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July 2010

Deport Washington in November

"So you Democrats think you scored a big win here in your voter registration drive called amnesty. Dingy Harry, Pelosi, Obama, they're going to celebrate this injunction against the Arizona law.  'Oh, yeah! Now we can register these people to vote.'  Just wait 'til November.  That's when the statement about all this will be made, the first of many.  As long as we're talking about deporting people, it's time to deport a town." - Rush Limbaugh 

Consumer confidence continues slide

The economic news continues to sour, as the Consumer Confidence Index report came in at 50.4 for July, a significant decline from the 54.3 figure for June.  The decline follows last month's nearly 10 point drop from the 62.7 reported for May.

With consumer spending accounting for approximately two-thirds of the U.S. economy, it takes a reading of 90 to indicate a healthy economy.

Editor's Note:  How's that Obama stimulus money working for 'ya? 

McKinley: Democrats Tripped Iowa’s ‘Race to the Top’ Chances

Governor Culver and legislative Democrats followed the wrong agenda and now our students will miss out

DES MOINES, IA. -- Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley (R-Chariton) today issued the following statement after the Iowa Department of Education learned that Iowa was not picked as a finalist for the national “Race to the Top” education grant program:

“It should come as no surprise that Iowa was not selected as a finalist for the national “Race to the Top” grant program considering Governor Culver and legislative Democrats submitted an application that failed to meet the essential guidelines laid out by the Obama Administration. Senate Republicans attempted to improve Iowa’s chances by advancing key areas regarding pay for performance, student achievement and charter schools among others but Culver and his allies chose to listen to their union bosses and instead ignore the needs of our students.”

Dave Funk to Announce Bid for Supervisor

Iowa GOP Chairman Strawn, Lt. Gov. nominee Kim Reynolds Lending GOP Support

DES MOINES, IA. -- Dave Funk will hold a news conference Wednesday morning to announce his run for elected office in Polk County. Funk recently finished a competitive GOP primary for the 3rd Congressional District nomination. Funk is expected to be nominated tonight by a special Polk County Republican Convention to run in Polk County’s 3rd supervisor district against incumbent Democrat Tom Hockensmith. 

Funk will be joined by Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn and GOP Lieutenant Governor Nominee Senator Kim Reynolds. They will discuss the importance of electing a Republican to the office of Polk County Supervisor.

Who: Dave Funk, Chairman Matt Strawn, Senator Kim Reynolds
What: Campaign announcement
Where: Steps of the Polk Co. Administration Building, 111 Court Avenue, Des Moines
When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 28

Road Construction - Wetherby Drive and Terrapin Drive

Weather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 work on the Sycamore Street Improvement Project will require the closure of Wetherby Drive and Terrapin Drive at their intersections with Sycamore Street. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume on Terrapin Drive and Wetherby Drive by the end of August, 2010.

Motorists are encouraged to take note of this construction work and to seek an alternate route during this time period. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling through all construction areas.

For the updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at

Brenna Findley makes good first impression

By Mike Thayer

Brenna_findley Making an appearance at the Johnson County Republican Central Committee Headquarters Tuesday night, candidate for Attorney General, Brenna Findley made a good first impression on about 35 area Republicans in attendance.

Billed as a Summer Evening Dessert Reception, Findley basically introduced herself to a crowd eager to get to know the candidates on the ballot and she didn't disappoint.

Providing her background of being raised and homeschooled on a farm near Dexter, Iowa, and then graduating with honors from Drake with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Findley's story is grassroots All-American.  After Drake she went to law school, you can review her bio by clicking here.

Professional and quick with responses, Findley said Democrat Tom Miller has been A.G. since 1978 and it’s time for a change in the state.  Her website points to some rather eye-opening incidences our current A.G has been involved with (sweeping Gov. Culver messes under the rug) and her goal is to prevent such bad behavior from happening again.

Do you believe that the new health care bill is unconstitutional?


So does Findley.  If elected in fact, that will be one of her first acts, to join the more than 20 states who are contesting ObamaCare on constitutional grounds.  

"As Attorney General, I will join the states contesting the new health care bill," she stated to loud applause.

Also in attendance was candidate for U.S. House Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who repeated her 'about me' speech and then discussed her recent polling data which seemed to excite the crowd, but didn't do anything for yours truly.  An invitation was extended to her today to come visit and discuss her campaign, we'll see if she cares to.

Founding Fathers believed in limited government, not nanny state crap

"The great leading objects of the federal government, in which revenue is concerned, are to maintain domestic peace, and provide for the common defense. In these are comprehended the regulation of commerce that is, the whole system of foreign intercourse; the support of armies and navies, and of the civil administration." -- Alexander Hamilton, remarks to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788

Senator Grassley responds to email

Thank you for taking the time to share your opposition to the financial reform bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law. Your comments were helpful to me as the Senate debated much needed reforms to rein in Wall Street.

I voted against the conference report on the financial reform bill because of changes that were made to the original Senate bill, which I supported.

For starters, the conference report spends funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), even though TARP dollars should be returned to the taxpayers and used for deficit reduction, as was promised from the start.  TARP funds should not be recycled to pay for more spending before the program is ended.  The conference report also uses FDIC fees twice in a budget gimmick that both credits those fees to the FDIC and uses them to pay for more spending.  What's more, big banks should pay for failures rather than consumers, who will bear the brunt of these new fees.

Beyond that, important reforms that I initially supported were watered down in this final version of the bill. The Federal Reserve should be open to scrutiny and accountability.  The Senate bill took a step in that direction, albeit way too small of a step.  A lot more should have been done in this area.  The House version included a full audit of the Fed, which I supported, and members of the conference could have taken that stronger language.

The $600 trillion derivatives market needs to be made transparent.  The conference report weakened Senate-passed requirements, which I voted for from the start, that banks receiving federal assistance remove all derivatives trading to separate operations.  Instead, banks will be allowed to continue certain derivatives trading.  This leaves banks in a more risky position.

The Senate bill also contained an amendment I cosponsored to stop letting security issuers pick their own credit rating agencies.  A lack of independent assessment by credit rating agencies was a major factor in the 2008 meltdown.  The conference report gutted reform and replaced it with a mere study.

Finally, the bill was something most of Wall Street wanted passed.  And that's the last thing Iowans expect in any real reform bill.

Again, I'm grateful that you took the time to let me know of your concerns with the bill. Hearing from you helps me do a better job in the United States Senate. Keep in touch.