Harry Foster Wins GOP Special Nomination Convention in Iowa SD 33

Harry Foster with U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst

Linn County Republicans held a special nominating convention for Senate District 33, and Harry Foster won the nomination. Foster is a former small business owner, and a retired Army Reserves officer. He has deployed three times in the service of his country after 9/11. He is currently a facilities manager for non-profit organization. Senate Republican […]

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker Calls for Common Core Repeal

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Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) called on the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass legislation next session to repeal the Common Core State Standards.

Anti-Religious Freedom Bill Fails in the U.S. Senate


Senate Bill 2578 that was introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) was defeated as the Republicans were able to maintain their filibuster.  The Senate vote for cloture was 56-43.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was the only Democrat who voted against cloture.  Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) were the only […]

Bruce Braley: Religious Liberty is an “Affront to Democracy”


Congressman Bruce Braley’s campaign posted the picture below to his Facebook page yesterday. Here is a screenshot should they decide to take it down later. “The Hobby Lobby case is an affront to our democracy,” and then they want you to sign a petition in order to farm your emails, ahem, I mean “take a […]

No Action Taken on Branstad’s Common Core Order


The Iowa Department of Education still has not taken action on Governor Terry Branstad’s Common Core executive order issued nine months ago.

2014 Iowa Political Survey Results


Ernst leads Braley and Hieb edges out Branstad in a recent Caffeinated Thoughts reader survey of likely Iowa voters on different races and issues of concern in the state.

Obama in Austin Promises to Use His Pen and Phone More


President Barack Obama, our narccisist-in-chief, “let er rip” in a speech on the economy in Austin, TX on Thursday.  Granted he couldn’t be bothered to actually travel to the border in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, but he did have plenty of time to talk about himself… mentioning himself 199 times in his speech […]

U.S. Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Delivers Weekly Republican Address


Podcast: Download | Embed(Washington, DC) In the Weekly Republican Address, Iowa’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst, says that “America’s greatness comes from people, not government.” Calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment, a domestic energy supply that fosters job creation and national security, individual control over healthcare, and stronger public schools, Ernst explains that solutions […]

Democratic Members of Congress: President Obama Should Visit Border


President Barack Obama is being sharply criticized for his decision not to visit the U.S.-Mexico Border while on a trip to Texas where he will participate in Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraisers.  Texas Governor Rick Perry had invited President Obama to go to the border so he could see the crisis first hand.  Perry […]

Cedar Rapids Planned Parenthood Discontinues Webcam Abortions

Downtown Cedar Rapids overlooking the Cedar River.
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Jenifer Bowen, Iowa Right to Life’s executive director, sent out the following email to supporters last night: Late this afternoon, we learned that ANOTHER Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has STOPPED offering webcam abortions!  Cedar Rapids has now become an “abortion referral” location. This marks the third clinic in the last few weeks to stop […]

Another Farmer Gaffe for Bruce Braley


America Rising PAC has tracked Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) all over the state as he campaigns for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat. At an Independence Day parade in Iowa Falls, IA it sounds as if a voter is telling Braley that she’s a farmer.  He then says “so am I.” They provided a transcript: WOMAN: “We’re […]

Terry Branstad’s Greatest Threat Is Himself


Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is on a trajectory for a historic sixth term.  He easily won his primary.  He is outraising his Democratic opponent State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines).  He has a significant war chest built up reporting at the end of the last period $4.6 million cash on hand.  Hatch reported just shy […]

Iowa GOP Leadership Transition Hamstrung By Missing Passwords

Steve Bierfeldt

Caffeinated Thoughts learned early last week through multiple sources that the new leadership has been locked out of the party’s social media accounts, email lists, voter rolls email accounts, donor lists and even online access to the bank account. Outgoing chair Danny Carroll provided a spreadsheet of usernames and passwords to incoming chair Jeff Kaufmann […]