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  • The Governing Trap

    11/06/2014 2:06:28 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 5, 2014 | NRO Editors
    Around 9:00 last night, the TV pundits realized that it would no longer do to say that it was an anti-incumbent year: The vast majority of the incumbents losing — all of them in the Senate — were Democrats. Nor could the election be chalked up to red-state reaction. Republicans took Senate seats in Iowa and Colorado, which voted for Obama twice apiece, and governorships in Maryland and Illinois, which last voted Republican in 1988. The wave gave Republicans a larger Senate majority than all but the most confident among them had expected, and added to the ranks of their...
  • Senate Update: Polls Point Increasingly To Republican Senate Win

    11/02/2014 7:59:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    By this point in an election year, when polls are coming in by the bucketload late in the evening, you can get a sense for which pollsters are taking fresh samples of public opinion and which are herding toward the conventional wisdom. J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Company conducts the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, is in the former group: She’s always been one to trust what her data is telling her. On Dec. 31, 2007, Selzer’s poll was among the first to show a large lead for Barack Obama in the Iowa Democratic caucuses — most other...
  • Tom Harkin: Don’t Be Fooled Because Joni Ernst Is “Really Attractive,” “Sounds Nice”

    11/02/2014 5:57:14 PM PST · by Perdogg · 79 replies
    Retiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn’t be fooled because Joni Ernst is “really attractive” and “sounds nice.”
  • Joni Ernst is Right to Skip Editorial Board Meetings

    10/31/2014 3:42:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    RedState ^ | October 30, 2014 | Leon H. Wolf
    The media’s sense of entitlement is really something to behold whenever they feel like they aren’t getting their due. The most recent example of this phenomenon has been the media’s reaction to Joni Ernst’s decision to skip meetings with three editorial board meetings, including one with the Des Moines Register, last week. The media, predictably, is up in arms over the gall of Ernst in skipping their gatekeeping function, leading the media to declare that Ernst is unfit for office. Predictably, Ernst has responded that she sees no value added in wasting her time kowtowing to people who aren’t going...
  • The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections

    10/28/2014 12:55:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | October 28, 2014 | Mark Leibovich
    Joni Ernst, the Iowa state senator and Iraq War veteran, was standing in a barn in a purple flannel shirt and an unzipped vest. Beside her, various swine burrowed in the hog lot; two small pigs spooned; there was copious squealing. When Ernst, who grew up on a farm castrating hogs, opened her mouth to speak, she drew the inevitable connection between her upbringing and her current role as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate. “When I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” Ernst said, smiling. Title cards reinforced her credentials. (“Joni Ernst: Mother. Soldier....
  • Joni Ernst trumpeting the Iowa way; shakes up her State.

    10/27/2014 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    WAPO ^ | October 27, 2014
    Joni Ernst, U.S. Senate candidate, has a banana, a cup of coffee, and a 31-foot RV painted with American flags, landscapes of corn, and hogs. She also has Iowa stretching vastly out in front of her. Seven counties today, eight counties yesterday, 99 counties in 44 days, and a tour she’s calling “Iowa Knows Best” that is intended to persuade Iowans to send her to Washington so she can show the federal government a better way: “the Iowa way.” The Iowa way is fiscal responsibility, she has been telling the people on this tour. The Iowa way is cutting taxes...
  • Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

    10/25/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Siegel
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)There's a woman running in the tight race for the Senate in Iowa — one of the contests that will decide who controls the Senate next year. In the 21st century, a female candidate for Senate may not sound historic. But in Iowa, it is. The state shares a rare distinction with Mississippi: It has never elected a woman to the Senate, to the House, or to be governor. Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst is trying to change that in her race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley — a race in which the role of female voters is central....
  • Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star. The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.

    10/20/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 54 replies
    The National Journal ^ | October 19, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Marilynn Wadden, a retired elementary school teacher, was smiling as she settled into her seat at a Democratic field office here and began making calls for Senate candidate Bruce Braley. "We love this," Wadden says of the computer system that is doing the dialing for her. "It is just such a joy." Two years ago, when Wadden was making calls as a volunteer for President Obama, she had to punch numbers into the phone herself, write down voters' answers on paper, and then hand off the sheets to a data-entry team. "Now, we're kind of doing the data...
  • Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star. The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.

