Entries Tagged as 'Ames Prog Blog'

“Go Weed the Garden,” Publisher of Racist Report Tells His Critics

March 17th, 2013 · No Comments

After Jim Romenesko picked up our story about a racist report in the Montezuma Record, its publisher and editor in chief Chuck Dunham shrugged off the controversy, explaining that he wasn’t even aware of it because he didn’t use the internet. Yesterday, the Cedar Rapids Gazette published more thoughts from Dunham, who continued to dismiss [...]

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Montezuma Record Publishes Racist Report on U of I Salaries (Updated)

March 14th, 2013 · 4 Comments

UPDATE II, Friday, March 15, 1:09 p.m.: Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic told the Progressive that GOP state Rep. Dave Maxwell, who represents Poweshiek County, requested that House members receive a copy of Thursday’s Record, which is how the paper ended up in Des Moines. Maxwell owns a business in Gibson called Maxwell Tiling, [...]

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Latham vs. Boswell (vs. Ed Fallon)

October 17th, 2012 · No Comments

I haven’t been in Iowa for most of the 2012 election cycle, but since I worked for the Census Bureau in 2010 I suppose I had a bit part in costing Iowa one of its five congressional seats. That development has been particularly interesting in the 3rd Congressional District, where Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell faces [...]

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National Media Get Steve King’s Rape Comment Wrong

August 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Earlier today, Talking Points Memo kicked off a national news frenzy when it picked up a Monday report from Sioux City TV station KMEG-14 that asked Iowa Congressman Steve King to weigh in on Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s rape-comment gaffe. KMEG reported that a federal bill King supports would ban abortion in cases of [...]

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Randi Shannon Defends Republic for Iowa on the Fallon Forum

July 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Last week I wrote about Randi Shannon, the Republican (and apparent birther) who dropped out of a state Senate race in Linn County to accept a position as senator of the so-called Republic for Iowa. The Republic is a part of the right-wing group The Republic for the united States of America, which argues that [...]

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GOP Candidate Drops Out of Local Race, Declares Herself Senator of “Republic for Iowa”

July 14th, 2012 · No Comments

UPDATE, Sunday, July 15: The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist organizations in the United States, has a lengthy article about how the Republic for the united States of America is “plagued by criminality.” That includes tax evasion, FBI domestic terrorism investigations, and deadly clashes with law enforcement. ORIGINAL POST: In case you missed [...]

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Obama’s Brutal New Attack Ad

July 14th, 2012 · No Comments

In Iowa and eight other battleground states today, President Obama’s reelection campaign rolled out its most striking ad to date — an “instant classic,” Rolling Stone‘s Tim Dickinson called it. The ad shows news clippings about Mitt Romney’s job-outsourcing record and offshore tax havens (read more about that in this excellent Vanity Fair piece) as [...]

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Grinnell College Grad Interning for AP Dies at 22 in Mexico City

July 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sad news from the Associated Press tonight: Armando Montano, a 22-year-old Grinnell College graduate who covered the Iowa caucuses in December and January for the New York Times, was found dead early on Saturday in Mexico City, where he’d been interning with the AP. “Montano’s body was found in the elevator shaft of an apartment [...]

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Right-Wing Radio Host Steve Deace Bumped from Des Moines Register — For Now (Updated)

June 27th, 2012 · 34 Comments

UPDATE II, Thursday, June 28: Here’s the column Steve Deace wrote for the Des Moines Register, which he posted on his blog today. As Deace noted on his blog yesterday, the column actually was briefly available on the Register‘s website before the paper officially announced Deace’s new column. You can still read the cached version [...]

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Iowa Primary Day

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Today all eyes are on Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces off against Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election that’s also targeting the lieutenant governor and four Republican state senators. But today’s also primary day in Iowa. The Ames Progressive will have post-primary coverage of some of the state races, but [...]

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