their way of life for 150 years and now, after 150 years, there has to be an issue about a Confederate flag?” King told Angelo that he had ancestors who had fought and died in the Union Army. “Our family cares a lot about unity but also about the truth and accuracy...
  • [October 3, 2010]King: Pence is “best communicator” among House GOP (Audio) [2010]

    07/14/2016 9:05:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    http://www.radioiowa.com/ ^ | October 3, 2010 | O. Kay Henderson
    A Republican congressman who is considering both a bid for the White House and a campaign for governor in his home state of Indiana in 2012 made a trip to Iowa this past weekend. Indiana Congressman Mike Pence was the headliner at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s fall banquet in Des Moines.
  • Donald Trump chooses Mike Pence as his running mate

    07/14/2016 7:50:28 PM PDT · by bd476 · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 hours ago 15 July 2016
    BBC: Donald Trump chooses Mike Pence as his running mate If there's anything resembling a "safe" vice-presidential pick for Donald Trump, Mike Pence is it. He has executive experience as Indiana's governor and a strong legislative resume from his 12 years as a member of the US House of Representatives. While in Washington, he chaired the Republican Study Group, a coalition of hard-core conservatives, which gives him solid bona fides among the grass-roots Tea Party wing of the party that has occasional doubts about Mr Trump's ideological purity.Mr Pence also hails from the mid-west, which Mr Trump's team has...
  • Christie: Initial Cruz endorsement shouldn't ‘disqualify’ Pence from VP

    07/14/2016 7:19:54 PM PDT · by bd476 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14, 2016, 08:57 pm EDT | By Mark Hensch
    July 14, 2016, 08:57 pm The Hill Christie: Initial Cruz endorsement shouldn't ‘disqualify’ Pence from VP By Mark Hensch New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he has no room to criticize fellow Trump vice president contender Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for initially endorsing Ted Cruz during the primaries. “I mean, he made a judgment at the time,” Christie told MSNBC in a Thursday interview. "You’d have to ask why he endorsed Ted Cruz at the time that he did. I don’t know. But I don’t think that should disqualify you. “Because if you had a different choice early in...
  • Donald Trump selects Mike Pence as VP

    07/14/2016 4:49:15 PM PDT · by bd476 · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 7:42 PM ET, Thursday July 14, 2016 | By Eric Bradner, Dana Bash and MJ Lee, CNN
    (CNN) Donald Trump has called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket, CNN has learned. Pence has accepted. The pick sets up a stark clash in styles: a brash presumptive nominee with a tendency to freelance into controversies alongside a cautious former congressional leader who's stuck close to conservative orthodoxy since starting his career in talk radio. Trump said Thursday evening he's postponing the official announcement, previously set for Friday morning...
  • Trump Campaign Focusing on 17 States in General Election

    07/13/2016 8:18:16 PM PDT · by bereanrabbi · 20 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | July 6, 2016
    Donald Trump's political director, Jim Murphy, told House members that the campaign would focus on 17 states this fall, the Wall Street Journal reports. Included are 12 states Barack Obama won in both 2008 and 2012 (145 electoral votes) and five states Mitt Romney won in 2012. Not in the list are extreme longshots like California and New York, states Trump has previously indicated would be competitive for him.
  • Iowa Polling With Younger Voters <50: Trump 51% Clinton 32% (something is happening out there)

    07/13/2016 5:58:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 97 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 13, 2016 | sundance
    Monmouth University has recently polled a sample of Iowa voters (full pdf below) and finds Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton 44% to 42%: 2 candidate trump vs clinton Monmouth University Iowa Poll July 2016 Patrick Murray is shocked, s.h.o.c.k.e.d, to find Donald Trump leading with voters under 50-years-of-age. Trump is leading with younger voters 51% to 32% ! Monmouth University […] One unusual finding in the poll is that Trump leads among voters under 50 years old in Iowa. In Monmouth polls conducted nationally and in other states, Clinton has held an advantage with younger voters. Specifically, 51% of Iowa...
  • Polls: Clinton Ahead Or Even In Midwest Battlegrounds

