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  • Republicans are quietly strategizing to delete gay marriage from the party's 2016 platform.

    03/30/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2015 | Alex Roarty
    Late last summer, with midterms consuming the attention of the political class, a group of GOP activists spent two days in Des Moines trying to convince their fellow Republicans that change was coming to their party. With eyes on 2016, they attended the Iowa State Fair, talked with newspaper editorial boards, and even ventured onto conservative talk radio. To cap it off, on the last evening, supporters gathered at 801 Chophouse, the upscale watering hole of the city's political elite, as if to announce their movement had gone mainstream. That it couldn't be dismissed as fringe any longer. Their issue,...
  • Tourist apologizes for snapping selfie near East Village blast site

    03/30/2015 2:44:12 AM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bruce Golding
    A selfie-obsessed tourist apologized Sunday for posting an online pic of herself grinning at the site of the deadly East Village inferno. After The Post exposed her with a front-page story headlined “Village Idiots,” Christina Freundlich said she was “deeply sorry for my careless and distasteful post.” “It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York,” she said in an e-mail to The Des Moines Register. “What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action.” Freundlich, who worked on both of...
  • Commentary: ‘Irksome’ Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy

    03/29/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
    The Texas Republican's devotion to principle – or an unyielding insistence on getting his way – could propel him to the front ranks of Republican contenders for president or render him unelectable.Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agri-business leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them. “I know you’d like me to say I’m for the renewable fuel standard” – that’s the subsidy of their product – “that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’m going to tell you...
  • Chuck Schumer: Tea Party Members 'Hate Immigrants'( while praising NY GOP)

    03/27/2015 4:01:27 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 25 Mar 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Sen. Chuck Schumer says tea party members "hate immigrants," and blames congressional Republicans' fear of their hard-right members for preventing passage of a Senate immigration bill last year. (SNIP) "Why doesn't he? Because the tea party, these 80 to 100 folks from the hard right, none from New York, say they hate immigration, they hate immigrants.
  • Steve King to Steve Israel: Face Me 'Man to Man' on Mideast

    03/25/2015 4:20:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Bill Hoffmann
    Rep. Steve King says Rep. Steve Israel twisted his comments about Democratic support for Israel, and tells Newsmax TV that the New York Democrat should face him "man to man." "Sure he is [distorting]," King, an Iowa Republican, said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. ow "He demanded an apology in a tweet, and he also demanded that the Republican Party repudiate me. "I just tweeted back and said that's the kind of request that he should make eye-to-eye and man-to-man."
  • Political Discrimination against Conservatives at Iowa Law School

    03/24/2015 11:54:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 23, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Think politics does not play a part in hiring decisions at universities? Think again. Teresa Wagner, a conservative lawyer, has been in the center of a years-long legal battle with the University of Iowa’s Law School over their decision not to hire her because of her conservative political views. Legal Insurrection, a legal blog, explains her case here. She recently spoke at the conservative family think tank Family Research Council, where she once worked before moving to Iowa. wagner v jones frc event Wagner said that the Iowa law school has “50 tenure track faculty members and there [was] only...
  • Ted Cruz Recruits Some Rand Paul Supporters in Iowa

    03/24/2015 11:04:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/24/2015 | Trip Gabriel
    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, whose path to the Republican nomination requires a breakout performance in Iowa, has quickly recruited more than a dozen party leaders for his statewide campaign, who are to be announced in coming days, according to people told of the choices. Most significantly, Mr. Cruz has peeled away three leaders of the Libertarian faction in the state, known as the Liberty movement, who are the base of Senator Rand Paul’s support in Iowa. They included state Senator Jason Shultz, who endorsed Representative Ron Paul for president in 2012; and two former members of the state Republican...
  • Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Releases Autumn Steele Shooting Tape

