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  • Poll: Joni Ernst Takes Lead in Iowa GOP Senate Primary [Castration!]

    04/15/2014 8:30:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/9/14 | John McCormack
    A new Suffolk University poll of the Iowa GOP Senate primary shows state senator Joni Ernst narrowly leading wealthy business executive Mark Jacobs: In the smaller subset of June Republican Primary voters, State Sen. Joni Ernst, who has been tagged the “castration candidate” due to her TV ad that includes a matter-of-fact reference to growing up on an Iowa hog farm, is leading businessman Mark Jacobs 25 percent to 23 percent.
  • Linn Auditor catches likely violation

    04/15/2014 4:39:36 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 15 2014 | Rick Smith
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s heavily used absentee voting system is open to irregularities and sloppy shortcuts that actually are violations of law, said Joel Miller, Linn County auditor and commissioner of elections. As a case in point, Miller has identified an example in recent days in which it appears a door-to-door campaign worker in the 1st Congressional District race accepted paperwork from a resident who signed an official absentee ballot request form for herself and for someone else living at the address. An individual voter can sign only one request form and cannot sign a form for a spouse or...
  • Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary Race Tight, Inaugural Loras College Poll Shows

    04/15/2014 2:05:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Loras College ^ | 4/14/2014
    The Loras College Poll released its inaugural results Monday showing a U.S. Senate GOP primary that is deadlocked at the top, with nearly half of likely voters undecided with less than two months to go.   “The Iowa GOP Senate Primary race looks to be in for an exciting finish with Mark Jacobs and Joni Ernst competing aggressively for the heart of the Republican Party,” said Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D., associate professor of politics and director of the Loras College Poll. “With nearly half of the voters surveyed saying they were undecided, there is still a lot of work to be...
  • Iowa Senate Candidate's Ad: Holding his Glock...

    04/13/2014 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 9 replies
    A short, gotta-see Ad.
  • Iraq War Veteran Emerges as Republican Frontrunner in Iowa Senate Race

    04/12/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Iraq War veteran Joni Ernst emerged as the Republican frontrunner this week in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa). Ernst, who served as a company commander in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and is a mother of three, gained a slight advantage over the other four candidates for the GOP Senate nomination in a Suffolk University poll. Ernst has 25 percent support among likely primary goers, followed closely by wealthy businessman Mark Jacobs with 23 percent. The other three candidates received less than 10 percent, while 40 percent are still undecided for the June 3 primary....
  • Iowa senate candidate vows to shoot off sister's killer's testicles in campaign ad

    04/12/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 12, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    A long-shot candidate for the Iowa senate has released a commercial in which he promotes term limits for senators and also threatens to shoot the balls off a "sexual predator" who killed his sister. Bob Quast, unsurprisingly, is a supporter of gun rights. "If you are the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister Lynette and you come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I'm going to use my Glock - to blow your balls off," he says, smiling. Quast's sister, Lynnette Craft, was killed in June 1999, by her husband, the ABC affiliate reported....
  • Representative Paul Ryan at Iowa Republican Dinner

    04/12/2014 5:19:49 AM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/12/2014 | Jake Sherman
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Rep. Paul Ryan is having his “I-told-you-so” moment. During a speech here to the Iowa Republican Party, on his second trip back to the Hawkeye State since losing in 2012, Ryan said that one reason he and Republican nominee Mitt Romney couldn’t top President Barack Obama was they had to “shadow box against big government in theory.” Now, Ryan said, Americans have “big government in practice, and the theory is a whole lot different than what it looks like in practice.” “We kept trying to say this is what Obamacare is going to do, this is...
  • In Iowa, Mike Huckabee Drops Serious Hints to Supporters About 2016

    04/09/2014 4:13:38 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 55 replies ^ | 4 9 14 | Michael Falcone
    A source close to Huckabee confirmed to ABC News that while in Iowa, Huckabee met behind closed doors with Gov. Terry Branstad, a fellow Republican, and other state GOP leaders and officials. In addition, he also huddled with several members of his 2008 campaign team based in the state. His message to those he encountered Tuesday, according to the source familiar with the discussions, was clear: Keep your powder dry.
  • Ernst Narrowly Leads GOP Field in Iowa Senate Race

