Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


June 2, 2006  

"The words 'path to citizenship' is a buzzword for amnesty. We ought to be honest -- it is amnesty," Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI) said.

"Listen, I appreciate the members are acting on deeply felt principles. I understand that. Yet I also believe that the approach they suggest is wrong and unrealistic," President Bush said about those who oppose illegal immigrants staying in the U.S.


J U S T   P O L I T I C S


Cox making the papers

Illinois businessman John Cox is running for president and has visited 86 of Iowa’s 99 counties by his count. Which brings to mind a Democrat who ran for U.S. Senate by the name of Dick Clark who started his campaign in the boonies of Iowa just as Cox is. Clark began to get his picture in Iowa’s many weekly newspapers. In fact, he wound up on the front page of those weeklies so often the chief political reporter of the Des Moines Register took note. Clark, of course, defeated Iowa’s incumbent Republican Senator Jack Miller.

John Cox is beginning to get noticed as the photo and story in the weekly newspaper The Forest City Summit shows.

Cox brings a comfortable charming speaking style to the campaign. One of his favorite lines is to relate a story about bedtime reading with his daughter. His daughter, he says, asked him if every fairy tale begins with "Once upon a time."

He says he thought a minute and replied, "No sometimes it begins with, ‘If I am elected, I promise.’"

While his speaking style and competent staff are sure to win a following, the path to the presidency is a marathon race that leaves many finding that they cannot go the distance. We require much of those who would occupy the Oval Office.

Cox is beginning to be a person who needs watching. If you are wanting to watch, check out the weekly newspapers in Iowa. No doubt you'll find John Cox there.

Where was Byrd?

Sen. Robert Bird (D-WV) is known for carrying around a copy of the U.S. Constitution in his vest pocket. He is known to rile against the Senate when he feels that sacred document is being traversed. However, Byrd seems to have been absent during the Senate debate on Immigration.

The U.S. Constitution specifically states that all taxation and raising of revenues must originate in the House of Representatives. The Senate, in passing legislation that requires illegal immigrants to pay back taxes in order to receive amnesty and a pathway to citizenship, has violated that important clause.

Senate Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t seem to think there is a problem in the Constitutional infraction of the origination clause.

"If Republicans are serious about enacting comprehensive immigration reform, I've got a deal for them," Reid’s spokesman Jim Manley said. "All they have to do is nothing. Just let the House and Senate bills go to conference and let the conferees work their will."

The immigration bill passed by the Senate and sent to the House is sure to receive a blue slip that enables any House member to request the return of a bill to the Senate for such infractions as not being Constitutional. If this is done in the House, the Senate will be back to square one and the question before the Senate will be if they concur with the House passed immigration bill.

The citizens of W. Virginia may have to contemplate whether they have let Sen. Byrd ripen in the honored glow of the Senate a little too long.

Bubba’s blonde

Belinda Stronach is known as Bubba’s blonde. We are talking about our very own Bubba Bill Clinton, former President of the United States. Now, it is not certain whether this affair is true or just a rumor. However, you can place a bet on it at and profit or lose some money on which ever side of the position you wish to take. I am not certain what constitutes proof of the affair that would trigger the pay-out.

Frist campaign fined

The Washington Times reports on Senate Majority Leader Bill First 2004 campaign was fined by the Federal Election Commission:

The federal agency levied an $11,000 fine on Frist 2000 Inc., according to the documents released by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group filed a complaint last year against Mr. Frist's 2000 campaign committee and received the FEC's findings yesterday, the Associated Press reports.

The FEC found that Frist 2000 failed to disclose a $1.44 million loan taken out jointly by the campaign and by Mr. Frist's 1994 campaign committee. The Tennessee Republican was first elected to the Senate in 1994.


click here  to read past Daily Reports



paid for by the Iowa Presidential Watch PAC

P.O. Box 171, Webster City, IA 50595

about us  /    /  homepage