The Star Spangled Banner


We typically have shared the text of the Declaration of Independence  on July 4th, but this year I thought I’d change it up and instead post the lyrics of our National Anthem written by Francis Scott Key in 1814.  Smithsonian Magazine recounted the events that led to Key writing the anthem. Francis Scott Key, a […]

Staci Appel’s Sense of Entitlement

Photo credit: Gregory Hauenstein

Most reasonable people would see the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling on the Obama administration’s birth control mandate as protecting basic religious freedom. A family-owned company or “closely-held” company shouldn’t be mandated by their government to violate their religious conscience by having to pay for an insurance plan that covers abortifacients or birth control in […]

Seven out of Ten Americans Believe the IRS Destroyed Emails to Hide Guilt


A Rasmussen poll released today received little attention today because of the news about the Supreme Court rulings on Hobby Lobby and public union dues. A telephone survey conducted of 1000 likely U.S. voters on June 26-27 found 53% believe that the Internal Revenue Service broke the law when it targeted Tea Party and other […]

Des Moines Register Gets a Thistle for Whining About Hatch-Vernon Website


The Des Moines Register published an editorial that again demonstrates why the editorial board shouldn’t be taken seriously.  The headline reads: “No place in Iowa campaigns for dirty tricks.”  They take aim at Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. What dirty trick?  They beat State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) and his […]

SCOTUS Ruling a Big Win for Religious Liberty


The Supreme Court this morning ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that the Federal government could not compel “closely-held” corporations who hold religious exemptions to opt-out of the Obamacare mandate that they cover contraceptives.  The ruling covered two separate lawsuits filed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against the U.S. Department […]

Danny Carroll Out, Jeff Kaufmann In as Iowa GOP Chair


Des Moines, IA – The Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee changed leadership ousting former chair Danny Carroll in a 14-2 vote of no confidence that required a 2/3 majority vote.  National Committeewoman Tamara Scott and Bill Gustoff were the only “no” votes.  Sherill Whisenand and Gabe Haugland were not present at the meeting.  […]

Gopal Krishna Resigns as Iowa GOP Co-Chair


Gopal Krishna sent the following email to members of the Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee last night. To All RSCC Members, I have not received a written notice that contains the names/signatures of the 14 RSCC members referenced in the below email from David Chung. Below email refers to an inapplicable article in […]

Warren County Republicans Pass “Keep Danny Carroll” Resolution


Rick Halvorsen called a special meeting for the Warren County Republican Central Committee.  They drafted and approved the following resolution to be presented at the Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee urging them to retain Danny Carroll as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. There were 20 to 25 people who attended the […]

Mississippi: The Republican Establishment’s Shame


The Mississippi Republican Senate Primary runoff election between State Senator Chris McDaniel and 42-year incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran illustrates that the Republican establishment will seek to win at any cost.  Cochran edged out his challenger 50.8% to 49.2% separated by 6,300 votes out of 375,000 cast. Even if it means losing their own base […]

Parliamentary Procedure Tanks Polk County GOP Unity Resolution


Tim Overlin attempted to introduce a resolution at the Polk County GOP Central Committee meeting tonight encouraging the Iowa GOP State Central Committee to keep Danny Carroll on as chair, and that their vote this coming Saturday would be public.  During the announcements he was recognized and he used the time to discuss unity within […]

Meriam Ibrahim Rearrested While Trying to Leave Sudan


After being released by Sudanese authorities following a ruling by an appeals court, Meriam Ibrahim has been rearrested while trying to leave Sudan with her family.  Ibrahim was arrested, tried and sentenced to die for her faith after a family member complained that she had converted to Christianity.  He was also convicted of adultery and […]

Cody Hoefert Declares Bid for Iowa GOP Co-Chair


Iowa GOP State Central Committee member and Lyon County GOP Chair Cody Hoefert emailed members of the State Central Committee his intent to run for co-chair of the Republican Party of Iowa at their meeting scheduled on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1:00p. Here is his email below: Good Morning, This email is to inform […]

Jasper County GOP Passes Vote of No Confidence in State Central Committee


Newton, IA – The Jasper County Republican State Central Committee, chaired by Marshall Critchfield, passed a vote of no confidence in the State Central Committee members representing Iowa’s 2nd District (Bob Anderson, Trudy Caviness, Judy Davidson and Jeff Kaufmann) on tonight.  The vote was 7 to 5 in favor of the non-binding vote.  The vote […]

Jeff Kaufmann Declares Intent to Run for Republican Party of Iowa Chair


This afternoon newly seated State Central Committee member and former State Representative Jeff Kaufmann officially sent an email to the other members of the State Central Committee of his intent to run for Republican Party of Iowa Chair.  Kaufmann was one of the 14 State Central Committee members who signed a letter calling for an […]

Christian Woman Sentenced to Death for Apostasy Is Released from Sudanese Prison


Meriam Ibrahim after being sentenced to die by a Sudanese Court for refusing to recant her Christian faith was released from prison today following a ruling by an appeals court that reversed her death penalty and recognized her marriage. Ibrahim, raised a Christian by her mother and the daughter of a Muslim father, was charged […]