Mid-Week Roundup


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Shown the Door

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is leaving the Obama administration after less than two years on the job amid concerns that he wasn’t up to the job of leading the Pentagon during its escalating war with the Islamic State,” reported Foreign Policy magazine.

You have to be kidding right?  The reason why 41 Republicans in the U.S. Senate opposed his nomination to the post two years ago was because he was too cozy with anti-Jewish powers in the Middle East.

I guess ads like this one where pretty spot on.

Ernst tabs Sutton to be her State Director.

Senator-Elect Joni Ernst has been relatively quiet since winning Iowa’s coveted U.S. Senate seat on November 4th.  Yesterday, news broke that Ernst has hired Cam Sutton to be her State Director.

Sutton, who’s mostly known as being a retired insurance executive and major Republican donor in the state, will now be responsible for overseeing Iowa staff and political activities in the state.  While Sutton might not have any government experience, he should exceed at managing a staff, handling complex issues, and representing Ernst.

The selection of Sutton to be Ernst’s State Director indicates that she wants Iowans to hold the key positions in her office and that the search for these individuals expands far beyond the typical sources.  Very interesting stuff.

Pate selects Mark Snell to lead his transition team.

Pate press release:

(Cedar Rapids, IA) – Iowa Secretary of State-elect Paul D. Pate has announced that Mark H. Snell will guide his transition effort and lead his new administration.

Mark Snell was named as Chairman of the transition team and designated by Secretary – elect Pate as his new administration’s Chief of Staff.

Snell, 53, is a longtime Iowa community leader serving as chief executive for several chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations in Clear Lake, Ames and Des Moines.  He also served as vice president of the Ames Board of Education and gubernatorial appointments director for Governor Branstad.

“Iowans expect us to move forward with our transition plans showing that we will be prepared to continue delivering quality services to Iowa businesses and citizens,” Pate said.  “Mark is an experienced leader who will assist me in building a dedicated team to maintain the integrity of our election processes and modernization of business services.”

Ferguson Decision

The grand jury in the Michael Brown case did not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.  The decision came more than six hours after it was originally scheduled to be released at about 8:15 p.m. on Monday night.

A protest in Des Moines was already scheduled before the decision came down.  Organizers have been planning a protest at the Polk County courthouse at 5 p.m. the day following the grand jury’s decision.

The decision not to indict Wilson means that there was not probable cause to charge him with any one of five crimes, ranging from involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder.  President Obama, in an address to the nation, echoed the Brown family’s appeal to protesters not to resort to violence when voicing their displeasure with the decision.