David Young Wins GOP Iowa 3rd Congressional District Nomination

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David Young won the Republican Iowa 3rd Congressional District nomination on the 5th ballot at a special nominating convention that was called as a result of no candidate reaching the 35% threshold in the primary.  Young came in fifth on primary night with 15.6%.  He edged out State Senator Brad Zaun at the convention on […]

Mike Lee Endorses Matt Schultz for Congress

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(Salt Lake City, UT) —Today, Senator Mike Lee of Utah endorsed Matt Schultz for Congress in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. “Matt will represent the people’s interest, not the Washington special interests.  He is a strong constitutional conservative who understands and respects the proper role of the federal government.  And he has committed to fighting against […]

Blum, Miller-Meeks Win GOP Nomination; 3rd CD Goes to Convention

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(Des Moines, IA) Rod Blum and Mariannette Miller-Meeks won their Republican Congressional primaries, but the Iowa 3rd Congressional District Republican nominee will have to be decided at a special district nominating convention as no candidate reached the 35% threshold needed to win outright. Blum finished with 54.9% of the vote in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District […]

A Low Voter Turnout for Iowa’s Republican Primary?

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I’ve been seeing reports around the state about low voter turnout during Iowa’s Republican primary.  I’ve heard several pundits predict this as well. One one hand I’m surprised because, at least in my Congressional district, we have a two competitive races for Congress and for U.S. Senate. On the other hand, I’m not surprised because […]

KCCI Iowa 3rd Congressional District Race Live Blog

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Final thoughts:  First.  I hated, hated the format of the debate.  It was ok up until the break, after that it seemed to be that Kevin Cooney wanted ask questions for each individual candidate based on Democratic talking points.  The last question was simply ridiculous.  I would have said perhaps that is important question in […]

Matt Schultz Releases 2nd TV Ad in Iowa 3rd Congressional District Race

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(Des Moines, IA) Today, Iowa’s Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Congress, Matt Schultz, launched his second TV ad of the campaign in the Iowa 3rd Congressional District race. The ad is titled “Repeal It” and it highlights Schultz’s desire to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with free market solutions including tort reform, […]

Tea Party Express Endorses Matt Schultz for Congress

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Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, endorsed Secretary of State Matt Schultz for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District today.  They joined the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks in announcing their endorsement of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s campaign for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. This is the same group that has waded […]

Branstad, Clovis, and Cramer Win Caffeinated Thoughts Iowa GOP Primary Straw Poll

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The results are in from the online straw poll that was open from April 25 through April 28.  The poll was the most extensive we have done, and while this is not a scientific poll, I find the outcome to be pretty interesting. We gathered responses from 635 Iowa Republicans who say they are likely […]

Matt Schultz Raised $171K, Launches First TV Ad in Iowa 3rd CD Race

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(Des Moines, IA) Today, Iowa’s Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Congress, Matt Schultz, announced that he raised $170,949 during the first quarter of 2014 and is launching his first TV ad of the campaign. Over 950 supporters contributed to Schultz’s campaign for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional seat, showing that his proven conservative leadership and […]

Mike Huckabee Rallies Social Conservatives in Waukee

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(Waukee, IA) Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee spoke to approximately 450 social conservative activists at Point of Grace Church Tuesday night.  He keynoted the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Spring Kickoff event that also featured remarks from fifteen candidates. Steve Scheffler, President of Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition and Iowa’s […]

U.S. House & Senate Candidates Confirmed to Attend IFFC Spring KickOff with Governor Mike Huckabee

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All of the Iowa Senate and five Iowa 3rd Congressional Republican candidates have confirmed attendance at IFFC’s Spring Kickoff with Mike Huckabee.

Candidates Speak at March Polk County GOP Central Committee Meeting

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Three U.S. Senate, four Congressional, and three Iowa Legislative candidates addressed the members on the Polk County GOP Central Committee on 3/25/14.

Iowa Homeschoolers Wooed by Ted Cruz, Candidates

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(Des Moines, IA) Approximately 800 Iowa homeschoolers descended upon Des Moines and the State Capitol yesterday for the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ annual Homeschool Day at the Hill.  The day began at the State Capitol building with lobbying efforts, as well as, brief remarks by Brenna Findley, former homeschooler and now legal advisor […]

Jack Whitver Announces Reelection for Iowa Senate

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(Ankeny, IA) Community leader, small businessman and state lawmaker Jack Whitver officially announced today his intentions to seek re-election in Iowa State Senate District 19. Whitver, first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011, filed his candidacy paperwork Wednesday morning with the Secretary of State. He represents Polk County, including the cities of Ankeny, Alleman […]

Royce Phillips Qualifies for Ballot in Iowa Senate District 39

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(Tiffin, IA) Royce W. Phillips (R-Tiffin), candidate for Iowa Senate District 39 today filed petitions with Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz for the ballot in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014. The petitions were then certified and Royce Phillips will be on the June 3 ballot. “I am grateful for the support from […]