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  • Watch Rep. Paul Ryan's Speech As He Joined Romney Ticket

    08/11/2012 1:34:16 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    PBS ^ | 08/11/2012 | Christina Bellantoni
    Mitt Romney on Saturday morning formally announced he has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as his vice presidential running mate. Calling themselves "America's Comeback Team," the duo promised voters in the battleground state of Virginia they would put the nation back on track if they win on Nov. 6. Romney had the Norfolk crowd in stitches by accidentally announcing Ryan as the next president of the United States. He corrected himself a few minutes later. Read more about the choice here and watch Judy Woodruff's interview with Ryan in April 2011 here. Below are Ryan's prepared remarks sent out by...
  • Iowa Secretary of State appoints DCI agent to investigate voter fraud

    08/10/2012 1:31:50 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 08/10/2012 | AP
    An Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent has been assigned to a two-year term in Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s office to look into allegations of voter fraud, the Republican election chief’s top cause, The Associated Press has learned. County auditors, who run local elections, told the AP they were surprised when they were introduced to Special Agent Daniel Dawson and informed of his new role during a training meeting Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. Auditors said they also were taken aback when Dawson and another state official told them that he was looking into between 2,000 and 3,000 voters already......
  • Romney Pivots, Embraces Romneycare Again

    08/10/2012 12:33:54 PM PDT · by so_real · 101 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 9, 2012 | GREGORY J. KRIEG
    "At the top of my list of programs we don't need is one that costs $100 billion a year I'm going to get rid of and that's Obamacare," he said to cheers at a rally. But then, a telling pivot: "By the way, that doesn't mean that health care is perfect. We've got to do reforms in health care and I have some experience doing that, as you know. And I know how to make a better setting than the one we have in health care."
  • Rasmussen Iowa President: Romney 46%, Obama 44%

    08/10/2012 10:23:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 62 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 08/10/2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The presidential race in the battleground state of Iowa remains a near tie. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Mitt Romney with 46% support to President Obama’s 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided... The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Iowa was conducted on August 8, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC... Rasmussen subscribers can read the...
  • Report: Rep. Steve King mulling bill to repeal everything Obama has signed

    08/09/2012 9:49:22 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/8/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken critic of just about everything President Obama supports, is considering introducing a bill that would repeal everything Obama has signed into law. King put forward this suggestion to an Iowa audience on Tuesday, when he also reiterated his threat to sue the Obama administration for its June decision not to deport younger illegal immigrants. Under that policy change, illegal immigrants who are in school or have served in the military would get a two-year deferral from deportation.
  • Romney holds biggest fund-raiser in Iowa history

    08/08/2012 8:12:14 AM PDT · by iowamark · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | August 7 2012 | Dana Davidsen
    Mitt Romney made Iowa state fund-raising history Tuesday evening by bringing in between $1.8 and $2 million at an event in West Des Moines, a Romney aide confirmed. "Because of your participation and your presence here tonight, this event, in this room at this time is the largest and most successful presidential fundraiser we have ever had in the history of the state of Iowa," David Oman, Romney's Iowa state chair, told a crowd of supporters. Romney, whose campaign organization has out-raised President Barack Obama's for the past three months, spoke to roughly 280 top dollar donors at a country...
  • Iowa governor moves out of mansion because of black mold

    08/03/2012 11:15:31 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | By Kay Henderson
    Governor Terry Branstad and his wife Chris have moved out of the Iowa governor's mansion in Des Moines after black mold was found in their third-floor residence, a spokeswoman said. Chris Branstad had not been feeling well for a few weeks and suggested her sickness might be caused by something at Terrace Hill, the state-owned mansion that has been home to Iowa governors since 1976. Tests were done on the mansion and confirmed black mold on the third floor, which was converted into living quarters for the state's governor and family. "The governor and first lady are fine," Spokeswoman Jenae...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Two Centers in Iowa (Newton and Des Moines)

    07/25/2012 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 6/20/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Two Centers in Iowa by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/20/12 3:48 PMPlanned Parenthood of the Heartland, the Iowa affiliate of the nation’s biggest abortion business, has announced it is closing two of its abortion referral clinics — the Newton clinic and the Family Practice Center in Des Moines. These centers, which refer women for abortions,  will be closed effective July 19 and they follow Planned Parenthood of the Heartland closing the doors in March on their abortion centers in Storm Lake and Knoxville, Iowa.According to an email from the abortion business,...
  • Romney bus – with two possible VP picks aboard – will be in Iowa this week