    07/13/2016 1:18:15 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/13/2016 | MARK MURRAY
    Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Iowa and Pennsylvania, while the two are tied in the key battleground state of Ohio, according to a trio of new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls. In Iowa, the presumptive Democratic nominee is ahead of Trump by three points among registered voters, 42 percent to 39 percent, which is within the poll's margin of error of plus-minus 3.4 percentage points while a combined 18 percent say neither, other or undecided. (Back in January, Clinton held an eight-point advantage over Trump, 48 percent to 40 percent.) In Pennsylvania, she leads the presumptive GOP nominee by...
  • Ernst to deliver GOP convention speech focusing on national security Monday

    07/12/2016 8:56:01 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 7/12/2016 | James Lynch
    Other GOP elected officials may be avoiding the Republican National Convention later this month, but Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst sees an opening night speech as an opportunity “to give Iowans a voice on the national stage.” “Right now, Iowans are pretty darned frustrated — just like when I ran for election,” said Ernst, whose 2014 campaign caught fire with a “Make ’em Squeal” promise to cut federal spending. National security is to be her focus when she addresses the Cleveland convention on Monday, July 18. “There’s a real pushback against the failed policies we have right now,” Ernst said Tuesday....
  • Iowa: Trump Has Slight Edge Over Clinton

    07/12/2016 10:29:17 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 43 replies
    Monmouth University ^ | 7/12/2016 | Monmouth University
    West Long Branch, NJ - Donald Trump holds a nominal 2 point lead over Hillary Clinton in the battle for Iowa's electoral votes, according to the Monmouth University Poll. In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Chuck Grassley has a 10 point lead over Democratic challenger Patty Judge. This is a far cry from the 30+ point margins Grassley enjoyed in prior re-election bids, as more Iowa voters disapprove than approve of his decision not to hold hearings on Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Among Iowa voters likely to participate in November's presidential election, 44% currently support Trump and 42%...
  • Pastor Says State Law Threatens His Right to Teach the Bible in His Church

    07/07/2016 5:53:24 AM PDT · by milton23 · 25 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/6/2016 | Leah Jessen
    An Iowa pastor, saying the government needs to stop “meddling in religious affairs,” is at odds with the state over a law focused on sexual orientation and gender identity that he says hinders his First Amendment right to teach on matters of sexuality. “The state of Iowa is not the self-appointed pope of all churches,” Cary Gordon, pastor of Cornerstone World Outreach, a nondenominational church with around 900 members in Sioux City, Iowa, told The Daily Signal.
  • Ernst all but withdraws from Trump veepstakes

    07/06/2016 12:25:57 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 149 replies
    Joni Ernst all but removed herself from Donald Trump’s vice presidential search, telling POLITICO in an interview that she wants to help Trump become president but that she’s focused on Iowa and the Senate, where the freshman senator said she's “just getting started.” The GOP senator met with Trump on Monday and received effusive praise afterward, with Trump predicting he will “see her again.” But it likely won’t be as his running mate. “I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa. I feel that I have a lot more to do in the United States Senate....
  • Church sues Iowa to stop application of transgender rules

    07/06/2016 11:08:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    <p>A church in Des Moines has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down as unconstitutional a portion of a 2007 Iowa law and a similar Des Moines city code section that could apply transgender bathroom rules to churches.</p> <p>The Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Des Moines against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the city. The church asks for an order that keeps the state and the city from enforcing the rules that would allow biological males who identify as women from using women's bathrooms, showers or changing rooms and the same for females identifying as men.</p>
  • Iowa: ´Some´ churches must comply with transgender bathroom laws

    07/05/2016 2:46:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/5/16 | Todd Starnes
    Is a church a place of public accommodation and if so – are congregations required to follow anti-discrimination laws regarding gender and sexual orientation? That’s the issue raised by a brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. They contend that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws. It’s unclear when the Commission’s brochure was published, but it clearly outlines their interpretation of the 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act – known as Iowa Code
  • VP vetting? Trump meets with Sen. Joni Ernst

