A few weekend left-overs

  • An Iowa native is at the center of the controversy involving Montana Senator Max Baucus.
  • Congressman Steve King (R-Kiron, Iowa) made a trip to Afghanistan.  King got back to D.C. this morning.
  • U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-New Hartford, Iowa) tweeted about being stuck in D.C. for the senate’s health care debate this weekend.
    • 3Times 2009 missed being in Iowa Jan Feb and now Dec bc of Wkend sessions of Congress Lots of Work to get done howevr b4 Christmas
    • 7:48 AM Dec 6th from txt
    • Bc Congress in Session on Sabbath I’m attending my Woodlawn Baptist Ch in NoVa instead of CFalls Prairie Lakes Baptist in Iowa.7:43 AM Dec 6th from txt

First in line.

  • The Sioux City Journal’s Bret Hayworth counted the number of people who got Sarah Palin’s autograph yesterday.  Radio Iowa’s coverage is here, here, here, here, here and here.   Below is a picture of Moville, Iowa residents who camped out overnight so they could be first in line to meet Palin. They are, from left to right: Daylon Stapp; his mother, Leisa Stapp; Schuyler Rilling and his mother, Cindy Rilling.  The picture was snapped as the quartet waited at the front of the line, about 45 minutes before Palin arrived.
  • The Republican Party of Iowa has a new executive director.  The following news release was issued at 3:30 p.m. Saturday:

Chairman Strawn Welcomes Executive Director Jim Anderson

Des Moines, IA – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today announced Jim Anderson was confirmed by the Republican State Central Committee as the party’s new executive director. Anderson comes to the Iowa GOP from the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC, where he served as the RNC’s Deputy Political Director.

“Iowa Republicans are poised for sweeping gains in 2010 from Terrace Hill to local offices. We are fortunate to have someone of Jim’s talents joining our effort to bring competent and principled government to the people of Iowa,” said Strawn.

“I appreciate the trust placed in me by Chairman Strawn and Iowa Republicans. Iowans are rightly frustrated by Governor Culver’s failed leadership, and I’m ready to work with our candidates and grassroots activists to advance the Republican agenda with victories next November,” said Anderson.
Prior to serving as Deputy Political Director at the RNC, Anderson worked in Iowa in 2008 as part of the RNC’s Victory campaign and previously served as an appointee of President George W. Bush in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Anderson is a native of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania and a graduate of James Madison University.

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. saw you on greta.. blah blah blah.. just more liberal b.s. who is soooo afraid of Palin~

  2. Mike Porter says

    Dear O. Kay, I saw your comments on Fox tonight. Its pretty clear that your going to put your spin on this thing, isn’t it? I observed on the tape that ran with your voice over. that Gov. Palin was spending a lot more than 5 to 7 seconds with each person. Why is it that public radio commentators, like yourself, are so down on Sarah Palin? Could it be a “bias?”

    In the ‘cosmic’ scheme of things, you don’t amount to a pimple on the face of public opinon, though I suspect you would disagree. The sad note, however, as you expressed on Fox, is that you think the public is stupid, and somehow you and other liberals have some corner on smart. Well, come the mid-term elections. I think your going to be proved incorrect. In the mean time. Have a happy holiday or merry Christmas, or super solstice or whatever Kwanzaa should you celebrate any of the above.

    And stay warm. Cold weather can do strange things to people.

    your pal, Mike