Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Lance Mack, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator from Marion, made an appearance to Barack Obama's speech in Cedar Rapids.
Marion, IA - What would you do if you got to meet Abe Lincoln? If you are President Obama, you give a shout-out to your "homeboy" and add him to your roster of endorsements. At least, that's what the president did during his otherwise routine visit to Cedar Rapids today when he spotted the distinguished guest in the crowd. "Abraham Lincoln is in the house. My homeboy from Illinois and an outstanding Republican endorsee," Obama called to him from the stage when he first arrived. Abe welcomed the greeting and waved to the president and crowd in very statesmanly fashion. It didn't take our 44th president long to spot our 16th president. The man stood out among the 1,600 in attendance, dressed in circa 1800s apparel complete with a black top …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Among other top stories, a Waukee daycare has reopened after it closed in a stir when its host church tried to create an ethics code for staffers. It is reopening separate from the church.
Why nine? Because the Patch community includes nine sites in Iowa: Ankeny, Ames, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Johnston, Marion, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines. 9. Normally a presidential visit to Iowa would warrant a higher seed than No. 9, but since this is the ninth time Barack Obama, the VP or the First Lady have been to Iowa this year, glad to see ya, but, snooze, you're No. 9 in our Iowa Patch countdown. P.S. The Prez is stopping in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, as our Marion Patch reports. 8. While we're on the topic of politics, coming in at No. 8 is Iowa House hopeful Jake Highfill from Johnston who just found out, or maybe we should say, the press just found out through court filings, there's a few skeletons to be sorted out in the …
Friday, July 6, 2012
President Barack Obama will make a campaign stop at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama plans to make a campaign stop at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, July 10. The economy will be the focus of the visit, according to his campaign. Obama is expected to arrive at 12:50 p.m. During the "grassroots event" at Johnson Hall at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Obama will outline his "plan to build an economy that is grown from the middle out, not from the top down, where everyone has a fair shot to succeed and plays by the same set of rules," according to a campaign news release. "The President will also discuss his plan to pay down our deficit in a balanced way while creating jobs in Iowa and across the country," according to the news release. This will be Obama's fourth …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
President Barack Obama is expected to stop in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. It would be his fourth trip to Iowa this year.
Just in case Iowans thought he didn't care, President Barack Obama plans to swing back through the state - again - next week. Obama is planning a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, July 10, multiple news outlets are reporting. The details haven't yet been released. This will be Obama's fourth time to Iowa this year, and Vice President Joe Biden was in Waterloo last week. In all, Obama, Biden or First Lady Michelle Obama have made nine trips to Iowa since January. Clearly, the Obama Administration really wants Iowa to be a blue state in 2012. Obama won Iowa in 2008, but Republicans claimed it in 2004. His opponent, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, has also been a frequent guest. Romney has stopped here three times since the…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Our inaugural Blue Iowa survey also shows a bit of concern that Obama 2012 can pick up Iowa's independent voters in the same proportion as 2008.
After months of largely sitting on the sidelines as the fight for the GOP presidential nomination was waged, Iowa's influential Democrats are professing overwhelming confidence that President Obama will win the state in November's election. That's the main finding of the inaugural Blue Iowa survey conducted by Iowa Patches among influential party leaders in the state that set Obama on his way to the Democratic nomination -- and then the presidency -- in 2008. More than 97 percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement, "I am confident President Obama will win Iowa over Mitt Romney in November." Of those who agreed, more than 55 percent agreed completey and more than 41 percent agreed somewhat. The survey showed some concern, though, …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Our inaugural Red Iowa survey of influential Republicans — an offshoot of our previous Power Outsiders project — shows some mixed results regarding Mitt Romney as we head into the 2012 general election.
Iowa Republicans are cautious about Mitt Romney’s chances of defeating President Obama in November’s general election. A big part of the reason may be the former Massachusetts governor's failure to win over Ron Paul supporters, who constitute a significant portion of delegates headed to the Tampa convention. That's the main finding of the inaugural Red Iowa survey conducted by Iowa Patches. Seventy-four percent of influential state Republicans surveyed say they agree that Romney will defeat Obama in Iowa in November, but only 41 percent feel strongly about the GOP’s chances for recapturing the White House. Why? The answer could have something to do with Rep. Ron Paul, who finished a strong third in the Iowa caucuses behind former Sen. Rick…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Iowa's six electoral voters are judged to be all-important in the general election. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have invested in the Hawkeye State.
Iowa is back at the dance again, and President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney are vying to fill our dance card. President Obama was in Iowa Thursday, on the heels of Romney's visit just 10 days ago. "We love you Mr. President," someone from the crowd at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center shouted as the president began his speech. "I love you back," he replied. Without Iowa "I would not have the privilege of being your president. You were the first ones to believe." Obama was also in Iowa City last month. Michelle Obama famously danced the Interlude, the YouTube sensation from the University of Northern Iowa as part of Iowa's campaign against childhood obesity in February, and met privately with volunteers …
Iowans were filling the Knapp Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon in anticipation of President Obama's 7 p.m. speech. He first met with Iowans at TPI, a Newton manufacturer of wind turbine blades.
- Deb Belt
Thursday, May 24, 2012
They had to wait for more than two hours. But they didn't care. President Obama will hold a campaign event at 7 tonight at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Iowans from all over flocked to the grounds three to four hours in advance to get a good vantage point. Earlier in the afternoon the president visited TPI Composites, a Newton manufacturer of blades for wind turbines. The Obama campaign says the president will outline how far the country has come and the clear choice that voters face in the November election between Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney. With the campaign slogan "Forward," the Democrats criticize Republicans for wanting to return "to the failed policies that…
Sunday, April 29, 2012
President Obama and wife Michelle made separate campaign stops in Iowa last week, while protests continue at the University of Northern Iowa. Our pick of news from around Iowa's Patch sites in the past week.
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- Deb Belt
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Patch community includes nine sites in Iowa. Here are some of what was shared on our Iowa Patches over the past week. The presidential campaign began in earnest in Iowa this week with President Obama's visit to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He made a pitch in the battleground state to prevent a federal student-loan rate increase; a couple dozen protestors outside the event criticized the president's policies. On Tuesday, the first lady was in the Des Moines area for a fundraiser and to thank volunteers for their efforts. A Wisconsin teacher, Shannon Cardinal, 43, was arrested on multiple charges for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Marion boy. If convicted, Cardinal faces up to 186 years in prison. The charges …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Thousands rallied for President Barack Obama at the Field House on University of Iowa campus in Iowa City on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama told University of Iowa students today that a college education is the way to make it in America. "Higher education is the single clearest path to the middle class," Obama told a supportive crowd at the University of Iowa Field House. Obama was visiting to make a pitch to prevent a federal student-loan rate increase, and he is taking his argument to those likely to be most receptive: students. University of Iowa was one piece of a multi-campus tour that included stops at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Colorado in Boulder on Tuesday. "I love you guys, and I believe in you guys," Obama told the student-dominated crowd. It's no coincidence Obama chose to visit Iowa, which is expected to be…