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  • Photos: Officer Kerrie Orozco visitation, vigil, funeral

    05/27/2015 11:05:03 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 56 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 05/27/2015 | Omaha World Herald (Various)
    At the link is a very cool slide show of pictures from the funeral of Officer Kerrie Orozco from yesterday. http://odc.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=5002&p=5978
  • More than 1,000 applicants seek unpaid Clinton fellowships in Iowa

    05/27/2015 1:24:18 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 5/26/2015 | James Q. Lynch
    DES MOINES — While many Iowans scatter to the coasts, mountains and “Up North” in summer, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is hearing from a lot of people who want to spend the next few months here. Hillary for Iowa, the 2016 presidential hopeful’s campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, reports receiving applications from more than 1,000 people who want to be Clinton fellows in Iowa this summer. Interviews are underway for the Hillary for Iowa Organizing Fellowship program, which will give those selected the opportunity to learn organizing strategies as full-time volunteers on the former secretary of state’s Iowa caucus...
  • 15-Year-Old Dies Playing Game He Loves

    05/25/2015 10:21:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KAAL ^ | 05/25/2015
    Police say a 15-year-old baseball player has died after being struck by a ball in the northern Minnesota city of Bemidji. snip Police say Zacharie was pitching and was struck by a ball that a batter hit. He died later at a hospital.
  • Teen Girl Credited For Saving Younger Brother from Abduction

    05/25/2015 10:31:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KAAL ^ | 05/23/2015
    Police are crediting a teenage girl with saving her younger brother from being kidnapped from the family's home in Ames. SNIP Police say the boy's older sister chased the suspect into the front yard and was able to get her brother away from the suspect. SNIP
  • Carly Fiorina Talks, Iowa Swoons

    05/24/2015 9:19:26 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 16 replies
    NY Times | Link Only
    But the line to meet one candidate, Carly Fiorina, a former Silicon Valley executive whose name recognition is negligible among voters, snaked down the hallway. For more than an hour, Iowans filed into the suite for their chance to meet Ms. Fiorina.
  • 5 reasons the Iowa Straw Poll does not matter

    05/22/2015 6:07:08 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    PersonalLiberty.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON (TNS) — R.I.P., Iowa Straw Poll. Badly wounded in 2011, it was lethally wounded Thursday.Mike Huckabee announced he won’t compete this year. Neither will Jeb Bush. So far, no one except Donald Trump has committed to participating — if he runs.For years, the circuslike summer event served mainly as a test of how much money candidates for the Republican nomination would spend to buy tickets for attendees, on buses to get them there, and on barbecue and music to entertain them so they would support them in a non-binding “poll.”And the Democrats, who ban all straw polls as a...
  • Former Iowa caucuses winner Mike Huckabee to skip straw poll

    05/21/2015 6:30:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    WTMA, Charleston, SC ^ | May 21, 2015 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the 2008 Iowa caucuses winner, is running again for the GOP presidential nomination, but this time he’ll skip the state’s high profile straw poll. Huckabee, who took second place in the 2007 survey, announced Thursday morning in a Des Moines Register op-ed that he won’t compete on the Iowa straw poll, instead saying that he wants to focus his resources on winning the state’s official caucus. “I appreciate the Iowa GOP for recognizing the need for some reforms, but playing to win in the straw poll still requires a heavy concentration of staff...
  • Video: Iowa Democrats can’t name a Hillary accomplishment either

    05/20/2015 7:42:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    During the 2008 election, a local Democratic official got stuck for an answer during a Hardball interview when asked to name Barack Obama’s accomplishments. Seven years later, a roomful of Iowa Democrats gets stumped by Mark Halperin when asking the same question about Hillary Clinton and her years at the White House. One respondent, clearly embarrassed, laughs and asks Halperin, “You want to give me a minute?” She then adds, “Give me two minutes”:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The only substantive response comes from a young man who basically argues that at least she’s not Scott Walker. He...
  • Columba Bush raises her profile with Iowa newspaper op-ed

