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  • Cruz Makes An Outstanding First Impression in Iowa

    07/23/2013 12:48:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 40 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | July 22 2013 | Craig Robinson
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz might only be in the first year of his first term in U.S. Senate, but he is already igniting the imaginations of Iowa Republicans who view him as strong presidential candidate in 2016 should he choose to run. Cruz was in Des Moines on Friday to address the Iowa Renewal Project, an annual weekend gathering of Iowa pastors and religious leaders. Cruz also attended a picnic fundraiser for the Republican Party of Iowa, and met with Republican activists and operatives during his first foray into Iowa. Cruz downplayed the significance of his trip to Iowa in...
  • To Newt Gingrich haters (vanity)

    04/14/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 228 replies
    Vanity | April 13, 2012 | CutePuppy
    I think you are missing something here. Newt would bring the ever Lurking Calista with him and she was the cause of divorce # 2. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like him could get somebody like her. No matter how God awful she looked. He was delusional to think he could get the evangelicals with that approach. Newt is the one that shot himself in the foot not Hume. Hume is just another excuse for Newt in a long line of excuse's. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like...
  • "My Message to Rick Santorum" Bob Grant (RINO Blog)

    03/23/2012 4:54:36 PM PDT · by Politics4US · 52 replies · 3+ views
    Bob Grant Online ^ | March 23, 2012 | Bob Grant
    My Message to Rick Santorum March 23, 2012 Not too long ago, I had asked a woman from Pennsylvania what she thought about Rick Santorum. Knowing that she was as conservative and as Republican as I am, I was surprised at her response. She said, “He is the worst. Those of us who know him best have nothing but contempt for him. He is not an honest person and certainly would not hesitate to stab a fellow politician in the back.” That was a few weeks ago, but I have learned what a tawdry character Santorum is. He is a...
  • With Mitt in the lead, anti-Romney Republicans weigh their options

    02/04/2012 3:31:39 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 4, 2012 | Niall Stanage
    Those who continue to believe that Romney can be stopped are focused — as is the campaign of Newt Gingrich — on the possibility of a long delegate fight. They have largely given up hope of anyone winning a knockout victory over Romney, hoping instead that some other candidate can prevent the former Massachusetts governor from wrapping the race up before the Republican National Convention, which is set for Tampa, Fla., in late August. “We have never gone through a delegate fight like this,” said Bob Vander Plaats, an influential conservative and the head of the Iowa-based Family Leader organization....
  • US 2012: Romney 'Will not be Nominee'(Bob Vander Plaats switching to Newt?)

    01/23/2012 11:48:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The International Business Times ^ | January 23, 2012 | Tom Nicolson
    The president of the influential Christian organisation Family Leader has said Republican candidate Mitt Romney "will not be the eventual nominee" despite leading the polls for the nomination. Bob Vander Plaats told the International Business Times UK that 75-80 percent of Republicans across the US do not want Romney. "The only reason why he is ahead is because there hasn't been a real alternative," said Plaats. "But now it looks like Gingrich is going to be that person." Plaats, who initially endorsed former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, carries significant political clout within the Republican Party. He said: "When I endorsed...
  • Gingrich's Secret Weapon: Newt Inc.

    01/25/2012 9:37:18 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 09, 2011 | Neil King Jr. and Patrick O'Connor
    In the 13 years since he suffered a string of political setbacks and quit the third most powerful job in Washington, Newt Gingrich has been busily laying the foundation for a comeback to an even grander perch. On any given day, the former Speaker of the House can be found on a chartered jet headed to Iowa to train future GOP candidates through his American Solutions group, or in Phoenix discussing ways to lower health-care costs with drug makers through his for-profit Center for Health Transformation. He might also be in Philadelphia, narrating a film produced by Gingrich Productions, or...
  • Gingrich Is Cozier With Iowa Evangelicals Than You May Think

    12/02/2011 11:09:41 AM PST · by freespirited · 11 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 12/02/11 | Jackie Koszczuk
    More conventional wisdom that needs dispelling this primary season: The adulterous and thrice-married Newt Gingrich will be unable to attract evangelical voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. While it's true that the former House speaker ultimately may fail to achieve the redemption he's seeking from Iowa evangelicals, it's also a fact that he has been quietly building bridges to that important segment of the caucus-going electorate for more than a year. And, he not only built the bridges, he paid for them. That could turn out to be Gingrich's greatest secret weapon against his rivals in the Republican caucus in...
  • Iowa conservative group Family Leader won’t endorse Cain, Paul or Romney