    03/23/2015 4:59:09 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    KBUR radio ^ | 3/23/2015 | Rob Sussman
    The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation has released a 12 second video captured from Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill’s body mounted camera on January 6th–the day that Hill shot Autumn Steele when responding to a domestic dispute. In it, it shows the moment of the shooting. While Autumn Steele is grabbing and pulling at her husband Gabriel, Hill orders the couple to stop. “He’s got my kid!” Steele responds. Immediately afterwards, a dog can be heard. Hill orders the couple to “get their dog”. A shot is fired. The camera falls backwards as Hill slips on the snow. Another shot...
  • At Iowa U, a Degree of Bias

    03/23/2015 11:43:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 21, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    Teresa Wagner is a distinguished attorney, professor, and author. The mother of four, who in the 1990s served as a senior leader here at FRC, is also probably the first FRCer ever to obtain a favorable ruling in a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Sadly, her victory before the nation’s highest legal bench is not one she ever wanted to obtain. It only came about because in 2009, Teresa was denied a position at the University of Iowa’s law school because she’s a self-identified conservative who believes in protecting the unborn and sustaining one-man, one-woman marriage. Again, this...
  • Welcome to the Arena, Senator Cruz

    03/23/2015 3:48:51 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    RedState ^ | March 23rd, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)[95%] will today announce he is running for President. At our very first RedState Gathering, Ted Cruz showed up. He was the Solicitor General of Texas. I did not know him, but he’d gone to law school with a friend and several other friends highly recommended him. He stood on stage to speak along with another guy named Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)[82%]. Both of them dazzled the crowd in Atlanta. They both got repeated standing ovations. They both took questions from the crowd and never made a misstep. I hope they will both return to Atlanta this...
  • Conservatives seethe after attacks from allies of Boehner

    03/21/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/15 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    Conservatives are seething after an outside group aligned with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars targeting a trio of Republican lawmakers over threats to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. Tea Party Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) equated the attack ads to GOP “cannibalism,” while his conservative colleague Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) called them a “stupid” tactic that would backfire. American Action Network, a nonprofit whose board includes former Boehner chief of staff Barry Jackson, launched the $300,000 ad campaign earlier this month with TV spots depicting terrorists and accusing GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Tim...
  • Under fire, Walker aide Liz Mair resigns

    03/18/2015 4:28:45 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/2015 | Niall Stanage
    An online communications strategist working for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) campaign-in-waiting resigned late Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after controversy erupted over disparaging comments she had made disparaging comments about Iowa?
  • Scott Walker, the gutless wonder of the 2016 presidential race

    03/19/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Week ^ | March 19, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Sometimes the most inside-baseball political stories tell you something essential about a presidential candidate. That's what happened this week to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently wants to win the Iowa caucuses so badly that he's willing to torch his staff and his reputation to do it. The Walker campaign recently announced that it had hired Liz Mair, a highly regarded Republican consultant. Mair has also played pundit at times, and is generally more pro-gay rights and pro-immigration than the average Republican. But that's typical of Republican consultants in general. It is assumed that policy is set by the candidates...
  • Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status--and Her Emails

    03/19/2015 11:11:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Mar 15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton. "I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Department’s use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took...
  • Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) Admits Her Staff To Blame for Scuttling of Trafficking Bill

    03/19/2015 3:31:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/1/8/2015 | Jake
    Last Friday, I wrote about how the Democrats were putting abortion before helping victims of human trafficking. The Democrats incredible defense was that they had not read the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to find the language inserted by the GOP relating to abortion. Now, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a Democrat from Minnesota and the bill’s leading Democratic sponsor, admits that it was her staff, not the Republicans, who should be blamed for the scuttling of the bill. Per the Daily Caller; Klobuchar admitted Tuesday one of her staffers did see the language weeks ago. The staffer “had seen...
  • 150 Years Later, Democrats Are Still Fighting Efforts to End Slavery

