Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


June 26, 2006  

"The debate’s over. The people who dispute the international consensus on global warming are in the same category now with the people who think the moon landing was staged on a movie lot in Arizona," Al Gore said.

Dr. William Gray of the atmospheric-science department at Colorado State University said, the scientific "consensus" on global warming is "one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people."

"The link between the burning of fossil fuels and global warming is a myth. It is time the world's leaders, their scientific advisers and many environmental pressure groups woke up to the fact," Oxford professor David Bellamy wrote.


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"We're at war with a bunch of people who want to hurt the United States of America. And for people to leak that program, and for a newspaper to publish it, does great harm to the United States of America," President Bush said about the newspapers the NY Times, Washington Post and LA Times who published national secrets about a financial spying program.

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) on PBS’s "The News Hour" was livid that the NY Times would betray our country at a time of war. He further blamed Congress in breaking their legal requirements for preserving our nation's security as a source of the story.

The New York Times reported Friday that the US government had secretly monitored thousands of international banking transactions since the attacks on New York and Washington in order to track suspected terrorists.

The newspaper said it refused government requests not to publish the story. Other major media followed with their own reports after the Times story came out.

"…I'm calling on the attorney general to begin a criminal investigation and prosecution of the New York Times, its reporters, the editors that worked on this, and the publisher," Rep. Peter King (R-NY) chairman of the House of Representatives the Committee on Homeland Security said.

"We believe The Times and others in the press have served the public interest by accurately reporting on these programs so that the public can have an informed view of them," NY Times executive editor Bill Keller said in a letter to readers Sunday.

Murtha: "America greatest threat"

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) has begun campaigning for Majority Leader by declaring that America is more dangerous that a nuclear North Korea according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Murtha was the guest speaker at a town hall meeting organized by Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, (D – FL).

"If we prevail as I hope and know we will, and return to the majority this next Congress, I have decided to run for the open seat of the majority leader," Murtha previously wrote in a letter to his Democratic colleagues. "I would appreciate your consideration and vote and look forward to speaking to you personally about my decision."

Murtha’s plan for running for Majority Leader is visiting the districts of fellow colleagues and spreading the message of the Democrat’s policy of "Cut and Run." With this sitting of Murtha in Meek’s Florida congressional district, there is recognition of Murtha’s seriousness to seek a leadership position in his party if the Democrats win control of the U.S. House this November.

Murtha's calling America the greatest terrorist threat comes at a time when Japan and the United States have agreed to deploy advanced Patriot interceptor missiles on U.S. bases in Japan for the first time. The agreement by Japan is based on concerns that North Korea may be about to test-fire a long-range ballistic missile.

Iowa Presidential nomination train

"It is amazing how early and how much presidential organization is occurring in Iowa," said former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Doug Gross at the Iowa Republican State Convention. Gross is the chairman of Governor Mit Rommney’s campaign in Iowa.

It is true. Those who think they can sit back and get into the competitive wide-open race for their party’s nomination in 2008 are wrong. The individuals who are in the most danger of being left out are: former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani; and Sen. Joe Biden.

Another candidate who is at a great disadvantage is Sen. George Allen (R-VA) who at the Iowa Republican Convention said that he might not be back until after November because of a tough senatorial campaign he is waging for reelection.

What is accelerating the elimination of potential candidates is the swallowing up of Republican activists into the various camps. Outside paid staff does not work well in Iowa or any other state. As Professor Harold Hill sings in the opening scene of the Music Man written by Iowa’s own Meridith Wilson, "You’ve gotta know the territory." Each state is different and requires specialized understanding of subtle cultural, ethical and value differences.

Anyone doubting this truth might remember the tens of thousands of Deanies who flooded Iowa at the end of the last caucus cycle. It didn’t work. It didn’t work because locals in every state want to put their own primature on the results of the outcome. This is the genius of the electoral college.

Iowa and New Hampshire do not select the presidential nominee. They just sort them out.

Those who do not yet have Iowa staff in Iowa are: Sen. George Allen; Sen. Bill Frist; Sen. Chuck Hagel; Newt Gingrich; and Rudy Giuliani.

Sen. John McCain has Iowa talent Chuck Larson, former Bush ’04 staff Terry Nelson (from Iowa), and it is reported that Matt Gronewald (Dix Campaign Manager) has now signed on with McCain.

Romney’s leadership includes: David Kochel; Doug Gross; Gentry Collins; Chad Airhart; Derek Flowers; and Tim Moran.

Gov. Mike Huckabee inclues: Eric Woolson and Staff.

Gov. George Pataki includes: Stew Iverson; Ed Failor, Jr.; Loras Schulte; Diane Crookham-Johnson; and JoEllen Hill. You can also expect a large number of legislators to sign up with Pataki given the Iowan’s for Tax Relief Connection.

Presidential Hopefuls' visits to Iowa

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) plans to return to Iowa July 6-8 for his fifth visit since the 2004 election. He will be campaigning for Democrats running for the Legislature and Congress in central and eastern Iowa.

