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  • Sen. Ted Cruz at CPAC 2015: Stand With the People, Not Washington

    02/27/2015 1:06:33 AM PST · by iowamark
    Ted Cruz Youtube ^ | 2/26/2015 | Ted Cruz
    Includes both his speech and questions from Sean Hannity. 24 minutes.
  • So. Cal. Edison’s IT layoffs are ‘heartless,’ says Sen. Grassley

    02/26/2015 2:48:44 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Patrick Thibodeau
    Southern California Edison (SCE) IT workers replaced by H-1B contractors have become the latest Exhibit A in Congress for reformers of the visa program. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has long advocated for changes to the H-1B program to protect U.S. workers, said the Edison layoffs illustrate how some employers "are potentially using legal avenues to import foreign workers, lay-off qualified Americans, and then export jobs overseas. "I was shocked by the heartless manner in which U.S. workers were injured," said Grassley in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. (SNIP) "The sponsors of the bill claim it will 'boost our competitiveness...
  • 7 GOP governors elect not to fight Obama's amnesty

    02/26/2015 12:34:08 AM PST · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    WND ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    More than two dozen states have joined the Texas lawsuit opposing President Obama’s executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, but more eye-opening is the list of Republican governors whose names still do not appear on the suit. The seven Republicans who have thus far elected not to join the suit aimed at reining in Obama are Chris Christie of New Jersey, Terry Branstad of Iowa, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Matthew Mead of Wyoming, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Bruce Rauner of Illinois. Five of those seven states – Maryland, Iowa, New Mexico, Massachusetts and...
  • Walker Has Strong Early Lead In Iowa GOP Caucus, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

    02/25/2015 6:54:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    An early look at likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants shows a strong conservative tilt as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack with 25 percent, twice as high as his nearest rival, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters who identify as "very conservative" make up 45 percent of the caucus participants surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Tea Party supporters make up 32 percent of likely caucus-goers and Walker gets 33 percent of that Tea Party vote. There is a horse race for second place, with 13 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 11...
  • Walker Has Strong Early Lead In Iowa GOP Caucus [truncated]

    02/25/2015 6:02:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Quinnipiac University Poll ^ | Fenruary 25, 2015 | Staff
    An early look at likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants shows a strong conservative tilt as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack with 25 percent, twice as high as his nearest rival, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters who identify as "very conservative" make up 45 percent of the caucus participants surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Tea Party supporters make up 32 percent of likely caucus-goers and Walker gets 33 percent of that Tea Party vote. There is a horse race for second place, with 13 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 11...
  • Congressman David Young Reception with Governor Jeb Bush

    02/23/2015 8:41:35 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Congressman David Young Reception with Governor Jeb Bush Please join Special Guest Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for a reception in support of Congressman David Young Iowa’s Third Congressional District Friday, March 6, 2015 Living History Farms * 11121 Hickman Road * Urbandale, Iowa Sponsor Reception (Spots are Limited) 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Gold - $2,500 (includes VIP photo) * Silver - $1,000 Dessert Reception 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 7:00 p.m.) $100 per person Questions: rsvp@heartlandcampaign.com or 515-207-2959
  • Exclusive: Sorenson hearing confirms ongoing investigation into possible 2012 caucus chicanery

    02/19/2015 11:48:29 PM PST · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Des Moines Register | 2/19/2015 | Jason Noble
    Gannet paper, link only: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/02/19/kent-sorenson-sentencing-iowa-caucus-2012-paul/23684721/
  • Lindsey Graham is in Iowa Thursday

    02/19/2015 11:40:34 PM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19 2015 | Jose A. DelReal
    GOP Senator Lindsey Graham is heading to Iowa Thursday to test a campaign message focused heavily on national security, marking his first visit to the important caucus state since he launched a presidential exploratory committee last month. The South Carolina senator’s two-day visit -- which The Post first reported on last week -- will give him an opportunity to assess the strength of a campaign message focused on foreign affairs while he meets with voters, local leaders and activists. The well-known foreign policy hawk is slated to deliver a speech in Des Moines Thursday afternoon that will emphasize the “threat...
  • ISU Student Recovering After Being Attacked

    02/17/2015 8:24:44 AM PST · by PeterPrinciple · 29 replies
    who tv ^ | February 16, 2015 | stephenie moore
    AMES, Iowa–An Iowa State University student is recovering at the hospital after his family says he was attacked. Twenty-year-old Cale Truhlsen was leaving a party last weekend when his family says he was confronted by a group of adult males. ...........................
  • GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Carry Same Odds in 2016

