2016 Labor Day Presidential Preference Poll

2016 Prospective Republican Candidates
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Walker, Huckabee, Santorum, Perry)

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

Rand Paul in Iowa: We Need a New GOP

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(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 […]

Senator Rand Paul Headlines Fundraiser for Dr. Miller-Meeks

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OTTUMWA, IOWA – Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks is excited to announce that fellow ophthalmolgist Senator Rand Paul (R – Kentucky) will be headlining a fundraiser for her campaign on Tuesday, August 5th in Iowa City. “It is an honor to have Senator Rand Paul join our campaign for an event during his visit to Iowa,” said Dr. […]

SCOTUS Ruling a Big Win for Religious Liberty

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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 […]

Iowa GOP State Convention Recap

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I just wanted to give a brief recap the Republican Party of Iowa State Convention.  I also live tweeted it today so you can scroll through my Twitter feed at @shanevanderhart. As far as a state convention go this was rather uneventful, no drama, no big fights.  No drastic changes made to the proposed  party […]

Jindal, Santorum and Paul to Speak at Iowa GOP State Convention

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(Des Moines, IA) Today Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Danny Carroll announced that three nationally recognized Republicans have confirmed to speak at the Party’s state convention in June. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum have all confirmed they will speak to the convention on June 14th in […]

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. […]

GOP Rift Occurs Over Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

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Washington, DC – The budget deal crafted by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) won bipartisan approval yesterday on a 332-94 vote in the U.S. House with an equal number of Republican and Democratic supporters. Numerous conservative organizations have spoken out about the bill such as Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth […]

The FAMiLY LEADER to Hold Leadership Summit in August

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The FAMiLY LEADER announces The 2nd Annual FAMiLY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT on Saturday, August 10th, scheduled to take place at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA.