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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Jon Coen for IA House

    A friend of mine is running for a state House seat in Iowa. He's a great guy and a real conservative and has already won his primary.
  • Republican Senator Grassley to skip party's convention due to virus concerns

    07/06/2020 4:35:12 PM PDT · by Coronal · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 6, 2020 | Jarrett Renshaw
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will skip President Donald Trump’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in August due to coronavirus concerns, a spokesman for the senator confirmed on Monday. The 86-year-old Iowa Republican has attended each of his party’s conventions since he was first elected to the Senate in 1980. His decision not to travel to Florida for this year’s event underscores broader concerns about holding mass gatherings as coronavirus cases there surge. “I’m not going to go because of the virus situation,” Grassley told reporters on Monday, according to a report in the Des...
  • Black high school baseball player says fans yelled 'You should have been George Floyd' and 'Get back to the fields'

    07/05/2020 12:23:57 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/3/20 | Alisha Ebrahimji
    (CNN)Competitive banter on the field during baseball games is a norm between teams and typically stretches into the bleachers among fans, but one school district in Iowa is saying comments made during a high school game crossed the line. A Black player for Charles City High School heard "several bigoted comments yelled from the crowd" during a game played at Waverly-Shell Rock High on June 27, according to an online statement from the Charles City Community School district and information from the school district communications director. The school district didn't name the player. Jeremiah Chapman, who says he's the only...
  • Donald Trump is facing the prospect of a landslide loss

    06/25/2020 2:31:17 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 298 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25,2020 | Chris Cillizza
    (CNN)A half dozen new swing-state polls released Thursday morning suggest that not only would President Donald Trump lose if the election were held today, he would lose in a landslide. The surveys, conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, show Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by double digits in Michigan (Biden +11), Wisconsin (Biden +11) and Pennsylvania (Biden+ 10) and by mid-single digits in North Carolina (Biden +9), Arizona (Biden +7) and Florida (Biden +6). Trump won every one of those states in the 2016 election. Switch them from red to blue and you can quickly...
  • Des Moines Police Attacked By Protestors

    07/01/2020 6:36:35 PM PDT · by HereInTheHeartland · 82 replies
    Police officers attacked and officers gun was taken away briefly
  • How Joni Ernst's New Bill Would Help End Anarchy in the Streets

    06/26/2020 7:09:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 6/26/2020 | Cortney O'Brien
    It's time to stop the anarchy. And Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) believes one way to do that is to threaten to withhold funds from any cities or states that continue to let rioters rule the streets. The Ending Taxpayer Funding of Anarchy Act is pretty self-explanatory. "For fiscal year 2021, and each fiscal year thereafter, a State or political subdivision of a State that is an anarchist jurisdiction at any time during a fiscal year may not receive Federal financial assistance from an executive agency during that fiscal year," the bill reads. “Anarchy cannot continue on our streets," Sen. Ernst...
  • WATCH: Sen. Grassley on Flynn vindication and notes re: Obama/Biden meeting

    06/25/2020 8:31:07 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    SHARYL ^ | June 25,2020 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    Today, Flynn’s legal team also released Strzok’s notes regarding a meeting between Obama, Biden, Comey, Sally Yates and Susan Rice. Those notes appear to show several important things: Comey said the Flynn calls with the Russian ambassador “appear legit.” Obama ordered Comey to “look at things.” Obama directed that “the right people” investigate Flynn. Biden appeared to raise the Logan Act. Well, if it was “legit” then why “look at things”? If it was “legit,” why would Biden mention the Logan Act? These notes raise legitimate questions. For example, did Obama and Biden deliberately take steps in the final hours...
  • Grassley places hold on two Trump nominees in push for explanation of watchdog firings

    06/04/2020 1:41:40 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2020 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday that he is placing a hold on two of President Trump's nominees, saying the administration provided an "inadequate response" to his questions about the firing of two inspectors general. Grassley is placing a hold on Christopher Miller's nomination to be the director of the National Counterterrorism Center over the firing of intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. He is also placing a hold on Marshall Billingslea's nomination to be the undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department for the ousting of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick. Grassley said...
  • State Department accuses fired IG of obtaining official documents, accessing office after dismissal

    06/09/2020 10:44:16 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 34 replies
    fox news ^ | 6/9/2020 | Rich Edson, Alex Pappas
    A top State Department official has accused Steve Linick, the department’s fired inspector general, of contacting a former colleague, obtaining official documents and returning to his former office -- all in violation of the terms of his administrative leave, Fox News has learned. In a letter to Linick's attorney, obtained by Fox News, the State Department Under Secretary for Management Brian Bulatao says “in the days before his Congressional testimony, he sent a text message to the Deputy Inspector General, Diana Shaw, requesting a copy of the DOD IG report on the origins of a leak of a draft State...
  • Fired State Department IG Sent Confidential Info to His Personal Email Accounts

    06/12/2020 9:43:16 AM PDT · by bitt · 20 replies ^ | 6/12/2020 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department inspector general whose recent dismissal ignited a political firestorm sent copies detailing a sensitive investigation to his personal email account, according to a probe into his conduct run by the Defense Department's inspector general. The inquiry report, dated March 17, confirms that fired State Department inspector general Steve Linick was the subject of a broad investigation related to the leaks of politically charged materials to journalists, specifically a draft evaluation report into Brian Hook, the State Department’s top Iran official. The report, which was provided to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, concluded that while Linick was permitted...
  • Iowa Grandma Attempts To Troll Trump Into Speaking In Front Of An Empty Auditorium