    02/16/2015 9:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    A leading Republican consultant has ranked the top 10 presidential candidates for 2016 while claiming that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has about the same odds of winning the party’s nomination as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, The Washington Post reported. The unnamed strategist divided the GOP race for 2016 into "four lanes" — establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian, according to the newspaper. Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the leading candidates in establishment, the largest lane, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is battling it out with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...
  • 2016 Polls Show Clinton Leads in Key States, GOP Field Wide Open (Huck, Bush, Walker tied in Iowa)

    02/16/2015 6:47:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 15, 2015 | Mark Murray
    ess than a year before the first presidential contests begin, a trio of new NBC News/Marist polls show that the Republican race is wide open in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In fact, seven different possible Republican candidates get double-digit support in at least one of the states. But only two candidates — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — are in double digits in all three states.
  • Run Warren Run to open Hiawatha office Monday

    02/15/2015 5:14:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 51 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 2/15/2015 | James Lynch
    CEDAR RAPIDS — MoveOn and Democracy for America members will be in Hiawatha Monday to open the local Run Warren Run office to show the broad, grass roots support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. The groups supporting the Run Warren Run effort will open an office at 764 N. Center Point Rd., Hiawatha at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. After holding 220 Run Warren Run house parties across the country, Run Warren Run supporters are following up with Presidents Day actions — holding rallies, barbecues, and other traditional Presidents Day Weekend activities — with a goal...
  • GOP 2016: Playbook's Top 5 most likely to win - Our 1st ranking of the Republican presidential race

    02/15/2015 10:37:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 15, 2015 | Mike Allen
    The debut edition of our leader board of the Republicans most likely to win the presidential nomination, based on what we know now, shows the field may not be as big as most people think. 1) JEB BUSH (age 62, to Hillary’s 67): He’s got money, momentum, Florida, big ideas. His surprise, early signal that he’s running is THE PLAY OF THE CAMPAIGN so far — pushing OUT Mitt and perhaps Christie by freezing or stealing their money and talent. Jeb will be first Republican to $100 million by a mile. Now, watch for the use of overwhelming force to...
  • First round of Bush donations go to early state candidates

    02/13/2015 5:47:51 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    NBC 2 ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    If Republican Jeb Bush's political contributions offer any signs, there's little doubt that the former Florida governor plans to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. More than half of the $122,800 Bush contributed Friday is going to candidates and state Republican Party organizations in the four states scheduled to begin the presidential voting next year. The candidates include Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. David Young of Iowa, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada.
  • Jennifer Rubin Tries to Take Down Ted Cruz, Fails Miserably

    02/13/2015 3:45:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 13, 2015 | Michael van der Galien
    This column is so easy to pick apart, it's amazing that the Washington Post actually published it. This is by far the strangest column I’ve read on Senator Ted Cruz’s potential — he hasn’t even announced yet — candidacy. It’s written by Jennifer Rubin, who basically argues that Cruz is unpopular because he’s too “extreme.” He behaves, she writes, like an “angry young man,” and is not “presidential” at all. The “evidence” she uses? He’s “only” polling at 5%, she says, at RealClearPolitics. OK, so let’s look at RCP’s poll of polls. And what do we see? Jeb Bush is...
  • 2015 Iowa Straw Poll target date: Aug 8 — at one of four locations

    02/13/2015 11:58:22 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | February 13, 2015 | O. Kay Henderson
    The Republican Party of Iowa has gotten bids from four different sites in central Iowa competing to be the host of the Iowa GOP’s Straw Poll this summer. Jeff Kaufmann, the Iowa GOP’s chairman, says the second Saturday in August is the likely date for the event. “That’s one part of the tradition we’d like to keep in terms of having it in August, so August 8 is still our target date,” Kaufmann told Radio Iowa today. “…I can’t say absolutely that if there was once heck of a deal and a great site and they absolutely couldn’t do it...
  • Hero trucker saved sex captive in New Kent: ‘I’ve got daughters’