    05/19/2015 3:18:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/19/15 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Columba Bush, the wife of expected Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush, continued to increase her public profile this week with an op-ed on domestic violence in Iowa's biggest newspaper. Her Des Moines Register op-ed asked readers to offer their support for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where Bush writes she spent "quality time" on Friday. "It was inspiring to learn from our domestic violence leaders about the transforming process that Iowa implemented to maximize limited financial resources while creating a regional-based comprehensive service delivery program for domestic violence survivors and their children," she wrote.
  • In Iowa for second visit, Clinton keeps to her low-key, tilt-left strategy

    05/18/2015 11:06:45 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Robert Costa
    MASON CITY, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s appearance here Monday at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson — one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa — spoke volumes about the political pitch and style of her nascent presidential campaign. Even as a global celebrity and the overwhelming Democratic front-runner, Clinton is doggedly focused at this early stage on highlighting her progressive values and on what she called “people-to-people connections” — aggressive organizing in the state where she placed a disappointing third in the 2008 caucuses. The event — the first of Clinton’s two-day visit —...
  • Hillary to Visit Home of Iowa Gay Married Couple

    05/18/2015 8:42:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    HRC Blog ^ | May 18, 2015 | Hayley Miller,
    Original Title:Hillary Clinton to Visit Home of Iowa Gay Married Couple Today, Hillary Clinton visited two longtime HRC members in Iowa. Clinton will visit Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who were one of the first same-sex couples to marry in Iowa, at their home in Mason City with other Democratic activists, Last month, Hillary Clinton made history when her presidential campaign launched with a video featuring same-sex couples and marriage equality. A few days later, a Clinton spokesperson announced that the presidential candidate urges the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor marriage equality, citing the constitution's clear guarantee of...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Hillary hides from reporters with SECOND secret party of the day (95 MPH escape)

    05/19/2015 2:27:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/19/15 | David Martosko
    EXCLUSIVE: Hillary hides from reporters with SECOND secret party of the day as her security forces race across Iowa at 95 MPH to dodge pursuing journalists For reporters trying to cover the opening months of Hillary Rodham Clinton's second presidential campaign, Waterloo, Iowa might be her Waterloo. On Monday night the Clinton camp held a private campaign party at the home of a wealthy pharmacist in the central Iowa town – a longtime Democratic Party figure – and Daily Mail Online was the only media outlet to make it to the address. Other press outlets can't be faulted, however: Clinton's...
  • Medved: Invisible armies of evangelicals can't deliver victory in 2016

    05/18/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    USA Today | May 18, 2015 | Michael Medved
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/05/18/christian-evangelicals-elections-demographics-medved-column/26474707/
  • Cruz nomination would set up a clear choice

    05/17/2015 7:31:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 17, 2015 | Former Rep. Dave Nagle (D-Iowa)
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is running for president. His candidacy should not be overlooked. Many are not familiar with him, which is not surprising because for most of Iowa it is still very early in the caucus process. But the senator has attributes that may distinguish him from an unusually crowded field of GOP contenders. First, he went to Harvard. No, I am not writing about Ted Kennedy, I am saying this fellow actually went to not just Harvard, but the Harvard Law School after doing his undergraduate work at Princeton University. He is well educated and very intelligent....
  • Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma

    05/17/2015 3:44:14 PM PDT · by VinL · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/17/2015 | Jennifer Shutt
    There’s a game of chicken going on in Iowa right now. When Jeb Bush revealed this week that he will blow off the state GOP’s famed August straw poll, he left the future of the event to Scott Walker. Since all of the top tier presidential prospects are waiting to see who will compete before they commit to the straw poll this year, if the Wisconsin governor — and current Iowa front-runner — declines to participate, there’s a good chance Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and other candidates will follow suit. Walker, who’s publicly non-committal, leads in recent Iowa polls, may...
  • Jeb Bush Announces Plans to 'Campaign Hard' in Iowa

