Branstad-Reynolds Release 5th Ad in Iowa Gubernatorial Race


(Urbandale, IA) The Branstad-Reynolds campaign today released its fifth TV ad for the general election campaign. The ad, which will be running statewide on broadcast television, can be viewed below: “Iowans know that Governor Branstad is the hardest working governor in the nation, and he will continue to fight for Iowans every single day in […]

No Action Taken on Branstad’s Common Core Order


The Iowa Department of Education still has not taken action on Governor Terry Branstad’s Common Core executive order issued nine months ago.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Reports $4 Million in Campaign War Chest


(URBANDALE, Iowa) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced they will report more than $4 million cash-on-hand when their campaign disclosure report is filed prior to the July 21, 2014 deadline. Additionally, the Branstad-Reynolds campaign announced it had raised over $700,000 in the third reporting period of 2014 (May 28 – […]

2014 Iowa Political Survey Results


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


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 […]

Des Moines Register Gets a Thistle for Whining About Hatch-Vernon Website


The Des Moines Register published an editorial that again demonstrates why the editorial board shouldn’t be taken seriously.  The headline reads: “No place in Iowa campaigns for dirty tricks.”  They take aim at Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. What dirty trick?  They beat State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) and his […]

David Young Wins GOP Iowa 3rd Congressional District Nomination


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 […]

Iowa GOP State Convention Recap


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 […]

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Easily Wins Republican Primary


(Des Moines, IA) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad easily beat his challenger Tom Hoefling 83% to 16.8% in Iowa’s Republican primary last night taking one step closer towards his goal of winning a historical sixth term.  Governor Branstad will face State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) and Libertarian candidate Lee Hieb in the general election.  Hatch […]

Joni Ernst Wins Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary


(Des Moines, IA) State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) won the Iowa GOP U.S. Senate primary last night in convincing fashion.  With all precincts reporting Ernst won 56.1% of the vote out performing all polling to date.  Sam Clovis, radio talk show host and college professor from Hinton, also outperformed polling and came in a […]

Iowa House Adjourns Sine Die, Iowa Senate Resumes Business on Friday


(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House of Representatives adjourned Sine Die on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:54 am after a marathon session during the night. Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha)  gave closing remarks (as prepared for delivery): I’d like to start by quickly thanking you, the members of the eighty-fifth general assembly for your hard […]

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


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 […]

Big Change Coming to the Iowa GOP State Central Committee


It didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that we would see significant change to the Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee after the District Conventions met.  Governor Terry Branstad’s efforts to remake the state party leadership were successful.  Not a single member representing the liberty faction of the party remains on the committee. […]