    Donald Trump on Monday spent part of his July 4th with Sen. Joni Ernst -- fueling speculation that the Iowa freshman senator could be on the short list of his vice presidential picks. Ernst told Fox News they had a "good conversation," adding, "I will continue to share my insights with Donald about the need to strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and ensure America is always a strong, stabilizing force around the globe." Earlier, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to meeting (Ernst) today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!"
  • Trump Tweets Fuel VP Speculation, Cites Joni Ernst, Mike Pence, Tom Cotton

    07/04/2016 9:27:24 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | July 4, 2016
    Donald Trump announced he would meet with Sen. Joni Ernst on Monday, one of several recent names dropped on his Twitter feed that are fueling speculation over his highly-anticipated vice presidential selection. "I look forward to meeting @joniernst today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!" Trump tweeted early Monday. Ernst's name appeared in reports on VP shortlists over the weekend, and a senior Trump adviser confirmed to CNN that Ernst is being considered. Trump also doled out some conspicuous praise for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who have also...
  • Ernst on Trump's VP list, sources say

    07/04/2016 8:46:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 7/3/2016 | Jamie Gangel, Jim Acosta and Sara Murray,
    Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is among the candidates being considered to become Donald Trump's running mate, a source with knowledge of Trump's vice presidential selection process tells CNN. Another source close to the process confirmed the information. It's not clear whether the freshman Republican senator and tea party star has received paperwork from the campaign or is just being scrutinized through the wealth of publicly accessible information about her. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are also being considered, the source said. A senior Trump campaign adviser confirmed Pence is being...
  • Iowa GOP senator suspends party membership to protest Trump

    06/07/2016 8:33:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 7, 2016 | Thomas Beaumont&#8201;, AP
    A senior member of the Iowa Senate says he has dropped his Republican Party affiliation in protest of what he calls Donald Trump’s “bigotry,” in light of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s comments about a federal court judge’s ethnicity. Sen. David Johnson, from heavily Republican northwest Iowa, told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that “somebody had to make a statement.” Johnson, an 18-year state legislator from Ocheyedan, was referring to the billionaire’s allegation that U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased in his decision against the now-defunct Trump University, a business owned by Trump, because he disagrees...
  • BREAKING=> TRUMP Camp Releases List of 9 of 15 States In-Play This Cycle Including NY and California

    05/29/2016 5:12:30 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 145 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/29/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Donald Trump announced this weekend he puts 15 states potentially into play in the general election this year. The states include: — Ohio — Florida — Virginia — Minnesota — Michigan — Pennsylvania — Wisconsin — New York — Maine — California ** Plus Donald Trump is beating Hillary Clinton in the latest Oregon poll and is essentially tied with Hillary in New Hampshire -two more traditional blue states. And Hillary Clinton hasn’t even been indicted yet!
  • Iowa Supreme Court bans life without parole for teen killers

    05/27/2016 11:13:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    AP ^ | May 27, 2016 | Ryan J. Foley
    A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned judges from imposing life prison sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles convicted of first-degree murder. The court ruled 4-3 that the sentence amounts to cruel and unusual punishment under the Iowa Constitution. Even juveniles who commit the most heinous crimes should someday have the option of proving to the Iowa Board of Parole that they have been rehabilitated and are fit for release, Justice Brent Appel wrote for the majority.
  • Column: Lessons gleaned from a web of lies in Iowa

    05/24/2016 10:31:44 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 May 2016 | Eric Zorn
    Let's take a look at the recent statement issued by Naperville residents Melvin Owens Jr. and his wife, Rosalind, on behalf of their 19-year-old son, Marcus. "Marcus Owens and the entire Owens family would like to issue their deepest apologies to Marcus' friends, the Iowa City community, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa City Police Department for the misunderstandings and anxiety ...
  • GOP Lawmaker Calls for 'Civil Disobedience' on Transgender Directive [Amos 4]