    07/25/2012 2:30:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Des Moines Register | July 24, 2012 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/07/24/romney-bus-with-two-possible-vp-picks-aboard-will-be-in-iowa-this-week/
  • GOP Rep tries to ban gay marriages on military bases

    07/21/2012 11:24:49 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 15 replies
    POLITICO ^ | July 19 2012 | Kate Nocera
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced an amendment on Thursday that would ban same-sex marriage on any military facility and prohibit any military chaplain from performing gay marriage ceremonies. The Iowa Republican argued that President Barack Obama and the Secretary of Defense were “contravening” the Defense of Marriage Act by allowing military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on bases. King said a directive from the Secretary of Defense that said “a military chaplain may officiate any private ceremony on or off a military installation” was “not just permission that’s implied encouragement to conduct same-sex marriages on our military bases conducted by...
  • Iowa: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to Headline NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition’s Third Annual

    07/17/2012 6:01:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 16 July, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    The National Rifle Association (NRA), Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and Brownell’s will host the 3rd Annual Second Amendment Rally on Saturday, August 25 from 9AM to 5PM at Brownells’ Big Springs Shooting Complex. Firearm and hunting manufacturers and representatives will be in attendance, and the event will offer a variety of shooting and training opportunities. NRA members and media are invited and encouraged to attend this free event and meet many of Iowa’s pro-Second Amendment legislators and activists. Additionally, if you are an NRA or IFC member, your range fees will be waived. Third Annual Second Amendment Rally Saturday, August...
  • Iowa teacher's aide reportedly fired for calling 'Huckleberry Finn' racist

    07/16/2012 10:04:42 AM PDT · by onlylewis · 53 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/16/12 | foxnews.com
    A teaching associate at a private school in Iowa has reportedly been fired for allegedly telling students that “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is a “racist” novel. Naiya Galloway, 31, was fired by Hillcrest Family Services, a privately run K-12 school that caters to students who have mental health issues or behavioral problems, The Des Moines Register reports. Galloway has denied allegations that she questioned the school’s use of the book, but acknowledged she disrupted a classroom discussion of the Ku Klux Klan because it had triggered “flashbacks,” noting that she’s both black and Japanese, the newspaper reports.
  • Republican Govs. Scott, Branstad balk at accepting health law Medicaid expansion (video)

    07/16/2012 1:36:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/15/2012 | Jordy Yager
    Two Republican governors in key battleground states said on Sunday they are pushing to reject matching the federal government’s expansion of Medicaid under President Obama’s new healthcare law. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad balked at the idea of expanding their states’ Medicaid ranks, saying that their budgets cannot take on additional entitlement spending. “This is just another government program where the federal government will run out of money and they'll put it on the states again,” said Scott on Fox News Sunday. “We can't afford it in Florida. Medicaid in our states is growing at three...
  • Ron Paul’s Delegate Insurgency Ends in Nebraska

    07/14/2012 8:28:59 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/14/2012 | Chris Good
    Ron Paul’s delegate insurgency has come to an end... ...fell short at the Nebraska GOP convention, where they had hoped to out-organize Mitt Romney’s delegates and push Paul over a critical threshold that would have ensured him an official presence and speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. As the last state where Republicans will hold a convention in which delegates are up for grabs, Nebraska represented the last chance for Paul’s supporters. Instead, Nebraska Republicans elected a slate of Mitt Romney delegates to represent the state in Tampa. Paul’s supporters won only two of...
  • EPA: Iowa must fix livestock regulation

    07/14/2012 5:00:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | July 13, 2012 | by David Pitt
    Federal environmental regulators have sharply criticized the state of Iowa for failure to enforce the Clean Water Act and gave the state 60 days to come up with a written plan to fix the problems. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a report issued Thursday that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has failed to take timely enforcement actions against livestock facilities that violate the Clean Water Act. The EPA report was done in response to a petition filed in 2007 by three environmental groups — The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project —...
  • Iowa Planned Parenthood clinics filed false claims, former director alleges

    07/12/2012 9:21:25 AM PDT · by iowamark
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 11 July 2012 | Trish Mehaffy
    A former clinic director of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is suing the clinic, claiming it submitted fraudulent or ineligible claims for birth control pills. Sue Thayer, through her attorneys, Alliance Defending Freedom, filed the federal suit in the Southern District March 2011 against the two Iowa clinics, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the Iowa Family Planning Network, but it was just unsealed Monday. The suit claims Planned Parenthood filed nearly half a million false claims with Medicaid from 2002 to 2009, from which the organization received and retained nearly $28 million in reimbursements. Planned Parenthood allegedly implemented a “C-mail” program...
  • Peregrine Files For Bankruptcy After $215M Goes Missing, Where Were The Regulators?

