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  • Ron Paul is the new Howard Dean

    12/19/2011 10:35:03 AM PST · by TBBT · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Redstate ^ | 12/19/2011 | Neil Stevens
    Remember 2004? Insurgent Democrat Howard Dean uses a rash of young people online to raise surprising sums of money and gather incredible “buzz” for his candidacy. And yet he drops to third in Iowa, then second in New Hampshire. He would not go on to California, and Texas, and New York, nor would he take the White House. Now between the PPP poll I covered earlier, and Insider Advantage, It’s Ron Paul in the Howard Dean spot. He only wins if the youth show up. The facts: Unknown number of likely caucus goers (note that Insider Advantage calls it a...
  • PPP: Paul leads Iowa, Gingrich drops to 3rd (Poll analysis from Ed Morrissey and others)

    12/19/2011 6:48:12 AM PST · by TBBT · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/19/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    PPP says that they are polling likely Republican caucus-goers, but there’s a reason for a little skepticism on their sample. At 597 respondents, the size is respectable enough, but its composition and definition of “likely” is quite shaky. Only a little over half (55%) bothered to caucus with Republicans in 2008, an election primary with as much publicity and import as this one. Thirteen percent caucused with the Democrats, which is reasonable because (a) Democrats aren’t conducting a primary this cycle, and (b) some who caucused with Democrats might be inclined to support Republicans this year. However, almost a third...
  • 2008 Republican Race on December 12, 2007 (McCain was in 5th place 4 years ago today)

    12/12/2011 1:51:40 AM PST · by Sun · 31 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 12, 2007 | Staff
    23.6 Giuliani +4.2 19.4 Huckabee 13.7 Romney 11.6 Thompson 11.3 McCain 4.4 Paul
  • Newt Gingrich strong with Iowa evangelicals, Tea Partiers

    12/06/2011 8:40:35 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 63 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12-6-2011 | Brian Montopoli
    Newt Gingrich's14-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers is grounded in large part in support from Tea Party and evangelical voters, who have a far more positive view of Gingrich than they do Romney, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. Poll: Gingrich takes double-digit lead over Romney in Iowa Gingrich wins the support of 34 percent of white evangelicals expected to attend the Republican caucuses on January 3. That's higher than the 31 percent of likely caucus-goers who support Gingrich overall, and far outpaces Romney, who wins the support of just 10 percent of...
  • Herman Cain on the Libya Question - I don't shoot from the lip

    11/17/2011 11:43:38 AM PST · by justsaynomore · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/16/11 | Cain/WHO TV Des Moines, IA
    This is a WHO TV DesMoines Iowa interview with Herman Cain 11/15/11, discussing his strategy on Iowa as well as his answers on Libya The poster of this video also has a good list of links that I thought you would enjoy also: SHARE THESE LINKS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY Facebook Fan Page "No Cain No Gain" (visit and click 'Like') - HERMAN CAIN SONGS AND TOP HITS"Beat Obama With a Cain" -"GO CAIN" - HERMAN CAIN TRAIN IS COMING... (A Parody Song by Jimmy Z) -"I Am America" (Cain campaign theme song) -"Obama...
  • Rasmussen poll shows Gingrich with double-digit lead in Iowa

    11/17/2011 10:58:22 AM PST · by TBBT · 132 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/17/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Rasmussen’s latest poll in Iowa gives Newt Gingrich a big claim to legitimacy in the Republican nomination fight, but it also is pretty good news for Mitt Romney as well. Among likely caucus-goers, Gingrich now leads Romney 32/19, with Herman Cain dropping more than half of his previous support: The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers shows Gingrich with 32% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 19%. Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who led in Iowa last month, drops to third with 13% of the vote. Texas Congressman Ron Paul draws 10% of the...
  • North Liberty man arrested for using different social security numbers

    10/10/2011 3:40:53 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    UI The Daily Iowan ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2011 | Asmaa Elkeurti
    A 22-year-old North Liberty man was arrested for supplying officers with different Social Security numbers on separate, unrelated arrests. Cruz Maximo-Campos, 247 B Holiday Lodge Road, was charged Sept. 19. with tampering with records after he allegedly obtained employment at Panchero's using a false Permanent Alien Resident card. He was also employed under a different Social Security number, the complaint said. After investigation, officers found that neither of the Social Security numbers belonged to the man. Campos may face incarceration and possible deportation if he is found to be an illegal immigrant. According to officials, incidences such as this are...
  • Fast and Furious Tapes: Sit Your Ass Down, Charles Grassley