    05/20/2016 2:38:32 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | 5/19/2016 | Veronica Neffinger
    A Republican lawmaker has condemned the Obama Administration’s transgender bathroom directive, calling for "civil disobedience." ChristianHeadlines.com previously reported that on Friday (May 13) the Obama Administration directed "all public schools and most colleges and universities that receive federal funds," to—as the Washington Post described it—'provide transgender students with access to suitable facilities–including bathrooms and locker rooms–that match their chosen gender identity.'" CBN News reports that Representative Steve King, R-Iowa, has said that federally-funded schools are not required to comply with a law that is "unconstitutional." "There's no reason for us to follow an unconstitutional edict from the president, who is...
  • Amid Shouts of 'Shame,' House GOP Defeats Gay Rights Measure

    05/19/2016 5:37:10 PM PDT · by massmike · 63 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | 05/19/2016 | ERICA WERNER
    Democrats shouted "Shame! Shame!," but seven Republicans switched their votes and defeated a measure to protect gay rights. The final vote was 213-212 after the chaos on the House floor. That was enough to defeat an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. Maloney and other Democrats were incensed. "They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality," Maloney said. He said he had approached Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as McCarthy worked on GOP colleagues to vote against the measure. McCarthy told Maloney to...
  • Obama Gives Planned Parenthood $5 Million Grant to Target Kids as Young as Five [Jeremiah 32]

    05/18/2016 3:28:54 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/16/2016 | EMILY DEROIS
    Parents are standing up against Planned Parenthood infiltrating Iowa schools. The Obama Administration has put forth more than $5 million towards Planned Parenthood providing sex education to the children, some as young as 5, but pro-lifers and concerned parents are working to keep the abortion giant away from Iowa children, according to One News Now. According to Ricky A. Rohrig of the Pregnancy Center of Southwest Iowa, Planned Parenthood was already run out of their schools several years ago after the parents realized exactly what they were teaching their young children. One News Now reported that Planned Parenthood was "graphically...
  • EPA seeks to boost ethanol in fuel supply

    05/18/2016 2:26:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2018 | Timothy Cama
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to increase the amount of ethanol and other biofuels in the nation’s fuel supply. But the volumes proposed Wednesday under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) still fall under targets written into the 2007 law that created the program. That ended up angering both the ethanol industry, which wants more of its product to be mandated, and the oil industry, which wants the program rolled back. The agency plans to mandate that 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels be blended into the country’s gasoline and diesel supply next year. Of that amount, 14.8 billion gallons can...
  • Donald Trump Releases List of Potential Supreme Court Appointments

    05/18/2016 2:21:53 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 18, 2016 | Sundance
    Today Donald J. Trump released the much-anticipated list of people he would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court. This list was compiled, first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership. Mr. Trump stated, “Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I...
  • Trump's 11 potential Supreme Court Justices (bio and Wiki link)

    05/18/2016 12:48:45 PM PDT · by justlurking · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2016-05-18 | Me
    Don Willett is a Texas Supreme Court justice:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Willett David Stras is an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Stras Allison Eid is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_H._Eid Joan Larsen is a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Larsen Steven Colloton is a federal judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Colloton Raymond Gruender is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Gruender Thomas Hardiman is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hardiman Raymond M. Kethledge is a federal judge...
  • Donald Trump releases list of potential supreme court nominees – live

    05/18/2016 11:09:45 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 14 replies
    ABCNEWS ^ | 05/18/16 | staff
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump's picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri. Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump said in March he planned to release the list to ease concerns about his conservative credentials...
  • Trump unveils list of his top Supreme Court picks

    05/18/2016 11:31:12 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 13 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2016 | JILL COLVIN
    Trump's picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri. Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.
  • Trump unveils list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices

    05/18/2016 11:11:10 AM PDT · by TontoKowalski · 233 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/18/16 | Jill Colvin
    The names are at the link.
  • Another 'Racial Attack' Ruled a Hoax in College Town

    05/18/2016 5:36:56 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2016 | David Paulin
    The laid back and trendy college town of Iowa City was plunged into turmoil a little over two weeks ago, after a black University of Iowa freshman claimed that three white men had viciously attacked him in the downtown and called him a racial slur. A media firestorm ensued, with the first report airing on a Chicago news station. Iowa City police quickly declared they were investigating a possible hate crime and even consulted with the FBI. City and university officials were on the defensive. Social justice warriors held protests. The hate crime, however, turned out to be a hoax...
  • Rep.(Steve) King: Trump needs to reach out to the conservatives (video)