    11/22/2011 11:40:03 AM PST · by marty60 · 85 replies
    WP ^ | Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/22/2011 | By Perry Bacon Jr.
    A key Iowa social conservatives group announced Tuesday it will not endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or businessman Herman Cain, but is still evaluating if it would back one of the other candidates. The Family Leader, which hosted a forum that six Republican candidates attended last Saturday, said in a statement that its board had narrowed its choices of an endorsement to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and ex-senator Rick Santorum (Penn). The statement said the group would not consider endorsing Romney, who the group criticized for skipping its event. The...
  • Who They Will Endorse and Will It Will Mean for the 2012 Iowa Caucus

    02/16/2011 9:37:15 AM PST · by bigred08 · 32 replies ^ | 2/16/2011 | Kevin Hall
    The pursuit of endorsements from Iowa’s key GOP politicians creates a new dynamic for presidential candidates. Unlike the 2008 Caucus, when Steve King was the only major elected office holder who offered an endorsement, Iowa has four top Republican officials who could play a key role in 2012. Last week’s news that Senator Charles Grassley plans to endorse a candidate as early as this summer has campaigns angling for his affection. The key to an impactful endorsement is whether or not it comes with the full political weight of the endorser. Will the endorser’s staff, advisors, donors, and top volunteers...
  • Bob Vander Plaats' Move to Iowa Family Policy Center

    11/10/2010 3:15:49 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 4 replies
    Cafffeinated Thoughts ^ | 11/10/10 | Shane Vander Hart
    Craig Robinson at The Iowa Republican broke the news about Bob Vander Plaats being hired by Iowa Family Policy Center to be their CEO. Even though IFPC’s President, Chuck Hurley, is being coy with the news, I’ve heard from my “sources” that this is indeed the case.... Thoughts? Good or bad move on the part of IFPC?
  • Vander Plaats Mulls Independent Bid After Being Rejected for Lt. Governor

    06/17/2010 6:47:16 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies · 548+ views
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 06/17/2010 | Craig Robinson
    After coming up 21,531 votes short of Terry Branstad on primary night, Bob Vander Plaats announced that he and Branstad had agreed to meet and talk about ways to unite Republicans after the primary. Sources close to Vander Plaats tell the meeting with Branstad occurred on Monday in Sioux City, and it did not go well. Apparently, Vander Plaats’ plan to unite the party wasn’t based upon his executive order proposal, his stance on illegal immigration, or even his position on other social issues. Instead, sources close to Vander Plaats say it was based almost entirely on Branstad naming...
  • Conservatives unhappy with Sarah Palin endorsement of Terry Branstad

    06/03/2010 6:15:54 PM PDT · by pissant · 291 replies · 2,980+ views
    Des Moines Register | 6/3/10 | Jeff Bruner
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  • Finally a GOP GOV Primary Poll (Iowa)

    06/01/2010 6:17:46 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 383+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 06/01/2010 | Todd Dorman
    North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling actually polled the Iowa Republican gubernatorial primary. Yeah, the one next week. Branstad is up by 15 points, 46-31, over Vander Plaats, with Rod Roberts at 13 percent. The poll was of 474 likely GOP primary voters with a 4.5 percent margin of error. From PPP press release: ""In the Iowa Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Roxanne Conlin appears headed for a romp, while Terry Branstad is surprisingly under 50% in his bid for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination. Terry Branstad has just 46% to entrepreneur Bob Vander Plaats’ 31% and State Representative Rod Roberts’ 13%....
  • Two GOP gubernatorial candidates get tough on immigration

    04/30/2010 6:14:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 387+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | April 30, 2010 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES - Two Iowa Republicans running for governor staked out get-tough positions on illegal immigration Friday. In separate media interviews, Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats and Rep. Rod Roberts, R-Carroll, both said they - if either is elected governor next November -- would seek to more actively curb the presence of people illegally working, residing or receiving government benefits in Iowa without proper documentation given the failure of federal and Iowa officials to address the issue properly. Vander Plaats told a WHO radio audience he would propose legislation based on a new Arizona law that makes it a...
  • Gov. Culver loses another campaign manager

