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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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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 ^ | 6/20/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Two Centers in Iowa by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 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
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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 7/16/12 |
    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...