On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses a bill in the Iowa House that would expand school choice in Iowa with Trish Wilger of Iowa Advocates for Choice in Education and Mark Jacobs of Reaching Higher Iowa.
(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 […]
I’ve been seeing reports around the state about low voter turnout during Iowa’s Republican primary. I’ve heard several pundits predict this as well. One one hand I’m surprised because, at least in my Congressional district, we have a two competitive races for Congress and for U.S. Senate. On the other hand, I’m not surprised because […]
I wanted to write some brief thoughts on last night’s Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary Debate hosted by KCCI. First I thought this went better than their Iowa 3rd Congressional District GOP Primary debate. Perhaps the addition of Stacey Horst to co-moderate the debate along with Kevin Cooney helped. The last half hour wasn’t nearly […]
Joni Ernst has had a good week, and looks to be in a strong position less than 11 days away from the Republican primary in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race. Public Policy Polling reports that she leads the field with 34%, which is consistent with a poll done by Loras College that showed her leading with […]
1. What’s the most rewarding job you’ve held? Mark Jacobs: “Husband and father. I think at the end of the day that’s the fabric of who we are as a people.” 2. First job you ever had? Jacobs: “Delivering newspapers for the Des Moines Tribune and then the Des Moines Register.” 3. Describe your worldview and what role […]
A Loras College Poll released today shows that State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) is the clear frontrunner in the Iowa GOP U.S. Senate Primary leading 2nd place Mark Jacobs by 12 points. In the previous poll completed by Loras College Ernst and Jacobs were tied. “State Senator Ernst has captured momentum in this race […]
The frontrunners in Iowa’s U.S. Senate Republican primary race received dueling endorsements from agricultural leaders in the state. Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey threw his support behind Mark Jacobs this morning. This is the first time that Northey has endorsed in a statewide primary. “This is a very, very important race. This is an important […]
Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers talk to Congressman Steve King (R-IA) about immigration, Ukraine, and Obamacare. Plus Benghazi, Donald Sterling and more..
There is a discrepancy between what Mark Jacobs says about Common Core on the campaign trail and what he advocated for before Iowa’s U.S. Senate Race.
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 […]
Mark Jacobs told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt that he didn’t think U.S. Senators make that much money. This was after he was asked if he would sacrifice his government salary as some members of Congress who are personally wealthy have done. U.S. Senators make $174,000 a year. From where I’m sitting that’s a lot of money, […]
The Family Leader held its U.S. Senate Family Forum last night at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA. Senatorial candidates Matt Whitaker, Mark Jacobs, Joni Ernst, and Sam Clovis participated in the forum. Erick Erickson, Fox News contributor and founder of RedState.com, moderated the event. Senator Chuck Grassley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, and The […]
Final brief thoughts… nobody did poorly. Schaben had some sketchy answers, but re. entitlements sounded strong. Jacobs dodged some questions, but answered others well. Whitaker and Ernst had a solid debate. If I were to declare a winner I’d have to say Sam Clovis. He gave solid answers, provided good push back on some questions […]
The Des Moines Register editorial board interviewed Republican U.S. Senate hopeful, Mark Jacobs, today. Apparently when discussion foreign policy he made a gaffe and Jennifer Jacobs of The Des Moines Register reported “Iowa U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Jacobs mixes up Iraq, Iran.” Mark Jacobs was asked by one of the editorial writers about how he […]
The numbers are in, and mother, soldier and proven full-spectrum conservative, Joni Ernst, continues to lead the field in total dollars raised in the Republican primary for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat. In the first quarter of 2014, Joni raised $275,014 from over 1,739 donors. At the end of the reporting period, Team Joni has […]