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January 13th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Dems California Dreamin’, Rand’s New Brand and Bachmann’s Bills

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

In Brad Anderson’s case, SOS doesn’t stand for Secretary of State. The former Obama staffer’s campaign is already sending out distress signals … It’s bad enough that he’s a partisan hack who worked closely with supervised convicted identity thief Zach Edwards … Even liberal blogger Des Moines Dem isn’t giving Anderson much of a chance against current SoS Matt Schultz

It gets worse. Anderson wants to be in charge of all elections in Iowa, but the default state on his campaign website is…California? Yes, really …

I think they should leave it as is. California makes a lot of sense for Anderson’s campaign … Just like his ultra-liberal pal Christie Vilsack, most of Anderson’s funding will come from out-of-state libs like Nancy Pelosi … I wonder what Brad Anderson’s campaign theme song will be. Might I suggest “California Uber Alles” by the Dead Kennedys? Very apropos.

Want proof Rand Paul is running for president in 2016? It’s not just that he’s trying to shed the anti-Israel image many felt his father held. It’s also who he visited Israel with last week …

The trip was arranged by the American Family Association and included 53 prominent evangelicals and conservative activists. Among them: RPI Chairman A.J. Spiker, Iowa National Committeewoman Tamara Scott and Pastor Brad Sherman, who played a key role in Mike Huckabee’s 2008 Iowa campaign  … South Carolina’s GOP Chairman Chad Connelly was also on the trip …

How strong a candidate would Rand Paul be? Potentially, very … He’s a much smarter politician, and much less crazy, then his famous father. Rand had the foresight to endorse Mitt Romney. While that decision might alienate a few Paulistinians, it will help give him much wider mainstream appeal, which he will need in order to win the 2016 Iowa Caucus

Michele Bachmann continues to illustrate the dangers of running for president when you’re not prepared for it. Her former campaign staffer Peter Waldron issued a press release last week claiming Bachmann is still refusing to pay five Iowa staffers unless they sign non-disclosure agreements … A smartly run campaign would have required non-disclosure and non-compete agreements to be signed prior to employment, not a year after the job ended …

Why is Bachmann allegedly insisting on these agreements? Well, she and several former aides are being sued by former Iowa staffer Barb Heki because of the infamous “stolen homeschooler list”. Heki claims State Senator Kent Sorenson stole the list off her computer and Bachmann later found out about it, but let Heki take the fall … The case is plodding along in the Iowa court system.

My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me RPI State Central Committee members began travelling around their district and attending county GOP meetings in the past week. Good for them. It’s about time … I mentioned a couple weeks ago that activists were grumbling about this. Nice to see some members respond … I also hear at least one member of the Ron Paul contingent got an earful in western Iowa … Such are the hazards of your profession.

While Ron Paul’s favorite radio host, conspiracy kook Alex Jones, did a good job laying the smack down on Piers Morgan, the Brit twit truly got taken to school by Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com … Using things like logic and those pesky little things called facts, Shapiro totally dismantled the anti-U.S. Constitution, anti-Bible, tabloid journalist.

Piers Morgan is not an American citizen, so I can kind of forgive his anti-Second Amendment stance. What’s Dan Muhlbauer’s excuse? … Retroactive gun-grabbing? Child please

The Iowa Legislature convenes this week. What’s likely to happen? A whole lotta nothing. Much to Rep. Muhlbauer’s dismay, there’s no way a gun-grabbing bill like the kind he advocated for will pass …

Despite what the new Miss America says, I firmly believe having armed police officers in every school is the best answer to school safety. Sadly, I don’t see that happening either … The most significant legislation I foresee getting through this year will be commercial property tax reform. Both sides are calling for it. Now they need to come together and do it, while making sure local communities aren’t stuck footing the bill …

I also think there’s a good chance that some form of Katie’s Law will pass. It failed to gain much support the past two years, but with the murderer(s) of the Evansdale girls still on the loose, this case is a prime example of the need to give law enforcement more tools. Collecting DNA samples from more criminals will save lives. It’s expensive, but how much is a life worth?

