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Free movie August 27th Riviera Theatre Emmetsburg, Iowa   2-4pm
Free hotdogs and drink to be server after the movie location to be anounced at the theatre

Earlier this week, Real Clear Politics reported on the film, which is set to premiere in Iowa next month.Although Palin is not interviewed directly, the film features on-camera interviews and commentaries from 10 Alaskans who played different roles in her political rise, as well as six Lower 48 denizens who defend her in more visceral terms, including prominent conservative firebrands Mark Levin, Andrew Breitbart and Tammy Bruce.

The filmmaker behind the work, Stephen Bannon, said in a statement, “This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment. Let’s have a good old-fashioned brouhaha.”

The AP reports:

Palin asked an aide to reach out to Bannon about making videos on her time as Alaska’s governor; Bannon wound up making a movie instead, reported on the website Real Clear Politics, which broke the news of the film.

Stapleton, the former spokesperson, said she has seen a rough cut, which she said married interviews with Palin insiders with media accounts from that time to provide an “accurate portrayal of her record.”

News of the film has reignited speculation that Palin may ultimately launch a campaign for president in 2012.

Below, a preview of the documentary via Fox News.

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Rand Paul plans Iowa tour

Mary Stegmeir 5:24 PM, Jul 5, 2011 Categories: Caucus Insider
Mary Stegmeir Covering Ron Paul

(Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register)


Republican Sen. Rand Paul will be traveling throughout Iowa on July 29 and July 30 to encourage voters to support limited government principles and fiscal responsibility, staff members with his father’s presidential campaign announced today.

“Rand Paul’s message strikes a strong chord with the tea party here in Iowa,” Drew Ivers, Iowa Chairman of the Ron Paul 2012, said in a statement. “His message of stopping out-of-control federal spending is exactly what the Republican party needs at this time.”

Sen. Paul will be making stops in: Altoona, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City, Spencer and Waterloo.


July 23rd Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds to be in Spencer, IA

Education Town Halls 

• Davenport — 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday,
Davenport North High School Auditorium, 626 W. 53rd St.

• Waterloo — 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday,
Central Middle School, 1350 Katoski Drive.

• Sigourney — 2 to 4 p.m. July 20, Sigourney Junior-Senior High School Auditorium,
907 E. Pleasant Valley St.

• Boone — 10 a.m. to noon, July 21,
Sacred Heart Elementary Parish Hall, 1111 Marshall St.

• Corning — 10 a.m. to noon July 22,
Corning Elementary School Gym, 1012 10th St.

• Carroll — 2 to 4 p.m. July 22,
Carroll High School Auditorium, 2809 N. Grant Road

Spencer — 9 to 11 a.m. July 23,
Spencer Middle School, 1400 10th Ave. E.

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Branstad administration plans education town halls
By Meghan Malloy | 07.08.11 | 2:44 pm

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold two town hall meetings Tuesday in eastern Iowa and four more the following week in central and western portions of the state to discuss education. The meetings come just weeks before the Branstad administration hosts a two-day education summit in the capital city that expects more than 1,000 people in attendance.

Each of the town hall meetings are anticipated to take two hours.

Tuesday, July 12

10 a.m. — Waterloo Central Middle School, 1350 Katoski Dr.
2 p.m. — Davenport North High School, 626 W. 53rd St.

Wednesday, July 20

2 p.m. — Sigourney Junior-Senior High School, 907 E. Pleasant Valley St.

Thursday, July 21

10 a.m. — Sacred Heart Elementary Parish Hall, 1111 Marshall St. (Boone)

Friday, July 22

10 a.m. — Corning Elementary School, 1012 10th St.
2 p.m. — Carroll High School, 2809 N. Grant Rd.

Saturday, July 23

9 a.m. — Spencer Middle School, 1400 10th Ave. East

11 am East Leach Park

I plan to attend and meet some of the group. See you then!

It will be your chance to meet the idiot Lonnie talked into blogging for the Spencer Tea Party.

National Conference Call Planned

Richard Gates has invited you to the event ‘National Conference call’ on 912 Patriots for Action!

I hope you will make note and plan to attend.