    07/12/2012 12:02:34 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7-11-12 | Halah Touryalai,
    *snip* The accusations began on Monday when Peregrine’s front-line regulator, the National Futures Association (NFA), hit the firm with an enforcement action prohibiting it from doing any more business after finding that it failed to meet key financial requirements. Yesterday the CFTC, a U.S. regulator, got involved and sued Peregrine for fraud by misappropriating customer funds, violated customer fund segregation laws, and made false statements in financial statements filed with the Commission. This isn’t just another firm going bust because for the second time in less than a year customer funds that should have been protected have gone missing amid...
  • Obama mum on Fast and Furious - President speaks up for Holder.

    07/11/2012 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Hawkeye ^ | 7/11/12 | CHRISTINIA CRIPPES
    CEDAR RAPIDS - President Barack Obama didn't answer a question posed by The Hawk Eye about the so-called Fast and Furious scandal, citing the ongoing investigation. But he took the opportunity to defend Attorney General Eric Holder's actions so far. The U.S. House voted to find Holder in contempt of Congress last week, due to the fact that his office did not turn over key documents to aid in Congress' investigation of the scandal. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has been at the forefront of the investigation, which alleges that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed...
  • Professor: 'Jesus was a Muslim'

    07/11/2012 2:32:01 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 138 replies
    The head of the religion department at Luther College in Iowa recently argued that Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, was in fact, a Muslim.“‘Was Jesus a Muslim?" asks Prof. Robert F. Shedinger in the beginning of a book he published this year entitled Was Jesus a Muslim? " I will answer with a very qualified yes." In a recent interview Shedinger also defended his controversial thesis explaining that a Muslim undergraduate student had sent him on academic odyssey that culminated with him asking himself "Was Jesus a Muslim?" "Even as a Christian I have to answer yes to...
  • Whistle-blower charges Planned Parenthood with repeated Medicaid fraud

    07/11/2012 2:00:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 7/11/2012
    A former Planned Parenthood clinic manager has alleged that her previous place of employment committed multiple counts of Medicaid fraud at the federal and state level. “People may hold different views about abortion, but everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else,” said attorney Michael Norton of the Alliance Defending Freedom. In a lawsuit filed by Sue Thayer, a former clinic manager in Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has been accused of nearly half a million false claims involving Medicaid as well as failure to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. “Americans...
  • Independent Voter Surge Cuts Democrats’ Swing State Edge

    07/10/2012 10:15:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Bloomberg | Jul 9, 2012 | John McCormick
    Here's the link.
  • Underdog’s cape doesn’t fit Obama

    07/10/2012 8:23:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Des Moines Register | July 10, 2012 | Kathie Obradovich
    Gannett paper. Link only: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/07/10/underdogs-cape-doesnt-fit-obama/
  • $5.5 Billion Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

    07/10/2012 7:41:56 AM PDT · by MockTurtle · 17 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 7/10/12 | The Iowa Republican
    Former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Clinic Manager Files Lawsuit Against Midwest Abortion Chain "In effect, the lawsuit explains, Planned Parenthood both falsely billed Medicaid and took money from low-income women by getting them to pay for services Medicaid was intended to cover in full." Alliance Defending Freedom Imperative Message From Sue Thayer, FORMER Clinic Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland: During my last years working at Planned Parenthood, it became increasingly clear to me that not all of their policies and protocols were completely legal and ethical. After much thought, I contacted the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). I...
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Decries Negative Ads as ‘Disservice’ on ’08 Cedar Rapids Visit

    07/10/2012 6:45:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 10, 2012 | by Devin Dwyer
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – When candidate Barack Obama hosted a town hall meeting here four years ago, he decried the “predictable political attacks and demonstrably false statements” of his rival, Sen. John McCain. “All of those negative ads that he’s running won’t do a thing to lower your gas prices or to lift up the debate in this country,” Obama said at the time. “The fact is, these Washington tactics do the American people a disservice by trying to distract us from the very real challenges that we face.” Now, in the throes of a sluggish economic recovery and tight...
  • US broker's funds frozen after founder's suicide attempt[Mini-MF Global?]

