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  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (South & Midwest)

    05/15/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 55 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 · 54 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
    philly.com ^ | 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, sbatterson@qctimes.com (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
    kcci.com ^ | 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
    qctimes.com ^ | 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 ( http://bit.ly/OxwQpF) 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
    oskynews.org ^ | 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
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Victims captured robber, police say(IA)

    05/10/2012 7:38:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    globegazette.com ^ | 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
    kimt.com ^ | 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
    thehawkeye.com ^ | 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
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 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
    omaha.com ^ | 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
    timesrepublican.com ^ | 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 - -(Ammoland.com)- 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 – -(Ammoland.com)- 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
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 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
    guns.com ^ | 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
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 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
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 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
    iowastatedaily.com ^ | 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
    globegazette.com ^ | 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
    ammoland.com ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -(Ammoland.com)- 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
    newsmax.com ^ | 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
    patriotpost.us ^ | 3 February, 2012 | John Longenecker
    Think again, please. I am heartened by a report written by Jason Clayworth for the De Moines Register.com [ ] 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...
  • Lawmaker Wants Gun Rights Added To Iowa Constitution

    02/02/2012 8:06:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    kcci.com ^ | 2 February, 2012 | NA
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Does Iowa need a constitutional amendment to protect the right to bear arms? Iowa is one of six states with a constitution that does not provide gun rights to its citizens. There are laws in place that give Iowans the right to bear arms, but some lawmakers feel that's not enough. They're proposing to add an amendment to the Iowa Constitution. It states, “The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and shall not be infringed...
  • Iowa firearms legislation update

    02/02/2012 10:15:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    Several new firearms related bills have been introduced in the Iowa House over the past several days. Here is a rundown of each of them: * HF 2113 – This bill would restore “Constitutional Carry” rights to Iowans. This bill is currently assigned to a Public Safety Subcommittee of Reps. Tjepkes, Baudler, and R. Olson. * HF 2114 – This bill would put and end to the patchwork of anti-carry ordinances, rules, and regulations that localities have adopted since Iowa went to a “Shall Issue” system of permit issuance on 1/1/11. This bill is currently assigned to a Public Safety...
  • Matt Strawn resigns as IA GOP Chair (Superdelegate)

    01/31/2012 12:06:02 PM PST · by parksstp · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 01-31-2012 | Juana Summers
    Matt Strawn, the Iowa GOP chairman who has been embroiled in controversy since the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus results, is resigning, he announced Tuesday. “It is only because the Iowa GOP has returned as a strong and relevant voice in Iowa politics that I am now able to evaluate all the competing priorities in my personal, business and political life. The party is strong and has the resources in place for victory in November,” Strawn said in a statement. “Now is the time to transition to new leadership.” Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72214.html#ixzz1l4EjaGAF
  • Iowa Firearms Coalition Legislative Update

    01/28/2012 7:43:32 AM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 27 January, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -(Ammoland.com)- Progress at the Capitol!This has been a busy, busy couple of weeks for IFC, your Iowa NRA Affiliate Club! We have 3 issues to update you on, a new state added recognition of Iowa’s Permit to Carry, steady progress on the Traditional Ammunition Ban front and most importantly Stand Your Ground legislation is moving forward! Iowa Permit Now Recognized in Georgia IFC has been working with NRA, and also with Gary Slider at www.hangunlaw.us, to help get Georgia to recognize Iowa’s Permit to Carry. Thanks to all parties involved for their efforts. Georgia law was written such...
  • Individual claiming connection to LightSquared makes 'questionable' contact to Grassley

    01/23/2012 1:40:12 PM PST · by BAW · 20 replies
    Agri-Pulse.com ^ | Jan 23, 2012
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today asked the principal behind the LightSquared 4G wireless project to explain a questionable contact to Grassley’s office that intimated benefits for Grassley if he softened his inquiry of government approval of the project. Since last April, Grassley has been reviewing the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of the LightSquared project and the concerns of interference with the Global Positioning System. According to a press release issued from Grassley’s office today, the Senator wrote to Philip Falcone of Harbinger Capital Partners, expressing concern that two separate incidents implied a desire to have Grassley “pull punches” in his...
  • Police: Robber Gets Fist In Face From Pharmacist

    01/12/2012 12:44:30 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    ketv.com ^ | 12 January, 2012 | NA
    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Council Bluffs police said a blade-wielding, would-be robber picked the wrong drugstore to hold up. He ended up getting a fist in the face from the pharmacist. Pharmacist Bill Shipley encountered a man wearing a black stocking over his head on Wednesday morning. "At first, I thought it was the delivery man delivering our medications that we get every morning," said Shipley. Shipley, who works at Union Pharmacy, said the man told him he had a gun and demanded hydromorphone. "It's a pain medication," said Shipley. "If you abuse it, you can get high similar to...
  • Lawmaker aims to add more gun rights (IA)

    01/12/2012 6:46:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    southwestiowanews.com ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Tim Rohwer
    owa is one of six states that doesn’t have an amendment in their state Constitutions covering for the right to bear arms. Council Bluffs lawmaker Mark Brandenburg wants to change that. Brandenburg, a Republican who represents District 100 in the Iowa House, is co-sponsoring legislation for an Iowa version of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Like all amendments to the Iowa Constitution, it would require passage by two consecutive general assemblies of the Legislature and then a vote by the people. “We’re just starting this in the House,” Brandenburg said. “I’m hopeful of its passage, but it’s still...
  • They're still counting-- go Santorum up by 109 votes with 96% in !!!! Go RICK!!! (Vanity)

    01/03/2012 8:55:32 PM PST · by MacMattico · 50 replies
    Me
    That is all!!
  • Catholics silent in Iowa caucus hype

    12/30/2011 11:37:51 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 30 Dec 2011 | Tom Carney
    ..Deacon Dan McGuire, parish administrator at Assumption Parish in Granger, Iowa. “We get involved in politics. That’s obvious. But as a former excluded minority ... we keep faith in our private community. We don’t vocalize it in public.”.. It’s not clear how many Iowa Catholics intend to participate in either caucus, but according to a poll in November for the Register, Catholics represent 21 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. Catholics represent 19.5 percent of the Iowa population....Quiner said he believes Gingrich’s conversion to Catholicism “resonates with a lot of Catholics” despite Gingrich’s three marriages. That conversion was obviously not a...
  • CNN Poll of New Hampshire

    12/28/2011 8:37:17 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 37 replies · 1+ views
    CNN
    New Hampshire CNN Poll released today: Romney 44% Paul 17% Gingrich 16% Huntsman 9% RS 4 MB 3 RPerry 2 none 5