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Iowa Republican Wins Special Election, Flips Seat Held by Democrats for Decades

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In what many are viewing as a sign of things to come for Democrats in 2022, a Republican pastor on Tuesday took a state House seat in a district that has been a Democratic Party stronghold for decades.

The Newton Daily News reported Jon Dunwell, 55, has been declared the winner of the special election in Iowa’s House District 29.

The area of central Iowa, just east of Des Moines, has gone to Democrats by large margins in recent years, although in 2020, the margin of victory for former Democratic state Rep. Wesley Breckenridge was only 3.1 percentage points over Dunwell, who has continued to campaign and connect with voters.

In 2018, Breckenridge defeated GOP challenger Ann Howell 58.7 percent to 41.2 percent. In a 2016 election that featured three candidates, the Democrat won with 51.1 percent of the vote.

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Republican Patrick Payton carried 37.6 percent of the vote, while third-party candidate Dan Kelley received the support of 11.4 percent of voters.

Breckenridge recently stepped down, and so Dunwell again ran for the seat in a battle against Democrat Steve Mullan. The unofficial results show Dunwell trounced his opponent 59.8 percent to 40.1 percent.

Jasper County Republican Party Chairperson Thad Nearmyer told the Daily News, “This is a seat we’ve been wanting for so long.”

The Des Moines Register called the race early Tuesday.

The Republican State Leadership Committee Twitter account touted the victory as a referendum against President Joe Biden on Tuesday evening.

“Tonight’s victory in one of the last remaining rural Democrat strongholds in the country is further evidence that the left has sold out middle America to advance the priorities of their coastal elite megadonors,” RSLC president Dee Duncan said.

Dunwell’s big win bolstered the GOP’s majority in the state House 60-40.

Just one month ago, another Republican defeated a Democratic opponent in a state House special election. Mike Bousselot, a conservative, secured Iowa House District 37 for the GOP.

Dunwell’s victory appears to show Iowans pulling away from the Democratic Party at the state level amid a turbulent first year for Democrats in the White House.

Iowa Republicans say Tuesday’s election is part of a larger story.

“Iowans have spoken loud and clear in these last two special elections about the direction we are taking the state,” Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement, according to the Register. “Candidates who stood strongly for parental choice, personal responsibility, and pro-growth policies were successful. And we are just getting started.”

Iowa state House Speaker Pat Grassley cited Dunwell’s unofficial win as evidence that The White House is turning middle America from Biden’s agenda.

“Jon has flipped a seat held by Democrats for decades,” said Grassley. “This is further confirmation that Iowans are resoundingly rejecting the liberal policies coming from D.C. and influencing the Democratic Party in Iowa.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Biden Lies 2nd Time in 1 Week on National TV, Tells Debunked Amtrak Story for 4th Time

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While President Joe Biden’s gaffes are always concerning to watch, they usually just resemble an elderly man losing his bearings as Father Time continues to take his toll.

Lately, though, Biden has traded those gaffes for blatant lying on national television.

On Wednesday, Biden repeated a debunked story about an Amtrack employee named Angelo Negri, with whom he claimed to have had a conversation.

“Ang came up to me one day when I was … when they just had announced that I had flown 1 million … some ‘x’ number of miles on Air Force aircraft,” Biden said.

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“And Ang comes up, and I’m getting in the car and he goes, ‘Joey baby … you know how many miles you did Amtrak?’ And I said, ‘No, Ang, I don’t have any idea pal.’

“He said, ‘Let me tell you, we were at the retirement dinner … we added it up. You averaged … 121 days a year … you’ve traveled over 2 million miles, Joe. I don’t wanna hear any more about the Air Force.'”

Biden said Negri told him this statistic “seven years into” his vice presidency, which would have been around 2015. According to Negri’s obituary, he retired from Amtrak in 1993 and died in 2014.

The first time Biden told this bizarre, factually incorrect story was in May. At that time, Biden claimed Negri told him he had traveled 1,515,000 miles on Amtrak, and he said the conversation happened in fourth of fifth year of his vice presidency.

Biden retold the story in June, but it was hardly even understandable that time as Biden stumbled through it.

At this point, it seems important to mention that Biden’s mother, who he claims to have been visiting in either 2014, 2015 or 2017 depending on the iteration, died in 2010. This casts even further doubt on the validity of Biden’s anecdote.

Biden told the story for a third time during a September meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This was the first time he changed the number of miles he supposedly traveled on Amtrak from 1.5 million to 2 million.

And it all culminated on Wednesday with Biden’s fourth iteration of the story.

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There are really only two probable explanations for Biden’s repeated insistence on telling this debunked story. First, it could be that Biden is experiencing a cognitive decline causing him confusion, but the Democratic establishment has ensured us that is not the case.

The only other explanation for Biden telling a factually incorrect story is that he is lying to the American people. If that is the case, it would not even be the first time this week Biden has done so.

During the 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year event at the White House on Monday, Biden said he had been “involved in the civil rights movement.”

