Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Polk County line up.

With the time for filing now behind us the competing line ups for control of the General Assembly are now set. No county has more impact on the composition of the General Assembly that does Polk County, a fact that the Democrats have well understood for years.

The best news for us in Polk County is our two senior Senators, Pat Ward (SD30) and Brad Zaun (SD32) remained unopposed. Pat and Brad are in a position to make a major contribution to the county and state wide effort.

The only Democrat Senator on the ballot, Dick Dearden (SD34) isn’t.
Scott Strosahl is a very energetic young man who is bringing an athletic approach to campaigning against a complacent incumbent. Dearden will have a hard time explaining why, as a senior member of the majority party, he can’t do anything about flood relief in the northern part of his district and the cigarette tax, homosexual marriage, tax increases and overspending in the south part of his district.

The picture over in the House races is much less clear. Our only incumbent,
Scott Raecker (HD 63) faces Democrat Nita Garvin. Although Scott is a strong incumbent, the presence of an opponent will bring him out far more than would an uncontested campaign. Any campaigning Scott does in his district helps EJ Giovannetti in his Supervisor race.

We have four open seats in Polk County.
Peter Cownie is facing two opponents, Democrat Alan Koslow and Libertarian Russ Gibson to fill Libby Jacobs’ big shoes in HD 60 (WDM). This is a strong Republican district but the Libertarian could get a few hundred votes and swing an open seat to a Democrat for a term. Unlikely but we’d better campaign like we’re twenty down ‘cause freaky things happen in open seats.

Our guy,
Kevin Koester, faces Matt Pfaltzgraf to fill Carmine Boal’s equally large shoes in HD 70 (Ankeny). Like Libby Carmine has served the people of Iowa with distinction for many years in the legislature. While Ankeny is even more Republican than West Des Moines, Kevin’s opponent looks much stronger than does Peter’s. Kevin is favored to win but nothing can be taken for granted.

The Dems are making their strongest run to fill HD 59 (Windsor Heights, WDM & Clive), being vacated by Dan Clute after only one term. The Democrat candidate is Jerry Sullivan, a well known insurance salesman and current Mayor of Windsor Heights.
Chris Hagenow is a hard working young candidate who convincingly defeated a much more experienced opponent in a primary. This race is going to be close but we have a lot of advantages that our opponent lacks. Like Peter Cownie in HD 60, this is race can benefit from Supervisor Robert Brownell and Sen. Ward’s participation.

The final Republican open seat is up in Johnston and Grimes, HD 69. Walt Tomenga is retiring and
Erik Helland even more convincingly won the most hotly contested and high profile primary in the state. Erik’s opponent is also a political newcomer, Richard Sosalla. Erik is in a solid Republican District and should easily win this one. Erik is among the hardest working of candidates at any level of politics, a trait upon which much of our confidence in him is placed.

Top to bottom this is a tough group of Republicans. If we cast hubris aside, embrace some new tactical thinking and work our tails off, we will win all of our open House seats and knock off Sen. Dearden as well.

Tomorrow we discuss our challengers for Democrat seats.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Uncle Teddy

Did you watch the debate last night? Great format. Loved it. Serious questions and no gimmicks.

I dropped my jaw when Barack actually said that he has no opinion on when life begins because it's above his pay grade.

Well dammit! Who is in the pay grade to which he refers? He is running for the biggest pay grade job in the world and he has no opinion on the matter?

Just like a typical union hack..."ain't my job man."

barack obama is a racist said...

The other jaw dropping moment for me was when he threw Justice Thomas under the bus.

Maybe Barack can't stand the fact that a different black man was appointed to one of the highest offices in the land before him and that somehow dimishes him????

It made not a bit of sense. His reason for dissing him was that he didn't think he had enough experience to be a supreme court justice.

Barack - uhm er - doesn't that argument work against you too? You have no experience either.

Didn't you use the best argument not to vote for you as a reason for throwing the highest serving black man in the nation under the bus?

I think this revealed very poor character from Barack.

He didn't site his opinions (job performance) - just his inexperience prior to becoming a justice (not job performance).

If McCain had said that about Clarence Thomas, he would have been called a racist.

Anonymous said...

Justice Clarence Thomas is the highest ranking black man in the world.

Supreme THAT Bary!

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama committed a black on black crime last night. Does Barack think Clarence is an Uncle Tom?

Anonymous said...

