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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...
  • Iowa Firearms Legislation Update

    02/27/2012 5:29:56 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    Funnel week has come and gone in Des Moines, and while some good bills made it out of committee, several other good bills were allowed to die a death of apathy. Here's a rundown of what's what under the gold dome. * HF 208 - This bill would modify the disposal requirements of firearms and ammunition seized by or forfeited to Iowa law enforcement agencies, including DPS. It essentially gives the agency that seized the firearms or ammunition greater control over how it is disposed of, including sale to the public. (Assigned to a subcommittee of Baudler, Kressig, and Tjepkes...
  • Iowa, Wisconsin Agree to Recognize Georgia CCW Permits

    02/26/2012 5:10:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | 23 February, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    We are still waiting on the Senate to decide the fate of a National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill, one that would provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State. But in meantime, states are continuing to reach out to each other to forge state-to-state concealed carry reciprocity agreements (there’s no reason to wait on the Fed). The latest state to expand its reciprocal recognition program is Georgia, which added Iowa and Wisconsin to its list last month bringing its total to 26. Georgia currently reciprocates in recognizing firearms licenses with...
  • Stand Your Ground, Lose Everything(home defense)

    02/24/2012 5:56:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    The Des Moines Register ran a story today that highlights the need for a strong “Stand Your Ground” law. Not just in Iowa, where it is being hotly debated right now, but anywhere in the country that the freedoms and liberties of citizens who are going about their day-to-day activities are expected to be more important than those of citizens who have little regard for the life and health of others in the community. In their story, the Register details the circumstances around a man, Jay Rodney Lewis, who was put in jail and stayed there for 112 days until...
  • Ann Coulter: WHAT'S THEIR PROBLEM WITH ROMNEY? (It's a Loooong List Ann)

    02/22/2012 3:04:49 PM PST · by Syncro · 88 replies · 2+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | February 22, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    WHAT'S THEIR PROBLEM WITH ROMNEY?February 22, 2012 As governor of one of the most liberal states in the union, Mitt Romney did something even Ronald Reagan didn't do as governor of California: He balanced the budget without raising taxes. Romney became deeply pro-life as governor of the aforementioned liberal state and vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill. (Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich lobbied President George W. Bush to allow embryonic stem cell research.) Romney's approach to illegal immigration in Massachusetts resembled what Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona is doing today, making her a right-wing heroine. Romney pushed the conservative alternative to...
  • Iowa Second Congressional District Primary Could Be a Good One

    02/21/2012 3:33:55 PM PST · by iowamark · 2 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | February 17th, 2012 | Craig Robinson
    It’s easy to get distracted when presidential politics take over the political scene in Iowa every four years. With 24-hour cable news channels and unlimited campaign coverage via the Internet, one’s attention can easily become dominated by presidential politics even after the caucuses are long over. While caucuses allow us Iowans a chance to play in the big leagues for a while, they also take attention away from other important primaries that are quickly approaching. In just over three months, or 109 days to be exact, voters will pick the Republican nominee in two eastern Iowa congressional districts. Both the...
  • Obama down 2-7 points in Iowa

    02/18/2012 7:58:12 PM PST · by Mustang Driver · 34 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 18, 2012 | Don Surber
    Is Barack Obama electable? Further evidence of the erosion of President Obama’s electability comes from Iowa as the liberal Des Moines Register’s latest poll shows the president is behind 3 of the 4 remaining Republican presidential candidates by 2 to 7 points — in a state he won by 10 points in 2008. The numbers: Ron Paul 49% Barack Obama 42% Rick Santorum 48% Barack Obama 44% Mitt Romney 46% Barack Obama 44% The increasingly irrelevant Newt Gingrich is down 51%-37% to the president. Iowa is one of 11 states that are considered “toss-up” by Real Clear Politics.
  • Obama trails three of four Republican candidates in latest Iowa Poll

    02/18/2012 5:28:26 PM PST · by Keith in Iowa · 30 replies
    A newspaper that Can't be named | 2/18/12 | DSM Register
    Gannett Rag - Link Only
  • Denied jobs, blacks in Iowa test new bias legal theory

    02/17/2012 8:02:08 AM PST · by newgeezer · 27 replies
    The Des Moines Register (Associated Press) | RYAN J. FOLEY
    Des Moines Register articles may only be linked: Denied jobs, blacks in Iowa test new bias legal theory
  • Snell: Your life is precious, protect it(IA)