    03/19/2015 3:20:29 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/18/2015 | Erick Erickson
    The Democratic Party is the Party of Slavery. They are the party that decided to secede from the Union. They are the party that started a Civil War over the right to treat people as property. They are the party that, once their side lost the war, set up structures to keep American citizens from exercising their civil rights. And now, 150 years after the Civil War, the Democratic Party is at it again. Republicans were leading a bipartisan effort to stop slavery around the world. Human trafficking is a terrible issue. It affects children in this country and women...
  • Wah: Obese RINO Erick Erickson whines bout Liz Mair firing

    03/18/2015 4:05:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    Militant feminazi Liz Mair was forced to resign from the Scott Walker campaign Tuesday after Mair’s radical pro-amnesty, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion views went viral… (SNIP) "She is very good at her job. She is also a friend of mine. I have known Liz for a number of years…I am very saddened to see an organized effort by conservatives to have Governor Walker fire Liz Mair…it is really appalling to see self-described Christians showing as little grace." (SNIP) Even after two autopsies, a toxicology report, surveillance footage, and additional witness testimony called into question his initial reading of events– Erickson refused...
  • Jeb Bush, Pearson, PARCC, and your kids’ privacy (Common Core)

    03/18/2015 8:33:28 AM PDT · by shortstop · 9 replies
    Michelle Malkin Web Site ^ | 03/17/15 | Michelle Malkin
    Last week, Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, pressing on with his sordid campaign to delude conservatives into swallowing Common Core and massive, unfettered immigration policies. He has fashioned himself a champion of the American worker, even as he pompously pushes Gang of Eight amnesty as the “adult” plan in the room. And he has fashioned himself a champion of “school choice,” even as he zealously crusades for failed Fed Ed rackets and data-mining schemes masquerading as “higher standards.” The condescending Bush attitude is familiar to grass-roots activists and parents in Florida and across the country who have fought Club...
  • Honeymoon Over: Scott Walker Under Fire for New Open Borders Amnesty Advocate Staffer Who Mocks Iowa

    03/16/2015 8:28:38 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 260 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/16/2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made another massive misstep on Monday, hiring Liz Mair of Mair Strategies to handle communications and social media for his campaign-in-waiting. Mair’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens, wide-open-borders immigration policies, and public advocacy for the Senate “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill is sure to dog Walker in Iowa, South Carolina, and other early presidential states. During the Senate Gang of Eight bill fight, Mair very publicly and very aggressively promoted the amnesty bill—pushing it to media and making the case for the need for it over and over again. She claims her advocacy was done...
  • EXCLUSIVE: UNION OFFICIAL SAYS ‘CORPORATE GREED’ BEHIND PUSH FOR H-1B VISAS

    03/16/2015 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State. Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program. “We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,”...
  • Texas frac sand execs who paid $52k in DNR fines in 2014, are backing Walker PAC

    03/16/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    WREX NBC Channel 13 ^ | March 16, 2015 | Greg Neumann, WKOW
    MADISON (WKOW) -- Two executives who run a Texas-based sand mining company - which paid $52,500 in fines to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2014 - are major backers of Gov. Scott Walker's political action committee Our American Revival (OAR), according to CNN. In an article detailing several big money donors published on Monday, CNN lists Bob Rasmus and James Whipkey - who run Hi-Crush Partners - as two of OAR's major supporters in Texas. In August of 2014, 27 News reported the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered Hi-Crush Partners to pay $52,500 in July for...
  • The Iowa Antidote [Slate throws Hillary an anchor]

    03/13/2015 11:52:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | March 12, 2015 | John Dickerson
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Bill Clinton had a strategy when he faced the kind of difficult moment his wife is enduring now. He would throw himself into campaigning or his work. Let the press and his partisan pursuers bleat, he was going to return to important issues. By engaging in a flurry of activity, he showed voters that no matter what the odds, he would work for them. “I’ll never forget who gave me a second chance,” he famously said during the 1992 New Hampshire primary, when he came back from what seemed like an impossible deficit, “and I’ll be there for...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker: Loretta Lynch ‘Not Fit To Serve’ As Attorney General