    07/09/2012 3:44:42 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 July 2012 | Reuters
    Small U.S. futures broker PFGBest said its accounts had been effectively frozen on Monday after a suicide attempt by the firm's founder set off an investigation into possible "accounting irregulaties." In a dramatic turn that seems likely to trigger a new round of anxiety over the stability of the brokerage industry less than a year after the collapse of much larger MF Global, the Cedar Falls, Iowa-based firm told customers that they would be limited to liquidating positions until further notice. The disclosure came hours after founder and owner Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr., was found in his car near the...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • GOP voter edge grows in Iowa

    07/07/2012 5:34:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/6/12 | CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    Republicans continue to hold an edge in Iowa voter registration, according to the latest figures from the secretary of state’s office. From the Des Moines Register report: 619,452 Iowa voters are now registered Republican, compared to 598,074 Democrats. Both parties, however, are outnumbered by No Party voters, at 655,457. Democrats held a lead in registrations for several years beginning in mid-2006, but fell behind Republicans earlier this spring. In an e-mailed statement, Iowa Democratic Party spokesman Michael Hunt said additional Republican registrations in June were probably related to the unusually large number of contested GOP races in the June 5...
  • Push to ban gay marriage flagging in Iowa

    07/05/2012 4:07:51 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 26 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 5 2012 | Associated Press
    DES MOINES, Iowa – Ever since gay couples began flocking to Iowa to marry three years ago, conservative Republicans have been looking forward to amassing enough political power to put an end to it. But now that the opportunity is finally approaching, their goal may be slipping out of reach. Conservative lawmakers are watching public opinion move away from them on the gay marriage issue, and now fear that voters might not approve a ban even if the GOP can put one on the ballot by winning control of the Legislature in the November elections. The shifting views come as...
  • Governor Branstad (IA) Taken to Hospital after Choking on a Carrot

    07/05/2012 6:36:48 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    KCRG ^ | July 4, 2012
    SAN PEDRO, CA — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was taken by ambulance from the USS Iowa after he choked on a carrot while participating in the dedication of the retired naval vessel July 4. Branstad, 65, was alert and “under his own power,” according to an aide, but was taken to a medical facility for tests. He has left the hospital to return to the USS Iowa and plans to take in a fireworks display this evening, according to Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht. “Right now he’s more embarrassed than anything,” said Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht. Branstad had just finished delivering...
  • Midwest ranchers, lawmakers protest EPA flyovers

    07/03/2012 1:00:33 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/2/12 | David Pitt
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems. The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air, water and land pollution. It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations. Ranchers who object to the program said they're not trying to hide anything. It's the quiet approach the EPA took with the program designed to spot...
  • Governor Branstad and Bishop Pates Lead Religious Freedom March

    07/02/2012 5:14:39 PM PDT · by iowamark
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 07/02/2012 | Patti Brown
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, alongside Catholic Bishop Richard E. Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines, led more than 1,000 people Sunday afternoon from St. Ambrose Cathedral down Locust Street to the east side of the Iowa State Capitol in a celebration of religious freedom. The 1.7 mile march was part of a national Fortnight for Freedom a two-week campaign of prayer vigils and rallies aimed at drawing attention to what Catholic churches and other-faith based organizations consider government attacks on religious freedom. Ann Block, a Catholic who belongs to St. Francis Parish in West Des Moines, said she first...
  • Torn apart, immigrant family blames Iowa lawyer

    06/27/2012 2:30:43 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    AP ^ | June 27, 2012 | RYAN J. FOLEY
    A lawyer who gave bad advice that caused illegal immigrants from Ecuador to be separated from their children and grandchildren in Iowa for at least a decade can be sued for the family's pain and suffering, a court ruled Wednesday. A jury has already ordered Des Moines attorney Michael Said to refund the family's legal fees of $12,500, but a new trial should determine whether he should be required to pay damages for emotional distress and punitive damages for his legal malpractice, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled. At issue is the faulty advice that Said gave a husband and...
  • PRAYER REQUEST

    06/23/2012 9:39:33 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 33 replies
    23 June 2012 | US Navy Vet
    Please pray for my wife. She takes her Iowa State RN Nursing Board Exam on Tuesday @ 1400 CST.
  • 5 Questions with Mike Whalen

    06/17/2012 6:16:28 PM PDT · by iowamark
    The Washington Times ^ | June 15, 2012 | Brett
    You talk about government policy “killing the gazelles.” What’s that metaphor all about? Every time I sit down with a business leader, I get an earful about 2002’s Sarbanes-Oxley Act that dramatically altered federal accounting regulations and 2010’s Dodd-Frank Act to supposedly reform Wall Street. What is so bad about these laws, and what is their true legacy for the U.S. business climate? I remember a time when corporate leaders were a lot more outspoken against intrusive bureaucracy and laws that were harmful to business. Why are so many prominent executives hesitant to speak out to defend their own interests...
  • The Psychological State of Iowa

