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  • Rubio, Paul and 75% Of Congress On Obamacare (Uh-oh)

    03/28/2015 5:34:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    News Talk Florida ^ | March 28, 2015 | James Williams
    It might be fun to poke fun at Texas Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz for signing up for Obamacare but he is far from alone. As a matter of fact some other top GOP candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination are right there with Cruz. In fact almost every member of the House and the Senate who have voted over 50 times to repeal Obamacare are enrolled in the plan. It is important to be clear there is no such thing as being “on Obamacare.” It’s not an insurance plan, or a single program like Medicare or Social...
  • Being first doesn't help, hurt Cruz

    03/28/2015 9:16:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | Eric Heyl
    John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and the Zogby companies, is an internationally renowned pollster, author and political pundit. He spoke to the Trib regarding U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first Republican candidate to officially announce a 2016 presidential bid. Q: Does Cruz benefit at all by being the first GOP candidate to be formally out of the gate? A: I don't think so, but it doesn't hurt him, either. He got the news cycle on a slow news day, so he took advantage of that and he got the announcement in his hometown newspaper first,...
  • Patriots of Christ to sponsor Ted Cruz Cedar Valley visit (Iowa)

    03/28/2015 4:18:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier ^ | March 28, 2015 | Christinia Crippes
    CEDAR FALLS - Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will hold a town hall in Cedar Falls next week sponsored by the Cedar Valley Patriots for Christ. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, will speak at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the PIPAC Centre, 1521 Technology Parkway in Cedar Falls. The event is free, but those who wish to attend should RSVP at www.tedcruz.org/rsvp/ia-cedar-falls-town-hall/. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District, also will attend the town hall. The Black Hawk County Republicans will host the event, but its policy is not to endorse any candidate ahead of the primary election. Instead, it supports...
  • Senate GOP asking new questions about emails for Clinton and (Huma) Abedin

    03/28/2015 2:27:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-28-15
    Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm. The new requests are being made by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following revelations that both women used a private Internet server and email accounts for State Department correspondence. Grassley says the earlier requests to the department have been largely ignored, ~snip~ Grassley’s probe started in 2013, when he requested all communications between...
  • God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.

    03/27/2015 8:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley
    On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, Bob Vander Plaats walked into the West Des Moines Marriott with a chip on his shoulder. Iowa's evangelical shot-caller had come to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in town for the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call that drew the majority of Republican presidential hopefuls. Over the course of the weekend, Vander Plaats had sit-downs scheduled with just about all of them. But not Jeb Bush. A twice-failed gubernatorial candidate who helped boost Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses, Vander Plaats has grown accustomed to presidential aspirants...
  • Supporters deserting Rand Paul for Ted Cruz (Including key people)

    03/27/2015 6:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Newsmachete
    <>Politico writes that Rand Paul is losing support among key followers. One of the most prominent defectors is Drew Ivers, chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign, who says he will not endorse Rand Paul for president. On Tuesday, three members of Iowa’s Ron Paul-aligned Liberty movement — state Sen. Jason Shultz and former Iowa Republican Party central committee members Chad Steenhoek and Joel Kurtinitis — announced the same, adding that they will support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ivers, who had dinner with Rand Paul in August, said the Kentucky senator has abandoned many of the stances that made Ivers...
  • Rep. Steve King Accuses Chuck Schumer Of Representing Marxists

    03/27/2015 3:51:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 23, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    In a speech on Senate floor last week, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King was controlling the party’s position on immigration and derailing immigration reform. (SNIP) Thursday, King responded to Schumer’s comment on the House floor saying it was Schumer not him who represented the fringe. Specifically King said Schumer represented “socialists, marxists, progressives, liberal Democrats.”
  • Politico Completely Contradicts Itself in Article Proclaiming Cruz Unelectable