    05/17/2015 2:19:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 17, 2015 | Perry Bacon, Jr.
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday declared he would aggressively campaign to win the caucuses here, ending any doubt about his participation in the first contest of the GOP primary but also opening himself up to the possibility of a defeat that could severely harm his candidacy. With Bush trying to win here, the more than 100,000 Republicans in his state who are expected to participate in the Iowa caucuses next February will play an even more important role in winnowing a field that will likely include more than a dozen candidates. And wooing Iowa's...
  • Iowa Judge dismisses entire jury pool because 111 of the 112 are white

    05/16/2015 3:37:16 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/13/2015
    Iowa judge dismisses entire jury pool in murder trial of black man because 111 of the 112 people are white An Iowa judge has dismissed a 112-member jury pool after determining that a black man charged with murder couldn't get a fair trial 111 members of the jury identified as white Tyrone Washington Jr., 41, of Northwood, Iowa is accused in the August 2013 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Justina Smith Defense attorney Charles Kenville requested to have jury pool stricken, and Judge Colleen Weiland granted his motion An Iowa judge has dismissed a 112-member jury pool after determining that...
  • Jeb Bush May Skip Iowa In 2016, Sources Say (Not Just Straw Poll)

    05/14/2015 6:52:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 13, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    Jeb Bush’s decision to forego this summer’s Iowa Straw Poll has roiled many conservatives in the state, but that snub might only be the beginning: According to three sources with knowledge of Bush’s campaign strategy, the likely Republican presidential candidate does not plan to seriously contest the first-in-the-nation caucuses — and may ultimately skip the state altogether. Tim Miller, a spokesman for Bush, strongly denied that the candidate planned to write off Iowa, and suggested those who say otherwise are merely speculating. “There is nobody with any shred of authority or proximity to Gov. Bush suggesting that, should he decide...
  • Exclusive — Mike Huckabee To Republicans In Congress: Don’t Revive Obamatrade

    05/13/2015 2:59:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 May 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    After Senate Democrats helped partially kill—or at least temporarily stall—Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s desire to implement President Barack Obama’s trade agenda on Thursday, McConnell and his fellow GOP leadership folks vowed to bring it back to life again. But former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, says Republicans should leave it dead rather than hurting American workers with a big, secret trade deal none of them have read.
  • Surprise: Jeb Bush skipping Iowa straw poll in August

    05/12/2015 1:47:23 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Lotta buzz about this in the political Twittersphere this afternoon. I can’t figure out why. The likely Republican presidential candidate will instead attend a competing event, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, the day of the Iowa event, GOP sources in Iowa told The Des Moines Register Tuesday. A spokesman for Bush confirmed the report…
  • Walker Adopts Session’s Hard Line on Immigration, Dividing Himself from the Rest of the Field

    05/11/2015 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the all-but-declared Republican presidential candidate currently leading the polls in Iowa, sounds more like Alabama senator Jeff Sessions when he discusses immigration issues these days. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal-immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages,” Walker told Glenn Beck on April 20. “It is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today, is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that to...
  • Rand Paul, Ted Cruz Top Caffeinated Thoughts Reader Straw Poll (Cruz leads in Iowa)

    05/11/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | May 11, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Caffeinated Thoughts completed a non-scientific poll of our readership from May 1-8, 2015. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) leads overall being first choice for just shy of 37% of those polled. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leads among Iowan readers with almost 29% saying he is their first choice. Our overall results (1st Choice): 1. U.S. Senator Rand Paul – 36.8% 2. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz – 19.6% 3. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum – 11.2% 4. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry – 8.0% 5. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – 5.2% 6. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio – 4.0% 7. Former...
  • Tornado hits our county - Mother's Day 2015 - Lake City, Iowa

