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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Obama Protects Illegal Who Murdered Top Model

    04/25/2015 6:15:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 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.”
  • RAND PAUL: There's A Secret Hillary Clinton Scandal That Will Derail Her Campaign 'Soon' (oh-noes!!)

    04/18/2015 2:11:48 PM PDT · by drewh · 113 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr 18, 2015, 12.36 | Colin Cambell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) thinks he knows something that you don't about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Bloomberg News' Dave Weigel reported Friday that Paul gave a speech to a pro-life group the day before in which Paul predicted the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation will soon be hit by a major scandal. "There's going to be stuff coming out about the Clinton foundation and their donations from different companies that get special approval by the secretary of state. It's coming out in the next couple weeks," Paul said. As Weigel noted, Paul has made similar...
  • Hillary’s hypocrisy on the death tax: I support this tax. I just don’t feel like paying it.

    04/18/2015 10:10:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Earlier this week we took a look at the GOP efforts to repeal the death tax, including some of the political pitfalls involved as well as reasons why it’s still a hill worth fighting on. In a rare moment of taking a position on a policy issue, Hillary Clinton has chimed in on the so called estate tax several times over the years. She has referred to it as a “wealth tax”, which works out quite well for her this year if she’s trying to angle her way into a more Elizabeth Warren style position on the subject. So...
  • Newsweek: Largest individual donor to Clinton Foundation has trade ties to Iran

    04/18/2015 10:13:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Is another shoe about to drop on the Clinton Foundation, and on Hillary Clinton’s problematic rollout? Newsweek’s Rory Ross reported this morning that the largest individual donor to the Clinton family business has conducted trade with Iran, perhaps in breach of US sanctions. Ukrainian energy mogul Victor Pinchuk has connections to the Clintons that go back almost a decade, and financial connections to the regime in Tehran that go much farther: The fourth richest man in Ukraine, Pinchuk owns Interpipe Group, a Cyprus-incorporated manufacturer of seamless pipes used in oil and gas sectors.Newsweek has seen declarations and documents from...
  • Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in '88

    08/16/2011 12:38:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/11 6:32 PM EDT | Bob King
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988. In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”
  • PERRY: WHY I SUPPORTED AL GORE...

    08/15/2011 8:09:32 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 288 replies
    In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.” But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in 1987 and 1988 — long before his activism led to several books, a Nobel Prize and a part in an Academy Award-winning film. It was also well before the right gave him the "Mr. Ozone" nickname and talk radio heaped endless mockery on the future...
  • NEWSWEEK: HILLARY’S CHIPOTLE VISIT “HISTORIC”

    04/17/2015 2:07:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 124 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 4.17.15 | Aaron Goldstein
    I would like to think this headline from Newsweek is simply being sarcastic, but I doubt this is the case: Who Reported on Hillary Clinton's Historic Chipotle Visit, and How? This headline was written by people who have no conception of what is and isn't historical. SNIP Hillary going to a Chipotle counter and saying, "I'll have a chicken bowl with a side of guacamole," is not historic. SNIP
  • Teens shocked by graphic content at anti-bullying conference (WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT)

    04/17/2015 12:04:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Editor's note: WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT They thought the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth was about anti-bullying. Instead, about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles. The April 3rd conference was sponsored by Iowa Safe Schools, a non-profit group that creates “safe and supportive schools” for LGBTQ young people. Some parents were furious about some of the sexually explicit comments from paid speakers – including a comedian who told the high school...
  • Democrat Jim Webb hires aide for Iowa 2016 work

    04/17/2015 8:02:02 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 19 replies
    Des Moines Register | 18 Apr 15 | Jennifer Jacobs
    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/17/democrat-jim-webb-hires-aide-rania-batrice/24890241/Gannet publication. Link only.
  • ‘That’s our gal’! Meet the totally random, ‘everyday’ American Hillary happened to speak to in Iowa

    04/17/2015 8:01:21 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-17 | Twitchy Staff
    Hillary Clinton tweeted out a new video this morning featuring a one Mike Yowell, a much quoted gay rights activist in Iowa who was on hand at an Iowa diner yesterday and thanked Clinton for coming out in favor of the Supreme Court ruling in favor gay marriage. Check it out:
  • Howard Dean: 'Why Would You Believe' Daily Mail on Hillary Vetting Coffee Klatchers?

