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  • Biden: Why, "Yes We Do" Want to Raise Your Taxes By $1 Trillion!

    10/04/2012 9:13:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 4. 2012 | Heather Ginsberg
    In his speech Biden says: "On top of the trillions of dollars of spending that we have already cut, we’re gonna ask – yes – we’re gonna ask the wealthy to pay more," said Biden. "My heart breaks, come on man. You know the phrase they always use? Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. Guess what? Yes we do in one regard. We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy. That’s not a tax...
  • Iowa's Early Voting Dismisses Debate Game-Changers

    09/29/2012 6:22:06 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept. 28th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    I don't like early voting, and think it should be reserved for the military and some seniors. This year is a great example of why debates could sway voters. Foreign affairs, the deaths of Americans in Libya, the truth about our country's financial future are all up for debate. They are serious issues and all answers will be viewed, not only by Americans, but by the world.
  • Iowa: Romney leads Obama in latest TIR Poll

    09/28/2012 7:14:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Iowa Republican ^ | 09/27/2012 | Craig Robinson
    The stories of Mitt Romney’s demise in Iowa may be exaggerated. While the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll results have caused NBC to move Iowa from being a toss-up to a lean Democrat state, a new TIR-Voter/Consumer Research poll suggests otherwise. The poll of registered voters conducted between September 23rd and September 25th shows Romney with a one-point lead over President Obama in Iowa.Respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the election for president were held today. Forty-seven percent chose Republican Mitt Romney, while 46 percent said Democrat Barack Obama. Two percent said neither, one percent refused...
  • 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.”
  • What can I make of this?

    09/26/2012 12:23:53 PM PDT · by ctpsb · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 09/21/2012 | National Journal Staff
    With absentee and early voting set to begin next week in IowaIowaPopulation (2010): 3,046,355Registered Voters: 31.20% R, 33.40% D, 35.40% I Governor: Gov. Terry Branstad (R)Senators: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), Sen. Thomas Harkin (D) Read Full Almanac Profile », a battleground state in the presidential race, Democrats have a 6-1 edge in ballot requests so far, The Wall Street Journal reported....
  • In a Tight Race, Obama Draws on the Levers of His Power

    09/20/2012 12:01:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2012 | Peter Baker and Eric Lipton
    For months, government lawyers and economists worked behind the scenes to develop a trade case against China. Then last month came a eureka moment: They confirmed the existence of a Chinese subsidy program for automobiles and parts that in their view violated international trade rules. They finished a complaint, circulated it among agencies and proposed a time frame for filing. That’s when President Obama’s political team took over, providing a textbook example of how an incumbent can harness the power of the office to bolster the case for re-election. Rather than leave it to the trade office to announce the...
  • Election 2012: Iowa President: Romney 47% Obama 44%

    09/20/2012 11:20:44 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 91 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 09/20/2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Mitt Romney remains slightly ahead in the swing state of Iowa. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters shows Romney with 47% support to President Obama’s 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Salena Zito: Hawkeye Dems disgruntled

    09/17/2012 1:39:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 15, 2012 | Salena Zito
    GLIDDEN, Iowa - William J. Clinton and three other locals — Tim, Jeff and Jack, who declined to give their last names — sat at the Dairy Mart lunch counter, a Carroll County roadside staple on the Lincoln Highway for more than 60 years. Besides a name, Clinton said, he shares only one thing with America’s 42nd president: “We are both from the South and both Democrats.” He and his lunch-counter buddies voiced displeasure with America’s direction. “Let me tell you something,” Clinton said. “It takes more than pretty words to run the country. I was fooled once by the...
  • Hawkeye State Races All Turn Competitive

    09/14/2012 12:24:04 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Sept. 12, 2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    When the presidential campaigns bombarded Iowa over the summer, there was an unintended consequence: Every House race in the state became more competitive. Consequently, a state once expected to feature one or two competitive House races could see all four seats in play. This newfound dynamic slightly favors Republicans, who face tough climbs to unseat Democratic incumbents in two eastern Iowa seats. But Democrats also reap the benefits of a more competitive field that is energizing their candidates in the western half of the state, including Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) in his marquee battle with Rep. Tom Latham (R). The...
  • Iowa Gets in Bed with People Who Hate Us