    02/13/2015 9:49:14 AM PST · by csvset · 60 replies
    WTVR ^ | February 13, 2015 | Alix Bryan and Jon Burkett,
    NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. — Trucker Kevin Kimmel is a father and grandfather. He says several things about a RV parked in the Pilot Truck lot in New Kent caught his attention. The biggest red flag was catching a glimpse of a distraught looking girl who abruptly disappeared behind a black curtain, that’s when he quickly called police. “I only learned the gruesome details through the news,” Kimmel said. Kimmel was inside his rig, parked behind the Pilot station. A couple of doors down he notices suspicious activity in the RV. “All of the sudden the thing was rocking and...
  • There is one way to describe Rand Paul's latest trip to Iowa: Perfect

    02/12/2015 1:54:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 26 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 2/12/2015 | Craig Robinson
    e is what you need to remember – Rand Paul is never going to get Andy Cable’s, Don Kass’, or Doug Gross’s vote. Spiker is tasked with organizing the people who he has a good rapport with. This is nothing new to politics. Campaigns of every shape and size target certain coalitions of voters, and Spiker is tasked to work with the libertarian leaning voters. Besides all of that, Spiker proved that he was one of the better organizers in Iowa in 2012. People tend to overlook the fact that his candidate received more votes at the Ames Straw Poll...
  • Biden Gives Shout Out to 'Old Butt Buddy' in Iowa

    02/12/2015 9:59:06 AM PST · by bkepley · 108 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/12/2015 | Daniel Halper
    Speaking today in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden called out to his "old butt buddy" Neil Smith, wondering whether his friend was in attendance for his speech:
  • Huck v. Santo: The Cage Match for Iowa Evangelicals

    02/12/2015 8:31:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 11, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    If Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee run for president, their Iowa supporters could have a choice between the head or the heart. Or vote for someone else. Santorum and Huckabee won remarkable victories in the Iowa caucuses, galvanizing social conservatives to pull off unlikely upsets against amazing odds. But while the two had very different paths to victory in Iowa, they achieved it with similar coalitions of social conservatives and evangelical leaders.
  • Why Indiana’s Mike Pence deserves the trust of conservatives

    02/11/2015 7:58:36 PM PST · by iowamark · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 11 2015 | George F. Will
    Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum. Sitting recently 24 blocks from Capitol Hill, where he served six terms as a congressman, and eight blocks from the White House, which some Republicans hope he craves, Pence, now in his third year as Indiana’s governor, discussed two issues, Common Core and Medicaid expansion, that illustrate the following: Today’s president, whose prior governmental experience was meager and entirely legislative, probably has strengthened voters’ normal preference for actual executives — governors rather than legislators — as chief executives. Governors actually govern, which means continually making choices and...
  • Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Interstate Commerce Agriculture Bill

    02/11/2015 1:36:03 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    On Feb. 3, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) re-introduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which he attempted to amend into last year’s farm bill. King’s bill would prevent states and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. In his statement about PICA, King referenced California’s statewide ban on the sale of eggs from hens raised in battery cages. “Just within the last month in anticipation of the new law coming into effect, California experienced a 79 percent increase in egg prices,” King said. “Outside of California, the Midwest has seen...
  • Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham lead in new S.C. presidential poll

    02/11/2015 4:44:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | 2/10/15 | Schuylyer Kropf
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the front-runner in a new 2016 Republican presidential preference poll in South Carolina, while U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is close enough to make it a statistical tie here. But the news is less favorable for Graham in three other early voting states - Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada - where his level of support registers at negligible among GOP voters, totalling at 1 percent and below. The poll, by the conservative Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, put Walker is out front in South Carolina but statistically tied with Graham, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and...
  • RedState Presidential Primary Power Rankings: Week 2

    02/11/2015 2:39:16 AM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    RedState ^ | 2/11/2015 | Leon H. Wolf
    Welcome back to the RedState Presidential Primary Power Rankings! If you missed last week’s installment, you can view it here. If you want to see the whole series thus far, you can view that here. Just by way of reminder, this list is not intended to be a reflection of anyone’s preferred picks, it is just a prediction of who will likely win the 2016 GOP nomination, based on the information available to us now. Without Further adieu, let’s get into the list!1. Scott Walker (Governor – Wisconsin) (Last week: 1)Walker spent the last week solidifying his hold on the top...
  • Students join governor to push for Bully Free Iowa Act

    02/10/2015 5:37:21 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 13 replies
    KCCI.COM ^ | 10 FEBRUARY 2015 | KCCI.COM
    DES MOINES, Iowa —More than 100 students joined Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for a rally at the Capitol Tuesday
  • Understanding Rand Paul: When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong

