Shane Vander Hart: Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer made the right decision removing State Representative Chip Baltimore as the House Judiciary Committee Chair following his OWI arrest. Baltimore should also resign from the House following this session.
The first U.S. Senate debate between State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) and Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) highlighted numerous policy differences.
I wanted to write some brief thoughts on last night’s Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary Debate hosted by KCCI. First I thought this went better than their Iowa 3rd Congressional District GOP Primary debate. Perhaps the addition of Stacey Horst to co-moderate the debate along with Kevin Cooney helped. The last half hour wasn’t nearly […]
Final thoughts: First. I hated, hated the format of the debate. It was ok up until the break, after that it seemed to be that Kevin Cooney wanted ask questions for each individual candidate based on Democratic talking points. The last question was simply ridiculous. I would have said perhaps that is important question in […]
The certification of the Iowa Caucus vote is underway and already we have disputed results which could alter the results (not that it would take much). KCCI reports: The world’s eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 53 people may just blow up the results. Edward […]
KCCI reported yesterday that Point of Grace Church in Waukee, IA took over the management of the day care that was operating in their building. Happy Time Daycare apparently was under separate ownership and evidently was either given space in the church or was renting space from the church. Point of Grace Church took over […]
Here is this week’s round of miscellaneous items gathered from around the web. 1. Newt Gingrich Goes on Vacation, Will Rogers, steps down. After two weeks after announcing his candidacy former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich felt like he needed a vacation. Ok, that’s strange. Perhaps he’s tired from shopping at Tiffany’s or putting […]
In order to appease Iowa Senate Democrats, the Iowa House leadership roll out a budget deal which more than meets Senate Democrats half way. KCCI reports: House Speaker Kraig Paulsen announced at a Thursday news conference that Republicans are willing to go along with a 2 percent increase in basic education funding supported by Democrats, […]
Well I’ve said on a couple of occasions that KCCI’s polling did not meet the smell test for me. Some interesting news… It looks like their pollster, Research 2000, is in hot water with one of their clients uber-liberal blog Daily Kos. Today Markos Moulitsas said they have severed ties with Research 2000 and will […]
My wife, Cheryl, discovered this on KCCI’s Alert page under Webster County: flash flood warning for: humboldt county in north central Iowa, northern webster county in central Iowa, wright county in north central Iowa, Until 530 am cdt At 1141 pm cdt, national weather service doppler radar indicated slow moving thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall […]
Two polls on gay marriage, one at KCCI Channel 8 (Des Moines’ CBS affiliate) and the other at The Des Moines Register, The Register also released their Iowa Republican Gubernatorial Primary Iowa Poll. Looking at the gay marriage polls first… KCCI claims that a majority of Iowans support same-sex marriage with 53% saying they favor […]
This poll doesn’t pass the smell test for me. This particular pollster has always seemed to be off compared to similar polling done. I want to focus on two of the polling questions. First there’s the pollster – Research 2000 among who’s clients are Daily Kos as well as, the Swing State Project (see update […]
The Iowa Independent highlighted a poll that showed a majority of Iowans favor public insurance option. It says that 62% of Iowans favor health care reform with a public insurance option over the current Senate bill that doesn’t have it. This includes 67% of independents. This poll was commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, […]
KCCI (a CBS Affiliate in Des Moines) reported yesterday about a woman whose application was rejected by Rotary. They report: A Des Moines woman rejected for membership by the local chapter of the Rotary Club said Friday that she believes it’s because she works at Planned Parenthood. Susy Robinette said she has spent a lot […]
I attended the Des Moines Tax Day Tea Party today (you can watch KCCI Channel 8 coverage here). I was blown away. Eric Goranson, one of the contributors was there with me, and who he has been to a number of these protests told me that this was, by far, the largest he has seen. […]