Almost All of Us Used to Earn the Minimum Wage

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Liberals decry the fact that the minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009, and talk about “income inequality” and “fairness.”  So how much is the minimum wage, who earns it, and why? The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, before overtime.  When first established in 1938 it was 25 cents.  In 1979, when the […]

Joni Ernst: Stagnant on National Level, Strong in Iowa

Joni Ernst, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, made the following statement on news reporting that payrolls rose less than expected during the month of January: “We have seen stagnation or very modest improvements at the national level – but not enough is being done to ensure more of our hard working neighbors have […]

Governor’s Race Tops Wisconsin’s 2014 What to Watch Political List

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(Watchdog.org) Madison, WI – And now for our regularly scheduled election … The mid-term year ahead should not want for intriguing political story lines, but the main event in Wisconsin in 2014 is the re-election bid of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, political pundits agree. If it seems like déjà vu, well, the feeling is understandable. […]

Paul Ryan Hammers Obama on Jobs and Medicare in Adel

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GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan visited Adel, IA yesterday morning for his second stop in Iowa this week.  A crowd just shy of 1000 gathered outside the Dallas County Courthouse and Congressman Paul asked Iowans if they were better off than they were four years ago. He mainly focused on President Obama’s jobs record.  […]

Mitt Romney’s Night to Shine

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The last night, at the close of the 2012 Republican National Convention, was an extremely good night for Mitt Romney.  He connected.  He was emotional.  He seemed real – a guy that average Americans can relate to.  He showcased his resume so to speak by offering up his personal references.  The most compelling for me […]

Nikki Haley at RNC: Obama Will Do Everything He Can to Stand in Your Way

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley encapsulated how harmful President Barack Obama is to federalism and our economy.  She said, echoing what other Republican governors had said earlier during the Republican National Convention, “the hardest part of my job has been this federal government, this administration, and this president.”  She said that President Obama “will do […]

Christi Vilsack’s Misleading State Fair Stump Speech

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Former First Lady of Iowa and Democrat Congressional Candidate, Christie Vilsack, spoke at The Des Moines Register’s Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.  It was mainly a biographical speech, but she also took time to provide a contrast between herself and Congressman Steve King whom she hopes to unseat in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. The […]

Liberal Protestors Lack Civility During Paul Ryan’s Visit to the Iowa State Fair

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Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) made a quick trip to Iowa after being named as Mitt Romney’s running mate on Saturday.  He took part in something that has become a tradition at the Iowa State Fair – The Des Moines Register’s Soapbox. He was greeted by approximately 2000 (conservative guess) fair goers and a number of […]

Romney Touts Stronger Middle Class Plan in Des Moines

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More jobs and higher take home pay was at the center of Mitt Romney’s message to a crowd of almost 700 who attended an early morning event at the Des Moines Public Schools’ Central Campus.  Romney holding his only public event in Iowa this week entered the warm auditorium to a standing ovation.  Prior to […]

Hope & Change Still Doesn’t Equal Jobs

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We had a rebound!  Well not the type of rebound that President Obama would probably like to see.  The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits.  CNBC reports: Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 34,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week’s figure was revised up […]