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  • Perry loses top Iowa adviser as campaign aims to reboot

    08/24/2015 7:46:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | August 24, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sam Clovis, the highly touted Iowa campaign co-chair for Rick Perry, has departed the Texas governor's presidential bid, a blow that comes as the campaign prepares to restructure its program in the early states. Confronted by anemic fundraising that forced the candidate to stop paying all its workers, Perry's campaign is preparing to off-load some of its field operation to an allied super PAC. The move will test whether an outside group can organize just as well as a traditional campaign. Over the next two weeks, Perry's field program will revamp as the $17 million super PAC...
  • All in a day's work: Ted Cruz debates Ellen Page, blasts Jimmy Carter

    08/22/2015 4:12:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 22, 2015 | Catherine Lucey, Associated Press
    Des Moines, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized former President Jimmy Carter's administration during a stump speech in Iowa, one day after Carter announced he was suffering from cancer that has spread to his brain. Speaking on a political soapbox at the Iowa State Fair Friday, Cruz said there were parallels between the Obama and Carter administrations. "I think the parallels between this administration and the Carter administration are uncanny. Same failed domestic policy, same misery, stagnation and malaise. Same feckless and naive foreign policy,"(continued)
  • Ted Cruz's plan to win back the anti-establishment vote

    08/21/2015 7:49:18 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/21/15 | Katie Glueck
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Ted Cruz has quietly embarked on a strategy designed to reclaim the mantle of the anti-establishment presidential candidate, methodically scoring endorsements, locking down the support of hardliner activists and creating an extensive grassroots network, even as Donald Trump keeps a firm grip on the title for now. The Texas senator and his wife, Heidi, have spent months courting Iowa activists over dinners, women’s lunches and meet-ups at conservative confabs. He plans to name a pastor to run point on faith engagement in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. His efforts in the South are aided by grassroots...
  • Why Trump Will Never Make the Ballot

    08/20/2015 9:46:44 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.20.156:15 AM ET | Stuart Stevens
    Making political predictions rarely turns out well, but here’s one: Donald Trump will not be a candidate for president in 2016. What? Yes, I know, he’s already announced. In my view, though, he won’t take this all the way to the ballot in Iowa, New Hampshire, or any of the Republican caucus or primary elections. Why? Because he’s Donald Trump and everything we know about him tells us he won’t do it. Let’s step back from the Trump frenzy and consider the realities of a possible Trump run. First is the essential question: Will Donald Trump be the next president...
  • Polls Are Meaningless, Especially for Selecting Debate Candidates

    08/20/2015 6:35:27 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 9 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 8/20/15 | Steve Berman
    Using national “if the election were today” polling numbers to determine debate slots is the dumbest idea since the now-deceased NCAA Bowl Championship Series. Here’s an example why—from New York Magazine: “Poll Numbers Improving for 15-Year-Old Presidential Candidate ‘Deez Nuts’” A new Public Policy Polling poll released today shows that 9 percent of North Carolina voters have a sense of humor or are already tired of the election; when asked whether they would vote for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or independent candidate Deez Nuts in November 2016, 9 percent chose the questionably named underdog. That means that Deez Nuts, who...
  • One of Iowa’s Most Prominent Conservative Radio Hosts Just Endorsed Ted Cruz for President

    08/19/2015 1:24:00 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    .ijreview.com ^ | 8/19/15 | Joe Perticone
    Senator Ted Cruz just picked up a huge endorsement in Iowa. Iowa-based talk radio host Steve Deace, who has been a fixture for conservatives in the Hawkeye State, spoke highly of Cruz’s record and his belief that only the Texan can clean up Washington. In an advance statement provided to IJReview, Deace said: “Ted Cruz presents exactly what we’ve been waiting for, an end to the Washington Cartel’s false choice between our principles and electability. No one can question Ted’s courage of conviction and his commitment to our principles.” Deace insisted that Cruz has the chops “to actually defeat the...
  • Today in Politics: Some Candidates Find Spoils Beyond the Fairground