    10/20/2014 2:43:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 19, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    There is certainly plenty going right for the Iowa GOP in 2014: an unpopular Democratic president, a favorable political climate, and a popular GOP governor cruising to reelection atop the ticket. But as they are in Senate races across the country—Colorado, Alaska, North Carolina, to name a few—Democrats here are hoping smart tactics can offset a national mood that favors Republicans. And in Iowa, fears of the Democratic machine lurk not far below the surface. "Am I confident? Of course," Oman says. "Am I overconfident? Of course not." What the Republicans also have going for them this year is Ernst...
  • Iowa Senate Race: Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley

    09/28/2014 12:15:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 32 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | September 27, 2014
    DES MOINES — Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by 6 percentage points in Iowa’s open-seat U.S. Senate race, a new Iowa Poll published Saturday night reveals....
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (South & Midwest)

    05/15/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 80 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE SOUTH AND MIDWEST (NORTHEAST, WEST, AND CALIFORNIA are in separate threads and updates are coming, see links below) This is an update of previous threads. There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Georgia:...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Midwest)

    05/09/2014 5:56:10 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 55 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE MIDWEST (NORTHEAST and SOUTH is in a separate thread and West coming later, see links below) There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. West Virginia: ALEX MOONEY, WEST VIRGINIA-2, May 13th .... Open...
  • Iowa Carry and Pistol Purchase Permits Online

    02/07/2014 3:58:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Starting on 5 February, 2014, the Scott County, Iowa  Sheriff's Department has instituted an innovative and convenient way for Iowa residents to obtain their firearms carry permit or pistol purchase permit.   Under Iowa law, a person must have a permit to carry a firearm before they can carry one, either openly or concealed.   They are also required to obtain a permit to purchase a pistol before purchasing one, either from a dealer or privately.  While these requirements are a little unusual (most states do not require a permit to carry firearms openly, and only a few require a permit...
  • Jesus, Mary and ... Josephine? It's lesbian Nativity at church

    08/05/2011 10:54:53 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 40 replies
    WND ^ | August 04, 2011 | Joe Kovacs
    The Bible's account of the night Jesus was born is noted for some well-known characters at the Bethlehem manger, including the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and some shepherds following the instructions of an angel. The famous wise men were not present, as they showed up later when Jesus was a young child in a house. And as far as the New Testament indicates, there weren't any lesbians there either. Now a Christian church in America's heartland is helping redefine the story, as its most-recent living Nativity scene in December featured two women instead of a man and a women starring...
  • A Long Simmering Feud: Penn State - Iowa Wrestling

    12/21/2013 1:14:34 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 19 replies ^ | 12-18-13 | Bscaff
    ...Earlier this summer, coaches, wrestlers, and fans in State College and Iowa City were alarmed to learn that the Lions and Hawks were not scheduled to wrestle - an unfortunate side effect to being in a 12- and soon to be 14-team conference. Many pointed to last year's awesome dual at Carver Hawkeye Arena, and wondered, with Olympic wrestling still fighting for its life, how could the Big Ten - the nation's premier wrestling conference - let this happen? Tom Brands and Cael Sanderson got it figured out, of course. And so for the first time since 1992, Penn State...
  • Grassley & King vote no, rest of Iowa delegation votes for deal to end shutdown, extend debt limit

    10/17/2013 12:52:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | October 16, 2013 | O. Kay Henderson
    Republicans Chuck Grassley and Steve King were the only two members of Iowa’s congressional delegation to vote against the deal that has ended the federal government shutdown and extended the government’s borrowing authority. King said once spending issues and the debt limit were joined in one bill, the momentum toward passage was inevitable. “The American people have fatigue and I understand that, but it’s worth the fatigue if we can accomplish the goal in the end,” King said during an interview with Radio Iowa. “We didn’t get that done in this battle. This battle is not indicative of the entire...
  • Blind People Are Granted Gun Permits in Iowa

    09/11/2013 7:29:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 38 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 9-10-13 | ABC news
    Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa law doesn't allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability. Some sheriffs have been granting gun permits to people with visual impairments while others have been denying them. Blind people and other Iowans can obtain the permits for carrying a weapon in public because of changes to state law that took effect in 2011. Jane Hudson with Disability Rights Iowa said keeping legally blind people from obtaining weapon permits would...
  • Man on Immigration Hold after Council Bluffs Fatal Crash