    04/09/2014 2:34:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 9, 2014 | Adam O'Neal
    State Sen. Joni Ernst has worked her way to the front of a crowded Republican field in the U.S. Senate race in Iowa, according to a new Suffolk University poll. However, the contest remains wide open with 40 percent of survey respondents still undecided. Twenty-five percent of Republican primary voters said they support Ernst. Businessman Mark Jacobs came in second with 23 percent, while college professor Sam Clovis took 7 percent of the support. Scott Schaben and Matt Whitaker each garnered less than 5 percent. Ernst also came in first place among “second choice” candidates, with Whitaker and Jacobs narrowly...
  • Muslim Recognition Day held at state capitol (des moines, iowa)

    04/08/2014 6:22:52 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the annual Muslim Recognition Day proclamation at the Iowa Statehouse today at 11:30 AM. Representatives of several Muslim communities from around Iowa gathered under the rotunda to educate and share information about Islam and its presence in Iowa. Muslims served food and mingled in the statehouse beginning at noon.
  • Steve King: The result of immigration reform will be more dead Americans

    04/08/2014 3:05:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Roll Call
    Rep. Steve King has been known to make, from time to time, some controversial remarks about immigration — and his floor speech on Friday was no exception. Speaking to a nearly empty chamber, the Iowa Republican said the result of an immigration overhaul would be more dead Americans.
  • When do Iowa Democrats talk like Steve King?

    04/06/2014 11:01:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies | desmoinesdem
    Yesterday the Iowa House approved House Resolution 123, which requests "that all necessary and immediate action be taken by the State of California, the United States Congress, the United State Attorney General, state legislatures, state governors, and state attorneys general to effectuate the repeal of California legislation enacted as AB 1437 that unconstitutionally infringes upon the Commerce Clause of the Constitution of the United States to the detriment of this nation's consumers and farmers." U.S. Representative Steve King has been on the warpath against the supposedly "unconstitutional" California law for some time.
  • Huckabee Leads Early Iowa Poll

    04/04/2014 10:26:48 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3 | AARON BLAKE
    Mike Huckabee, whose win in the Iowa caucuses in 2008 put him on the national political map, holds an early lead there if he were to run again in 2016, according to a new poll. The WPA Research poll shows the former Arkansas governor on top of a field of potential candidates at 14 percent. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is in second place at 10 percent, while the rest are in single digits.
  • Bruce Braley’s bad week (Iowa)

    04/03/2014 1:19:46 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    After more than a year of running a textbook campaign for U.S. Senate with an emphasis on fundraising and a gradual introduction to voters, Braley was suddenly hamstrung by comments seen as insulting to farmers and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). The result of Braley's gaffe is a sped-up campaign in which he has been thrust into the spotlight sooner than his team expected. "I think it will accelerate the competitiveness" of the race, acknowledged Braley campaign adviser Jeff Link. For months, the combination of a weak Republican field without a standard bearer and Braley's steady hand made a GOP...
  • Ted Cruz: Republicans will stand with farmers over trial lawyers any day

    04/03/2014 12:11:34 PM PDT · by iowamark · 27 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 4/3/2014 | Ted Cruz
    Last week, Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley questioned whether a “farmer who never went to law school” had the chops to take on a leadership role in Washington D.C.Well, let me tell you something. Washington would be a lot better off if we had more farmers in Congress and a lot fewer trial lawyers.I’m a constitutional lawyer who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in my opinion Chuck Grassley – that Iowa farmer whom Braley was denigrating – would make an outstanding chairman of that committee.Sen. Grassley is a champion for the American people, and his work holding the...
  • Grassley repeats 'death panel' claim (MSNBC in meltdown)

    08/12/2009 4:01:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 31 replies · 1,435+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/12/09 | Mike Murray
    The final nail in the coffin for a bipartisan Senate Finance Committee bill? According to the Huffington Post, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) -- the ranking member on the panel who's working with Committee chairman Max Baucus (D) -- appeared to endorse the untrue "death panel" argument on health care. "There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life. And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn't have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling 20 years before you're going to die. You ought to plan these things...
  • APNewsBreak: Iowa expands its ‘do not rehire’ list

    03/31/2014 2:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Times / The Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2014 | Ryan J. Foley
    IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa continues to maintain an internal “do not rehire” list of fired employees who are barred from returning to state employment, even though judges have raised questions about its legality, according to a review by The Associated Press. Since 2009, judges have said three times that the Iowa Department of Administrative Services doesn’t have “the statutory or regulatory authority” to issue lifetime employment bans against fired workers, but the list has steadily grown, records show....
  • Flu-like hog virus sweeping Indiana, U.S.