    04/17/2015 5:36:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Howard Dean can't handle the truth. Rather than discussing the implications of Hillary Clinton kicking off her campaign by handpicking the "everyday Americans" she spoke with at her first event in Iowa, Dean dissed the Daily Mail, the source of the story. On today's Morning Joe, the volatile former Vermont governor scoffed "it's the Daily Mail. Why would you believe this?" Why, Howard? Well, for starters, the Mail quotes one of the participants by name and at length about the vetting process he underwent prior to being ushered into Hillary's presence. And if the story were inaccurate, don't you think...
  • Is Scooby campaign limping already? Secret Service parks Hillary Clinton's van in a HANDICAPPED spot

    04/16/2015 8:44:01 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/16/15 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    ...as she huddles with Democratic leaders in high-stakes meeting Hillary Clinton’s now-famous Scooby Doo van made an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Thursday for a closed-door meeting with state Democratic Party officials – and it idled in a handicapped parking space from beginning to end. Footage broadcast by KETV-7 in the nearby city of Omaha, Nebraska, showed the presidential nominee emerging from a cafe, greeting onlookers and walking past the blue handicapped-parking sign to climb into the vehicle. Secret Service agents are technically federal law enforcement officers, so there was no chance of a parking ticket, even if Scooby...
  • MSNBC's Krystle Ball: Hillary's IA Campaign Swings 'Staged & Inauthentic', 'Not Working for Folks'

    04/16/2015 10:24:34 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 15, 2015 | 5:28 PM EDT | Ken Shepard
    Krystal Ball doesn't seem to be sold on Hillary Clinton's "listening tour" campaign shtick. In a segment discussing the former secretary of state's carefully-staged campaign swings in Iowa, The Cycle co-host and former Virginia congressional candidate confessed Hillary's campaign rollout isn't doing much for her, and, she suspects, that's probably true of how it's being received by most voters. Ball made the remarks in a discussion with Brian Beutler of The New Republic. Here's the relevant transcript: MSNBC The Cycle April 15, 2015 3:08 p.m. Eastern KRYSTAL BALL, co-host: But, Brian, I wanted to get your take. Is this listening...
  • Hillary Clinton Caught Exaggerating the Number of Immigrant Grandparents She Has

    04/16/2015 10:17:39 AM PDT · by drewh · 22 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:52 pm, April 16th, 2015 | by Tina Nguyen
    Presidential candidates who can authentically can talk about their relationship to the American Immigrant Experience can sometimes experience a boost in public opinion, which is why Hillary Clinton recently spoke about how her grandparents — all of them — always talked to her about emigrating to America. A recent report indicates, however, that most of them weren’t exactly immigrants. According to Andrew Kaczynski, three of Clinton’s grandparents were not immigrants: Census data and draft cards from the 1920′s and 1930′s revealed that her paternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania, and both of her maternal grandparents were born in Illinois. (That’s...
  • ‘Vroom! Vroom!’ Hillary Clinton’s I-80 observation is semi-hilarious

    04/15/2015 1:30:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Twitchy ^ | April 15, 2015 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton is making campaign appearances in Iowa under extremely controlled conditions, and during one event she spoke of commerce:
  • Statewide Weapons Of Mass Destruction Drill Underway in Des Moines

    04/15/2015 11:54:29 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    DES MOINES, Iowa — This week you may notice extra emergency vehicles and public safety officers running around in tactical gear, Hazmat suits, and bomb suits. It’s a part of a statewide drill Des Moines is hosting Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare emergency personnel for dealing with weapons of mass destruction. Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department said emergency officials in Iowa need to be prepared for anything.
  • Ed Schultz: Hillary Doesn't Need To Answer Your Stupid Questions

    04/15/2015 10:41:50 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 14, 2015 | Caleb Howe
    There's not much to add to this ridiculous video. On MSNBC today, Ed Schultz was speaking with newly minted daytime host Thomas Roberts about Hillary's campaign stop in Iowa, when he said ... well, exactly what you would expect Ed Schultz to say. Your questions are beneath Hillary. "I don't think Hillary Clinton wants press. I think she wants people. And I think she doesn't have to answer any questions right now. And I think what she's going to do in Iowa is not focus on press but focus on what people have to say. And I think that Hillary...
  • I Am An ‘Everyday Iowan’ And Here Is How Close I Got To Hillary Clinton Today

