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Paul Makes Habit of Running Away from Important National Issues, But Runs Towards Extremists like Cliven Bundy

Des Moines—As Rand Paul visits western Iowa and prepares to return to Okoboji tonight, a reminder that the last time he was in town he literally ran away from DREAMers who approached him:


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Since then, Iowans have gotten used to Paul running away from the main issues of the day.

Notice a pattern?

There’s one person though who Rand Paul hasn’t run away from: self-avowed expert on “the negro” Cliven Bundy.  

The same Cliven Bundy who speculated that Black people were better off as slaves. The Cliven Bundy who got a 45-minute private meetingwith Rand Paul earlier this week in Nevada.

So it will be interesting to see in Iowa: who does Rand Paul run from today?


DES MOINES – After months of contentious debate, the charter for the Export-Import Bank is expected to expire at midnight tonight, thanks to Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives backed by special interest groups like the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity.

The failure to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank tonight may make out-of-state special interests smile, but it’s bad news for Iowa small businesses and manufacturers. Over the years, the Ex-Im Bank has enabled Iowa businesses, many of them small businesses and manufacturers, to expand their markets overseas and create jobs. Reports indicate that the Ex-Im Bank has supported 1,500 Iowa jobs and generated more than $230 million in export sales since 2007.


DES MOINES – On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, affirming that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage in every state of the country. Marriage equality is now the law of the land.

As expected, there was quickly a “split screen” of reactions in Iowa to the ruling: Iowa Democrats celebrated justice and equality and Iowa Republicans continued to stand on the wrong side of history.

Yet two prominent Iowa Republicans, Rod Blum and David Young, remain conspicuously silent, even to this day.


NEW POLL: 77% of Iowa GOP caucusgoers support pathway to citizenship 

DES MOINES—We knew that Iowa Democrats strongly support comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and offers a responsible pathway to citizenship for new Americans. Turns out, so do Iowa Republican caucusgoers.

As the Des Moines Register’s Kathie Obradovich highlighted this weekend, a new poll from the non-partisan the Partnership for a New American Economy found:

More than three-quarters of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers — 77 percent — would support a candidate who favors a multi-step process allowing undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship. (more…)