    09/21/2011 7:13:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Human Events ^ | 09/21/2011 | John Hayward
    CBS News has been among the few mainstream media outlets to treat the “Operation Fast and Furious” scandal as a big story all along. They just published some tapes of an amazing conversation between Arizona gun dealer Andrew Howard, who was one of the dealers used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to deliberately sell American guns to Mexican drug cartels, and ATF agent Hope MacAllister. Howard’s Lone Wolf Trading Company sold the guns that later turned up at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder. The tapes were made in February, just as the...
  • Update on Organize4Palin Early States Fundraiser

    08/21/2011 6:23:01 AM PDT · by Anamnesis · 22 replies
    C4P ^ | 8/21/11 | Karen Allen
    Update:  Thank you all so much for your generous contributions to the Early States Fund. The response has been humbling, as we know in these economic times that every gift is a sacrifice. Your commitment to furthering the values and leadership of Gov. Palin for our country is unmatched by any current candidates’ supporters. From florists to stock analysts, retirees to students, Americans from all walks of life have jumped on board to say, “Count me in!”I wanted to let you also know that the donation challenge made by the anonymous C4Per of $1,000 has been met! You all made...
  • Woman tries to bring 'fake bomb' onto plane to test Phoenix airport security

    08/10/2011 6:49:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    A WOMAN is behind bars after allegedly attempting to carry an explosive device through airport security at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, US. Lewiza Daman was accused of trying to sneak a fake bomb past TSA agents to test airport security, TSA agents found what looked like a simulated explosive device inside a carry-on bag at a checkpoint Friday. The container was filled with a paste-like substance, with a cell phone taped to the top. The bomb squad and hazmat teams were called out to the airport until they could determine the device was fake. Daman - an African...
  • Police shut down 4 year old girl's lemonade stand

    08/02/2011 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Astronaut · 66 replies · 2+ views ^ | 8/2/2011 |
    CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Police closed down a lemonade stand in Coralville last week, telling its 4-year-old operator and her dad that she didn't have a permit. An officer told Abigail Krutsinger's father Friday that she couldn't run the stand as RAGBRAI bicyclers poured into Coralville. A city ordinance says food vendors must apply for a permit and get a health inspection. Abigail's dad, Dustin Krutsinger, said the ordinance and its enforcers are going too far if they force a 4-year-old to abandon her lemonade stand.
  • PHOTOS: Iowa gun rights activists take aim at 2012 legislative session

    07/27/2011 4:24:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 26 July, 2011 | Lynda Waddington
    SEARSBORO — A summer rainstorm wasn’t enough to prevent a few hundred of Iowa’s most active gun enthusiasts from gathering on the grounds of the Big Springs Range Complex Saturday for a small trade show, firearms training, range shooting and speeches from state and national lawmakers. The Second Amendment Rally, hosted by the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the National Rifle Association and sponsored by a wealth of businesses, marked the second time in as many years that grassroots activists of all ilk had gathered for networking and to hear from prominent lawmakers. “We had such a great time and turn-out...
  • 'Shall issue' gun law sparks surge of new permits(IA)

    07/11/2011 5:09:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 10 July, 2011 | JOSH NELSON
    WAVERLY, Iowa --- The sound --- a sharp, short crack --- evoked a range of reactions. There were startled jumps from the inexperienced and subtle twitches from seasoned hands. For them, the sound of a .380 shell being expended wasn't unusual. Waverly native Jean Doeppke then fired four more rounds at a paper target. Afterward, Doeppke wasn't sure how well she did. It was her first time shooting her new handgun, which she bought at a sports shop in Waverly. The decision to buy the gun wasn't hard. "I just took off and decided I'd get me a little handgun,"...
  • The Great Missouri River Flood of 2011 [photos]

    06/26/2011 8:53:00 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 66 replies
    Picasa ^ | June 26, 2011 | Larry Geiger
    PicasaLarry Geiger This farmstead north of Omaha completely flooded. The house is hard to see due to the trees, but it is right above the smaller grain bins.   North of Omaha looking south. That is I29 under the water, next to the rail road track.   I-29 north of Omaha looking north. Looks like a dual lane boat ramp.   I-29 North of Omaha underwater.   Water flows back from the swollen river into the channels that drained the fields just a few weeks ago.   This is the coal fired power plant just south of Souix City. Look...
  • New gun ordinance(IA)

