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  • Steve King slams Hillary Clinton ‘brave’ remark

    04/18/2014 3:24:18 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | TAL KOPAN
    Rep. Steve King is criticizing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for praising an undocumented teen that questioned her at an event, saying Clinton should have told the young woman to follow the law. “#Hillary calls immigration law breaker ‘incredibly brave.’ Should have said, ‘Get right with the law.’ … Then come back,” King tweeted early Friday morning.
  • GOP Congressman Says Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Reward Law Breakers

    04/18/2014 5:34:14 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Hunter Walker
    Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King responded after an organization backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched an advertising blitz against him Friday. King issued a statement saying the commercials, which were paid for by Zuckerberg's pro-immigration reform group FWD.us, show the Facebook chairman and CEO wants to "reward people for breaking our laws" in order to bring in talent for his company. "I am under attack by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg because I am one of the few who will stand up and tell the truth about amnesty," King said in his statement.
  • Cruz More Than Doubles Fundraising in 2014's First Three Months

    04/18/2014 8:36:05 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 10:08 AM | Drew MacKenzie
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has more than doubled his fundraising efforts in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle. Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, raised $887,344 in the year's first three months while he only took in $363,760 during the same period in 2013 when he first arrived in the U.S. Senate as a tea party favorite set on changing the ways established GOP members work in Washington. The senator, who is in the midst of paying visits to the early presidential caucus and primary states of...
  • PALIN VISIT: Conservative Women Rallying Around Ernst

    04/17/2014 3:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | April 16, 2014 | Sam Hoyle
    Sarah Palin already announced her support for US Senate candidate Joni Ernst. Now Palin is joining her on the campaign trail. The former vice presidential candidate will stump for Ernst at a rally in West Des Moines as part of a ShePAC event that aims to support, honor and elect conservative women. The “Heels On, Gloves Off” event is set for April 27th. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will also attend the event.
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Takes Lead in Iowa GOP Senate Primary [Castration!]

    04/15/2014 8:30:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/9/14 | John McCormack
    A new Suffolk University poll of the Iowa GOP Senate primary shows state senator Joni Ernst narrowly leading wealthy business executive Mark Jacobs: In the smaller subset of June Republican Primary voters, State Sen. Joni Ernst, who has been tagged the “castration candidate” due to her TV ad that includes a matter-of-fact reference to growing up on an Iowa hog farm, is leading businessman Mark Jacobs 25 percent to 23 percent.
  • Iowa Senate Candidate's Ad: Holding his Glock...

    04/13/2014 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 9 replies
    A short, gotta-see Ad. http://launch.newsinc.com/embed.html?type=VideoPlayer/16x9&videoId=25802236&trackingGroup=12672&widgetId=17779&playlistId=993&siteSection=realclear_nws_non_fro&embedOriginUrl=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.realclearpolitics.com%252Fndn_widget.html
  • Iraq War Veteran Emerges as Republican Frontrunner in Iowa Senate Race

    04/12/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 11, 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Iraq War veteran Joni Ernst emerged as the Republican frontrunner this week in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa). Ernst, who served as a company commander in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and is a mother of three, gained a slight advantage over the other four candidates for the GOP Senate nomination in a Suffolk University poll. Ernst has 25 percent support among likely primary goers, followed closely by wealthy businessman Mark Jacobs with 23 percent. The other three candidates received less than 10 percent, while 40 percent are still undecided for the June 3 primary....
  • Iowa senate candidate vows to shoot off sister's killer's testicles in campaign ad

    04/12/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 12, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    A long-shot candidate for the Iowa senate has released a commercial in which he promotes term limits for senators and also threatens to shoot the balls off a "sexual predator" who killed his sister. Bob Quast, unsurprisingly, is a supporter of gun rights. "If you are the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister Lynette and you come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I'm going to use my Glock - to blow your balls off," he says, smiling. Quast's sister, Lynnette Craft, was killed in June 1999, by her husband, the ABC affiliate reported....
  • Poll Shows Ernst Claiming Lead in U.S. Senate Primary (The Sarah Palin factor!)

