Rick Perry Talks Red State Polices, Immigration at Altoona Business Roundtable

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Texas Governor Rick Perry discussed immigration, the border crisis, and economic red state policies at a business roundtable meeting in Altoona, IA.

Iowa Withdraws From Common Core Assessment Consortia

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad addresses the Iowa Teachers & Administrators Leadership Symposium held on 8/4/14.
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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Dept. of Ed Director Brad Buck informed Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that Iowa was withdrawing immediately.

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

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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.

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.

No Action Taken on Branstad’s Common Core Order

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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

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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.

Terry Branstad’s Greatest Threat Is Himself

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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 […]