    08/17/2015 4:16:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | August 17, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    Good Monday morning, a day of recovery for many of the candidates who were perhaps required by custom and duty to cheat on their diets at the Iowa State Fair this weekend. While most of the candidates move on to a full week, others were busy outside the fair’s lively lights, seeking money rather than votes on a high-end and tourist-filled Massachusetts island. To glance at the news, most readers would surely think the State Fair in Des Moines was the center of the political universe. After all, it is where Jeb Bush mixed a pre-noon beer with a deep-fried...
  • Donald Trump breaks the rules at the Iowa State Fair

    08/15/2015 10:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 15, 2015 | Maeve Reston
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)—There are a few golden rules when it comes to campaigning in Iowa: never arrive by helicopter, leave your entourage at home and don't skip the Des Moines Register soapbox, even if you have to brave hecklers. But the normal rules of politics don't apply to Donald Trump, who broke all of them during his visit to the Iowa State Fair on Saturday. Trump made a grand entrance by touching down in a $7 million helicopter. He was thronged by supporters as he walked the fairgrounds and eschewed the soapbox -- where Iowans are encouraged to...
  • ‘I want to grab that corn like you’ve never seen’: Trump launching aggressive ground game in Iowa

    08/14/2015 3:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | August 14, 2015 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, Washington Post
    DES MOINES, Iowa — For five days, the royal-blue bus rumbled through miles of cornfields alongside a popular annual bicycle trek across Iowa. It showed up at a country music concert in Cherokee and at a bacon festival in Ottumwa. And when the hulking vehicle with thick white block letters that spell T-R-U-M-P pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Fort Dodge this week, people flocked to it. It didn’t matter that Donald Trump wasn’t inside. The bus alone — with the “Make America Great Again” slogan extending across its sides — created an irresistible oasis of celebrity politics amid...
  • Scott Walker falls from top perch in latest Iowa polls

    08/13/2015 2:43:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    After leading the GOP presidential field in Iowa for months, Gov. Scott Walker is no longer on top in the latest polling. In a survey released Wednesday by CNN/ORC, Donald Trump leads among Republicans in Iowa with 22%, followed by Ben Carson at 14% and Walker at 9%. Trump also leads Walker in two other Iowa surveys taken since the Aug. 6 GOP debate in Cleveland, where Walker avoided mistakes but turned in a low-profile performance that was overshadowed by some of his rivals. In an Iowa poll by Suffolk University/USA Today released Tuesday, Trump led with 17% followed by...
  • Seven GOP candidates who could drop from '16 race before Iowa

    08/13/2015 9:38:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 13, 2015 | Scott Wong
    Seventeen major Republican candidates are running hard for the White House. But not all will make it to Iowa. Of the crowded 2016 GOP primary field, who will be the first to head for the exits? It’s impossible to know for sure at this early stage, but a handful of high-profile campaigns are already showing serious signs of strain six months out from Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1. Super PACs have changed the game, enabling struggling candidates tochoose to stay in the race as long as they’re propped up by deep-pocketed donors. But as Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich...
  • Why Nevada Should Be the New Iowa

    08/12/2015 6:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jon Ralston
    As presidential candidates begin to genuflect before the people of Iowa and New Hampshire, once again beginning an anachronistic quadrennial ritual, someone has to say it: This must end. We can keep pretending how quaint it is to see possible leaders of the free world chat up the riveting folks in a Manchester diner or pretend to enjoy the “Roast and Ride” in Boone. But neither state represents the real America anymore, nor do they represent even a realistic crucible in which to choose a nominee. Even Tevye would blanch at this tradition that has long since served its purpose....
  • Steve King's son signs on with Ted Cruz super PAC in Iowa

