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April 21st, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Proud Americans, Register Redux and Hatch Doesn’t Give a F***

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. – C.S. Lewis

Why would a state senator, who has aspirations to become governor, say, “I don’t give a f*** about the debt”? … The U.S. national debt is now approaching $17 trillion. A baby born today will enter the world saddled with over $53,000 of debt … You would think this would be an important issue for an Iowa legislator. But you would be wrong if that legislator was Jack Hatch 

According to Iowa House Rep. Jake Highfill, Sen. Hatch actually said, “I don’t give a f*** about the debt.” … This happened during a private conversation between Hatch and Sen. Jack Whitver at the State Capitol about a week and a half ago. They were discussing Medicaid expansion …

Whitver declined to comment on this incident, saying he did not want to discuss a private conversation … However, Highfill, who was nearby when the comment was made, talked extensively about it during the most recent episode of “The Iowa Legislative Hour” (at the 8:30 mark):

Hatch, his fellow Iowa Senate Dems and their liberal allies at the Des Moines Register have their panties in a wad over Team Branstad using the Dems’ own words against them in this video about education funding and reform:

What Hermie Quirmbach and RobBossHogg are really angry about is being exposed as the true hypocrites that they are.

It’s disappointing to see the Register’s Jennifer Jacobs adopt the Jason Clayworth-style of political reporting … It basically works like this: The Iowa Dems send a press release. The Register uses the Dems’ attack in that release as the first line of their article. So the seed has already been planted in the reader’s mind that whatever negative thing Democrats are saying about Republicans is true … Almost every Clayworth article was written in this style when he was covering Iowa politics …

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Jacobs adopted the Clayworth style this week when secretary of state hopeful political hack Brad Anderson attacked Secretary of State Matt Schultz by taking his words completely out of context. And he used a TIR article to do it … In the Register article, Jacobs never referenced the full video of the speech that was embedded in the TIR article. Had she done so, she could have rebutted Anderson’s pathetic attack and put Schultz’ words in context. Instead, Jacobs helped Iowa Democrats promote their agenda.

The scenes of the aftermath of the terrorists’ capture in Massachusetts made me proud to be an American. The citizens of Watertown lining the streets, creating a spontaneous parade for the brave law enforcement offices as they drove by was awesome. There was applause, cheers, chants, U.S. flags waving, handshakes and high fives …

Later, a crowd of what looked like mostly young folks in Boston spontaneously began singing the national anthem in unison …

Just as moving was the Boston Bruins fans singing the national anthem two days after the attacks …

There’s something wrong with you if this stuff doesn’t give you the chills. I also have a new favorite baseball player: Boston’s David Big Papi Ortiz …

Then of course, there was the leadership of the Republican Party of Iowa. On their Facebook page, they weren’t celebrating the capture of the terrorist. Or praising the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line. Or honoring the dead and injured. Nope …

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RPI leadership chose instead to link an article that accused all 9,000 of those brave law enforcement officers of violating their oaths to uphold the Constitution. The article also falsely claimed the police in Massachusetts were removing people from their homes at gunpoint … And that was all in the first paragraph …

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Only after being vilified for by numerous Iowa Republicans across the state and being schooled on the law, the Constitution and exigent circumstances by one of their few allies in the Iowa Legislature, Tom Shaw, did RPI post a comment commending the police. Six hours after their original post, at 2 am, they linked an article with an opposing view …

Behaving like rebellious teenagers is no way to run a state party … RPI is supposed to represent the 620,000 registered Republicans in Iowa. I am positive the vast majority of those Republicans believe Massachusetts law enforcement deserves praise, not derision and false claims, for putting their lives on the line last week and finding the terrorists … I am also sure in response to this criticism, we’ll get another “anonymous” attack against TheIowaRepublican.com, using RPI’s database.

Normally, this would go to TIR, but for one week only, the Best Website of the Week Award goes to www.BostonConspiracy.com.

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The Polk County GOP is giving Republicans a great opportunity to meet one of the nation’s best governors. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker headlines their Robb Kelley Club Dinner on May 23. If you donate $5 to the Polk GOP at this link, you will be entered into a drawing to win two VIP tickets to the event … Gov. Walker has made amazing reforms in Wisconsin, defeating the libs repeatedly and he has a terrific story to tell. This event is one you won’t want to miss …

The Polk GOP is also bringing NRA President David Keene to Des Moines this Thursday. Details are still being ironed out. Following President Obama’s resounding defeat on gun grabbing, it will be very interesting to hear what Keene has to say.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, while we were distracted, Congress legalized insider trading. For themselves. Again … President Obama signed the STOCK Act into law last year. On Monday, he repealed huge chunks of that same law. It passed through Congress with unanimous consent … I’ve got three words for this development: Dis. Grace. Ful.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. – Shakespeare


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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