What’s Going to Happen at the Final Republican Debate Before Iowa

The final debate before the critical Iowa primary will be the last chance for the Republican candidates to make an impression. Thus far, the debates have been effectively weeding out weaker candidates, with several notable exceptions. Here’s what I believe will go down at the Fox Business Network debate. According to various outlets, there may be as few as six candidates on the debate stage January 14. This would leave on the stage Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, and Chris Read more […]

“Free Healthcare”: Iowa and Louisiana Obamacare Premiums Increase by Double Digits

The Affordable Care Act is making more of its state exchanges more expensive, particularly the ones in Iowa and Louisiana. Fox News reported: In Louisiana, 2015 plans will be much costlier, according to The Times-Picayune. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the exchange’s largest insurer, is increasing prices 18.3 percent to 19.7 percent for three different plans. More than 50,000 customers are currently covered by those plans. However, the insurer isn’t hiking rates on customers with narrowed Read more […]

Gun-Free Zone Sign Fails to Stop Shooter at Courthouse

Here’s another case where a gun-free zone sign failed to act to prevent a shooting. It was at a county supervisors meeting at the courthouse in Maquoketa, Iowa where a man came to dispute his property taxes. He was actually a former Maquoketa city manager himself. The courthouse had the usual gun-free zone sign posted at the entrance, which is supposed to deter those with ill intent from doing anything bad. They don’t usually work though. This man was upset about his property taxes, Read more […]

“Racist” Student Suspended for Wearing White and Making “W” Sign With Hands

Kids are routinely suspended for making hand gestures that resemble guns. Apparently, that’s not the only shape you can get in trouble for. During school spirit week at a rural Iowa high school in Marshalltown, students were told to wear the school colors, which are red, white and blue. Each color was assigned to a grade. Blair Van Staalduine is a sophomore at Marshalltown High School, and the sophomores were told to wear white. So, he dressed in all white as he was told, and to top it all Read more […]

Capitalism Dies From A Thousand Local Paper Cuts: The Facebook Subsidies

So the other day I read this news from Iowa: “The Iowa Economic Development Authority board has approved $18 million in tax credits for Facebook’s $300 million data center in Altoona. ‘Welcome, Facebook,’ said board member Pete Brownell. The data center project has been referred to as Siculus Inc. in state documents. Debi Durham, the state’s economic development director, said she expected that Facebook’s investment would grow to a billion dollars within five or six years. ‘It’s Read more […]

Will Marco Rubio be the Next GOP Presidential Candidate?

As the Republican Party is still licking their wounds from this month’s presidential defeat and trying to regroup to determine what’s next, perhaps one person already knows. This past Saturday, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio attended a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad.  The theme of the fundraiser was ‘turn the page’ and ‘look to the future.’  Rubio had been asked to speak at the fundraiser back on September 1 with the hopes that Romney would Read more […]

Newspapers Across the Land Switching From Obama to Romney

In 2008, most newspapers readily endorsed then Senator Barack Obama.  Now a number of those same newspapers are abandoning their hero of four years ago and turning their endorsements to Republican Mitt Romney. Perhaps the largest coup of Romney’s new found friends is the Des Moines Register.  Iowa is one of the key swing states that both candidates have been actively courting.  The Des Moines Register is the largest newspaper in the Hawkeye state.  In 2008, Obama carried Iowa with a 54% Read more […]