    04/10/2014 1:25:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | April 10, 2014 | Kevin Hall
    Joni Ernst has captured the momentum in Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, according to a Suffolk University poll released Wednesday. The poll shows Ernst edging Mark Jacobs 25-23 among primary voters. This is the first poll Suffolk University has conducted on the race so it is difficult to determine if their survey is an outlier or an actual sign of movement in the crowded GOP field. Either way, the Ernst campaign was quick to trumpet the good news, as did Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor endorsed Ernst two weeks ago. “A new poll out today shows momentum for my...
  • An Iowa City With A Population Of 7,000 Will Receive Armored Military Vehicle

    04/09/2014 12:31:34 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    Moving along to the subject of today’s absurdity, the tiny city of Washington, Iowa with a population of 7,000 and 11 police officers, will be receiving a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Yes, they will be employing one of these in the field:
  • Iowa Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Strong and GOP Field Scattered in Advance of Caucuses

    04/09/2014 12:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Suffolk University News ^ | April 9, 1994 | Greg Gatlin and Mariellen Norris
    With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers, according to a Suffolk University statewide Iowa poll. And while some Republicans have begun visiting the Hawkeye State, the survey shows no favorites among prospective GOP presidential candidates. Meanwhile, the Suffolk University poll of likely general-election Iowa voters shows Republican Gov. Terry Branstad with a strong advantage heading into the June 3 Republican gubernatorial primary, and he leads the sole Democrat in the race, State Sen. Jack Hatch, by 10 points in a general-election match-up. Branstad, the longest serving governor...
  • Muslim Recognition Day held at state capitol (des moines, iowa)

    04/08/2014 6:22:52 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the annual Muslim Recognition Day proclamation at the Iowa Statehouse today at 11:30 AM. Representatives of several Muslim communities from around Iowa gathered under the rotunda to educate and share information about Islam and its presence in Iowa. Muslims served food and mingled in the statehouse beginning at noon.
  • Steve King: The result of immigration reform will be more dead Americans

    04/08/2014 3:05:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Roll Call
    Rep. Steve King has been known to make, from time to time, some controversial remarks about immigration — and his floor speech on Friday was no exception. Speaking to a nearly empty chamber, the Iowa Republican said the result of an immigration overhaul would be more dead Americans.
  • Cruz wades into ugly Iowa Senate fight

    04/03/2014 10:41:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Alexis Levinson
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday waded into an ugly Senate battle brewing in Iowa, a state that would be key to his presidential hopes, should he choose to run in 2016. Last week, video was published in which Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley — the likely Democratic nominee in the Senate race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin — denigrated Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.” Braley suggested that made Grassley unqualified to be chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he is in line for if...
  • Braley Camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa Farmers and Grassley.

    04/02/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by campg · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/1/2014 | Guy Benson
    Braley camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa farmers and Grassley POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON APRIL 1, 2014 BY GUY BENSON Many of us assumed this recording was made surreptitiously. It must have been. There’s no way a statewide office-seeker from Iowa would knowingly demean farmers and a beloved state political figure on tape, right? Wrong, says the Braley campaign, via the Des Moines Register: Braley’s campaign strategists say the candidate knew he was being videotaped at the private fundraiser when he made the remark that has the political world buzzing, describing Chuck Grassley as...
  • Grassley repeats 'death panel' claim (MSNBC in meltdown)

    08/12/2009 4:01:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 31 replies · 1,435+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/12/09 | Mike Murray
    The final nail in the coffin for a bipartisan Senate Finance Committee bill? According to the Huffington Post, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) -- the ranking member on the panel who's working with Committee chairman Max Baucus (D) -- appeared to endorse the untrue "death panel" argument on health care. "There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life. And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn't have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling 20 years before you're going to die. You ought to plan these things...
  • A Gaffe Can Matter When It Motivates the Base (Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley)

    04/01/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    FiveThirtyEightPolitics ^ | April 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    We recently published a forecast that described the GOP as more likely than not to win the U.S. Senate in November. But our analysis was less bullish on Republicans’ prospects of flipping the seat in Iowa currently held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring. There, Democrats appeared to have a strong candidate in Rep. Bruce Braley, who has cleared his primary field. Republicans, meanwhile, face a contentious primary with a number of candidates who have never won races for statewide or federal office. After we published our forecast, the Republican PAC America Rising released a video of Braley,...
  • APNewsBreak: Iowa expands its ‘do not rehire’ list

