Monday, October 13, 2014

The FAMiLY Leader & Faith Family Freedom Fund Drive Across Iowa This Week

Iowa's premier anti-gay group The FAMiLY Leader teamed up today with the Faith Family Freedom Fund for a four-day bus tour across the state to "energize Iowa's conservative base and target disgruntled independents." The bus tour has been named "Standing for the American Family." They are scheduled to stop in 10 different cities throughout Iowa. They want to rile people up about gay marriage and get people excited about voting for Joni Ernst for Senate.

Here is their tour schedule for the next few days. Keep in mind that Day One was earlier today:
DAY ONE - Monday, October 13 - IOWA
9:00-9:45 AM - Des Moines TOUR KICK OFF

Iowa State Capitol
West Capitol Terrace
400 Finkbine / E 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50309

SPEAKERS: Rep. Steve King, Bob Vander Plaats, Connie Mackey, Brian Brown

1:00-2:00 PM - Pella
The Tulip Tower
Franklin Street
Pella, Iowa

3:00 PM - Ottumwa
Greater Ottumwa Park
Highways 34 & 63
Ottumwa, IA 52501

SPEAKERS: State Senator Mark Chelgren, Brian Brown, Glyn Wright, Connie Mackey, Jenifer Bowen, other TBD

5:30-6:30 PM - Burlington
First Church of the Nazarene
1015 S. Roosevelt Avenue
Burlington, Iowa 52601

DAY TWO - Tuesday, October 14 - IOWA
9:00-10:00 AM - Coralville/Iowa City

Solid Rock Christian Church
51 Second Street
Coralville, IA 52241

SPEAKERS: Bob Vander Plaats, Brian Brown, Connie Mackey, Jenifer Bowen, more speakers to be added

12:00-1:00 PM - Marshalltown
Center Street Baptist Church
1202 S. Center Street
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

4:30-5:30 PM - Waterloo/Cedar Falls
Black Hawk County Victory Office
2829 University Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

DAY THREE - Wednesday, October 15 - IOWA
9:00-10:00 AM - Anamosa

Lawrence Community Center (back parking lot)
600 East Main Street
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Dyersville
(former Bi-County Ambulance Building parking lot)
Corner of 2nd Ave and 5th Street
Dyersville, IA 52040

1:00-2:00 PM - Dubuque
Dubuque County Republican Headquarters (Kmart Plaza)
2560 Dodge Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

SPEAKERS: US House candidate Rod Blum, Senator Rick Santorum, Jenifer Bowen, Iowa Right to Life

DAY FOUR - Thursday, October 16 - IOWA
9:00-10:00 AM - Carroll

Pizza Ranch
425 U.S. 30
Carroll, IA 51401

1:00-2:00 PM - Fort Dodge
Pizza Hut
2940 5th Avenue South (Hwy 20)
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

4:30 - 6:00 PM - Sioux City
Iowa Family Leader Rally
Pizza Ranch
3116 Floyd Boulevard
Sioux City, IA 51106

SPEAKERS: Bob Vander Plaats, others TBD
7:00-9:00 PM - Sioux City
Republican Senate Debate
Morningside College
1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
It's interesting to note that The FAMiLY Leader will be stopping in Coralville and Iowa City tomorrow. Normally, they stay away from here.

One other thing... I usually know about these culture war bus tours well before they happen, but I just stumbled across an article on the bus tour late this afternoon. I'm not sure what to make of that. I mean, check out this crowd from earlier today in Pella, IA. There's just over a dozen supporters in that bus! I wonder how many of them are from Pella and how many are from the "Standing for the American Family" group?

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