Sarah Bowman, a social conservative and Rick Santorum supporter from Waukee, takes viewers, and her undecided husband Dave, on a journey to the Iowa Caucus. Bowman spoke on behalf of Santorum, who finished a close second to Mitt Romney, Tuesday night in I
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Police arrested protesters at the Democratic party headquarters in Des Moines and Ron Paul Iowa campaign headquarters in Ankeny on Thursday.
By: Tyler Kingkade for Patch Police arrested 17 Occupy protesters, including a child, at the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters and Ron Paul's presidential campaign office on Thursday in an on-going week of demonstrations around the Iowa caucuses. A dozen of the approximately 50 protesters demonstrating at the IDP headquarters at 5661 Fleur Drive were arrested for trespassing on Thursday afternoon. One of them was a 14-year old student at Callanan Middle School, Frankie Hughes. Frankie said she's been arrested three times before at protests, including on Oct. 9 when Occupy Des Moines first set up an encampment at the statehouse grounds. Police allowed her father to come get her and drive her to the juvenile detention center. "I'm actually …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Cheers and bright happy smiling faces greeted Mitt Romney on a rare campaign stop to Iowa.
If anyone at Mitt Romney's event Tuesday night resented the fact that the former Massachusetts governor has not spent much time in Iowa up to this point, they did a good job of hiding it. The presidential candidate gave a speech and held a brief question and answer session in front of about 300 people on the factory floor of Centro Inc., a plastic mould manufacturer surrounded by housing developments in the quickly growing bedroom community of North Liberty. There, Romney emphasized his desire to strengthen the American economy using free market principles rather than the "European" style entitlement society that he said President Barack Obama desires. "The government doesn't create jobs, the American people create jobs," Romney said to …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thomas McMullin of Minburn may only be 18 years old, but that voter registration card is burning a hole in his wallet as he gets set to pick a presidential candidate in the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucuses.
Thomas McMullin is, in most ways, like other high school seniors. McMullin, 18, of Minburn, plays football for the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School Tigers, he's a statistician for the basketball team, an active volunteer and is a faithful church-goer. But, he's adding two other titles to his resume: caucus-goer and registered voter. McMullin says his educators and his family have been integral in helping him understand the things at stake in the country and why his participation in the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucuses are so important. "I know how government is run and how everything works with the different laws. I know that what they try to do is make the country better," McMullin said. "It matters to me and I know not everyone is in that position. "…
Friday, December 9, 2011
The youth still have energy, and this time, it's all for Paul.
Ron Paul called, and the students answered. More than 700 community members, mostly students, turned out to hear Paul speak tonight at the University of Northern Iowa Common's Slife Ballroom. Every chair in the room was claimed 30 minutes before the candidate was scheduled to appear. Students stood along the walls and crowded into the back of the room. At least 50 couldn't fit into the ballroom and sat in the hallway outside, just listening to the Republican presidential hopeful's words. As the Texas Congressman entered - late, because organizers said they wanted to wait for the fire marshall's approval of the over-stuffed room - the crowd rose to its feet with a roar of applause and cheers. "It looks to me like the revolution has arrived…
The candidate attended an education forum hosted by UNI and Iowa Public Radio.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he is concerned about legalized gay marriage spilling over into lessons in the classroom, during a campaign stop in Cedar Falls, IA on Friday. The former senator from Pennsylvania said when same sex marriages were legally accepted - Iowa legalized gay marriage in 2009 - gay relationships would also be taught about in schools in ways parents against homosexuality wouldn't want their children exposed to. It could be when students read about their families or when health classes talked about sexuality, he said. "One of the impacts of same sex marriage is the normalization and inoculation of normalization of same-sex values," he said. Santorum addressed a crowd of more than 100, mostly …
Friday, December 2, 2011
The voter base that gave Huckabee an Iowa victory in 2008 is considering whether electability trumps values.
In the past, Newt Gingrich was not always the most pro-life of politicians. He has stated he wouldn't ban abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk, and he has also supported providing federal money for embryonic stem cell research. And even without the abortion question, Gingrich is not your typical family-man candidate for evangelicals, with his history of mulitple marriages and affairs. What means more to you, values or electability? Tell us in the comments section below. But Gingrich has been reaching out to the Christian right. He attended a Family Values forum and remains in play as one of four viable candidates being considered for enorsement by The Family Leader, a prominent Iowa Christian group…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The candidate spoke as part of UNI's Presidential Candidate Education Forums, "Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in Education Today."
Get the federal government out of education. That's what Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told a crowd of mostly college students at the University of Northern Iowa today. "We have the value in Iowa," she said. "We don't need the federal department of education." Bachmann spoke for more than 30 minutes before taking questions from the audience of over 300, which nearly filled Bengtson Auditorium on campus. In answers to numerous audience questions, many of which focused on funding cuts to programs including early education and music programs, Bachmann repeatedly stressed her opinion that states and local communities should be making decisions on how their schools are run - and they should be funding their own schools as …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Bachmann critiqued the current tax code and President Barack Obama while visiting an agriculture manufacturing plant today in Iowa.
By Hannah Hess IowaPolitics.com SHEFFIELD — When it comes to federal tax reform, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she wants put the Internal Revenue Service in the back seat while she drives in change. “The current (federal) tax code is 3.8 million words — it’s a mess — and its’ one big bundle of job-killing, special-interest rules and regulations. That’s all it is, and we can simplify that system,” Bachmann, a former federal tax attorney, said Monday as she outlined her plan to spur economic growth. “I would like to be able to lead the debate on changing our tax code.” Bachmann spoke Monday before a crowd of 50 employees at Sukup Manufacturing Co., an agricultural equipment producer here, on the first stop of a two-day tour of …