    04/12/2010 1:52:19 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies · 412+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 04/12/2010 | AP
    Another campaign manager for Gov. Chet Culver announced Monday she is quitting, leaving the Democrat's re-election effort to a veteran Iowa Democratic activist. Abby Curran said she would leave at the end of April, only four months after she was hired to manage Culver's campaign for a second term. Her departure continues a tumultuous period for Culver, who has gone through two campaign managers and two interim managers in the past year... She will be replaced by Donn Stanley, who has long worked for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. The campaign upheaval comes at a time when polls show Culver's...
  • GOP candidates debate in Sioux City [IA governor]

    04/07/2010 11:39:23 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies · 294+ views
    Radio Iowa ^ | April 7, 2010 | O. Kay Henderson
    During the first debate of the primary season, the three Republican candidates for governor offered opposing views of the kind of experience it will take to be the next governor. The three candidates gathered at KTIV studios in Sioux City for the hour-long debate. Former Governor Terry Branstad started by touting his own 16-year record as governor and questioning rival Bob Vander Plaats, who has never held elected office. “Iowans want a leader not only that talks about things, but somebody that gets results,” Branstad said in his opening statement. “Results over rhetoric, that’s what this is all about.” Vander...
  • Testing Iowa's Rightward Tilt

    04/05/2010 7:55:12 PM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies · 519+ views
    National Journal ^ | 04/03/2010 | James A. Barnes
    No longer the darling of the Right, Terry Branstad is vying for a fifth term as governor. As he mounts a comeback bid for a fifth term as governor, Iowa Republican Terry Branstad, once the golden boy of Hawkeye conservatives, finds himself under attack from an unusual direction, the right. His fight for the GOP nomination has plenty of echoes from his party's 2008 presidential caucuses, and the outcome could signal what sort of Republican presidential candidates will get the warmest receptions in Iowa during the 2012 campaign. With his conservative credentials intact, Branstad, who was governor from 1983 to...
  • [Rasmussen] Survey: Branstad maintains 16-point lead on Culver

    03/24/2010 7:44:55 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies · 533+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | Mar 24, 2010 | James Q. Lynch
    Former Gov. Terry Branstad is maintaining a double-digit lead over incumbent Gov. Chet Culver, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey. Rasmussen’s telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Branstad leading Culver by 16 points, 52 percent to 36 percent. Six percent prefer some other candidate, and 6 percent are undecided. Branstad, a Republican who served as governor from 1983 to 1999, held virtually identical leads over the Democratic incumbent a month ago and in the first survey of the race last September. Rasmussen found Culver is doing better against another Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Bob Vander Plaats, a...
  • Same-sex marriage debate visits [Iowa] Capitol

    01/13/2010 3:27:55 PM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies · 333+ views
    The Hawk Eye ^ | 01/13/2010 | MIKE GLOVER
    Activists visit lawmakers as new session gears up. DES MOINES -- Hundreds of activists headed to the Capitol on Tuesday to push their views on Iowa's same-sex marriage law despite Democratic legislative leaders' insistence there wasn't time to take up the issue during a session largely devoted to the budget. Although the issue likely will be pushed aside as lawmakers focus on a large budget shortfall... Opponents of the ruling -- many wearing red -- jammed the House chambers during Culver's speech... As Culver left the chamber after his speech, some in the Rotunda chanted, "let us vote," Opponents later...
  • 2010 Iowa: Ex-Governor Branstad Has Big Lead Over Incumbent Governor Culver

    09/24/2009 6:34:37 AM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies · 930+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 09/24/2009
    he nation’s economy has taken its toll on incumbent governors across the country, and Iowa Governor Chet Culver is no exception. Add to that the difficult political environment for Democrats at the moment, and Culver’s potential vulnerability becomes clear. The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Iowa governor’s race shows Culver trailing badly in a match-up with one of his predecessors and running even with a lesser-known challenger. Terry Branstad, now president of Des Moines University, leads Culver 54% to 34%. Branstad, a Republican, was the youngest governor in Iowa history and served longer than anybody else,...
  • Huckabee Iowa Manager: ‘War on Terror a Theological War’

    12/19/2007 4:12:21 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 68 replies · 148+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Huckabee Iowa Manager: 'We're Fighting a Radical Religion in Islam' By Mark Finkelstein | December 19, 2007 - 18:57 ET Mike Huckabee might want to "revise and extend" the remarks of his Iowa campaign manager. Appearing on this evening's Tucker on MSNBC, Bob Vander Plaats stated that "we're fighting a radical religion in Islam" and that "the war on terror is a theological war." View video here.