KBUR.com » National News http://www.kbur.com News & Talk for Burlington and Southeast Iowa Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:07:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Branstad: Trump “Unlikely” to Wind Up Republican Nominee http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/29/branstad-trump-unlikely-to-wind-up-republican-nominee/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/29/branstad-trump-unlikely-to-wind-up-republican-nominee/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:39:10 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=63975 Governor Terry Branstad doesn’t think it’s “likely” that Donald Trump will wind up being the Republican Party’s presidential nominee next year.

“It’s way early and polls at this point in time tend to reflect name recognition,” Branstad says. “And, obviously, he’s a TV personality who has a lot of recognition, but there’s a lot of really good candidates in this race.”

Trump is tops in several recent national polls and a couple of recent surveys focusing solely on Iowa Caucus-goers found Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the lead, with Trump surging into second place.

“I don’t think he’s going to be the nominee, but you know he, like any other candidate, has an opportunity to express their viewpoint,” Branstad says. “If you remember what happened four years ago, we had a lot of people that were the front-runner at some point in time, but Iowans tend to reward people that work hard and spent a lot of time in the state.”

Trump announced in mid-June that he would run for president and he’s appeared at three events in Iowa since then, including a weekend rally in Oskaloosa that attracted a crowd of more than 14-hundred people. The candidate who has spent the most time in Iowa is Rick Perry and Branstad predicts the former Texas governor “will do a lot better” in the Iowa Caucuses than expected.

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2016 Candidate Carly Fiorina Looks to Stand Out from the Crowd http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/27/2016-candidate-carly-fiorina-looks-to-stand-out-from-the-crowd/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/27/2016-candidate-carly-fiorina-looks-to-stand-out-from-the-crowd/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:34:49 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=63668 Carly Fiorina mingles with voters.

Carly Fiorina mingles with voters.

Republicans in Lee County gathered on Saturday to hear from one of the 16 Republicans hoping to become the next President of the United States.

Former HP Tech Executive and Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina joined Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds to headline the 2016 Lee County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. Fiorina is the only female candidate on the Republican side of the aisle. A former tech executive and advisor to the CIA, she hopes her outsider status will help her stand out in the polls.

“I’ve been standing out since I started. Everything about me is different. My resume is different, my voice is different, the words I use are different,” Fiorina told KBUR, “Oh, and by the way, I look a little different. I have no trouble standing out.”

Fiorina left no policy point untouched in her speech, Opposing the deal with Iran, Sanctuary Cities, and advocated for “Revenue Reducing” as opposed to “Revenue Neutral” tax reform.

She advocated cutting back on government regulation, calling it especially hard on small businesses. She recalled talking to a farmer whose farm was struck by bird flu.

“He knew what he had to do. He knew how to euthanize those birds. And even though he knew that all he had to do was turn off the fans and compost those birds, nope, the US Department of Agriculture and a bunch of bureaucrats in Washington DC told him ‘We know better’,” Fiorina told the crowd, “And so they told him to keep his birds alive, so he had to keep them alive and feed them as they grew sicker and sicker…and he [could] do nothing.”

She says that USDA officials did finally show up, and ordered him…to turn off the fans and compost the birds.

Fiorina is currently down below the top-10 threshold required to get into the debates. Recent polls do have her climbing, however.

Fiorina and Reynolds was joined by Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey and several other local Republicans. Wisconsin Governor and 2016 contender Scott Walker’s wife, Tonette, was also in attendance.

Kim Reynolds Speaks at the Lee County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner

Kim Reynolds Speaks at the Lee County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner

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Clinton Confident About Email Handling http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/26/clinton-confident-about-email-handling/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/26/clinton-confident-about-email-handling/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:59:50 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=63610 WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and does not know what messages are being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information.

Clinton spoke briefly about the email matter Saturday after a Democratic gathering in Iowa. Reporters raised the topic of the email during a brief news conference.

Intelligence investigators told the Justice Department in a letter this week that secret government information may have been compromised in the unsecured system Clinton used at her New York home during her tenure as secretary of state.

Asked if the Justice Department should investigate, Clinton tells reporters that’s up to officials.

