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  • Kirsten Gillibrand has a blast with drag queens at Des Moines oldest gay bar

    04/20/2019 4:53:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/20/19 | MURI ASSUNÇĂO
    Kirsten Gillibrand wants to be president, but for one night, she was hanging with queens. The New York senator and Democratic hopeful stopped by a gay bar in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday night. She joined the girls backstage, swapped dresses with a drag queen, and painted her mug for the gods. (Translation: she applied makeup beautifully.) On Friday night, Gillibrand wrote on Twitter that she had been invited by “Vana and the amazing queens at the Blazing Saddle for a visit before their show. I felt underdressed, so I brought a dress I picked up yesterday—turns out it fit me,...
  • There’s Something On These Secret Police Tapes That Pete Buttigieg Doesn’t Want Released

    04/15/2019 3:21:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | April 15, 2019 | Matt Vespa
    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is officially a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination. You wouldn’t think that a mayor of a small city would be in contention, but he’s at the top. His star has been rising since rumblings of his campaign moves were reported. He raised more money than better-known progressives, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). He’s in the top five in terms of those filling their war chests. He’s apparently been well received in Iowa. So, with the 2020 Democratic clown car getting bigger, how do you thin the heard? Well, you attack and it seems the opposition...
  • 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris says she owns gun for protection

    04/11/2019 8:20:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 11, 2019 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she owns a gun and called it a “false choice” that the only two gun control options are complete, unrestricted access or a desire to seize everyone’s guns. The senator from California told reporters after a campaign event in Iowa that she is a gun owner. She says, “I own a gun for probably the reason that a lot of people do: for personal safety.” …
  • Buttigieg Rises To Third Place In Polls Of Two Different Early States

    04/11/2019 4:16:08 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 34 replies
    HotAir ^ | April 11, 2019 | Allahpundit
    Butti-mentum is really happening, huh? Strange but true: Even though we’re only ~10 percent of the way through Democratic primary season, this guy has already basically accomplished his goals for his campaign. He was, and remains, a longshot to win or even to be VP given his tender age but he’s made a smashing first impression on blue-state America. The next Democratic president will be looking for a position for him in the federal government. And Buttgieg will be primed for a more plausible run for president a few years from now. He’s ahead of Warren in a state that’s...
  • Iowa social worker charged with lying in child removal case

    04/11/2019 11:49:28 AM PDT · by Norski · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 9, 2019 | RYAN J. FOLEY
    <p>IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa social worker has been charged with perjury for delivering false testimony that helped convince a judge to remove four children from their parents, investigators said Tuesday.</p> <p>Former Department of Human Services employee Chelsie Gray is charged with knowingly giving false information during a December 2017 hearing in which she recommended a judge terminate the parental rights of a mother and father.</p>
  • Bi-State should opt out of swap program

    04/08/2019 10:56:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | March 26, 2019 | Tracy Kurowski
    Quad City residents are now witnessing the creation of an architectural marvel with the construction of the new Interstate-74 bridge. Two of the world’s largest mobile cranes are employed in the project, along with hundreds of workers, and we are now seeing the concrete base of the center arch rise out from the river bottoms. This remarkable project is made possible by a federal and state government funding partnership that guarantees a dignified wage to the men and women who have been working throughout this brutally cold winter. Called "Davis-Bacon" protections, they were named after two Depression-era Republican congressmen who...
  • Bernie says "Let felons vote."