    07/08/2013 5:19:31 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    KMTV ^ | Jul. 5, 2013 | Justin Pazera
    Council Bluffs, IA -- It's a few seconds clip of Chrisshaun Moten. Perhaps too fast to show what his friends say was a passion for music. "Yeah, he was super-super talented," said Jade Jerkovich. She sang with the 17-year old and learned through social media Friday morning that the unthinkable had happened to her friend. "It was really-really surprising. You never think that that's going to happen to someone your so close to."
  • Wresting: No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 3 Iowa

    02/01/2013 11:16:18 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 27 replies
    Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 2-1-13 | Steve Batterson
    1 hour ago • By STEVE BATTERSON, (0) Comments IOWA CITY --- When two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State rides into Carver-Hawkeye Arena tonight, Tom Brands is looking for a different type of rodeo. The top-ranked Nittany Lions handled the third-ranked Hawkeyes a year ago, winning 22-12 at home and the Iowa wrestling coach expects an improved approach from his team in today’s 8 p.m. clash between the only remaining unbeaten teams in Big Ten action. “The number one thing we need to do is fight,” Brands said. As an example, Brands points to a 174-pound match in last...
  • Senator’s wife sought Iowa institute

    01/03/2013 8:48:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    KSTP ^ | 1-3-13 | ap
    AP) IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa Board of Regents member worked behind the scenes to create a university institute honoring her husband, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, and then pushed for its approval before two of the couple’s allies left the board, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press. The 2011 email from then-Iowa State University Provost Elizabeth Hoffman describes the top-secret process that Ruth Harkin and a small group of officials pursued in planning the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, which remains mired in controversy nearly two years later. It noted that an ethics scandal involving a...
  • Powerful Supermajorities Elected to Statehouses

    11/20/2012 4:21:51 PM PST · by qam1 · 66 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 11/20/12 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — There's a new superpower growing in the Great Plains and the South, where bulging Republican majorities in state capitols could dramatically cut taxes and change public education with barely a whimper of resistance from Democrats. Contrast that with California, where voters have given Democrats a new dominance that could allow them to raise taxes and embrace same-sex marriage without regard to Republican objections. If you thought the presidential election revealed the nation's political rifts, consider the outcomes in state legislatures. The vote also created a broader tier of powerful one-party governments that can act with...
  • Police: Homeowner fires on intruder(IA)

    10/30/2012 7:00:26 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 30 October, 2012 | NA
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police said a homeowner fired a shot at someone trying to break into his home overnight. Police said the incident happened in the 200 block of East Hart Avenue just before 4 a.m.
  • Iowa man, 18, acquitted in shooting of another man

    10/01/2012 8:11:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 30 September, 2012 | NA
    An 18-year-old Keokuk man has been acquitted for shooting another man while trying to protect his mother during an argument this summer. The Hawk-Eye reports ( a jury found Colton Dobson not guilty on Thursday after a three-day trial. He had been charged with willfully injuring 27-year-old Tim Mondon with a shotgun on July 14.
  • With Start of Early Voting, Election Day Becomes Election Month

    09/27/2012 3:52:39 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/27/12 | Jeff Zeleny
    DES MOINES – As eight bells rang from the clock tower of the Polk County Courthouse, the doors to the election office opened on Thursday morning and voters began casting the first ballots of the presidential race in this battleground state. “It seems like we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” said Nancy Bobo, 60, who stood in line and voted for President Obama. “I’m just thrilled to get out here and vote as soon as I possibly could.”
  • Second Amendment Rally Draws Substantial Crowd(IA)

    08/28/2012 7:13:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | Ken Allsup
    Searsboro, Iowa – The Iowa Firearms Coalition along with the National Rifle Association held their third annual rally at Brownell’s big Springs range. 1600 people came to see and learn more about the latest firearms along with a healthy dose of politics. The founder of the Iowa Firearms Coalition or IFC is Steve Hensyel and he was also serving as the event coordinator on Saturday. Hensyel said the main purpose of the day was to help bring more awareness to second amendment rights. “Were bringing Iowans together to get them aware of those rights and get them educated and get...
  • 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...
  • Many Iowa Republicans face challenge from the right

