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Cain is Right on “Gotcha” Question Campaign Ends but Media Attacks on Cain Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Hoekstra   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:33
(New York) During an appearance this morning on “The Early Show”, former presidential candidate Herman Cain was asked a question about the number of active and reserve military personnel. Mr. Cain gave a correct answer of 3 million total military personnel in the armed services. (U.S. Department of Defense figures for active military personnel, reservists and civilian personnel indicate 3.03 million personnel.) 

It is with regret, however, that Mr. Cain needed to clarify the anchor’s query as a ‘gotcha’ question. She proved him right with an attempt to correct him, albeit with incorrect figures.

These media attempts to ‘catch’ Mr. Cain in an error, or trip him up, began during his presidential campaign. Unfortunately, during a campaign, there is not always the opportunity to set the record straight when the media misrepresent information.

As evidenced during this morning’s interview on CBS “The Early Show”, Mr. Cain is rewriting these rules. It is clear that an overall effort remains to discredit Mr. Cain as he looks to help Americans rewrite their future.

It is with every good intention Mr. Cain called the question for what it was, a ‘gotcha’. It’s time to set the record straight. America has too much at stake to be misguided or misled by misinformation, intentional or otherwise.

 
My Caucus Endorsement(s) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ed Fallon   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:28

Dear Friends,

It's really dumb to endorse a candidate, or even multiple candidates. All you do is anger your friends, fire-up your enemies and burn political capital. So, with that in mind, here are my endorsements:

DEMOCRAT: Go "uncommitted." President Obama has disappointed his base on so many issues, even signing the National Defense Authorization Act. Obama needs our support to win in November. He needs to know that we're unhappy, and that we intend to hold him accountable. We do that with a strong showing of uncommitted Democrats at Tuesday's 7:00 pm caucus. Call the Iowa Democratic Party at (515) 244-7292 to find out where to caucus.

REPUBLICAN: Support one of the less extreme candidates: Ron Paul, John Huntsman, Buddy Roemer or Fred Karger. Any of them would provide a far healthier debate with President Obama on key issues. Of course, three of these candidates have long been dismissed by the corporate media and the Republican Party. That's wrong, it's unfair, and pre-picking an "acceptable" field of candidates must change . . . but that's a battle for another day. Call the Iowa Republican Party at (515) 282-8105 to find out where to caucus at 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

These endorsements in no way reflect my opinion on next fall's general election. And whether you attend the Democratic or Republican caucus, you should introduce resolutions on issues important to you.

So, join the conversation Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (no Fallon Fourm on Caucus night) from 7:00-8:00 pm at 98.3 FM and online. Call-in at (515) 312-0983 or toll-free at (866) 908-TALK. You can download the Fallon Forum as a podcast, too. Thanks!

Ed


EVENTS

Ongoing - Occupy Des Moines (Des Moines)
At Stewart Square, East 14th and Grand, all are welcome at a daily assembly at 6:00 pm (2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday). Lots of regular activities planned. Check the Occupydsm Facebook page for details. Also, check Occupy Iowa's Facebook page for information about other actions around the state.

January 3 - Iowa Caucuses (Statewide)
At 7:00 pm, 1,774 precinct Democratic and Republican caucuses will vote for presidential candidates, elect delegates to the county conventions, and adopt resolutions to build the parties' platforms. Contact either the Iowa Democratic Party at (515) 244-7292 or the Iowa Republican Party at (515) 282-8105.

January 5 - Green Drinks (Des Moines)
Join casual conversation with people interested in environmental issues and sustainable energy over something to eat and/or drink. It's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gateway Market and Cafe, 2002 Woodland Ave. Contact Shari Hrdina at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 5 - Drinking Liberally (Des Moines)
You don't have to be a card-carrying liberal to enjoy political conversation and excellent libations at AJ's, 419 E Court starting at 8:00 pm every Thursday. If the revolution is going to start anyplace, this is probably it. Contact desmoines@drinkingliberally.org.