    03/31/2014 2:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Times / The Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2014 | Ryan J. Foley
    IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa continues to maintain an internal “do not rehire” list of fired employees who are barred from returning to state employment, even though judges have raised questions about its legality, according to a review by The Associated Press. Since 2009, judges have said three times that the Iowa Department of Administrative Services doesn’t have “the statutory or regulatory authority” to issue lifetime employment bans against fired workers, but the list has steadily grown, records show....
  • Flu-like hog virus sweeping Indiana, U.S.

    03/28/2014 1:26:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | March 24, 2014, 8:23 AM | Staff
    LOGANSPORT, Ind. - A fast-moving virus that has infected hogs across half of the nation since it was first detected in the U.S. less than a year ago has become rampant in Indiana, agriculture officials say. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, has infected farms in 43 of Indiana's 92 counties, according to March 14 data from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Twenty-six other states have reported cases of the virus as of March 12, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network indicates. While the flu-like sickness doesn't affect people and is not a food safety concern, it can...
  • 'So God Made a Trial Lawyer' (Brilliant ad in Iowa!)

    The political action committee America Rising took that concept and applied it to an attack ad on Iowa Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley whose remarks earlier this week before a group of trial lawyers in Texas about Iowa farmers hit a nerve: If you help me win this race you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for thirty years, in a visible or public way, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Or, you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the...
  • Did Joni Ernst Just Turn Herself into Christine O'Donnell?

    03/27/2014 7:16:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | March 26, 2014 | Craig Robinson
    ...The risk of the Ernst ad is that it may cause people not to take her seriously. While Iowa is one of the top agricultural states in America, 64 percent of residents live in urban communities. The question that deserves to be asked is, how does this ad play with urban women? From the ones I talked to on Tuesday, it didn't set very well. "It reminds me a little of the 'I'm not a witch,' ad," one woman told TheIowaRepublican.com. "I think you could tell that story in a speech, but I would never use the word castrate in...
  • This GOP Candidate's Ad About Castrating Hogs May Have the Best Opening Line in Campaign History

    03/27/2014 11:03:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Emily Hulsey
    Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst won't mess around when it comes to cutting wasteful pork spending in Washington - and she has the experience to prove it.
  • Braley’s ‘farmer from Iowa’ remarks could spell election trouble for party

    03/27/2014 1:01:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Iowa Democrats are worried Rep. Bruce Braley’s remark that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” could come back to haunt him. Braley’s Senate campaign is in damage control mode following the release of a video in which the Democrat tells Texas trial lawyers at a fundraiser that he’s better equipped to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee than his state’s senior senator. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years, in...
  • Can This Man Feed the World? Billionaire Harry Stine's Quest to Reinvent Agriculture -- Again

    03/26/2014 7:16:21 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/26/2014 | Alex Morrell
    This story appears in the April 14, 2014 issue of Forbes. On one of the windiest days in recent memory Harry Stine, the richest man in Iowa, cranes his neck to examine the elevator shaft inside the 110-foot steel observation tower next to his garage. “The cables look awfully frayed. Who knows if it will last one more time?” he chuckles. Nonetheless, we hop into the elevator cab, he flips the switch to get it moving, and up we go as the wind rips into us at 40mph. Stine, the 72-year-old founder and owner of Stine Seed, the largest private...
  • No Towel Service? Dem. Bruce Braley Complains About Doing Own Laundry (Iowa)

    03/26/2014 2:58:08 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 11, 2013 | Ken Mandel
    U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley is likely sweating it after a remark about the lack of towel service at an exclusive gym that has remained open to lawmakers during the government shutdown. The Iowa congressman defended the backlash for the gym's continued operation, while thousands of government employees are furloughed, including workers at the fitness center. He said on the "Bill Press Show:" "There's hardly anybody working down there. There's no towel service. So we're doing our own laundry down there. And we pay a fee to belong to the House gym. So this is no different than if you're working...
  • Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree (Iowa alert)