    03/27/2015 11:51:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 27, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    State subsidized (via government subscriptions) Politico needs to use some of those funds to purchase a more highly caffeinated brand of office coffee. If writer James Hohman had been more alert he might not have missed the truly significant information buried in his story which completely undermines the headline: Insiders pump the brakes on Cruz. The buried blockbuster can be found deep into the story after many paragraphs of unrelenting Cruz bashing by a "bipartisan" group: "Nearly two-thirds of Iowa Republican insiders believe Cruz can win the caucuses."So when that "bipartisan" group is narrowed down to just Republicans (why consult Democrats on Republican...
  • GOP Candidates Continue to Toss Money Down Cornhole

    03/24/2015 9:44:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/15 | Michael Shannon
    Until Republicans can stop “pleasin’” crony capitalists with subsidies at the expense of the public, taxpayers will continue to be subject to regular “squeezin.” The really big difference between Republican and Democrat handout recipients is their ability to be sympathetically photogenic. When pressed, the average Democrat welfare recipient can hide the flat–screen TV, stash the cellphone in a drawer and refrain from cigarette smoking. And it’s not too much trouble to pretend to fill out the job application or limp convincingly to prove the bad back disability claim as long as photographers and media are around. The Republican dependency class...
  • Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Releases Autumn Steele Shooting Tape

    03/23/2015 4:59:09 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    KBUR radio ^ | 3/23/2015 | Rob Sussman
    The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation has released a 12 second video captured from Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill’s body mounted camera on January 6th–the day that Hill shot Autumn Steele when responding to a domestic dispute. In it, it shows the moment of the shooting. While Autumn Steele is grabbing and pulling at her husband Gabriel, Hill orders the couple to stop. “He’s got my kid!” Steele responds. Immediately afterwards, a dog can be heard. Hill orders the couple to “get their dog”. A shot is fired. The camera falls backwards as Hill slips on the snow. Another shot...
  • Investigators arrest another man in Hot Lotto ticket mystery

    03/22/2015 3:41:09 AM PDT · by jjotto · 16 replies
    KCRG-TV9 ^ | Mar 21, 2015 | Clare Murphy
    DES MOINES — Authorities made a second arrest in the Hot Lotto ticket investigation Thursday night. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have charged Robert Clark Rhodes II, 46, of Sugarland, Texas, with two counts of fraud, according to a release from DPS. Both counts of fraud are Class D felonies. Iowa authorities arrested Rhodes in Texas March 20 with the help of Texas Lottery Enforcement officials, according to the release. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond in the Fort Bend County Jail where he will await...
  • Under fire, Walker aide Liz Mair resigns

    03/18/2015 4:28:45 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/2015 | Niall Stanage
    An online communications strategist working for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) campaign-in-waiting resigned late Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after controversy erupted over disparaging comments she had made disparaging comments about Iowa?
  • Scott Walker, the gutless wonder of the 2016 presidential race

    03/19/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Week ^ | March 19, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Sometimes the most inside-baseball political stories tell you something essential about a presidential candidate. That's what happened this week to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently wants to win the Iowa caucuses so badly that he's willing to torch his staff and his reputation to do it. The Walker campaign recently announced that it had hired Liz Mair, a highly regarded Republican consultant. Mair has also played pundit at times, and is generally more pro-gay rights and pro-immigration than the average Republican. But that's typical of Republican consultants in general. It is assumed that policy is set by the candidates...
  • Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status--and Her Emails

    03/19/2015 11:11:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Mar 15 | Daniel Halper
    Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee--and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton. "I am writing to follow up on inquiries I have been making since June 13, 2013 and August 15, 2013 regarding the State Department’s use of Special Government Employee (SGE) designations, and in particular, what steps the Department took...
  • Maybe coastal Republicans have harshly misjudged Iowa (Liz Mair and ethanol)

