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Common Core Not Controversial in Washoe County? So Says – One Guy?

On September 17, 2014, Mr. Robert Pondiscio of The Fordham Institute said, “Common Core is not controversial…

Common Core Not Controversial in Washoe County? So Says – One Guy?

On September 17, 2014, Mr. Robert Pondiscio of The Fordham Institute said, “Common Core is not controversial…

Iowa Supreme Court Blocks Webcam Abortion Ban

Tuesday the Iowa Supreme Court overturned Polk County District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell’s decision to lift a stay of the Iowa Board of Medicine’s webcam abortion ban…

Iowa Supreme Court Blocks Webcam Abortion Ban

Tuesday the Iowa Supreme Court overturned Polk County District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell’s decision to lift a stay of the Iowa Board of Medicine’s webcam abortion ban…

Miller-Meeks Releases First TV Ad in Iowa 2nd Congressional District Race

(Ottumwa, IA)  Today, Miller-Meeks for Congress releases the first television advertisement of the campaign entitled “Problem.” The ad highlights Dr.

Draft Ben Carson Committee Taps Rob & Christi Taylor as Iowa Co-Chairs

(Des Moines, IA) The Draft Ben Carson Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced that State Rep.

Draft Ben Carson Committee Taps Rob & Christi Taylor as Iowa Co-Chairs

(Des Moines, IA) The Draft Ben Carson Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced that State Rep.

Missouri Activists Sue State of Missouri Over Common Core Payments

Gretchen Logue  and Anne Gassel  of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core have joined Fred N. Sauer in filing a taxpayer lawsuit against Governor Nixon, Commissioner Nicastro, and other state officials.  The lawsuit challenges Missouri’s payment of taxpayer money to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a consortium of states that is implementing tests aligned to the Common Core State…

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Feds Bypass States to Get Local Districts to Sign “Future Ready District Pledge”

Feds Bypass States to Get Local Districts to Sign “Future Ready District Pledge”

1024px-US-DeptOfEducation-SealMissouri Education Watchdog first reported today that the U.S. Department of Education has sent out a letter to Superintendents of local school districts explaining their “future ready district pledge.”

You can find the letter here and I also have the text below:

Dear Superintendent,

As one of more than 16,000 superintendents leading school districts across the nation, you are on the forefront…

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Christian Films to Remember, Part Two

Christian Films to Remember, Part Two

Scene from Facing the Giants

Coach Grant Taylor challenges his team captain to not give up in Facing the Giants.

Having looked at four solid Christian films from the seventies, eighties, and nineties, we turn to some great Christian films made in the twenty-first century as the Christian film industry gained in production quality and talent.

1) Late One Night (2001)

Late One NightBig budgets aren’t required to produce a quality film and L…

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Iowa GOP: Biden Uses Taxpayer Funded Iowa Trip for Partisan Stump Speech

(Des Moines, IA)  Republican Party of Iowa leaders criticized Vice President Joe Biden for using his official office to pay for a partisan, campaign trip to Iowa in the home stretch of the midterm elections.

Iowa GOP: Biden Uses Taxpayer Funded Iowa Trip for Partisan Stump Speech

(Des Moines, IA)  Republican Party of Iowa leaders criticized Vice President Joe Biden for using his official office to pay for a partisan, campaign trip to Iowa in the home stretch of the midterm elections.

Staci Appel’s Position on Terrorist Passports at Odds With Obama Administration

Former State Senator Staci Appel, the Democratic candidate in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District race, not only…

IRS Stonewalls Coming Clean on Secret Deal to Investigate Churches

(Washington, DC)  The Internal Revenue Service is stonewalling an Alliance Defending Freedom request that the federal tax agency produce documents related to a legal settlement in which it apparently adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches.

Only 26% of Ohio Voters Support Common Core

This week the Columbus Dispatch released a poll that shows the Common Core has little support among Ohio voters.  The poll of 1,185 registered voters has a +/- margin of error of 2.7 %.

They asked the question of those surveyed, “from what you know, do you support or oppose the Common Core educational standards being implemented in Ohio.”

Just slightly more than one in four Ohioans (26%) said…

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Staci Appel, A National Security Policy Lightweight

As expected Staci Appel’s asinine comments about Americans fighting with ISIS during last week’s debate in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District race…

GAO Report: Obamacare Does Pay for Abortions

Obamacare funds abortion according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office today.  This new report identifies 1,036 health insurance plans that cover abortion on demand services and who receive taxpayer subsidies. 

GAO Report: Obamacare Does Pay for Abortions

Obamacare funds abortion according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office today.  This new report identifies 1,036 health insurance plans that cover abortion on demand services and who receive taxpayer subsidies. 

FYGM

The other day, I was having an online debate with a gentleman that I do not know. He was a liberal. I am a conservative. Oil. Water.

He asked me to define “small government.” I told him that the subject was too broad but that the abolishment of the federal leviathan known as Obamacare would be a step in the right direction.

Appalled that I would even suggest that citizens take personal…

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Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

Minnesota Educators Tell Middle School Students Who Opt-Out of Assessments That Parents Are Misinformed

A principal and science teacher in a southern Minnesota middle school tried to convince students who opted out of taking the NWEA MAP test last week that their parents misunderstood the assessments and were conveying false information to them about the nature of the assessments.

Some students recorded their principal talking to students who opted out of the assessments waiting in their school’s…

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