    03/13/2015 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | March 13, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, is unfit to be the nation’s top lawyer because of her support for executive amnesty and other positions she’s taken, the governor’s spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski tells Breitbart News.“Given Loretta Lynch’s failure to commit to protect Americans from the president’s lawless executive overreach, that even he said nearly two dozen times, she is not fit to serve as the nation’s Attorney General,” Kukowski said in an email.Walker is in New Hampshire,the first in the nation primary state,on Friday, meeting with—among other—former Sen. Scott Brown(R-MA)—who narrowly lost to Sen....
  • Scott Baio endorses Scott Walker

    03/12/2015 8:10:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/11/15 | Kendall Breitman
    Chachi loves Walker. Scott Baio — who played Chachi Arcola in “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” as well as the protagonist of “Charles in Charge” — tweeted his praise for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is mulling a presidential run in 2016. “Gov. Walker sounds a lot like President Reagan. #WalkerFor Pres,” the tweet read, with a picture of the actor posing alongside Walker. Walker tweeted back Wednesday, writing: “Thanks! We both love Reagan, I’m flattered,” along with the hashtag #ChachiandWalkerLoveReagan. This is not the first time that Baio, a registered Republican, has offered support to a...
  • Joni Ernst chooses location for first Roast and Ride

    03/12/2015 7:02:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 11, 2015
    Today, Jobs, Opportunity, and New Ideas PAC announced the location of the first annual Roast and Ride, hosted by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. The event, to be held June 6, 2015, will take place at the Central Iowa Expo grounds near Boone. The grounds are home to many summertime events, including the Farm Progress Show. “We are fortunate as Iowans to have many great places to hold events like the Roast and Ride. This year, the Central Iowa Expo is the perfect site for the inaugural event and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to bring Iowans together there this...
  • Major Omaha-area construction projects face a shortage of workers

    03/11/2015 4:28:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | March 9, 2015 | Janice Podsada
    Some are calling it one of the biggest construction projects in the country right now — the $400 million expansion of Google’s data center operations in Council Bluffs, a massive undertaking involving roughly 2,000 construction workers with no deadline announced. “We don’t how long it’s going to be going on, we just know that they’re continuing to build,” said Bob Mundt, president and chief executive of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2007, Google has invested more than $1.5 billion in its facilities in the Lake Manawa area and now at a 975-acre site opposite the MidAmerican energy...
  • RedState 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings: Week 6

    03/11/2015 3:25:14 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    RedState ^ | 3/10/2015 | Leon H. Wolf
    Welcome back to the RedState 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings! To view all the previous installments of this series, click here. Lots of movement this week, most of which was unjustified and will result in certain members of the voting panel being fired! Without further ado, let’s get right to it! The First Tier 1. Scott Walker (Governor – Wisconsin) (Last week: 1) (Points: 108) Rationale: Walker continues to occupy the catbird’s seat as the most likely consensus candidate to emerge from the field. Walker proved in two national polls that he is running essentially neck and neck with Jeb...
  • Scott Walker buckles amidst the corn cronies

    03/10/2015 1:32:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 10, 2015 | 2:50 pm | Timothy P. Carney
    Iowa does not form a candidate's character as much as it reveals it. So far, this sunlight is not flattering for Scott Walker.Walker, the second-term governor of Wisconsin, joined the parade of GOP presidential hopefuls last weekend at the Iowa Ag Summit, where ethanol mogul and GOP moneyman Bruce Rastetter asked candidates to pledge allegiance to the ethanol mandate and the wind tax credit.The ethanol mandate is among the least defensible corporate-welfare boondoggles Washington has created (the sugar program, and the Export-Import Bank round out the unholy trinity). It forces drivers to put corn alcohol in their cars by forcing...
  • Scott Walker called ethanol mandate 'central planning' and a 'big government mandate' - before Iowa