    09/14/2012 5:31:16 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 4 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-09-14 11:25:05 | Trent Thevenot
    As Americans were being targeted in Libya and Egypt, our governments continue to do business with people who hate us.   Just a week ago, Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad announced an incentive deal to bring Orascom Construction Industries to Iowa to build a fertilizer plant. The incentives are greater than Obama's stimulus plan, which the National Review estimated to cost $185,000 per job.   Branstad's package comes out to more than $700,000 per job. A separate package from Lee County Iowa comes out to $707,000 per job. On top of those two gifts, the federal government's Midwest Disaster Area bonds...
  • Judge Blocks Iowa Plan Challenging Voters (once again, judicial tyranny)

    09/14/2012 9:36:40 PM PDT · by hawkeye101 · 6 replies
    A district court judge says Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz cannot move forward with new rules that would challenge voters appearing on databases as noncitizens. Judge Mary Pat Gunderson issued a ruling Friday blocking Schultz from implementing voting rules he established without holding a public hearing. Schultz created the new rules in July, using an administrative emergency rulemaking process. He says he needed to act quickly before the November election because noncitizens might be registered to vote. Both Sides of Lawsuit React Here is the news release issued by Secretary of State Matt Schultz: Secretary of State Matt Schultz...
  • Romney campaign releases ads for 8 battleground states (CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, NC, OH, and VA)

    09/07/2012 5:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | September 7, 2012 | Gregory Wallace
    Less than an hour after President Barack Obama had stepped off of the Democratic National Convention stage, Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign announced 15 new, state-specific television advertisements which the campaign says will run in 8 battlegrounds. A week ago, Romney was officially made the Republican Party's presidential nominee, granting him access to a substantial war chest set aside for the general election. His campaign largely stayed off of television during the Democratic National Convention, which concluded after Obama's speech on Thursday. --snip-- Now that Romney has officially been named the GOP nominee his campaign will get its hands on...
  • Obama, University of Iowa disrespect American flag – lays it on the ground for campaign event

    09/07/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    FireAndreaMitchell ^ | 9/7/12 | staff
    The only thing that might be surprising as Obama and the University of Iowa’s disrespect of the American flag is that they didn’t replace the 50 stars with a hammer and sickle, or just Obama’s face like some others have done. Check out what the Obama campaign and University of Iowa did today to the American flag earlier today (From The Blaze photo credit University of Iowa):
  • Sen Tom Harkin: Clint Eastwood 'angry white' nonsense

    09/04/2012 9:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 4, 2012 | Kevin Robillard
    Clint Eastwood is the “perfect icon” for the GOP, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said Tuesday, describing the legendary actor as “an old angry white man spewing incoherent nonsense.” The Des Moines Register reported the 72-year-old Harkin made his comments on the Iowa delegation’s breakfast this morning in Charlotte, N.C. “We’ve got our work cut out for us this week, folks, following the Republican convention,” Harkin told the delegates. “I mean, how are we ever going to match Clint Eastwood? I got to thinking he is the perfect icon for today’s Republican tea party: an old angry white man spewing incoherent...
  • Obama Greeted At Sioux City Airport With “We Did Build This” Banner…

    09/02/2012 3:42:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 2, 2012
    Heh. (ABC News) — President Obama received a less than warm welcome and a warning upon arrival at the airport here on the second stop of his Iowa visit, which was aimed at recapturing some of the magic the state gave his run to the White House in 2008.Greeting Air Force One as it touched down under sunny skies and sultry heat was a hand-painted banner draped across the top of an airplane hangar that reads, “Obama Welcome to SUX – We Did Build This.” “SUX” is the airport code for Sioux City.The message appeared to be a response President...
  • Actions of States Like Iowa Brought About RNC Rule Change

    08/29/2012 10:36:10 PM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | August 29, 2012 | Craig Robinson
    Even though Ron Paul finished a disappointing third place in the Iowa Caucuses back in January, his supporters made sure to become delegates to the county conventions that were held a few months later in March. The Paul supporters were still fully engaged when the convention process began in Iowa, even though their candidate had yet to win a contest and had basically stopped campaigning. While they were still engaged, Mitt Romney’s supporters were almost absent. Romney’s absence allowed the Paul supporters to go on and dominate everything from State Central Committee elections, to the party platform, to the selection...

