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  • Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown (Is this Free Market economics?

    05/24/2015 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 78 replies
    PR Watch ^ | 5/18/2015 | Mary Bottari
    During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, on Monday Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity. Walker is the Chairman of the Board When walker created WEDC in 2011, he named himself Chairman of the Board....
  • College Students Are Not Customers

    05/24/2015 3:17:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies
    Slate ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Rebecca Schuman
    In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File 64, “an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors” at Iowa public institutions. Each year, the bill stipulates, any faculty who fails “to attain a minimum threshold of performance” based solely on student evaluations would be automatically fired regardless of rank or tenure. Lest you think that firing professors based on a questionable assessment metric affords them too much dignity, rest assured there is more. Some beleaguered governing body...
  • 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...
  • Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments

    05/21/2015 2:37:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 20, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    A focus group of ten Iowa Democrats were assembled by Bloomberg Politics and while all of them confidently pledged their support for Hillary Clinton as president, not one of them could name a single accomplishment while she was Secretary of State...[Snip]...The takeaway from the focus group accentuates the problem with an uninformed public. These Democrats were more than willing to stand behind a candidate they know little or nothing about. Their awkward silence when trying to conjure up a single political accomplishment of their preferred candidate speaks volumes.
  • Donny Doesn't Want to Sound Elitist, But 'Astounding How Ignorant People Are'

    05/21/2015 6:19:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For not wanting to sound elitist, Donny Deutsch came off an awful lot like the denizen of Manhattan and the Hamptons that he is. On today's Morning Joe, reacting to comments from a focus group of Iowa Republicans who were less concerned about Jeb Bush's policy positions and more concerned about his last name, Deutsch declaimed "I don't mean to sound elitist but it's astounding how ignorant people are." View the video here.
  • Huckabee skipping Iowa Straw Poll

    05/21/2015 5:51:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) will skip the Iowa Straw Poll in 2016, he confirmed in an op-ed for The Des Moines Register in which he questions the relevancy of the poll that helped spur his 2008 bid “I have concluded this year's Iowa straw poll will serve only to weaken conservative candidates and further empower the Washington ruling class and their hand-picked candidates,” he wrote. “It's clear that pitting conservative candidates with limited resources against each other in a non-binding and expensive summer straw poll battle, while allowing billionaire-backed establishment candidates to sit out, will only wound and weaken...
  • Report: Hillary Motorcade Hit 95 mph on Way to Iowa Fundraiser

    05/20/2015 3:10:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/20/15 | John Blosser
    Hillary Clinton apparently is in one heck of a hurry to become president. While fleeing from the press to an unannounced fundraiser in Waterloo, Iowa, Clinton's six-car motorcade, including her maroon minivan dubbed "Scooby," was clocked traveling at up to 95 mph by reporters giving chase, the Daily Mail reports. The speed limit for that stretch of highway is 65 mph, The Daily Caller reported. While Clinton's staff denies the motorcade was speeding, the Daily Mail posted a speedometer video taken by a reporter showing the speeds at which they were driving in an attempt to keep up with Clinton...
  • Iowa Democrats Can’t Name Hillary Clinton's Accomplishments as Secretary of State

    05/20/2015 11:07:53 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:11 pm, May 20th, 2015 | by Andrew Kirell
    For his With All Due Respect show on Bloomberg TV, Mark Halperin sat down with a focus group of Iowa Democratic voters to discuss Hillary Clinton‘s prospects for the 2016 presidential election. While the group fawned over the former First Lady’s personality and politics (one called her a “bad mama jama”), they were stumped when Halperin asked them to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton’s during her tenure as Secretary of State. The responses ranged from “I really can’t name anything off the top of my head” to “Give me two minutes” to “I honestly can’t say I followed...
  • 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...
  • Is Scott Walker afraid of social issues?