    05/26/2011 5:26:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 25 May, 2011 | Joel Bovaird
    From Joel Bovaird Creston As a citizen of the city of Creston and a valid non-professional permit to carry weapons holder, I was appalled to see that the people that we have elected to lead this fair city have decided to wage a war against my second amendment rights. The mayor and the city council have decided they want to ban law-abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves and our loved ones inside city-owned dwellings. Some may say, well, just in city-owned buildings. I say okay, but according to the ordinance, this includes city park shelters. I say where...
  • New UI Student Group Backs Carrying Guns on Campus(IA)

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — A new University of Iowa student group backs the idea of letting someone with a gun license carry the gun on campus, a move one student member says would increase personal safety. The new group, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, is a UI chapter of a national group that has about 43,000 members. Iowa State University also has a chapter. They advocate that people who are licensed to carry firearms should be allowed the same protection on campus that they have in most other places under Iowa law, August Meyer, UI senior in psychology and...
  • Gun regulation passed in Marcus(IA)

    04/18/2011 5:03:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Nancy Hohbach
    MARCUS - Citizens Tom Willems and Mario Carbo addressed the Marcus City Council Monday night about the proposed resolution prohibiting firearms and weapons in and on property either owned, maintained or otherwise occupied by the city of Marcus. Neither were in favor of it, and they felt it was going against state law and therefore this resolution would not be supported by the courts. Both feel folks have a right to carry a weapon as long as they possess a gun permit. They also questioned how the law could be enforced. Later in the meeting, the council passed the ordinance...
  • Gun permits increase substantially with law(IA)

    04/18/2011 4:57:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 7 April, 2011 | Kristina McGraine
    Since January, when gun laws in Iowa changed, the Kossuth County Sheriff has issued 350 gun permits. That’s more than were issued in all of 2010, when 266 permits were issued. The same number also were issued in 2009. Kossuth County Sheriff Steve Kollasch believes the jump in permits is the result of the new law. “This is a topic of interest right now,” he said. “I think eventually the interest will die down. A lot of people want to get one before the law changes.” On Jan. 1 of this year, Iowa became a “shall issue state,” joining 37...
  • Iowa Gun Owners Working Hard To Pass Constitutional Carry In Iowa

    03/18/2011 11:37:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 16 March, 2011 | Dudley Brown
    Colorado -–( Last month, you and I made it happen in Wyoming. Today, will you help me — and Iowa Gun Owners – pass Constitutional Carry in Iowa? Iowa Gun Owners, our boots-on-the-ground allies in Iowa, have been battling for Constitutional Carry since 2008. This year, Iowa Gun Owners has worked closely with State Senator Kent Sorenson (R-Indianola,) who introduced the Sorenson-Pearson Constitutional Carry Act. With historic gains made by ostensibly pro-gun Republicans in the November election, the state legislature should be a fertile ground for pro-freedom legislation like Constitutional Carry. While many in Republican leadership claim the mantle of...
  • Gun bills that survived the funnel(IA)

    03/05/2011 4:58:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 March, 2011 | Sean McClanahan
    More firearms bills than ever appeared in the Iowa Legislature this year. One of the milestones of every session is "funnel week." Any bill that has not cleared a committee by the end of funnel week is dead for the current year. Since Iowa's legislature runs in a two-year session, "dead" bills from 2011 can be revived in 2012. But for 2011, these are the only firearms bills that made it through the funnel and are still alive for the current session: HF7 – Stand Your Ground – Passed out of the House Public Safety Committee and will go to...
  • Prevarication by the numbers at the Des Moines Register

    02/28/2011 10:48:29 AM PST · by Josh Painter · 6 replies
    Texas for Sarah Palin | February 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM CST | Josh Painter
    This Des Moines Register Monday headline attempts to sell what appears to be bad news for Gov. Palin's presidential prospects in a key primary state - "Iowa Poll: Sarah Palin's favorability rating slips among Iowa Republicans." But does it really? Let's investigate: Sarah Palin's popularity has declined among the very voters the former Alaska governor would need to impress first were she to seek the 2012 Republican nomination for president, The Des Moines Register's new Iowa Poll shows. Palin's favorability has ebbed with Iowa Republican likely voters, whose most active members make up the state's presidential caucus electorate, in the...
  • Man Kills Dog In Self Defense