National Conference call Time: March 20, 2011 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: online
Organized By: Richard Gates

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Hosted by: Richard Gates 912Keokuk

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Iowa workers plan statehouse rally

By Lynda Waddington | 02.18.11 | 3:40 pm

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO doesn’t just want Iowans to stand up for the rights of Wisconsin workers, it wants them to stand up for workers right here at home, and is planning a Tuesday rally in Des Moines.

Wisconsin is not the only place where working families are under attack. Across this nation, the lives and livelihoods of working families are being attacked systematically by right wing fanatics bent on crippling or destroying the trade union movement in America.

Show your support for Wisconsin workers and all workers by standing with us at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

The “We Are One” rally is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. on the west steps of the Iowa Capitol.

The Iowa rally will come after days of protests in Madison, Wisc. by public employees and their supporters. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a bill that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for union members.

The rally also follows a discredited statement by a spokesman for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad that falsely portrayed public workers as earning far more than their private sector counterparts. The statement was offered as justification of why Branstad plans to draw both his state salary and state pension while serving as governor.

One of Branstad’s first acts upon being sworn in as governor for a fifth term was to make good on a campaign promise to rescind former Gov. Chet Culver’s executive order that encouraged Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), which at least one taxpayer watchdog group says inevitably lead to lower project costs. Branstad’s strict position on PLAs — that no government entities should use them — has prompted a battle with Cedar Rapids officials (led by former Iowa House Speaker Ron Corbett), who had planned to use such an agreement in a $75 million convention complex project.

In addition, earlier this week, an Iowa House subcommittee passed a bill that would weaken the bargaining position of public employee unions in the Hawkeye State.

The Iowa Federation of Labor represents more than 50,000 members of 520 unions throughout Iowa.

Businessman announces campaign to reduce spending

By MIKE GLOVER Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press
Feb. 3, 2011, 5:26PM

DES MOINES, Iowa — A wealthy Dallas businessman says he’s establishing a campaign-like operation in Iowa to force presidential candidates to pledge to make deep cuts in federal spending.

Michael George announced his plan Thursday at the Iowa Statehouse. He says he will hire veteran Republican strategists Marlys Popma and Dave Funk to serve as advisers. Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn will serve as a director of George’s campaign in Iowa.

Popma says the group already has five field staffers at work in Iowa and she expects George to spend more than $1 million on the campaign.

George says he wants presidential candidates who come to Iowa to pledge to cut up to $500 billion in waste from the federal budget.

“We have the most powerful organization we know of on the ground in Iowa,” said George.

George said his professional career was serving as an adviser to the military and giant corporations like Caterpillar and Xerox about how they can eliminate waste in their budgets. He said up to 25 percent of the discretionary spending in the federal budget is waste. He said he’s tried without success to convince Congress to make the cuts.

“We determined there was very little appetite in Congress for our ideas without political clout behind it,” said George. “We intend to try to educate the voters in Iowa so they will only support those candidates who will agree to implement the $500 billion spending reduction.”

George says he’s paying for the effort out of his own pocket now but may turn to raising money. Television and radio commercials could begin this winter, George said.

Popma said the group, called Strong America Now, has gathered 10,000 signatures on petitions and has a cadre of 2,000 volunteers.

“We also have five field people on the ground, which is more than any presidential candidate,” said Popma.

George says his hope is to convince all of the presidential candidates to endorse the big spending cuts he’s pushing, building political support as the campaign unfolds.

“Waste has no constituency,” said George.

He pointed to the recommendations made recently by a special commission on the deficit.

“It came up with some great ideas, but nobody supported it,” said George.

George argued that his proposal calls for simply driving waste out of the government and not ending programs, because ending programs automatically sparks fierce opposition.

“It’s not slashing programs, it’s making programs more efficient,” said George. “This is something Democrats and Republicans can agree on. It’s a way of building consensus in the country, instead of building division which is where we’re headed right now.”

George’s effort is only the latest by groups which look to grab some of the heavy attention given Iowa’s precinct caucuses, which traditionally launch the presidential nominating season. Groups typically look to get attention from the heavy media focus, but also by forcing candidates to address their pet issues.