Hey look I've been sticking to voting Republican like gum on a Pollack's shoe..... but if you can't look beyond party lines and admit that Clarence Thomas is a lightweight then you need a little help. Thurogood Marshall's chair had to be filled with another negro and this was the best they could come up with. And if you're really honest, you can't tell me it doesn't make your conservative stomach blanch to know that on top of the fact he's an idiot he's also married to a white woman. So much for affirmative action when this is the kind of tripe it produces. And you're damn right he's an Uncle Tom! But he's our stepandfetchit Uncle Tom and he'll do whatever the Republican hierarchy tells him to. He's not some "free thinking" type like that traitor fink Colin Powell.

Anonymous said...

Every lawyer that I know who has taken a constitutional law class grumbles at the mention of Clarence Thomas. The guy has been on the court for 15 years or more and how many majority/dissenting opinions has he written? From what I've heard, most of his decisions can be summed up by him pointing at one of the other Justices and saying "yep - what he said".

Anonymous said...

I dont think it is ever "good news" when someone runs unopposed. It is not democratic to have non-elected officials.

I would much rather see someone challenge Ward and Zaun on some of there more liberal views. Maybe a libertarian candidate, but I suppose they arent terrible.

Also about the forum, honestly, I think McCain is a douchbag liberal and just because he won the nomination by winning liberal states early on, dont expect me, or other true conservatives to drink the Kool-Aid because we are afraid of big bad Obama.

Here is a history lesson for all you young folks, in `92 everyone was scared that Clinton would push his liberal views for the next eight years. It took him two years to lose the Democratic Majority and become a lame duck, and we had prosperous times.

If Conservative ideals leave the Republican Party with a John McCain presidency, you can expect an even more liberal candidate next time and before you know it Barack Obama will look like a conservative and America will be run by Comrade Pelosi.

Vote Barr

Major Ken thinks Obamessiah is a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill--and not for lack of opportunity said...

The Clinton example listed forgets that Osama Bin Laden became convinced the U.S. was a "Paper Tiger" thanks to Clinton's failure to confront terrorist attacks. Elections have consequences and voting for Barr makes no sense at all. Diehard Republicans should vote for McCain, holding their noses if they have to, because the Obamantion will be bring long-term destruction to the country that cannot possibly be undone.

Diehard Republicans need to get their act together to win over local parties and election staunch conservatives. This is not time to self-destruct. Didn't we laugh when many Democrats voted for Nader because it helped our candidate win the Presidency? The same logic applies when reversed.

Anonymous said...

Just heard the evangelical churches are praying for rain the night Obama is excepting the demoncrat nomination.

Anonymous said...

I would hardly call Ward and Zaun "staunch conservatives."

Anonymous said...

Ward is extremely liberal. Zaun is really conservative. Looking at reports neither of them will be very helpful in the fundraising department. It will be interesting to see how they intend to make contributions to the county and statewide effort. Do you know Ted?

RF said...

"Obamantion will be bring long-term destruction to the country that cannot possibly be undone."

Ken - You crack me up. This coming from the guys who brought us the W disaster. What the heck is this great Obama threat anyway? Brains and understanding of the world maybe?

Obama was absolutely right when he said his opposition will try to scare voters shitless. Sadly, it might work. But even if it does work, the good thing is that McCain is by far the most tolerable candidate your side could have produced. He would be a huge improvement over W.

Major Ken thinks Obamessiah is a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill--and not for lack of opportunity said...

RF,

A quick history lesson on Democratic Presidents since 1960.

Kennedy/Johnson - Vietnam, which, unlike Korea, was only an insurgency.

Carter - We pushed the Shah out and got the Ayatollah who turned Iran into Shiite theocracy intent on destroying Israel and the United States.

Clinton - When not bombing innocent aspirin factors in response to Ken Starr and soiled dresses managed to embolden OBL with failed responses to WTC #1, Somalia, Khobar, and the Cole.

Obama's rhetoric, associations, and history indicate he will be dangerously naive with is brand of Marxist appeasement.

Scared? You can bet the farm that I am very scared of Obama.

Anonymous said...

Good article on Obama/Thomas

If Thomas is less than qualified what does that say about Obama?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121901817146948231.html?mod=djemEditorialPage

Anonymous said...

You just gotta love the Democrats assumption that THEY are always the “Smart” ones. I don’t think there has been an election in over fifty years when they have not proclaimed themselves, and their candidates, as more intelligent.