    03/09/2015 9:19:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 126 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 9, 2015 | TIMOTHY P. CARNEY
    Scott Walker went to Iowa over the weekend and embraced the ethanol mandate — a corporate welfare program that subsidizes corn farmers and ethanol producers at the expense of drivers, eaters, restaurants, and the environment.As my colleague Phil Klein aptly put it, "if Scott Walker can't stand up to Iowans, how will he stand up to the Islamic State?"Why do I assume this position was tailored to Iowa's caucus goers? Because Walker vehemently opposed the ethanol mandate back in 2006, actually standing out from the rest of Wisconsin's gubernatorial field in that regard.From Milwaukee's Daily Reporter at the time: "Currently,...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Walker, Cruz, Bush and the Iowa Crucible [READ THIS]

    03/08/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    It is now conventional wisdom that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a first-tier candidate, if not the frontrunner, for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. It is just as much a given that Senator Ted Cruz is not regarded as likely to win the nomination. The reasons why this is so were on display yesterday at the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call event that brought leading politicians from both parties to Des Moines to hawk their wares to farm-state voters. As in the past, the agriculture industry and political observers were interested to see which of the potential candidates...
  • Iowa ag forum displays GOP rift on immigration reform

    03/08/2015 6:16:33 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 3/7/2015 | THOMAS BEAUMONT and CATHERINE LUCEY
    <p>The rift over immigration in the emerging Republican presidential field opened up publicly Saturday, as several potential candidates called for enforcement of existing laws while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham said those living in the U.S. illegally should have a path to legal status...</p>
  • Grassley delivers weekly Republican address, focuses on h uman trafficking

    03/08/2015 4:44:55 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered this week’s Republican address on bipartisan legislation to curb domestic human trafficking.  The legislation passed in the committee by a unanimous vote and will be considered by the full Senate next week.Grassley’s address is available in video and audio formats. You can view the video and a full transcript of Grassley’s remarks are below: “I’m U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. “This year, thousands of minors will be sexually trafficked in the United States. “Through threats or deceit human traffickers will force children and teenagers into servitude for cheap...
  • Wisconsin governor drops previous opposition, signals support for phase-out of Ethanol

    03/07/2015 11:57:58 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Des Moines—Only weeks after taking this key state in the presidential race by surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his front-runner status in Iowa by pledging to support a federal ethanol mandate, shifting his position on renewable fuels at a Republican roundup on farm issues.The GOP governor and a lineup of other major potential presidential contenders—including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—took the stage before hundreds of spectators and media at the Iowa Ag Summit at the state fairgrounds here.In the moderated discussion with ethanol magnate Bruce Rastetter, Walker dropped his previous flat opposition to ethanol mandates, offering a new stance...
  • Ted Cruz blasts renewable-fuel quota at Iowa ag forum

    03/07/2015 7:45:33 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is telling Iowa Republicans and agribusiness leaders that he opposes the federal standard for renewable production, including ethanol.At a forum focused on agricultural issues on Saturday, Cruz likened the federal renewable fuel standard to "corporate welfare."Cruz tells the audience of roughly 1,000 that he has "every bit of faith that businesses can continue to compete, continue to do well without going on bended knee to the government."
  • Ethanol: The GOP-Supported Rip-Off

    03/05/2015 5:44:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Can someone explain why the "party of limited government" continues, with a straight face, to support ethanol? Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says about the heavily subsided product, "Everything about ethanol is good, good, good." Really? Really? Really? Supporters of ethanol -- which we make from corn -- say it reduces our dependence on foreign oil, is cheaper and aids the environment because it burns cleaner than non-blended fossil fuels. In 1996, The New York Times wrote: "At a time when Congress has been overhauling the nation's systems of agricultural subsidies, and public officials across the country have considered...
  • Ethanol: The GOP-supported rip-off

    Can someone explain why the “party of limited government” continues, with a straight face, to support ethanol? Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says about the heavily subsided product, “Everything about ethanol is good, good, good.” Really? Really? Really? Supporters of ethanol — which we make from corn — say it reduces our dependence on foreign oil, is cheaper and aids the environment because it burns cleaner than non-blended fossil fuels. In 1996, The New York Times wrote: “At a time when Congress has been overhauling the nation’s systems of agricultural subsidies, and public officials across the country have considered...
  • Iowa Ag Summit Applauds Ted Cruz Even When He Opposes Their Interests