    03/18/2015 5:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 18, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    It has become perfectly clear that coastal Republicans and the GOP’s Beltway-based class of political professionals – the people who are in the business of running campaigns – are suspicious of Iowa’s caucuses and the Hawkeye State’s heelers who determine their results. The feeling is mutual. Since the Iowa GOP has compelled Scott Walker’s campaign to jettison his digital strategist simply because she said some disparaging things about Iowa’s political culture, it’s clear that this state still commands an unparalleled level of influence over both party’s presidential nominating processes. This fit of pique from Iowa-based Republicans was understandable, but it...
  • No Glory in the Hawkeye State

    03/18/2015 10:06:44 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/18/15 | Jonah Goldberg
    I am no fan of the Iowa caucuses. I like Iowa. I’ve been there many times. But the caucuses have turned into something like a permanent subsidy for the political class of Iowa. What is supposed to be a democratic test of candidates in “real America” often morphs into a playground for savvy political consultants who’ve mastered a single skill: helping out-of-state politicians navigate their way around Iowa’s political landscape. As a result, the vast and bipartisan network of politicians, consultants, and activists unite to guard their food bowl. And that’s fine, or at least understandable. But they act as...
  • Scott Walker aide resigns over tweets disparaging Iowa caucases

    03/17/2015 10:09:14 PM PDT · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 58 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Associated Press
    DES MOINES, Iowa – An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national political operation resigned late Tuesday after drawing heated criticism from the head of the Iowa Republican Party for questioning the state's early role in the presidential nominating process. Veteran Republican strategist Liz Mair told The Associated Press that she was leaving Walker's team just a day after she had been tapped to lead his online communication efforts, citing the distraction created by a series of recent Twitter posts about Iowa's presidential caucuses.
  • The Fearsome Foursome: Bush, Paul, Walker, Rubio

    03/17/2015 9:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | March 17, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    A veritable bevy of Republican presidential hopefuls have already hired staff, wooed deep-pocketed contributors and made speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire, proving what we already know: The 2016 nomination preseason is well underway. Fundraising, organization, the size of the field and the calendar all will play a significant role in affecting how the race unfolds. The outcome is uncertain. The current conventional wisdom is, in spite of changes intended to shorten the nominating process, the race for the GOP nomination could be more of a marathon than a sprint. The last two Republican presidential nominating fights — with John...
  • Why Walker's flip on immigration matters for his presidential bid

    03/16/2015 9:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Governor moves toward conservatism before presidential campaign announcement.Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged his flip on immigration during an interview on Fox News Sunday this month – a move consistent with his shift toward being a model conservative. The reason behind the change is simple, experts say; Walker is interested in a 2016 presidential bid. Walker recently announced he now supports stricter border patrol and opposes “amnesty” programs which allow certain undocumented workers to stay in the United States. He previously supported creating a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants. According to University of Wisconsin political science professor Kenneth Mayer, Walker’s stance...
  • EXCLUSIVE: UNION OFFICIAL SAYS ‘CORPORATE GREED’ BEHIND PUSH FOR H-1B VISAS

    03/16/2015 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State. Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program. “We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,”...
  • Texas frac sand execs who paid $52k in DNR fines in 2014, are backing Walker PAC

    03/16/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    WREX NBC Channel 13 ^ | March 16, 2015 | Greg Neumann, WKOW
    MADISON (WKOW) -- Two executives who run a Texas-based sand mining company - which paid $52,500 in fines to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2014 - are major backers of Gov. Scott Walker's political action committee Our American Revival (OAR), according to CNN. In an article detailing several big money donors published on Monday, CNN lists Bob Rasmus and James Whipkey - who run Hi-Crush Partners - as two of OAR's major supporters in Texas. In August of 2014, 27 News reported the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered Hi-Crush Partners to pay $52,500 in July for...
  • The Iowa Antidote [Slate throws Hillary an anchor]

    03/13/2015 11:52:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | March 12, 2015 | John Dickerson
    DES MOINES, Iowa—Bill Clinton had a strategy when he faced the kind of difficult moment his wife is enduring now. He would throw himself into campaigning or his work. Let the press and his partisan pursuers bleat, he was going to return to important issues. By engaging in a flurry of activity, he showed voters that no matter what the odds, he would work for them. “I’ll never forget who gave me a second chance,” he famously said during the 1992 New Hampshire primary, when he came back from what seemed like an impossible deficit, “and I’ll be there for...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker: Loretta Lynch ‘Not Fit To Serve’ As Attorney General

