Cruz, Walker and Fiorina Stand Out at Iowa Caucus Kickoff

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Senator Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina stood out among a first class line-up of speakers at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines.

Jeb Bush Won’t Sway Iowa Conservatives By Avoiding Them

Fmr. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 2013 CPAC
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has made his first error in his soon-to-be presidential campaign by skipping out on the Iowa Freedom Summit this month.

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. […]

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).

Iowa Social Conservatives Get 2016 Sneak Peak

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Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz courted Iowa social conservative activists at The FAMiLY Leadership Summit in Ames, IA.

(Video) The FAMiLY Leadership Summit Speeches

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Watch speeches from Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and others from The FAMiLY Leadership Summit in Ames, IA.

Book Review: Blue Collar Conservatives By Rick Santorum

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There’s no question that Republicans need to broaden the party base. Libertarians and the Party establishment have offered their solutions; in Blue Collar Conservatives, Rick Santorum takes his turn at bat. Santorum says that the reason why Mitt Romney failed to defeat Barack Obama was his failure to connect with working Americans. Santorum takes Romney to task […]