    08/29/2012 10:59:11 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | August 28, 2012
    For in-depth polling analysis, I defer to my colleague Mike Flynn. This latest poll out of Iowa, however, is noteworthy because what you have is the same pollster using the same polling methods and finding Obama's standing in that crucial swing state collapsing fast. Just a few months ago, back in May, according to Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling, President Obama held a commanding 51-41% lead over Mitt Romney. What was especially notable is that Obama was over the all-important 50% mark. This is crucial for an incumbent, because undecideds historically go with the challenger. Two months later, though, in...
  • York: For Romney, the road to victory leads to Iowa

    08/21/2012 10:31:21 AM PDT · by middlegeorgian · 1 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8/21/2012 | Byron York
    Here's a (relatively) easy way to picture what Mitt Romney has to do to win the White House: First, he has to win every state John McCain won in 2008. That shouldn't be a problem. Then he has to win Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana -- three states McCain should have won in '08. That won't be easy -- right now, Virginia and North Carolina are tossups -- but it's very doable. Next, Romney has to win two big ones: Florida and Ohio. They're tossups, too, with the RealClearPolitics average of polls giving President Obama a one-point edge in Florida...
  • Bus tour of women who oppose abortion stops in Iowa cities

    08/20/2012 10:00:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 8/20/1960 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — A rolling billboard coach supporting the anti-abortion cause and the defeat of five specific congressional candidates began its five-state trip Monday in Iowa, with stops in Sioux City, Des Moines and Mason City. The “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus arrived in Des Moines about 1:15 p.m. The group had hoped to park their coach — decorated with the crossed-out faces of Barack Obama, Christie Vilsack and other Democrats — in front of the Capitol and use it as a backdrop for a news conference. But they were forced to move locations because work...
  • Hank Williams Jr. Calls Obama 'Muslim' Who 'Hates The Military'

    08/19/2012 12:38:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 18, 2012 | Aaron Couch
    The country singer's comments at the Iowa State Fair come during a month in which musicians have been particularly vocal about their politics. Hank Williams Jr. is giving the encore no one really asked for. The country star, who caused a stir last year by comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler, unleashed more sensational criticism of the Commander in Chief at the Iowa State Fair Friday. According to the Des Moines Register Williams told the crowd: "We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!" The controversial comments went over well...
  • This is critical: (Obama campaign email)

    08/17/2012 11:27:59 AM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Obama Campaign email
    I just got back from Iowa, where we are being outspent 2 to 1 on the air. Voters there mentioned it to me more than once. We expect Mitt Romney and the Republicans to outspend us. What I will not abide is getting outspent by a margin that negates all the hard work our volunteers are doing -- talking to voters, knocking on doors, making calls. We are in control of that outcome, but our time to close the gap is dwindling. After three consecutive months of being significantly outraised, it couldn't be more urgent. Will you make a donation...
  • Why Mitt Romney will win Iowa

    08/17/2012 3:44:18 AM PDT · by FL2012 · 10 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 17, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    Democrat Barack Obama won Iowa handily in 2008, but polls show a much closer race this time around. Those polls, coupled with an analysis of Iowa's voter registration data, offer some very encouraging news for Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
  • Enthusiasm -- and Signs of Trouble -- on Obama's Iowa Bus Route (Ruh-roh!)