    06/17/2012 11:46:24 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | June 16, 2012 | John Dickerson
    In every calculation of how the candidates get to 270 electoral votes, Iowa is listed as a battleground state. But it's also a swing state. States like Pennsylvania and North Carolina will be contested by both sides, but the competition there will be more about turning out each party’s base and topping those operations with success among the small number of swing voters. Winning in Iowa will be about courting the large number of moderate voters who are up for grabs. There are more registered independents in the state than registered Republicans or Democrats. Ten percent said they were up...
  • Rep. Steve King to sue Obama administration over new immigration policy

    06/15/2012 12:17:58 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/15/12 | Matthew Boyle
    owa Republican Rep. Steve King said Friday that he plans to sue the Obama administration to halt implementation of its newly announced selective illegal immigration law enforcement policy. He told Mike Huckabee on the former Arkansas governor’s radio program Friday that he successfully sued his own state’s governor — and won — over a similar separation-of-powers issue. “I will tell you that — I’m not without experience on this — I’m prepared to bring a suit and seek a court order to stop implementation of this policy,” King said
  • Waterloo being asked to ban job bias for past crimes (DON'T discriminate against CRIMINALS!?)

    06/14/2012 10:50:47 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 24 replies
    Waterloo - Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | TIM JAMISON
    <p>WATERLOO, Iowa --- The city's Commission on Human Rights is pushing for an ordinance to prevent a criminal record from being used to deny a person employment.</p> <p>Abraham Funchess Jr., the commission's executive director, said the city already bans job discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and age.</p>
  • Iowa: Romney 47%, Obama 46%

    06/12/2012 3:28:41 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 43 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 12, 2012
    President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are in a near tie in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the critical battleground state of Iowa. A new telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters shows Romney earning 47% support to Obama’s 46%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided
  • Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks

    06/07/2012 6:42:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    The House Democrats pushing for a steep hike in the minimum wage could face an unlikely foe: their own leadership. Behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), almost two dozen liberal Democrats endorsed legislation this week to raise the federal minimum wage immediately from $7.25 to $10 per hour, the first such increase in three years. The lawmakers think they’ve found a winning issue in an election cycle that’s featured the rise of the Occupy movement, criticism of Mitt Romney’s path to wealth and a class-centered fight over the Bush-era tax rates. But no Democratic leaders have endorsed the measure, and...
  • Polls Show Tight Race in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada

    05/31/2012 12:55:39 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 18 replies
    President Obama and Mitt Romney are running neck-and-neck in three key battlegrounds -- Colorado, Iowa and Nevada -- according to a new slate of NBC News/Marist polls of registered voters. A majority of voters in each state feel optimistic about the state of the economy, and say the worst of the storm is in the rearview mirror...
  • Many Iowa Republicans face challenge from the right

    05/30/2012 1:24:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    wcfcourier.com ^ | 29 May, 2012 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES --- There is a saying in Iowa Republican political circles: GOP incumbents should spend more time looking over their right shoulder than their left as primaries approach. That bit of political wisdom holds particularly true for the June 5 primary in which a dozen incumbents across the state face intra-party challenges. These are not instances such as House District 50 - where incumbents Annette Sweeney and Pat Grassley were thrown together by redistricting. These are races where someone from the party is challenging a sitting incumbent. And it's only happening on the Republican side this year. "A lot...
  • Obama sees warnings in North Carolina, Wisconsin, bright spot in New Mexico in race to 270

    05/28/2012 10:24:14 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    UP FOR GRABS (85): Colorado (9) — Long a reliable GOP state, but Colorado's conservative profile is changing. Young professionals and Hispanic voters were central to Obama's victory in 2008, but the sluggish economy has hurt his standing. Female voters in Denver's suburbs could play a big role. Florida (29) — Florida is the prime target for both campaigns. Obama won in 2008, but the housing crisis, high unemployment and gas prices are dogging him. Romney won the primary in January and has picked up the endorsement of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio. Obama's organization has a large advantage. Iowa (6)...
  • USS Iowa on way to new home in Southern California