    02/22/2011 6:10:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 21 February, 2011 | NA
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- A construction worker who shot and killed a pit bull that was threatening children on Fort George Island spoke to Channel 4 Monday night about the frightening moments that lead him to pull the trigger. Kelly Multon said a pack of five dogs cornered children near by and when one of those dogs bit him, he took action. "The kids momma is a hero," said Multon. "She went out with a broomstick and fought off the dogs to get her babies in the house." Moulton said after hearing kids screaming, he jumped a fence and ran to...
  • Iowa: Home Of Pork, Poker, Prisons & Pistols? (Barf Alert)

    02/05/2011 4:53:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 3 February, 2011 | Trish Nelson
    BFIA thanks the Des Moines Register for taking a responsible stand on the gun issue. I was beginning to wonder about the newspaper Iowa depends on, with all of the multiple full-page spreads they give to the tea party every time two of them meet for coffee. But on this issue of turning Iowa into a Bruce Willis movie, the Des Moines Register made some very thoughtful points in their Monday editorial that apparently the Iowa legislators who voted to let the guns genie out of the bottle, didn't take the time to consider. They should have. Following the BFIA...
  • HSB17 slated for debate tomorrow - without the ability to carry(IA)

    02/04/2011 6:10:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 February, 2011 | Sean McClanahan
    The Iowa House Public Safety Committee (HPSC) will be meeting at 2 PM on Thursday to discuss HSB 17. This is the bill that would put the Right to Keep and Bear Arms into the Iowa Constitution. Right now, Iowa is one of only six states in the country that does NOT have this protection in our state constitution. This is the text of the amendment that is being proposed: The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and inviolable. Licensure,...
  • Iowa Marriage Amendment Passes Iowa House 62-37

    02/01/2011 3:30:26 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 54 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 2/1/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    The Iowa House passes HJR 6 by a vote of 62-37, this resolution introduces an amendment to the Iowa Constitution defining marriage to be between one man and one woman.
  • Iowa joins states with eased policy on concealed arms Switches from may to shall issue

    01/31/2011 3:58:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 30 January, 2011 | James Frazier
    CEDARFALLS, Iowa | At Scheels sporting goods store here, customers peruse the section of firearms lined up in racks and numbering in the hundreds. In the center of the section are two metal-and-glass cases, locked and barred, that contain an ample selection of modern handguns. Since the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona and a major change in Iowa’s gun laws, this case has been of special note. “Guns have been selling really well,” said Craig Michelson, who works in the store’s gun department. “Business has been good.” As of Jan. 1, Iowa joined the ranks of states...
  • Many major former Romney supporters not backing him this year?

    01/28/2011 10:06:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2011 | Allahpundit
    Most them aren’t definite no’s, but even if they’re holding out for the time being merely to see who else jumps in, that’s … not encouraging. Some, like Judd Gregg, may end up endorsing him anyway but might want to see if Daniels (or Huntsman?) declares first. Others, like DeMint, who have embraced the tea party full-fold almost certainly aren’t going to endorse him unless the entire “true conservative” bench decides not to run. Either way … not encouraging. My favorite part? Hot on the heels of a rumor that Mitt might skip Iowa, there’s now a rumor circulating that...
  • Gun toting in city buildings banned(IA)

    01/27/2011 4:17:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 25 January, 2011 | Tim Rohwer
    The ban on possessing firearms in city-owned buildings was praised by Council Bluffs officials Monday. “I think it’s a good idea,” said Police Chief Ralph O’Donnell. “It’s new and will take some adjustment, but I think it’s the right thing to do,” added Mayor Tom Hanafan. The City Council Monday evening unanimously approved a policy that prohibits people from entering or remaining in a city-owned building like City Hall with firearms in their possession. Certified law enforcement personnel would be exempted from this policy as would certain buildings like Bass Pro Shops that sells guns and the Mid-America Center that...
  • Guns are a health hazard, according to the Iowa League of Women Voters

    01/27/2011 3:56:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 January, 2010 | Sean McClanahan
    Really? Did I read this right? “Guns are a health hazard” This is the headline currently displayed on the website of the Iowa League of Women Voters. Here is reasoning that LWVIA President Myrna Loehrlein, Ph.D uses to come to that shocking announcement: The persons who were killed and wounded in the Arizona shooting are less healthy than they were before the shooting. Even the persons who escaped direct physical injury, but experienced the trauma of the event have less vigorous health than they had before. By that logic, driving is a health hazard. The people who are injured or...
  • Help Freep this poll