    08/16/2012 11:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 16, 2012 | Tom Bevan
    DAVENPORT, Iowa -- With the first lady at his side, an energized President Obama wrapped up his bus tour of Iowa on Wednesday, firing up crowds in Dubuque and Davenport by outlining the huge stakes in November and urging Iowans to stand with him to "finish the work we started together four years ago." Under mostly clear skies in picturesque settings along the Mississippi River, the Obamas recaptured at least some of the magic that embodied the unlikely 2008 run that put them in the White House. Yet despite the meticulously scripted events and adoring crowds during the president’s three-day...
  • Iowa deli co-owner caters for Obama visit, but his T-shirt tells another story

    08/15/2012 6:54:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 23 replies
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Ross Murty likes business, but he doesn’t like President Obama. And so the co-owner of the Village Corner Deli here agreed to cater Obama’s visit Wednesday — but not before donning a T-shirt blaring the message: “Government didn’t build my business. I did.”
  • Bud tent owner says Obama visit cost him $25,000

    08/15/2012 2:49:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/14/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Bud tent owner says Obama visit cost him $25,000By DONOVAN SLACK | 8/14/12 12:13 PM EDT The Des Moines Register follows up on consternation at the beer tent at the Iowa State Fair when President Obama stopped by, forcing the tent to shut down for security reasons. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted on Monday, "How does PresO justify havin secret service shut down the bud tent @ the state fair nd the owner told me he loses 50,000 n 1 nite," and "Who does PresO think he is. He comes to StateFair the SecretService shut down all small business vendors...
  • What’s the matter with Iowa? (Hawkeye State to give Barry the bum's rush this November?)

    08/14/2012 3:25:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 14, 2012 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    “I have nightmares about the electoral college coming down to 266-266, with Iowa to decide it,” said longtime Iowa Democratic operative Jerry Crawford. “It’s not as far-fetched as it might sound.” Added Dave Roederer, who ran the George W. Bush operation in Iowa: “This is an unprecedented five-city tour. I doubt he’s here for the mountains.” Iowa has long been a place of practical and symbolic importance to Obama. It was in Iowa where Obama delivered perhaps the most important/best speech of his 2008 candidacy (at the 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) and it was in Iowa where the idea of Obama...
  • Obama attacks Romney on wind-power in Iowa

    08/14/2012 12:29:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2012 | Kasie Hunt and Ken Thomas
    President Barack Obama assailed rival Mitt Romney's opposition to tax supports for wind power, delivering an Iowa-specific critique Tuesday on the Republican challenger in that crucial Midwestern state. Obama's deputy criticized GOP budget plans to overhaul Medicare, cut trillions of dollars from social programs and lower taxes on high-income taxpayers. Iowa is a center of wind energy production in the United States and the Obama administration credits tax breaks for helping build that industry. Obama has called on Congress to extend the breaks. Romney opposes it. Obama, on the second of a three-day Iowa bus tour, noted that Romney once...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 08-14-12 (DUmmie Hecklers Rush Ryan on Stage)

    08/14/2012 6:51:59 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | August 14, 2012 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    As soon as I saw this VIDEO of Paul Ryan being rushed on stage by hecklers, my first thought was "What are their DUmmie screen names?" It wouldn't surprise me a bit if the mororns rushing the stage were DUmmies since the action is completely counter-productive. Hey, DUmmies, you just wrote off Iowa with that stage rush. However, the DUmmies remain utterly clueless about how rushing an opposition candidate on a stage hurts their own cause as you can see in this THREAD, "Ryan Heckled At First Solo Event." So let us now watch the DUmmies toss away their...
  • Vanity - Caption this Picture of "Cornfield Obama"

    08/13/2012 4:10:09 PM PDT · by GraceG · 83 replies
    Caption this Photo
  • FULL SPEECH: Paul Ryan’s first solo act on the campaign trail draws huge crowd and a few protestors