    03/26/2014 2:50:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2014 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate (Iowa - Harkin's open seat)

    03/26/2014 11:11:47 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 41 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 03/26/14 | Kevin Hall
    One day after her “Squeal” TV brought her national attention, Joni Ernst picks up the endorsement of Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, 2008 vice-presidential nominee and conservative firebrand calls Ernst a “champion for life, small government, and lower taxes.” Here is what Palin had to say when announcing her support for Joni Ernst in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race: “If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork. Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her “pork cutting” skills to the Iowa...
  • The 'political gaffe of the year' might just hand GOP the Iowa Senate seat

    03/26/2014 10:22:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 73 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/26/14 | Rick Moran
    The only Democrat running in the primary for the open Senate seat in Iowa made a spectacular gaffe before a roomfull of trial lawyers in Texas. Standing next to a table full of booze, Rep. Bruce Braley insulted farmers, praised lawyers, and belittled the second most popular political figure in Iowa. Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition...
  • Green Revolution leader Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

    03/26/2014 12:07:46 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding. Borlaug, who died in 2009, won the 1970 Nobel Prize for his work and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His likeness will join...
  • Mitt Romney backs Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate race

    03/05/2014 8:01:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Mitt Romney waded into the crowded Iowa Senate race Wednesday, throwing his support behind state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in the contested GOP primary. "As a mother, soldier and proven conservative, Joni has the kind of experience, skillset and discipline it will take to not only win this important seat, but to also take Iowa values to help turn around the mess in Washington," Romney wrote in a fundraising e-mail sent Wednesday morning... This is not Romney's first endorsement of the 2014 cycle. He is also backing Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who faces tea party challenger Bryan Smith (R).
  • Rep Bruce Braley [D-Iowa] Apologizes to Grassley for ‘Farmer’ Slight

    03/26/2014 2:24:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad
    Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, apologized for his critical comments of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, that were posted online Tuesday by a Republican research group. Speaking at a fundraiser, Braley, who is running for the Hawkeye State’s open Senate seat, said the Senate could end up with “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” before identifying that person as Grassley. “I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended,” Braley said in a statement released a couple of hours after the video...
  • Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree

    03/25/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2014 | By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years...
  • Senate Candidate: I'll Use My Hog Castrating Experience To Help End Pork Barrel Spending

    03/25/2014 2:00:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/25/2014 | Jonathan Strong
    Joni Ernst, a Republican candidate in the GOP Senate primary in Iowa, is touting her experience “castrating hogs on an Iowa farm” to underscore how emphatic she will be about ending pork barrel spending in the U.S. Senate. “I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork,” Ernst says in the ad, followed by the sound of a pig squealing. The ad, which was provided exclusively to Breitbart News, will appear in television spots in Iowa. Ernst ends the ad saying, “Washington's full of big...
  • #IASen: Bruce Braley (D) just got caught in a ’47 percent’ moment

    03/25/2014 11:40:34 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 6 replies
    Conserative Intel ^ | 3/25/14 | David Freddoso
    Rep. Bruce Braley, D, is running for Senate in Iowa, for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, D. Braley, a trial lawyer before he came to Congress, needs votes from a lot of farmers and a lot of people who have never gone to law school, as well as people who also like Iowa’s other senator, Republican Chuck Grassley, currently the state’s most popular politician. So this America Rising video of Braley at a fundraiser for trial lawyers in South Texas is just priceless. He talks about Grassley as if the guy just came in from slopping...
  • Cruz appeals to several factions within GOP

    03/24/2014 8:50:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 22 March 2014 11:02 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN
    MASON CITY, Iowa — By now, Sen. Ted Cruz’s tea party credentials are unassailable. But as he mulls a presidential run, he’s reaching out to other key parts of the Republican base, including Christian conservatives who dominate the Iowa GOP caucuses every four years.With enduring friction between grass-roots activists and the “establishment” that Cruz so often denounces, a candidate who can appeal across several factions would have an edge. That was a subtext for his latest visit, with a side trip last week to a corner of Iowa where no Texas politician pops up by accident.After an introduction that mentioned...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz says job of chaplains to be insensentive to atheists