    01/25/2011 12:47:41 PM PST · by RickB444 · 34 replies
    KCCI TV Des Moines Iowa ^ | 1/28/2011 | RickB
    Help freep this poll. It is half way down the page on the left side. The question is Should guns be banned on local government properties?
  • More eyes on Bachmann's next visit to Iowa

    01/17/2011 12:14:33 PM PST · by pissant · 7 replies
    MPR ^ | 1/17/11 | Mark Zdechlik
    St. Paul, Minn. — When U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks Friday, Jan. 21 at an Iowans for Tax Relief fundraiser in Des Moines, her appearance will garner even more attention than usual. Bachmann regularly travels the nation appearing at conservative gatherings. But this week's trip to Iowa is being watched closely because the Minnesota Congresswoman has not ruled out a run for president next year. No stranger to the national political spotlight, Bachmann is a sought-after speaker and a tea party favorite who can easily fire up crowds and raise millions with her message of limited government and lower taxes....
  • Bachmann wows taxpayer group

    01/24/2011 6:33:49 PM PST · by pissant · 21 replies
    Journal Express ^ | 1/24/11 | Steve Woodhouse
    Des Moines — Tea Party favorite and Iowa native Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota spoke at an Iowans for Tax Relief event on Jan. 21. Iowans for Tax Relief is an organization that works to support candidates who believe in lower taxes and a more conservative government. In the last election cycle, its political action committee spent approximately $500,000 promoting candidates who share the organization's principles. Bachmann, originally from Waterloo, was the first to file a repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Congress. (Iowa's own Steve King also filed similar situation around the same time.) Elected in 2006, she...
  • E.P.A. Approves More Ethanol in Auto Fuel (Get ready to see your mechanic and void warranties)

    01/21/2011 11:38:03 AM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    ny times ^ | 1/22/2011 | By MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that cars and light trucks in the 2001 model year and later could safely use a blend of 15 percent ethanol mixed with gasoline, up from the 10 percent standard now in much of the country. The decision means that about 62 percent of all vehicles can now use the fuel. But the practical impact of the announcement on the fuel blend, known as E15, was not clear. An announcement in October that cars in the 2007 model year and later could use the blend has so far had little impact on retailers or...
  • Fort Madison City Council reverses itself on gun issue

    01/07/2011 5:06:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    FORT MADISON –– After listening to a stream of citizens object to a proposed ordinance banning those with permits from carrying guns on city properties, the Fort Madison City Council changed its mind Tuesday night. The five council members present rejected the second reading of the ordinance they had endorsed just last month after listening to citizens question the constitutionality of it and predict future litigation. Council members Tim Waggoner and Kevin Rink were absent. The ordinance would have prohibited citizens having a special permit from possessing their firearm while in city buildings or on city properties with a few...
  • Jefferson County issuing gun permit fee(IA)

    12/28/2010 5:52:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies · 5+ views ^ | 27 December, 2010 | Zoheb Hassanali
    FAIRFIELD,IOWA-- Owning a gun in Jefferson County will cost a little more money. The County Court of Supervisors voted two to one in favor of a $5 fee for permits to acquire firearms last week. This permit is different thatn the stat's permit to carry; which can cost $50 for new permits and $25 for a renewal. Officers say they are getting many requests for permits, and it's taking up their time. Critics say it interferes with the right to bear arms under the second amendment. But supporters like Supervisor Dick Reed think of it as an administrative fee, that...
  • Fort Madison council debates proposed firearm restrictions(IA)

    12/23/2010 6:03:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 22 December, 2010 | Robin Delaney
    ORT MADISON –– The first reading of an ordinance, with three amendments, restricting firearms on city property and in city-owned building was approved Tuesday night by the Fort Madison City Council. However, a move to wave the second reading of the ordinance failed. The ordinance prohibits citizens from possessing a firearm while in city buildings or on city properties with a few exceptions. Among those exceptions are law enforcement officers and military honor guards at funerals. Amendments approved Tuesday night added retired law enforcement officers with permits and elected officers with permits, Fort Madison officials are not alone in considering...
  • Real Right-To-Carry Poised To Make Huge Strides This Year(IA)

