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May 26th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: In Branstad’s Hands, Folding Holder and Bruce Who?

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I’m writing this week’s column from the Iowa Methodist West emergency room, watching a loved one undergo a battery of tests. So, this week’s column will probably be lacking the normal snark. Wit and wisdom, as usual, will also be kept to a minimum.

The Quinnipiac poll released last week gives us some interesting insights into Iowa’s 2014 U.S. Senate race. First of all, it shows Bruce Braley is very beatable … 59% of those polled have no idea who the guy is. That’s pretty pathetic considering he’s in his third time in Congress, spends lots of time in Des Moines and the Democrats have decided to just hand him the nomination … That gives Republicans ample opportunity to define Bruce for what he is: A John Kerry-esque flip-flopper and bigger liberal than Nancy Pelosi

The poll also showed that some of the likely GOP candidates, even Secretary of State Matt Schultz, are virtually unknown by the vast majority of Iowa voters. 81% of those polled didn’t know enough about the SOS to offer an opinion …

I did find it amusing that the only “candidate” whose disapproval numbers were higher than his approvals was Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker. And that spanned every demo: Republicans, Democrats, independents, men, women, cats, dogs and vegans …

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Looks like Big Liberty might have to look elsewhere for their chosen candidate. Word on the street is RPI finance chairman Drew Ivers, who has still completely failed in his efforts to lure “the big money donors”, is the most likely Big Liberty representative to run …

Although they have no hope of winning on at the ballot box, just like their Dear Leader never did, Big Liberty does foresee a path to the GOP nomination for one of their own in this senate race. More on that at a future date …

The Des Moines Register still refuses to tell the truth about Commie Tommy Harkin, the Harkin Institute and the real reasons he is moving his slush fund institute to the private Drake University, instead of the public Iowa State. For an outlet that often gets their news from, their avoidance of the facts in this story is quite curious.

Terry Branstad

Governor Branstad called the 2013 Iowa legislative session “the best he can remember”. The split legislature passed the property tax and education reforms Branstad had been pushing for. They also worked out a compromise on the healthcare funding for low income Iowans. It does expand Medicaid, but also requires participants to have some skin in the game …

The key negative point coming out of the session for Branstad is the decision on whether or not to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions in Iowa now rests solely in his hands. I will be very interested to see how he handles this, on a case-by-case basis. Hopefully, Branstad denies the funding … The governor is providing Iowa House Republicans some cover, so long as he doesn’t line item veto that portion of the HHS bill …

Branstad also left himself vulnerable to attacks, and possibly a primary, from the right if he rules in favor of any taxpayer-funded abortions … Then again, if BVP, with the gift of the countless hours of free airtime, advocacy and attack ads on the radio, couldn’t come close to beating Branstad in a primary in 2010, no one will in 2014.

It should not surprise any conservatives who have followed his tenure closely, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is a liar and should be fired. The Department of Justice has admitted that Holder personally signed off on the application for a warrant to spy on Fox News reporter James Rosen, claiming he was a potential co-conspirator to espionage … That means, Eric Holder lied under oath to Congress last week:

Money quote from Holder: “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material: This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” …

We now know that is a complete lie. Unless, of course, Holder and his liberal allies want to claim that he had no intention of prosecuting James Rosen, which I suspect they will … Just one problem with that defense: It means Eric Holder lied to the judge who approved the warrant … So, either he lied under oath to Congress or lied to the judge. Either way, Holder is toast and the longer Barack Obama hangs on him, the further his second term descends into a deluge Nixonian scandals.

Finally, we end on a couple of sad notes this week. Iowa lost one of its greatest voices when Hawkeye broadcasting legend Jim Zabel, 91, passed away on Thursday … WHO-TV’s Andy Fales put together a tremendous tribute to Z, worth watching in full:

Iowa Republicans also lost a member of the family last week when Muscatine County activist Carolyn Williams, 59, lost her battle to cancer. I didn’t know Carolyn but remember she was a fairly frequent commenter here on TIR, using her own name, a couple years ago. Those who worked with Carolyn on campaigns describe her as very outgoing and positive. My condolences to her friends and family.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by.

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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