    03/24/2014 8:07:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Jerome McCollom
    Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) stated during an Iowa homeschooling convention, "I kind of thought it was the job of chaplains to be insensitive to atheists." He stated this in reference to a chaplain who posted on a military blog post, "there are no atheists in foxholes."There are of course many atheists in foxholes. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is a group of atheist and agnostic service members who have fought for our nation. The chaplain was required to remove this post, rightly, because it disparaged a group of service members.Now, getting back to Sen. Cruz's statement,...
  • The San Francisco Democrats Finally Rule the Roost

    03/20/2014 2:03:25 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 2 replies
    RedState ^ | 3-19-2014 | Erick Erickson
    (Original title: John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Ukraine Foreign Policy) In 1984, Jeane Kirkpatrick, a lifelong Democrat who Ronald Reagan appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Dallas. The Republicans and this Democrat roundly mocked the unseriousness of the Democrats who wanted to replace Ronald Reagan. Calling them “San Francisco Democrats” — the Democrats had held their convention in San Francisco — Kirkpatrick delivered many broadsides that ring true today. As she said of these San Francisco Democrats, “they always blame America first.” The San Francisco Democrats in 1984 included the...
  • Cruz: ‘We Have Never Seen An Administration With Such Hostility Toward Religious Faith’

    03/19/2014 7:27:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    CBS - DC ^ | March 19, 2014 8:11 AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Known nationally as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz channeled his pastor father and displayed his religious side Tuesday, telling an influential group of Iowa home school advocates that America was founded on Christian values Washington can’t deny. The Tea Party darling’s declaration of his beliefs came during his fourth trip to Iowa in barely eight months — and though he has refused to comment on a possible 2016 White House run, Cruz logging so much face time in the state that kicks off presidential voting hasn’t gone unnoticed. “There is no liberty...
  • Loving the Least of These: How Do We Treat the Disabled Among Us?

    03/15/2014 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Eric Metaxas
    Recent revelations about the abuse of disabled workers has me thinking: Do we fear God? I’ll explain. Last May, an Iowa jury awarded $240 million—later reduced to $6 million—to 32 mentally-disabled men who, over the course of three decades, were systematically cheated, exploited and abused by their employer. disabled2It’s a sad reminder of how vulnerable those with disabilities are and why any church worthy of the name should be at the forefront in protecting them. The story is, as the New York Times put it, “Dickensian” in its details. Over three decades, hundreds of intellectually-disabled men were shipped from Texas...
  • Paul Ryan to deliver critique of Democrat’s (sic) pitch

    03/06/2014 5:10:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3-6-14 | Robert Costa
    "A full stomach — and an empty soul." That scathing synopsis of the Democrats' pitch will be the crux of Paul Ryan's message to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, when the Wisconsin Republican addresses activists. Ryan's critique, even if delivered in his usual aw-shucks style, will probably stir talk of a possible presidential bid. Politicians looking only to chair the Ways and Means Committee rarely toss out such red meat. In the speech, which the Post obtained late Wednesday, Ryan also urges Republican to craft a conservative reform agenda, and talks up the legacy of his mentor, Jack...
  • Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay

    02/23/2014 3:52:21 PM PST · by madprof98 · 44 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/23/14 | Ken Thomas (AP)
    WASHINGTON — The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay. While governors from Connecticut to Louisiana sparred on Sunday over how best to improve the nation's economy, governors of both parties shared a far more pragmatic outlook on the controversial program known as "Obamacare" as millions of their constituents begin to be covered. "We're just trying to make the best of a bad situation," Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, of Iowa, who calls the health care law "unaffordable and unsustainable,"...
  • Senate Democrats are in big trouble in 2014

    02/23/2014 8:36:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/14 | Ron Pearson, Trevor Smith, Ph.D.
    **SNIP** Midterm elections are often a reflection of the approval rating of the incumbent president and now President Obama stands at 42.8%. And elections in the 6th year of a PresidentÂ’s term are usually not good for the incumbentÂ’s party. To make things even worse for Democrats, the issues of a weak economy and Obamacare make November look bleak for Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic cohorts. â—¾Alaska, Mark Begich â—¾Arkansas, Mark Pryor â—¾Louisiana, Mary Landrieu â—¾Michigan, Open Seat (liberal Democrat Carl Levin retiring) â—¾Montana, John Walsh â—¾North Carolina, Kay Hagan â—¾South Dakota, being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson...
  • HSLDA Alert for Iowa