    08/13/2012 1:32:12 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 8/13/2012 | The Right Scoop
    It was a great speech, but I was a bit distracted by watching the protesters continually try and make a menace out of themselves. It started within the first 2 minutes where 2 protesters rushing the stage had to be dragged away and the rest of the speech others were trying to block the camera and be disruptive. In fact you won’t see Paul Ryan very much in this clip, but you’ll hear him just fine as he ignored them quite well and stayed on message. You can watch the full speech below:
  • Stoffa: Romney's choice of Ryan seals deal for Obama's victory (College student clues us all in)

    08/12/2012 1:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Iowa State Daily ^ | August 12, 2012 | Gabriel Stoffa
    It's a beautiful day in his neighborhood, a beautiful day for the president. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my president? Hi American citizens, I'm Barack Obama and I'm glad we're together again. (sung to the tune of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" theme) That is the diddy Obama and the rest of the Democrats across the nation will be happily humming all the way through election day as Mitt Romney made the announcement of Paul Ryan for his vice-presidential candidate. As this election process has progressed, Romney has had to battle both the left and the...
  • Jesus scholar Crossan will speak at Presbyterian church

    08/11/2012 11:21:14 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    The Hawk Eye, Burlington Iowa ^ | 08/11/2012 | press release
    MOUNT PLEASANT - It's a long way from Tipperary, Ireland, but John Dominic Crossan has traveled that way to become an expert on the historical Jesus. Crossan will bring his expertise to Mount Pleasant on Aug. 18 and 19 as scholar in residence at First Presbyterian Church. Crossan's recent book, "The Power of Parable," will shape the focus of three lectures Aug. 18. At 2 p.m., he will speak on "Types of Old Testament Parables" and at 3:30 p.m. on "The Challenge Parables by Jesus." The evening lecture, "The Gospels as Parables about Jesus," will begin at 7 p.m. Crossan...
  • Palin visits Iowa for Rastetter dinner

    08/05/2012 2:02:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 5, 2012 | Alexander Burns
    Sarah Palin dropped in Saturday at a major summer dinner hosted by one of Iowa's top GOP businessmen, a source in attendance at the event says. The former Alaska governor paid a visit to the get-together hosted by wealthy energy executive Bruce Rastetter, mingling with a crowd of upwards of 750 people. Palin stayed for a full three and a half hours, the source said. She wasn't the only pol there — Gov. Terry Branstad and Reps. Tom Latham and Steve King were present — but she was the only national figure. In 2011, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty and Michele...
  • Sarah Palin lunches in La Vista with Fischer (Nebraska US Senate race)

    08/04/2012 2:56:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | August 4, 2012 | Rick Ruggles
    Sarah Palin heaped praise Saturday on Deb Fischer, the Republican running against Bob Kerrey for one of Nebraska's seats in the U.S. Senate. Palin had just eaten lunch with Fischer and was taking a look at items in the La Vista Cabela's, talking with a couple customers and signing a man‘s cap. She called Fischer a “hard-working, very grounded, down-to-earth, patriotic American woman.” Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate four years ago, said that as a Nebraskan, Fischer knows agriculture and could “help common-sense, constitutional Americans.” “We need more of that when it comes to regulation and policy,” Palin said...
  • Iowa governor moves out of mansion because of black mold

    08/03/2012 11:15:31 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | By Kay Henderson
    Governor Terry Branstad and his wife Chris have moved out of the Iowa governor's mansion in Des Moines after black mold was found in their third-floor residence, a spokeswoman said. Chris Branstad had not been feeling well for a few weeks and suggested her sickness might be caused by something at Terrace Hill, the state-owned mansion that has been home to Iowa governors since 1976. Tests were done on the mansion and confirmed black mold on the third floor, which was converted into living quarters for the state's governor and family. "The governor and first lady are fine," Spokeswoman Jenae...
  • What are some good Chain "Family Friendly" Resturants(Besides Chick-Fil-A)?

