Thursday, December 29, 2011
Women from the Occupy DSM movement protested Thursday morning at Ron Paul's campaign headquarters in Ankeny. Police arrested five protestors after they refused to move to the property's sidewalk.
- Deb Belt
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Five people from the Occupy DSM and Occupy Iowa Caucuses movement were arrested at Ron Paul's campaign headquarters in Ankeny Thursday morning. Members filmed the protests and arrests on a live video stream; check out a replay of the event on the Occupy DSM website: http://www.livestream.com/occupydsm. A man who says he is an Ankeny resident, Clark Davidson, and a precinct campaign for Paul was among those arrested for trespassing. The women chanted: "We need clean water" and "Don't dismantle the EPA." A news release from the Occupy DSM group says the women occupiers object to Paul's views on abortion rights, his plan to cut the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Education. On the video, one of the women informs …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
At least two candidates have hired local tea party leaders to reach out to their fellow conservative activists.
With just two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, GOP presidential campaigns have stepped up efforts to snatch the still-divided Tea Party vote, hiring key Tea Party activists to lure support from local chapters. The move has at least one local Tea Party organizer miffed, but others say the hirings are a smart move. "I know that if you’re trying to win a campaign, you have to do everything you can do to win," said Cedar Valley Tea Party organizer Judd Saul, who recently endorsed Rick Santorum. "But it feels like another attempted hijacking of the Tea Party." Saul has watched as Tea Party leaders in early voting states have been scooped up by candidates, especially Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann. Charlie Gruschow, also referred to as "Tea …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Cedar Valley tea party met Tuesday night to cast their ballots.
Ron Paul emerged as the clear winner in the Cedar Valley Tea Party Presidential Straw Poll on Tuesday evening. The event drew 60 participants, and of that Paul took 37 votes. Rick Santorum trailed behind with nine votes and Newt Gingrich with five. Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman got three votes each. Mitt Romney got two and Rick Perry had just one. "I think I was an unknowing member of the tea party before it was a movement," said Greg Radke, of Waterloo, who spoke for Paul's campaign. "Ron Paul epitomizes the three principles of the tea party: constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility and free markets." Are you a tea party member? Who will you be voting for? Tell us in the comments section below. Judd Saul, a local tea party …
The Cedar Valley Tea Party will hold a straw poll tonight at the Pipac Center.
The Cedar Valley Tea Party will host its first Presidential Straw Poll tonight, and just like in the actual caucus, it's anybody's guess who will win. Organizer Judd Saul said local Tea Party members are divided on who to support. Among regular attendees of monthly group meetings, there are a few Michele Bachmann supporters, some are in favor of Rick Santorum, others prefer Ron Paul, and a few like Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, he said. "It's probably an even keel, with a little more in Ron Paul's favor," he said. Saul said the Cedar Valley group will not endorse any candidate; they just want to have the straw poll, "To get people to participate, have fun and partake in politics," he said. Are you a Tea Party member? Who will you be …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The latest allegation of infidelity has created even more doubt behind a candidate who has stumbled after a brief lead in the polls.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
By Hannah Hess Iowapolitics.com Iowa tea partiers are beginning to doubt Herman Cain. "His lawyer put the guilty stamp on Herman Cain's forehead," said Cedar Falls tea party activist Judd Saul, referring to attorney Linn Wood's response to allegations of Cain being in an extramarital affair. On Monday night, Georgia businesswoman Ginger White told FOX TV 5 in Atlanta that she had a 13-year affair with the Republican presidential candidate. In response, Wood said in a statement that the sex life of Cain, who has been married for more than 43 years, is "not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public." The campaign's response to White's claims "makes me very hesitant to vote for Herman," Saul told IowaPolitics.com. Cain also …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
It is hard to predict the effect Tea Party voters will have on the Iowa Republican Caucus race. They don't seem interested in backing any single candidate, at least not yet.
Can the Tea Party be a fly in Mitt Romney's ointment and play a surprise king (or queen) maker in the upcoming Iowa caucuses? After talking with Tea Party functionaries across Iowa, Patch couldn't find evidence that they will be able to, or are interested in, shifting resources behind one candidate. In fact, there is no evidence of any centralized organization, and no apparent desire for one. At this point in the race, Tea Party members and other far-right conservatives are content with pushing issues rather than candidates. Currently, they seem to be drifting toward Herman Cain, but that could easily shift again before January. Since the race began, they have been looking for the not-Mitt Romney candidate, moving on from flirtations with…
Saturday, September 3, 2011
About 1,500 Brave Rain in Iowa to See Palin
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrived in Iowa, surprised her supporters at dinner, flirted with saying yes and even got wet with them, but at the end of the evening she declined to go all the way. Declining to announce any plans for a presidential run, Palin instead took the stage at a soggy Tea Party rally in Indianola and bashed the president, big business and even members of her own party for their inaction. As about 1,500 people listened on a grassy field muddied by pouring rain before Palin spoke, she warned that fighting for what's right can be tough. "The road ahead is not easy," Palin said as American flags whipped in the wind and a gaggle of television cameras recorded her words. "You'll be demonized," she warned. "They'll make …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Ken Crow says with all the back-and-forth between the Tea Party and Palin staffers, he would 'rather have root canal.'
Ken Crow is upset. Crow, the founder of Iowa's Tea Party of America, said his well-intentioned efforts to plan an event that would "make a difference," have instead sullied his opinion of the politicians and the people that work for them. "Dealing with politicians is like trying to herd cats," he said Wednesday. "I can honestly say I would rather have root canal than to have to deal with all of this today." Crow and Tea Party co-founder Charlie Gruschow have been working some 18-hour days for two months to put on the Restoring America event scheduled to take place in Indianola this Saturday. Having keynote speaker Sarah Palin put her appearance "on hold" is frustrating. Palin's staff "unconfirmed" her appearance Saturday. He said they …