    05/20/2015 2:27:57 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    RedState ^ | May 19, 2015 | Ben Howe
    Politico says that Scott Walker is having a “crisis of faith” because social conservatives are questioning his bona fides.  Showing their ignorance of what “social conservatism” actually is, they quoted a lot of evangelicals and mentioned over and over how it was surprising he would have this problem given that he mentions God a lot.   You know, because that’s the criteria. Hold your hand up, say God led you, and the social conservatives will stop drooling on the floor long enough to scream “UNDER GOD!” defiantly when reciting the pledge of allegiance. That Walker is under pressure to prove his social...
  • 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 —...
  • Is Higher Education A Leisure Pool?

    05/19/2015 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 18, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A group called College Rank has helpfully compiled a list of colleges with the best leisure pools in academe, some replete with lazy rivers. "Recreational facilities and amenities have become a major part of the appeal of college campuses around the country,” Mackenzi Flannery, the article's author says. “Our list highlights some of the top leisure pool facilities and what those options provide to students as they look to complete their collegiate experience with some downtime in the water." While you peruse the list, you might ponder whether cash-strapped parents who send their children to these spas-with-degrees-attached can afford their...
  • 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...
  • Iowans size up Republican presidential field

    05/17/2015 10:02:10 PM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 5/17/2015 | Rod Boshart
    Des Moines- As early season political scouts, the role of Iowa Republicans likely to attend the state’s first-in-the-nation 2016 precinct caucuses next February is more about cutting the field of recruits to the starting five than it is picking the party’s eventual MVP. Another step in that process took place last night when more than 1,300 GOP activists turned out for the party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner to audition 12 presidential prospects seeking to earn one of the coveted tickets out of Iowa in their quest to land the Republican nomination at the national convention in Cleveland in July 2016....
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Republicans to swarm Iowa this weekend

    05/15/2015 8:25:30 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 5/14/2015 | Rebecca Morin
    Eleven announced and presumptive presidential candidates will crowd a room in hopes to not only get to know Iowans but to get close to state GOP leaders who can benefit them leading up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses. The Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Dinner will be held on Saturday at the Iowa Events Center, 833 Fifth Ave., in Des Moines. Though this isn’t the first event to bring together GOP hopefuls, it is one that doesn’t create a specific dialogue, such as the Faith and Freedom Summit or the Iowa Agriculture Summit had. Cary Covington, an associate professor...
  • Is Jeb Bush Forsaking Iowa? Some Republicans Hope Not

    05/15/2015 11:51:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 15 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    When Jeb Bush’s lone staff member in Iowa, Annie Kelly, telephoned Sherill Whisenand, a chairwoman of the Polk County G.O.P. recently, she got an earful. “I told her straight up, I was curious why this was the first contact made to me and it’s already April,” said Ms. Whisenand, who worked for President George Bush’s campaigns in Iowa during the 1980s. “I said, ‘I’m part of the original Bush brigade and I haven’t had any contact with anybody.’” As Jeb Bush arrives in Iowa on Saturday for only his second visit of the year, his supporters are well aware of...
  • Despite fame and fortune Jeb Bush loses his frontrunner status

    05/14/2015 6:54:07 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 5/14/2015 | Craig Robinson
    The mission statement of Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise Super PAC states that that the central moral of America is “merit, hard work, and earned success.” A campaign based on the widely shared principles of the American Dream makes plenty of sense, but oddly enough, the rationale for Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign has nothing to do with hard work or earned opportunity. Instead, it’s built entirely on his last name and the money he supposedly has raised. Ever since Bush announced his presidential ambitions at the end of 2014, he has been viewed as the frontrunner in the race for...
  • 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...
  • Feds: Guns bound for Mideast found in Cedar Rapids clothing drive

