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February 23rd, 2014

Kevin’s Korner: Hatch’s Hypocrisy, Miller-Meeks Re-Redux and It Doesn’t Matter

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.

Poor Jack Hatch. The liberal state senator and governor wannabe from Des Moines is so desperate to tear down Governor Branstad any way possible, that he’s now resorted to breaking the law, while accusing Branstad of doing the same …

On Hatch’s Facebook page, he’s bashing the governor over the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home and shows a picture of Branstad with the words: “Tell Gov. Branstad That’s He’s Not Above the Law” …

Branstad Hatch screenshot

Obviously, Jack Hatch believes it is he who is above the law. The picture that Hatch is using does not belong to him or his campaign. It is the copyrighted property of Dave Davidson, an outstanding photographer, and a Republican, who supplies pictures to, other media outlets and GOP candidates. Davidson did not give Hatch permission to use the photo …

Branstad pic copyright

The irony really could not get any richer. Jack Hatch breaks the law to try to bash someone else for thinking they are above the law. His hypocrisy knows no bounds … So, do we need to add thief and hypocrite to the ever-growing list of adjectives to describe the n-word dropping, f-bomb throwing, pro-abortion prayingfringe-group pandering, idea deficient, liberal governor wannabe? That is your candidate Iowa Dems. Enjoy.

I wonder if the mainstream media in Iowa will cover Senator Hatch’s hypocrisy and apparent crime.


We knew it was coming. This week it becomes official. Mariannette Miller-Meeks embarks on another bid for Congress, her third. The GOP nominee in 2008 and 2010 has campaign events scheduled in the Second Congressional District on Wednesday and Thursday …  Miller-Meeks resigned as head of the Iowa Department of Public Health last month as a prelude to her congressional run. More on her entry into the race tomorrow …

Former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy proclaimed he has a commanding lead in the Dems’ First District primary. An internal poll released by Murphy’s campaign shows him at 36% in the five-way primary, just enough to avoid having the race decided at convention. Former Republican, but self-proclaimed lifelong progressive, Monica Vernon is a distant second at 17% among this less than sterling field

I don’t put a lot of stock in internal polls. I think they do give some insight into the actual race, but are a bit skewed for whichever candidate is releasing the results. In other words, I think Murphy probably leads the race, but it’s closer than this poll reflects … Same story for Mark Jacobs in the U.S. Senate race.


The first funnel week has come and gone in the 2014 Iowa legislative session. That means bills that were not passed out of committee met an early demise … Here’s what survived: Legalizing fireworks, enhanced penalties for kidnapping a child, bullying prevention, expanding broadband and raising the minimum wage …

Here’s what didn’t make the cut: Common Core repeals/rollbacks, NSA surveillance crackdowns, medical marijuana, suing abortion doctors and adding the right to bear arms to the Iowa Constitution.


Finally, I played another one of those Buzzfeed games everyone is sharing on social media. This one being “Which old school pro wrestling legend are you?” … I was hoping for Ric Flair, but it doesn’t matter what I was hoping for. I got The Rock, who’s not exactly old school …

If I were a pro wrestler, I think AC/DC’sThunderstruck”, the cello version, would be my entrance music:

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Money is the Mc-mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries.

Photos by Dave Davidson,

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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