    03/13/2015 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | March 13, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, is unfit to be the nation’s top lawyer because of her support for executive amnesty and other positions she’s taken, the governor’s spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski tells Breitbart News.“Given Loretta Lynch’s failure to commit to protect Americans from the president’s lawless executive overreach, that even he said nearly two dozen times, she is not fit to serve as the nation’s Attorney General,” Kukowski said in an email.Walker is in New Hampshire,the first in the nation primary state,on Friday, meeting with—among other—former Sen. Scott Brown(R-MA)—who narrowly lost to Sen....
  • Paying fealty to farmers: When Ted Cruz is the only person talking sense, something is wrong

    03/12/2015 2:10:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 14, 2015 | The Editors
    A FEW years ago, while reporting on the madness that is European farm subsidies, this columnist came up with a “Richard Scarry” rule of politics. Most politicians hate to confront any profession or industry that routinely appears in children’s books (such as those penned by the late Mr Scarry). This gives outsize power to such folk as farmers, fishermen, doctors, firemen or—to cite a fine work in the Scarry canon—to firms that build Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. The rule is seldom good news for taxpayers, and there is a logic to that too: picture books rarely show...
  • Why Are Republican Presidential Candidates Openly Stating a Desire to Violate the Law?

    03/11/2015 7:49:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’ve pointed out that Washington is a cesspool of legal corruption. But if you donÂ’t believe me (and you have a strong stomach), feel free to peruse these posts, all of which highlight odious examples of government sleaze.But occasionally elected officials cross the blurry line and get in trouble for illegal corruption.For those of you who follow politics, you may have seen news reports suggesting that Robert Menendez, a Democratic Senator from New Jersey, will soon be indicted for the alleged quid pro quo of trying to line the pockets of a major donor. Attorney General Eric Holder has signed...
  • Walker: The biggest flip flopper you will ever find?

    03/11/2015 2:09:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 10, 2015 | Craig Robinson, Former Iowa GOP Political Director
    Governor Scott Walker has taken Iowa Republicans by storm. In the span of just a couple months, Walker has gone from a potential candidate who everyone seemed to like, to the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican caucuses. By every indicator available – buzz, staff hires, endorsement, or poll numbers – Walker is the lead horse in the Iowa caucus race. Walker’s campaign in Iowa is moving so fast that it will make your head spin. But that’s not all that is moving at a fast pace for Walker. Some of his long held positions seem to be on the move...
  • Ted Cruz Woos Iowa Ag Summit With Principled Anti-Ethanol Subsidy Stance

    03/10/2015 4:46:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 9, 2015 | Dan Riehl in Des Moines, Iowa
    While Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and some other potential contenders for 2016 opted out of the Iowa Ag Summit this weekend, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was roundly applauded by both the crowd and the media for rejecting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an ethanol subsidy that contributes significantly to Iowa’s farming economy. “Look, I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks who the answer you’d like me to give is ‘I’m for the RFS, darnit,’ that’d be the easy thing to do,” Cruz said. “But I’ll tell you, people are pretty fed up, I think, with...
  • Bill Nye now agrees with Ted Cruz that GMOs are good things

    03/09/2015 5:08:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas told the Iowa Ag Conference that it was time to “push back” on “anti-science zealotry” concerning GMOs or genetically modified organisms, according to a Saturday story in the Washington Times. GMOs are crops that have been modified to have desirable traits, such as resistance to pests or to contain certain helpful vitamins and nutrients that they otherwise would not have. Oddly enough, Bill Nye, the former “science guy” and former GMO opponent has come around to Cruz’s point of view. Nye, who is not a scientist but played one once on Children’s television, has joined in...
  • “Only lost cause is Cruz”: Which GOP candidates shined (or flopped) in Iowa this weekend