January 7 (and every Saturday) Occupy Decorah (Decorah)
At the Winneshiek County Courthouse steps at 1:00 pm to discuss issues and plan action. Contact Jim Tripp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 12 - Cool Congregations Coffee (Ames)
From 7:00–8:30 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave for conversation about what faith communities in Iowa are doing to care for the earth. See firsthand what Bethesda Lutheran has done, installing a ground source heat pump system to heat and cool their facility with a goal of reducing their energy use and costs. Contact Sarah Webb at (515) 238-3587 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 14 - Forey Fest (Des Moines)
There has been an outpouring of care and concern for Forey, the barefoot runner who was badly beaten recently. This will be an event filled with fun to benefit Forey. Details are still in progress, but the day will include a 5K run/walk and live music at Full Court Press bars and restaurants. See Forey Fest Facebook Page for details.

January 17 - Irish Jam at Open Sesame (Des Moines)
Discover the fusion of Lebanese and Celtic culture every third Tuesday of the month: belly dancing to Irish gigs and reels, Lebanese cooking washed-down with a pint of Guinness. All musicians patrons welcome, at 313 E. Locust St from 8:30-10:30 pm.

January 26 - Green Drinks (Des Moines)
Join casual conversation with people interested in environmental issues and sustainable energy over something to eat and/or drink. It's from 5:30-7:30 pm at Gateway Market and Cafe, 2002 Woodland Ave. Contact Shari Hrdina at DesMoinesGreenDrinks@gmail.com.

 
More news from the Ron Paul Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gary Howard   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:19
Ron Paul Iowa Team Welcomes New ‘Gun Owners for Ron Paul’

Featured Second Amendment advocates hail from 11 Iowa counties

ANKENY, Iowa – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today additional Iowa gun owners joining the “Gun Owners for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition.  Today’s additions reside in Scott, Polk, Webster, Wapello, Audubon, Fayette, Linn, Story, Butler, Delaware, and Keokuk counties, all Iowa.

The following gun owners and everyday Ron Paul caucus-goers offer the following public statements for consideration by the media and other gun owners:

Starting with Scott County, Brian Sydnes of Eldridge stated, “History has shown when the people fear the government, they live in tyranny, but when the government fears the people, they have liberty.  Congressman Ron Paul understands the Constitution, the Second Amendment, and history.  That is the reason why I support him, and join ranks with the ‘Gun Owners for Ron Paul.’”

“As a responsible gun owner, I value Ron Paul’s stances on personal liberty.  With Ron Paul in the White House, there would be no need to worry about the slew of bills continually aimed at inhibiting the rights of American gun owners,” added Robert Weiss of Davenport.

Avid hunter Doug Havill of LeClare explained his caucus choice saying, “Ron Paul’s understanding of the Constitution is amazing.  He understands that the Second Amendment should not be infringed upon and that safety is a matter of personal responsibility.”  

Concealed-carry permit holder Scott Carlson, a Davenport resident, stated, “I support Ron Paul for president because he knows the Second Amendment means exactly what it says, and that the ‘people’ referred to in it are the same ‘people’ referred to in the First, Fourth, Ninth, Tenth, and Seventeenth Amendments.”

Polk County resident John Hoover of Des Moines expressed his backing of Paul saying, “I support Ron Paul because he has his principles and sticks to them no matter what.  His support of the Constitution is foremost in his platform, and I know he would not change that after taking the oath to uphold and defend it.”

“I support Ron Paul because of a long track record of fiscal responsibility, standing for freedom, small government, and the Constitution,” Adam Weltha, also of Des Moines, said as he excitedly signed onto “Gun Owners for Ron Paul” over the weekend.

Continuing with Webster County residents, Emily Martin of Fort Dodge declared her support for Ron Paul, “…because he is a true statesman and will follow the Constitution.  I trust him to end the illegal wars and corruption.  He will bring about a much needed revolution of ideas in America.”

Dean Pringle, hailing from Moorland, explains his vote succinctly: “Ron Paul is ever so stout on upholding the interpretation of the Constitution the founders intended, and will uphold our rights and not change them based on whomever disagrees with the written declarations.  I urge others to consider Ron Paul, a man who will stand by his words and convictions.”