    02/10/2015 10:57:26 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 10, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    There’s a lot of attention given to the art of explicating the motivations of Rand Paul, and the disparate coalition he’s attempting to bring together in his fledgling 2016 campaign. The latest is from the New York Times, which adopts the classic understanding of Paul, the politician: “As he works to build a broad national following, Mr. Paul is trying to stitch together very disparate worlds. There are those who are young, more affluent and likely to vote Democratic. There are the establishment, center-right elements of the Republican Party. And there are his most ardent libertarian fans who are...
  • Cruz hires former Gingrich aide as political operation builds

    02/10/2015 2:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    HOUSTON — The political operation of potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to beef up Monday as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed onto the senator’s team. Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman who served as a top strategist to a super PAC that supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, will join Cruz’s campaign-in-waiting to serve as a senior communications adviser. “I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said in a statement. “I believe he will emerge as the...
  • On Iowa visit, Christie promises blunt, straight talk to fix problems

    02/10/2015 5:44:00 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 2/9/2015 | Rod Boshart
    WEST DES MOINES — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told an Iowa crowd last night he will bring blunt, straight talk to fill a leadership void in Washington and give the country hope again if he decides to seek the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. “Leadership matters,” Christie told about 100 Republicans who turned out for a Dallas County fundraiser at a suburban hotel to hear the New Jersey governor who made his third Iowa appearance within a month and his 13th trip overall. He met privately with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds before attending the...
  • Rand in Marshalltown, ties Saudi royals to 9/11, claims America is no Longer Greatest Country

    02/10/2015 5:35:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 2/9/2015 | Kevin Hall
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – An early Saturday morning political event on an unusually warm February day might not be the ideal conditions to draw a good crowd. However, 140 Marshall County Republicans packed into the Legends American Grill in Marshalltown to hear their new representative in Congress, Rod Blum, and likely presidential candidate Rand Paul. Most of Rod Blum’s brief remarks focused on his tangle with President Obama’s budget director, Shaun Donovan, last week on Capitol Hill. Iowa’s new First District representative also relayed his controversial first vote in Congress, supporting Daniel Webster over John Boehner for House speaker. Many in...
  • In Iowa, Republican field wide open as moderates stake their caucus claims

    02/09/2015 10:06:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2015 | Robert Costa
    Less than a year before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, it appears that every Republican contender is making a serious play to win the state, setting up what is likely to be one of the most active, competitive campaigns here in recent memory. Political observers in Iowa say that the field is wide open and that numerous candidates have a legitimate shot to win or do well enough to come out with momentum. That is partly because moderates in the Iowa Republican Party, led by Gov. Terry Branstad, have reasserted themselves into the caucus process after watching social conservatives dominate in 2008...
  • In Iowa, Republican field wide open as moderates stake their caucus claims

    02/08/2015 9:33:05 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/8/2015 | Robert Costa
    Less than a year before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, it appears that every Republican contender is making a serious play to win the state, setting up what is likely to be one of the most active, competitive campaigns here in recent memory. Political observers in Iowa say that the field is wide open and that numerous candidates have a legitimate shot to win or do well enough to come out with momentum. That is partly because moderates in the Iowa Republican Party, led by Gov. Terry Branstad, have reasserted themselves into the caucus process after watching social conservatives dominate in 2008...
  • A Candidate With Appeal to Both Suburban and Countryside Republicans?

    02/06/2015 4:53:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Can a single speech at an Iowa political event change the course of a presidential nomination race? Maybe. It actually has happened. Barack Obama's November 2007 speech at a Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Des Moines is generally credited with giving him a lift toward winning the caucuses there two months later and putting him on the path to the presidency. Perhaps it happened again, ten months earlier in the 2016 cycle, when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke January 24 at the Freedom Summit sponsored by Citizens United and Congressman Steve King in Des Moines. Walker's speech -- one of more...
  • Fires out where ethanol tanker cars derailed in Iowa

    02/06/2015 4:43:38 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 5, 2015 | Associated Press
    Fires at the site of an eastern Iowa freight train derailment are out but ethanol is leaking into the Mississippi River and the task turned to monitoring for environmental impact and offloading the fuel from derailed trains to empty cars. The cars went off the tracks at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in a remote area about 10 miles north of Dubuque. Local authorities say three cars caught fire.....
  • Senator Ted Cruz to attend Iowa Agriculture Summit