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Donald Trump Financial Holdings Revealed by Federal Regulators http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/22/donald-trump-financial-holdings-revealed-by-federal-regulators/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/22/donald-trump-financial-holdings-revealed-by-federal-regulators/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:51:36 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=62987 WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have made public details about Donald Trump’s wealth and financial holdings.

Trump, a Republican presidential candidate who says he’s worth $10 billion, holds leadership positions in more than 500 business entities, according to the forms. The documents show his assets to be at least $1.4 billion and debt of at least $240 million.

His most significant assets and debts are listed as simply being “more than $50 million.” It’s impossible to tell from the forms exactly how much Trump is worth because the figures are detailed in broad ranges. Trump has complained that they aren’t adequate to reflect his wealth.

All presidential candidates are required to file such financial reports.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley Builds Name Recognition in Burlington http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/17/democratic-presidential-candidate-martin-omalley-builds-name-recognition-in-burlington/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/17/democratic-presidential-candidate-martin-omalley-builds-name-recognition-in-burlington/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:14:19 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=62410 Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley talks with caucus goers at Diggers Rest in Downtown Burlington.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley talks with caucus goers at Diggers Rest in Downtown Burlington.

The Former Democratic Governor of Maryland, Former Baltimore Mayor, and 2016 Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley made his way to Burlington on Friday to try to step out of the massive shadow of the Hillary Clinton Campaign and start building name recognition with voters.

O’Malley has served in an executive capacity for 15 years, something no other candidate on either side has done. He says he brings two things to the table.

“Two things. New leadership… from the perspective of a new generation, and 15 years of executive experience,” O’Malley told reporters, “Legislators are important, but when it comes to actually getting things done, that’s an executive discipline.”

O’Malley is trying to position himself as a more progressive alternative to Clinton, touting a plan to switch over to a 100% clean energy by the year 2050, among other more left-wing plans.

“We brought out policies as to how to go about, in five years time, making a universal option for debt-free college for every family if they so choose,” said O’Malley, “We also created what’s called the ‘Gold Standard’, [a detailed plan] for reining in Wall Street.”

O’Malley met with a group of around 20 caucus goers at Diggers Rest Coffeehouse in downtown Burlington.

As Governor, the City of Baltimore became a so-called “Sanctuary City” for Illegal immigrants. O’Malley supports providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country as well as the existence of Sanctuary Cities”.

“I support a pathway to citizenship for new Americans. I think it will help us secure our border and focus on the individuals whoa re a threat to public safety or are trafficking narcotics. If you want to call it ‘amnesty’, you can call it amnesty,” O’Malley told KBUR.

O’Malley praised President Obama’s recent deal with Iran over that country’s nuclear program, calling it “Promising”.

O’Malley is one of five Democratic Candidates in a race currently dominated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to polling done by KBUR/Monmouth College, O’Malley’s support sits at 5%, putting him at third behind Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Down in the Polls, Santorum Courts West Burlington Voters http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/17/down-in-the-polls-santorum-courts-burlington-voters/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/17/down-in-the-polls-santorum-courts-burlington-voters/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:04:30 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=62405 Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum chats with a caucus goer at the Ivy Cafe in West Burlington.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum chats with a caucus goer at the Ivy Cafe in West Burlington.

Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited caucus goers to pitch the ideas that he hopes will set him apart of the 15 other candidates vying for the Republican Nomination.

The 2012 winner of the Iowa Caucus met with about 15 residents at the Ivy Cafe in West Burlington as part of a trip around Southeast Iowa. Santorum says that it’s an emphasis on manufacturing and economic growth that sets him apart.

“The focus of this campaign, from the very beginning, is about trying to provide opportunities for those in America who haven’t really seen either political party on their side to create jobs and opportunities,” Santorum said, “That are going to be supportive of families today.”

Santorum elaborated his stance on the more hot-button issues of the campaign, calling himself the candidate with the toughest and best stance on immigration and criticizing his Republican opponents for “tough rhetoric” but what he called “weak stances”.

He strongly criticized Sanctuary Cities–municipalities who are opting not to turn over captured illegal immigrant criminals–saying that they’re violating the law.

“They’re illegal. I would sanction the sanctuary cities.” Santorum told KBUR, “Any city that doesn’t comply with federal law will be sanctioned. One thing we can do is withhold federal funds from that city until they comply.”