    05/30/2012 1:24:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 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...
  • 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 --( 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...
  • Victims captured robber, police say(IA)

    05/10/2012 7:38:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 10 May, 2012 | AP
    DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities say the co-owner of a store and his friend have captured an armed man who robbed the Des Moines store. The man wearing a face mask and sunglasses walked in to Fortune Gifts. He displayed and cocked a gun, then left after store co-owner Zamir Azam gave him some cash.
  • Ammunition Collection Day(IA)

    04/29/2012 6:25:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies ^ | 29 April, 2012 | Raquel Hellman
    Cerro Gordo County, IA - Local law enforcement is making an effort to keep ammunition out of the wrong hands. On Saturday, Cerro Gordo County hosted an ammunition collection day. Folks are encouraged to drop off their unused, unwanted or expired ammunition. Officers said not only will this help keep the ammunition out of the wrong hands, but it will also help keep your home safe. "It's very explosive, so if there is fire in your house it can go off and then we're putting our friends at the fire department and our neighbors at risk," said Officer David Studder...
  • No charges in Burlington shooting death of Macomb man(IA)

    04/19/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 18 April, 2012 | JOHN MANGALONZO
    Des Moines County prosecutors will not seek charges in connection with last month's South Central Avenue shooting death of a Macomb, Ill., man, ruling the incident as justifiable homicide or self defense. Unless new information comes in the case, police said prosecutors are standing firm in the decision not to charge anyone. Burlington Police Department detectives, along with their counterparts from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, has completed their investigation into the March 16 shooting. Their report was sent to the Des Moines County Attorney's Office. The shooter, Jacqueline Renee Williams, 28, also of Macomb, who also was shot...
  • Amazing What Happens When Liberty Prevails(IA)

    04/12/2012 8:15:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 12 April, 2012 | Bruce Krafft
    The DesMoines Register reports that some sheriffs are astonished that when they stop arbitrarily curtailing folks' rights, people start exercising them: "The number of Iowans seeking permits to carry handguns and other weapons has increased 170 percent during the first 11 months of 2011 — a trend one Iowa sheriff calls 'unbelievable.'" January 1, 2011 is when Iowa's shall-issue law took effect, and immediately people started getting permits. Polk county, which includes the Des Moines metro, issued over three-and-a-half times as many permits in 2011 as in 2010 (9,720 versus 2,597). And shockingly enough, contrary to all the predictions, there...
  • Dallas County Sheriff election on June 5(IA)

    04/05/2012 1:13:59 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    According to The Waukee Patch, Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard is going to be challenged for his seat in the June 5 Republican primary by Jim Romar. Sheriff Leonard is a friend of the gun rights community, having been a “shall issue” Sheriff before it was mandated statewide in 2011. Dallas County residents have spoken highly of Sheriff Leonard in regards to how he deals with holders and applicants of the Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons, and it is hard to find anyone who is dissatisfied with his overall stance on gun rights issues. Jim Romar is a retired veteran...
  • Iowa firearms legislation update

    04/01/2012 5:09:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 March, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    The second half of Iowa's 84th General Assembly is beginning to wind down, and it appears that Iowa firearms owners are going to be left in the cold with nearly everything they had hoped to accomplish this year. A long list of bills was presented to the House of Representatives, but nearly all of them are going to die due to inaction. Many of the bills died before they even saw the light of day. Once introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives, firearms related bills go to the House Public Safety Committee. The Chairman of that Committee is Rep....
  • Gun bills, not taxes, ignite tempers(IA)

    03/05/2012 4:25:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 5 February, 2012 | AP
    "It would eliminate all gun laws," McCarthy said. "This issue is very, very extreme. This proposal is not a mainstream proposal." ....... It's a mistrust of the courts, however, that fueled much of the support for the constitutional amendment. "For far too long we've seen judicial abuse of our Second Amendment rights," said Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley.
  • County sheriffs oppose adding Second Amendment to Iowa Constitution