George says he’s planning a session in Des Moines in May.

“They will hear people from state, local and the federal government talk about how they’ve been able to cut spending,” said George. He told reporters he will have a heavy presence in Iowa.

I’ll be here every week,” said George.

Strawn said he’s not only head of the Republican Party, but a businessman interest in restraining government spending.

“We’ve got the tools to fix this country,” said Strawn. “The time to act is now.”

New group aims to use Iowa Caucuses as lever to move the world (audio)

by O. Kay Henderson on February 3, 2011

in Politics & Government

A retired business consultant is investing his time and his own money in a project to pursuade presidential candidates to embrace a program he says can significantly reduce the federal deficit.

Seventy-one-year-old Michael George, founder of Strong America Now, has hired five staffers to fan out through Iowa to build a network beyond the 10,000 Iowans who’ve already signed up. \”Iowa is the lever by which you can move the world,” George said during a news conference in the Iowa Capitol. “Barack Obama proved it in 2008. We think we can prove it again in 2012.”

George wants Iowans to convince the 2012 candidates to embrace a process that would see each federal government agency cut seven percent out of its budget in each of the next four years.

“What we need is a method of spending reduction that everyone can agree on — Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, pro-life, pro-choice, everyone — and that method is called waste reduction,” George said. “There is no constituency in congress for waste, is there?”

Matt Strawn, the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, is backing the concept.

“There’s a proven road map for success that if we apply across the entire federal government, the operations, we can save up to $700 billion a year,” Strawn said during today’s news conference, “and put this country back on the path to a true balanced budget.”

George touts his previous work for the U.S. military, saying he helped the Navy save nearly $170 million a year by reducing the number of times pilots landed on aircraft carriers as part of their ongoing training.

Dave Funk, a Tea Party activist who was recently elected vice chairman of the Polk County Republican Party, is also part of the “Strong America Now” campaign. “And I’m asking every Iowan to look those presidential candidates in the eye and ask them, ‘What sir, what ma’am are you willing to do to save America?’” Funk said during this afternoon’s news conference. “‘Are you willing to reduce the waste in government?’”

George has hired a key Iowa political operative who has worked on presidential campaigns in the past to help organize the effort.
Marlys Popma, the former executive director of Iowa Right-to-Life, worked on Iowa presidential campaigns in 1996 and 2000. In 2008, she worked on John McCain’s campaign as the national coordinator for evangelical outreach.

The “Strong America Now” organization does not plan to endorse candidates, but has already begun to spend money on radio advertising in five states to tout its call for significant “waste reduction” in the federal budget.

Senate Clashes Over Long-Term Patriot Act, Grassley Calls for Permanent Extension

by Jason Ditz, February 04, 2011

House Bill Would Extend Provisions for 10 Months


Senators are split three ways on how to procede with the forthcoming extension of the most controversial portions of the Patriot Act, with questions over adding some nominal oversight to the process and length of the extension causing serious rifts.

Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D – VT) has the most modest extension of the three, seeking to extend the provisions through 2013 and promising some oversight over how the US surveils its citizenry.

This bill was quickly slammed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R – IA) who introduced an alternative bill that would extend the provisions for all of eternity and would prohibit any additional oversight of the spying activity. Sen. McConnell (R – KY) backed Grassley’s version, insisting that the “threat of oversight” would burden the never-ending war on terror. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) sought a compromise bill, which would use Leahy’s 2013 date but Grassley’s total lack of oversight.

The fighting is all quite interesting (and ominous) but will likely be meaningless as the House version of the bill is seeking to avoid the sort of major political battle of the others and will simply extend the provisions, oversight-free of course, for 10 more months.

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January 15th ~ 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Mid-American Center
Council Bluffs, IA

Speakers include state Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Indianola; state Rep. Kim Pearson, R-Altoona; and former state Rep. Danny Carroll.

Attached you will find a flyer to distribute. Time to rally people and let Rep. Gronstal know that there will be no more stalemates. It’s no longer “business as usual”…

Sponsored by Iowa Conservative Alliance and Iowa Tea Party
(Ryan Rhodes – 515.441.0173)