    03/07/2015 1:59:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | March 7, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) managed to turn a disagreement with a crowd of Iowa businesses and farmers into an applause line at the Iowa Agriculture Summit. Cruz reiterated his opposition to the Renewable Fuels Standard, a popular policy in Iowa that presents a thorny problem for many Republicans who campaign against crony capitalism but want to win the GOP presidential nomination. “I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks where the answer you’d like me to give is ‘I’m for the RFS, darnit;’ that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’ll tell...
  • Scott Walker supports ethanol mandate at Iowa summit

    03/07/2015 4:08:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 154 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | March 7, 2015 | Jason Stein and Mary Spicuzza
    Des Moines — Only weeks after taking this key state in the presidential race by surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his front-runner status in Iowa by pledging to support a federal ethanol mandate, shifting his position on renewable fuels at a Republican roundup on farm issues. The GOP governor and a lineup of other major potential presidential contenders — including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — took the stage before hundreds of spectators and media at the Iowa Ag Summit at the state fairgrounds here. In the moderated discussion with ethanol entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter, Walker dropped his previous flat...
  • Pilot was 'unfairly blamed for crash that killed Buddy Holly and should...

    03/07/2015 8:34:46 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/6/15 | JOEL CHRISTIE
    ... be hailed a hero for trying to avert disaster' An investigation into the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and three others could now be reopened after a respected pilot brought forward new factors as to how the aircraft may have gone down. At the time of the crash, the Civil Aeronautics Board ruled the probable cause of the crash was error by the pilot, Roger Peterson, who took off from Mason City to Moorhead, Minnesota, in inclement weather, even though he was qualified. The chartered plane crashed in Iowa not long after takeoff, killing Holly, Peterson, and...
  • Bush steps into the Iowa spotlight ["Welcome to Scott Walker's Iowa"]

    03/07/2015 4:04:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    DES MOINES, Iowa —Jeb Bush’s quest to win over Hawkeye State skeptics begins this weekend. The former Florida governor returned to Iowa for the first time in three years on Friday, making clear he’ll contest the early-voting state if he launches a presidential campaign, as expected. Though GOP conservatives may initially be wary of the establishment favorite, he'll start trying to assuage those concerns and road test his 2016 message in very different settings and to very diverse groups. “First impressions matter,” former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig Robinson told The Hill. It’s a rapid fire weekend for the...
  • Governor Walker gets backing of four members of Iowa Senate

    03/07/2015 2:16:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Iowa Radio ^ | March 3, 2015 | Kay Henderson
    Four of the 24 Republicans who serve in the Iowa Senate are announcing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is their pick for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale says he’s watched what Walker has done in Wisconsin. “I thought we needed someone with some executive experience and I’ve spent some time privately with him and asked a lot of questions and am 110 percent behind him,” Zaun says. Zaun was the Republican Party’s nominee for one of Iowa’s congressional seats in 2010 and he was a leading contender in the third congressional district in 2014. Zaun says,...
  • Al Gore to Iowa Amid Clinton Scandal

    03/06/2015 10:06:37 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 19 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/6/15 | Daniel Halper
    As reporters and members of Congress begin to dig into the Clinton email scandal, former Democratic presidential candidate has announced an upcoming visit to Iowa. He'll be in the important caucus state from May 5-7, as part of a training sessions for the Climate Reality Project, of which he's chairman.
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Back In Iowa, Courting Wary 2016 Voters ["I Just Love This State"]

    03/06/2015 9:59:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 06, 2015 | SEEMA MEHTA
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Back In Iowa, Courting Wary 2016 Voters Jeb Bush By SEEMA MEHTA The Iowa campaign begins for Jeb Bush with two-day visit to first caucus state. Jeb Bush has romped when it comes to 2016 money, but now courts voters. In his first appearance in Iowa since announcing he was weighing a run for president, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday fondly recalled campaigning here with his father but said he would work to differentiate himself from both former President George H.W. Bush as well as his brother, former President George W. Bush. “There...
  • Presidential Cattle Call: A Preview of the First Iowa Agriculture Summit