Wapello County and Ottumwa resident Phillip Burgmeier shared his ideas: “I’m supporting Ron Paul because he is the only chance the next generation has to have a better life than their parents.  Ron Paul’s actions speak for him, he is a good person.”

“He’s the best man for the job, to get the country out of the position it is in, to end nation-building and restore America’s place in the world,” added concealed carry permit holder Johnnie Walker of Brayton in Audubon County.

Fayette County gun owner Bill Roys of Wadena said of Ron Paul, “Of all the candidates, he’s been the most outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, both in what he says in his speeches and how he votes in the Congress.”

Writing from Linn County, Adam Rompot of Cedar Rapids praised Dr. Paul’s record, “Ron Paul has been totally consistent all the way around, including gun rights and everything else.  That’s why I’m voting for him.”

Marsha Crouthamel of Ames in Story County emphasized the importance of self-responsibility, stating, “Living in a rural area I take comfort in owning a gun.  It’s the first line of protection when the sheriff is at least 30 minutes away.”

Harold Anderson, a Shell Rock resident in Butler County, reflected on his support for Dr. Paul: “Having been able to carry a gun since I was a teenager, I appreciate the fact that as an American I still have the ability.  Ron Paul has always defended those rights, and that’s why I’m voting for him.”

Proud gun owners Jason Guyer of Manchester (Delaware County), and Jonathan Oliver of Martinsburg (Keokuk County), also were among those sending messages of support in the moments prior to the release of these statements, an illustration of the momentum for Ron Paul among this critical segment of voters.

As a first basic step, those interested in joining the ranks of the “Gun Owners for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official page by clicking here.  If residing in the Hawkeye State, gun owners may inquire with Meghann Walker, Director of Iowa Voter Outreach for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information on Ron Paul’s stance on the Second Amendment, please click here.

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Ron Paul to Address ‘Rock the Caucus’ Student Assembly in West Des Moines

GOP Presidential candidate who counts youth among his many support segments will encourage caucus-eligible voters to participate

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul will address 800 caucus-eligible juniors and seniors at West Des Moines Valley High School at a special ‘Rock the Caucus’ event.

The Iowa Secretary of State and ‘Rock the Vote’ are holding this event to get voting-age students committed to caucus.  For additional information on the co-sponsored event, please click here.

Below please find details of the event.  Time is Central.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

10:45 a.m.
REP. RON PAUL (R-TX) speech
Rock the Caucus Assembly
Valley High School – Gymnasium
3650 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Dubuque-area Christian Pastor Endorses Ron Paul for President
Rev. Mike Demory calls Paul, “The type of man our country needs in the White House, which is why I am throwing my support behind him.”
ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul received today the endorsement of  the Rev. Mike Demory, Pastor of Heartland Church of Christ in Dubuque.

In making his endorsement Rev. Demory mentioned he was doing so as a private citizen and not on behalf of Heartland Church of Christ, or its congregants.

“As a Texas patriot who helped elect Dr. Paul to Congress, I have kept up with his career over the years and am proud to see him grow to the constitutional conservative we see today.  I have waited almost 30 years for the American people to wake up to what our politicians and special interests have done to our great nation, and I now can thank President Barack Obama for a ‘change’ in the American people’s thinking.  Dr. Paul is the type of man our country needs in the White House, which is why I am throwing my support behind him,” said Rev. Demory.

Ron Paul 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers responded positively to the announcement saying, “The Iowa team is pleased to accept Rev. Demory’s endorsement, and delighted to hear that there is a connection with Iowa and Texas.  Rev. Demory’s endorsement and others like it will bring us closer to a strong top-three finish in tomorrow’s caucus.”

If ministering in Iowa, local pastors interested in discussing an endorsement are invited to email the Iowa Director of Voter Outreach, Meghann Walker, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Ron Paul Maintains Lead in Latest PPP Iowa Poll

Survey shows broad support, strong organization

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul is leading Iowa according to a new PPP poll released yesterday evening, with 20 percent of the vote. The survey has Paul also leading among Independents and Democrats with 30 percent of the vote, more than twice that of the nearest challenger.

