Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
AKGovSarahPalin Last state twitter. Thank you Alaska! I love you. God bless Alaska. God bless the U.S.A.
Rants didn't comment for the story, other than a statement issued through a staff member. Will other Republican candidates for governor use this story as a strike against Rants during the campaign? Or is this too "inside baseball-type stuff" for most Iowa voters?
Friday, July 24, 2009
health care debate--another side, a perspective from a Des Moines man in the insurance business
the campaign of Rod Roberts--analysis from Doug Burns, a columnist who has interviewed him hundreds of times
"Re-Governor" Terry Branstad--just how serious is he about running again? Insight from Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
For Representative Burt, this is the second incident involving the law since he began his first term at the Iowa Statehouse in January. An audit by Iowa Auditor David Vaudt alleges that Burt used a false address to get his children a tuition discount worth about $37,000 at the Price Laboratory on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Burt is already facing a drunk driving charge for an unrelated incident during the legislative session.
Today, the governor said the incident at the Chief Justice's home is a "local issue". He said he wasn't familiar with the case. He did say he was "troubled" by the Burt situation, although, he would not say Burt should resign. What do you think? Should Burt resign his position as a state lawmaker as Republican State Chairman Matt Strawn demanded? Should he keep his job until the legal matters are settled? What about the allegations of the underage drinking party at the Chief Justice's home? Should she be disciplined at all? The report, by the way, doesn't say she was home during the incident. Is this even a story at all?
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
No it's another LBJ who is having problems on the roadways. Lyndon Bert Johnson just got picked up for the third time for suspicion of driving drunk in Iowa. Bert likely won't earn the same headlines the other LBJ would get. Of course, the other LBJ died in 1973, a year before "Bert" made his way to this earth.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
West Des Moines' Shawn Johnson is tweeting in the rain. She is supposed to take part in the celebrity softball game this afternoon/tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It airs Monday night after the home-run hitting contest and is part of the 3-day All-Star Game festivities in St. Louis.
But Shawn said rain has delayed the game. Here's her message to followers on Twitter:
Went to batting practice, got the fancy outfit, pysched out the competition ;) now just waiting on the rain to stop so we can start the game
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Here's his Facebook message on the topic:
I interviewed Northey last week on the topic. He said at the time he was leaning against a run for governor. So today's announcement doesn't come as a huge surprise.
"announced to the crowd at Bill's BBQ Bash that I will run for re-election as Iowa Secy of Ag in 2010."
So the "still a possibility" list for next year includes:
Sen. Leader Paul McKinley, Chariton
Rep. Chris Rants, Sioux City
Rep. Rod Roberts. Carroll
Sen. Jerry Behn, Boone
Businessman Bob Vander Plaats, Sioux City
Businessman Jeff Lamberti, Ankeny
Businessman Mike Whalen, Bettendorf
Businessman Christian Fong, Cedar Rapids
Congressman Steve King(?), Kiron
Did I forget anyone?
Sunday, July 05, 2009
or she just became first out of the blocks on the race for 2012.
What do you think? Was it a dumb move to quit her job barely more than half way through her first term? Or was it genius, so she can make gazillions of dollars giving speeches and writing books to pay off her legal debts, while traveling the country to begin her campaign for president in 2012?
Christopher Rants A free "Debt Culver" t shirt to the 1st person to correctly guess the number of state cars parked in the ramp across from the TEA party Sat
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Ryan W. Frederick at 12:07pm July 5
Jon McAvoy at 12:08pm July 5
Matt Miller at 12:16pm July 5
100 - per http://www.rants.us/default.aspx?id=317
Christopher Rants at 12:22pm July 5
All answers are too low.... They stashed them on the top three floors were they were less likely to be seen - and I drove thru yesterday to count so I'd have up to date number.
Ryan W. Frederick at 12:23pm July 5
hmm...I'll try again... 135
Christopher Rants at 12:26pm July 5
Don McDowell at 12:36pm July 5
Rick Hunsaker at 12:43pm July 5
Darren Clayton at 12:44pm July 5
Christopher Rants at 12:49pm July 5
More than 135, but less than 192....
Rick Hunsaker at 12:54pm July 5
Ryan W. Frederick at 12:55pm July 5
Rick Hunsaker at 12:57pm July 5
Doriano Rossi at 12:59pm July 5
Jill J. Noordhoek at 1:02pm July 5
145....or to darn many!
Rick Hunsaker at 1:07pm July 5
Grace Rants at 1:15pm July 5
Steve Larson at 1:20pm July 5
Sarah Bowman at 1:23pm July 5
Michele Ryan at 1:25pm July 5
Rick Hunsaker at 1:29pm July 5
Christopher Rants at 1:33pm July 5
Steve Larson would be the winner! Shoot me a direct message with your address and size so I can send you the shirt.
Steve Larson at 1:55pm July 5
Woohoo! I won!
Bill Northey 25% of US cheese used on pizza. 1 xtra oz of cheese ea pizza would use 2.5b lbs/yr. Help dairy farmers - add some cheese to your pizza.
Kim Kreps Larson at 2:54pm July 5
How about adding some extra sausage, bacon, ham, etc. to that pizza too and helping out the pork producers??
Ryan W. Frederick at 2:55pm July 5
...anad some beef while you're at it.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Today, Fong's campaign sent me a message to clarify. A spokesman said Fong meant that he had filed the paperwork with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to raise money, not that he filed the paperwork to run for governor with the sec. of state.
There you go.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
What did we find out?
Jerry Behn--NOT NEARLY IN. Behn said he is out talking to people "checking support". He doesn't have a timetable, he said, to decide whether to run. He said he is "playing it by ear". Behn said he wants to see if he has support elsewhere in the state as he says he does in his home area of Boone.