    03/10/2015 1:02:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Salon ^ | March 9, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    At Iowa's "Ag Summit" on Saturday, Jeb Bush had an auspicious debut, while Dems skipped town and others struck out. There’s a new player in the game at the Iowa caucuses this season, and the competition has just been elevated. That new player is Jeb Bush, and his debut at Saturday’s Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines could be a game changer — for both Republicans and Democrats. Even though they were invited, Democrats were missing in action at the Summit. Republican hopefuls took full advantage of the opportunity to appeal to Iowa’s core industry, as entrepreneur and President of...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Ag Summit ‘naughty or nice’ list: 6 of 9 candidates back ethanol mandate

    03/08/2015 7:24:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | March 8, 2015 | O. Kay Henderson
    Nine men who say they may seek the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination sought approval from farm country this weekend. The first-ever Iowa Ag Summit convened early Saturday morning, with Governor Terry Branstad warning participants not to “mess” with the RFS. The Renewable Fuels Standard is the federal mandate that requires a set amount of ethanol to be blended into gasoline and diesel fuel each year. Monte Shaw is the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and he told Radio Iowa a candidate’s stand on the mandate will be a deciding factor for some Iowa voters. “There is,...
  • Walker, Cruz, Bush and the Iowa Crucible [READ THIS]

    03/08/2015 6:45:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    It is now conventional wisdom that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a first-tier candidate, if not the frontrunner, for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. It is just as much a given that Senator Ted Cruz is not regarded as likely to win the nomination. The reasons why this is so were on display yesterday at the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call event that brought leading politicians from both parties to Des Moines to hawk their wares to farm-state voters. As in the past, the agriculture industry and political observers were interested to see which of the potential candidates...
  • Ted Cruz stands alone after the King Corn summit

    03/08/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday we covered the acid test of prospective candidates for 2016 in Iowa when it comes to ethanol subsidies and the Renewable Fuel Standard. At that time I promised that I would report back to you on how the 2016 hopefuls did in this admittedly daunting challenge to conservative politicians. I’m sorry to say that, as the WSJ reported for us, the results were less than impressive in most cases. Let’s start with the bad news. First up… Rick Perry. [T]he former governor of a petroleum-rich state [Governor Perry] suggested he didn’t think it would be fair to end the...
  • Reagan Calls for End to World's Farm Subsidies

    03/07/2015 9:51:40 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 06, 1987 | |JAMES GERSTENZANG and JACK NELSON
    VENICE, Italy — President Reagan, who less than two years ago signed the most expensive farm aid bill in history, called Friday for the elimination of agricultural subsidies worldwide by the year 2000 as a way of promoting better world economic health.At the same time, Reagan said that the United States has made "real progress" in trimming its budget deficit, despite ongoing spending battles with Congress, thereby freeing for private investment abroad some of the foreign capital that has been tied up financing the U.S. debt.Reagan's remarks, made in a speech televised by Worldnet and provided to networks around the...
  • Ted Cruz blasts renewable-fuel quota at Iowa ag forum

    03/07/2015 7:45:33 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is telling Iowa Republicans and agribusiness leaders that he opposes the federal standard for renewable production, including ethanol.At a forum focused on agricultural issues on Saturday, Cruz likened the federal renewable fuel standard to "corporate welfare."Cruz tells the audience of roughly 1,000 that he has "every bit of faith that businesses can continue to compete, continue to do well without going on bended knee to the government."
  • Wisconsin governor drops previous opposition, signals support for phase-out of Ethanol

    03/07/2015 11:57:58 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Des Moines—Only weeks after taking this key state in the presidential race by surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his front-runner status in Iowa by pledging to support a federal ethanol mandate, shifting his position on renewable fuels at a Republican roundup on farm issues.The GOP governor and a lineup of other major potential presidential contenders—including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—took the stage before hundreds of spectators and media at the Iowa Ag Summit at the state fairgrounds here.In the moderated discussion with ethanol magnate Bruce Rastetter, Walker dropped his previous flat opposition to ethanol mandates, offering a new stance...
  • The Iowa Ag Summit: 10 takeaways