    03/03/2012 7:53:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 3 March, 2012 | LYNN CAMPBELL
    DES MOINES - Iowa's guns rights would be among the strongest in the nation, under a proposed state constitutional amendment that cleared the Iowa House this week. Democrats say the measure would eventually allow people to bring guns into Iowa's schools, the Capitol and other public buildings. That concerns county officials. "I think one of the concerns for counties is in our courthouses where there are emotional situations, what that could lead to, particularly domestic disputes," said Sioux County Supervisor Mark Sybesma. "In our treasurer's office, a lot of times people come in very disgruntled - emotions and that type...
  • Iowa House Approves Gun Bills Following Democratic Walkout

    03/02/2012 9:03:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 29 February, 2012 | NRA
    Wednesday was an eventful day in Des Moines for pro-gun advocates that began with the House Democratic caucus’ mass exodus from the state capitol in protest of the scheduled consideration of two NRA priority pro-gun bills. Despite the fact the Republican majority had a quorum and could have passed legislation without the Democratic caucus, action was delayed until the caucus returned late in the afternoon. Once normal order was restored, gun owners in the Hawkeye State saw the Right to Keep and Bear Arms state constitutional amendment amended to the original NRA-supported language and passed. Gun owners then saw the...
  • What Do Democrats Have Against Guns and Gun Rights?

    03/01/2012 3:49:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Ammoland ^ | 1 March, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -( When news broke that Democrat legislators in Iowa had stormed out in protest over pro-Second Amendment bills which Republicans in the Republican-controlled legislature had brought up for a vote, I wasn’t too surprised. After all, since when do Democrats approve of guns or support gun rights? But as I read Iowa House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Des Moines) try to justify avoiding a vote for two bills that would have given Iowans a state-constitutional right to keep and bear arms and broadened their grounds for using deadly force to protect life and property, the whole event...
  • Iowa Firearms Coalition Needs Your Help to Pass Pro-Second Amendment Bills

    02/29/2012 6:38:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 27 February, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -( First off, I want to thank every one of you that has taken the time to utilize our Action Center (also on Facebook) to correspond with Representatives on our bills. Your hard work and willingness to be involved has helped Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the NRA, to move every one of our top priority bills through committee! At the start of the legislative session IFC announced our four top priorities: * Iowa Constitutional Amendment for a Right to Keep and Bear Arms – HJR2009 * Iowa Family Defense Act, Stand Your Ground – HF2215 * Iowa Firearm...
  • Iowa Firearms Legislation Update

    02/27/2012 5:29:56 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    Funnel week has come and gone in Des Moines, and while some good bills made it out of committee, several other good bills were allowed to die a death of apathy. Here's a rundown of what's what under the gold dome. * HF 208 - This bill would modify the disposal requirements of firearms and ammunition seized by or forfeited to Iowa law enforcement agencies, including DPS. It essentially gives the agency that seized the firearms or ammunition greater control over how it is disposed of, including sale to the public. (Assigned to a subcommittee of Baudler, Kressig, and Tjepkes...
  • Iowa, Wisconsin Agree to Recognize Georgia CCW Permits

    02/26/2012 5:10:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | 23 February, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    We are still waiting on the Senate to decide the fate of a National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill, one that would provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State. But in meantime, states are continuing to reach out to each other to forge state-to-state concealed carry reciprocity agreements (there’s no reason to wait on the Fed). The latest state to expand its reciprocal recognition program is Georgia, which added Iowa and Wisconsin to its list last month bringing its total to 26. Georgia currently reciprocates in recognizing firearms licenses with...
  • Stand Your Ground, Lose Everything(home defense)

    02/24/2012 5:56:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    The Des Moines Register ran a story today that highlights the need for a strong “Stand Your Ground” law. Not just in Iowa, where it is being hotly debated right now, but anywhere in the country that the freedoms and liberties of citizens who are going about their day-to-day activities are expected to be more important than those of citizens who have little regard for the life and health of others in the community. In their story, the Register details the circumstances around a man, Jay Rodney Lewis, who was put in jail and stayed there for 112 days until...
  • Rep. Baudler Shows His True Colors

    02/21/2012 5:53:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    Representative Clel Baudler (R-58) and Iowa Gun Owners Executive Director Aaron Dorr were interviewed on WHO Radio this morning, hosted by Jan Mickelson. This was an opportunity for Rep. Baudler to explain his position on the current state of firearms legislation in Iowa. It was an ugly conversation, if you are someone who believes in the ability to exercise your rights freely without government intervention. Rep. Baudler unequivocally stated the following: * The ability for an Iowan to carry a firearm must be tempered with public safety. He does not want Iowa to be a place where “any schizophrenic can...
  • Snell: Your life is precious, protect it(IA)