    04/07/2019 6:53:00 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 56 replies
    News | 6 April 2019 | Kevin Hardy
    Go look at the DeMoines Register website. Bernie is advocating to allow felons to vote. Most Democrats have little or no values and are criminally-minded, just like Trump has said. So, it makes sense.
  • O’Rourke compares Trump’s immigrant rhetoric to Third Reich

    04/05/2019 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 4, 2019 | Alexandra Jaffe
    … At a town hall in Iowa on Thursday, O’Rourke called out “the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals but as animals and an infestation,” in response to a question on how he would address attacks from Republicans. The former congressman from Texas says, “Now, I might expect someone to describe another human being as an infestation in the Third Reich. I would not expect that in the United States of America.” …
  • Biden’s Dem rivals are leaving him out to dry over ‘inappropriate’ touch

    03/31/2019 6:39:54 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 31, 2019 | Mark Moore and Nolan Hicks
    “That’s a decision for the vice president to make,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” when asked if the allegation disqualifies Biden. “I’m not sure that one incident alone disqualifies anybody.” One of the leading women in the Dem race, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, came down on the other side. “I read the op-ed last night,” Warren said in Iowa on Saturday. “I believe Lucy Flores. And Joe Biden needs to give an answer.” John Hickenlooper — the former governor of Colorado who recently jumped in the race — called Biden’s actions “very disconcerting.” “Certainly, I think it’s...
  • One of the GOP’s brightest female stars is dogged by Trump in 2020

    03/31/2019 9:31:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 45 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 03/31/2019 06:57 AM EDT | Marianne Levine
    ADEL, Iowa —Joni Ernst had barely kicked off a town hall one morning here recently when the barrage of complaints about Donald Trump began. One after one, constituents took to the microphone to grill the first term Republican senator about the president — his attacks on John McCain, his emergency declaration at the border and why, in the opinion of several voters, Ernst hasn’t stood up to him more often. “Other senators are speaking up criticizing Trump and defending McCain, but I have yet to hear one word from you,” one man implored her. “Is there no line Trump can...
  • The Opposite-Of-Trump Candidate Surges To Third Among Democrats In Latest Poll From Iowa

    03/25/2019 6:31:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Jim Heath TV ^ | March 25, 2019 | Jim Heath
    He’s just a likable, plain spoken Midwestern mayor who happens to be about everything that Donald Trump isn’t. Now, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged to third place in a new Iowa poll, making strides in a crowded field in the key caucus state. The 37-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan vet jumped to earn 11 percent support in the latest Emerson poll of Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa. He trailed two vastly better known candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn’t yet entered the race, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Back in January, Buttigieg didn’t even register in the...
  • Beto O’Rourke Runs St. Patrick’s-Themed 5K in Iowa

    03/19/2019 6:53:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Runner's World ^ | March 18, 2019 | Daisy Hernandez
    Unless you knew to look for bib number 173, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke was easy to miss among the crowd of 141 runners this past weekend in North Liberty, Iowa, a suburb of Iowa City. O’Rourke donned a low-key look consisting of a white cap, shorts over black tights, and running shoes as he kicked off his Saturday with a St. Patrick’s-themed 5K while campaigning in the Hawkeye State. He finished in 24:29, good enough to place third in his age group (40-49). The 5K came just two days after another race announcement: On Thursday, O’Rourke posted a video...
  • Kirsten Gillibrand officially enters 2020 Democratic presidential pack

    03/17/2019 6:17:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/17/19 | Ali Vitali, Mark Murray
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand officially entered the ever-growing pool of Democratic presidential hopefuls Sunday, ending the two-month-long exploratory phase of her campaign saying she’s running for the White House to make “big, bold, brave choices.” “Our anthem asks a question, forcing every generation to make a choice,” Gillibrand says in a video released Sunday morning. “Will brave win? Let’s answer for ours." **SNIP** After Sunday’s video announcement, Gillibrand heads to Michigan on Monday for an MSNBC town hall with Chris Hayes; to Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday; and to Nevada on Thursday. She’ll then cap off...
  • O’Rourke calls America’s capitalist economy ‘racist’

    03/16/2019 8:40:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/15/19 | DAVID SIDERS
    MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — Beto O’Rourke said Friday that America’s capitalist economy is “racist,” while he praised a proposal to give infants so-called baby bonds to address systemic inequalities. Responding to a question at a meet-and-greet in Iowa about whether he is a socialist, O’Rourke reiterated that “I consider myself a capitalist” and said capitalism is necessary to meet myriad “historic challenges” facing the country. “It won’t be government intervention or policy alone that makes it possible,” he said. However, O’Rourke added at a coffee shop here, “Having said that, it is clearly an imperfect, unfair, unjust and racist capitalist...
  • Iowan taxpayers must fund transgender surgeries through Medicaid, rules court