    03/28/2014 1:26:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | March 24, 2014, 8:23 AM | Staff
    LOGANSPORT, Ind. - A fast-moving virus that has infected hogs across half of the nation since it was first detected in the U.S. less than a year ago has become rampant in Indiana, agriculture officials say. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, has infected farms in 43 of Indiana's 92 counties, according to March 14 data from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Twenty-six other states have reported cases of the virus as of March 12, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network indicates. While the flu-like sickness doesn't affect people and is not a food safety concern, it can...
  • Did Joni Ernst Just Turn Herself into Christine O'Donnell?

    03/27/2014 7:16:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 26, 2014 | Craig Robinson
    ...The risk of the Ernst ad is that it may cause people not to take her seriously. While Iowa is one of the top agricultural states in America, 64 percent of residents live in urban communities. The question that deserves to be asked is, how does this ad play with urban women? From the ones I talked to on Tuesday, it didn't set very well. "It reminds me a little of the 'I'm not a witch,' ad," one woman told "I think you could tell that story in a speech, but I would never use the word castrate in...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • This GOP Candidate's Ad About Castrating Hogs May Have the Best Opening Line in Campaign History

    03/27/2014 11:03:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Emily Hulsey
    Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst won't mess around when it comes to cutting wasteful pork spending in Washington - and she has the experience to prove it.
  • Iowa Senate: Braley (D) 41%, Jacobs (R) 38%

    03/27/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT · by iowamark · 30 replies
    Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley holds a slight lead over his three top Republican challengers in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Iowa. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Braley with a 41% to 38% lead over businessman Mark Jacobs. He leads State Senator Joni Ernst 40% to 37% and runs four points ahead – 40% to 36% – of former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker. Braley posts a 13-point lead – 44% to 31% – over another GOP contender, conservative talk show host Sam Clovis. The survey of 750 Likely Voters in...
  • Can This Man Feed the World? Billionaire Harry Stine's Quest to Reinvent Agriculture -- Again

    03/26/2014 7:16:21 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/26/2014 | Alex Morrell
    This story appears in the April 14, 2014 issue of Forbes. On one of the windiest days in recent memory Harry Stine, the richest man in Iowa, cranes his neck to examine the elevator shaft inside the 110-foot steel observation tower next to his garage. “The cables look awfully frayed. Who knows if it will last one more time?” he chuckles. Nonetheless, we hop into the elevator cab, he flips the switch to get it moving, and up we go as the wind rips into us at 40mph. Stine, the 72-year-old founder and owner of Stine Seed, the largest private...
  • No Towel Service? Dem. Bruce Braley Complains About Doing Own Laundry (Iowa)

    03/26/2014 2:58:08 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 11, 2013 | Ken Mandel
    U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley is likely sweating it after a remark about the lack of towel service at an exclusive gym that has remained open to lawmakers during the government shutdown. The Iowa congressman defended the backlash for the gym's continued operation, while thousands of government employees are furloughed, including workers at the fitness center. He said on the "Bill Press Show:" "There's hardly anybody working down there. There's no towel service. So we're doing our own laundry down there. And we pay a fee to belong to the House gym. So this is no different than if you're working...
  • Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree (Iowa alert)

    03/26/2014 2:50:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2014 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate (Iowa - Harkin's open seat)

    03/26/2014 11:11:47 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 41 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 03/26/14 | Kevin Hall
    One day after her “Squeal” TV brought her national attention, Joni Ernst picks up the endorsement of Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, 2008 vice-presidential nominee and conservative firebrand calls Ernst a “champion for life, small government, and lower taxes.” Here is what Palin had to say when announcing her support for Joni Ernst in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race: “If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork. Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her “pork cutting” skills to the Iowa...
  • The 'political gaffe of the year' might just hand GOP the Iowa Senate seat

    03/26/2014 10:22:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 73 replies ^ | 3/26/14 | Rick Moran
    The only Democrat running in the primary for the open Senate seat in Iowa made a spectacular gaffe before a roomfull of trial lawyers in Texas. Standing next to a table full of booze, Rep. Bruce Braley insulted farmers, praised lawyers, and belittled the second most popular political figure in Iowa. Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition...
  • Green Revolution leader Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

