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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Iowa's version of Karl Marx's "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

    03/27/2012 11:23:21 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 14 replies
    Say NO to Socialism ^ | March 27, 2012 | Rep. Tom Shaw
    "Amazing what happens when you shine a light into a dark room ... you just don't know what you will find. It has been recently discovered that Iowa's Regents Universities have a "tuition set aside program." That means that they take a percent of the tuition from paying students and set it aside for scholarships. While the percents vary with each institution and program, at the University of Iowa, 1 in 4 (24%) [of the] dollars undergraduate students spend on their tuition (or repaying their student loans) goes to subsidizing tuition for other students. Shouldn't this be disclosed to the...
  • Des Moines rally honors slain Fla. teen, protests Iowa gun bill

    03/26/2012 8:20:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 65+ views ^ | March 26, 2012 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES -- More than 200 people turned up on the west steps of the Statehouse on Monday night for a gathering that was part rally, part memorial and part testimonial. A majority of the crowd wore hooded sweatshirts in a show of solidarity with the late Trayvon Martin and the thousands of people who have taken up his cause across the country. "I am tired of injustice. I am tired of our babies dying," said Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, who wore a black hoodie as he told the crowd about his son being shot and killed in 1996....
  • Cedar Rapids among five cities where anti-Limbaugh ads will run [Huckabee is a rat!]

    03/23/2012 10:02:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 23 March 2012 | AP
    Rush Limbaugh’s opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star’s attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they’re going after bigger game. He’s already fighting back and the group’s stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities....
  • Eastern Iowa authorities against ‘stand your ground’ - say Trayvon Martin proves law would be bad

    03/23/2012 7:51:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies ^ | March 23, 2012
    As national debate intensifies over a “stand your ground” law in Florida that critics say enabled a neighborhood watch activist in February to shoot a black, unarmed teenager, Eastern Iowan authorities are hoping the controversy will put to rest a proposal to enact a similar self-defense law in Iowa. “A person already has the right to defend themselves or others, if needed,” said Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden. “The ‘stand your ground’ legislation goes far past that. I refer to it as the ‘license to kill’ statute, because that’s exactly what it does.” The Iowa House on Feb. 29...
  • Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

    03/22/2012 7:29:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business. The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will...
  • Police ID body of Marine, once thought AWOL, from 1974 East Long Beach murder

    03/20/2012 3:04:10 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Press-Telegram [Long Beach, CA] ^ | Posted: 03/19/2012 10:02:05 AM PDT Updated: 03/20/2012 09:20:31 AM PDT | Tracy Manzer
    LONG BEACH — For the past 37 years, Oral Alfred Stuart Jr. was classified as AWOL and a Marine Corps deserter. But his family never believed it. Even if Stuart had left his beloved Corps, which he voluntarily joined in 1974 and proudly tattooed on his arm, he never would have left his parents without so much as a goodbye. "I always believed something must have happened to him. He loved the Marine Corps ... (and) he would have been in touch with our mother," insisted Carl Stuart, Stuart's older brother and one of only a few surviving family members....
  • Republican (candidate) speaks at wrong convention (IA-2)

    03/14/2012 1:24:44 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | 3.14.12 | Staff
    MUSCATINE, Iowa, March 14 (UPI) -- An Iowa Republican running for Congress said he arrived early for an event and accidentally ended up addressing a group of Democrats. Dan Dolan of Muscatine said he and a staffer arrived early Saturday for the Republican convention at the Monroe County Courthouse in Albia, The Quad City Times reported Wednesday. "My staffer runs up and says, 'Hey, Dan Dolan is here. Can he speak?' So they stopped everything, and I get up there and give my speech," Dolan said. "I get done, a guy raises his hand and says, 'I think you want...
  • Democrat Operative Reverses Plea; Guilty of Stealing Iowa Secretary of State’s Identity

    03/10/2012 1:57:32 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 9 2012 | Kevin Hall
    Democrat operative Zach Edwards changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty and received a light sentence for stealing Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s identity. The plea was officially filed by Iowa Courts on Thursday. He pled guilty to identity theft, a simple misdemeanor.Edwards received a deferred sentence of one year probation, 20 hours of community service within 120 days and a $65 fine. If he completes probation successfully, the simple misdemeanor charge is dismissed without a conviction being entered on his record. Edwards was originally charged with an aggravated misdemeanor and faced a maximum of two years in prison...
  • A Glimpse Inside the Ron Paul Caucus to Convention Effort

    03/09/2012 4:31:50 PM PST · by Catholic Iowan · 11 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 03/09/12 | Craig Robinson
    The organizers also state their desire to take control of the local Republican organization and the Republican State Central Committee (RSCC). When speaking about the RSCC, the organizer stated that they wanted a majority on the committee so that they could dictate how the party spends its money, emphasizing that money should only go to candidates that adhere to the platform.
  • Mitt’s Nomination Manipulation

    03/07/2012 10:16:58 PM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 5th, 2012 | Craig Robinson
    Only twelve states have held primaries or caucuses, and shockingly, many of them have either been scandal ridden, had their dates manipulated in violation of proposed nomination calendar, or broke the delegate distribution rules set by the Republican National Committee. State GOP chairs in Iowa and Nevada have resigned in disgrace, and others have come under heavy scrutiny following the completion of their caucus or primary. The Iowa Caucuses became the butt of too many jokes when Iowa GOP Chairman refused to declare Rick Santorum the winner of the caucuses following the state GOP’s certification process, which clearly showed Santorum...
  • Gun bills, not taxes, ignite tempers(IA)