    03/07/2015 7:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 7, 2015 | James Hohmann
    The politics of ethanol have shifted enough over the last 15 years that several Republican presidential candidates felt comfortable – at an agricultural summit in Iowa Saturday – expressing their disagreement with special government supports for corn growers. Philosophically, that is. Back in 2000, John McCain skipped the Iowa caucuses altogether on the grounds that he could not win while opposing the federal ethanol subsidy. But the GOP has shifted rightward during the age of Barack Obama, and as the 2016 race gets underway a thousand spectators gathered at the state fairgrounds to watch the party’s top contenders try to...
  • The real Iowa kingmaker [Time to dance for the farm lobby]

    03/03/2015 5:00:30 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/03/2015 | HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
    A dozen potential Republican presidential candidates are about to sit down, one by one, with the biggest GOP donor in Iowa — a multimillionaire few people outside the state have ever heard of. Bruce Rastetter, an agribusiness mogul who’s made a fortune in pork, ethanol and farm real estate, has long worked behind the scenes to help bankroll conservatives across the country, but Saturday is a public coming out party of sorts for Rastetter as he hosts the first Iowa Agriculture Summit. It’s an event designed to promote farm policy in a state where pigs outnumber voters 10 to 1,...
  • Ethanol: The GOP-Supported Rip-Off

    03/05/2015 5:44:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Can someone explain why the "party of limited government" continues, with a straight face, to support ethanol? Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says about the heavily subsided product, "Everything about ethanol is good, good, good." Really? Really? Really? Supporters of ethanol -- which we make from corn -- say it reduces our dependence on foreign oil, is cheaper and aids the environment because it burns cleaner than non-blended fossil fuels. In 1996, The New York Times wrote: "At a time when Congress has been overhauling the nation's systems of agricultural subsidies, and public officials across the country have considered...
  • Ethanol: The GOP-supported rip-off

    Can someone explain why the “party of limited government” continues, with a straight face, to support ethanol? Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says about the heavily subsided product, “Everything about ethanol is good, good, good.” Really? Really? Really? Supporters of ethanol — which we make from corn — say it reduces our dependence on foreign oil, is cheaper and aids the environment because it burns cleaner than non-blended fossil fuels. In 1996, The New York Times wrote: “At a time when Congress has been overhauling the nation’s systems of agricultural subsidies, and public officials across the country have considered...
  • Bush, Cruz Stake Out Free Market Turf in Iowa Summit

    03/07/2015 4:21:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 7, 2015 | Zeke J. Miller
    DES MOINES — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz risked the ire of Iowa farmers by staking out free-market positions on two federal policies favored by agribusiness at a summit Saturday. The two likely Republican presidential candidates opposed an ethanol requirement favored by corn farmers as well as a wind tax credit in a state where more than a quarter of electricity is generated by wind. They were speaking at the Iowa Ag Summit, which was organized by the state’s largest Republican donor, Bruce Rastetter, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Most of the...
  • Scott Walker supports ethanol mandate at Iowa summit

    03/07/2015 4:08:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 154 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | March 7, 2015 | Jason Stein and Mary Spicuzza
    Des Moines — Only weeks after taking this key state in the presidential race by surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his front-runner status in Iowa by pledging to support a federal ethanol mandate, shifting his position on renewable fuels at a Republican roundup on farm issues. The GOP governor and a lineup of other major potential presidential contenders — including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — took the stage before hundreds of spectators and media at the Iowa Ag Summit at the state fairgrounds here. In the moderated discussion with ethanol entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter, Walker dropped his previous flat...
  • Iowa Ag Summit Applauds Ted Cruz Even When He Opposes Their Interests