Sen. John Edwards plans his tenth return to Iowa since 2004 on July 7 to headline the Warren County Democrats’ summer fund-raiser in Indianola.

Former Governor Mark Warner (D-VA) also plans to return for his fourth trip to Iowa since 2004 on July 11-12.

Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) plans to be in Iowa July 8-10, beginning in Cedar Rapids the trip will be Huckabee’s eighth trip to Iowa since the 2004 election

Governor Mitt Romney, who was in Des Moines for the state GOP convention last week, plans to return to Iowa on July 29. The Chairman of the Republican Governors Association has accepted the invitation to speak at the Iowa Republican Party’s chairman dinner in Cedar Rapids. It is Romney’s sixth visit to Iowa since 2004.

McCain is also expected to be in Iowa in July as well.

Romney’s Iowa team

Governor Mitt Romney has announced his Iowa team on his website. In addition to those listed, Doug Gross is Romney'’ Iowa chair and it is rumored that Marvin Pomerantz has signed up as well. The following are on Romney’s list:

The Iowa Commonwealth PAC Advisory Committee:

Kyle Adema

Woodbury County Republican Activist

Woodbury County

Paul Bissinger

Dallas County Activist

Dallas County

Mike Carver

Precinct chair for President Bush in the Urbandale area

Polk County

Steve Cates

Congressman King Staffer

Pottawattamie County

Elaine Christensen

Page County Activist

Page County

John Christensen

Former Page County Republican Chair

Page County

Debi Durham

Chamber President, Former Lt. Governor Candidate

Woodbury County

Wes Enos

Polk County Supervisor Candidate

Polk County

Joni Ernst

Montgomery County Auditor

Montgomery County

Randy Feenstra

Sioux County Activist

Sioux County

Dennis Freeman

Former Legislator and Story County Business Leader

Story County

Jeff Fuller

Johnson County Activist

Johnson County

Doug Gross

Chairman of the Commonwealth PAC

Polk County

Jon Jacobsen

Pottawattamie County Republican Executive Board

Pottawattamie County

Ben Johnson

College Republican Activist

Johnson County

Sandy Kale

Clarke County Activist

Clarke County

James Kelly

Business leader

Polk County

Vonnie Kinkade

Union County Activist

Union County

James Kirkpatrick

Fayette County Republican Activist

Fayette County

Kevin Kruse

Union county Republican
Co – Chair

Union County

Nick Latinga

Sioux County Republican activist

Sioux County

Kathy Lewis

Dallas Republican Activist

Dallas County

Ruth Long

Union County Republican Treasurer

Union County

Karen McAllister

Fremont County Chair

Fremont County

Sharon McNutt

Mills County Republican Chair

Mills County

Michael Meyer

Dubuque County Republican Activist

Dubuque County

Brenda Miller

Polk County Community Activist

Polk County

Ryan Miller

Polk county Community Activist

Polk County

Dr. Tim Moran

Former Woodbury Med Society President

Woodbury County

Tim Morgan

Polk County Legislative Candidate

Jasper County

Iris Morrison

Fremont County Activist

Fremont County

Jason Moser

Sioux County Executive Board

Sioux County

Dave Mulder

State Senator

Sioux County

David Overholtzer

Pottawattamie County Chair

Pottawattamie County

Suzanne Overholtzer

Pottawattamie County Republican Women

Pottawattamie County

Kevin Patterson

Black Hawk County Activist

Black Hawk County

Mark Rater

Former Pottawattamie County Chair

Pottawattamie County

Eldon Roth

Business Leader

Woodbury County

Regina Roth

Business Leader

Woodbury County

Connie Schmett

Polk County Activist

Polk County

Kim Schmett

Former Party Counsel

Polk County

Matt Schultz

Council Bluffs City Council

Pottawattamie County

Rich Schwarm

Former State Chair

Winnebago County

Joni Scotter

Linn County Activist

Linn County

Jay Sherive

Small Business Owner

Polk County

Nancy Shirk

Dallas Republican Activist, Waukee Chamber of Commerce

Dallas County

Mick Snieder

Orange City Councilman

Sioux County

Mike St. Clair

Polk County Activist

Polk County

Keith Steurer

Johnson County Activist

Johnson County

Bob Stewart

Woodbury County Republican Activist

Woodbury County

Suzan Stewart

Woodbury County Republican Activist

Woodbury County

Melissa Vander Plaats

Polk County Republican Activist

Polk County

Ralph Watts

Dallas County State Representative

Dallas County

Brad Zaun

State Senator

Polk County

Democrats' target states

If you live in Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Louisiana, Washington, and West Virginia, you already know that Democrats now enjoy executive and legislative control. The Hill covers the fact that these are the likely target states for Democrats.

Rove in Iowa

Karl Rove was in Iowa on Monday campaigning for Republican congressional candidates Mike Whalen who is running in the number one targeted congressional race in the nation and Jeff Lamberti who is ranked in the top 15. Rove appeared at fund-raising events for both of them.

The Democrat line was that the Republicans were receiving support so that they could steal money from Social Security for private accounts.


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