    03/26/2014 12:07:46 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding. Borlaug, who died in 2009, won the 1970 Nobel Prize for his work and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His likeness will join...
  • Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree

    03/25/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2014 | By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years...
  • Senate Candidate: I'll Use My Hog Castrating Experience To Help End Pork Barrel Spending

    03/25/2014 2:00:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/25/2014 | Jonathan Strong
    Joni Ernst, a Republican candidate in the GOP Senate primary in Iowa, is touting her experience “castrating hogs on an Iowa farm” to underscore how emphatic she will be about ending pork barrel spending in the U.S. Senate. “I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork,” Ernst says in the ad, followed by the sound of a pig squealing. The ad, which was provided exclusively to Breitbart News, will appear in television spots in Iowa. Ernst ends the ad saying, “Washington's full of big...
  • Judicial Watch plans to sue states with dirty voter rolls; Obama’s DOJ plays dead

    03/25/2014 10:23:21 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 17 replies
    BizPack Review ^ | 03/25/2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Judicial Watch put two states and the nation’s capital on notice that it will file a federal lawsuit if they don’t clean up their voter registration rolls within 90 days. Iowa, Colorado and the District of Columbia have one thing in common — they have more registered voters than people eligible to vote. Judicial Watch officials said they sent letters to the secretaries of state in Iowa and Colorado and the Board of Elections supervisors in the District of Columbia, saying: "We write to bring your attention to violations of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (“NVRA”) …...
  • Cruz appeals to several factions within GOP

    03/24/2014 8:50:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 22 March 2014 11:02 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN
    MASON CITY, Iowa — By now, Sen. Ted Cruz’s tea party credentials are unassailable. But as he mulls a presidential run, he’s reaching out to other key parts of the Republican base, including Christian conservatives who dominate the Iowa GOP caucuses every four years.With enduring friction between grass-roots activists and the “establishment” that Cruz so often denounces, a candidate who can appeal across several factions would have an edge. That was a subtext for his latest visit, with a side trip last week to a corner of Iowa where no Texas politician pops up by accident.After an introduction that mentioned...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz says job of chaplains to be insensentive to atheists

    03/24/2014 8:07:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies ^ | Jerome McCollom
    Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) stated during an Iowa homeschooling convention, "I kind of thought it was the job of chaplains to be insensitive to atheists." He stated this in reference to a chaplain who posted on a military blog post, "there are no atheists in foxholes."There are of course many atheists in foxholes. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is a group of atheist and agnostic service members who have fought for our nation. The chaplain was required to remove this post, rightly, because it disparaged a group of service members.Now, getting back to Sen. Cruz's statement,...
  • In Iowa, Ted Cruz Embraces His Religious Side

    03/21/2014 8:17:02 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 18, 2014 | WILL WEISSERT
    Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father and displayed his religious side Tuesday, telling an influential group of Iowa home school advocates that America was founded on Christian values Washington can't deny. The tea party darling's declaration of his beliefs came during his fourth trip to Iowa in barely eight months — and though he has refused to comment on a possible 2016 White House run, Cruz logging so much face time in the state that kicks off presidential voting hasn't gone unnoticed. "There is no liberty more important than religious liberty,"...
  • The San Francisco Democrats Finally Rule the Roost

    03/20/2014 2:03:25 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 2 replies
    RedState ^ | 3-19-2014 | Erick Erickson
    (Original title: John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Ukraine Foreign Policy) In 1984, Jeane Kirkpatrick, a lifelong Democrat who Ronald Reagan appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Dallas. The Republicans and this Democrat roundly mocked the unseriousness of the Democrats who wanted to replace Ronald Reagan. Calling them “San Francisco Democrats” — the Democrats had held their convention in San Francisco — Kirkpatrick delivered many broadsides that ring true today. As she said of these San Francisco Democrats, “they always blame America first.” The San Francisco Democrats in 1984 included the...
  • Cruz: ‘We Have Never Seen An Administration With Such Hostility Toward Religious Faith’