    12/21/2010 4:09:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 2+ views ^ | 20 December, 2010 | Iowa Gun Owners
    Iowa--( Two years ago, when Iowa Gun Owners was formed, Iowa had some of the worst gun laws in the country. You needed government permission to do virtually anything when it came to buying or carrying a gun for self-defense. A permit to buy…and the fees…later on a class on how to carry a gun…and pay the fee after waiting for months for the class. Later on a permit to carry…and pay another fee and wait for a few more weeks…with baited breath. After all that, the sheriff could and often times did deny your permit… …often with no explanation...
  • [Iowa] House Freshmen: IMPEACH JUSTICES

    12/16/2010 12:01:44 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 9 replies ^ | Dec. 16, 2010 | Al Bregar
    The Iowa SentinelDec. 16, 2010Al Bregar A little more than one month ago, on November 2nd, the voters of Iowa sent a very clear message that they will no longer tolerate the judicial activism that has come to characterize the Supreme Court of Iowa. For all intents and purposes that message was a loud and very clear order to Iowa’s highest court to cease and desist the unconstitutional behavior that has been so prevalent in the rulings of that court as of late. However, as Nathan Tucker at The Iowa Republican has so painstakingly pointed out; this is not the...
  • NRA to Pursue Aggressive Agenda During Iowa’s 2011 Legislative Session!

    12/15/2010 4:36:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 9 December, 2010 | NRA-ILA
    Thursday, December 09, 2010 Thanks to your support in the November 2010 elections, over 80% of NRA-PVF’s endorsed candidates were elected to the Iowa legislature. The gain in pro-gun legislators will greatly improve Iowans’ ability to continue to support a pro-gun agenda and build on the momentum from last session when Iowa joined the vast majority of the states with passage of its shall-issue Right-to-Carry law in 2010. On Monday, January 10, 2011, Iowa’s 84th General Assembly will convene and NRA, with support from Iowa Firearms Coalition, Iowa Sportsman’s Federation, and other pro-gun activists, will pursue an aggressive agenda to...
  • GUN LAWS: The NRA opposes weapons free zones around Iowa

    12/13/2010 4:17:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 12 December, 2010 | Staff
    A national organization wants Iowans to be allowed to carry guns without permission, without background checks and without training. The National Rifle Association is trying to block Iowa cities and counties from establishing "weapons free zones" in parks, city halls, courthouses and other government buildings. The NRA says Iowa residents should be able to use deadly force to defend themselves at home or anywhere they need to. A lobbyist for the organization says a major push is planned to expand gun rights in Iowa. Legislators said Friday they need to see the exact wording of any proposals before making any...
  • Steve King Op-Ed: The DREAM Act Is An Amnesty Bill That America Cannot Afford

    12/08/2010 2:16:52 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Congressman Steve King official website ^ | December 6, 2010 | Steve King
    President Obama and the liberal open-border leadership of the Democratic Party are pushing for passage of legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. They are doing this despite the fact that this costly legislation will make a difficult job market worse, will place a higher tax burden on Americans, will ensure greater difficulty in balancing budgets on the state and federal level, and will undermine respect for our nation’s immigration laws. -- Congress should wake up from this nightmare by defeating the DREAM Act. In November, voters’ concerns about the weak economy and the poor job market contributed to...
  • A Conversation with Congressman Steve King: Taking Back Congress

    12/06/2010 8:07:41 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 2 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 12/6/10 | James Simpson
    RSN: Congressman King, what can we do to take our country back? King: Well, the people have run up a new flag next to Old Glory and that is the Gadsden Flag, don’t tread on me. That is the spirit of this renewed America that we have. But what we’re doing in Congress now is basically fighting a rearguard action. We’re hanging on to the freedom we have. Now we may take some back with this new Congress, but we know we can’t sustain this unless we take the culture link to complete interview
  • New gun law widens permit holders' rights(IA)

    11/28/2010 5:49:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 7+ views ^ | 12 November, 2010 | Magdalene Landegent
    Under Iowa's new weapons permit law -- starting in 2011 -- a person with a permit could openly walk down Central Avenue with a shotgun slung in a holster across his back. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo, explaining the changes to Iowa's permit laws, said such a situation would be legal, but not likely. As of Jan. 1, people with permits can carry visible guns in public, Van Otterloo said. Before this, the law allowed Iowa sheriffs to put restrictions on nonprofessional permits to carry weapons. Those could include restrictions like being valid for concealed carry only or valid...
  • Midterms a Huge Victory for Pro Gun Candidates in Iowa

