Rand Paul in Iowa: We Need a New GOP


(Urbandale, IA) Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) during his last two stops on his swing through Iowa attempted to make the case with conservative activists that the Republican party needs to expand.  Paul spoke to a capacity crowd at the Westside Conservative Club held at the Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale.  Later on he spoke to […]

Iowa Withdraws From Common Core Assessment Consortia

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad addresses the Iowa Teachers & Administrators Leadership Symposium held on 8/4/14.
Photo credit: Iowa Department of Education (Public Domain)

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Dept. of Ed Director Brad Buck informed Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that Iowa was withdrawing immediately.

Iowa Democrats Seek to Expand Caucus Participation


Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) Chair Scott Brennan today announced new proposals to expand participation in the Iowa Democratic Precinct Caucuses.  IDP begun a process earlier this year to examine the caucus process.  The party wanted to see what could be done to give more people access to the caucus process. Precinct caucuses being held a […]

Daniel Dlouhy Faces Uphill Climb in Iowa House District 99


(Dubuque, IA) Attorney Daniel Dlouhy won the Republican nomination in Iowa House District 99 during a special nominating convention held on Monday, July 28th in Dubuque.  Dloughy is a practicing attorney, who graduated from Emmaus Bible College and Drake University Law School.  Dloughy and his wife homeschool their children. “I’m pleased that Daniel will be […]

Des Moines Public Schools’ Race to the Middle in Middle School


Middle schools in Des Moines are dropping advanced classes for their experiment in standards based grading as they implement the Iowa Core in the district.

Liberals Freak Out Over Branstad’s Pray 7:14 Proclamation and Participation


Here is another story I didn’t have the opportunity to address prior to vacation.  Back in April, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation recognizing the Pray 7:14 event that took place on July 14th on the grounds of the Iowa Statehouse. It read: Now, Therefore, I, Terry E Branstad, as Governor of the State […]

Lois Lerner Uses Official IRS Email to Call Conservatives A**holes


It is no wonder that Lois Lerner pleaded the fifth when testifying.  She probably would have been censored. From the Obama administration that doesn’t have “even a smidgeon of corruption.” Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), chair of the House Means and Ways Committee that has been investigating Lerner, sent a letter to  Attorney General Eric Holder.  […]

One Boy’s Amazing Vigil on Omaha Beach


Project Vigil is a personal remembrance project dedicated to the memory of American soldiers buried in the Normandy American Cemetary and Memorial.  It was started by an 11-year-old boy who wanted to put a face and a story to the names of the crosses.  During the week of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, this boy […]

Obama’s Religious Freedom Ambassador Opposes Religious Freedom at Home


President Barack Obama on Monday appointed Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. “I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with him in the […]

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. Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis, of the book What is Marriage? Man & Woman: A Defense.  He gave a talk on the marriage debate from a public policy point of view at the […]

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.   Palin said in a statement accompanying the video on Facebook, “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I. So, let’s go rogue together and launch […]

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 […]

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

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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