    05/17/2016 2:15:58 PM PDT · by GilGil · 171 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 5/16/2016 | Lou Dobbs
    Judiciary Committee Member Steve King (R-Iowa) on the Republican Party and Donald Trump’s candidacy.
  • Police: Student lied about reported racially motivated beating (Not charged with lying to police)

    05/17/2016 10:06:41 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 49 replies
    Police said a black University of Iowa student lied about being the victim of a racially motivated beating and that he instigated at last one of several alcohol-fueled fights. Marcus Owens told police that he was attacked April 30 by three white men who hurled racial slurs as they damaged his eye socket and knocked out his front teeth. The alleged hate crime stoked safety concerns and distrust among some minority students in the university. But police said Tuesday that his report was false. Investigators obtained surveillance video showing Owens had been a participant and instigator of fights that started...
  • Here's how Hillary Clinton's allies plan to go after Trump

    05/16/2016 7:46:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2016 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    "The fact of the matter is knowledge about Donald Trump is a mile wide and an inch deep," Guy Cecil says. The coming ad assault against Donald Trump from pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action is likely to drill a three-pronged message deep into the minds of swing state voters, if the group’s leaders have their way. The three central tenets of the message will be that the real estate investor is a divisive character, that he’s too dangerous to vote for, and that he’s a con man, Priorities’ chief strategist Guy Cecil explained to POLITICO on Monday —...
  • University Calls Police, Offers Counseling After Black Lives Matter Message Defaced

    05/12/2016 9:58:38 AM PDT · by detective · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 May 2016 | Ben Kew
    Administrators at the University of Iowa called the police and are offering counseling sessions after a Black Lives Matter message on a whiteboard was defaced. “On the evening of Friday, May 6, 2016, someone wrote offensive drawings on a whiteboard. The drawings were racially biased and defaced what was a positive Black Lives Matter statement with hate-speech directed at Black and African American people as an ethnic and racial group,” according to a memo obtained by the The College Fix.
  • McCain on Trump: 'Foolish' to ignore will of GOP voters

    05/08/2016 2:22:09 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | May 8, 2016 | Manu Raju,
    Sen. John McCain is chastising GOP leaders for failing to embrace Donald Trump as the choice of millions of voters, laying out his most extensive views to date about Trump at the top of the ticket. He's also repudiating some of the presumptive nominee's comments -- particularly about prisoners of war. In a wide-ranging "State of the Union" interview in his campaign office in Phoenix, McCain criticized party leaders who are reluctant to back Trump, saying they are "out of step" with voters who have chosen the controversial businessman as the GOP standard-bearer. He defended Trump for being a strong...
  • Jury convicts Ron Paul aides of campaign finance violations

    05/05/2016 12:56:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2016 3:38 PM EDT | David Pitt
    Three campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul were convicted Thursday in a federal case alleging they conspired to cover up the campaign’s payments to a former Iowa state senator who had agreed to endorse their boss. Prosecutors said it is illegal to cause a campaign to file inaccurate spending documents. They’ve pursued charges since July 2015 when a grand jury first indicted the men. Paul’s campaign chairman Jesse Benton, campaign manager John Tate and deputy manager Dimitri Kesari argued they broke no laws when they paid a video production company, which passed on $73,000 to former Sen. Kent...
  • Planned Parenthood facility in Iowa officially shuts down

    05/04/2016 5:17:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | May 3 2016 | Becky Yeh
    A Planned Parenthood facility in Iowa has officially shut down after it announced its closure earlier this year. The location in Dubuque, which offered medication abortions only, reported a drop in clientele as reason for closure. The Dubuque location was in operation for eight years, and it is among almost a dozen satellite Planned Parenthood facilities to shutter in recent years. In 2014, Planned Parenthood closed facilities in Red Oak and Creston; and over the years, the abortion giant shut down similar facilities in Ankeny, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Knoxville, Newton, Mount Pleasant Storm Lake, Spencer and Washington. Dubuque County...
  • Cartoonist Fired After Advertiser Complaints, Cartoons Now Get A Far Larger Audience