    11/06/2010 6:30:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 5 November, 2010 | Iowa Gun Owners
    Iowa--( Tuesday was a huge victory for pro-gun candidates across the state of Iowa! It was the culmination of a two year battle that youÂ’ve been a part of. To find out the good news, keep reading the article below! Yours for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Signature Aaron Dorr Executive Director Gun owners across the state, and Iowa Gun Owners members and supporters in particular, have dealt a telling blow to the anti-gunners in the State of Iowa. We have fantastic results to report below in detail. In a nutshell though, pro-gun candidates that IGO ran our...
  • Iowa GOP Files Formal Complaint

    11/01/2010 2:28:28 PM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 5 replies
    Republican Party of Iowa ^ | November 1, 2010 | Republican Party of Iowa
    Iowa GOP Files Formal Complaint: Did AG Miller Violate Federal Law? Party also files public records request regarding campaign loans from Miller’s staff DES MOINES – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today filed a formal complaint regarding Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s potential violations of the federal Hatch Act, which makes it illegal for an official like Tom Miller to use his official authority or influence to interfere with or affect an election, and also forbids an official from coercing or ordering a state employee to contribute anything of value to his campaign. The federal law covers Miller...
  • Watch Out, Corruptocrats…Rep. Steve King Discusses the Looming Congressional Investigations

    10/31/2010 10:55:08 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 30, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Look Out ACORN… Head For the Hills, Corruptocrats… You may find yourself spilling the beans before a Congressional panel before you know it. The former community organizer may have a difficult road ahead of him in the 2012 elections, not just because of his disastrous policies, but because his favorite organizers are about to be investigated. I spoke with conservative Rep. Steve King (R-IA) this week and he admitted that ACORN has a big target on its back. --SNIP-- On Obamacare- Rep King says it’s got to be pulled out by the roots. --SNIP-- Question: Can you talk about any...
  • Iowa Backlash – Kent Sorenson Positive 2A Record Twisted by Anti-Gun Appel

    10/31/2010 6:04:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 29 October, 2010 | Jeff Knox
    Manassas, VA --( Earlier this year I wrote about and participated in a brouhaha regarding concealed carry in Iowa. The NRA had put forward a poor excuse for a carry reform bill that made the already complex maze that is Iowa’s gun law even more complex and dangerous to Second Amendment rights. Several of us were trying hard to get the bill improved before it ended up doing more damage than good. The hero of that fight was a young State Representative named Kent Sorenson who is now being attacked for being too supportive of gun rights by his opponent...
  • Some Iowa Sheriffs are hitting the panic button over the new firearms law

    10/29/2010 7:59:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 October, 2010 | Sean McClanahan
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ran an article today, in which I was interviewed. Overall, I have to say that it was a fairly well balanced article without a lot of editorial slant from the reporter. However, as we have often seen since Governor Culver signed SF-2379 into law, there are still some in Iowa that believe the sky is going to start falling on January 1 when Chapter 724 undergoes a wide range of changes. In an attempt to (once again) refute the doomsday predictions of those who believe that Iowa will revert to some sort of O.K. Corral or...
  • Ron Paul to speak in Iowa next week

    10/21/2010 11:02:08 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 13 replies
    Iowa Independent ^ | October 20, 2010 | Jason Hancock
    U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, will campaign for Republican legislative candidates and speak at the University of Iowa Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:45 p.m. The group organizing Paul’s speech, the university’s Young Americans for Liberty and Campaign for Liberty, are billing the event as “fueling speculation that he may challenge other Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa’s 2012 primary.” “Dr. Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign threw him into the national spotlight as a different kind of Republican,” said Ani DeGroot, president of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter. “He has called for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a...
  • Ottumwa retreats, while Gardner complains(IA)(Gun ban)

    10/20/2010 7:35:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 October, 2010 | Sean McClanahan
    Various news sources, including The Heartland Connection, are reporting that Ottmwa has decided to NOT bring up a proposed anti-gun ordinance at tonight's City Council meeting. This was originally reported in my Examiner column yesterday. While that is good news, there is a wrinkle – the ordinance change hasn't been killed. According to sources in Ottumwa, it's been tabled with the option to bring it back up for consideration a later date. Gun rights advocates can be pleased with the decision to table the change. Ottumwa needs to realize that despite their best efforts to hide the true intention of...