By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd8_SuyN8Vc&feature=player_embedded] He’s a straight-talker. His kind of honesty resonates in this political climate. The Democrats in New Jersey left the state in shambles. Governor Christie is fixing it. He makes no apologies for the tough decisions that were forced upon him by his predecessor. Republicans may have the opportunity after Tuesday’s election…

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By Tom Quiner Iowans are faced with huge choices on Tuesday. Do we replace our big-spending Governor? Do we oust three activist Supreme Court judges who imposed gay marriage on Iowa? Do we replace a Congressman with a 100% voting record on the Pelosi index with a fiscally-prudent conservative? These are all big choices. But…

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBvONiWm9iM&feature=player_embedded] I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brad Zaun at my neighborhood coffee shop earlier this year. We discussed, what else, politics. (For out-of-state readers, Mr. Zaun is running for Congress here in Iowa against incumbent, Leonard Boswell, Democrat.) A few things struck me immediately. Brad is a regular guy.…

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By Tom Quiner Who pays the union dues for public employees? You do, Mr. Taxpayer. Who on average makes more money and has better benefits, public or private employees? Public employees. Who pays for these lavish salaries and benefits? Private employees. To whom did President Obama give $160 billion in stimulus money to protect them…

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By Tom Quiner “It’s not about you.” That is the first sentence in Rick Warren’s best-selling book, “The Purpose-Drive Life.”  Mr. Warren’s premise, that our lives belong to God, that true happiness only comes when we do what God placed us on earth to do, is counter-cultural. American culture disagrees with Mr. Warren. Our culture…

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By Tom Quiner I’ve just become aware of a website called Justice, Not Politics. The premise of the site is this:  if you vote against retaining the three Iowa supreme court justices up for retention (re-election), it is somehow unjust. Why, then, does the Constitution even give us a vote on this issue if a…

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By Jeane Bishop Four years ago I helped my daughter and her friend with their National History Day project.  The 10 year old girls studied Dr. Nancy Hill, a pioneer female doctor in Iowa. The girls and I discovered that Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, (1821-1910) the first female physician in this country, became a doctor in…

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By Tom Quiner Be prepared to vote on a “Land Stewardship” amendment to the Iowa Constitution. The amendment calls for future taxes to protect Iowa’s environment (sales tax increases). These taxes will help subsidize farmer’s conservation efforts. The monies will be housed in a trust fund. The idea is worthy, however an amendment is the…

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By Tom Quiner Maggie Dewitte is Executive Director for Iowans for L.I.F.E. She stood up before the Iowa Board of Medicine last Friday and read a statement prepared by Dr. Donna J. Harrison on the dangers of telabortions. Dr. Harrison is President of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (www.aaplog.org). Here are the takeaway…

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By Tom Quiner California Senator Barbara Boxer is not only one of the most liberal Senators in Congress, she is one of the most personality-impaired. Her insufferable treatment of Brigadier General Michael Walsh is legendary. She has earned the spoof that follows.  Enjoy! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrpFSfpXD50&feature=player_embedded] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIHBHYp5Woo&feature=player_embedded]

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