I hope every Iowa pro-lifer participates in the Midwest March for Life this Saturday. It starts at 11 am at the State Capitol and goes to the Iowa Supreme Court building … A yearly event in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the dreadful Roe v. Wade decision, the March for Life is now coming to Iowa on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling …

The annual D.C. March for Life takes place January 25, and is expected to surpass the record 400,000 that participated two years ago. The crowd size might even rival Obama’s inauguration celebration … That would make quite a statement.

Speaking of life, the Alabama Supreme Court made a landmark decision last week, ruling that unborn children deserve protection under the law. I know. Crazy, right?  … The ruling stems from two cases where mothers exposed their children to illicit drugs while in the womb. Both women were convicted of chemically endangering their child and the Alabama Supreme Court upheld those convictions … Yes, really. An American court ruled in favor of protecting all life. Miracles never cease …

How did the local liberal media react to the decision? Exactly as you would expect …

The Montgomery Advertiser, owned by Gannett, the same company that owns the liberal Des Moines Register, seemingly told readers the decision was “strange” … The paper will surely claim they were simply quoting Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange in the headline, as they did in the article … Either way, it’s shoddy journalism. Was this a mistake? Or was someone at the paper showing his true feelings? We know liberals find it “strange” that some people believe in protecting the unborn.

The Death Star PR team has been in meltdown mode, justifiably, since the Obama White House announced they still are not listening to us, the American citizens. Despite overwhelming support for the idea, our government is refusing to build a Death Star … In case you’re not a geek (doubtful) and have no idea what I’m talking about, the White House has promised to answer any petition on its website that receives more than 25,000 signatures. 35,000 people asked them to build a Death Star …

All of the sudden, Obama is becoming frugal with taxpayer money. Go figure … His main excuse: the $852,000,000,000,000,000 price tag was a tad too high … That is a flimsy excuse. Imagine the jobs this project would create. Plus, it would ensure our safety from those pesky asteroids and meteors. If they wiped out the dinosaurs, they could get us too … I’m done with this president. He doesn’t care about our national security. Obama has failed me for the final time.

Republican activist Don McDowell made national news last week due to his fondness of political memorabilia … The National Journal reported on Monday that a 300-lb., steel, Iowa-shaped Mitt Romney sign that was used in campaign events and commercials was available for free to anyone who had the equipment and manpower to haul it from an Urbandale office …

McDowell accepted the challenge on Friday, with the help of fellow GOP activists Mark Vanderohe and Andy Swanson, as well as his Democrat brother, who amazingly has not been disowned: “I am a collector of all kinds of political memorabilia of both parties and I plan to add this impressive item to my personal collection. For now, it is being stored in a garage at my residence.” …

Winding up in Don’s garage is a better fate than this Romney sign from a Clive residence received:

Finally, is Tim Tebow getting blackballed by the NFL? It certainly seems that way. The guy led the Denver Broncos to several remarkable, come-from-behind victories, a bid to the playoffs and a first-round, overtime victory over the Steelers in 2012. Then they trade him to the Jets after signing Peyton Manning … Despite an abysmal year from Jets’ starting QB Mark Sanchez, including the infamous “butt fumble”, Tebow never gets a real chance, even after Sanchez gets injured … Late in the season, apparently false rumors leaked about the devout Christian “quitting” on his team …

Then, word gets out that the Jets will release Tebow in the offseason and the quarterback-hungry Jacksonville Jaguars will likely sign him … Now, the Jaguars are saying they have no interest … What exactly is going on here? Yes, Tebow has an unorthodox throwing style. But in the only real test that matters – the games – he has succeeded a lot more than he has failed. That’s more than a lot of current NFL starting QBs can say … Tim Tebow also did something for the Broncos that Peyton Manning has yet to do. He won a playoff game … Someone should give Tebow a another chance to play.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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 TheIowaRepublican.com.




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