Behn talked to us on the road in Waukee. Here is his full interview on "Purple Matters" on www.macsworldlive.com
What did we find out?
Christian Fong--ALL IN. He questioned other candidates who haven't said right away that they are running for governor. He wondered whether others are "still wondering" or "still curious" about how they would solve the state's problems. He is not, he says. Fong said he has already filed to run for governor. He said he mailed the forms. I'm a little confused by this. I checked with the Iowa Secretary of State's office. Communications Director Jarrett Schneider said a person can't file for governor this early. The person has to wait until next March when the filing begins, Schneider said. So he said even though a person could mail the forms, the office will not accept them this early before the deadline and will likely mail them back to Fong. Fong would then likely have to re-send them later.
Fong pointed out he is not "too young" to run at age 32. He said he graduated from high school at 16 and from college at 19. He added he has been married for more than a decade.
Fong talked to us from Cedar Rapids. Here is his full interview from "Purple Matters" on http://www.macsworldlive.com/
What did we find out?
Rod Roberts--About to file for exploratory committee. Roberts said he will file in the next two or three weeks. He knows he has a name recognition challenge, probably a big one. Roberts expects 4-8 candidates this summer from his party, but he expects that will drop to 3 or 4 by the fall.
Roberts talked to us from his home in Carroll. Here is his full interview on "Purple Matters" on http://www.macsworldlive.com/
What did we find out?
Bill Northey--Likely Will Run For ag secretary again, not governor. He said he really likes his current job and feels like he is starting to understand it and has more he wants to accomplish. He said he will decide on what to do this summer, possibly in the next month.
Northey talked to us on the road in Oskaloosa. Here is the full interview on "Purple Matters" on www.macsworldlive.com you can hear every week at 4pm central.
What did we find out?
Bob Vander Plaats--ALL IN, except for official announcement. Team VP doesn't look at this campaign (his third for governor) as a "third time is a charm". He said the other two runs showed he was right. VP said he will wait until the end of the summer or early fall to announce his run. The only thing that will stop him from running, he said, would be health problems in someone in his family.
He talked to us from Fort Dodge, where he just finished an interview with the Fort Dodge Messenger.
Here is the full interview on "Purple Matters" on www.macsworldlive.com
What did we find out?
Chris Rants--ALL IN, ALMOST. Rants is in the exploratory phase of the campaign. He has filed the papers to do raise money, etc. He said he will travel the state extensively in July and August and then said we should look for a possible announcement in the fall that he will run for governor.
Rants said he has informally polled Iowans about whether he should run as "Chris" or "Christopher". He said more people went with Chris. So he is running as Chris.
He denied reports that he has been talking with former West Des Moines Representative Libby Jacobs. Jacobs was recently laid off as Community Relations Director for the Principal Financial Group. Rants cited Cityview's "Civic Skinny" as the main source of the Rants/Jacobs talk. Although, a person who went along as part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership's annual trip to lobby the bigwigs in Washington, D.C. told me about it. Rants said it is too early to be thinking about a running mate and that it's like in baseball when you don't talk about a no-hitter before it's over.
Rants talked with us from his home in Sioux City. Listen to the full interview on "Purple Matters" from www.macsworldlive.com.
We'll scatter the interviews throughout the hour. Then, at the end of the hour, we'll talk with Radio Iowa's political guru/analyst/blogger/news director/reporter O. Kay Henderson about the race plus the financial situation of our state. Governor Chet Culver and State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald hold a news conference this afternoon at 3:30 to address growing concerns among critics the state ended the fiscal year (June 30th) short on cash. Of course, the state can't finish in debt according to the constitution.
I hope you'll join us at 4pm today!
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Statement from Patti Ralph-Neely
Yesterday’s events are bittersweet. While I am very thankful to be here today I lost the love of my life, my husband, Alan. I am very thankful for the outpouring of love shown by our friends and family as well as the community. Your concern and caring are uplifting.
I would like to express my thanks to the people who are part of the reason I am here, including the men operating the crane from Cramer and Associates— Joe Lowe and Jason Oglesbee— who was lowered into the river so I might could grab his hand and be rescued; the Des Moines Police and Fire water rescue team and paramedics who brought me out of the river and took me to Mercy. I’d also like to thank the doctors and caring staff in Mercy’s emergency department who cared for me during my medical time of need, and thank you to the people lined along the river bank— your shouts of encouragement to hang on and be strong were heard and appreciated more than you will know.
Now begins a time of healing. Our family asks for our privacy,` but know that all of you will be with us during this process as you were when I was in need.
The company already cut about 10% of workers last year and forced employees to take two weeks of furloughs this year. The "good news" in the announcement is a company official said it wouldn't ask for any more furloughs this year.
Register reporter, Daniel Finney, sent out a message on Facebook this afternoon wondering his fate. He got laid off last year and got rehired a few months later. Here's his message. Good luck, Daniel.
Here we go again. Job cut victim in January 2008, our man Finney was rehired in June that year. He's survived two job cuts (and two furloughs) since then. Can our hero make it three out of four? Tune in July 9 for the answer.
The mayor and city council appealed to Des Moines area Congressman Leonard Boswell for help. After the U.S. Postal Service refused to grant the request, Boswell found help in Congress. So starting today, Windsor Heights' 50324 becomes the most celebrated zip code since the long-side burned days of Brandon and Dillon on 90210 (you know there's a clip coming here, don't you?)
Tuesday night, Windsor Heights celebrated the new zip code with an after-hours party in the newly-renovated Colby Park.
Here's my tv story on the night.
And, yes, of course, for your viewing pleasure...bring on Hollywood! The original show open. Notice how long it is (insert her own Michael Scott joke here)
I figured I would attach the obligatory Stuart Smalley YouTube clip. Apparently, most have been removed. So this one is about the only one I could find.