    02/21/2014 1:36:39 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies
    On February 18, a bill was filed in the Iowa Legislature that would repeal all of last year’s improvements to Iowa’s homeschool law. The new homeschool options would disappear. If you agree that the new homeschool options deserve to stay, please act today! Help us send a strong message to the lawmakers who have signed as co-sponsors of the bill, House File 2308, that Iowa will not turn the clock back on freedom. Action Requested Please send an email to each of the lawmakers below asking them to withdraw their support for HF 2308. If one of them is your...
  • Vandal targets pro-life sign outside church

    02/20/2014 11:21:15 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    KETV ^ | staff
    MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa —The congregation at St. Patrick’s Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa, said they are angry and disappointed that someone vandalized an anti-abortion sign outside the church. . A parishioner said part of the church's mission is to publicly share the values of faith. “There's nothing more sacred than life,” said parishioner Nicholle Dworak. -- Video: Vandal strikes Iowa church's anti-abortion sign But sometime Saturday night, a pro-life sign outside the church was spray-painted. The word “abortion” was crossed out and the “s” in kills covered, leaving “Kill God’s Children.” “It's just kind of scary. It's appalling what they...
  • American TV & Appliance closing all 11 stores; 989 will lose jobs

    02/17/2014 5:12:56 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies
    TMC News ^ | February 17, 2014 | Not Attributed
    Doug Reuhl, president and CEO of American since 1988, blamed an unforgiving economy, especially over the past five years, for the closure and said the company would begin a going-out-of-business sale Thursday to liquidate its entire inventory of furniture, electronics and appliances. "While this is a sad moment, it is also a proud moment," Reuhl said in a news release. "It's a moment to be proud of our efforts and to be proud of what we have delivered to the community." A switchboard operator at American TV refused to answer additional questions Monday or transfer a reporter to anyone else,...
  • 18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

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  • MI The Key To 2016; Mid-Terms To Provide Dramatic Proof Gov. Palin Was Prophetically Right in 2008?

    01/20/2014 5:07:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Palin4President2016 ^ | January 16, 2014 | M. Joseph Sheppard
    Abandoning Michigan in the heat of the election was seen by major observers as presidential candidate John McCain effectively throwing in the towel.It also marked a very severe break with the strategists of McCain team ("McCain's tactically understandable but strategically stupid decision to visibly abandon Michigan was made without Palin.") by his running mate Governor Sarah Palin who, very publicly, decried the move. "Sarah Palin questioned Republican presidential candidate John McCain's decision to abandon efforts to win Michigan, a campaign move she said she learned about Friday morning when she read it in the newspapers. In an interview with Fox...
  • 2016: Cruz Expected to Get 'Hero's Welcome' in Iowa, New Hampshire

    02/16/2014 3:25:39 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Feb 2014, 8:27 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is expected to receive a "hero's welcome" when he travels to Iowa and New Hampshire in the coming months after he again stood up against the GOP establishment on the vote to raise the debt ceiling without any reductions in spending. Conservative activists, according to the The Hill, are cheering Cruz for forcing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and others to vote to advance the legislation. On March 18, Cruz will keynote a Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators rally. On April 12, Cruz will attend the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which is sponsored by Americans For Prosperity....
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    02/16/2014 12:05:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
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  • Dems push Walmart to give up cigarette sales

    02/15/2014 8:11:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2014 | Ian Swanson
    A group of Democrats are urging Walmart to follow CVS Caremark and discontinue selling tobacco products. The seven Democrats said Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer, is also the nation’s biggest seller of cigarettes. “We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products; however, Walmart’s position as the nation’s largest retailer of any kind puts your company in a unique position to contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans<” the Democrats said in a letter to the company. The letter’s signatories included Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the number two Democrat in the Senate. The letter stats that...