    08/07/2015 6:18:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 7, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    Jeff King, a top political aide to his father and Iowa powerbroker, Rep. Steve King, has signed on with the super PAC supporting Ted Cruz, the organization confirmed to CNN Friday. In what could be a signal for who his father -- one of Iowa's most coveted endorsements -- could eventually support, Jeff King is now consulting for one of the four main super PACs supporting Cruz, Keep the Promise I. That group, funded almost entirely by New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Mercer, launched its first advertisements this week and unveiled some of the operatives that will execute the group's...
  • Jeb dead. Rand wounded. Fiorina shines. Folks fuming at Fox: Column

    08/07/2015 10:32:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    USA Today | August 7, 2015 | Steve Deace, Iowa radio talk show host & author
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/08/07/jeb-rand-fiorina-fox-debate-column/31278581/
  • Walker team fortifies in Iowa against Trump: PAC buys $7 million in Iowa air time for Walker

    08/05/2015 10:27:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | August 6, 2015 | Tom LoBianco, CNN
    Iowa has long been the must-win state for Scott Walker, but the growing threat of Donald Trump has the Wisconsin governor's team fortifying its battlements in the state. The super PAC backing Walker, Unintimidated PAC, told CNN Wednesday that it was buying $7 million of air time in Iowa and starting to saturate the airwaves in September, a major marker. The PAC is also planning to announce buys soon in Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Walker has long led most polls of Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, starting from his breakout speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit this past January....
  • After Lobbying Hillary, Democratic Senator’s Daughter Was Hired At State Dept

    08/01/2015 9:29:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2015 | Chuck Ross, reporter
    Emails released Friday show former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials discussing how to go about helping a powerful Democratic senator who was asking for a job for his daughter in the agency in summer 2009. The pressure paid off for the now-retired Iowa senator, Tom Harkin, as his daughter Jennifer was hired on as the assistant to the ambassador-at-large at the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. The gig was in a small office that had a “limited number of slots,” another Clinton aide wrote in a separate email chain published Friday. “Remind me...
  • Donald Trump surging in New Hampshire, Iowa

    07/26/2015 8:04:21 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 157 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/26/15 | Steven Shepard
    Donald Trump has surged to the lead in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary and virtually erased Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s advantage in the Iowa caucuses, according to new NBC News/Marist polls released Sunday. In Iowa, Walker still tops the field with 19 percent, the poll shows — only two points ahead of Trump, who garners 17 percent. Interviews for the poll began on July 14 — the day after the Walker campaign’s launch event in Wisconsin. The only other candidate in double digits is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at 12 percent. Those lagging behind include a number of...
  • Ted Cruz Applauds Iowa Couple Who Refused To Host A Same-Sex Wedding

    07/21/2015 2:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 21, 2015 | Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple who operates a wedding services business and refused to do business with a same-sex couple. It's a marked contrast with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who used her presidential launch video to draw attention to same-sex couples who were about to get married. While some GOP candidates have tried to avoid talking much about same-sex marriage, Cruz has been more vocal in his opposition. In April, he introduced legislation to push a constitutional amendment protecting states that barred marriage equality. And...
  • Weekend Iowa poll: No Trump slump yet for McCain remarks

    07/20/2015 10:51:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 20, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer and Jennifer Agiesta
    Donald Trump ignited a political furor with his weekend comments about Sen. John McCain's war record, but the first polling released since then shows no change in his standing. A Monmouth University poll of Iowans released Monday and conducted over the weekend showed Scott Walker continues to maintain a solid lead in the Iowa Republican caucus, though Trump has gained an edge over the rest of the field and now stands alone in second place. Of likely caucus attendees, 22% told pollsters that they'd support the Wisconsin governor in next winter's matchup, but 13% said they would back Trump, who...
  • Cruz on Trump: Others "Smack" Him; I Back Him

    07/19/2015 11:44:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 18, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    BROOKLYN, Iowa — As many Republican presidential candidates are dodging the political specter of Donald Trump or attacking him, Ted Cruz has incorporated praise for Trump into his campaign stump speech. At a small town hall event here on Friday, Cruz reminded his supporters that he has been the sole Republican to back Trump in light of his myriad controversial remarks, particularly about immigration. “Donald spoke out, and then this parade of Republicans ran out to smack him with a stick, one after the other after the other. The only one that didn’t was me,” Cruz said, to enthusiastic applause...
  • Cruz, Jindal, Trump score big at Christian conservative event