    05/04/2016 11:38:49 AM PDT · by Bratch · 45 replies
    Bleeding Cool ^ | May 4, 2016 | Rich Johnston
    This is a cartoon by Rick Friday  of Farm News, a weekly magazine published byThe Fort Dodge Messenger, And as a result, Rick is no longer “of Farm News”. He posted on Facebook, I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of It’s Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1090 published cartoons to over 24,000...
  • Sen. Joni Ernst makes one list as a possible VP for Donald Trump

    04/30/2016 8:11:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 164 replies
    KYIV.com ^ | 30 Apr 2016
    The Washington Post published an article listing five candidates likely to be considered to be Trump's vice president. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa is on that list. Ernst is Iowa's first female U.S. Senator. Ernst was not well known When she ran for the senate seat vacated by the retiring Tom Harkin. KWWL-TV caught up with Ernst and asked if she would consider serving as Donald Trump's vice president. "I would say, 'did my mother pay you to say that?', Ernst said. "But, no. I would have to consider it, but I love what I do in the United...
  • GOP women push Trump on VP pick

    04/29/2016 6:45:11 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/30/16 | Christina Marcos
    Female Republican lawmakers are making the case for Donald Trump to choose a woman as his running mate. Picking a female vice presidential candidate could help mitigate the damage Trump caused with women voters in the primary, they say, as well as counter Hillary Clinton if she is the Democratic nominee. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) offered the idea, somewhat unprompted, at a Capitol Hill event hosted by the Heritage Foundation this week. When a reporter asked a panel of conservative House Republicans who Trump should choose as his running mate, most lawmakers demurred. But Lummis, the only woman on the...
  • Weird Prayer Request...

    04/30/2016 5:44:11 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 22 replies
    30 April 2016 | US Navy Vet
    Ok all, we have the funding for our Septic System HOWEVER now we need 2 weeks of NO rain to put it in and get it County approved and signed off...
  • The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president

    04/29/2016 12:55:57 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 195 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/29 | Chris Cilliza
    Which begs the question: Who is he going to pick as his vice presidential nominee? The short answer: No one knows. Trump relishes being unpredictable so trying to game out how this most unconventional of politicians will make his mind up is a bit of a guessing game. Add to that the fact that Trump's inner circle remains, largely, devoid of establishment types and you quickly get into a situation where the people talking don't know much and the people who do know aren't talking.
  • President Hillary is totally unacceptable!

    04/23/2016 1:02:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 894 replies
    Free Republic stands for God, family, country! America! "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United State of America." Securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity is our mission on FR. We cannot secure the blessings of liberty with Hillary in the White House. When Trump wins the lion's share of the primary votes, states and...
  • Iowa Democrats Kill Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts

    04/23/2016 4:31:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 22, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pro-abortion legislators in Iowa narrowly managed to kill a measure on Friday that would have stopped tax dollars from going to the abortion industry. “[Iowa state] Senator Ken Rozenboom’s amendment to defund the abortion industry failed today on a tie vote,” Jenifer Bowen, executive director of Iowa Right to Life, said in an email. “We had bipartisan support, but needed one more vote.” The defunding measure was part of a health and human services budget bill, which passed the Iowa House earlier this week. The state Senate removed the language to stop tax dollars from going to abortion groups like...
  • Senator Investigating Clinton Emails Says FBI Could Possibly Leak Info

    04/23/2016 4:27:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/22/16 | Chuck Ross
    Leaks would spring from the FBI if officials believed that the bureau took it easy on Hillary Clinton for political reasons, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Friday. Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Des Moines, the Iowa Republican said that while he would not want the FBI to leak information about its investigation into Clinton’s private email server, information would likely seep out if it was perceived that the bureau decided not to issue indictments because of politics. “Is there going to be political interference? If there’s enough evidence to prosecute, will there be political interference?” Grassley asked...