According to a tweet from The Intercept, Biden made similar claims as far back as 1987. He later redacted the claims and said he was “not an activist” during the movement, only to start making them again recently.

Biden’s embarrassing faux pas are bad enough, but his blatant lying adds a whole new level of concern for the country.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

While President Joe Biden’s gaffes are always concerning to watch, they usually just resemble an elderly man losing his bearings as Father Time continues to take his toll. Lately, though, Biden has traded those gaffes for blatant lying on national television. On Wednesday, Biden repeated a debunked story about an Amtrack employee named Angelo Negri, with whom he claimed to have had a conversation. “Ang came up to me one day when I was … when they just had announced that I had flown 1 million … some ‘x’ number of miles on Air Force aircraft,” Biden said. “And Ang comes up, and I’m getting in the car and he goes, ‘Joey baby … you know how many miles you did Amtrak?’ And I said, ‘No, Ang, I don’t have any idea pal.’ “He said, ‘Let me tell you, we were at the retirement dinner … we added it up. You averaged … 121 days a year … you’ve traveled over 2 million miles, Joe. I don’t wanna hear any more about the Air Force.'” WATCH: Joe Biden tells a debunked story about an Amtrak worker for the FOURTH time as president. Biden says the conversation took place “7 years into” his vice presidency, which would be 2015. The Amtrak worker retired in 1993 and passed away in 2014. pic.twitter.com/OlSjMzCLIw — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 20, 2021 Biden said Negri told him this statistic “seven years into” his vice presidency, which would have been around 2015. According to Negri’s obituary, he retired from Amtrak in 1993 and died in 2014. The first time Biden told this bizarre, factually incorrect story was in May. At that time, Biden claimed Negri told him he had traveled 1,515,000 miles on Amtrak, and he said the conversation happened in fourth of fifth year of…

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Biden Knowingly Lies on National TV About His Past During MLK Memorial Event

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden spoke in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. He used the opportunity to repeat a lie about his past.

The expressed purpose of the speech was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official declaration of the memorial, according to a White House transcript. Instead, Biden subtly and dishonestly tried to make the event about himself.

At one point in the speech, Biden used the event to make his case against election integrity laws.

“Today, the right to vote and the rule of law are under unrelenting assault from Republican governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, state legislators,” he said. “And they’re following my predecessor — the last president — into a deep, deep black hole and abyss.”

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This in and of itself is insulting to King. By comparing voter ID requirements for every race to legitimate segregation during MLK’s life, Biden is cheapening the work real civil rights leaders have accomplished.

Right after that, the president repeated the lie that he was “involved” in the civil rights movement during his younger days.



Biden claimed as far back as 1987 that he had marched in the civil rights movement, according to The Intercept. He later walked back that claim and said he was “concerned” with the movement but was not an “activist.”

Obviously, being concerned about something does not mean you are really “involved” in it. I’m concerned every time I watch a Virginia Tech football game, but that doesn’t make me a player.

But as soon as it became politically convenient, Biden decided to go back to his same old lies.

The fact that he has admitted this claim is fabricated before and yet continues to repeat it cannot be described as anything other than deliberate lying, and that behavior is disrespectful during an event meant to honor MLK.

This is the second time this week Biden has told the exact same lie. He first made the claim on Monday during the State and National Teachers of the Year event.

During another speech on Wednesday, Biden told another debunked story about Amtrak. He recalled a conversation he had with an Amtrak employee named Angelo Negri “seven years into” his vice presidency, but Negri died before that time.

The president has told that same story three other times, and it has been debunked every single time. Yet he continues to repeat the lies.

At least three times this week, Biden has publicly said something that is certifiably false. He is either lying or confused, neither of which is particularly encouraging for the country.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden spoke in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. He used the opportunity to repeat a lie about his past. The expressed purpose of the speech was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official declaration of the memorial, according to a White House transcript. Instead, Biden subtly and dishonestly tried to make the event about himself. At one point in the speech, Biden used the event to make his case against election integrity laws. “Today, the right to vote and the rule of law are under unrelenting assault from Republican governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, state legislators,” he said. “And they’re following my predecessor — the last president — into a deep, deep black hole and abyss.” This in and of itself is insulting to King. By comparing voter ID requirements for every race to legitimate segregation during MLK’s life, Biden is cheapening the work real civil rights leaders have accomplished. Right after that, the president repeated the lie that he was “involved” in the civil rights movement during his younger days. https://youtu.be/6Ro4pmaSjuk Biden claimed as far back as 1987 that he had marched in the civil rights movement, according to The Intercept. He later walked back that claim and said he was “concerned” with the movement but was not an “activist.” In 1987, Joe Biden claimed he marched in the civil rights movement. A few months later, Biden disavowed the claim. Decades later, during the Obama era, and more recently on the campaign trail, he started making the same claims again. https://t.co/NAlMJ6ZTq7 pic.twitter.com/tpmE6VXmG6 — The Intercept (@theintercept) February 14, 2020 Obviously, being concerned about something does not mean you are really “involved” in it. I’m concerned every time I watch a Virginia Tech football game, but that…

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