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  • 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 · 18 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...
  • Hillary's Iowa Vacation (Saturbray)

    04/18/2015 10:03:36 AM PDT · by bray · 30 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 4/18/15 | bray
    Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Just when you thought Harpy had a chance to win the nomination she goes on her three day Iowa Vacation and gives all the other contenders hope. Whoever came up with the Iowa shuffle, let alone the Darth Vader mobile should be fired immediately and never put on another campaign. For a woman who comes across as cold, unapproachable and secretive, why would you choose a black armored car with smoked windows, was the tank booked? The only thing that rolling death machine needed was a breathing...
  • 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...
  • The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

    04/17/2015 11:02:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Roll Call's RothenBlog ^ | April 16, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses? If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finishes first in the Iowa caucuses, does that all but eliminate hopefuls such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ben Carson from the race? If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul finishes fourth in Iowa (which would be worse than his father’s third-place showing in the caucuses...
  • 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:
  • Impeach: Hillary’s van caught parked in handicapped spot in Iowa (Video)

    04/16/2015 11:40:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    hotair.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Allahpundit
    To cleanse the palate, a fresh reminder that Democratic pols think the rules don’t apply to them even when it comes to parking. On the one hand, the thought of spending 16 months digesting every move made by a political entity as dreary as Hillary Clinton, even as a goof a la the clip below, makes me feel like Col. Kurtz mumbling through that story about finding the pile of little arms. We now inhabit a political culture where stories like this one are published by the country’s most respected newspapers. “I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted...
  • Remaking Clinton, One Burrito Bowl at a Time

    04/16/2015 6:28:14 AM PDT · by shortstop · 21 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 04/16/15 | Daniel Ruth
    Message: After nearly 25 years on the national political stage, she has discovered she cares deeply about the much-beleaguered American middle class. Reaction: Better late than never. To underscore her bourgeoisie bona fides, the Evita of Chappaqua embarked on a populist road trip from New York to Iowa, even stopping for some fast food at a Chipotle restaurant near Toledo to demonstrate she can rub great unwashed elbows with the best of ambitious politicians. Nothing says "Hail to the Chief" more than a burrito bowl. Still, Clinton better be careful during this Nighthawks diner phase of the campaign. The patrician...
  • ‘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.
  • Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop

    04/15/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2015 | David Martosko
    Full title: Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop - including health care 'lobbyist in training' who was an Obama campaign intern and Biden chauffeur Austin Bird sat for coffee on Tuesday morning in the town of LeClaire, Iowa, chatting with Hillary Clinton as photographers snapped pictures News reports called him a 'student' and her campaign called it an unscripted event But Clinton's Iowa political director Troy Price drove Bird and two other people to the coffee house Bird is a hospital government relations official who interned with Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign The Iowa Democratic Party,...
  • Media Flock After Hillary Clinton’s ‘Mystery Machine’ Like A Bee To Honey

    04/15/2015 12:48:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 15, 2015 | Justin Koski
    VIDEO This is Just sad. On Tuesday in Iowa, Hillary Clinton’s ‘Mystery Machine’ van was seen arriving at her first campaign event when, suddenly, a flock of reporters chased after her. The footage has produced a comedic response of sorts:
  • 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:
  • Reporters Outnumber Voters as Hillary Clinton Opens Campaign in Iowa

    04/14/2015 3:25:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    National Journal ^ | 4-14-15 | Emily Schultheis
    April 14, 2015 MONTICELLO, Iowa—Hillary Clinton may have been speaking to just 22 people here at her Iowa kickoff event, but the now-official 2016 candidate was looking far beyond the voters in the room when she outlined in the clearest terms yet the rationale for her campaign. "A lot of people in the last few days have asked me, 'Why do you want to do this?' and 'What motivates you?'" Clinton said at the event. "And I've thought a lot about it, and I guess the short answer is, I've been fighting for children and families my entire life. ......
  • Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78

    04/14/2015 1:53:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 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...
  • Iowa students preparing for Hillary Clinton's first 'listening session' . . . .