    05/12/2015 2:26:59 PM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies
    KCRG tv ^ | May 12, 2015
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Caches of guns and ammunition bound for Beruit were secreted among boxes of goods collected in a clothing drive for Syria and Lebanon organized by a Cedar Rapids company, federal authorizes said Tuesday. Authorities said they intercepted two shipments and seized more than 152 firearms and ammunition. It was not disclosed who the weapons were intended for in Lebanon. Three Cedar Rapids men and a woman were taken into custody and were scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon to face charges of conspiracy and knowingly shipping illegal weapons. The four, according to a federal affidavit, are...
  • 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…
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • It’s Time to Change the Iowa Straw Poll

    05/07/2015 3:28:08 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 07, 2015 | JEFF KAUFMANN
    In 1979 the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister of Great Britain, and former ambassador to the United Nations George H.W. Bush won the first ever Iowa Straw Poll. Much has changed since 1979 and sometimes cherished traditions—like the Iowa GOP Straw Poll—must change too. What is supposed to be a fun opportunity for Iowans and presidential candidates has turned into a high-stress and expensive endeavor. Some candidates have expressed concerns about the cost, and Iowans have said they’d like to see the Straw Poll get back to its roots. We’ve been listening to...
  • 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...
  • Scott Walker in 2008: Too Many "Poverty Pimps" Use "Cycle of Dependency" For Political Control

    05/07/2015 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | 5/5/2015 | Christopher Massie
    Scott Walker said in 2008 that the government "needs to do more to give people freedom back" by fighting the "poverty pimps in our society," referring to government officials and community-based organizations that, he said, use poverty for political power. ...
  • 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...
  • Iowa GOP rep: ‘Nothing worse’ than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 6:35:04 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 100 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/4/15 | Ben Johnson
    ANKENY, IA, May 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a private e-mail exchange with a concerned parent, Republican state legislator Josh Byrnes of Iowa said there is “nothing worse than homeschool parents” making their views known on public school policy.The statement came as Jeff Moorman took exception to a pending bill allegedly dealing with “bullying,” the “Bully Free Iowa Act of 2015” (HSB 39).The proposal would allow school districts to monitor students outside of school hours and punish – or contact law enforcement officials and state bureaucratic agencies over – any communication it deems “bullying” – even if that behavior takes...
  • 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...
  • Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

    05/01/2015 2:39:07 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/1/2015 | P.J. Huffstutter
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because of the viral outbreak, which either has led or will lead to the extermination of up to 21 million chickens and turkeys nationwide. Minnesota and Wisconsin declared states of emergency in April... Dozens of countries have imposed total or partial bans on U.S. poultry...
  • Trump: America could be better than ever with right leader

    04/30/2015 4:18:10 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 29, 2015 | James Q. Lynch
    CEDAR RAPIDS – Donald Trump does not hold politicians in high regard. “We’re being led by stupid people,” the global real estate tycoon said Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. “They didn’t read ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It was written by some guy named Trump.” The shameless self-promotion is part of his shtick as he points to the size of the crowds he attracts and the number of standing ovations he gets as evidence voters are taking his exploration of a presidential campaign seriously. “The only thing people want to know is if I’m going to run,” he said. “That’s the...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive: Ted Cruz’s Marriage Message To Pastors: Stand With God And Be On “The Right Side Of . .”

    04/28/2015 7:12:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 39 replies
    CBN ^ | April 16, 2015 | David Brody
    GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is sending a letter to tens of thousand of pastors asking them sand with God and pray during the two-hour time frame on April 28 when the Supreme Court hears a landmark same-sex marriage case. The justices will decide whether the Constitution allows homosexual couples the right to marry no matter where they reside or whether states have the right to say marriage is only between a man and a woman. Cruz asks the pastors the following in the letter: “How will the American church respond?...Will we be on the right side of history,...
  • Two Texans Vie For Iowa - [Cruz]

    04/27/2015 1:15:20 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | April 27, 2015 | 5:00 a.m. EDT | David Catanese
    For the two Texans eyeing the presidency, Iowa is king. Following this weekend's trip to the Faith & Freedom Coalition forum, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry have logged 13 trips a piece to the state since 2013, outpacing every other Republican White House aspirant, according to the U.S. News Presidential Tracker. The repeated trips demonstrate the importance of the state to both Cruz and Perry, who are both vying for the evangelical voters who dominate caucuses. It shouldn't be a surprise that the two past caucus winners – former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick...
  • Iowa evangelicals thrilled with 2016 GOP field