    05/27/2012 4:49:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies
    Google News ^ | 5/26/2012 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The USS Iowa — the iconic World War II-era battleship that once served as transport to President Franklin D. Roosevelt — left San Francisco Bay on Saturday on its way to its new home in Southern California. Surrounded by pleasure boats and other vessels, the 887-foot long, 58,000-ton battlewagon was towed through the bay and passed under the Golden Gate Bridge at about 2:30 p.m. Crowds watched from both sides of the bridge as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye provided an official escort and the San Francisco fireboat Phoenix led the way... The center's future...
  • Iowa Man charged with DWI with zebra, parrot in truck

    05/23/2012 8:39:10 AM PDT · by Dogrobber · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2012 | Fox News
    DUBUQUE, Iowa – An Iowa man stopped outside a Dubuque bar with a small zebra and a parrot in his truck has been charged with drunken driving. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/22/iowa-man-with-zebra-parrot-in-truck-gets-dui/print#ixzz1vhvvxF00
  • Iowa NAACP president thinks about leaving after national board endorses gay marriage

    05/22/2012 4:42:52 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | May 22, 2012 | Dar Danielson
    The President of the Iowa/Nebraska chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says he is thinking about his future with the group after the national organization’s board of directors voted at its recent meeting to endorse gay marriage. Reverend Keith Ratliff says he had no warning that the issue was going to be part of the national board meeting. “We were not sent out any information that this was going to come up for a vote at that particular May board meeting. It was something that was brought up while people were there. I had other...
  • Judges' plans for lavish $1 million Hawaii conference bring scrutiny

    05/21/2012 1:01:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2012
    On the heels of the scandal surrounding one government agency's lavish Las Vegas conference, federal judges in the western U.S. circuit are catching flak from Congress for a planned Maui getaway that could cost taxpayers more than $1 million. The Maui meet-up is scheduled for August under the banner of the 2012 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and will include judges, attorneys, staff and "special guests" from various federal courts spread across nine western states -- including judges on the California-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. While in Hawaii, the guests are scheduled to stay in the upscale Hyatt Regency Maui...
  • Major Victory for Hunters and Sportsmen in Iowa

    05/14/2012 6:25:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- On Friday, May 10, Governor Terry Branstad announced that he will nullify the traditional ammunition ban in Iowa. In July 2011, the Iowa Natural Resources Commission imposed the ban –after the topic was debated and resoundingly rejected by the legislature– following the enactment of the first dove-hunting season since 1918. The NRC slipped in the ban on the use of all traditional ammunition while setting bag limits and other regulations with regard to the reenacted Iowa dove-hunting season. “The National Rifle Association would like to thank Governor Branstad for rescinding this ill-conceived scheme by the Iowa Natural...
  • Ron Paul Admits He Will Not Be President

    05/14/2012 2:48:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 14 2012 | Molly Ball
    Ron Paul announced Monday the Texas congressman will not campaign in the states that have yet to vote in the Republican primary. And while Paul insisted that the campaign would continue to amass delegates, the statement -- which referred to the campaign in the past tense... Though the statement is a bit cryptic, it seems to be a message directed mainly at Paul's activist following. The message: Cool it. In recent weeks, Paul supporters have increasingly been making trouble at local Republican Party conventions, even as they've succeeded in gaining delegates in several states. This past weekend, Paul delegates in...
  • Orthodox Jews Angered by Obama Nominee

    05/14/2012 8:11:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    BBreitbart ^ | 5/14/12 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    A former U.S. Attorney appointed by President Obama who previously came under scrutiny by the Jewish Orthodox community may soon be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal judgeship, after she received a majority vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Stephanie Rose, 39, was recently nominated for a lifetime appointment by President Obama in the Southern District of Iowa. Rose’s appointment is controversial within the Orthodox Jewish community because of her previous involvement in the prosecution of Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of a now-bankrupt, Iowa-based Kosher meatpacking company that was accused of employing hundreds of illegal immigrants and...
  • Iowa Double Murder: Man Confesses Three Decades Later

    05/11/2012 4:12:58 PM PDT · by FourtySeven · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thu, May 10, 2012 2:05 PM EDT | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    The grisly murder and robbery of an elderly couple in Waterloo, Iowa, stunned the community three decades ago. But the case remained unsolved until a 66-year-old man walked into a police station and confessed on Wednesday. Jack Wendell Pursel was in court today for an initial appearance, where a judge raised Pursel's bail from $500,000 to $2 million for shooting Richard Huntbach, 85, and wife Goldie, 77. SNIP The convicted felon wanted to make amends with his past, Dan Trelka, director of Waterloo's safety services, told the newspaper. "It's my understanding he found Christ and felt this was the right...