    03/07/2015 1:59:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | March 7, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) managed to turn a disagreement with a crowd of Iowa businesses and farmers into an applause line at the Iowa Agriculture Summit. Cruz reiterated his opposition to the Renewable Fuels Standard, a popular policy in Iowa that presents a thorny problem for many Republicans who campaign against crony capitalism but want to win the GOP presidential nomination. “I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks where the answer you’d like me to give is ‘I’m for the RFS, darnit;’ that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’ll tell...
  • Gov. Scott Walker to speak at Iowa Ag Summit

    03/07/2015 5:10:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 7, 2015 | Jan Stein
    Des Moines—Only weeks after taking this key state in the presidential race by surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker returns to Iowa Saturday to defend his front-runner status at a major Republican event focused on 2016 and agricutural issues.The GOP governor and a line-up of other major White House contenders—including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—will take the stage at the Iowa Ag Summit on Saturday at the state fairgrounds here.A key point to watch will be whether Walker, an early favorite among conservatives for 2016, will stick to his past opposition to government intervention to aid the ethanol industry or moderate...
  • Bush steps into the Iowa spotlight ["Welcome to Scott Walker's Iowa"]

    03/07/2015 4:04:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    DES MOINES, Iowa —Jeb Bush’s quest to win over Hawkeye State skeptics begins this weekend. The former Florida governor returned to Iowa for the first time in three years on Friday, making clear he’ll contest the early-voting state if he launches a presidential campaign, as expected. Though GOP conservatives may initially be wary of the establishment favorite, he'll start trying to assuage those concerns and road test his 2016 message in very different settings and to very diverse groups. “First impressions matter,” former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig Robinson told The Hill. It’s a rapid fire weekend for the...
  • Governor Walker gets backing of four members of Iowa Senate

    03/07/2015 2:16:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Iowa Radio ^ | March 3, 2015 | Kay Henderson
    Four of the 24 Republicans who serve in the Iowa Senate are announcing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is their pick for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale says he’s watched what Walker has done in Wisconsin. “I thought we needed someone with some executive experience and I’ve spent some time privately with him and asked a lot of questions and am 110 percent behind him,” Zaun says. Zaun was the Republican Party’s nominee for one of Iowa’s congressional seats in 2010 and he was a leading contender in the third congressional district in 2014. Zaun says,...
  • Why the Debates Will Determine the 2016 GOP Nominee

    03/06/2015 8:32:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 6, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Tim Pawlenty is barely an asterisk in presidential political lore, but what happened to his brief and undistinguished 2012 campaign signified a tectonic shift in contemporary campaigning. By conventional wisdom, Pawlenty did everything right. He invaded my home state of Iowa with a purpose, armed with high name ID as a border state governor who was a finalist to be John McCain’s running mate in 2008. Pawlenty spent so much time here before anyone else was organized that he could’ve qualified for residency. He also bought up a lot of top-tier talent to build an impressive organization. Yet at the...
  • AWG to convert 5 Dahl's to Price Chopper (Iowa supermarkets)

    03/06/2015 1:03:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Supermarket News ^ | March 6, 2015
    Associated Wholesale Grocers plans to convert five of seven Dahl’s Foods stores in Iowa to the Price Chopper banner in early April and two others, in the Des Moines market, to a new, unspecified format, according to published reports. Kansas City, Kansas-based AWG acquired the stores in January following Dahl’s bankruptcy filing in November. Price Chopper is an AWG-licensed name used by 51 members in Kansas.
  • Who Will Win the Duggar Primary?

    03/05/2015 9:26:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 5, 2015 | Tim Murphy
    The reality show clan backed Mike Huckabee in '08 and Rick Santorum in '12. Now, they may face a real tough choice. It may be that the fastest-growing demographic in the Republican Party is pro-life, telegenic, homeschooled, and mostly under the age of 27—you know, the Duggars. As in the stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting. In the past couple election cycles, this birth-control-shunning family has emerged as a political player on the right. And now it looks likely that they will face a tough decision when it comes to which social conservative GOPer to back...