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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Grassley Prepares to Bypass Franken to Move Trump Appeals Court Nominee

    11/16/2017 2:45:17 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 11/16/17 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley is ready to move forward with President Donald Trump’s appellate judicial nominees, even when home-state senators have formal objections. Grassley is going to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to be a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Politico reported ahead of a formal announcement by the chairman. “The Democrats seriously regret that they abolished the filibuster, as I warned them they would,” Grassley said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But they can’t expect to use the blue slip courtesy in its place.” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.,...
  • Grassley says he's nixing blue slips for pair of nominees

    11/16/2017 2:44:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is moving to nix the blue slip for two of President Trump’s judicial picks, sparking a showdown with Democrats over nominations. Grassley announced on Thursday that he has scheduled Nov. 29 hearings for David Stras, Trump’s nomination to be an appellate judge on the 8th Circuit, and for Kyle Duncan, nominated to serve the 5th Circuit. “Today I’m announcing that the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for two circuit court nominees, each of whom has one home state senator who has not returned a blue slip containing a positive endorsement,” Grassley said from the Senate...
  • Ted Cruz Vs The Iowans. The Battle Continues (Fight over Ethanol Mandates)

    11/16/2017 2:48:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    A couple of weeks ago we learned that opponents of ethanol mandates weren’t going to quietly slink off the stage just because President Trump and Scott Pruitt were backing up the Renewable Fuel Standard. While this subject isn’t sexy enough to be making headlines on cable news these days, the fight is continuing unabated. The previous incident arose from Senator Joni Ernst blocking the nomination of EPA air chief Bill Wehrum and threatening to work with her Iowa partner Chuck Grassley to block others unless the RFS was fully protected.Texas Senator Ted Cruz fired back with his own blockade...
  • Ted Cruz pressures Iowa governor to reach deal on ethanol mandate

    11/14/2017 10:07:17 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 14, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Sen. Ted Cruz is pressuring Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to reach a deal between oil refiners and the ethanol industry over the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuel mandate. Cruz, speaking on behalf of a group of eight GOP senators, wrote in a Tuesday letter to Reynolds that they do not wish to up-end the market for corn ethanol produced in her state, which is the nation's top producer of the fuel. Instead, Cruz argued that the senators' real problem with the Renewable Fuel Standard is refiners being required to buy expensive renewable identification number credits, or RINs, to meet the...
  • New I-74 Bridge: Forum brings questions of detours, speed limits

    11/04/2017 5:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | October 31, 2017 | Deirdre Cox Baker
    More than 100 concerned residents peppered state and local officials Monday for information about the new Interstate 74 Bridge. Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri hosted the event, part of a series of casual meetings to share ideas and air concerns about the city. Experts on site included Ryan Hippen, construction field engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Danielle Mulholland, I-74 project engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation. "I don't get tired of talking about this improvement," Hippen said. The basket handle true arch twin bridge is to cost an estimated $1.2 billion, and open late in 2020 after...
  • They’re Trump-strong in rural Iowa — and not changing their minds

    10/27/2017 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | October 27, 2017 | By ROBERT LEONARD
    I’m a political junkie. Every day I read The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other media giants, with great interest and appreciation. Here in conservative rural America, Trump is ascendant. I was loafing in a booth at the coffee shop Saturday morning, and my friend Mark said something like, “Hey Bob, if you want to understand why rural conservatives like Trump, watch the speech he gave at the Values Voters Summit.” Doing my best to understand how my conservative friends might read Trump’s speech, I read. I contrasted Trump’s messaging with how rural conservatives often view Democratic...
  • Chuck Grassley Calls for Special Counsel in Uranium One Scandal

    10/26/2017 5:26:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Adam Shaw
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called Tuesday for the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One scandal after reports that suggest the FBI knew of Russian bribery and money laundering leading up to the 2010 deal. Grassley, writing on Twitter, said, “Whoever in DOJ is capable [with] authority to appoint a special counsel [should] do so to investigate” the Uranium One scandal. *snip* Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March from any investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election after a controversy arose about his meetings with Russian Ambassador...
  • Socialist group calls for 'extermination' of capitalists

    10/20/2017 6:53:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 10/19/17 | Anthony Gockowski
    The Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) chapter at Iowa State University has repeatedly posted threatening tweets about conservatives, but the school maintains that the comments are a form of free speech.In one tweet, the group said that "the only dope worth shooting" is Donald Trump, and more recently it posted a message calling for the hanging and extermination of "capitalists." A socialist student group at Iowa State University has repeatedly made threatening comments about conservatives on social media, but the school says the comments are protected speech.In one recent tweet, the school’s Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)...
  • Democratic Socialists at Iowa State University call for 'shooting' Trump

    10/20/2017 12:18:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 19, 2017 | By Caleb Parke
    A Democratic Socialist student group at an Iowa college appeared to make death threats on Twitter against capitalists and President Trump -- the latter message drawing the attention of the Secret Service. “COMRADES: stay away from needle drugs! They only dope worth shooting is in the oval office [right now],” Iowa State University's Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter tweeted in September. The Secret Service told Fox News it was “aware” of the comment. This month, YDSA tweeted to encourage the hanging and extermination of all “capitalists." After the message drew complaints, Iowa State defended the group on Twitter, saying...
  • Iowa Hawkeyes' new tradition is more than just a wave |

    10/17/2017 6:52:21 AM PDT · by safetysign · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 09/30/2017 | Tom Rinaldi
    You don't have to be an Iowa fan to appreciate this. Have your kleenex handy. Watch video at link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7UqYD_owgY&feature=share
  • Trump voters open to bump stock ban after Las Vegas shooting

