Thursday, February 14, 2013
First Iowa wrestling icons Dan Gable, Cael Sanderson and Jake Varner vowed to change the vote to drop wrestling from the Olympics. Now, Sen. Chuck Grassley and a colleague want the United States Senate to register official disapproval of the move.
The backlash by Iowans and others who are passionate about keeping wrestling, one of the world's oldest competitive sports, in the Olympics has gained two powerful allies. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio today introduced a resolution to express disapproval by the U.S. Senate of the proposal from the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to eliminate wrestling from the Summer Olympic Games beginning in 2020, according to a news release from Grassley's office. “Wrestling was part of both the ancient Greek Olympic Games and the modern Olympic Games, and wrestling remains a popular sport around the world, so it’s very hard to understand the Olympic Committee’s decision,” Grassley said. “I’m hopeful …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Plus, a metro prostitution sting, 10-year-olds in hair band Minitallica, a man who lives on Friendship Street allegedly texts photos of his genitalia, and Waukee's Jethro's BBQ on "United States of Bacon."
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has long been renowned for his folksy charm - the farmer who represents ordinary folks in Washington, D.C. And yet, he's embraced the digital age, famous for Tweeting from the Capitol, typos and all. So the GOP senator's followers from Johnston and around the state were amused last week when he tweeted one letter: U. They replied with song lyrics, movie lines and jokes. An example: "Me?" Or there was: "SA, USA." And, "Complete Me?" Only in Iowa would cows roaming along the interstate tie up traffic. The weird sight was the aftermath of a semi carrying just over three dozen cows that crashed on Interstate 35 north of Ankeny. Some animals died in the crash, others were trapped inside the truck and some escaped and …
Friday, October 26, 2012
A day after Vice President Joe Biden was glad to be in Iowa, aka Ohio, Iowa's Republican U.S. Senator accidentally "endorses" President Obama.
Among the politicians standing Friday with Mitt Romney in Ames, were Rep. Steve King, who recently linked immigrants to dogs, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, who once called President Obama "stupid." As they each approached the microphone to speak to a couple of thousand people, who might regret their words first? The "winner" on this day, if only for a moment, was Grassley. “We will put America on a new path to a new day with a new President Obama,” Grassley intoned. Oops. Grassley caught himself. “A new president Obama?" he asked nobody in particular. "Pardon me I want to forget that word.” Things must be getting tiring on the campaign trail. On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden called out Romney to Iowa voters. “I mean literally, ladies and …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Iowa's six electoral voters are judged to be all-important in the general election. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have invested in the Hawkeye State.
Iowa is back at the dance again, and President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney are vying to fill our dance card. President Obama was in Iowa Thursday, on the heels of Romney's visit just 10 days ago. "We love you Mr. President," someone from the crowd at the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center shouted as the president began his speech. "I love you back," he replied. Without Iowa "I would not have the privilege of being your president. You were the first ones to believe." Obama was also in Iowa City last month. Michelle Obama famously danced the Interlude, the YouTube sensation from the University of Northern Iowa as part of Iowa's campaign against childhood obesity in February, and met privately with volunteers …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A Twitter message from Sen. Chuck Grassley that said voters are not as stupid as President Obama when it comes to Supreme Court rulings. Did Grassley tell it like it is or insult the presidency? Tell us below in comments.,
- Deb Belt
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Most of the Iowa Patch readers taking part in our poll this week say Sen. Chuck Grassley should be smarter than to send a Twitter message that called the president “stupid.” Sixty-six percent of those voting said no matter how a politician disagrees with another's view, the office of the presidency must be shown respect. Twenty-five percent said Grassley's meaning was clear in his Tweet and he should keep using Twitter as a way to communicate with voters. The tweet was part of Grassley's reaction after Obama said it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn the health-care law. The message -- in Grassley's shorthand style with typos -- caused a stir online. Here’s the gist of it: On April 7, Grassley set off a 139-…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
When the Iowa Senator turns to the History Channel, he expects to see some history!
Even though they politic daily in Washington, our senators and representatives are also supposed to be a voice for the people, representing our daily needs and concerns. Venerable Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is turning that voice against the History Channel, criticizing it in a series of Tweets for its non-history programming. Grassley complained about the lack of history on the channel in this Tweet on Feb. 19. "Just turned to history channel. No history. I used to get history. Why do we h v such a channel when it doesnt do history" Grassley had another Tweet about it on March 10: "Turned to history channel. No. History again." Grassley explained his critiques to the Washington Examiner in an e-mail. “I love history,” Grassley wrote. “…