    05/11/2015 8:17:54 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 11 replies
    Youtube and KCCI ^ | 5-10-2015 | Jacob Dickey
    Lake City, Iowa, which is one town west of us, got hit pretty hard. Took the roof off the high school. I haven't heard of any injuries or deaths, thank God. Our power is still off this morning. Lots of power lines and transformers flattened just west and north of us. Please keep all of those who were hit in prayer, not only here but from here to Texas. And stay safe. Looks like a pretty wild and wooly storm season is here. Watch the video here: Lake City, IA Incredible Multi-Vortex Tornado 5-10-15 RAW FOOTAGE An article about the...
  • Republican rep explains how Obama incited race riots, starting with the ‘Beer Summit’

    05/10/2015 12:31:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Bizpac ^ | 5/10/15
    Iowa Rep. Steve King took President Obama to task Saturday, blaming him for the conditions that caused civil unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson. “President Obama has consistently driven wedges between people. And he perceives a difference on race, maybe on ethnicity, well yes on ethnicity, sexual orientation—wedge after wedge after wedge. I didn’t really imagine they were going to drive a wedge between the law and law-breakers,” King told reporters at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville. King cited the example of Obama’s “Beer Summit” early in his first term with Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard...
  • Why Jeb Bush Can’t Spend His Way to the Win

    05/10/2015 11:28:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 7, 2015 | Alex Roarty
    The GOP presidential primary is on course to be flooded with super PAC money. But in 2016, candidates will need more than a little dough to win over voters.The GOP could have a dozen deep-pocketed presidential contenders, and they'll all learn next year that when it comes to actual votes, that extra money doesn't buy what it used to. Already, super PACs are arming second- and third-tier candidates with tens of millions of dollars while the supposed GOP front-runner, Jeb Bush, promises a record-setting haul. This combined fundraising guarantees that by the time Republicans have picked their nominee in summer...
  • Ben Carson: Let’s slash Big Oil to pay for ethanol

    05/10/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Well this is certainly disappointing. With all of the newly emerging candidates running around the early primary and caucus states talking to anyone who will listen it gets difficult to keep track of them all. But there’s one bit of news out of Iowa from earlier this week which is definitely worth a quick rewind and a better look. Newly announced presidential contender Ben Carson was out talking to the Cornhuskers and the inevitable subjects of ethanol, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and subsidies for King Corn came up. The answer from the esteemed neurosurgeon was dismaying even compared to...
  • Scott Walker Targets Jeb Bush in South Carolina Speech

    05/09/2015 3:01:57 PM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies
    NR.com ^ | 5/9/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Greenville, S.C. — Governor Scott Walker’s appearance at the South Carolina Freedom Summit wasn’t quite a series of standing ovations interrupted by his speech, but it was close. “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” an an attendee shouted over the applause as the Wisconsin governor walked on stage. Walker pointed at the man and repeated the word as he began his speech in praise of the military. It was a fitting opening for Walker, who rooted his policy statements in his middle-class background and alluded to his family throughout the speech — as if he planned to convince votes that he is the...
  • Iowa Kingmaker Ditches Huckabee: He Sounds Like Hillary; I’m Going with Cruz

    05/08/2015 11:19:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Despite his socially-conservative bona fides, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially lost the support of Iowa’s influential talk radio host Steve Deace — a dramatic shift from their supportive relationship in the 2008 Republican Party primaries. Deace has been described as a “hitmaker” and “one of the most powerful Republicans you’ve never heard of” because his stumping for Huckabee was seen as a substantial contributor to the former governor’s 2008 Iowa caucus victory. But, in 2016, Deace is not thrilled with Huckabee’s support for entitlement programs. As MMfA first reported, during the May 6 edition of the Steve Deace...
  • The Honeymoon Is Over: Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Turns On Huckabee

    05/07/2015 5:26:20 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Wpoplar ^ | 5/7/2015 | Daniel Angster
    Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who supported recently-announced presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R) during his 2008 White House bid, expressed grave disappointment over the fact that the former Arkansas governor supports certain entitlement programs, which Huckabee outlined in his May 4 candidacy announcement. Deace's rejection of Huckabee comes in the wake of his praise and early support for one of Huckabee's challengers for the GOP nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). During the May 6 episode of the Steve Deace Show, Deace played former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy announcement speech but frequently interrupted it so that he and his...
  • Iowa radio host bashes Huckabee [Steve Deace]