    07/18/2015 5:58:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Mason City Globe Gazette ^ | July 18, 2015 | Erin Murphy, Globe Gazette Des Moines Bureau
    AMES - Moments before she would hear 10 Republican presidential candidates speak, a woman from Ames said she would like to see 16 years of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in the White House starting in 2017. Judging by the response from the thousands who attended Saturday’s event, which was organized by Iowa’s largest Christian conservative organization, that woman is not alone. Trump — who made some particularly provoking comments — Cruz and Bobby Jindal received some of the most vociferous responses during the fourth annual Family Leader Summit, held Saturday in an auditorium on the Iowa State University campus....
  • Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up: Refuses to Rule Out Third Party Bid (Bushies "We've finally got him")

    07/18/2015 3:58:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Ames, Iowa - Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination. There had been considerable public evidence of both long before his appearance here today at the Family Leader Summit but Trump, who is leading several national polls of the Republican primary, erased any doubt with comments he made about Senator John McCain and a prospective independent bid. Trump was answering questions from Republican pollster Frank Luntz on stage when he declared that John...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Insiders: Ted Cruz hurt most by Trump candidacy

    07/17/2015 9:47:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 17, 2015 | KatieGlueck and Kristen Hayford
    Insiders say Donald Trump is a candidate who is as uncompromising as Cruz on hot-button issues like immigration — and can deliver the message with even more fiery rhetoric.Donald Trump’s turn in the national spotlight is mainly taking a toll on Ted Cruz, the Texas firebrand running as an uncompromising, anti-establishment conservative. That’s the assessment of this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our weekly survey of the leading strategists, activists and political operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire. Roughly a third of Iowa and New Hampshire Republican insiders pointed to Cruz as the candidate who is damaged the most in their states...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Ted Cruz donors celebrate fundraising standing [Read this to understand the real campaign]

    07/15/2015 1:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | July 15, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    Presidential campaigns from across the political field are releasing fundraising reports on Wednesday, but supporters of Ted Cruz already celebrated this past weekend. A week after announcing they had raised $52 million, the Texas senator met in Colorado Springs with about 45 of his top bundlers this weekend at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort at the foot of the Cheyenne Mountains, to celebrate the haul. Thanks to a mix of grassroots donors and a few billionaires, Cruz's supporters boast a position few anticipated: Second place in the crowded and competitive GOP fundraising race. In between expeditions of fly fishing and...
  • Iowa poll: After New Hampshire, Trump takes second place

    07/01/2015 10:06:27 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed July 1, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)Whatever New Hampshire saw in Donald Trump, it looks like Iowa is seeing it too. After taking second place in the latest New Hampshire polls, Trump is also claiming the silver in Iowa -- where he traveled hot off his announcement -- claiming 10% of support among likely caucus-goers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to lead the Republican field in the Hawkeye state with 18%, while Ben Carson tied with Trump for second. Walker has yet to announce he is running for president, but is expected to launch his campaign this...
  • It's Walker Plus Six Also-Rans In Iowa GOP Caucus, Quinnipiac Poll Finds; Christie In 15th Place

    07/01/2015 8:33:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack in the Iowa Republican Caucus, but his support is shrinking among likely Republican Caucus participants, as six other contenders battle for second place, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is in 15th place, with 1 percent. Walker has 18 percent of likely GOP caucus participants, compared to 25 percent in a February 25 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and 21 percent in a May 6 survey. Jostling for second place are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, at 10 percent each, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul...
  • After a tepid start, Ted Cruz plans to ‘play hard’ in Iowa (Joni Ernst's father supporting Cruz)

