Ernst Introduces Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

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On Tuesday U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced S.1881 legislation intended to protect women’s health and defund Planned Parenthood.

An Open Letter to Congresswoman Kristi Noem


Congresswoman Noem, We are very concerned by your recent vote for the Ryan budget. As veterans we don’t mind leading by example and can understand that the federal government has been bloated to disastrous proportions therefore programs need cutting. But we do not want to see our own left to die in the gutters while […]

Republican National Convention Day 2 Live Stream & Open Thread


A little late, but you can go back and watch speeches already missed: I’ll be tweeting at @shanevanderhart follow me and leave your comments and thoughts below. Tonight’s schedule… — 6 p.m. (Central Standard Time) Call to order Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team Pledge of Allegiance by Brig. Gen. Patrick […]

Veepstakes: Who Will Romney Pick as His Running Mate?


Now that we can say the GOP nomination is wrapped up, as Ron Paul has admitted they won’t have enough delegates to keep Mitt Romney from the nomination and his son, Senator Rand Paul, has endorsed Romney. Lets talk VP picks.  Who will be Romney’s running mate? Some names I’ve seen mentioned, not in any particular […]

A Victory for America’s Family Farms


By Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) America’s family farms won a great victory over misguided government regulation last week when the U.S. Department of Labor abandoned plans to pursue mindless regulations that would have kept farm youth from working on farms owned by their own families.  The labor proposal would have upended Iowa’s great family farm […]

John Thune Says No to a 2012 Presidential Run


In a statement released today, Senator John Thune (R-SD) ended speculation about a potential 2012 run.  He said that he felt he was best positioned to “fight for America’s future right here in trenches of the United States Senate.”  He said that decision was made after a lot of prayer and from feedback and encouragement […]

CPAC Review: John Thune – Leads Pack in Laying Out Vision


Senator John Thune (R-SD) gave a good speech at CPAC, and he distinguished himself by providing more specificity than we have witnessed so far. The Senator spoke of the sanctity of the Constitution. He said that America does not need a new foundation because “the old foundation works just fine.” He invoked President Reagan’s leadership […]

The FAMiLY Leader Hosting Pawlenty, Santorum, Gingrich, Cain & Bachman for Iowa Lecture Series

*Bumped and Updated* Original – 8:30am: Not to be outdone by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition who is hosting a presidential forum in March.  Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley of The FAMiLY Leader will hold a press conference later today to announce the details of  Presidential Lecture series they plan to have along […]

Michele Bachmann for President? Who Will Be in the 2012 GOP Field?


ABC News says that perhaps those talking about the  2012 speculation surrounding Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) need to think bigger than a potential U.S. Senate race with incumbent Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). ABC News has learned that Bachmann, R-Minn., also is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. A source […]

John Thune and Tim Pawlenty Engaged in A Backyard Battle in Iowa?


POLITICO has an interesting article up today about Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) being engaged in a backyard battle in Iowa. While other prospects for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination are already making forays into Iowa, Sen. John Thune has taken pains not to set foot in the first-in-the-nation state at […]

Don’t Ask, Just Tell: Where Do Potential 2012 Candidates Stand on Gays in the Military?


The debate is on. The polls are out. It is now time for all the candidates and potential Presidential candidates for 2012 to tell us clearly where they stand on the repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). Mike Huckabee was against the repeal in 2007, but did use the hedge word “now” in the quote below […]

Nope, We Can’t All Agree: Bring on the Debates, Yesterday.

Map of U.S, with Iowa in Red

Shane wrote “I think  we can all agree that the 2008 presidential campaign was too long.” No we can’t. I wish it would have started last week instead of next week. However, I agree public servants (Sitting Governors, Congressmen, and Senators) shouldn’t spend 14 months in Iowa campaigning to be president. That may put them at […]

The Unhelpful Iowa Poll of GOP 2012 Presidential Prospects


Just released today is The Des Moines Register’s poll of people’s opinion of 2012 GOP Presidential prospects.  This poll measured likeability and name recognition, not whether people would vote for them or not. Not much change from last iowa Poll for Romney or Palin. The winner of “they like me” sweepstakes is… former Massachusetts Governor […]

Criminals Made Safer by U.S. Senate Today

I don’t have a concealed carry permit.  I don’t even own a handgun or rifle.  I don’t hunt.  It isn’t like I’m against any of that.  I just didn’t grow up with it, and I’ve never felt the need to carry or own one for self-defense.  I did serve in the Army, qualified with an […]