    04/14/2015 2:14:35 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 13, 2015 | David Martosko
    Full title: 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 When Hillary Clinton steps off her road-trip van on Tuesday at a rural Iowa community college, she might not be greeted by cheering throngs. Daily Mail Online spoke to students at Kirkwood Community College's regional center in Jones County, where the former secretary of state will hold her first low-key campaign event. The outlook isn't sunny for the kickoff of her 'listening tour': Of the ten students interviewed in...
  • The other Brooklyn campaign HQ (Brooklyn, Iowa)

    04/13/2015 4:38:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WAPI-AM / CNN ^ | April 13, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) BROOKLYN, Iowa (CNN) - Hillary Clinton kicked off her Brooklyn, New York, headquartered presidential campaign on Sunday, but what she and her staff may not realize is that there is already a campaign HQ in Brooklyn. Iowa, that is. Standing on W. Front Street in Brooklyn, Iowa, is a nondescript building with a few small windows and red, white and blue lights outside. Above the door, the building is identified as "Campaign HQ," a company that is "Now Hiring!!" The business has little to do with Clinton, who currently finds herself road tripping from New York to Iowa for...
  • 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...
  • Hillary Couldn't Afford To Wait

    04/12/2015 2:55:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 11, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Hillary launches her campaign on Sunday – and, some Dems say, it’s about damn time.At long last, the campaign has a candidate. After playing one of the more tedious games of cat and mouse in recent American political history, Hillary Clinton stands now ready to admit that she is what she has been for the last two years: an actual contender for the Democratic nomination for president. The announcement comes as Democrats in DC have fretted that without an organized infrastructure Clinton has been a glutton for Republican attacks, and ill-equipped to respond to the news of the moment, whether...
  • 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...
  • “I’m a libertarian, and I’m supporting Ted Cruz”

    04/12/2015 1:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    JoelKurtinitis.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joel Kurtinitis
    The other night as my wife Kelsey and I were getting ready for bed, we were talking about the 2016 presidential race and discussing how things would shape up for the first-in-the-nation caucus state – our home state – of Iowa. We had both heard that Ted Cruz was set to announce his candidacy at midnight, and were keeping a finger on the pulse of the reaction within our liberty-heavy political circles. My wife’s phone buzzed, and then I heard her groan. Another of our friends had asked her who we would be supporting for president in the state where...
  • 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,...
  • 'Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,' Wiccan Priestess Delivers Prayer for Iowa House

    04/11/2015 6:59:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 4/10/15 | Barbara Boland
    “Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,” aren’t the words members of the Iowa House of Representatives are accustomed to hear at the closing of the invocation marking the House’s opening ceremonies, but that’s just what happened yesterday when a Wiccan priestess delivered the prayer. "We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today,” said Deborah Maynard, who delivered the first prayer by a Wiccan in the assembly. “By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here...
  • Silent protest, boycott greet Wiccan priestess at Iowa House

    04/10/2015 10:50:04 PM PDT · by Aliska · 34 replies
    korg.com ABC affiliate ^ | April 9, 2015 | James Q. Lynch and Rob Boshart
    DES MOINES — What would Jesus do? If he were a member of the Iowa Legislature, Rep. Rob Taylor believes he would peacefully protest the morning prayer by a Wiccan priestess. So the West Des Moines Republican turned his back Thursday and prayed silently as Cedar Rapids Cabot witch Deborah Maynard appealed to “god, goddess, universe, that which is greater than ourselves.” Many of his colleagues chose not to attend the daily prayer. But Taylor said that after praying over it, he decided the appropriate response would be to “be in the presence of a prayer, but peacefully protest.” Despite...
  • Rand Paul's First Test: If he can't beat his father's numbers in the Iowa caucus, he's toast.