    02/16/2012 7:47:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 15 February, 2012 | Barry Snell
    She was dead. The woman lay on her back in the middle of the street. Her eyes were open and staring up at the sky, clouds reflecting on the haze forming over them. Pools of thick, dark syrup formed under her back, her life blood oozing out across the black asphalt around her body. I was there when she died. It's a hell of a thing, death. Anyone who has been around it knows about that moment when someone goes from being a person to a thing. It's a curiosity, almost magical in a way. You can't help but be...
  • Pryor: Tough fight ahead to keep Guard A-10 mission at Fort Smith [MI Selfridge, & IA F-16's too]

    02/15/2012 6:28:57 AM PST · by FourPeas · 3 replies
    Arkansas News ^ | 9 Feb 2012 | Peter Urban
    [snip] Air Force Secretary Michael Donley met Tuesday with Michigan Reps. Candice Miller and Tim Walberg, who concerned about losing the A-10 mission at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. “Secretary Donley indicated that the Obama Administration is not open to making any alterations to their proposed cuts and all of the cuts outlined last week will be included in the budget the President plans to send to Congress next week,” the two Republicans said in a joint statement. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, left a Thursday meeting with Donley still frustrated with the Pentagon’s plans for the Iowa National Guard’s 132nd...
  • HJR 2005 and HF 2114 watered down in committee(IA gun)

    02/15/2012 5:28:34 AM PST · by marktwain
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    HJR 2005 and HF 2114 were debated in the House Public Safety Committee (PSC) today. Unfortunately for gun owners in Iowa, the true intent of both of these pieces of legislation was evidently lost on the Chairman of the committee. Representative Clel Baudler sided with the Democrat members of the committee, and both bills were watered down to the point of being useless. HJR 2005 was intended to add the right to keep and bear arms to the Iowa Constitution. Taking into account all of the challenges that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has faced over the years,...
  • The politics of gunplay(IA)

    02/13/2012 5:47:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 12 February, 2012 | Mark Wiser
    DES MOINES — Matt Windschitl turned a half-swivel in his chair and stuck his right hand out, palm up, stopping National Rifle Association lobbyist Chris Rager from walking out the door. Windschitl, 28, a member of the House Republican leadership team from Missouri Valley, had just watched his “stand your ground” bill sail through a legislative committee. “This,” Windschitl said as Rager shook his hand, “is just the start.” The bill would allow Iowans to respond with deadly force if they feel threatened and would protect them from liability in some cases. This session Windschitl also has proposed legislation that...
  • [Paul supporter] AJ Spiker Elected Iowa GOP Chairman

    02/11/2012 12:59:47 PM PST · by jjotto · 7 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | February 11, 2012 | Kevin Hall
    AJ Spiker won a narrow election Saturday morning to become the new chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. Spiker eked by interim chairman Bill Schickel by a 9-8 vote on the second ballot. Spiker is a realtor from Ames, the former chairman of the Story County GOP, and represented Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District on the State Central Committee. He served as one of the co-chairs for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in Iowa. Spiker replaces former chairman Matt Strawn, who resigned in the middle of his second term. Strawn’s last official day on the job was Friday. “It feels great....
  • Iowa Republicans push for right to bear arms

    02/10/2012 11:42:26 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2012 | BAJ VISSER
    State Republicans want to bring Iowa's Constitution in line with those of 44 other states. Iowa is one of only six states in the Union that do not have a Second Amendment-like right to keep and bear arms enshrined in their Constitutions. Gun-rights advocates — such as Stephanie Samford of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action — say the resolution, House Joint Resolution 2005, is necessary to protect Iowans' right to have firearms. "We have to move beyond the idea of only having a handgun in the home for self-defence," Samford said. Advocates for the resolution have cited...
  • Kids kept 53 laptops, Des Moines' charter school tells police

    02/10/2012 11:05:34 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Feb. 10, 2012 | TOM ALEX and SHEENA DOOLEY
    Gannett paper, link only:
  • Iowan's FBI file details fizzled Carter probe

    02/10/2012 10:13:41 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 02/10/2012 | RYAN J. FOLEY
    Newly released FBI memos detail a sensitive investigation into fundraising in the Carter White House that started with a comparison to Watergate but fizzled after uncovering special access for donors but no criminal wrongdoing. The memos were released from the file of Charles Manatt, an Iowa native and former Democratic National Committee Chairman who was interviewed during the investigation. The records became public after Manatt died in July at age 75 in Richmond, Va. Manatt grew up on an Audobon farm and studied rural sociology at Iowa State University before ascending to the top of the fields of law, business...
  • NRCC Announces New ‘On the Radar' Candidates

