Vander Hart: State Legislatures Won’t Upend the Electoral College for Trump

Shane Vander Hart: There is a magical belief that state legislatures can ignore state law after an election ends to bypass the voters’ will. They can’t.

‘Even In A Pandemic, the Constitution Cannot Be Put Away and Forgotten’

The Supreme Court offered a stinging rebuke of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship in “red” and “orange” zones.

Vander Hart: Christians In the Midst of Political Polarization

Shane Vander Hart: People we disagree with are created in the image of God just like we are. Because they are image-bearers, they have dignity and worth.

LGBTQ-Rights Group Wants Biden to Restrict Religious Liberty

The Human Rights Campaign wants the incoming Biden Administration to restrict religious liberty when it comes into conflict with perceived LGBTQ rights.

Introducing The Iowa Torch and What’s Changing at Caffeinated Thoughts

Shane Vander Hart introduces a new website focused on Iowa political news, The Iowa Torch, and what it means for Caffeinated Thoughts.

Reynolds Introduces PR Campaign to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new PR campaign including Tom Vilsack, Dan Gable, and Carson King to enlist Iowans’ help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Vander Hart: Between Two Camps on COVID-19

Shane Vander Hart: I don’t agree with mandates, but I believe in personal responsibility. I urge people to be responsible.

Reynolds Issues Mask Mandate, Implements Additional Mitigation Measures

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a mask mandate for indoor public spaces and limited indoor activities to 15 people and outdoor gatherings to 30 people.

Hinson Says She Doesn’t Support Another Lockdown

Congresswoman-Elect Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, said she would not support another lockdown in response to climbing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Hart Requests Recount in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District Race

With Mariannette Miller-Meeks leading by 47 votes, Rita Hart’s campaign requests a recount of all 24 counties in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

Biden Coronavirus Task Force Member Suggests Four to Six-Week Lockdown

Dr. Michael Osterholm said that a four to six-week shutdown could drive down infection numbers and suggests that the U.S. could borrow money to pay for it.

Reynolds Mandates Masks for Certain Gatherings and Businesses

Gov. Kim Reynolds said she was “dialing up” COVID-19 mitigation standards due to significant community spread in the state and increased hospitalizations.

Ernst Re-elected to Senate Leadership

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, was re-elected unanimously by Senate Republicans as Vice-Chair for the Senate Republican Conference.

Vander Hart: Undervoting Is Not Evidence of Voter Fraud

Shane Vander Hart: Historically, Americans cast more votes for President than they vote in down-ballot races like U.S. House of Representatives.

Parler and MeWe Surge As Conservatives Look for Facebook, Twitter Alternatives

Parler is in the top spot on the free app chart for iPhone and Android phone users, MeWe lands in the 3rd spot for iPhone users and 4th for Android users.

Joe Biden Projected Winner of 2020 Presidential Race

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been projected the winner of the 2020 Presidential race after Pennsylvania was called for him.