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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:35 am

The campaign for Iowa's new 4th congressional district may be an interesting one (Iowa lost one congressional seat). The race will be between current 5th district Congressman Steve King (R-IA) and former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack. As much as I would enjoy reading about a King loss, I am aware he has won each of his congressional races by a large margin.[/break1]desmoinesregister.com/article/20110720/NEWS09/107200329/Vilsack-goes-after-King-in-a-race-about-values-]http://www.desmoinesregister.com/articl ... ut-values-[/break1]house.gov/]http://steveking.house.gov/

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:46 pm

For those of you who have never heard of Congressman Steve King (you lucky bastards), many of my Democratic neighbors consider King to be one of the dumbest members of Congress in addition to being one of their biggest windbags. He regularly speaks to an almost empty House chamber giving special order [link]speeches,http://democrats.rules.house.gov/CRS_Rpt/rl30136.pdf[/link] (up to 60 minutes to blab about whatever irritates him that day).The rural areas of Iowa are conservative. Christie Vilsack will need to have large pluralities in Ames, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Mason City to offset King's votes elsewhere in the district.

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Post by John Thomas8 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:56 pm

One wonders if steve king (not related to one of my favorite writers) is related to pete king (not related to one of my favourite sports writers) and if they're the evil doppelgangers of two writers.Because they are evil.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:37 am

I haven't read anything about this race recently and got sidetracked with other issues. The following is from a Jan 25, 2012 Politico article.


IOWA 4th District: 48% say Rep. Steve King deserves reelection, his approval rating is 42 percent. King leads Democrat Christie Vilsack 49 percent to 43 percent. She leads among independents, 48 percent to 37 percent.


[/break1]politico.com/blogs/david-catanese/2012/01/majority-pac-polls-walsh-sinking-king-up-112203.html]http://www.politico.com/blogs/david-cat ... 12203.htmlCongressman King has enjoyed easy wins in the past. He is a teabagger favorite and I anticipate he will receive some large contributions from Dick Armey's FreedomWorks or the Club For Growth PAC (or both).


Those numbers show a race closer than I'd have guessed, and Vilsack has to be pleased with the poll results regarding independents. Still, a lot of factors will have to break her way for Vilsack to oust King November, including whether Iowans have a positive view of President Barack Obama by that time.


[/break1]com/blogs/politically_speaking/politically-speaking-early-poll-shows-king-ahead-of-vilsack/article_399a2217-59b0-5c76-baff-e9b5d8022f8c.html]http://siouxcityjournal.com/blogs/polit ... 22f8c.htmlI thought some might enjoy this from the same Politico article linked above.

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The surveys, conducted by Public Policy Polling and released first to POLITICO, also found that Speaker John Boehner's approval rating is in the weeds at 26 percent, with congressional Republicans registering a 63 percent disapproval rating nationally.

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Post by JSL515 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:57 pm

As an Iowan I am watching the King/ Vilsack race closely. I remember a quote somewhere predicting it will be a “holy war.” What is being overlooked in the fundraising area is the contest in the reconfigured IA-03 (my district) between incumbents Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R). With the possibility of a defeat of King, there is a concern that Boswell’s fundraising will be hampered. I am not unique in that I have a low overall approval of the House of Representatives, but I like Congressman Boswell. He received some interesting press last year when he was the victim of an armed home invasion. It ended when his grandson displayed a shotgun and the intruder fled. Another interesting note in the King/ Vilsack contest is that King has agreed to debate Vilsack. In his past re-election campaigns he has ignored his opponents.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed May 23, 2012 12:31 am

Here are a couple of videos of Congressman King. The first is from April 2012 with King and Russell Pearce (yep, that Russell Pearce) in front of the US Capitol. King talks about his efforts regarding immigration.The second video is Congressman King speaking Monday in Pocahontas, IA comparing immigrants to bird dogs.[/break1]desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/05/22/steve-kings-comparison-of-immigrants-to-dogs-draws-fire/]http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/ ... raws-fire/Iowans, please remove this idiot windbag from Congress.

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Post by Plutodog » Wed May 23, 2012 12:55 am

You know, I don't like King a bit but I think the whole story of comparing immigrants to dogs is first an insult to dogs and second, not really fair. He makes a point that people can understand about how in theory, those who are working hard enough to get to the U.S. may be better motivated and thus more successful citizens. I don't know that that's true beyond as some very rough general rule but it's not necessarily (provably) saying the people are dogz. C'mon. We don't win with stories about insults that really aren't.
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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed May 23, 2012 1:08 am

Congressman King seems to forget about immigrants who are motivated enough to pay a small fortune, leave assets behind and risk their life attempting to cross the border. But then that doesn't fit the description Republicans have of immigrants.From a commenter on the Des Moines Register article linked above:That's actually a fairly accurate analogy for how conservatives see immigrants -- sub-human, cheap labor, and cheap to feed.

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Post by Plutodog » Wed May 23, 2012 1:16 am

Look, dogs are good people and the idiot RWNJ teabagger shit-for-brains congressman was arguably just saying that the best motivated folks are the ones who emigrate. Not that they're dogz or subhuman -- at least not by that story.JMO, of course.
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Post by Suranis » Wed May 23, 2012 4:42 am

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:38 am

Update:





Three polls released on Sept. 27 showed King with a lead, but narrowly.





In the American Future Fund poll, King led Vilsack 48 percent to 41 percent, while a Public Policy Polling outcome had King ahead 48-45 percent, and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found King up 48-46 percent.Not surprisingly:


[Iowa State University political science professor Steffen] Schmidt said King has "adjusted his campaign rhetoric somewhat," and tacked away from far right positions that were popular among voters in the former 5th congressional district.


[/break1]com/elections/races/ushouse04/vilsack-king-face-off-in-spirited-congressional-contest/article_1b597ee0-1d44-11e2-a3e2-0019bb2963f4.html]http://wcfcourier.com/elections/races/u ... 963f4.htmlCongressman King's new district includes some cities where his illegal immigration rants won't play as well as they did in rural Iowa.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:27 am

Trying to get caught up.http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n63 ... -11-08.jpg[/break1]sos.iowa.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=CON&map=CTY]http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/res ... ON&map=CTYBummer. This is one congresscritter who deserved to be booted out.

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Post by esseff44 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:39 am

Did this use to be the 5th? Some of the news reports have him winning the 5th district. I'm confused.[/break1]com/2012/11/06/fifth-district-steve-king-wins-5th-district/]http://whotv.com/2012/11/06/fifth-distr ... -district/

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:54 am

Cross posted from the IA-03 thread.





Iowa lost one congressional district after the 2010 census. There were 5, now only 4.





Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA 3rd) and Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA 4th) are running for Congress in the newly created 3rd congressional district. The first link shows Iowa's present congressional districts. The second link shows the new districts (Iowa lost one due to reapportionment). The race is a tossup and will probably remain that way (3rd link).


[/break1]govtrack.us/congress/findyourreps.xpd?state=IA]http://www.govtrack.us/congress/findyou ... d?state=IA


[/break1]com/local/x1019710194/Branstad-approves-redistricting-plan-predicts-competitive-elections]http://ottumwacourier.com/local/x101971 ... -elections


[/break1]rollcall.com/issues/57_23/In-Land-of-White-Meat-Race-to-Get-Red-Hot-208440-1.html]http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_23/In ... 440-1.html
Edit: Steve King was elected to Congress from the 5th district in 2010. That district no longer exists.

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