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Who Will Replace Randi Shannon in the District 34 Race?

With former Republican Iowa State Senate District 34 candidate Randi Shannon out of the picture, what happens now?

The Republican candidate for Iowa's State Senate District 34 has bowed out from the race, so what will that mean for the election?

Don McDowell, who works in the Senate Republican leader's office, said Randi Shannon's campaign ending doesn't mean Democratic incumbent Liz Mathis has a clear shot at re-election. 

"Obviously (Shannon) made that decision for personal reasons so we move on and find a new candidate," he said.

McDowell is confident that Linn County Republicans will chose a candidate who will beat Mathis. He claims that any Republican chosen for the position would offer a clear alternative to Mathis. 

University of Iowa political scientist Tim Hagle said the district was a "tough race" before Shannon bowed out to join what she referred to as the "."

Mathis has the advantage as an incumbent and has a lot of , he said, but she's only been in office one year.

Linn County Republican Chairman Steve Armstrong said the next Republican nominee would likely be decided during Tuesday's  Linn County Republican Central Committee meeting.

Mathis could not be reached to comment on this story.

Jeff Klinzman July 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
"Linn County Republican Chairman Steve Armstrong said the next Republican nominee would likely be decided during Tuesday's Linn County Republican Central Committee meeting." Given that its fruit-loop rank-and-file produced one of their own, Randi Shannon, the Linn GOP leadership may be well-advised to just go the top-down route and pick an old school business apparathcik. Does Randi Shannon REALLY own Iowa Glass!?
Simon De Lao July 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Fraud Indictment in Iowa Here's a scenario you don't want to happen. A company very similarly named to yours seems to be representing itself as you and taking away business. There's a name for it: fraud. And Dennis Hill, Hawkeye Auto Glass, Iowa City, Iowa, has gotten sweet revenge with the indictment recently of a competitor who was doing this to him. Jason Shannon, owner of Hawkeye Auto Specialists in Coralville, the twin city next to Iowa City, is answering charges in court these days, not on the phone as Hawkeye Auto Glass. However, the fraud charge stems from false billing of insurance companies for work. According to court documents, Shannon allegedly overbilled on insurance work to the tune of $10,000 between September 2000 and October 2002 for work done on policyholders' vehicles. He was charged with first degree theft after a year-long police investigation and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000. Shannon was CONVICTED of FELONY Grand Theft..
Lisa July 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The Republic is lawful and recognized. Maybe you should do your homework. You just perpetuate your ignorance with your posts. I’ve met her and she’s one of the most accomplished smartest women I can say I have the honor of knowing. Is the government we have now working well for you? Keep embracing it. She’s a brave and strong woman to have done this. She has my support. She’s a hero to many. I can assure you your comments are offensive to more than half the voting population. This woman is not the only one who is disgusted with what is going on in the government. Good for her for at least trying to do something about it. Also FYI she's not married.
Jeff Klinzman July 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Uh, Lisa, look up Iowa court records online: there's LOTS of stuff for Randi and Jason Shannon, who run Hawkeye Auto Glass. And, maybe she dropped out because she hadn't found a place in Marion to live. The woman and her husband live in North Liberty. What was that about "there's a sucker born every minute?"
Jeff Klinzman July 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
If Jason Shannon is still using his FL driver's license, that explains why, in the KCRG and Gazette stories, he was "from" Miami. My question is this: it's one thing to commit serial fraud, it's quite another to flimflam a political party. Where was the Linn County GOP leadership in all this, why were they unaware of Shannon's past, why did they let her run for a district she doesn't even live in, why were there no other candidates, and how on Earth could GOP members nominate her? Talk about being asleep at the switch...
Simon De Lao July 16, 2012 at 08:21 AM
She has a history of scams and frauds across America. She is even mentioned on www.ripoffreport.com Her loving, Christian husband was charged with beating her in Miami-Dade and falsely claimed to be indigent and asked for a court appointed attorney at no cost. He still owes money to the court on that one. Let's not forget his conviction for eluding the Newton police a few years ago and of course his arrest for soliciting prostitution just recently here in Linn County. Is Randi Shannon the best of the God fearing, family values, integrity candidates they can find?
Simon De Lao July 16, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Oh and she's up to her old tricks again! She incorporated as Iowa Glass in a direct effort to confuse the consumers that she is somehow connected to the REAL Iowa Glass in Cedar Rapids.
Simon De Lao July 16, 2012 at 08:24 AM
I am amazed that you now support TREASON!
EnderW July 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2012/summer/sins-of-the-sovereigns Lawful? Under whose laws? I want the Dems to reinstitutionalize the HUAC. It's time to investigate how deep this insurrectionist crap goes.
EnderW July 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM
interesting how she claims to have been beat up by her husband, but then becomes part of this Terrorist group... "The next sovereign to die in a confrontation with law enforcement was one of RuSA’s own. William Foust, a prominent businessman in Page, Ariz., and a RuSA “ambassador,” was shot and killed on June 20, 2011, by a police officer responding to a domestic violence complaint. According to the police report, Foust lunged for the officer’s Taser. But within the echo chamber of the sovereign underground, the story was spun to paint Foust as the first victim in the coming confrontation with Washington — the target of federal assassins, Turner claimed."