    04/14/2015 5:10:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | april 14, 2015 | erika smalley
    Hi. My name is Erika Smalley. I grew up in Iowa and am currently a student at Kirkwood Community College. That’s the same place that Hillary Clinton visited on her first campaign stop to my state. I went there to see if I could meet Hillary:
  • When Hillary Goes to College to See ‘Everyday Iowans’ Students Get Locked In Their Classrooms

    04/14/2015 2:56:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | april 14, 2015 | benny johnson
    Students at Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College were apparently on ‘lockdown’ if their classes were along Hillary Clinton’s walking path when she visited their campus Tuesday. Jennifer Jacobs        ✔ @JenniferJJacobs Organizers told us that the hallway where Clinton enters would be locked down. It apparently affecting the classrooms along her path. 2:36 PM - 14 Apr 2015
  • Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78

    04/14/2015 1:53:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 April 2015 | Pam Belluck
    There is no question that Donna Lou Rayhons had severe Alzheimer’s. In the days before being placed in a nursing home in Garner, Iowa, last year, Mrs. Rayhons, 78, could not recall her daughters’ names or how to eat a hamburger. One day, she tried to wash her hands in the toilet of a restaurant bathroom. But another question has become the crux of an extraordinary criminal case unfolding this week in an Iowa courtroom: Was Mrs. Rayhons able to consent to sex with her husband? Henry Rayhons, 78, has been charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse, accused of having...
  • Clinton Stops at Iowa Coffee Shop to Kick off 2016 Campaign

    04/14/2015 8:56:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 14, 2015 | By KEN THOMAS and LISA LERER, Associated Press
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is chatting with voters this morning at a coffee house in the Mississippi River town of LeClaire, joking that she's going to "drink my way across Iowa." Clinton popped into the Jones Street Java House on Tuesday and ordered a chai, a latte and a glass of water with lemon. She's headed later to a round-table discussion with students and teachers at a community college in Monticello.
  • Steve King: 'Screechy' Hillary Clinton Won't Play Well In Iowa

    04/14/2015 2:28:38 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    RightWingWatch ^ | 17 November 2014 | Brian Tashman
    Rep. Steve King thinks that if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president, her “fingernails on the chalkboard” voice will make her vulnerable in the Iowa caucuses.
  • Iowa students preparing for session think she's a 'control freak' will be 'talking s**t'

    04/13/2015 1:37:30 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 40 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 13, 2015 | David Martosko
    Iowa students preparing for Hillary's first 'listening' session think she's a 'control freak' who will be 'talking s**t' and only wants immigration reform because the Democratic party needs voters Daily Mail Online spoke to ten students at Kirkwood Community College's satellite campus in rural Iowa where Hillary Clinton will be Tuesday One student is among those picked by teachers to question the former secretary of state He wants her to comment on his suspicion about immigration reform – that Democrats are pushing the policy because they need new loyal voters Another predicted that 'she's going to be, like, talking s**t'...
  • Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal and Santorum Speak to Iowa Homeschoolers (Video)

    04/12/2015 2:48:54 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | APRIL 10, 2015 | SHANE VANDER HART
    The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators held their 8th annual Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day yesterday. The activities started off at the Iowa State Capitol Building with remarks from Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Those attending were encouraged to contact their State Representative and State Senator.The afternoon session attended by hundreds of homeschoolers from all over the state picked up at the Airport Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Des Moines. WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson led a panel discussion on education issues in Iowa with Iowa’s Republican National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, State Representative Greg Heartsill (R-Melcher-Dallas), Rebekah Maxwell, a homeschooling graduate...
  • Clinton's presidential campaign: world's worst-kept secret ends Sunday - aboard flight to Iowa