He expressed his support for building a border wall with Mexico.

Santorum hinted at his tax plan: lower corporate tax and a lower, flatter tax for every American. He proposed growing the manufacturing sector of the economy as a way to begin tackling the national debt.

He called the recent deal that the Obama Administration made with Iran over that country’s nuclear program “The worst deal made in the history of the country” and expressed concern that it will lead to a nuclear arms race in the middle east.

In 2012, Santorum ran on a strong social conservative platform that scored big marks in the Iowa Caucus, beating eventually nominee Mitt Romney . He’s moved away from that position this year but says that he still holds socially conservative beliefs, including an opposition to gay marriage.

Santorum currently sits close to the bottom of the pack of Republican presidential candidates. According to a recent KBUR/Monmouth College poll, he sits at 4% support, the 4th lowest in the race.

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Police Investigating Shooting in Chattanooga, TN http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/16/police-investigating-shooting-in-chattanooga-tn/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/16/police-investigating-shooting-in-chattanooga-tn/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:30:47 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=62188 A woman who says she witnessed the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee says she heard a barrage of gunfire near one of the shooting sites.

“It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew there were police cars coming from every direction,” said Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at a Binswanger Glass.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said at a brief news conference that police were pursuing an active shooter and there was an officer down.

Hutcheson says she ran inside, where she remains with other employees and a customer. The gunfire continued with occasional bursts she estimated for 20 minutes.

“We’re apprehensive,” Hutcheson said. “Not knowing what transpired, if it was a grievance or terroristic related, we just don’t know.”

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Congressional Delegation Weighs in on Iran Deal http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/15/congressional-delegation-weighs-in-on-iran-deal/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/15/congressional-delegation-weighs-in-on-iran-deal/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:19:04 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=62041 Iowa’s congressional delegation is starting to weigh in on the Iran nuclear deal.

Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both say they’re skeptical of Iran and worry the proposed end of economic sanctions will mean Iran has more money to send to terrorists around the globe.

Grassley suggests the deal is “a lot more carrot than stick” and Ernst says the deal needs “stronger” inspection requirements because Iran cannot be trusted to comply with limits on its nuclear ambitions.

Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City is the only Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation. Loebsack says he’ll carefully review the deal, but Loebsack isn’t saying whether he’s inclined to back it or oppose it.

The two Republican presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa Tuesday are condemning the deal. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says the deal “isn’t diplomacy – it is appeasement.” Former Texas Governor Rick Perry says the deal is “destructive”.

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Presidential Candidate, Former Senator Rick Santorum to Tour Southeast Iowa http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/15/presidential-candidate-former-senator-rick-santorum-to-tour-southeast-iowa/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/15/presidential-candidate-former-senator-rick-santorum-to-tour-southeast-iowa/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:29:20 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=62020 Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

Another Presidential Candidate is heading to Southeast Iowa this week.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will be stopping in West Burlington, Weaver, Keokuk, and Wapello on a multi-day tour of Southeastern Iowa.

His first local stop will be in Keosauqua, where he’ll “walk down Main Street” with Van Buren County GOP Chairman Ron Davenport and State Senator Mark Chelgren, concluding with a retail town hall meeting at First Street Bar and Grill in Keosauqua on Thursday at 3:00pm.

He’ll then head to Keokuk for a town hall meeting with voters at the Hawkeye Restaurant at 5:00.

Afterwards, he’ll attend a discussion on faith and religious liberty and evening prayer at Grace Bible Church in Wever.

The next day, Santorum will start the morning in West Burlington at the Ivy Cafe at 9:00 am.

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Federal Judge Revokes Washington Redskins Trademark http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/08/federal-judge-revokes-washington-redskins-trademark/ http://www.kbur.com/2015/07/08/federal-judge-revokes-washington-redskins-trademark/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:04 +0000 http://www.kbur.com/?p=61018 ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins’ trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.

The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board.

In his 70-page ruling, Lee emphasized that the organization is still free to use the name if it wishes — the team would just lose some legal protections that go along with federal registration of a trademark.

The team had sued to overturn a ruling against it by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. The team argued that cancellation of its trademark infringed on its free-speech rights because it required the government to judge whether the name is offensive.

The organization can appeal.

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