    03/19/2014 7:27:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    CBS - DC ^ | March 19, 2014 8:11 AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father and displayed his religious side Tuesday, telling an influential group of Iowa home school advocates that America was founded on Christian values Washington can’t deny. The Tea Party darling’s declaration of his beliefs came during his fourth trip to Iowa in barely eight months — and though he has refused to comment on a possible 2016 White House run, Cruz logging so much face time in the state that kicks off presidential voting hasn’t gone unnoticed. “There is no liberty...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Returning to Iowa

    03/18/2014 7:07:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies ^ | Mar 18, 2014 at 6:11 AM CDT
    <p>DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Tea party darling U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is logging some serious face-time in Iowa. And he's doing it before most other potential 2016 White House hopefuls.</p> <p>Texas' freshman senator will be in Iowa on Tuesday, marking his fourth trip in eight months to the state that kicks off presidential voting. That's more Iowa trips than any other possible presidential contender except for fellow tea party-backed U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.</p>
  • Why millennials have abandoned Obama

    03/17/2014 9:26:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 81 replies
    Wa Po ^ | March 14 , 2014 | Dana Milbank
    The day before the Iowa caucuses in 2008, I wrote about the massive crowds of young people at Barack Obama rallies, noting that his candidacy would collapse “if they don’t show up.” The next night, after Obama’s victory celebration in Des Moines, Obama strategist Steve Hildebrand spotted me in a crowd. “The kids showed up!” he said fiercely. They did. But where are they now? An army of 15 million voters under 30 swept Obama past Hillary Clinton and John McCain and to the presidency in 2008. More than 12 million helped him return in 2012. But now his presidency...
  • Affordable Care Act seeks elusive target: The uninsured

    03/15/2014 2:45:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    The Quad-City Times ^ | 3/15/2014 | Ed Tibbetts
    Kelli Hoag is exactly the kind of person the Obama administration wanted to attract to the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace.The 42-year-old Bettendorf woman didn’t have insurance. She didn’t use the doctor much. She wanted to get insured — and she was plugged in to what the law offered.But last October, when she checked into, she hit the roadblock the rest of the country did. The website didn’t work.Still, she persisted, and eventually, she spent a couple hours on the phone and got a decent plan. It costs her about $185 per month with dental coverage, and it meets her...
  • Riot of Indian meditators causes concerns for Fairfield area residents

    03/14/2014 9:08:22 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 3/12/2014 | Erin Jordan
    A riot Tuesday morning near Fairfield has raised concerns about a program that has brought thousands of Indian men to Iowa for meditation. More than 300 men, mostly from India, live in a fenced-off campus adjacent to Vedic City, north of Fairfield. The pandits, pronounced “pundits”, are religious men trained in meditating for peace. But when program leaders removed one of their members early Tuesday for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, more than 60 men swarmed a law enforcement truck, threw rocks at the sheriff and started a march down a public street. “I’ve never seen them this incensed before,” said Jefferson...
  • Iowa GOP chairman stepping down

    03/10/2014 11:44:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | March 9 2014 | Rod Boshart
    Ames real estate broker A.J. Spiker has informed leaders of the Republican Party of Iowa that he is stepping down as the party’s chairman. Spiker announced that he was stepping down in a letter sent to members of the party's State Central Committee. He said his resignation would be effective upon the election of a new state chairman. In the letter mailed Friday, Spiker announced that the election of a new chairman would take place during the State Central Committee's quarterly business meeting March 29. Spiker served as a member of the GOP State Central Committee from April 2010 until...
  • Smithsonian Names David Skorton as Its New Director

    03/10/2014 11:19:00 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2014 | PATRICIA COHEN
    The Smithsonian Institution announced on Monday that it has chosen an energetic fund-raiser and a forceful advocate of the arts and humanities as its new director: David J. Skorton, the president of Cornell University. Dr. Skorton, who is also a practicing cardiologist, was selected as secretary out of a starting field of 200 candidates by a unanimous vote of the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents... Calling the job a “once-in-a-lifetime chance,” Dr. Skorton said he hoped to “shine a light more clearly on people behind the scenes” at the Smithsonian. He deferred laying out any other agenda or priorities, saying his...
  • Neighbor arrested in the homicide of Wolfe sisters in East Liberty (Pittsburgh, PA)

