Tag Archives: Iowa

Biden Slumps In Iowa Poll: +8 Over Sanders, Warren

The Hill reports: The Iowa Poll, conducted by veteran pollster Ann Selzer for the Des Moines Register and CNN, found former Vice President Joe Biden leading the Democratic field with 24 percent of the vote. The race for second place is a statistical tie between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 16 percent; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), at 15 percent; and …

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Gillibrand Serves Drinks At Iowa Gay Bar [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) served drinks at a gay bar in Des Moines on Friday to kick off Pride Month celebrations in Iowa’s capital city this weekend. The 2020 hopeful was behind the bar at The Blazing Saddle, answering questions about her policies and taking drink orders. She was also spotted at popular Des …

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Nikki Haley Spurs 2024 Bid Chatter With Iowa Visit

Charleston’s Post & Courier reports: Since leaving the United Nations last year, Nikki Haley’s moves have been closely watched for signs that the former South Carolina governor will run for the White House in 2024. A new advocacy group, a new book and a series of high-profile speaking engagements were seen as steps toward a presidential bid. Now Haley is …

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Gillibrand Parties With Drag Queens At Iowa Gay Bar

The New York Daily News reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand channeled her inner diva at a Des Moines gay bar, where she posed and palled around with a drag queen. Pics of the Democratic presidential candidate posted to Twitter late Friday showed Gillibrand doing her makeup and striking poses alongside a drag queen at a bar called Blazing Saddles. Gillibrand is …

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IOWA: US House Dem Won’t Seek Reelection In 2020

Politico reports: Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack announced today that he will retire from the House at the end of his term, potentially setting up a competitive race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in 2020. Loebsack’s district, which he will have represented for 14 years by the time he exits Congress, went for President Donald Trump by 4 percentage points in …

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GOP Rep. Steve King To Run For Reelection In 2020

The Des Moines Register reports: A defiant Rep. Steve King confirmed Thursday that he will run for a 10th term as an Iowa congressman, despite controversies over his history of caustic remarks, including about race and immigration. The Kiron Republican has been criticized by national and state leaders of his own party, has been stripped of committee assignments in Congress …

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IOWA: “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Ban Struck Down

Reuters reports: Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled. Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature passed the restriction in May 2018, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. …

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Iowa Newspapers: GOP Rep. Steve King Should Resign

From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register: Congressman Steve King should resign. He has lost even the potential to effectively represent his Iowa constituents because of his abhorrent comments about white nationalism and white supremacy. The move by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to strip King of his committee assignments leaves Iowa without a seat on the vital …

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Christian Activist Faces 30 Days In Jail On Misdemeanor Charge Of Burning Iowa Library’s LGBT Children’s Books

The Sioux City Journal reports: Northwest Iowa Christian activist Paul Dorr has been charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief in connection with publicly burning four LGBTQ-themed books he checked out from the Orange City Public Library. Dorr drew national attention for a half-hour long Facebook Live video on Oct. 19 that showed him tossing the books into a burning barrel. Dorr, …

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Trump Administration Forces National 4-H Group To Drop Welcome To LGBT Youth, Iowa 4-H Head Fired

The Des Moines Register reports: The Trump administration pushed the national 4-H youth organization to withdraw a controversial policy welcoming LGBT members — a move that helped lead to the ouster of Iowa’s top 4-H leader earlier this year, a Des Moines Register investigation found. The international youth organization, with more than 6 million members, introduced the new guidance to …

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IOWA: LGBT Ally Zach Wahls Elected To State Senate

The Daily Iowan reports: After Tuesday’s victory in the race for the District 37 state Senate seat, Democratic candidate Zach Wahls becomes one of the youngest faces in that body at 26. At his election night watch party at Big Grove Brewery, Wahls said he was pleased with voter turnout, particularly from young people. “We smashed voter turnout from 2014,” …

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IOWA: White Nationalist Steve King Wins Reelection

Sioux City’s ABC affiliate reports: Rep. Steve King was reelected to a ninth term in Iowa’s fourth U.S. congressional district on Tuesday, overcoming Democrat J.D. Scholten’s challenge and some criticism from within his own party. King, 69, of Kiron, was first elected to congress in 2002. He had only faced one serious challenge for his seat prior to this year, …

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Steve King Bans Home State’s Largest Newspaper From Covering Election Event For Being “Leftist Propaganda”

The Des Moines Register reports: U.S. Rep. Steve King has barred the Des Moines Register from his election night event in Sioux City. The Register made a routine request Monday for credentials to cover the northwest Iowa Republican’s event Tuesday evening. Jeff King, who is Steve King’s son and a paid staffer of his campaign, responded Tuesday morning with a …

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Steve King: Sotomayor And Kagan Will Elope To Cuba

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that he hopes Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor “will elope to Cuba,” hours before he is set to appear with Iowa’s governor in an election-eve rally. At an appearance in Hampton, Iowa, King was discussing the Supreme Court and said that he was optimistic that “we’ll have …

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Author Stephen King: Vote Out GOP Rep. Steve King, I’m Tired Of Being Confused With This Racist Dumbbell

The Des Moines Register reports: Stephen King is making a personal appeal to Iowans: Vote Steve King out so people won’t confuse the two of them anymore. The best-selling author tweeted Sunday morning about his exhaustion at being confused with Iowa’s controversial 4th District Republican congressman. A Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll of the district shows that on a generic …

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IOWA: Hundreds Of Books Donated To Library After Christian Activist Checks Out And Burns LGBT Titles

The Des Moines Register reports: Hundreds of books have been donated to the northwest Iowa library where a man checked out — and then burned — several LGBTQ children’s books. The Orange City Public Library said Wednesday it has received more than 200 books since religious activist Paul Dorr engaged in a book burning Oct. 19. Together, several GoFundMe pages …

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IOWA: New Poll Shows Nazi Fan Steve King Only +1

Splinter reports: Iowa Representative Steve King, last seen blundering into the truth that his version of the Republican Party looks a whole lot like neo-Nazis, may also now have to worry about his chances of reelection in November. According to a new poll by Change Research, King’s challenger J.D. Scholten is only one point away from King in Iowa’s Fourth …

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IOWA: Man Burns Local Public Library’s LGBT Children’s Books Because Something Something Jesus [VIDEO]

The Des Moines Register reports: The Orange City Public Library said it’s exploring legal options after a northwest Iowa man rented and then publicly burned several children’s books Friday. The second annual OC Pride kicked off Friday with a story time for kids, a schedule shows. About an hour before the event, Paul Dorr started a live Facebook video, in …

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IOWA: Top Newspaper Blasts “Xenophobic Neo-Nazi Retweeter” Steve King, Endorses His Dem Opponent

From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register: In becoming the party of Trump, the Republicans have forsaken traditional conservatism and given voters no rational alternative to the Democrats. The party needs to be voted out of power and spend a few years becoming again the party of Lincoln, not the party of Trump. Nothing short of a change …

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Woman Fired For Racism Demands Unemployment Because Such Hate Speech Is Common Since Trump

The Des Moines Register reports: An Iowa woman fired for disparaging Mexicans at work cannot collect unemployment despite her testimony that other employees also made derogatory comments about “blacks and foreigners” since Donald Trump became president. Angela Diers filed for unemployment after she lost her job at Dexter Laundry, a Fairfield manufacturer of commercial washers and dryers, for telling a …

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