EnderW July 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM
She has an illustrious history of fraud. http://www.ripoffreport.com/Se... No wonder she's against regulation. Republicans seem to have a vetting problem, either that or the ones doing the vetting need to be before a HUAC as well.
Robert Zuluaga July 17, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Good for you Randi! With the mudslinger hot on your trail like EnderW here, Jeff and Simon; there isn't an original thought amongst them. Maybe they see a hope and a future for their fellow Americans that I'm missing here as I read these blog responses to your gutsy decision. Funny how brave the bully's are; oh so very inspiring. Have any of you actually read the history of America; like the Declaration of Independence? http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html. It's not a long read. Anyway, I stand with you Randi; I too love my country and desire to see her return to founding principles. It's the only way right the ship of state. Gods' Word, Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Go girl!
Joe Stutler July 17, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The Declaration of Independence was a memo to King George that we were leaving. The Constitution (including the 27 ratified Amendments - 26 of which are in force) is the very foundation of our nation. "God's Word" has no bearing on anything outside the confines of one's religion, regardless of the god or the word. There are no bullies here, just folks who have no problem telling Randi that *No, in fact she does not represent us in any government, legitimate or imaginary*. Folks who have no problem examining a candidate's qualifications, questioning a candidate's stated - no matter how obfuscatorily or confusingly done - positions on the issues. Folks who *have*, in fact, read the Constitution, who have studied history, who have examined not only our own political and socioeconomic systems but also that of other countries and federations. Folks who aren't bigoted loonies desiring to turn the clock back to a time when women and blacks weren't allowed to vote, when kids could be made to work 12+ hours a day in dangerous occupations, when it was acceptable to own another human being.
Pedro Goldstein July 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
EnderW = Supports TREASON also it seems.
Jeff Klinzman July 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Uh, Robert, what you call "God's word" is a construct, a fantasy, a fairy tale originated by shepherds when they weren't abusing their flocks...
Samantha August 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM
What a den of vipers-give or take one or two of you. What does her ex husbands past have to do with her? Not a damned thing. Get a life -i guess you all had have perfect relationships. Never got into one that became a disaster? She got out...good for her. She also had the guts to run...she also had the guts to listen to truth and do something about it. You are all sheep to the slaughter. Look just how absolutely corrupt the republican party has become. Cheating the delegates every step of the way in the last year. Changing rules to suit themselves. This woman is in business with a whole lot of us in this town and we'd go to the end of the earth for this woman. We know her virtue, we know her dedication to her kids futures in this country that is going down the tube and fast. She's no scammer, in fact the opposite. She has rolled out the red carpet for so many, i've witnessed time and again. She never lived in North Liberty either-she paid all expenses for others to live there. She just last month took two homeless folks into her home and helped them get back on their feet. This was at least the 7th or 8th homeless person that I know of. What have you done? Take the planks out of your evil eyes. You crucify a good human being for your own wicked thirst. Go Randi Shannon-you are a hero to many and you've inspired millions across this country to speak out and stand up for what's right!
EnderW August 29, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Up yours, TRAITOR. Chief Justice Vinson said it best, so my reply to you is coming from him. (Dennis v United States, 341 US 494, 1951 - Upholding the convictions of the leadership of the Communist Party of the United States of America, who had organized a shadow government, and were conspiring to overthrow the government) "The obvious purpose of the statute is to protect existing Government, not from change by peaceable, lawful and constitutional means, but from change by violence, revolution and terrorism. That it is within the power of the Congress to protect the Government of the United States from armed rebellion is a proposition which requires little discussion. Whatever theoretical merit there may be to the argument that there is a "right" to rebellion against dictatorial governments is without force where the existing structure of the government provides for peaceful and orderly change. We reject any principle of governmental helplessness in the face of preparation for revolution, which principle, carried to its logical conclusion, must lead to anarchy. No one could conceive that it is not within the power of Congress to prohibit acts intended to overthrow the Government by force and violence. The question with which we are concerned here is not whether Congress has such power, but whether the means which it has employed conflict with the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. " Continued in next post....
EnderW August 29, 2012 at 04:48 PM