    08/02/2012 12:49:48 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 106 replies
    02 Aug 2012 | US Navy Vet
    Post 'em here and tell why please.
  • Whistle-blower charges Planned Parenthood with repeated Medicaid fraud

    07/11/2012 2:00:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 7/11/2012
    A former Planned Parenthood clinic manager has alleged that her previous place of employment committed multiple counts of Medicaid fraud at the federal and state level. “People may hold different views about abortion, but everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else,” said attorney Michael Norton of the Alliance Defending Freedom. In a lawsuit filed by Sue Thayer, a former clinic manager in Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has been accused of nearly half a million false claims involving Medicaid as well as failure to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. “Americans...
  • Do You Wish You Voted For Obama Instead Of McCain?

    07/10/2012 11:14:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | July 10, 2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    A google search using the term, “McCain voters say they wished they’d voted Obama” shows about 7,450,000 items, but searching through them yields not a single article about voters feeling this way. When most people are asked, “We all know people who voted for Obama and say they wished they had voted for McCain, but where are the people who say they voted for McCain but wish they had voted for Obama?” they start laughing. By now, we have all heard the public “secular confessions” of the Barack Obama supporters who wish they hadn’t done what they did. These people...
  • The Romney Path To 271;Michigan,Wisconsin,Iowa,Indiana,N.Carolina,N.H.&Florida.

    07/10/2012 4:01:26 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 31 replies
    At this point of the 2012 race,these seven states should be a lock and/or a little easier for Mitt Romney to flip from the 2008 Map.We can all assume that North Carolina,Indiana,Michigan,New Hampshire and Florida are a lock for Romney,we still need to wait and see future polling in Wisconsin and Iowa. Now this doesn't include Ohio and Pennsylvania. In your opinion, do you feel Romney will take all of these seven states and show O'Bozo and Moochelle the door in January?
  • US broker's funds frozen after founder's suicide attempt[Mini-MF Global?]

    07/09/2012 3:44:42 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09 July 2012 | Reuters
    Small U.S. futures broker PFGBest said its accounts had been effectively frozen on Monday after a suicide attempt by the firm's founder set off an investigation into possible "accounting irregulaties." In a dramatic turn that seems likely to trigger a new round of anxiety over the stability of the brokerage industry less than a year after the collapse of much larger MF Global, the Cedar Falls, Iowa-based firm told customers that they would be limited to liquidating positions until further notice. The disclosure came hours after founder and owner Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr., was found in his car near the...
  • New Republican governors rapidly bringing down unemployment in their states

    07/08/2012 2:36:08 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 10 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 6th, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    Every single one of [the 17 states that elected a tea party-supported governor in 2010] has seen its unemployment rate decline since January 2011. Three of them have had unemployment drop by more than 2% (Michigan, Florida, and Nevada). The average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%. For a comparison, in January 2011 the U.S. national unemployment rate stood at 9.1%. It is currently 8.2%, meaning that the national unemployment rate has declined by just 0.9% since then. Based on these percentages, it can be said that the job market in states with new Republican governors...
  • Governor Branstad (IA) Taken to Hospital after Choking on a Carrot

    07/05/2012 6:36:48 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    KCRG ^ | July 4, 2012
    SAN PEDRO, CA — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was taken by ambulance from the USS Iowa after he choked on a carrot while participating in the dedication of the retired naval vessel July 4. Branstad, 65, was alert and “under his own power,” according to an aide, but was taken to a medical facility for tests. He has left the hospital to return to the USS Iowa and plans to take in a fireworks display this evening, according to Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht. “Right now he’s more embarrassed than anything,” said Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht. Branstad had just finished delivering...
  • States' revolt on Medicaid expansion could undermine health law

    07/03/2012 7:48:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    pioneer press/wapo ^ | 7-3-12 | N.C. Aizenman and Sandhya Somashekhar
    A growing number of Republican state leaders are revolting against the major Medicaid expansion called for under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, threatening to undermine one of the law's most fundamental goals: insuring millions of poor Americans. The Supreme Court opened the door Thursday, June 28, when it announced that although the rest of the law is constitutional, the federal government cannot punish states that refuse to adopt the measure's more generous eligibility rules for Medicaid. The Republican governors of four states -- Florida, Iowa, Louisiana and South Carolina -- have declared that they want to opt out of...
  • Battleship to become L.A.'s newest museum [USS Iowa]