    04/10/2015 6:26:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Slate ^ | April 10, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    IOWA CITY, Iowa—Rand Paul kicked off his first public appearance in the Hawkeye State since launching his anti-establishment presidential campaign with a question that was meant as a rallying cry. “Do we have any liberty lovers here?” he asked a crowd composed mostly of University of Iowa students, who sported Rand stickers and responded with cheers and whistles. But if Paul’s going to have any chance of contending for his party’s nomination, he better hope their nonlibertarian-leaning parents feel the same way. The Iowa caucus will, of course, be the first major test for the entire GOP field—but the first-in-the-nation...
  • 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...
  • GOP hopefuls praise, woo home school families in Des Moines appearance

    04/09/2015 8:31:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 9, 2015 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) after a Town Hall Panel Discussion hosted by Steve Deace at the NICHE Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center in Des Moines on Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015.DES MOINES — The debate over religious liberty in Indiana spilled over into Iowa Thursday as four presidential hopefuls pledged to defend the rights of parents who home-school their children to worship as they choose and educate their children as they wish. Religious liberty is the “civil rights issue of...
  • Scott Walker’s changing views a potential drag on candidacy

    04/07/2015 8:30:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 7, 2015 | Matt Viser
    Scott Walker was in favor of a legal pathway for illegal immigrants, then he was against it. And then he was for it again. Maybe. On so-called Common Core national education standards? He once touted them, now wants to repeal them. On federal ethanol mandates cherished by farmers, particularly in Iowa? Once opposed to them, he now embraces them. His record of shifting stances also applies to abortion, and “right to work” legislation that makes it harder for workers to unionize. As the Wisconsin governor continues to consider running for president, he appears to be following the playbook of Mitt...
  • Man Prosecuted for Marital Relations With Azh. Demented Wife

    04/07/2015 7:48:20 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | 4/7/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    In an Iowa courtroom, an astonishing case of sex and Alzheimer’s After a four-year battle with Alzheimer’s, Donna Lou Rayhons died in a nursing home in August, just four days shy of her 79th birthday. A week later, Henry Rayhons was arrested and charged with sexual abuse. State prosecutors accused him of having sex with his wife while she was incapacitated by dementia.
  • True believers embrace Ted Cruz in Iowa campaign swing

    04/05/2015 9:46:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 5, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Like many Iowa Republicans, bus driver Bill Jodeit yearns for another Ronald Reagan, a leader to unite the party’s many factions, deliver victory and restore America’s vigor and place in the world. And he may have found what he’s looking for in Ted Cruz. “What he represents, and what Reagan represented, was the shining city on the hill, the best of America. Reagan bombed Libya — he scared our enemies. Now we’ve got a president that’s scared to scare our enemies,” said Jodeit, 49. In week two of the Cruz presidential campaign, the 44-year-old Texas senator...
  • An interview with Dan Gable

    04/04/2015 11:10:51 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Vinton Eagle, Vinton, Iowa ^ | 4/2/2015 | Blake Baxter
    VINTON – In between speaking to students and signing books for whoever wanted one, Olympic gold medalist and Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable was gracious enough to sit down with me and answer a few of my questions. To me, Dan Gable is not only a sports and human inspiration, but he’s also the subject of one of my all-time favorite pieces of journalism.  I used this interview opportunity to ask him a couple of questions that have been on my mind for two years. This is what transpired:Blake Baxter: What exactly motivated you to write the book (A Wrestling Life:...
  • 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,’’...
  • Ted Cruz Will Run First Campaign Ads During “Killing Jesus” Program On Easter Weekend

    04/03/2015 5:34:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | April 3, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz will launch his first Campaign ads for the 2016 presidential campaign during Easter Weekend. The GOP presidential hopeful bought air time during FOX News’ “Killing Jesus” program, which is adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s book by the same title. Cruz also purchased advertising time to run campaign commercials during NBC’s ”A.D.: The Bible Continues”, on Easter Sunday. The NBC ads will run in the targeted early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. In the first week after Cruz formally announced his entry into the 2016 presidential race, the Texas Senator...
  • The “Rand Paul Isn’t Running” Story Is Bogus … But Brilliant: But Who Is Spreading It?

