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Branstad-Reynolds Launch Veterans Coalition

(Urbandale, IA) Today, the Branstad-Reynolds campaign launched the official “Veterans for Branstad-Reynolds” coalition at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Des Moines.

Branstad-Reynolds Launch Veterans Coalition

(Urbandale, IA) Today, the Branstad-Reynolds campaign launched the official “Veterans for Branstad-Reynolds” coalition at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Des Moines.

New Common Core Replacement Bill Introduced in Ohio House

The Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that Ohio House Republicans introduced a new bill that would replace the Common Core State Standards.

The goal is to pass the bill one week after the November election, when the House reconvenes after breaking in early June, Huffman said.

“Speaker (William G.) Batchelder wanted to make clear … and I want to make clear the leadership in the House supports…

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Why the Equal Protection Argument Doesn’t Work in the Marriage Debate

Ryan T. Anderson who is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.  He is the co-author, along with Dr.

Gregg to AG Miller: Stop Raising Campaign Donations from Investigation Targets

(Des Moines, IA) Johnston attorney and Republican Attorney General nominee Adam Gregg yesterday called on Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to stop the practice of raising money from the targets of his investigations.

Gregg to AG Miller: Stop Raising Campaign Donations from Investigation Targets

(Des Moines, IA) Johnston attorney and Republican Attorney General nominee Adam Gregg yesterday called on Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to stop the practice of raising money from the targets of his investigations.

Schools Firing Talented, Experienced Teachers

Federal programs are failing the teaching profession once again. Supreme Court rulings on tenure are emboldening principals who are firing successful teachers for economic and political reasons.

Schools Firing Talented, Experienced Teachers

Federal programs are failing the teaching profession once again. Supreme Court rulings on tenure are emboldening principals who are firing successful teachers for economic and political reasons.

Iowa GOP Announces Finance Team

(Des Moines, IA) The Republican Party of Iowa has assembled a team of experienced fundraisers and respected business leaders to replenish the party’s coffers as it strengthens its operations in advance of the 2014 midterm elections.

Iowa GOP Announces Finance Team

(Des Moines, IA) The Republican Party of Iowa has assembled a team of experienced fundraisers and respected business leaders to replenish the party’s coffers as it strengthens its operations in advance of the 2014 midterm elections.

Sarah Palin Launches Online TV Channel

Sarah Palin launched her own online TV channel - the Sarah Palin Channel.  The former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate made the announcement yesterday by video.

Post-Vacation Iowa Political Round-up

Post-Vacation Iowa Political Round-up

I was away on vacation last week, and there were a few stories that we were not able to cover on a timely basis as a result.  Before I dive into that I want to thank Brian Myers who kept the wheels on the bus going for me while I was away by publishing press releases and guest contributions that came our way.  Here are four stories I wanted to briefly address.

1. Bob Eschilman files a federal…

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An Open Letter to the Liberty Movement

An Open Letter to the Liberty Movement

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Former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)

Dear Liberty Movement,

Regarding Joel Kurtinitis’ open letter to social conservatives, it is only appropriate to reply with another open letter. I am as qualified to act as a representative for all social conservatives as Kurtinitis is qualified to represent the liberty movement.

The…

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Caffeinated Thoughts Radio - 7-26-14

Brian Myers and Steve Riker (Steve filled in while Shane Vander Hart was out-of-town) talked with…

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio - 7-26-14

Brian Myers and Steve Riker (Steve filled in while Shane Vander Hart was out-of-town) talked with…

An Open Letter to Social Conservatives

An Open Letter to Social Conservatives

“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

- St. Augustine

Dear Social Conservatives,

I hesitate to address you by that name in a political sense, because being socially conservative isn’t really a theory of government, it’s a theory of culture.  One could be socially conservative in a totally stateless environment.  That’s why there’s been a high degree of…

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Dr. Ben Carson to Headline Polk GOP Summer Sizzle & Straw Poll

Dr. Ben Carson to Headline Polk GOP Summer Sizzle & Straw Poll

(Des Moines) The Republican Party of Polk County will host a Summer Sizzle & Straw Poll on  Sunday, August 24 from 5 -8 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League Center, 4343 George Flagg Parkway, Des  Moines.  National, state and local candidates are also invited to participate in this summer fun-filled event.

Ben CarsonThe Special Guest Speaker for the evening will be Dr. Ben Carson in his first public Iowa visit…

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Christian Woman Previously Sentenced to Death Successfully Departs Sudan

Christian Woman Previously Sentenced to Death Successfully Departs Sudan

Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release

Washington, D.C.–A Christian woman sentenced to death by a Sudanese court after refusing to recant her faith has at last been permitted to depart Sudan. According to the BCC, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim has flown to Italy with her family and the Italian vice-minister of foreign affairs, where she met with Pope Francis earlier today. The family will…

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Nebraska Senate Candidates Have Different Takes On Border Crisis

Nebraska Senate Candidates Have Different Takes On Border Crisis

By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog  Watchdog.org

Ben_SasseLINCOLN, Neb. — Before the primary election, Republican Senate nominee Ben Sasse’s opponents made a last-ditch effort to question his stance on immigration, but their hits made nary a dent as he cruised to victory, garnering more than twice as many votes as the runner-up.

Before the primary, Sasse said he opposed amnesty and a pathway to…

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Federal Officials Won’t Answer Questions About Immigrant Children In Iowa

Federal Officials Won’t Answer Questions About Immigrant Children In Iowa

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog  Watchdog.org

DES MOINES, Iowa — An irked Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, are still waiting to learn the whereabouts of 139 immigrant children placed without notice by federal immigration officials somewhere in the state.

On Tuesday, top state officials learned of the number of minors from reporters asking Branstad’s and Grassley’s…

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