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April 13th, 2014

Kevin’s Korner: New Endorsement, Murphy’s Mob and Cyclones’ New Song

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. What are you worried about? If I wanted to kill you you’d be dead already … Figuratively speaking, of course …

After much deliberation, due to the circumstances of the past week, the editorial board here at TIR has decided to make our second ever endorsement. Following up on our backing of Paul Lunde in the GOP U.S. Senate primary that we issued at the beginning of April, we believe, for the good of Iowa and the country, every Iowa Democrat must write-in Bob Quast in the June 3 primary.

Quast deserves it after creating the greatest ad in political history:

Can you imagine a Lunde vs. Quast debate?

In all seriousness, whoever emerges victorious in our U.S. Senate primary will need help from all facets of the party. Bruce I love trial lawyersBraley brought in $1.25 million in the first quarter of 2014

George Soros and all of Towelboy’s rich, liberal allies will spend millions to help him too … Regardless of who wins the GOP primary, we all need to ante up and kick in because all five candidates are miles better than Braley.

Paul Ryan Cedar Rapids 2014 (822)-L

I’ll give my full thoughts on RPI’s Lincoln Dinner tomorrow here on TIR, but I did want to touch on a few things today …

First of all, Paul Ryan’s speech was excellent. I’ll post the full video Monday. Congressman Ryan met with the media afterwards for about six minutes. I asked him about Obamacare overlord Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned as HHS secretary on Friday. Her legacy? “Complete fiasco.”:

How fitting that Sebelius’ scripted farewell speech was missing a page:

Meanwhile, a group of union thugs were protesting the RPI event in Cedar Rapids from across the street. They were joined by former Iowa Speaker of the House Pat Murphy, who is now running for Congress in the First District and clearly pandering to the liberal fringe … Thankfully, unlike some of his “friends”, Murphy did not take his shirt off.

Rep. Murphy and his liberal pals were yelling about “democracy”. Apparently, when/if they ever recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the line “and to the Republic for which it stands” sails completely over their heads … Or through the hole in it …

Do you think the unions Pat Murphy panders to realize he was mysteriously missing when the Iowa House voted on a ban on confidentiality agreements? You would think, since all the unions are against it, their hero would be there for such an important vote … BTW, the hypocritical Dems in the Iowa Senate still refuse to take up the transparency bill.

Huckabee pog 2014 (309)-M

Liberals got their panties in a wad, again, because Mike Huckabee had the unmitigated gall to say women like to go to the bathroom together. Yep. The horror! … Imagine how they would react if Huckabee said women like to buy shoes. 

Iowa GOP district conventions are less than two weeks away and Operation Reclaim the Party from the Paulistinians is in full effect … The list of candidates for State Central Committee is growing. Here’s who has either officially announced or is believed to be running, so far. District delegates will elect four members from each congressional district:

CD1-David Chung (current member), Loras Schulte (current member), Chelle Adkins, Ron Herrig and Pastor Brad Sherman

CD2-Jeff Kaufmann, Bob Anderson (current member), Judy Davidson, Trudy Caviness, Mark Doland (current member), Marcus Fedler (current member), Pastor Brad Cranston

CD3-Ryan Frederick (current member), Sherill Whisenand, Brenna Findley and Bill Gustoff. I’m told Jon Gruber is no longer planning on running.

CD4-Cody Hoefert (current member), Jamie Johnson (current member), Gabe Haugland, Gary Nystrom and John Wacker.

We will try to have a complete list of SCC candidates and their backgrounds published here on TIR prior to the conventions …

One SCC slot will be filled by the Third District Executive Committee on Monday. Polk GOP Co-Chair Sherill Whisenand is the only announced candidate that I am aware of. She will presumbably fill the vacancy created when Gopal Krishna became Republican Party of Iowa co-chair.


Can we please stop the Jeb Bush for president nonsense? It ain’t gonna happen. No way. No how … He’s too moderate, too uninspiring and too Bush

The Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has already raised $4 million. That’s very impressive for a draft movement, especially considering Rand Paul, who is obviously running for prez, has raised $4.7 million.

Schultz and wife

Thanks to the DCI investigation spurred by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, 12 Iowans who had wrongly lost their voting rights had them restored. This includes the three Cerro Gordo County voters discovered a few months ago …

Forget the liberal spin and attempts to cast the blame on Schultz. Here are the facts: These people would still be ineligible to vote if not for Matt Schultz’s efforts and the use of federal funds. Most of the 12 people on the list were ineligible to vote because of errors or lack of followthrough by the Vilsack and/or Culver administrations. That includes Big Debt Chet’s time as secretary of state …

BTW, along with 67% of Iowans (that’s 2/3 for those of you in Lee County), guess who else supports Voter ID? Bill Clinton. Sort of. He thinks we should put photos on Social Security cards.


Finally, after the developments in Ames of the past week, my clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me Iowa State is rethinking the lyrics to its fight song. Here are the new words under consideration, which are hear were penned by two Republicans who are also ISU alums:

O we will riot, riot, riot at Iowa State,

And may the lamp posts ever fly!

Yes we will riot, riot, riot for Iowa State,

And throw those stop signs in the sky.

Rah! Rah! Rah!

Loyal sons out drinking booze,

Until the policemen say we’re through.

And when they cancel VEISHEA,

We’ll take it hard.

Embarrassment for I.S.U.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Never tell anybody outside the family what you’re thinking.

Photos by Dave Davidson,

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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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