Monday, March 06, 2006

Candidate Collage...

...In the Quad Cities Times this weekend. This Article by Ed Tibbetts has news from all three Republican candidates.

Rightfully it should be Mike Whalen's article. The lead section is about his renewable fuel goals, which he calls "achievable", and most would call "silly". I'm glad he's out there talking about renewable fuels which benefit Iowa (this issue has not been mentioned lately, until now), but I wish he would give realistic goals, not just numbers that sound good while campaigning.

The entire second half of the article is given to the escalating brawl between Kennedy and Dix and the "who's tougher on immigration" contest. While I'm sure this bugs Whalen, since half of his story was stolen by these two jokers and their battle to see who's more exclusive, it brought up a few good points.

It seems that Dix's bill which he's so proud (you know, the one that will keep illegals from enjoying that proud moment when they first become homeowners, thus keeping them from coming here at all...because down in Mexico they know that in Iowa they might not get a loan), was substantially watered down in committee. Apparently, it no longer requires bankers to ascertain whether an applicant is here legally, thus defeating the whole purpose of the bill...or so says Kennedy.

Dix's campaign manager countered that it is simply "Washington double-talk" from Kennedy. This retort is nothing more than name-calling. However he does claim that the bill DOES require "banks to seek out an applicant's status and maintain those records".

So, apparently somebody here is lying. Kennedy says the bill doesn't demand proof of lawful entry into the country. The Dix camp says it does. Kennedy is a lawyer, well suited to read the law. Dix sponsored the bill. Both should be able to read the bill and clearly tell what it means. Therefore I don't think it is a mistake on someone's part here. Simply, someone is not telling the truth.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop:

The other part of the story which Ed didn't cover was the fact that for his congressional campaign, Dix has taken over $27,000 from the banking industry.

It's pretty apparent why Dix's bill was watered down. The special interests who are funding his campaign didn't like the language.

If he can't stand up to the special interests in Des Moines, how will he stay strong in Washington, DC?

8:28 AM, March 06, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

If you read the Tibbetts article you'll find that he actually did point that out. I just didn't mention it in my posting. Thanks for alerting the readers.

8:39 AM, March 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop:

Sorry. I stand corrected. Thanks.

8:47 AM, March 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Groenwald should get a raise for spinning this one. Based on my reading of the press release and blog on Kennedy’s site and the links in the release, it appears Groenwald is correct that the Dix bill as amended by the banker lobby requires that Iowa banks only be in compliance with the federal mandate that a bank verify the identity of a loan applicant. (Of course since it is a federal mandate, they probably already are in compliance). But, that same mandate does not require that the banks verify the immigration status of a loan applicant. So the Dix bill would in no way stop an illegal immigrant from getting a mortgage in Iowa. Seems to me like Kennedy is right and Dix is playing fast and loose to cover up his retreat on this one.

Even in the rare cases, where a bank may not be in compliance with the federal law, and gives a mortgage to an illegal immigrant, Dix has that bank covered because he agreed to take out all the enforcement provisions out of the legislation other than to allow the Attorney General to seek and injunction. No fines, no penalties, no court costs, nothing.

9:31 AM, March 06, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Is this right? Kennedy tells the truth and Dix is full of it on this one?

Dix Team...I know you're out there. Any rebuttal?

10:59 AM, March 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dix team must be doing some real work today. Or, maybe they just don't have a good answer. Kind of like Whalen's response to the FEC complaint...silence is better than incrimination.

12:11 PM, March 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dix team doing real work? You must mean "work which we already pay for with our tax dollars". Most of his "team" are state employees who work in the Legislature and run his campaign when they should be doing the jobs they were hired for and being paid for.

9:52 PM, March 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 2 and no response from the Dix campaign or their other anonymous bloggers?

Listening to the debates I could tell Bill is a man of few words, but this silence takes it to a whole new level.

7:32 AM, March 07, 2006  
Anonymous Marcel Marseau said...

On federal issues Dix is practically a mime.

10:20 PM, March 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scoop

Krusty did in fact out himself this morning. As a tool of Bill Dix.

Thanks for keeping an informational blog, and not one that is a tool of a campaign.

6:45 AM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 3...still no reply from the Dix campaign on the weakness of his bill.

9:58 AM, March 08, 2006  
Anonymous Cheech marin said...

It will be a cold day in hell before Dix draws anymore attention to his weak-ass do nothing symbolism over substance immigration bill.

7:19 AM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...

Day 9 and still no comment from Dix. At least Dix is smart enough not to comment or to send Brian Dumas out to speak for him like Whalen.

Still, his silence is deafening...

12:27 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

This is pathetic. We know the Dix bloggers are out there. We've seen them here and at Krusty Konservative. Can we get a response, or have they thrown in the towel on this one to wait for another fight another day?

9:51 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous William Richards said...

Day 11....

Same Story, Different Day....

1:25 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 13....

you know the rest of the Dix silence story...

9:33 AM, March 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 14.....

8:11 AM, March 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Day 15....

7:27 AM, March 20, 2006  
Anonymous William Richards said...

Day 16....

8:21 AM, March 21, 2006  
Anonymous William Richards said...

Day 19..... this is pointless, we'll never get a response.

BAD CANDIDATE!

8:06 AM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Yeah, I think we can give up on this one.

1:23 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Willaim Richards said...

Good call scoop.

6:34 PM, March 26, 2006  

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