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April 22nd, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Branstad’s Choice, Convention Thoughts, and Dems Eat Dogs

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Come on in. The water’s warm.

I am disappointed in Governor Branstad. I gave up 10 months of my life to help Branstad get elected to a fifth term, because I believed in him. The Iowa Legislature made it clear in 2011: No taxpayer dollars for abortions other than in the cases of rape, incest or life of the murder. Yet Iowans still paid for seven for “fetal anomaly” abortions this fiscal year. Branstad knows about the problem. He has chosen not to address it. That is inexcusable.

We shouldn’t be paying for any abortions, but especially after the legislature passed this rule. Kudos to the Iowa House for voting to strip all state funding for abortions. Kudos also to the 24 Republicans in the Iowa Senate and Joe Seng, the lone Dem, for voting to the do the same.

Congratulations to the newly elected, and reelected, members of the State Central Committee. I hope you always realize the duties of the job and abide by them. That means, getting Republicans elected. Period. That is your task …

The new SCC members need to break away from the mold set by some of their predecessors. Put your own personal agendas aside. Represent all the Republicans in your district. Not just a vocal minority. You are not there to advocate for any specific candidate, or for your own platform ideals, despite what those who recruited you might have said …

The Paulbots’ objections to TIR producing a voter guide for the SCC elections were hilarious. I was accused of “slanted” questions and writing a biased article … One big problem with that: I asked every candidate the exact same questions and not once in the article did I offer my opinion. There was no slant, except inside some warped, conspiratorial, cult-like minds … The sole purpose of the voter guide was to inform voters. I know that having an informed electorate is a crazy idea for some folks … You sounded like whiny Dems.

Did former Dem operative and convicted identity thief Zach Edwards become a Paulbot? One of them posed as NBC producer Anthony Terrell in the TIR comments section, in an effort to try to discredit the voter guide. This pathetic attempt was quickly exposed. Anthony, who I consider a friend, spent months following Paul to every campaign event in Iowa and beyond. He laughed at the Bot’s idiocy.

The Paulbot crashers at the Polk GOP convention stayed home this time, thankfully, and things went fairly smoothly… IMO, the highlight of the Third District convention was the presentation by the Junior Delegates. The young man who spoke on their behalf was one of the best speakers of the entire day. He’s definitely got a future in politics …

And they provided what I believe was the best addition to the platform I’ve heard this year: Banning Michelle Obama’sHealthy Kids” food regulations … The junior delegates nailed it. Michelle’s O’s forced food frenzy goes against their freedom and sovereignty … Money … The lowlight of the convention was doing three recounts on a rule change vote so David Fischer could get the outcome he wanted. He still did not.

The RPI’s three top ranking officers managed to make national news this week. During an RNC gathering in Arizona on Friday, Chairman A.J. Spiker, National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and National Committeewoman Kim Lehman got into a rumble with Romney staffers after refusing to sign a pledge to support Romney at the national convention in exchange for getting their pictures taken with him. CNN reports the dispute became “heated” …

Scheffler told me Saturday that the story was way overblown … All three have vowed to support the eventual nominee. The issue is, will they support Romney at the RNC convention on their first ballot? None of them did during the Iowa Caucus

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Newt Gingrich still thinks he has a shot at the GOP nomination. And he’s still receiving Secret Service protection, at a cost of $38,000 a day to taxpayers. Hopefully, the prostitutes are not included in that price. Thanks, Newt. It’s bad enough that you’re irresponsible with your own money. Now, you’re wasting mine. Not appreciated.

One month ago here on the Korner, I cracked a joke about Barack Obama’s family eating dogs. Who knew it was the truth? Obama admitted it in his book … I’m curious about what type of dog he ate. Yo quiero Chihuahua? … Is Great Dane on the menu at the next state dinner?

Are White House officials involved in the Secret Service prostitute scandal? That’s what Iowa’s only good U.S. Senator, Chuck Grassley, wants to know. 12 Secret Services agents have been implicated in the Columbia incidents. Six have been dismissed. 11 military members have also been implicated. Anyone wanna bet on whether or not that Bill Clinton is involved.

The Iowa-based Tea Party of America learned the hard way that Herman Cain’s 15 minutes of fame expired about four months ago. TPoA helped organize a rally at the U.S. Capitol grounds, with Cain as the headliner. They were expecting thousands of people to show up. They got around 200. And some embarrassing media coverage.

Jon “Bones” Jones proved again that he is the best fighter on the planet. Bones dismantled his former sparring Rashad Evans on Saturday. Jones is an amazing athlete and a lot of fun to watch. The former Iowa Central CC grappler is on his way to becoming the greatest MMA fighter of all-time. And he’s only 24 years old.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for stopping by. Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

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About the Author

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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