Steve King (R-IA) leads the first “Freedom Summit” presidential forum in Des Moines. Sen. Cruz, former. Gov. Huckabee, Gov. Christie, former Gov. Palin and former. Sen. Santorum are confirmed to attend.
Charles and David Koch paid good money for that fresh-faced Congress, and now they expect to see some results, stat. At the National Press Club yesterday, AFP president Tim Phillips and several officers with the group laid out their agenda.
Let me summarize it. The leading news organization in the state sponsors the only event of the campaign when the two major candidates for governor meet face-to-face to discuss the issues. The candidate it endorses behaves contemptuously toward his opponent and tries not to acknowledge his existence. These events are captured on video. The video is posted at the news organization’s own site, then abruptly removed without explanation. Lawsuits are threatened if others post clips. Calls to explain these actions are ignored. National media attention is given to the missing video. The readers representative is prevented from commenting. The editor in charge of the debate goes silent. The election is three days away.
The state Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws. The amendment, which passed 32-16, has its origins in a legal battle between the city of Philadelphia and the NRA, which sued over gun control ordinances more restrictive than state law. The courts struck down several of the city's gun ordinances, but upheld mandatory reporting of lost and stolen weapon