    05/07/2015 2:46:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 07, 2015, 04:43 pm | Ben Kamisar
    A former key Iowa ally of Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during his 2008 presidential bid blasted his views on entitlement programs.Radio host Steve Deace delivered a line-by-line takedown of pieces of Huckabee’s presidential announcement speech, specifically honing in on his calls to save “safety nets like Medicare and Social Security.”“These are not safety nets, these are entitlements. Those programs are the basis for a permanent welfare state,” Deace said Wednesday on the “Steve Deace Show,” according to audio provided by the liberal-leaning Media Matters.“We can’t afford this, we are currently $18 trillion in debt. To make all those entitlement welfare...
  • Iowa hirings suggest Donald Trump serious about 2016 White House bid

    05/07/2015 4:10:40 AM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/6/2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    There are growing signs — including hiring key staff in Iowa — that after years of bluster, businessman Donald Trump is actually serious about making a run for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Mr. Trump has spent years hyping a potential run, and most of the political world now writes off his rumination as another publicity stunt from the fox-haired New York real estate mogul and reality television guru. But Steve Scheffler, Republican National Committee member from Iowa, said the billionaire has beefed up his team in the first caucus state with some notable hires, including Chuck Laudner, the operative...
  • Can Mike Huckabee win back his Iowa flock?

    05/07/2015 10:41:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    KSPR-TV / CNN ^ | May 7, 2015 | Sara Murray
    OSKALOOSA, Iowa (CNN) - If Mike Huckabee hopes to be anointed victor of the Iowa caucuses once again, he better prepare to retread a lot of familiar ground. "Luck is good. Voters are better," Huckabee quipped as Nathan Johnson wished luck upon the newly official presidential candidate as he stopped by a local coffee shop Wednesday. Huckabee had Johnson's vote when he won the 2008 Iowa caucuses. This time around, the 33-year-old from Oskaloosa is eyeing a top tier: Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He's biding his time to see how the candidates perform as...
  • Republican Huckabee appeals to working class in launching 2016 bid

    05/06/2015 7:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Mitchell Daily Republic / Reuters ^ | May 6, 2015 | Steve Barnes
    Republican Mike Huckabee launched a bid for his party's 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, zeroing in on the plight of blue-collar American workers who have been left behind in the country's rebound from the Great Recession. The 59-year-old former Arkansas governor and former host of a popular Fox News television show is considered a long shot in the widening race to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election. He is the sixth Republican to make a formal run. Huckabee's emphasis on American workers marks an attempt to expand his base beyond social conservative voters who the former Southern...
  • Jeb Bush is getting torched in Iowa

    05/06/2015 12:11:41 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 6, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    It doesn't look as if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) path to the White House will run through Iowa. Bush, widely viewed as a presidential front-runner on the Republican side, scored just 5% in the first primary state in a new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday. The survey found Bush in seventh place among likely caucus goers — behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Walker, with 21%, was by far the leader in the poll. Rubio...
  • Poll: Jeb Bush trails most of Republican field in Iowa (Amnesty tour flop alert)

    05/06/2015 7:59:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/6/15 | Theodore Schleifer
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be the most popular Republican presidential hopeful nationwide, but he trails his rivals badly in the critical state of Iowa, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Only 5% of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers told Quinnipiac University pollsters that they planned to vote for Bush, placing him No. 7 in the field of declared or potential 2016 candidates. Even worse for Bush: He may not have as much room to grow over the next year as other candidates do. One-quarter of Republicans said they definitely could not support Bush, the lowest ceiling of support...
  • Heartsill on Cruz's Iowa leadership team

