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April 7th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: Hate Groups, Gingers in Government and Barack’s Brick House

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. If you hoot with the owls at night, you cannot soar with the eagles at dawn-Morgan Wootten

The searches are heating up. With just 576 days until Election Day 2014, both parties are looking far and wide for good candidates. They’re hard to find

People keep asking me if Steve King will run for the U.S. Senate. I honestly have no idea. On Saturday, I asked one prominent former King adviser if he thought the good congressman was going to get in the race. His reply: “Yes I do. But I also thought Indiana would win the NCAA Tournament.” … Thanks for clearing that up.

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The Iowa Dems suffered a setback Saturday when Liz Mathis announced she is not interested in running for Congress next year. Democrat activists seem determined to recruit a woman, any woman, to run for this seat. That’s more important than recruiting the best person, apparently …

Mathis would have been very difficult to defeat. For now, they’re stuck with PatDropkick You Out of Your Own HouseMurphyRod Blum, Steve Rathje and Joe Bagodunuts are the announced Republican candidates in the First District. So far …

Meanwhile, StaciI lost by a landslide to Kent SorensonAppel is being recruited to run in Iowa’s Third District. And she’s seriously considering it … No need to tune up the campaign machine, Congressman Latham. Just set it on cruise control and coast to another term …

The Vauditor

There’s lots of speculation about who will replace “The VauditorDave Vaudt. He unexpectedly resigned last week after doing an outstanding job as Iowa’s “taxpayer watchdog” for over a decade … Governor Branstad gets to pick the new state auditor. Branstad will want someone with Vaudt’s fiscal tenacity, who can also hold the seat in 2014

I think Vaudt’s longtime Chief of Staff Bernardo Granwehr would be an excellent fit for the job. Others have suggested Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison … Even though he’s a fellow ginger, and therefore has no soul, Jamison would also be a superb choice.

Jack Whitver and family

State Senator Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) is absolutely right about the Senate Democrats’ opposition to Governor Branstad’s nominees for the Board of RegentsHermie Quirmbach (D-Bag) made it clear his opposition to Robert Cramer is based on Cramer’s belief in one-man, one-woman marriage, which is rooted in his religious beliefs …

Here are Whitver’s words in his weekly email blast (emphasis mine): “Opposing Mr. Cramer for his political and religious beliefs is wrong and unconstitutional. Section 4 of the Iowa Bill of Rights states that ‘No religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office, or public trust, and no person shall be deprived of any of his rights, privileges, or capacities, or disqualified from the performance of any of his public or private duties…in consequence of his opinions on the subject of religion.’ The only opposition I have heard regarding Mr. Cramer is regarding his religious beliefs.” … Yep …

Those tolerant libs that Quirmbach panders to are now calling Concerned Women for America a “hate group”. CWA is headed up here in Iowa by Tamara Scott, our Republican National Committeewoman … Why are they labelled a “hate group”? Because they oppose same-sex marriage …

Just curious … Was the Obama administration “a hate group” from 2009-2012 when they were opposed to same-sex marriage?

How about those tolerant libs on Twitter who are blaming Pastor Rick Warren’s view on marriage on his son’s tragic suicide? Huh, libbies? Should we label libs “a hate group”?

Or how about Hermie Quirmbach and the Iowa Senate Dems? If they oppose someone based on that person’s religious beliefs, does that make the Gronstal Gang a “hate group”?

State Rep. Matt Windschitl provided an awesome defense of his pro-life credentials to the Pottawattamie County GOP on Thursday. It’s too bad Steve and Cindy Anders were not there to see it …This senseless attacking of other pro-life legislators and bills must stop. No lives will be saved until we all work together …

Matt Windschitl and Rep. Tom Shaw have both proposed Personhood legislation. Neither bill is perfect … So, I have a wacky idea: Instead of sniping at each other, let’s join forces to craft a better bill and actually get something accomplished …

Using a football analogy for the ongoing pro-life infighting is very apropos: If this was the Super Bowl, the all or nothing crowd would throw a hail mary pass on every single play … The rest of us realize we need to keep moving the ball downfield, through efforts like banning web-cam abortions, which would save 3,000-3,500 babies each year in Iowa.

Have you heard about the new edition to the White House? Yep, Barack Obama is building an entire new wing, and he’s overseeing the construction personally, brick-by-brick. was granted exclusive access to this must-see video:

Of course, as the 6th graders from Waverly found out, due to Obama’s sequester, we’re no longer able to tour the White House, so don’t expect to see Barack’s Brick House in person once it’s completed …

I’m not sure what President Obama is worse at: governing or shooting hoops

In a moment of absolute hilarity, he proclaimed April “teach young people How to Budget Responsibly” month … It’s a five-step program:

Step One: Spend way more than you take in

Step Two: When there’s no more money to spend, just print more

Step Three: Invest in “green energy” companies that will go belly up in a year

Step Four: Even though there’s no money, send your family on lavish vacations while you play lots of golf

Step Five: Blame Bush

Democrats would like you to believe the economy is improving. The truth is, a whopping 496,000 people fells off the rolls last month … There are now 90 million people of working age have left the workforce … It’s safe to say, most of them have given up looking for a job. So, although the unemployment rate fell to 7.6%, the actual reasons it fell are bad news.

With all this bad economic news, thank goodness Obamacare is on the way, to cut costs and make health insurance more affordable for us … Wait. What? … Oh.

Try to follow this one: Chicago native Barack Obama said his wife Michelle could understand why rural Iowans would want to own a gun, but he wants to restrict gun ownership, while they live in a city with a higher murder-by-gun rate than Afghanistan, despite Chicago having some of strictest gun control laws in the country …

This 15-year old female makes more sense on gun legislation than any of the gun grabbers, and most of the pro-Second Amendment politicians out there:

Finally, some devastating news, just as Wrestlemania 29 weekend is upon us. While I was waiting in line to see the Easter Bunny at the mall two weeks ago, someone else in line tried to convince me pro wrestling is fake. I didn’t believe it. Then I watched this video, and cried for hours. It’s still real to me, dammit:

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot – Thomas Paine

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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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