    04/26/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 26, 2015 | Sean Higgins
    For Christian evangelical voters in Iowa this election cycle is an embarrassment of riches. They're having a hard time picking a candidate because, for the first time many can remember, they have several options to choose from. Nine Republican presidential hopefuls spoke Saturday at an event hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a successor to the the now-defunct Christian Coalition. They hoped to win over supporters for the state's presidential caucus, the first major event in the presidential primary. The Iowans could not agree on who did best. "I'd like to elect all of them," said Doug Brown,...
  • Scott Walker in Iowa: States should be allowed to ban same-sex marriages

    04/26/2015 6:04:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    The Cap Times, Madison ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jessie Opoien
    WAUKEE, Iowa — When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's spring summit was an hour behind schedule. He promised the crowd of more than 1,000 at the evangelical Point of Grace Church he would keep his remarks brief so everyone could get home, get to bed and get up for church in the morning. He'd be doing just that, he added, back home in Wauwatosa. Wearing a suit — with no mention of whether it was from Kohl's — and pacing the stage, Walker was at ease, peppering...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Iowa Evangelicals There Is 'No Room For Christians In Today's Democratic Party'

    04/26/2015 8:02:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 4/26/15 | Mark Hanrahan
    Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told a gathering of conservative Republicans that there was “no room for Christians in today's Democratic party,” in a speech Saturday, according to reports.Speaking at the Faith and Freedom summit in Iowa, along with several other GOP 2016 hopefuls, Cruz said: “There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage," according to CNN.The Texas lawmaker told his audience that the issue of same-sex marriage had produced rabid zealotry in Democratic ranks. This ideology, he argued, was excluding people of faith, the Hill reported.Cruz's speech, and...
  • Obama Protects Illegal Who Murdered Top Model

    04/25/2015 6:15:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Radix News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    If you are a serial killing illegal alien gang member, it helps to be one of resident Obama’s “Dreamers.” Exchanges of letters on Tuesday between a U.S. Senate lawmaker and an official from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveals that resident Barack Obama’s executive-ordered immigration policy was instrumental in protecting a criminal alien gang member. Sadly, that gang member allegedly murdered four Americans, including a former participant on the television series “America’s Next Top Model,” according to news reports on Wednesday. In fact, spokespeople for resident Obama admitted that an illegal alien and known gang member, who was allowed...
  • GOP hopefuls gather to woo Iowa social conservatives

    04/25/2015 4:18:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sean Higgins
    DES MOINES, IOWA — Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will share a stage Saturday here in the hopes of winning the backing of the state's socially conservative GOP activists, whose support can be crucial to winning the state's presidential caucus, the first major event in the presidential primary..... Notably absent are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, both of whom were invited. "The event will have a definite religious cast to it," said Don Racheter, chief operating officer of the Public Interest Institute, an Iowa nonprofit free-market group. The coalition evolved from the state branch of the...
  • Is Jeff Sessions the go-to conservative Senator with Cruz running for president?

    04/22/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    I don't know if Walker has been talking to Jeff Sessions. But if Walker or any candidate was to visit DC and ask for advice who would he actually talk to? He can't talk to Rand, Rubio or Cruz? Mike Lee is friends with all 3 so I dont know how he couldl advise all 3 campaigns. He can't talk to the highly unpopular Flake, Hatch and McCain. He can't be seen with the pro-abort, pro-gay Rob Portman. That leaves Grassley, Vitter and Sessions as the only conservative Senators to talk to. Maybe they could talk to Risch or Crapo...
  • Rayhons found not guilty