    02/05/2015 5:04:42 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Ted Cruz ^ | 2/5/2015
    West Des Moines, IA – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has confirmed he will participate in the first-ever Iowa Agriculture Summit on March 7, pushing the number of confirmed prospective presidential candidates in attendance to eight. Former Govs. Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, New York businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were the first prospective candidates to confirm their participation in the bipartisan event that will be held at the Elwell Family Food Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines. “I am very pleased that...
  • Bill would set up run-off elections after inconclusive party primary result

    02/05/2015 3:06:22 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | O. Kay Henderson
    A bill that would set up run-off elections in Iowa when none of the candidates in a party’s primary election get 35 percent of the vote has cleared its first hurdle at the statehouse. Under current Iowa law, a political party holds a special nominating convention if none of its candidates reaches that 35 percent threashold in a primary election. Senator Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, says letting “party insiders” make the pick leads to questions about the “legitimacy” of the chosen candidate. “I believe this bill is necessary because I would like Iowa’s election processes from beginning...
  • So what is Scott Walker’s immigration position? Attempting to answer the million dollar question

    02/05/2015 10:53:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 1, 2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Many moons ago, all the way back in 2013, The Wasau Daily Herald published an article. That article contained an interview with the Wisconsin Governor. Among the many topics discussed was federal immigration reform. “People want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don’t care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else, I want them here.” Walker told the Wasau Daily Herald editors. At a time when the loudest voices on the right were screaming for border security while ignoring the major issues with our current immigration infrastructure,...
  • Jeb Bush: Denying Dreamers Accelerated Citizenship Is ‘Ridiculous’

    02/05/2015 8:00:51 AM PST · by iowamark · 39 replies
    Yahoo Finance, Fiscal Times ^ | 2/4/2015 | Rob Garver
    With the Senate tied in knots over a House-passed bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security while simultaneously blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, a nearly two-year-old video was released that shows leading GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush explicitly contradicting a key Republican position on providing illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. First reported by CNN, the video shows Bush at an appearance at an event sponsored by the Hispanic Leadership Network in April 2013. Bush was asked about his position on a Senate immigration reform bill and, specifically, on offering citizenship to people brought to the...
  • Limbaugh, Levin differ over Scott Walker candidacy

    02/04/2015 10:08:25 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 157 replies
    Is a conservative schism forming over support for Scott Walker’s probable presidential candidacy? Thanks to outspoken recent support from Rush Limbaugh, the Wisconsin governor has seen his potential nomination prospects soar as conservatives look for a strong alternative to the more moderate Jeb Bush. That led to Beltway chatter about Walker’s new ascendancy and a Drudge Report poll showing him trouncing all others. Forty-four percent of Drudge readers who participated backed him, followed by 13% for Senator Ted Cruz, 12% for Senator Rand Paul and just four percent for Bush. Nearly 450,000 voted. Politico has continued to track Rush’s sustained...
  • Chuck Grassley: House Bill Defunding Obama Amnesty ‘Check on Exec Branch’

    02/04/2015 6:15:35 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/3/15 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said that the House bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security while defunding President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty is “a check on the executive branch” and an example of Republicans keeping their promise to voters in the midterm elections. Before the Senate takes up the House bill on Tuesday, Grassley, the Judiciary Committee Chairman, said on the Senate floor that the House’s Homeland Security funding bill is a “demonstration on the part of people who were victorious in the last election to deliver on the promises of that election.” Democrats have vowed...
  • The vanilla power of Republican Scott Walker

    02/03/2015 11:52:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 164 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in America, not because it is the best (that would be coffee) but because it is the least objectionable. Put another way, vanilla is the most acceptable to the most people; it's not many people's favorite, but nobody hates it.. And that's why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the vanilla candidate. A new Des Moines Register poll has Walker in first place — narrowly — among likely Republican caucus-goers. With Mitt Romney included in the poll, he was the respondents' first choice with 15 percentage points. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was second...
  • Dubuque school qualifies for free breakfasts, lunches

    02/01/2015 7:32:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | January 31, 2015 | BY STACEY BECKER
    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Ashley Rokusek ate mini blueberry muffins at her classroom desk on Friday. "It's kind of cool to eat in the classroom," said Rokusek, a fifth-grader at Holy Ghost Elementary School. This school year, all 83 Holy Ghost students have qualified for free breakfast, served in classrooms, and lunch during school. Holy Ghost qualified for a federal community eligibility provision based on the percentage of students who receive free-and-reduced lunches through the National School Lunch Program. Approximately 57 percent of the students received free-and-reduced lunches the prior year. "The goal of the program is to reduce food insecurities,"...
  • Joaquin Castro lands funds, rhetorical punches in L.A.

