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July 24th, 2011

Kevin’s Korner: Branstad’s Broken Promises, Straw Poll Silliness, and a Major News Flash

Good morrow and welcome to another riveting edition of the Kevin’s Korner…  I’m writing while listening to K-Billy’s “Super Sounds of the 70s”.  Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck on the not-too-far right with you

A big hello to the good folks at the DM Register (aka Democrat Daily).  How do I know you’re reading?  Twice this week, you used direct quotes from last week’s Kevin’s Korner in your articles.  Both were about “The Abortion QueenChristie Vilsack and her recent “I’m Not Answering Any Questions Tour”…  Of course, you attributed it to “some Republicans” instead of the actual source (moi)…  On the bright side, at least you weren’t taking straight dictation from the IDP, which is common practice for some of the “journalists” over there…

There is at least one presidential campaign still whining that Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman were allowed on the Ames Straw Poll ballot.  Their complaints are asinine.  Romney wants no part of the Straw Poll, Gingrich has minimal support in Iowa and Huntsman has none.  If you can’t beat them, you shouldn’t be running…

Commie Tommy Harkin is back in trouble for underhanded staff dealings.  This time, alleged witness tampering… Can’t wait for the Commie Tommy Center to open at ISU.  Just think about all the great things the college kids can learn about… How to demagogue every single issue… How to get filthy rich without really working …. How to claim you live in Iowa from your Bahamas address… How to return favors to your donors by screwing over the taxpayers

Facebook Post of the Week comes from Bill Hunt:  “I was going to complain about how HOT it is… then I realized that at least: 1) it isn’t 115 degrees, 2) I’m not 5,700 miles from home, 3) I’m not dressed in a full BDU uniform and helmet and carrying 70+ lbs., and 4) there is very little chance that anyone will shoot at me or that I might drive over a bomb in the road today! Thanks to all who are serving and have served in our military!” … Amen, Bill.

As we patiently wait for those 200,000 new jobs to roll in, or for that matter, any new jobs to roll in, Governor Branstad is breaking other campaign pledges…  Last year, he and Brenna Findley both criticized the Big Debt Chet for charging fees for the review of documents requested through Iowa’s Open Records LawNow, the Branstad administration is doing the exact same thing, at a higher cost…   Governor, a lot of good people spent a huge amount lot of time and effort to get you elected.  This is not what they worked for.

While watching Tim Pawlenty speak in Marshalltown last week, I felt like I could have been at an insurance seminar.  T-Paw seems like a decent guy and I might let him sell me some home & auto coverage, but I just don’t picture him running our country … Pawlenty’s record, for the most part, ain’t bad, but Americans want their President to be extraordinary.  He’s just too plain.

Finally, a Major News Flash… Did you know Michele Bachmann grew up in Iowa?  …  Honestly, I start to get a migraine every time I hear that.  I think we got the point after the 1,537th time you mentioned it, Congresswoman…  BTW, the migraines are a non-issue and political hit job from a cowardly anonymous source.  If you don’t have the testicular fortitude to say who you are, shut your piehole.

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Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor’s office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad’s 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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