Obama gives great scripted speeches from teleprompters, and has the condescending tone down pat, therefore he is obviously more intelligent.

Major Ken thinks Obamessiah is a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill--and not for lack of opportunity said...

My office buddies came up with a great SNL skit about Obama.

Obama could say the words to "We are the World" making sure to pause for effect on every forth word.

(Obama speaking)
We....Are the world..........

We....Are the Children.......

We....Are the ONES to make a BRIGHTER day.......

The camera pans out to the audience in loving adoration of the messiah with people clapping and wiping away tears of joy before panning to the news reporter...

Moreover, Andrea Mitchell comments to the viewing audience that we are "seeing history in the making"

Next, a very serious looking John McCain is asked what he thought about the great speech from Obama and a visibly alarmed McCain replies the speech appears to be a rip-off from an 80's song.

The camera pans back to Andrea Mitchell as she is caught praying to Obama before she realizes she is on camera. After quickly reattaching her lapel mic, she proclaims McCain has somehow cheated by reading the lyrics of the song and comparing them to Obama's speech.

Major Ken thinks Obamessiah is a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill--and not for lack of opportunity said...

Loved the article about Obama/Thomas.

Anonymous said...

We've got a great slate of Republican candidates in Polk County.

Now, as activists, we need to get our asses out there and start helping them door knock and phone call and even donate to their campaigns.

We've got to make sure that we do our job to hold these seats!

Anonymous said...

Conservatives Slam Obama’s Answer About Supreme Court Justices at Saddleback Forum

A former law clerk for Clarence Thomas is leading a pack of critics who say Barack Obama’s comments about the Supreme Court justice reveal the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s ignorance and misunderstanding of the Constitution.

A weekend event at the 22,000-member Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., was meant to give both Obama and John McCain a chance to address questions of importance to the large evangelical community. Church Pastor Rick Warren, known for his bestselling book “The Purpose-Driven Life,” posed the series of questions to each candidate, which were aimed at getting to their personalities, foibles and leadership styles.

During the symposium, Obama said he would not have nominated Thomas to the bench because “I don’t think that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time for that elevation. Setting aside the fact that I profoundly disagree with his interpretation of a lot of the Constitution.”

Click here to see many of the question-and-answer segments at the Saddleback forum.

Obama then added that he would not have nominated Justice Antonin Scalia because they disagree, not because of any intellectual deficiencies.

Wendy E. Long, currently counsel to the The Judicial Confirmation Network, called Obama’s responses about the bench “ludicrous.” Long released a statement saying the remarks demonstrate Obama contradicts himself in his “own alleged criteria” for high court nominees.

”Obama started to say that Justice Thomas didn’t have enough ‘experience’ for the Supreme Court. In mid-sentence, when Obama realized that he himself has far less experience for the presidency than Justice Thomas had for the court in 1991, he shifted and said Justice Thomas ‘was not a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time,’” said Long, a former Senate aide whose conservative group works to get “highly qualified” justices confirmed to the bench.

“This is all reminiscent of (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid’s comment several years ago that Justice Thomas was ‘an embarrassment to the court’ and that his opinions ‘were poorly written’. Reid was exposed as the ignoramus then, and the Congressional Black Caucus asked him to stop using ‘stereotypes and caricatures,’” she continued.

Reid is among several critics who have called Thomas’ written opinions lightweight and suggested that he wants to abandon the principle of “stare decisis” — standing by precedent — and reinvent the wheel with every case.

The topic of several biographies, Thomas, who was confirmed to the court by a 52-48 margin, has also been described as disinterested because he does not ask questions during oral presentations before the court. The justice has defended himself against the criticism, it as an effort to demonstrate respect for the attorneys presenting their cases.

“Reasonable Supreme Court observers of all political stripes, who do not necessarily agree with Justice Thomas’ jurisprudence, consider his work to be scholarly and of top quality. And yet Senator Obama is, sadly, unable to acknowledge even that much about an intelligent, wonderful and kind man who broke racial barriers to rise to the very top of the legal profession,” said Helgi Walker, a former associate counsel to President Bush and former law clerk for Thomas.

Long and others said Thomas has repeatedly proven critics wrong about his intellectual capacity and repeated previous defenses that much of the criticism of Thomas is because he is a black conservative.