    04/22/2015 3:25:47 PM PDT · by iowamark · 51 replies
    KIMT Television ^ | April 22, 2015 | Michael Howell
    A jury in Hancock County has found Henry Rayhons not guilty. He was accused of having sex with his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons while she was suffering from dementia in a care center and may not have been able to give consent. She died last summer... Rayhons testified himself that the couple did not have sex on May 23, 2014, the day of the alleged sexual abuse. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office gave KIMT a statement following the verdict on Wednesday: “Our office prosecuted this case based on a complaint, thorough law enforcement investigation, and Iowa law. The jury made...
  • Walker Has (Sorta) Broken Through In Iowa, And He Has Room To Grow

    04/22/2015 2:25:42 PM PDT · by jjotto · 27 replies
    FiveThirtyEight.com ^ | Apr 20, 2015 | Harry Enten
    It’s time to acknowledge a milestone in the 2016 GOP primary. No, it’s not that Jeb Bush has broken his paleo diet. Rather, it’s that the leader in the Iowa polls is no longer the weakest frontrunner in caucus history! Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now polling ahead of where Mitt Romney was at this point in the 2012 cycle. Walker is up to 18.4 percent in an average of Iowa polls conducted in 2015; Romney was at 18 percent in surveys conducted through the first half of 2011. Looking at just the last five surveys, Walker is now up...
  • A memo to all GOP presidential candidates not named Ted Cruz

    04/20/2015 2:09:22 PM PDT · by VinL · 81 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/20/2016 | Steave Deace
    Here’s why if the Iowa caucuses were today he would win and you wouldn’t... This memo amounts to an intervention. It serves to warn all other Republican presidential campaigns of a perfect storm looming on the horizon. Not only does the storm favor Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but your combined failures/refusals to recognize it are only helping him. If that environment persists, Mr. Cruz will not only win Iowa next year, but win it convincingly. Your skepticism of Mr. Cruz’s candidacy, and willingness to play ball with a system the average Iowa conservative no longer trusts, is helping to positively...
  • Scott Walker stands for American workers on immigration

    04/21/2015 5:50:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Hot Air: Headlines ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    "....This development, perhaps one of if not the biggest of the 2016 presidential campaign so far, comes as Walker has taken a commanding lead in polls in all three of the first GOP primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. The reason why this development is so significant is that the two establishment-backed candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, both have an in-depth understanding of the immigration issue and come down on the side that supports special interests’ desire for a massive increase in legal immigration that hurts American workers. Meanwhile, Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • Chuck Grassley: FBI obstructing Fast and Furious, other probes

    04/20/2015 9:19:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-20-15 | Kelley Riddell
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice’s top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress’s ability to be a check on the administration’s actions
  • Rubio, Norquist Push Back Against Anti-Immigration Groups

    04/20/2015 2:33:13 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 51 replies
    ABC Univision ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Ted Hesson
    Several prominent Republicans are trying to push immigration restrictionist groups to the fringe of the debate by challenging their conservative credentials and attacking their stance on population control, The Washington Post reports. GOP heavyweights like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and power broker Grover Norquist are backing an effort to inform conservatives about the history of groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). (SNIP) Those organizations are now the leading conservative voices against immigration, both legal and illegal, and have received the endorsement of Republicans like Senators Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and...
  • Grassley: DOJ gun ban unfair to veterans

    04/19/2015 11:04:19 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Tim Devaney
    The Obama administration is unfairly blocking tens of thousands of military veterans from owning guns, a Republican senator is charging. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is filled with military veterans who are essentially banned from owning guns, even though they may not be a danger to society, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote this week in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun ban "effectively voids their Second Amendment rights,” Grassley said. At issue is whether these veterans are suffering from mental illnesses. According to a 2013 Senate report, the Department of...
  • Huckabee To Christians: Wait To Join The Military After Obama Leaves Office

    04/19/2015 1:20:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told an Iowa talk radio show host on Saturday that young Christians should wait until President Obama left office before considering military service. He said there is a culture of persecution in the military under Obama, making it a “hostile work environment.”