continuing"Obviously, the words cannot mean that before the Government may act, it must wait until the putsch is about to be executed, the plans have been laid and the signal is awaited. If Government is aware that a group aiming at its overthrow is attempting to indoctrinate its members and to commit them to a course whereby they will strike when the leaders feel the circumstances permit, action by the Government is required. The argument that there is no need for Government to concern itself, for Government is strong, it possesses ample powers to put down a rebellion, it may defeat the revolution with ease needs no answer. For that is not the question. Certainly an attempt to overthrow the Government by force, even though doomed from the outset because of inadequate numbers of power of the revolutionists, is a sufficient evil for Congress to prevent. The damage which such attempts create both physically and politically to a nation makes it impossible to measure the validity in terms of the probability of success, or the immediacy of a successful attempt. In the instant case the trial judge charged the jury that they could not convict unless they found that petitioners intended to overthrow the Government [341 U.S. 494, 510] "as speedily as circumstances would permit." This does not mean, and could not properly mean, that they would not strike until there was certainty of success. What was meant was that the revolutionists would strike when they thought the time was ripe."
EnderW August 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
continuing: " We must therefore reject the contention that success or probability of success is the criterion. The situation with which Justices Holmes and Brandeis were concerned in Gitlow was a comparatively isolated event, bearing little relation in their minds to any substantial threat to the safety of the community. Such also is true of cases like Fiske v. Kansas, 274 U.S. 380 (1927), and De Jonge v. Oregon, 299 U.S. 353 (1937); but cf. Lazar v. Pennsylvania, 286 U.S. 532 (1932). They were not confronted with any situation comparable to the instant one - the development of an apparatus designed and dedicated to the overthrow of the Government, in the context of world crisis after crisis. Chief Judge Learned Hand, writing for the majority below, interpreted the phrase as follows: "In each case [courts] must ask whether the gravity of the `evil,' discounted by its improbability, justifies such invasion of free speech as is necessary to avoid the danger." 183 F.2d at 212. We adopt this statement of the rule. As articulated by Chief Judge Hand, it is as succinct and inclusive as any other we might devise at this time. It takes into consideration those factors which we deem relevant, and relates their significances. More we cannot expect from words."
EnderW August 29, 2012 at 04:51 PM
continuing: "Likewise, we are in accord with the court below, which affirmed the trial court's finding that the requisite danger existed. The mere fact that from the period 1945 to 1948 petitioners' activities did not result in an attempt to overthrow the Government by force and violence is of course no answer to the fact that there was a group that was ready to make the attempt. The formation [341 U.S. 494, 511] by petitioners of such a highly organized conspiracy, with rigidly disciplined members subject to call when the leaders, these petitioners, felt that the time had come for action, coupled with the inflammable nature of world conditions, similar uprisings in other countries, and the touch-and-go nature of our relations with countries with whom petitioners were in the very least ideologically attuned, convince us that their convictions were justified on this score. And this analysis disposes of the contention that a conspiracy to advocate, as distinguished from the advocacy itself, cannot be constitutionally restrained, because it comprises only the preparation. It is the existence of the conspiracy which creates the danger. Cf. Pinkerton v. United States, 328 U.S. 640 (1946); Goldman v. United States, 245 U.S. 474 (1918); United States v. Rabinowich, 238 U.S. 78 (1915). If the ingredients of the reaction are present, we cannot bind the Government to wait until the catalyst is added. "
EnderW August 29, 2012 at 04:52 PM
If you want to act like the Communist Party of the United States of America did, I have no problem with treating you no better than a f'ing commie. Get the hell out of my country.
EnderW August 29, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Robert croll down to my reply to Pedro.. apparently they have a character count limit, so scroll down to the first part of my reply, then scroll up in turn for the rest. If you traitors want to act like the commies, i have no problem with treating you like the scum you are, TRAITOR. This issue was resolved in 1951 by the Supreme Court. YOU ARE A TRAITOR.
EnderW August 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Samantha, I am also a nationally known blogger. Can I quote you as to how vast her support network is within the Marion Iowa business community? Thank you for making the vastness of this conspiracy known.
Scott Raynor (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Please refrain from personal attacks.
EnderW August 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
When we take back Congress from you teabaggers, we need to reinstitute the House Unamerican Activities Committee. Based on your statement here, I would like you Subpoenaed, to explain the vastness of her support network in this conspiracy against the United States of America. Statements like yours, the statements of so many people like you across the country talking of civil war, the statements of those preparing and training for civil war, the statement this past week of the Sheriff of Lubbock County, Texas admitting to this conspiracy being Nationwide, and more all point to the need for a HUAC. People like you, and those businesses that you mention that support such a conspiracy need to be blackballed. This isn't about people having meetings in backrooms. This is about people doing it in plain sight. No witchhunt needed, everyone knows who is doing it, and it's high time it was shut down before people like you start blowing up Federal Buildings again or worse, start shooting at us like so many of you say you will do if you lose this election.

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