    06/26/2015 1:59:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 26, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    RED OAK, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz wound his way through the small towns and rolling hills of western Iowa last week, doing the gruntwork of retail campaigning: shaking hands, posing for photos, giving stump speechesand, most importantly: making entreaties for support in a state that could determine the trajectory of his presidential campaign. “Whether we win or lose, this race will be decided by the men and women gathered here,” he said last Friday to a group of mostly older people sitting on folding chairs in a conference room. Iowa’s first-in-the nation caucuses are often a high-stakes event for...
  • HAYWORTH: Carson, Cruz to campaign in NW Iowa (Also Huckabee and Kasich)

    06/22/2015 1:06:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | June 22, 2015 | Bret Hayworth
    Two Republican presidential candidates will campaign in Northwest Iowa through Friday. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has set Thursday events at a Rock Rapids bank at 8 a.m. and a Sioux Center business at 9:30 a.m. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will be in Sheldon and Pierson on Friday. Cruz will hold a traditional town hall meeting at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon Community Services Center. The 7 p.m. event will be more folksy, with a preceding suppertime pork picnic and live band at the Pierson city park and ball field. State Sen. Bill Anderson will participate in that...
  • Cruz stumps in Red Oak ("The full Grassley") [Iowa]

    06/19/2015 8:48:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    KMA-AM & FM ^ | June 19, 2015 | Mike Peterson
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz says it will take "the full Grassley" to win Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses in January, 2016. Red Oak was a southwest Iowa stop in his campaign Friday afternoon. More than 70 people attended Cruz's appearance at the Red Coach Inn. And, the Republican presidential candidate began his presentation by praising a "favorite daughter"--Iowa Senator Joni Ernst of Red Oak. "Let me tell you something, to the men and women of Red Oak, and the men and women of Iowa," said Cruz, "thank you for sending Joni to the U.S. Senate. Joni is a rock star, and I've...
  • Senator Ted Cruz Visits Siouxland (Iowa)

    06/17/2015 5:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    KMEG-TV ^ | June 17, 2015
    SIOUXLAND - One of Governor Bush's rivals for the GOP nomination, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, is planning to spend plenty of time in Siouxland over the next couple weekends. Cruz is planning to hold a town hall meeting this Friday evening at Cronk's Café in Denison. That event will get underway shortly after 7. He'll be back in Siouxland Friday the 26th, hosting two town hall meetings in Sheldon at 1 pm and 2:30 pm before a meet-and-greet picnic with State Senator Bill Anderson at the City Park in Pierson. That event will get underway at 5:30 pm.
  • Blum Says Others Will Support Him If Republicans Don’t

    06/15/2015 4:30:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | June 12, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Republicans are on defense this cycle, needing to protect more than a dozen districts in Democratic-leaning territory after the 2014 GOP wave. And Blum’s is one of the most challenging of the bunch to hold onto, as President Barack Obama carried it by a 14-point margin in 2012. With a daunting map in front of them, some Iowa Republican operatives said Blum’s vote against Boehner provides the NRCC with cover to not waste resources on a race that would be difficult to win. “He’s an outlier; he’s an anomaly,” one Iowa Republican operative unaffiliated with the race said of Blum’s...
  • Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

    06/12/2015 8:01:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2015 2:26 PM EDT | Barbara Rodriguez
    The Iowa Republican straw poll, once a staple campaign event for GOP presidential candidates, is vanishing because of waning interest from 2016 hopefuls. The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously during a private conference call Friday to drop the event, said state GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann. It was scheduled to be held in the central Iowa city of Boone on Aug. 8. Republican officials wanted to make sure negativity surrounding the straw poll didn’t hurt Iowa’s traditional place in holding the first votes of the presidential nomination contest, with its leadoff caucuses. Kaufmann said he was...
  • John Kasich taps noted conservative-basher as senior campaign strategist for some reason

