Boehner Re-elected as Speaker

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) won re-election to a 3rd term with 216 votes out of 408 cast on the first ballot with 25 Republicans voting against.

Common Core Will Be a Litmus Test Issue in 2016

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Advocates try to downplay support for the Common Core State Standards as being a problem in 2016 for Jeb Bush. They will find they are sorely mistaken.

Ben Carson Has (Grassroots) Game in Iowa

Ben Carson speaks at Polk County Republicans fundraiser on 8/24/14.
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The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee announced they have recruited 136 chairs in all 99 Iowa counties 15 months out from the Iowa Caucus.

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).

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 […]