    04/03/2015 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    FITS News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul is running for president … in fact, he announces his candidacy next week in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he travels to early voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – including a big fundraiser in the Palmetto State the day after he announces. As we write this, money is being collected. Speeches are being vetted. He’s 100 percent in … and not only that, Paul is one of the few candidates in the race with (we believe) a path to victory. And one of the few candidates (we believe) to be worthy of real consideration. Is...
  • Vote Ted Cruz, Because Jesus

    04/03/2015 1:55:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 3, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Here it is, the first television ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, courtesy of the first official presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. No beating around the bush here—we get a mention of Jesus in the very first sentence:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "Were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the house. God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation. Over and over again when we faced impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. This is our fight, and that is why I'm...
  • 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.
  • Cruz Control - Ted Cruz impresses on First Trip as Official Candidate

    04/03/2015 12:57:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | April 3, 2015 | Craig Robinson, former Iowa GOP political director
    In countless interviews last week, I told members of the media that the conservative Cruz was a natural fit with Iowa’s Republican caucus goers. Cruz’s brand of politics has not make him a lot of friends inside the beltway, but it has made him a hero to many conservative Republican activists. As Cruz traveled across Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday, large enthusiastic crowds greeted him. And Cruz didn’t disappoint those who came out to see him. He was on top of his game. The rollout of Cruz’s presidential campaign couldn’t have gone any better. Sure, he has long been considered...
  • 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...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Surging in Polls Since Announcement (Many Nat'l & State Polls)

    04/02/2015 4:33:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    The early bird is getting the worm when it comes to the 2016 Presidential race, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is reaping the benefits of being the first to officially enter the race. Recent public polling shows a surge of support for Cruz among Republican primary voters. As Breitbart News reported, Cruz launched his campaign with a speech on March 23rd at Liberty University that invited his audience to imagine a future for our country where millions of “courageous conservatives” stood up to “reclaim the promise of America.” The message seems to be hitting home with Cruz’s conservative base, concerned...
  • Ted Cruz Holding Town Hall Meeting in Des Moines (Tonight, 4/2/15 at 7:15 PM)

    04/02/2015 11:34:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | April 2, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa — The first person to declare they are running for president will be in the metro Thursday night. Republican Senator Ted Cruz is in Iowa meeting with voters just one week after he announced his candidacy for president. Cruz made his first public appearance in the state that holds the first in the nation caucuses Wednesday in Sioux City. Cruz told the crowd at Morningside College that in order to have a bright future, the country has to look to the principles of the past. He talked about restoring free enterprise, tax reform, and regulatory reform. To...
  • Cruz gets warm welcome in first Iowa visit as candidate

    04/01/2015 9:03:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Des Moines Register | April 1, 2015 | Matthew Patane and Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/candidates/2015/04/01/ted-cruz-sioux-city-morningside/70798928/
  • Ted Cruz picks up religious freedom banner

    04/01/2015 6:39:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 1, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R. of Texas) on Wednesday commended Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing the state's controversial religious freedom law. 'Religious liberty is not some fringe view,' Cruz said. Sioux City, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016. Cruz told an audience Wednesday he could carry the banner for that cause in his GOP presidential campaign....
  • Trump to run typical caucus campaign, ‘but bigger’

    03/31/2015 4:09:16 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 12 replies
    The Gazette ^ | March 27, 2015 | 10:06 pm | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    DES MOINES — Iowans will have the opportune it to see a lot of Donald Trump in the coming months, not on TV, but in person. Trump, a global businessman will be back in Iowa April 8 as part of his exploratory committee to decide whether to run for president in 2016. (continued at link, above syntax gaffe notwithstanding) http://thegazette.com/subject/news/trump-to-run-typical-caucus-campaign-but-bigger-20150327
  • Crazy Ted Cruz's presidential bid

    03/30/2015 11:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Iowegian's Raging Moderate Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Will Durst, award-winning, nationally acclaimed political comic
    Winter is over! Winter is over! Excuse the jubilation, but we ink-stained wretches love the ritual excitement that occurs every spring. This spring is extra exciting, because it comes with our big quadrennial first sighting of a red nose popping out of the presidential wannabe clown car. This seasonal harbinger is Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy for the highest office of the land. Throwing his 10-gallon hat into the ring at Liberty University, Cruz spoke to an assembly of students whose attendance was required. Mandatory attendance at Liberty University. Sounds like definition of the word "freedom" is fairly fluid...
  • 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...