    06/10/2015 1:42:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    And I do mean “noted.” With the possible exception of Steve Schmidt, no Republican advisor is better known to the right for sneering at the right than John Weaver. Re-read this old post, written when Weaver was helping to steer Huntsman 2012 to a third-place flameout in New Hampshire, for some of his greatest hits. He advised McCain in 2000, when Maverick was at his media-friendly right-baiting zenith, then caught on with Huntsman during the last cycle to try the ol’ what-our-party-really-needs-is-a-better-base approach again. He’s known for being a difficult boss, losing lots of races (with some notable successes, like...
  • Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.” * On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • Joan Walsh - State of the GOP is broken: I thought Joni Ernst was bad. Then I watched Ted Cruz

    01/21/2015 4:55:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | January 21, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    Watching Sen. Joni Ernst Tuesday night, I found myself thinking: If there’s a GOP establishment, it must consist of secret Democrats, because they so reliably sabotage their rising stars by assigning them the reply to President Obama’s annual State of the Union address, way before they’re ready. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Marco Rubio moved from 2016 contenders to punch lines in moments. Ernst seemed headed the same way, with her robotic sing-song delivery and her head-scratching anecdotes about bread bags on her shoes and working the biscuit lines at Hardees. She was clearly working to show voters that she’s...
  • Former pig castrator Joni Ernst poised to win Iowa Senate seat for Republicans

    11/03/2014 3:24:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | November 3, 2014 | Rory Carroll in Des Moines
    Republican once considered an obscure one-term state senator has the momentum in Iowa despite suffering the ridicule of her rivals. Joni Ernst became famous by gazing into a camera and boasting of castrating hogs on the Iowa farm where she grew up. “So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork,” she said. The campaign ad Squeal showed images of pigs, then came her punchline. “Washington is full of big spenders. Let’s make ‘em squeal.” Even Democrats laughed. Late-night comedians spoofed it. Few, initially, took it seriously. This was back in March. Ernst was an obscure, one-term...
  • GOP hopefuls skip IA pig-roast/cycle-ride leave Harley enthusiasts Walker & Perry to impress on hogs

    06/06/2015 3:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    the London Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2015 | Francesca Chambers in Des Moines
    * Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and co. are taking off from a Harley-Davidson dealership this morning in Des Moines for a 39 mile ride to Boone * Ride honoring the nation's veterans attracted only one candidate for the White House: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker * Perry will also ride with a group of veterans to Ernst's first annual 'Roast and Ride' but he's starting in Perry, Iowa * Will keep the spotlight on Perry, who is making the journey with Taya Kyle, wife of 'American Sniper,' and Marcus Luttrell, the 'Lone Survivor' * A half a dozen current and presumed...
  • Ted Cruz Dings Jeb Bush: Can He Win ANY Of The First Three Primary States?

    06/04/2015 3:17:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | June 4, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took a shot at former Gov. Jeb Bush's (R) prospects of clinching the 2016 Republican nomination for president on Thursday by wondering (rhetorically) if Bush could win any of the three crucial early primary states —New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Iowa. "If you look historically since World War II no one has ever won the nomination without winning at least one of those first three," Cruz said Thursday afternoon in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. "That has certainly been history. I think it's an interesting challenge for a number of other of these...
  • The Democratic Party’s Growing Radicalism

    06/02/2015 6:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 2, 2015 | Peter Wehner
    For those Democrats who insist their party is utterly mainstream, pragmatic rather than ideological, and right in the center of American politics, I have some news for you: You’re not. The New York Times published a story reporting that Bernie Sanders — that would be the socialist Bernie Sanders, referred to by the Times as “the Senate’s most left-wing member” — is not only gaining momentum in Iowa, he has “been inspiring fervor among the Democratic base.” And how he has. The Times story points to the fact the Sanders drew 700 people to an event on Thursday night in...
  • In Iowa, GOP voters are uneasy about Paul’s crusade against NSA spying

    05/31/2015 11:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Rand Paul would notch a big victory in Washington just after midnight Monday if he follows through on his promise to block the renewal of the anti-terrorism law used to justify domestic spying programs. But back in Iowa, where Paul has tried to use the issue in recent days to revive his struggling presidential campaign, many Republican voters have responded with unease. Even some who stood in line to see Paul as he traveled the state last week said that they simply could not agree with his argument that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection was...
  • Jeb Bush Announces Plans to 'Campaign Hard' in Iowa