    02/16/2012 7:47:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 15 February, 2012 | Barry Snell
    She was dead. The woman lay on her back in the middle of the street. Her eyes were open and staring up at the sky, clouds reflecting on the haze forming over them. Pools of thick, dark syrup formed under her back, her life blood oozing out across the black asphalt around her body. I was there when she died. It's a hell of a thing, death. Anyone who has been around it knows about that moment when someone goes from being a person to a thing. It's a curiosity, almost magical in a way. You can't help but be...
  • HJR 2005 and HF 2114 watered down in committee(IA gun)

    02/15/2012 5:28:34 AM PST · by marktwain
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    HJR 2005 and HF 2114 were debated in the House Public Safety Committee (PSC) today. Unfortunately for gun owners in Iowa, the true intent of both of these pieces of legislation was evidently lost on the Chairman of the committee. Representative Clel Baudler sided with the Democrat members of the committee, and both bills were watered down to the point of being useless. HJR 2005 was intended to add the right to keep and bear arms to the Iowa Constitution. Taking into account all of the challenges that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has faced over the years,...
  • The politics of gunplay(IA)

    02/13/2012 5:47:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 12 February, 2012 | Mark Wiser
    DES MOINES — Matt Windschitl turned a half-swivel in his chair and stuck his right hand out, palm up, stopping National Rifle Association lobbyist Chris Rager from walking out the door. Windschitl, 28, a member of the House Republican leadership team from Missouri Valley, had just watched his “stand your ground” bill sail through a legislative committee. “This,” Windschitl said as Rager shook his hand, “is just the start.” The bill would allow Iowans to respond with deadly force if they feel threatened and would protect them from liability in some cases. This session Windschitl also has proposed legislation that...
  • Iowa Firearms Preemption Bill to Committee Vote Tomorrow

    02/09/2012 8:58:31 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -( Contact Public Safety Committee members today and urge them to vote YES tomorrow on HF 2114, the Iowa Firearm Preemption Act. Ask these members to vote YES and support current state law in Iowa code 724.7 and 724.28 that explicitly state that permit holders should be allowed to carry anywhere except where state and federal law allow. Punishing law-abiding citizens that are fully screened and have had extensive background checks by disallowing them access to public buildings is dishonoring to Iowans. It also puts honest, law-abiding citizens at risk of inadvertently violating these unnecessary, illegal laws that...
  • Iowa Bills Would Expand Gun Freedoms

    02/09/2012 8:35:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Greg McDonald
    Iowa lawmakers are considering several bills aimed at enhancing gun rights, but critics say some of the measures are “pro-criminal” and will lead to more violence. According to the Des Moines Register, multiple bills have been introduced this year, ranging from one that would amend the state constitution to effectively eliminate all gun regulations to another that would “permit a shoot-to-kill response by anyone who believes he’s being threatened with death or serious injury by another person.” The Register reported Wednesday that advocates for changes to the state’s current gun laws believe most of the bills are necessary to protect...
  • Gun Control ... No Right Answers?

    02/04/2012 6:39:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 3 February, 2012 | John Longenecker
    Think again, please. I am heartened by a report written by Jason Clayworth for the De Moines [ ] Proposal that could kill gun control advances. Way to go Jason!! The article reports the movement of proposed legislation to repeal gun control in the state of Iowa. Naturally, the opposition surfaces, and it is this which I want you to examine. My point is to ask whether there is a right answer in the so-called debate of gun control. There are no two sides to it, and there is a right answer. Anti-gun people simply do not want to...
  • HJR 2001 passes House vote(IA repeal of ammo ban)

    02/03/2012 5:53:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    HJR 2001, the legislation that reverses Iowa DNR's ban on lead ammunition during dove hunting season, passed in the Iowa House this morning on a 73-27 vote. The issue will now go to the Senate for debate. If it passes in the Senate, it is reported that Governor Branstad will sign the legislation into law. Also today, HJR 2005 was passed in a House Public Safety subcommittee meeting. HJR 2005 is legislation that would provide for an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that secures the right to keep and bear arms. The vote was 2-1, with Reps. Windschitl and Brandenburg...