    05/05/2015 11:26:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Knoxville Journal Express ^ | May 5, 2015 | Steve Woodhouse
    With five Republicans already declared to be in the race for the presidential nomination, Rep. Greg Heartsill has already chosen a candidate. Heartsill is serving on Sen. Ted Cruz's Iowa leadership team. "I admire him," Heartsill said is the reason he chose to join Cruz's camp, so early in the caucus campaign. He described Cruz as a courages conservative who "talks the conservative talk and walks the conservative walk." Heartsill is serving the Cruz campaign strictly as a volunteer. House ethics rules would allow him to be a paid consultant, but he does not want that role. "I'm working for...
  • Iowa Caucus Kingmaker Assesses 2016 GOP Field [Read this]

    05/02/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 2, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Arguably the most important Republican presidential endorsement to precede the 2016 Iowa Caucuses will come from Bob Vander Plaats, who failed on three occasions to become governor of Iowa. And over here in the ‘nobody cares’ pile is Terry Branstad, Iowa’s current Republican head of state and the soon-to-be longest-serving governor in the history of this nation. How a man with that kind of stature can have zero impact on presidential politics is a solid lesson in pyrrhic victories. The reason for such a counter-intuitive reality is simple. It’s a matter of having convictions versus pursuing positions. Vander Plaats is...
  • Exploratory Committee Being Formed For Ted Cruz Blimp and Supporting Activities

    05/01/2015 10:19:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Ted Cruz Blimp site ^ | May 1, 2015
    Does it make sense to fly a blimp for Ted Cruz?At least one, probably several. Can enough money be raised?No doubt. What else will it take?To do the Ted Cruz Blimp successfully and efficiently we’ll have many teams working together. We put the Ron Paul Blimp teams together in about six weeks in 2007 and, even though we did quite well, we also made a lot of mistakes. Because we have more time now to do better advance planning, we can be even more efficient and more successful with the Ted Cruz Blimp. Teams Before we raise any money or...
  • Ted Cruz ‘hitting on a lot of cylinders’ in presidential campaign: Insiders say rollout exceptional

    04/29/2015 8:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s month-old presidential campaign has won strong reviews from GOP insiders in key states who say he’s managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters, and his allies have proved they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars to boost his bid. The Texan’s presidential aspirations hinge on his ability to lay claim to being the chief conservative alternative in the race, which means he’ll have to find a way to expand beyond the tea party and social conservative base that he begins with. “He is expanding his base, and he is right...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa

    04/29/2015 11:18:59 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 4/29/2015 | Ed Tibbets
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • Ted Cruz taps Matt Schultz to head Iowa campaign (Supported Santorum's winning caucus bid)

    04/29/2015 11:08:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 29, 2015 | Mark Preston
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has chosen former Secretary of State Matt Schultz to chair his Iowa campaign in his bid for the Republican Party's nomination for president. Schultz, who currently serves as the Madison County attorney, supported Sen. Rick Santorum in his failed 2012 presidential campaign, though he won the Republican Iowa caucuses. "He is a consistent conservative who cares about liberty and won't back down from a fight,"(continued)
  • CNN Analyst: Obama Used "Racist" Term Describing Baltimore Rioters as "Thugs"

    04/29/2015 6:42:28 AM PDT · by rightistight · 45 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/29/15 | Aurelius
    CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin had choice words for President Obama last night when she appeared on “The Lead” with Jake Tapper. ...“Both Mayor Rawlings-Blake and President Obama, today, using the word “thug,”” Tapper said after showing a clip of Mayor Rawlings-Blake speaking. “Sunny, you take issue that?” “I do,” Hostin responded. “It’s not a word, certainly, that I’m comfortable with. It’s not a word that I use. I think that we can all agree that that word, that term has been racialized, and I think what I saw during the riots was, I saw a lot of crimes being...
  • New SarahPAC Mailer Strongly Suggests Sarah Palin Will Mount A 2016 Presidential Bid

