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.
Photo credit: Corey Munson (CC-By-3.0)

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 […]

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 […]