    10/15/2017 6:54:51 PM PDT · by leaymane · 80 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/14/17 | Daniel Allott
    As night follows day, mass shootings in America are followed by a succession of Democratic politicians and liberal activists pushing for tighter gun restrictions. Almost as reliably, those efforts fail. But in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas, in which Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at an outdoor concert, there is reason to believe this time might be different. Paddock used “bump stock” devices that effectively turn semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic weapons, causing a higher death toll. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have shown some support for a ban of bump stocks. House...
  • Aiding Transgender Case, Sessions Defies His Image on Civil Rights

    10/15/2017 3:59:10 PM PDT · by NRx · 54 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-15-2017 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In taking the step, Mr. Sessions, a staunch conservative, is sending a signal that he has made a priority of fighting violence against transgender people individually, even as he has rolled back legal protections for them collectively. The Justice Department rarely assigns its lawyers to serve as local prosecutors, and only in cases in which...
  • “I Make My Morning Coffee With the Tears of Liberals”

    10/14/2017 7:13:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/14/17 | John Hinderacker
    So said our own Steve Hayward to a college Republican group in Minnesota last week. For your daily dose of schadenfreude, check out the New York Times’s lament over Iowa’s swing to the right: There is little to suggest a future for the [Democratic] party here in this once reliable Democratic stronghold, at least in races on the national level. President Trump easily carried this county in the 2016 election, and Iowa as a whole; the only counties Hillary Clinton won were in metropolitan areas or university towns.Iowa’s dramatic change has been both abrupt and a long time in coming....
  • Trump country responds to national anthem protests

    10/11/2017 2:41:40 PM PDT · by leaymane · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2017 | Daniel Allott
    When Matt Walker played baseball for the Fayetteville SwampDogs, a collegiate summer team in the Coastal Plain League, his manager offered him and his teammates a lot of advice on how to conduct themselves on the field. Walker and his young teammates, who were trying to land a spot on a major league roster, typically played before crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 people, often in military towns. Fayetteville, in the North Carolina Sandhills, is located only 20 minutes from Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world. A majority of the fans, Walker said, were either in the military...
  • Grassley says he's in charge of judicial 'blue slip' tool, after McConnell pledges to kill it

    10/11/2017 2:03:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10/11/17 | Ryan Lovelace
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office said Wednesday he is reviewing the chamber's "blue slip" tradition, after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to eliminate the tool used to block judicial nominees. "The chairman of the Judiciary Committee will determine how to apply the blue slip courtesy for federal judicial nominees, as has always been the practice," said Taylor Foy, Grassley spokesman, in an email to the Washington Examiner. "Over the years, chairmen have applied the courtesy differently, but the spirit of consultation has always remained." Under the Senate's blue slip procedure, a state's senators are consulted by the White...
  • The significance of the Supreme Court case on extreme partisan gerrymandering

    10/10/2017 2:54:49 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/10/17 | Rep. Rod Blum
    It is a privilege to live in a country where someone like myself, raised by parents with 10th grade educations, can live the American dream. I am a small businessman, a coach, a father, a husband -- not a career politician. I ran for office because I believe in the American dream -- the faith that education, initiative, and hard work can earn anyone a better life in this country -- is a dream worth defending. I was raised to believe that in America, the greatest country on Earth, each of us has a voice in our government. This is...
  • Grassley: IRS contract with Equifax 'doesn't add up'

    10/05/2017 3:54:50 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The IRS award of a $7.25 million no-bid contract to Equifax after a hack of the data services company that exposed personal information of as many as 145 million Americans “just doesn’t add up,” according to Sen. Chuck Grassley. “Given recent Equifax breach the IRS needs 2make clear &demonstrate that taxpayer information is safe if doing biz w Equifax,” the Iowa Republican said in a post on Twitter Wednesday morning. “Not only was I surprised, but I was sitting with a senator in Judiciary (Committee) today that was told that by another senator and he said, ‘You got to be...
  • Planned Parenthood Loses Bid to Stop Waiting Period Before It Can Kill Babies in Abortions(Iowa)

    10/02/2017 5:30:57 PM PDT · by Morgana
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 2 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The abortion chain Planned Parenthood lost a legal challenge to Iowa’s 72-hour waiting period law Monday when a judge upheld the law. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa Judge Jeffrey Farrell refused to block the law. He rejected the abortion business’s argument that the law places an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. “The Iowa Act is arguably the strictest mandatory waiting period law in the country, but the only question to the court is whether it complies with the constitutional standard,” Farrell wrote. “It does.” The Iowa law requires that a woman be offered the chance to see...
  • Iowa State requires applicants agree to ‘diversity and inclusion’ pledge

    09/11/2017 7:46:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 11, 2017 | William Nardi
    Iowa State University has added new language to its job applications that requires prospective employees to pledge they will “demonstrate their contribution to diversity and inclusion” once hired.
  • Boeing ‘Skeptical’ of United Technologies-Rockwell Collins Deal

    09/05/2017 4:10:38 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | September 5, 2017 | Benjamin D Katz , Rick Clough , and Julie Johnsson
    Boeing Co. and Airbus SE voiced concerns about a proposed tie-up of two leading suppliers Tuesday, potentially upsetting United Technologies Corp.’s $23 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins Inc. The world’s largest planemakers added to the chorus of skeptics of a deal that would create an aerospace behemoth with a range of products to outfit jetliners and warplanes. Investors sent United Technologies shares plunging by the most in two years, while credit ratings companies said the manufacturer risks downgrades. Boeing, which has been squeezing suppliers for discounts, warned it would take action to protect itself if it saw the merger as...