    04/28/2015 5:17:11 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 124 replies
    A Time for Choosing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Gary P Jackson
    By Gary P Jackson Many long time supporters of Governor Sarah Palin, those of us who have followed her career since early 2007, a year and a half before she was to be chosen as the Republican nominee for Vice President and became an international figure, have been wondering why the Governor has been silent now that several Republicans, including her good friend Ted Cruz, have announced they are officially in for 2016. Maybe, just maybe we have our answer.
  • Scott Walker up double digits in Iowa: poll

    04/28/2015 11:01:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    A new poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sitting atop a handful of 2016 GOP contenders in the early presidential state of Iowa, notching a 10-point lead over his nearest rival. Mr. Walker, who has not yet officially declared his candidacy, was the choice of 23 percent of Republicans, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 13 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 12 percent, according to the survey released Tuesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling......................"
  • Republican 2016 Hopefuls Court Iowa's 'Super Volunteers'

    04/28/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 27, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    The state’s most dedicated activists are getting showered with attention.CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—The Monday after Easter, 73-year-old Joni Scotter found herself at the hospital for the second time in as many days. The two-time cancer survivor, having just been treated for a skin condition, was about to be hospitalized for three days after a series of tests revealed another problem: kidney failure. It didn't take long for the well-wishes to pour in from concerned friends, family—and Republican presidential contenders. Jeb Bush sent flowers and a handwritten note. Ted Cruz passed along flowers as well. Scott Walker mailed a copy of his...
  • The All-Important Race for Iowa’s Evangelicals Is Wide Open (Cruz "lit up audience")

    04/28/2015 9:16:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 27, 2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    “The Evangelical voting bloc is a dead thing,” Iowa Republican activist Tom Stockebrand says, a glint of mischief in his eye. A top state party official nods in agreement. “If you didn’t see it tonight, it’s 2015 now. Those days are gone.” He’s speaking as attendees stream noisily out of a packed auditorium in Waukee, Iowa, at Point of Grace church, the site of this year’s Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in the state. It’s nearly 10:00 p.m., and for the past five hours around 1,000 conservative Evangelicals have sat on raised bleachers, listening to nine potential White House contenders...
  • Why Europeans and Asian Communities Shake Their Heads at How Americans Choose Our Presidents.

    04/27/2015 7:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | April 27, 2015 | Mary Buffett, Author, international speaker, entrepreneur, political and environmental activist
    Now that I'm back after some travels, I often wonder what my European and Asian friends will think of the upcoming 2016 Presidential race. On the Democratic side, they believe that Hillary Clinton appears to have the upper hand. However, somewhere out in Iowa, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is trying to build an insurgency to Clinton's left. On the Republican side, it appears that everybody under the sun is off and running, including moderates Jeb Bush, evangelicals like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Tea Partiers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Libertarians like Rand Paul. In the end,...
  • Iowa Radio Host: Religious Freedom Top Conservative Presidential Issue

    04/27/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Nationally syndicated radio host and columnist for the Washington Times, Steve Deace, explained that there are three specific issues animating the 2016 Republican presidential contest. “If you are weak on these, don’t even show up,” Deace cautioned conservative Republican presidential aspirants. “This is sort of the triumvirate of issues. That is amnesty, that is religious freedom, and the other is Common Core. If you are soft on these issues, or have been in the past, you’re done.” The author of Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, told Breitbart senior writer and guest host of Breitbart News Sunday airing...
  • Zogby: Iowa Winner Isn't Accurate Predictor of GOP Nominee

    04/27/2015 6:53:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 27, 2015 | Melissa Clyne
    The plentiful field of Republican presidential hopefuls may be both a blessing and a curse, according to conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, who appeared Monday on "America’s Forum" with pollster John Zogby to discuss the weekend’s Faith and Freedom Summit in Iowa and the importance of a candidate doing well in the Hawkeye State. "The good news is a great field and a lot of full-spectrum conservatives," said Vander Plaats on Newsmax TV. "The bad news is it's a great field, which means it's going to divide our vote. If we have that kind of splintering, can we really unite...