    04/12/2015 2:09:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Guardian ^ | April 12, 2015 | Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington and Lauren Gambino in New York
    Hillary Clinton is prepared to formally declare her intention to run for president on Sunday, ending years of speculation over her ambitions to return to the White House as the first female president of the United States. The political world’s worst-kept secret will officially escape out into the wild shortly before noon Eastern time with the launch of Clinton’s campaign website. As the Guardian first reported early Friday, the former secretary of state is scheduled to announce her second presidential candidacy on Twitter – alongside simultaneous video and email messages – while aboard a plane from New York to the...
  • BREAKING: The State of Iowa Just Bowed Down to Shariah Law

    04/11/2015 11:37:12 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 62 replies
    Here’s a quick question for you: Have you ever once in your life heard of a state designating a day of the year as Christian Recognition Day, Buddhist Recognition Day, Hindu Recognition Day or Jewish Recognition Day? Earlier this week, Iowa state Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation designating Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as Muslim Recognition Day. The proclamation reportedly also “recognizes the many individuals and families of Muslim faith who make this state their home and willingly share their rich tradition and culture with other Iowans.” Apparently, the governor has been signing an Iowa Muslim Day proclamation for a number of years. However,...
  • Exclusive: Hillary Clinton to launch presidential campaign on Sunday en route to Iowa – source

    04/09/2015 10:03:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 139 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 10, 2015 | Lauren Gambino
    Hillary Clinton is planning to officially launch her US presidential campaign on Sunday while en route to Iowa, a source familiar with the campaign has confirmed to the Guardian. The former secretary of state is scheduled to declare her second run for president on Twitter at noon eastern time on Sunday, the source told the Guardian, followed by a video and email announcement, then a series of conference calls mapping out a blitzkrieg tour beginning in Iowa and looking ahead to more early primary states. Clinton’s Sunday schedule is booked beginning with takeoff from New York to Iowa, where speculation...
  • Ted Cruz gains steam and donor support

    04/09/2015 10:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | April 9, 2015 | Kevin Diaz, Washington Bureau
    <p>WASHINGTON — Riding a wave of conservative fervor over gay marriage and “traditional” social values, Texas Republican Ted Cruz has rocketed upwards in national presidential polls and major donor support.</p>
  • Trump's Glitz vs. Santorum's Substance

    04/09/2015 2:59:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 4/9/2015 | Craig Robinson
    One candidate flew to Des Moines on a Boeing 757, a $100 million private jet with gold plated seat-belt buckles. The other took a cab from O’Hare airport in Chicago to Midway to catch a Southwest flight to make it to Des Moines for his planned appearances. Donald Trump and Rick Santorum both spent the better part of the day in central Iowa yesterday, but their visits couldn’t have been more different. Trump was treated like the celebrity that he is, with people he came in contact with stopping to get their “selfie” taken with him, and yes, that even...
  • Judicial Watch Sues DHS Office of Inspector General for Records Regarding Terrorist “Hands Off” List

    04/08/2015 8:22:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | MARCH 31, 2015
    “Hands off” list allowed individuals with potential terrorist ties to enter the United States. Judicial Watch announced today that on February 13, 2015, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain a copy of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report about an alleged “hands off list” used by the Obama administration to allow individuals to enter the U.S. who had previously been barred because of suspected terrorist ties. ... On May 6, 2014, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) released internal DHS emails revealing an alleged terrorist “hands off” list allowing...
  • In a swing across Iowa, Ted Cruz packs in the crowds with a conservative call

    04/04/2015 12:39:47 PM PDT · by VinL · 71 replies
    Wash. Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz, pacing as he always does when making a stump speech, looked out on a room packed with people and made note of the furniture. “The reason I’m optimistic is because we ran out of chairs,” Cruz (R-Tex.) said to the crowd at the Longbranch Hotel, some in straight-backed chairs, others massed in the back. It’s a line Cruz would use more than once on his first trip to Iowa as a declared presidential candidate, underscoring his status as an emerging top-tier contender in the crowded 2016 race. On a two-day, five-stop swing that took him from Sioux...
  • Davenport high school buys property from local university

    04/03/2015 6:58:19 PM PDT · by Aliska · 7 replies
    AP and multiple ^ | April 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>When the mayor vetoed the building of a sports stadium in a residential neighborhood, SAU sold the property to Assumption High School which was not restricted to the residential zoning regulations.</p> <p>This has been going on for a couple of years now.</p>
  • Ted Cruz Reportedly Winning Over Some Rand Paul Supporters in Iowa