    03/13/2019 10:49:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/13/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    Iowa taxpayers will be forced to fund gender reassignment surgery through Medicaid after the state Supreme Court ruled that such procedures are “medically necessary” for transgender individuals. On Friday, Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled that transgender people can now use Medicaid for “gender-affirming surgeries,” overturning the state’s previously held administrative code regarding Medicaid, which classifies transition-related surgeries as "cosmetic, reconstructive or plastic surgery" and explicitly bans "surgeries for the purpose of sex reassignment,” the Des Moines Register reports. The justices agreed with a district judge's ruling that the rules contradicted protections in the Iowa Civil Rights Act, which added gender identity...
  • Inslee: I Have ‘Humility About Being a Straight White Male’

    03/11/2019 5:50:49 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 51 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10 MAR 2019 | Andrew Kugle
    Washington governor and 2020 candidate Jay Inslee (D.) said on Sunday he thinks he has humility about being a straight white male, saying he recognizes the advantages he's received as a result of that identity. "Our new CNN/Des Moines Register poll shows only 38 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa say they would be satisfied with a straight white male nominee," CNN anchor Jake Tapper said. "So why are you as a straight white male the right person to lead the Democratic party if there's so much skepticism from Democrats in Iowa?"
  • Want to combat hate? Stop the hazing of Ilhan Omar and start listening.

    03/07/2019 6:29:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 6, 2019 | Wajahat Ali and Rabia Chaudry
    The firestorm around Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent tweets about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and criticism of Israel has drawn attention to what language rises to the level of anti-Semitism, the shameful double standards for Muslims and people of color, and how anti-Semitism is often hypocritically used as a political bludgeon. GOP leadership has called for an official censure and her removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and House Democrats called for a resolution this week denouncing anti-Semitism after Omar recently tweeted, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order...
  • Awkward: How Trump’s past donations could haunt 2020 Dems

    03/05/2019 7:30:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 5, 2019
    Donations from Trump and his family add another wrinkle to a Democratic primary where candidates are trumpeting their distance from the president. Kamala Harris received money from Donald Trump as recently as six years ago. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hosted a Park Avenue fundraiser for Cory Booker. Kirsten Gillibrand took in Trump family donations three times across a seven-year period — and then gave a similar amount of money to a nonprofit years later after the president mocked her in a tweet. As the president gears up for his re-election fight, donor records show that six of the declared...
  • Analysis: GOP senators struggle to escape no-win border vote

    03/02/2019 2:37:08 PM PST · by Mariner · 52 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 2nd, 2019 | LISA MASCARO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican senators floated their ideas. They were trying to find a way out of a seemingly impossible dilemma: how to support President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall without approving the national emergency declaration he invoked to build it. And one by one, during a private lunchtime meeting that ran hot at times, they found no easy answers. As a deadline for voting looms, it's increasingly clear that Republican senators are deeply uncomfortable with Trump's use of executive power to build the wall and desperate to devise a way around the vote. Senators know...
  • All-star lineup of Tucson reporters faces buyouts, layoffs loom

    03/01/2019 2:48:47 PM PST · by rintintin · 20 replies
    Tucson Sentinel ^ | Feb 26 2019 | Dylan Smith
    A list of household names on the Arizona Daily Star staff must soon decide if they'll stay on the job — the newspaper's corporate owners have offered buyouts for older workers, with the veiled threat of potential layoffs pending if not enough staffers accept. At least a dozen journalists have been given 45 days to decide if they'll accept six months of salary to walk away from their jobs as part of a cost-cutting effort by Lee Enterprises, the Iowa-based media chain that runs Tucson's daily newspaper.