    03/06/2015 4:06:16 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 6 2014 | Kevin Hall
    900 likely Iowa Caucusgoers, 250 media members and a slew of their presidential hopefuls. That is what awaits the speakers at Saturday’s Iowa Agriculture Summit. The first time event, produced by GOP power broker Bruce Rastetter, will be different from any multi-candidate event in Iowa history. “Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a forum solely dedicated to matters that directly affect Iowa farmers who feed and fuel not just the country, but the world,” Rastetter said.Each of the presidential candidates will address the audience, then have a conversation with Rastetter about agriculture-related issues. Topics will include modern agriculture, renewable...
  • Jeb Bush to Visit an Iowa Where Fatigue With His Family Has Set In

    03/05/2015 9:54:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | Mach 5, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    Sheryl McDonald, a retiree, voted for both Presidents Bush. “But I’m finding out they did some things we got stuck with,” she said. “I do not want to see Jeb Bush run,” she added. “He turns me off.” Scarcely anyone at a meeting of the Green County Republican Party here in central Iowa recently had anything kind to say about Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor. They objected to his moderate stances on immigration and education standards. But they also complained matter-of-factly about fatigue with his family — especially after the presidency of George W. Bush, whom they blamed for...
  • Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity (& so does Boehner)

    03/04/2015 4:34:39 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Alexis Levinson
    In one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle, Democrats have zeroed in on second-time candidate Monica Vernon to win Iowa’s 1st District. Freshman Rep. Rod Blum, a Republican, holds the seat. But the district’s composition is competitive, if not left-leaning: In 2012, President Barack Obama won it with 56 percent. (SNIP) On the other side, there’s concern in the state Blum might not get much help from Washington, D.C. after voting against John A. Boehner for speaker on his first day in office. Iowa Republicans noted Blum didn’t make the National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list for the...
  • Will one man keep Americans locked up in prison?

    03/04/2015 3:59:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Sally Kohn
    A phenomenal thing has happened in Washington: Progressive advocates and conservative forces have united around legislative action supported by the strong majority of the American people. Groups as disparate as the Center for American Progress and ACLU on the left and the Koch Brothers on the right; Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker; and over two-thirds of the American people all support major overhauls to America's criminal justice system. (SNIP) Yet it would appear Grassley just doesn't wanna change the rules. Grassley is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Simply put, given the generally powerful position...
  • Evelyn Miller's father testifies in Casey Frederiksen trial

    03/03/2015 10:46:38 AM PST · by newgeezer · 7 replies
    KCCI TV ^ | 12:37 PM CST Mar 03, 2015 | Vanessa Peng
    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa —Opening statements started Tuesday in the trial for a man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter. Prosecutors say 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen was watching Evelyn Miller for her mother in July 2005 when he sexually abused the girl and stabbed her to death. He is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Prosecutors say all the evidence points to Frederiksen as the person who killed Miller. During opening statements, Iowa Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown told jurors this is a case about innocence shattered. He said Frederiksen had the opportunity and motive to kill Miller. Brown...
  • The real Iowa kingmaker [Time to dance for the farm lobby]

    03/03/2015 5:00:30 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/03/2015 | HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
    A dozen potential Republican presidential candidates are about to sit down, one by one, with the biggest GOP donor in Iowa — a multimillionaire few people outside the state have ever heard of. Bruce Rastetter, an agribusiness mogul who’s made a fortune in pork, ethanol and farm real estate, has long worked behind the scenes to help bankroll conservatives across the country, but Saturday is a public coming out party of sorts for Rastetter as he hosts the first Iowa Agriculture Summit. It’s an event designed to promote farm policy in a state where pigs outnumber voters 10 to 1,...