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September 23rd, 2012
 

Kevin’s Korner: Vilsack Donates to King, Loebsack Lunacy and Voter Fraud Still Doesn’t Exist

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.

Did Christie Vilsack’s campaign actually make a cash donation to Steve King’s campaign last week? Indeed, they did … Vilsack sent intern Eleanor West to Sioux City to do some snooping at the congressman’s annual “Defenders of Freedom” event on Thursday, which was headlined by NJ Governor Chris Christie … West signed in and paid $100 cash to get into the event …

Normally, I would never out a tracker, but trackers don’t usually donate money to rival campaigns. Since this was a private fundraiser, the Vilsack Attack Machine knew their usual tracker would be denied entrance. So they hoped their intern would be more clandestine. She wasn’t …

That might be because the Vilsack Attack Machine apparently thinks all Republican women dress like Laura Ingalls. Or Eleanor West was auditioning for a stage production of “Little House on the Prairie” later in the day …

 

So, how will the Vilsack Attack Machine report this campaign contribution to Steve King on their next FEC filing? Those are due very soon … We know the truth, which they won’t tell. Along with the $100 donation, Vilsack will need to reimburse West for mileage from Ames to Sioux City … Who wants to bet they claim the whole thing as “travel expenses”?

Democrats like Mrs. Vilsack are still desperately clinging to the “there is no such thing as voter fraud” meme, even after three Iowa residents were busted for it last week … Meanwhile, the Columbus Dispatch reports more than one out every five registered voters in Ohio is ineligible to vote … Yes, really … In one of the most important swing states in the country …

But voter fraud doesn’t exist … Just keep repeating that lie, Dems. This is just the tip of the iceberg and you look dumber every time you say it, which is quite the accomplishment … Now, why is an entire political party opposed to making sure people are following the law? Hmmm…

Want to help stop voter fraud? Join Dave Funk’s efforts and become a poll watcher this November. Funk has taken a leave from his business through the election to work full time recruiting poll watchers across all 99 of Iowa’s counties. You can sign up by clicking here, or call 515-451-0734 for more info.

RPI conducted a very interesting state central committee meeting on Saturday … We have a new 4th District elector … Sorry, I mean candidate for electorLanny Hustedt says he is 100% behind Mitt Romney … He replaces Melinda Wadsley, who is at least 90% Paulistinian

There was also a fascinating and lengthy discussion about the overabundance of Ron Paul backers put in charge of the RPI. Chairman Striker continued the practice of hiring/appointing only Paulites, as he named Drew Ivers, Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign chair, the new Iowa GOP state finance chair … 10 SCC members rubberstamped the appointment. Five opposed …

Ivers said his goal is to go after the “major donors”. The problem is the major donors in Iowa are not donating to RPI largely because of Ivers and his Paulite cohorts …. SCC members Tamara Scott, Tim Moran, Jamie Johnson and David Chung tried, in vain, to point that out during the meeting …

RPI also decided to donate a total of $70,000 to Iowa house and senate candidates. Each senate candidate will receive a $1,000 donation. Each house candidate will receive $500 … I share some of the same concerns that Steve Scheffler voiced in the meeting. There are some candidates that simply have no chance of winning and this money would be better spent on the dozen or so races that will decide the majority in the Iowa Senate and making sure we keep a sizable house majority …

Of course, we must remember, the Paulistinians recruited several likeminded candidates to run this year. Very few of them will win, but now RPI can assist these futile efforts.

Things are not getting any easier for another Paulite, Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson … On top of a lawsuit, there is now a criminal complaint that accuses Sorenson of stealing a homeschoolers list off Barb Heki’s computer while Sorenson was running Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign …

Sorenson’s attorney Ted Sporer says his client “absolutely did not” take the list … Heki has witnesses that say he did take the list and Heki says that even Congresswoman Bachmann told her a month after the incident that Sorenson did it … Stay tuned. This one will get interesting.

We knew Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack was lazy and ineffective, but his latest move shows signs of insanity and senility … Loebsack’s campaign put out a commercial that attacks John Deere, one of the top job providers and most popular companies in his district and in the entire state of Iowa …

It’s no wonder that Loebsack’s campaign website has a page titled “Working for Iowa” that is empty, except for the words “Coming soon” … Loebsack also proved he’s a huge hypocrite, because he pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign donations from John Deere PAC over the past four years …

At long last, Mitt Romney released his 2011 tax returns. They show that the Romneys paid a 14.1% tax rate and donated 30% of their income to charity … As for Harry Reid’s ridiculous claim that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years, well, just like everything else that comes out of Reid’s mouth, that was a complete crock …

From 1990-2009, the Romneys gave 13.45% of their income to charity and the total federal and state taxes owed plus the total charitable donations deducted represented 38.49% of total adjusted gross income … How much did Harry Reid pay in taxes and donate to charity? We don’t know. He refuses to tell us.

The Des Moines Register must be getting really desperate to boost President Obama’s hopes in Iowa … Last Sunday, they produced a lengthy editorial that claimed “the stimulus worked” …

To back up this claim, they cited NY Times columnist Paul Krugman and the Iowa Policy Project … Of course, they failed to mention that Krugman and IPP are even more liberal than the Register’s editorial board … Yes, that is possible … There’s also no mention of the 15% of Americans who are still without work, three years after this so-called success.

The Register’s editors should take a long, close look at the grilling President Obama received from the folks at the Spanish-speaking Univision network last week … While the mainstream media has refused to vet Obama for the past six years, the Univision anchors asked a series of tough, but fair questions …

They grilled him on Fast & Furious, which Obama lied about again, asked him why the Libyan consulate was not better protected on the 9/11 anniversary, and even got him to claim Washington, D.C. can’t be changed from the inside, despite his promises from four years ago … Kudos to Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas for showing the English-speaking media how to conduct an interview.

Why was the Obama administration so adamant that the coordinated terrorist attack in Libya was not a coordinated terrorist attack? Why the cover-up? What happened to the “most open administration ever”?

Want a great deal on books, CDs and videos while also helping a great cause? The Iowa Right to Life book sale is the place to go. It runs this Wednesday through Saturday in West Des Moines.

Finally, the Hawkeye Nation is in full meltdown mode after yesterday’s loss to Central Michigan. I don’t blame them. They lost to a team called the Chippewas … That sounds like a TV show on NickJr, not a football team … I think the Chippewas come on right after Wonderpets

That was probably the worst loss of the Kirk Ferentz era. The Hawks absolutely choked … Getting called for a 15-yard personal foul penalty when you’re up 2 with 40 seconds left and the other team has the ball? That is a clear sign of an undisciplined team, and frankly, a poorly coached, football team … It’s too soon to talk about firing Ferentz, and Iowa cannot afford to even if they wanted to, but that loss was about as bad as it gets. Or is it?

That’s all for this week. Thanks for dropping by. When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


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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 TheIowaRepublican.com.




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