    03/07/2014 6:58:32 PM PST · by heartwood · 29 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 3/5/2014 | Liz Navratil and Jonathan D. Silver
    A neighbor of two East Liberty sisters found slain inside their home early last month has been arrested and charged with killing them. Allen Wade, 43, a convicted felon, faces charges of homicide, burglary, robbery, theft, access device fraud and carrying a gun without a license. - The foyer was in disarray, police said, and the walls, floor and basement doorway were spattered with blood. In the basement, police found Susan Wolfe naked, and bleach and laundry detergent had been poured on her. Sarah was found clothed with a blanket over her head and liquid detergent had been poured on...
  • Judge rules against Iowa elections chief in battle over voter rolls

    03/06/2014 5:18:18 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | March 5, 2014 | O. Kay Henderson
    A district court judge has struck down a rule Iowa’s Republican secretary of state had drafted in hopes of removing ineligible voters — non-citizens — from the state’s voter registration rolls. Matt Schultz, as secretary of state, is also the state’s commissioner of elections. The judge ruled Schultz did not have the authority to do what he wanted to do. The judge cited Iowa law which lists six circumstances in which the secretary of state may remove names from the list of eligible Iowa voters and none of those six deal with citizenship. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa...
  • Mitt Romney backs Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate race

    03/05/2014 8:01:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Mitt Romney waded into the crowded Iowa Senate race Wednesday, throwing his support behind state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in the contested GOP primary. "As a mother, soldier and proven conservative, Joni has the kind of experience, skillset and discipline it will take to not only win this important seat, but to also take Iowa values to help turn around the mess in Washington," Romney wrote in a fundraising e-mail sent Wednesday morning... This is not Romney's first endorsement of the 2014 cycle. He is also backing Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who faces tea party challenger Bryan Smith (R).
  • Man’s good deed lands his home on a list of meth labs

    03/02/2014 9:01:09 AM PST · by kiryandil · 35 replies
    Iowa Watchdog ^ | February 28, 2014 | Paul Brennan
    DES MOINES, Iowa — On Jan. 5, 2012, Paul Valin called the police to report he’d found a backpack containing what he believed to be meth-making equipment. That simple act of good citizenship landed his and wife Cindy’s house on the National Clandestine Laboratory Register, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of meth labs. The NCLR “contains addresses of some locations where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites.” The fact that Valin found the backpack more than 15 miles from his house isn’t the sort...
  • Steve King: GOP Leaders May Push Amnesty During Lame-Duck Session

    03/02/2014 6:29:11 AM PST · by Cheerio · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    On the inaugural edition of the weekly Breitbart News Saturday show on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 from 10 AM to 1 PM EST, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said he decided not to run for the U.S. Senate largely because he wanted to fight against amnesty legislation. He warned amnesty opponents that advocates may try to sneak through legislation in the lame-duck session of Congress later this year. "I wouldn't draw a deep breath at any time," King told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. " We have to be ever vigilant." Bannon will host the weekly show with...
  • Western Iowan Hoefling hopes to challenge Branstad in primary

    03/01/2014 4:27:52 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 9 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 2-28-2014 | Christinia Crippes
    WATERLOO | Republican Tom Hoefling believes his party's voters deserve a chance to weigh in on Gov. Terry Branstad before the general election. When nobody else stepped up to the challenge, Hoefling saw an opportunity to be that choice and voice for issues that he says otherwise would not get attention during the race to Nov. 4.
  • U. of Iowa president Sally Mason apologizes for remarks [Term "human nature" is "hurtful"]

    02/27/2014 5:39:41 AM PST · by don-o · 21 replies
    AP via KWWL ^ | February 26, 2014
    IOWA CITY (AP) - The University of Iowa president has apologized for a remark she made to the student newspaper about sex assaults on campus.
  • Iowa Refers 80 Cases of Voter Fraud to Prosecutors

    02/27/2014 1:44:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/26/2014 | John Fund
    Vice President Biden claimed voter ID laws were evidence of “hatred” and “zealotry” during a Black History Month event yesterday in Washington. Ignoring the fact that voter ID laws were declared constitutional in a 2006 Supreme Court decision written by John Paul Stevens, the Court’s then most liberal justice, Biden is continuing the fact-free assault on anti-voter fraud measures. When such laws aren’t “hateful” they are “unnecessary.” The Brennan Center for Justice says “voter fraud is essentially irrational” so it almost never happens. Voter fraud is so rare “you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than find a case...