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March 24th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: Hillary Comes Out, Beelzebub Obama and Big Liberty

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Take time every day to laugh, to think, to cry.

Congratulations to the Democrats in the U.S. Senate. After four long years, they finally passed a budget bill. And it only raises taxes by $1,000,000,000,000 … That’s $1 trillion, for those of you in Lee County …  It also fails to balance the budget. Then again, the Dems weren’t even trying, because in LibLand, a balanced budget isn’t important

The Republican-led House passed a budget that doesn’t raise taxes and balances the federal budget in 10 years

Speaking of the Senate Dems, it’s good to see The Wall Street Journal report important stories on Iowa Senator Tom Harkin that Iowa media (other than has decided to ignore … We know DM Register staffers read TIR. You would think our extensive coverage of Commie Tommie’s ethics issues, along with the WSJ’s headlineFundraising Poses Ethics Issue for Senator”, would set some alarm bells off in newsrooms across Iowa … And yet, Harkin continues to receive a pass

We know subscriptions and readership are down over at Register HQ and my clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me they’re pinching pennies in every way possible … So, in case the Register newsroom can’t afford a Wall Street Journal subscription, here’s a free link to what they wrote last week … My gift to you … Or, you could read Jeff Patch’s extensive and excellent reporting on our ethically-challenged senator right here on TIRYou’re welcome.

For any college basketball teams looking for some size in the middle for next season, Senator Grassley might be able to help you out. From the darkest depths of Washington, D.C., Grassley has unearthed a 7-footer that is guaranteed to do some damage … The player’s name is Obamacare Regulations

Grassley ObamaCare regulations

Regulations’ eligibility begins in 2014. His transcripts are a whopping 20,000 pages long … Regulations’ game has been described as “extremely offensive”, difficult to guard against and almost impossible to figure out … On the negative side, several programs have decided Obamacare Regulations is too unreliable, with some very unsavory connections and you’d have to break the bank to lure him here … Governor Branstad doesn’t think Regulations would be a good fit in Iowa, and I agree.

In the most shocking turn of political events since the last time Joe Biden said something stupidHillary Clinton announced her complete support for gay marriage last week, after years of opposing it … How convenient … In fact, you can’t spell “politically convenient” without “C-l-i-n-t-o-n”.


Why does Satan in “The Bible” series on the History Channel look a lot like President Obama? “Utter nonsense”, claim the show’s producers … I did a little research and found out the actor playing Satan, Mohamen Mehdi Ouzanni, is nothing like Barack Hussein Obama … For one, Ouzanni is from Morocco, not Kenya … Secondly, umm, well …

The Smackdown of the Week Award goes to state Rep. Matt Windschitl, who eviscerated Aaron Dorr and his Iowa Gun Owners organization for trying to take credit for a bill that Windschitl sponsored and floor managed that keeps the names of gun permit holders confidential ..

“He did not lift a single finger to move this legislation forward. As a matter of fact, he never even chose to register on the original House file, HF 81, and he did not choose to register on this legislation before us now,” Windschitl said from the Iowa House floor …

The bill passed the Iowa House overwhelmingly, 95-3 … Like clockwork, shortly after its passage, Dorr sent another email crediting his organization …

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Remember when our State Central Committee members returned from the RNC convention last August and claimed Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status was “more secure than ever”? Well, it’s not … Seven months later, the RNC is recommending Iowa, and other states, scrap caucuses in favor of primaries … Page 75 of their Growth and Opportunity Project shows the RNC is “discouraging” caucuses …

What would the result of that be? We would no longer be first in the nation. New Hampshire would leapfrog us … The truth is, our First-in-the-Nation status is always tenuous and there is nothing more important for Iowa’s Republican and Democrat state parties than doing all they can to protect that status …

It appears things are already looking up for the Clay County GOP. After years of fundraising woes, new Chairman Will Jones quickly secured some sizable donations, including $500 from State Rep. Rob Taylor, although Taylor lives three hours away, in Dallas County … State Senator David Johnson has also pledged his support, Jones said … BTW, the Republican Party of Iowa has now secured donations from a total of nine Iowa legislators.

I really like Brad Zaun, but I’m having a hard time figuring out his stand against Governor Branstad’s Board of Regents nominees. Brad’s main objection is that he’s tired of political donors being appointed to these positions, but as Craig Robinson pointed out, the two Republican nominees were not big money donors to Branstad. The other nominee is a Democrat … Additionally, there are 20,000 Iowans who have donated to Branstad over the past few years. Should all of them be ineligible to serve on state boards? …

The Conservative Reader’s Art Smith and I had a lengthy discussion on this topic with Zaun this week during “The Iowa Legislative Hour”. You can hear Sen. Zaun’s full explanation here:

I saw the Easter Bunny at the mall on Saturday. He tells me this Punxsutawney Phil character is a total fraud and wants me to do an investigative report exposing him … I’m all for making Phil into fur, but I told Mr. Bunny that I had to talk to my handlers to get approval first, as I do with everything I write …

BTW, for you tinfoil hat wearers who see a conspiracy in everything, in the 2+ years I’ve been writing for TIR, no one has ever told me what to write, what to cover or how to cover it. Not once … And no matter how hard Big Liberty tries to intimidate me, I will not be silenced. Fight the Power!!

Some of you already saw this on my Facebook, but it’s worth repeating here … Stat of the week: Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones now have more NCAA tournament wins in just 3 seasons than the past 3 Hawkeye coaches combined, spanning 14 seasons … Of course, that’s not an enormous accomplishment, since that grand total of Iowa NCAA victories is 1

Good luck to both teams today … It was nice to see Hawkeye and Cyclone fans come together in a bipartisan fashion Friday night to celebrate another early NCAA Tourney exit by Steve Alford. It was also great to see Larry Eustachy return to the Big Dance.

1983 NC State Valvano

Finally, major thanks to ESPN for letting me relive one of the highlights of my childhood: the miraculous 1983 NCAA Tournament run by the underdog NC State Wolfpack … For years, I have contended that it was the most amazing string of victories in sports history … Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you should go out of your way to see this 30-for-30 documentary, “Survive and Advance” …

Knowing that team’s amazing run made Head Coach Jim Valvano a beloved national figure, and that eventually led to the Jimmy V Foundation raising over $100 million for cancer research, I see God’s hand in this … If you’re able to make it through the entire 2-hour show without shedding a tear, you’re a lot tougher than me. I cried more than once.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

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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