“As evidenced by the standing-room only crowds, Ron Paul has broad support and a top notch ground organization,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “Despite a coordinated assault by the establishment, Congressman Paul is in the lead and headed toward a top finish in the Hawkeye state.”

This comes on the heels of a CNN/Time poll which showed Ron Paul strong against President Obama. Highlights from the poll include Paul besting Obama 47 to 46 percent among those 65 years and older, said to be the most reliable voters.  Paul also beats Obama among persons who reside in rural areas 52 to 44 percent and with Independents 48 to 47 percent.

Full results of the PPP poll can be found here.

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Does Iowa Represent the Nation? On POPVOX, the answer is "Yes" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marci Harris   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:18

Every four years, as Iowa readies to be the first state in the nation to vote in the presidential primary, discussions arise: How well does Iowa represent the nation?

In honor of the upcoming Caucus, POPVOX gives you a peek of the bills that moved Iowans to contact Congress in 2011.  At least comparing responses from Iowans on POPVOX to nation-wide totals, it appears that throughout 2011, the messages going into Congress from Iowa were very similar to those of the nation as a whole.
Most on the Iowa list mirror the Top Ten for all of POPVOXNation:

 

  • Iowans overwhelmingly opposed allowing robocalls to cell phones, which ranked # 1 in top bills of 2011 that caused people to contact Congress.  As the first caucus state, they likely have unique insight on what it means to be the target of political campaigns trying every tactic to catch voters' attention.  100% of Iowans weighing in on POPVOX opposed H.R. 3035, the Mobile Informational Call Act (which was dropped by it's sponsor on December 17.)  Ninety-nine percent nation-wide opposed the bill.
  • In Iowa, as across the nation, those in favor of eliminating the prohibition of marijuana made a strong showing in support of H.R. 2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. (90% support in Iowa, 91% nationwide.)
  • Similarly, Iowans rallied to support preserving military pay in case of a government shutdown with S. 724, the Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act (93% support, compared with 95% support nationally)
  • Iowans have also shown strong opposition to SOPA, H.R. 3261: the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), with 97% opposing, compared to 98% nationally.
  • Sixty-six percent of Iowans on POPVOX supported H.R. 2, the Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Act, slightly more than the 60% nationwide that support the bill.
  • "Fair Tax" proposals got a lot of attention in Iowa: The House version, H.R. 25 has 77% support in Iowa and 80% nation-wide; while the Senate version, S. 13, has 63% support in Iowa and 80% nationwide.
  • The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, H.R. 822, has 71% support in Iowa and 78% nationwide.


The bills that got attention in Iowa but did not register in the nationwide top 50 all included some variation on the theme of regulating ammunition or fishing tackle for lead content.

  • S. 838, the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act.
  • H.R. 1445, prohibiting EPA regulation of ammunition and fishing tackle based on lead content.
  • H.R. 1443, the Outdoor Sports Protection Act.

Check out the Top 10 Bills in Iowa for 2011:

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Update from the Lundberg Congressional Exploratory Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kevin Lundberg   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:16
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year, and thank you to all who have already responded to our call.  At the close of 2011, on December 31 we surpassed 550 people joining the team. Many are also busy sending the word out to all they know. This is a great beginning.

But it is still just a start. Hundreds have joined, thousands are needed, and I need to decide if we have what it takes to successfully move forward with an official candidacy for Colorado's Second Congressional District, or not by the end of next week. With the state legislative session beginning the following week, and precinct caucuses on February 7, there is no time to spare.

We have now compiled a great deal of information about the potential race onour website: www.Lundberg2012.com. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in sending a powerful message to Washington.

I will do my utmost to win, but I must have thousands of people standing with me. The incumbent, Jared Polis, is the richest Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will bring many millions of dollars to this race. We have an opportunity to show the political establishment that thousands of committed volunteers can be more potent than all the political ads money can buy.

Arm yourself with the facts at www.Lundberg2012.com and join this extraordinary political movement that could make history in 2012. =20

For Life and Liberty!

Kevin Lundberg

 
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