“Apparently, Obama can do no better than to recycle discredited statements of Harry Reid when it comes to Justice Thomas. Like other liberal elites, Obama cannot stand it when a black man strays from the ideological plantation and refuses to implement liberal policies through the courts. But Obama will never point out any intellectual deficiencies in Justice Thomas’s work, because he can’t. Justice Thomas’s opinions consistently reveal faithfulness to the Constitution, judicial modesty and deference to the will of the people in our representative democracy. That is opposed to everything that Obama and the liberals are trying to do in grabbing power from the people and giving it to the courts,” she said.


“It’s precisely because Justice Thomas has proven himself such a faithful steward of the Constitution that Barack Obama says he wouldn’t have nominated him,” said Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Policy Center and a former law clerk to Scalia. “If he is elected, Obama is a sure bet to appoint liberal judicial activists eager to invent farfetched constitutional ‘rights’ that entrench the left’s agenda on issues like same-sex marriage, stripping God out of the Pledge of Allegiance, child pornography, partial-birth abortion, and national security. It’s Obama who lacks the experience and judgment for the position that he seeks.”

Long did not offer comment to McCain’s response to the same question in which he said, “with all due respect,” he would not have nominated Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, David Souter and John Paul Stevens.

“Well, I think that the president of the United States has incredible responsibility in nominating people to the United States Supreme Court. They are lifetime positions, as well as the federal bench. There will be two or maybe three vacancies. This nomination should be based on the criteria of proven record, of strictly adhering to the Constitution of the United States of America and not legislating from the bench. Some of the worst damage has been done by legislating from the bench,” McCain said.

Left off both candidates’ lists were the nominal moderate in the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the newest Justice on the court Samuel Alito.

The nomination of justices to the bench is one of the most important criteria for conservatives in the coming election, and several leaders on the right have said they will swallow their distaste for McCain’s record on other matters and vote for him because they know he will nominate conservative justices.

The Wall Street Journal editorial page also took jabs at Obama’s answer, noting both his and Thomas’ career at the time they reached the highest office of their ambitions. The editorial noted that Obama’s response may have been inartful.

“Even more troubling is what the Illinois Democrat’s answer betrays about his political habits of mind. Asked a question he didn’t expect at a rare unscripted event, the rookie candidate didn’t merely say he disagreed with Justice Thomas. Instead, he instinctively reverted to the leftwing cliché that the Court’s black conservative isn’t up to the job while his white conservative colleagues are,” the editorial board wrote.

Long warned that Obama’s response reveals the kind of judges Obama would appoint.

“Obama wants justices who will do his bidding, who will implement the preferred policies of the liberal establishment – not Justices like Thomas, Scalia, Roberts and Alito, who understand that the role of a judge is not to legislate from the bench,” she said.

She also slammed the candidate for saying that he would take the counsel from his wife and grandmother as well as former Sen. Sam Nunn and Sens. Dick Lugar, Ted Kennedy and Tom Coburn.

“Obama’s answer about the three wisest people in his life, upon whom he would rely heavily in his administration, also sheds light on the way he would choose Supreme Court Justices. Obama said he would consult his grandmother, his wife, and Ted Kennedy. This is unlikely to yield the highest quality judicial nominees who understand the Constitution and the role of judges in our constitutional democracy,” Long said.

Fuck American
Obamessiah

Blue Dog said...

Matt Pflatzgraf is a decent kid. He is more conservative than the democratic leadership would want him to be and he really is a tiger as far as campaigning goes.

I will probably split my votes going Obama, Reed, Boswell in the big three but I might also go with Pflatzgraf too. Who knows he might actually jump over when he gets to the state house and sees what its really like

Blue Dog said...

Matt Pflatzgraf is a decent kid. He is more conservative than the democratic leadership would want him to be and he really is a tiger as far as campaigning goes.

I will probably split my votes going Obama, Reed, Boswell in the big three but I might also go with Pflatzgraf too. Who knows he might actually jump over when he gets to the state house and sees what its really like

Anonymous said...

Matt Pflatzgraf gets 40%

Anonymous said...

Hey Ken I see in the post up there you admit to hanging around in an office all day. Yes Sir ree bob! Doing your bit to whip the dredded hun by sitting around on your pompous ass all day drinking coffee and eating doughnuts. Being in harms way like that you might get a paper cut, a cavity from all the sugar you ingest? Just as I thought, an office boy, a behind the lines, play dress up like a soldier wannabe. A blow hard officer that hasn't picked up anything heavier than a ball point. The boys in the field, that's who I respect, they're the ones protecting our freedom. God Bless and keep them. Bullshit wind bags like you that have nothing better to do tyhan seriel blog all day....what's your excuse?

