Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for 56 Iowa Counties

President Trump’s proclamation makes federal assistance available to Iowa homeowners, renters, businesses, public entities, and select nonprofit organizations.

Episode 77: Democrat Presidential Candidates Dump on Electoral College

Democrat presidential candidates say they want to repeal the Electoral College, Shane Vander Hart discusses on today’s Caffeinated Thoughts podcast.

Ernst Works to Close Loophole That Encourages Child Marriages

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) helps introduce a bill that would close the loophole that encourages child marriages which contribute to human trafficking.

T.C. Stallings to Speak at the 2019 Iowa Prayer Breakfast

Christian actor T.C. Stallings will keynote the 58th Annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ernst, Lee Introduce Paid Parental Leave Plan

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a paid parental leave plan they say is budget neutral and flexible for parents who use it.

Episode 76: Jason Schultz Discusses Funnel Week in the Iowa Senate

State Senator Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) discusses the first funnel week with Shane Vander Hart on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast.

Ernst Calls Out $93 Trillion ‘Green New Deal’ With Her March Squeal Award

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa): “To fund this radical government takeover, every American family would have to pay $65,000 annually, more than most households in Iowa make in a year.”

Iowa Senate Republicans Release Budget Targets

The Iowa Senate budget of $7,619,300,000 is the same amount of funding allocated in FY 2019 and significantly less than what the House and Governor propose.

Reynolds Announces Additional Cabinet Members

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced 11 additional cabinet members including former Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen to head the Iowa Department of Revenue.

Iowa House Republicans Release FY2020 Budget Targets

The Iowa House GOP budget plan for FY2020 spends $7.668 billion, accounting for 97.45% of on-going revenue, increasing the budget .63% compared to adjusted FY19 budget.

Episode 75: A Conversation With Jeremy Taylor

Shane Vander Hart talks President Trump’s national emergency, Andrew McCabe’s bombshell interview, and interviews Jeremy Taylor who is running for Congress.

Grassley on the Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting, EAGLES Act

Marking the one-year-anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduces the EAGLES Act of 2019.

New Business Creations Off to Strong Start in Iowa in 2019

Iowa’s Secretary of State’s Office processed 2,195 new business filings last month, just shy of the previous record of 2,204, set in March 2018.

Joni Ernst Re-Introduces Sarah’s Law

On the third anniversary of Sarah Root’s death, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), along with 14 of her colleagues re-introduce Sarah’s Law.

Episode 74: Chuck Hurley Discusses 2019 Iowa Legislative Session

Today’s podcast: Chuck Hurley discusses the 2019 Iowa Legislative Session, a crazy abortion bill in Virginia, and Kamala Harris comes to Iowa.

Grassley, Lee Reintroduce Balanced Budget Amendment

U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) reintroduced a constitutional amendment that requires the federal government to balance its budget each year.