    02/10/2012 6:27:09 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    NRCC ^ | 02/09/2012 | NRCC
    Twenty-One Republican Candidates Take Steps Toward ‘Young Gun' Status Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) today announced its newest round of ‘On the Radar' candidates. By reaching the second step of the four-step ‘Young Guns' program, these Republican candidates have reached the fundamental benchmarks to place them on the road to victory. Now, these 21 candidates are ready to take on the Democrat establishment and return fiscal sanity to Washington. "These candidates have worked hard to meet the benchmarks that have been laid out before them and are determined to hold Washington Democrats accountable this November," said NRCC Chairman...
  • Iowa Firearms Preemption Bill to Committee Vote Tomorrow

    02/09/2012 8:58:31 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Iowa Firearms Coalition
    IOWA – -( Contact Public Safety Committee members today and urge them to vote YES tomorrow on HF 2114, the Iowa Firearm Preemption Act. Ask these members to vote YES and support current state law in Iowa code 724.7 and 724.28 that explicitly state that permit holders should be allowed to carry anywhere except where state and federal law allow. Punishing law-abiding citizens that are fully screened and have had extensive background checks by disallowing them access to public buildings is dishonoring to Iowans. It also puts honest, law-abiding citizens at risk of inadvertently violating these unnecessary, illegal laws that...
  • Iowa Bills Would Expand Gun Freedoms

    02/09/2012 8:35:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Greg McDonald
    Iowa lawmakers are considering several bills aimed at enhancing gun rights, but critics say some of the measures are “pro-criminal” and will lead to more violence. According to the Des Moines Register, multiple bills have been introduced this year, ranging from one that would amend the state constitution to effectively eliminate all gun regulations to another that would “permit a shoot-to-kill response by anyone who believes he’s being threatened with death or serious injury by another person.” The Register reported Wednesday that advocates for changes to the state’s current gun laws believe most of the bills are necessary to protect...
  • 75-year-old man fights off carjackers

    02/09/2012 6:38:28 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies ^ | 9 Feb 2012 | via CNN
    SOMERS, WI (WISN/CNN) – It is said that "no good deeds goes unpunished," and that seems to be true for a 75-year-old Wisconsin man who fought of carjackers in his driveway after doing them a favor. Army veteran Alex Weber's kindness nearly cost him his car after he said a man and a woman asked for his help. "A woman got out of the car and said, ‘Hey we're out of gas,' and I said OK, I don't have any here but I'll get you some," Weber said. Weber said he took the man and woman for a ride to...
  • Bill seeks to reinstate death penalty in Iowa

    02/08/2012 5:51:13 PM PST · by Category Four · 2 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | 02/07/12 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — The leader of the Senate Republicans is pushing to reinstate a limited death penalty in Iowa for any adult who kills a minor in the commission of a rape or kidnapping. But Democrats say it’s a political ploy to interject a distracting social issue during a session focused on job creation and reforming the state’s property tax, education and mental-health systems. Senate GOP Leader Jerry Behn of Boone introduced the death-penalty measure this session as he has done in previous years. He says it is a way to deter perpetrators of Class A felonies in Iowa from...
  • Obama to Return Major Donations Tied to Fugitive

    02/07/2012 8:30:21 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 6, 2012 | MIKE McINTIRE
    Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama’s re-election campaign. The casino owner, Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, known as Pepe, jumped bail in Iowa in 1994 and disappeared, and has since been linked to violence and corruption in Mexico. A State Department cable in 2009 said he was suspected of orchestrating the assassination of a business rival and making illegal campaign donations to Mexican officials... one of Mr. Cardona’s brothers...
  • Lee County Republicans Bicker Over Iowa Caucus Chaos

    02/07/2012 12:16:36 PM PST · by Free Vulcan · 7 replies · 3+ views
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 2.7.12 | Kevin Hall
    There is a lot of blame to go around over the mishandling of the Iowa Caucus results. However, a good chunk of the blame lies with the Lee County GOP central committee. There were eight precincts in the state, out of 1774, that failed to turn in the necessary paperwork to have their votes certified. Four of those precincts were in Lee County. The central committee met on Monday for the first time since the Iowa Caucus. Many in the crowd of 50 were eager to discuss the numerous failings. “We’re going to talk about the caucuses,” one central committee...
  • Budget lines drawn at (Iowa) Statehouse: GOP plan includes state workers paying for insurance