Robert L. "Bobby the Sack" Saccamano said...

All this discussion about Obama versus Thomas. Come on folks, they are both in the same league. They just so happened to be the right black in the right place at the right time. And to those that jump up and say that's racist are full of crap. It's a statement of fact. On any team that any group would pick to run this Country, be it Republican or Democrat, neither Obama or Thomas would crack the top ten and you folks know it. Why are we even having this discussion? For the love of God wasn't it a few short months ago we all hoped McCain would switch over to the Democratic party so we could run a real Conservative, a Barry Goldwater type, against his liberal ass? Stange bedfellows, politics; Whoever said that was fucking A right on! Who said that anyway, Ben Franklin? That fat, sausage chewing whino from Philadelphia might have had a hell of a lot more on the ball than flying kites in the rain, boy.

Anonymous said...

After reading your blogs, I really wonder if you all have a spouse? If so I really feel sorry for them haveing hooked up with some of you.
By your grammar you definitely aren't the big bread winners. By the way, over 10% of the GOP senators aren't attending the convention..They don't want to be to closely identified with the evangelicals.

Anonymous said...

After reading your blogs, I really wonder if you all have a spouse? If so I really feel sorry for them haveing hooked up with some of you.
By your grammar you definitely aren't the big bread winners. By the way, over 10% of the GOP senators aren't attending the convention..They don't want to be to closely identified with the evangelicals.

Anonymous said...

Over 10% of the GOP Senators will not be attending the convention!!!

Anonymous said...

Over 10% of the GOP Senators will not be attending the convention!!!

Anonymous said...

Over 10% of the GOP Senators will not be attending the convention!!!

Major Ken thinks Obamessiah is a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill--and not for lack of opportunity said...

To the pinko "Loser" I think it is common knowledge to the thinking population (that leaves out idiots like you) that I have an "office job" complete with internet and coffee in Baghdad. I live on an American base and my time as a trigger puller ended four years ago.

That being said, over 100 people (office people mind you) have died in the employ of my company serving in Iraq over the last four years.

Pinko commies like anon August 19, 2008 4:50:00 only appreciate "danger" when it is manufactured ala Hillary running from fake snipers right?

Anonymous said...

Can you blame them not wanting to be associated with the evangelicals? What a herd of freaks they are; masturbating to homo erotic themes and skimming off the top of the collection plate to pay for cheap hookers. Disgusting.

And Ken, that last post is pretty weak. Anybody that disagrees with you is a loser, a pinko, a liberal, a fag, a commie......You're crap is really getting shop worn, pal. There's a lot more at stake here than bringing up the same old John Edwards, Hillary bullshit over and over and over.

Major Ken thinks Obamessiah is a man of proven charisma, but unproven skill--and not for lack of opportunity said...

Here's the deal genius, Baghdad is still in a war zone despite the FACT our military recently destroyed the bad guys and violence is at record lows. The false implication by some of those from the LEFT is that I am somehow not in Iraq or that my background is fictional. When I used the words, "office" one of you LIBs pounced as if you had a Colonel Flagg moment for M.A.S.H. in order to "expose" me yada yada yada....

Seriously guys, give it up already, I am in Baghdad and not everyone over here plays Rambo. We are all in danger when the bad guys have a good day and some of us already did our time running the streets.

But, in all fairness, to all the libs who are not pinko commies I offer my apologies. Of course, most libs believe in everthing the Communist party stands for except they take exception to the word itself. For those who hate communism beyond the word but still call themselves LIBERAL. My endless apologies to you and I have one other question....

What the heck are you doing in a party with so many pinko commies?

Anonymous said...

Shooo-weee Ken, boy oh boy! I agree with 04:33. Take the hint, will you? I mean look at that crap you posted in response. You humiliate yourself with each passing post. Stick to the issues, have a substantive point, or just shut up. Please.

Anonymous said...

The leadership of the Iowa delegation to the RNC convention should think about the actions you have taken today.

Between now and November 4th we elect Republicans.

On the 5th of November you and your supporters will be hung in the court of public opinion like the traitorous bastards you are.

Anonymous said...

I hear Juan McCain kicked out Chuck Grassley from the convention. Does Juan want to lose Iowa

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