Iowa GOP Establishment Loves Jeb Bush

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If you just heard from establishment Republicans you’d hear how everybody loves former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, that he’s shaking things up with his announcement that he is “seriously exploring” a presidential campaign and he’s a frontrunner. I was quite amused with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier’s coverage of his announcement. “This is news,” said Gov. […]

Chris Christie Stumps for Branstad, Iowa Republicans at Birthday Bash

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Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) headlined Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s annual Birthday Bash held on October 25, 2014 in Clive, IA to honor the 5-term governor.

2016 Labor Day Presidential Preference Poll

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Caffeinated Thoughts offers its first reader presidential preference poll for 2016. The poll closes on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 12:00am (CDT).

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.

CPAC 2014 Final Thoughts

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(Alexandria, VA) Killing some time before my flight back home sitting in a coffee shop in Old Town Alexandria I thought I’d share some thoughts about my very first trip to CPAC. I was disappointed that there was not a panel on the abortion issue.  Totally ignoring social issues is not the way forward especially […]

Iowa Polls: Iowa U.S. Senate and Governor’s Races & 2016

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There were two polls focused on Iowa released recently.  Quinnipiac in a poll released today said that President Barack Obama receives his lowest approval rating in Iowa to date at 38%.  They also polled Iowa’s U.S. Senate race. In the 2014 Senate race, Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA), gets 43 percent, while Republican candidate, former U.S. […]

Veepstakes: Who Will Romney Pick as His Running Mate?

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Now that we can say the GOP nomination is wrapped up, as Ron Paul has admitted they won’t have enough delegates to keep Mitt Romney from the nomination and his son, Senator Rand Paul, has endorsed Romney. Lets talk VP picks.  Who will be Romney’s running mate? Some names I’ve seen mentioned, not in any particular […]

Christie Takes a Pass; A Palin Decision Forthcoming

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It looks like we’re down to one possible late entry into the 2012 Republican primary race: Sarah Palin.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declined entering the race.  He said he has a commitment to New Jersey which is he is unwilling to abandon.  I respect that.  Despite big money donors who desire to play kingmaker […]

Terry Branstad’s Education Summit: A Good Start, Now Let The Hard Work Begin

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During Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Education Summit, I was struck by the relatively balanced list of speakers, the diversity of ideas, and the civil tone of those in attendance as they listened to everyone’s points of view. I was also fascinated by the backchannel discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #iaedsummit. The two speakers who […]