    03/05/2012 4:25:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 5 February, 2012 | AP
    "It would eliminate all gun laws," McCarthy said. "This issue is very, very extreme. This proposal is not a mainstream proposal." ....... It's a mistrust of the courts, however, that fueled much of the support for the constitutional amendment. "For far too long we've seen judicial abuse of our Second Amendment rights," said Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley.
  • County sheriffs oppose adding Second Amendment to Iowa Constitution

    03/03/2012 7:53:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 3 March, 2012 | LYNN CAMPBELL
    DES MOINES - Iowa's guns rights would be among the strongest in the nation, under a proposed state constitutional amendment that cleared the Iowa House this week. Democrats say the measure would eventually allow people to bring guns into Iowa's schools, the Capitol and other public buildings. That concerns county officials. "I think one of the concerns for counties is in our courthouses where there are emotional situations, what that could lead to, particularly domestic disputes," said Sioux County Supervisor Mark Sybesma. "In our treasurer's office, a lot of times people come in very disgruntled - emotions and that type...
  • Council Bluffs Isn’t Good Enough for Boswell and Pelosi?

    03/02/2012 10:10:31 PM PST · by iowamark · 2 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 03/02/2012 | Craig Robinson
    Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is holding a high-dollar fundraiser for Congressman Leonard Boswell later today. However, the event isn’t taking place in Washington D.C. or even Des Moines. Instead, Boswell and Pelosi will travel to Omaha for an event at the Field Club, the oldest country club west of the Mississippi. Boswell has fended off a number of impressive Republican challengers over the last decade, but due to redistricting he will face his toughest opponent yet when he squares off against Congressman Tom Latham this fall. Neither Latham nor Boswell have represented southwest Iowa before, and thus...
  • Iowa House Approves Gun Bills Following Democratic Walkout

    03/02/2012 9:03:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 29 February, 2012 | NRA
    Wednesday was an eventful day in Des Moines for pro-gun advocates that began with the House Democratic caucus’ mass exodus from the state capitol in protest of the scheduled consideration of two NRA priority pro-gun bills. Despite the fact the Republican majority had a quorum and could have passed legislation without the Democratic caucus, action was delayed until the caucus returned late in the afternoon. Once normal order was restored, gun owners in the Hawkeye State saw the Right to Keep and Bear Arms state constitutional amendment amended to the original NRA-supported language and passed. Gun owners then saw the...
  • Imagine more broken promises with re-election of Obama

    03/01/2012 7:36:53 PM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies · 8+ views
    Iowa State Daily ^ | March 1, 2012 | Ingrid Bisenius
    Vice President Joe Biden has been told by the White House to make a campaign stop Thursday at Howe Hall on the Iowa State campus. His speech comes shortly after President Barack Obama visited Cedar Rapids after the State of the Union address one month ago. But this campaign stop is not to liberal Iowa City, and Biden will receive a much different reception than four years ago. After three years in the White House, the Obama administration continues to make excuses for the problems facing our nation. Today, Biden will try to convince Iowans that the job is unfinished...
  • Obama’s new Iowa campaign HQ opens Sunday – in Romney’s old digs

    03/01/2012 7:19:33 PM PST · by iowamark
    March 11, 2012 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: Obama’s new Iowa campaign HQ opens Sunday – in Romney’s old digs
  • What Do Democrats Have Against Guns and Gun Rights?

    03/01/2012 3:49:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Ammoland ^ | 1 March, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -( When news broke that Democrat legislators in Iowa had stormed out in protest over pro-Second Amendment bills which Republicans in the Republican-controlled legislature had brought up for a vote, I wasn’t too surprised. After all, since when do Democrats approve of guns or support gun rights? But as I read Iowa House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Des Moines) try to justify avoiding a vote for two bills that would have given Iowans a state-constitutional right to keep and bear arms and broadened their grounds for using deadly force to protect life and property, the whole event...
  • Walk-out over, Iowa House approves gun rights amendment

    02/29/2012 6:51:28 PM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | February 29, 2012 | James Q. Lynch
    DES MOINES – After Democrats ended a seven-hour walk-out to delay action on a proposed constitutional amendment sponsors said would ensure Iowans’ gun rights, the Iowa House approved the legislation 61-37. “We left in protest so there could be some openness and some transparency and some sunlight drawn on what this issue (that) is very, very extreme, very extreme,” McCarthy said when he brought his caucus back after 4 p.m. Although the vast majority of House Democrats support the United States constitutional right to bear arms, McCarthy said, “we also believe public safety is very important and there must be...
  • Iowa House Democrats leave Statehouse in protest (Demoncrats flee pro-RKBA bills, 2nd Amendment)

    02/29/2012 9:04:22 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 36 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 29 FEB 2012 | James Q. Lynch
    Iowa House Democrats left the Capitol in protest Wednesday, saying they were betrayed by the Republican majority that decided this morning to debate controversial gun rights legislation. “We’ve been doubled-crossed,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, just before he lead his 40-member caucus out of the Statehouse. Democrats had been led to believe a constitutional amendment spelling out Iowans’ right to bear arms and the so-called “Castle Doctrine” giving Iowans the right to defend themselves would not be debated Feb. 29, McCarthy said. However, he was told after both parties went into their routine closed-door meetings to discuss...
  • Iowa Firearms Coalition Needs Your Help to Pass Pro-Second Amendment Bills

    02/29/2012 6:38:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 27 February, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -( First off, I want to thank every one of you that has taken the time to utilize our Action Center (also on Facebook) to correspond with Representatives on our bills. Your hard work and willingness to be involved has helped Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the NRA, to move every one of our top priority bills through committee! At the start of the legislative session IFC announced our four top priorities: * Iowa Constitutional Amendment for a Right to Keep and Bear Arms – HJR2009 * Iowa Family Defense Act, Stand Your Ground – HF2215 * Iowa Firearm...