Saturday, April 30, 2011
Here's the video of the dinner with the prez behind the mic. Watch the Donald's reactions and tell me if you think he was having fun. I didn't see many smiles.
Do you know who he is?
Here's the full interview.
Update: Huckabee is denying reports that he's already bailed on another presidential run. However, the article points out strong skepticism from Fox News that Huckabee will run.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
ITR had been especially critical of Governor Terry Branstad, particularly his plans to raise casino taxes. Here's a link to the group's radio ad complaining about the governor's plan. Failor was also critical of the governor when I had him on WHO radio last month.
The last few months must have been especially difficult for the governor's son as ITR kept ripping on his dad, don't you think?
Monday, April 25, 2011
Here we go:
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour won't run for president. I can't say this one surprises me after talking to him when he came to Des Moines in March. Sure, he met with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a must-stop for potential Republican presidential candidates. And he's been traveling to other early-voting states like South Carolina and Nevada. But it's this statement in Branstad's office back then that had me wondering ever since. Barbour said, "I’m 63 years old and this is a 10-year commitment if you run and get elected, you’re committing yourself for re-election and so you’ve got to be prepared for a 10-year commitment and that’s the majority of the rest of my productive life.” (Thanks to the New York Times' Jeff Zeleny for the quote in his article on the visit). The quote struck me as odd for a person who would really decide to run for president. Barbour hadn't really assembled much of an Iowa team either. Matt Gronewald worked for Barbour's Political Action Committee the past 2 weeks, but he was the only Iowan on board. Must be quite a suprise for him, since, according to the Politico's Jonathan Martin, Barbour had already planned an announcement tour, which included a trip to Iowa. Things that make you go hmmm....
Ron Paul Revolution: Paul's fanatics used to yell, "Ron Paul. Revolution!", when he ran 4 years ago. Now it sounds like the revolution returns. Paul is coming to Des Moines Tuesday afternoon to "make an important announcement". Sounds like it's time for the presidential exploratory committee. This would also mean Paul's son, Rand, the freshman U.S. Senator from Kentucky, won't run. The junior Paul told me last month during his visit to Iowa he wouldn't run if his dad did.
On TV: The College Republican National Committee is out with a new ad targeting President Barack Obama, specifically the country's nearly $15 trillion debt. It features one former Iowan, Meghan Swella. Swella is a former student at Central College in Pella, who later became Dave Funk's spokesperson during his failed bid to win the party's nomination in the 3rd Congressional District. Here's the ad:
It seems like using the word, "winning", can be something your critics can use against you. This ad does it against the president and do we even need to bring up how Charlie Sheen's tirades have damaged "winning" for the foreseeable future?
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Here are a few details from the DOD:
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. James, A. Justice, 32, of Grimes, Iowa died April 23 at Kapisa province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Le Mars, Iowa.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Date/Time: 04-17-11 Crime/Incident: Burglary and Theft Investigative Dept. /Officer: Chief Deputy Rob Haley Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Dan McNeil with Union County Sheriff’s Office.
What Happened: The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County Sheriff’s Office has had approx. 50 guns stolen from rural residences in their counties. Ringgold County has had approx. 20 guns stolen in the last 5 days and Union County has had approx. 30 guns stolen in the last 3 weeks. We believe most of thefts are occurring during the day time hours. Person or persons involved are believed to be taking firearms only. We are asking that if anyone has seen anything suspicious or different vehicles in their area to contact the Ringgold County and Union County Sheriff’s Offices.
The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 641-464-3921 and the Union County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 1-800-252-3520.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
With his deep experience in fields such as renewable energy and infrastructure, Culver formed The Chet Culver Group to work with individuals and public and private sector entities to provide strategic consulting, cut through red tape and promote cutting-edge ideas that will move the country forward.Speaking Of...: Culver's running mate made it as one of the three finalists for the executive director position for the (I think we are required to insert the word, "embattled", "troubled" or "scandal-ridden") Iowa Association of School Boards. But she didn't get the job. Judge, like Culver, has started her own consulting business. It's called PJJ solutions. What is this one about? From the website:
Both sites are new. Both might need a little more editing (much like my blog usually does:). Here's a line from Culver's site:
Remember that, PJJ solutions knows that it is possible to acheive real, positive change through careful planning and implementation. Our pledge to our clients is respect and hard work until, together, we accomplish a positive outcome.
While balancing three budgets, he increased the minimum wage, brought teacher salaries and expanded health care for uninsured Iowa children.I assume it is trying to say something about that he "brought teacher salaries to the national average" or something close to that. And you may have noticed the line above I used from Judge's site doesn't spell "achieve" correctly. But you will also find something apparently missing from the left column on her wbiste. It lists the links you can use to navigate your way through the site. One is called "blank page". When you click it, yes, you get to a blank page.