    02/03/2012 6:55:12 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 2 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 2.3.12 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Legislative Republicans proposed Thursday to spend $182 million less than Gov. Terry Branstad’s $6.242 billion budget plan for next fiscal year and about $119 million under majority Senate Democrats’ targets by providing less money to education, human services and economic incentives and requiring state employees and elected officials to pay $200 a month for their health insurance coverage. All three competing and contrasting fiscal 2013 budget approaches offered by the governor and leaders of the split-control Legislature would fully fund spending commitments already approved last session, including a 2 percent “allowable growth” increase for K-12 public schools...
  • HJR 2001 passes House vote(IA repeal of ammo ban)

    02/03/2012 5:53:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    HJR 2001, the legislation that reverses Iowa DNR's ban on lead ammunition during dove hunting season, passed in the Iowa House this morning on a 73-27 vote. The issue will now go to the Senate for debate. If it passes in the Senate, it is reported that Governor Branstad will sign the legislation into law. Also today, HJR 2005 was passed in a House Public Safety subcommittee meeting. HJR 2005 is legislation that would provide for an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that secures the right to keep and bear arms. The vote was 2-1, with Reps. Windschitl and Brandenburg...
  • Lawmaker Wants Gun Rights Added To Iowa Constitution

    02/02/2012 8:06:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 2 February, 2012 | NA
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Does Iowa need a constitutional amendment to protect the right to bear arms? Iowa is one of six states with a constitution that does not provide gun rights to its citizens. There are laws in place that give Iowans the right to bear arms, but some lawmakers feel that's not enough. They're proposing to add an amendment to the Iowa Constitution. It states, “The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and shall not be infringed...
  • Iowa firearms legislation update

    02/02/2012 10:15:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    Several new firearms related bills have been introduced in the Iowa House over the past several days. Here is a rundown of each of them: * HF 2113 – This bill would restore “Constitutional Carry” rights to Iowans. This bill is currently assigned to a Public Safety Subcommittee of Reps. Tjepkes, Baudler, and R. Olson. * HF 2114 – This bill would put and end to the patchwork of anti-carry ordinances, rules, and regulations that localities have adopted since Iowa went to a “Shall Issue” system of permit issuance on 1/1/11. This bill is currently assigned to a Public Safety...
  • What Mitt Romney's victories have in common: a low Republican turnout

    02/01/2012 7:10:29 PM PST · by GVnana · 35 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 2/1/2012 | Mike Smithson
    The Florida primary overnight has produced the thumping victory for Mitt Romney that the polls were predicting. But what might be worrying GOP strategists is that turnout was down sharply compared to four years ago. Florida will be one of the critical battlegrounds in November and the last thing the party wants is for Republican-inclined voters to be less enthusiastic. The New York Times's election and polling analyst, Nate Silver, has done some number-crunching using the exit poll data from the four states that voted in January and finds that there is a pattern. In Iowa the number of self-identifying...
  • Senators McCain and Harkin seek to kill the dollar bill - replace with a coin

    02/01/2012 6:46:31 PM PST · by opentalk · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 1, 2012 | Josiah Ryan
    Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) have introduced legislation that would permanently discontinue the $1 dollar note and replace it with a coin. Harkin and McCain penned The Currency Optimization, Innovation and National Savings (COINS) Act in response to reports from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) that indicate that abandoning the note could save around $5.5 billion over the next 30 years. Specifically the COINS Act would require that Federal Reserve Banks discontinue the $1 note four years after enactment or once circulation of $1 coins exceeds 600 million annually.
  • Voter ID plan had bipartisan input, not necessarily bipartisan support

    01/31/2012 5:21:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 29 January 2012 | Mike Wiser
    Proponents say elections will be more secure; opponents say certain individuals will be unfairly targeted. Secretary of State Matt Schultz jumped into one of the most partisan issues in electoral politics last week when he proposed a new voter photo identification bill. But he did so with a twist. Unique to his proposal is the idea that one voter can vouch for another in place of photo identification, something Schultz hopes will blunt criticism of his plan. Indeed, Schultz used the word “bipartisan” no fewer than 14 times during his Statehouse news conference and in answering questions from the media....