    01/31/2015 10:20:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 31, 2015 | Brian Chasnoff
    LOS ANGELES — Backstage on Friday night at CBS Studio Center, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro was about 30 minutes from appearing live on the edgy HBO comedy show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He was cramming for his spot on the show’s panel, reviewing topics with Scott Carter, the show’s executive producer. Castro should expect to talk about the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney, Saudi Arabia. Carter peppered the congressman with questions. Castro, 40, offered one-sentence answers. “Do not feel like you have to be concise for us,” Carter said. “If anything, be expansive.” Another topic Maher might cover: The Iowa...
  • Scott Walker Takes Next Step: How Might He Govern as President?

    01/31/2015 10:20:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/31/2015 | Avner Zarmi
    On January 27, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the formation of a 527 committee called Our American Revival, unveiled a new website, and issued a statement which included the following: To move this country forward we need new, fresh leadership from outside of Washington. We need leaders who are bold. That’s how we build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We’ve done it in Wisconsin and it can be done across this country with the right leadership. Walker’s statement refers to his actions in balancing Wisconsin’s state budget, closing an unconstitutional deficit hole of $3.6B while actually...
  • The Power and Reach of the EIB Network Shines Spotlight on Scott Walker

    01/29/2015 1:32:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, as you know, ladies and gentlemen, Scott Walker has been championed on this program for, well, years, actually. But in terms of his success, the things that he has encountered, the adversity that he's overcome in being elected governor of Wisconsin and then having to win three more times a couple of recall elections, which were nothing more than disguised efforts by the Democrat Party and their allies to destroy him, and then another standard reelection effort, the guy has overcome every effort the Democrat Party knows to destroy him. His family has stood tall. Scott Walker and...
  • Is Scott Walker the Republican’s Jimmy Carter?

    01/29/2015 5:09:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 29, 2015 | Lincoln Mitchell
    The 2016 Republican nominating season is beginning to move to the next level as events like last weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit give candidates more opportunities to interact with primary voters in early states. Although Jeb Bush’s announcement late last year that he will explore a candidacy has shaken up the race, the Republicans can hardly be described as closing ranks around the former Florida governor. It remains likely that the Republican primary field will be large, and by most measures, strong, leading to a genuinely competitive primary. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is the kind of candidate who can easily...
  • What is Scott Walker views on immigration?

    01/29/2015 12:19:22 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 48 replies
    Scott Walker Blog
    I can't seem to find any concrete answer to that question. Looks like a lot of muddling it up to confuse people in my opinion but I could be wrong. I'm not trying to knock the man because I'm more neutral on him right now until I hear more and the issue of immigration but Amnesty, illegals and botder security is a very important issue if not the defining issue for a lot of folks in this country.
  • Is Scott Walker a True Contender?

    01/29/2015 9:45:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/29/2015 | PERRY BACON JR.
    A Republican governor twice elected in a traditionally Democratic, Midwestern state. A record of achieving conservative goals and battling with his state's liberals. Openly devout and socially conservative enough for the evangelicals in the GOP, but not so religious to make non-churchgoing Republicans uncomfortable. A regular guy persona, in part because he didn't grow up rich like Mitt Romney or one of the Bushes Those are the characteristics that have some Republicans excited about the potential candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who Tuesday formed a political committee called "Our American Revival" in the latest step towards his likely presidential...
  • Buzz builds around Walker

    01/29/2015 7:33:52 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/29/2015 | Cameron Joseph
    The Beltway is abuzz over Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor is the talk of Washington Republicans following his much-heralded speech in Iowa last weekend during the state’s first 2016 candidate cattle call. Walker’s strong showing in the Hawkeye State is reverberating back in D.C., where donors, kingmakers and lawmakers in both houses of Congress are talking about him as a top-tier candidate in the crowded GOP field. “He should feel pretty good about this past weekend,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who organized the Iowa Freedom Summit. “So far, this week has been pretty good for Scott Walker.” The governor...
  • Divide and Conquer Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive message for winning the White House.

    01/29/2015 2:55:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walker’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the persona that brought him to the stage—the stern but affable accountant—and re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor. His message, in short, was that he was effective, unwavering, and uncompromising. There was no need for outreach or a “big tent.” With the right conservative message, Republicans could win elections—and win...
  • Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid

    01/27/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/27/2015 | By Dan Balz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead. Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit,...