    06/17/2020 7:25:22 PM PDT · by kevcol · 89 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | June 16, 2020 | Chris White
    A 51-year-old Iowa woman has led an effort get President Donald Trump to address an empty auditorium when he speaks at a campaign rally next week. Mary Jo Laupp posted a video on video sharing platform TikTok last week encouraging her followers to register for Trump’s campaign rally in Oklahoma and then not attend. The plan is designed to purchase as many tickets as possible, forcing the president to address a largely empty auditorium on June 20. “All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and...
  • Republican Senators Souring On Trump’s Federal Reserve Pick Stephen Moore

    04/30/2019 3:52:33 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 33 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 4/30/19 | Lydia O'Connor
    Republican senators on Tuesday began vocalizing their opposition to Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, amid widespread criticism that the economic commentator is unfit for the job. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) both told reporters that they’re not confident in Moore, whom many economists have called out as a partisan pick more known for promoting conservative fiscal policy than for having any economic expertise. Ernst, the first Republican to speak out, told CNN it was “very unlikely” that she’d support Moore’s nomination and that she didn’t believe he would be...
  • Sen. Ernst: President Has 'a Number of Flaws'

    04/19/2017 10:05:38 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 51 replies
    en. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said President Donald Trump has "a number of flaws" but she supports many of his policies. When asked about Trump's comments about women and the disabled, she said, "Would you say they're character flaws? I think it's more than character flaws. Well, and I think that we have a president that has a number of flaws," she said at a Tuesday town hall meeting in Iowa, according to KTIV in Wall Lake, Iowa. She then said she and the president share the same opinions on a number of policy issues. "I think I support a majority...
  • GOP senator: Trump should spend less time at Mar-a-Lago

    04/18/2017 12:22:11 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 124 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/18/2017 | Max Greenwood
    Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday that President Trump's frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida bother not only her, but other members of the Republican caucus. "I do wish he would spend more time in Washington, D.C.," Ernst said during a town hall meeting. "That's what we have the White House for." Since he took office, Trump has spent seven out of the last 13 weekends at his self-described "Southern White House" in Palm Beach. The visits have stirred controversy, in part because of the enormous costs associated with such frequent travel. One estimate of the weekend...
  • Iowa high school baseball team kneels during national anthem to start season

    06/16/2020 7:03:25 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16 2020 | David Aaro
    An Iowa high school baseball team started its season on Monday by kneeling during the national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter and racial injustice, according to multiple reports. All of the Roosevelt Roughriders players linked arms and were seen kneeling as "The Star-Spangled Banner" echoed through Principal Park in Des Moines ahead of the team's first game against Ankeny Centennial. “[We have a] lot of diversity, and a lot of people of color," a Roosevelt senior outfielder told Des Moines WHO 13. “We’re just trying to show our appreciation, and it’s about social justice."
  • Trouble looms for Republican incumbent Joni Ernst in Iowa Senate race: Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll

    06/15/2020 6:24:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/15/2020 | Naomi Lim
    Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is trailing her Democratic challenger for Iowa's Senate seat, putting a once-safe GOP race in doubt, according to an early poll.Ernst, 49, has support from 43% of likely Iowa voters compared to 46% who told Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll researchers they'd cast a ballot for Democrat Theresa Greenfield. Another 7% remain undecided.J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Co. conducted the poll, said this was the first survey fielded since Ernst, a President Trump ally, first ran for the Senate in 2014, which showed her behind her opponent.“Symbolically, that's certainly meaningful, even if Theresa...
  • Iowa Legislature Pass Preemption and Range Protection Legislation

    06/12/2020 5:30:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | Dean Weingarten
    On June third, the first day the Iowa legislature re-convened after the Wuhan Flu shutdown, the Iowa Senate passed a comprehensive gun law reform bill that restricts political subdivisions of Iowa government from infringing on Second Amendment rights. HF 2502 passed  32-17. There are 34 Republicans in the Iowa Senate. Second Amendment supporters have been attempting to pass the bill for several years.HF 2502 had passed in the Iowa House on 27 February 2020, on a 52 to 44 vote, with 4 members not voting. There are 56 Republicans and 44 Democrats in the Iowa House. The bill was earlier...
  • Iowa football players put fans on notice: Support their movement or don't support the Hawkeyes

    06/08/2020 4:47:27 PM PDT · by JonPreston · 264 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | 6/8/2020 | Barrett Sallee
    Current Iowa football players have now made it clear to fans that they will not tolerate those who don't support their message off of the field on the heels of allegations against strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle. Sophomore defensive back Kaevon Merriweather took to Twitter on Monday to deliver the message that fans who don't support the team's decision to kneel during the national anthem shouldn't bother cheering for them moving forward.
  • Steve King Losing in Iowa

    06/02/2020 8:22:40 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/2/2020 | None
    Congressman Steve King trailing in returns in the Iowa primary...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Randy Feenstra defeats Congressman Steve King (-Inc) in GOP Primary

    06/02/2020 8:18:40 PM PDT · by blueyon · 40 replies
    @PpollingNumbers on Twitter ^ | 06/02/20 | WHO13news???
    BREAKING NEWS: Randy Feenstra defeats Congressman Steve King (-Inc) in GOP Primary