    06/22/2012 11:48:52 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    OC Register ^ | 21 June 2012 | Gary A. Warner
    The USS Iowa, one of the last battleships ever built, will open July 7 as a museum in Los Angeles Harbor. Advance tickets are on sale for tours of the ship, which served on and off from World War II to 1990. The 900-foot battleship with 16-inch guns was towed recently from Vallejo, on San Francisco Bay, to Los Angeles. It is the last of the four Iowa-class battleships to find a permanent home after years as part of "the mothball fleet." he Iowa will be operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center, which will begin offering tours July 7...
  • Video Shows Cops Tasing a Restrained Woman In Accordance With a Policy That May Not Exist

    06/21/2012 10:24:15 PM PDT · by Altariel · 24 replies
    Reason ^ | June 19, 2012 | J.D. Tuccille
    Print|Email Video Shows Cops Tasing a Restrained Woman In Accordance With a Policy That May Not Exist J.D. Tuccille | June 19, 2012 Stop resisting!Let's all sing the praises of video-recording technology and whistleblowers. And journalists looking for a big story. That's what it took to expose the tasing of a "mentally troubled" 34-year-old woman by Chariton, Iowa, police who had, ostensibly, pulled her and her boyfriend over because they feared she was the victim of domestic abuse. They ended up zapping her after they had her handcuffed and confined to a police car. And they zapped her according to...
  • 3 Things I Have Learned as a New Iowa GOP Delegate

    06/18/2012 10:18:58 PM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | June 18, 2012 | Kevin Subra
    I am a conservative Republican. I believe that I have voted ever since I have been old enough to do so, wanting to do my part and to exercise my right to vote. Much more recently I have become a caucus goer, further exercising my right and responsibility to influence who I vote for. This year is the first year that I have ever served as a delegate to the county central committee, as well as the county, district, and state GOP conventions. Though I came in naďve and optimistic, I am no longer either. The entire process has been...
  • Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks

    06/07/2012 6:42:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    The House Democrats pushing for a steep hike in the minimum wage could face an unlikely foe: their own leadership. Behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), almost two dozen liberal Democrats endorsed legislation this week to raise the federal minimum wage immediately from $7.25 to $10 per hour, the first such increase in three years. The lawmakers think they’ve found a winning issue in an election cycle that’s featured the rise of the Occupy movement, criticism of Mitt Romney’s path to wealth and a class-centered fight over the Bush-era tax rates. But no Democratic leaders have endorsed the measure, and...
  • Polls Show Tight Race in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada

    05/31/2012 12:55:39 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 18 replies
    President Obama and Mitt Romney are running neck-and-neck in three key battlegrounds -- Colorado, Iowa and Nevada -- according to a new slate of NBC News/Marist polls of registered voters. A majority of voters in each state feel optimistic about the state of the economy, and say the worst of the storm is in the rearview mirror...
  • USS Iowa battleship arrives off San Pedro coast

    05/30/2012 12:18:00 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 74 replies
    ABC ^ | May 30, 2012 | John Gregory
    SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KABC) -- The historic USS Iowa battleship arrived off the coast of San Pedro Wednesday morning, marking an exciting event. Crews were cleaning the vessel as it pulled into San Pedro. The ship will stay on the coast for a few days before docking at its permanent home. The ship is expected to open to the public July 7.
  • Romney’s Electoral College prospects bright — still

    05/28/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | May 28, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Not too long ago pundits were arguing that Mitt Romney’s path to 270 electoral votes was “narrow.” We didn’t buy it. Lo and behold, conventional wisdom has now changed. The Associated Press writes: “Warning signs for Obama on tight path to 270.” The AP explains: Obama’s new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin offer opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 if he’s to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to oust the incumbent in November. Iowa, which kicked off the campaign in January, is now expected to be tight to the...