    03/25/2015 8:59:41 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Dan Riehl
    According to a New York Times report, Sen. Ted Cruz is making some critical inroads in Iowa, including gaining the support of “more than a dozen party leaders for his statewide campaign.” Some of that support is coming from the state’s libertarians, or Liberty movement, generally assumed to be aligned with Rand Paul. One, Iowa state Senator Jason Shultz, endorsed Rand’s father, Ron Paul, in 2012–and two others, Joel Kurtinitis and Chad Steenhoek, are former members of the Iowa GOP’s central committee. NYT reports: “The assumption of lot of people has been that the Liberty movement would roll over and support Senator Paul,’’...
  • In Cedar Rapids, Jindal decries ‘assault on religious freedom’

    04/03/2015 2:28:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 3, 2015 | B.A. Morelli
    During a stop in Iowa on Friday, Louisiana Gov. and possible GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said he supports an effort in his state to strengthen religious liberty laws just as other states have dialed back laws with potential for discrimination against gays and lesbians. State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, is drafting a bill to enhance Louisiana’s 2010 Religious Freedom Restoration Act to prevent the government from penalizing a business for acting based on religious beliefs, according to a Times-Picayune report this week. The bill would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on conflicts with...
  • UPDATE: IT’S A NATIONAL AD BUY – Ted Cruz buys ads in Iowa to air during new NBC Bible Series

    04/03/2015 11:01:03 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 19 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/3/2015 | Right Scoop
    I love this guy’s strategy. He’s making a strong statement even with his ad purchases: POLITICO – Ted Cruz is scheduled to become the first 2016 presidential candidate on the airwaves. The Texas senator is purchasing a small amount of airtime on television affiliates in the early states of Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Nevada on Easter Sunday, according to ad tracking sources. At least some of the advertising will air during a showing of the NBC program “AD: The Bible Continues.” As of Thursday afternoon, Cruz had booked a total of over $9,000 worth of airtime on affiliates...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • Grassley Strives for Seventh Term, Always Wanting More

    04/02/2015 9:31:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Alexis Levinson
    He has never won re-election with less than 64 percent of the vote. His approval rating is 67 percent. This is not some senator from a deep red or deep blue state. He is, in fact, a Republican representing a swing state in a presidential year, and Democrats would quite like to unseat him. So why does Sen. Charles E. Grassley seem almost politically invincible? (SNIP) Democrats looking to topple him will not have an easy path. His lowest re-election margin of victory was 64 percent in 2010. (He won 66 percent of the vote in 1986, 70 percent in...
  • Saw Cruz speak today

    04/02/2015 11:51:36 AM PDT · by QualityMan · 34 replies
    Had the opportunity to hear Ted Cruz speak today in Cedar Falls, IA. He was accompanied by Rod Blum, our newly elected representative. Event was well-attended. Cruz was articulate, positive, and laid out his message and vision with passion and grace. It was like a ray of light in the murk of the obamanation we have endured for the last 6 years. I am on board.
  • Republicans are quietly strategizing to delete gay marriage from the party's 2016 platform.

    03/30/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2015 | Alex Roarty
    Late last summer, with midterms consuming the attention of the political class, a group of GOP activists spent two days in Des Moines trying to convince their fellow Republicans that change was coming to their party. With eyes on 2016, they attended the Iowa State Fair, talked with newspaper editorial boards, and even ventured onto conservative talk radio. To cap it off, on the last evening, supporters gathered at 801 Chophouse, the upscale watering hole of the city's political elite, as if to announce their movement had gone mainstream. That it couldn't be dismissed as fringe any longer. Their issue,...
  • Tourist apologizes for snapping selfie near East Village blast site

    03/30/2015 2:44:12 AM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bruce Golding
    A selfie-obsessed tourist apologized Sunday for posting an online pic of herself grinning at the site of the deadly East Village inferno. After The Post exposed her with a front-page story headlined “Village Idiots,” Christina Freundlich said she was “deeply sorry for my careless and distasteful post.” “It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York,” she said in an e-mail to The Des Moines Register. “What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of action.” Freundlich, who worked on both of...