    05/17/2015 2:19:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 17, 2015 | Perry Bacon, Jr.
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday declared he would aggressively campaign to win the caucuses here, ending any doubt about his participation in the first contest of the GOP primary but also opening himself up to the possibility of a defeat that could severely harm his candidacy. With Bush trying to win here, the more than 100,000 Republicans in his state who are expected to participate in the Iowa caucuses next February will play an even more important role in winnowing a field that will likely include more than a dozen candidates. And wooing Iowa's...
  • Too Many Candidates

    05/11/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 11, 2015 | Howie Carr, The Boston Herald
    The former governor of Florida, John (or as he prefers to be called, Juan) Ellis Bush, doesn't appear to have a lot of support among Republicans, as opposed to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who absolutely adore him. But Juan isn't sweating it. He's rolling in dough, and more importantly, he's rolling in opponents. Have you ever heard of a "straw" candidate? When you have a weak front-runner that can't reach 50 percent, often a third, or a fourth, or even a fifth candidate suddenly jumps into the race. If he has a name similar to that of the strongest...
  • Why Jeb Bush Can’t Spend His Way to the Win

    05/10/2015 11:28:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 7, 2015 | Alex Roarty
    The GOP presidential primary is on course to be flooded with super PAC money. But in 2016, candidates will need more than a little dough to win over voters.The GOP could have a dozen deep-pocketed presidential contenders, and they'll all learn next year that when it comes to actual votes, that extra money doesn't buy what it used to. Already, super PACs are arming second- and third-tier candidates with tens of millions of dollars while the supposed GOP front-runner, Jeb Bush, promises a record-setting haul. This combined fundraising guarantees that by the time Republicans have picked their nominee in summer...
  • Ben Carson: Let’s slash Big Oil to pay for ethanol

    05/10/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Well this is certainly disappointing. With all of the newly emerging candidates running around the early primary and caucus states talking to anyone who will listen it gets difficult to keep track of them all. But there’s one bit of news out of Iowa from earlier this week which is definitely worth a quick rewind and a better look. Newly announced presidential contender Ben Carson was out talking to the Cornhuskers and the inevitable subjects of ethanol, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and subsidies for King Corn came up. The answer from the esteemed neurosurgeon was dismaying even compared to...
  • Iowa Kingmaker Ditches Huckabee: He Sounds Like Hillary; I’m Going with Cruz

    05/08/2015 11:19:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Despite his socially-conservative bona fides, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially lost the support of Iowa’s influential talk radio host Steve Deace — a dramatic shift from their supportive relationship in the 2008 Republican Party primaries. Deace has been described as a “hitmaker” and “one of the most powerful Republicans you’ve never heard of” because his stumping for Huckabee was seen as a substantial contributor to the former governor’s 2008 Iowa caucus victory. But, in 2016, Deace is not thrilled with Huckabee’s support for entitlement programs. As MMfA first reported, during the May 6 edition of the Steve Deace...
  • Al Gore: We Must ‘Put a Price on Carbon’ and on Climate ‘Denial in Politics’ (In Iowa)

    05/07/2015 9:43:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | May 7, 2015 | Cole Mellino
    Al Gore pressed Iowans on Tuesday to make climate change a major issue in the next presidential election. Since Iowa holds the first presidential primaries in the country, candidates have campaigned heavily in recent years to win the hearts and minds of the residents of the Hawkeye State.(TWEET-AT-LINK)“More and more Iowans care about the climate crisis. Iowa is a leader in renewable energy. And Iowans can exert influence in their conversations with candidates,” Gore said at Climate Reality Project′s leadership training event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The three-day event from May 5-7 is designed to bring together a global network...
  • Can Mike Huckabee win back his Iowa flock?

    05/07/2015 10:41:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    KSPR-TV / CNN ^ | May 7, 2015 | Sara Murray
    OSKALOOSA, Iowa (CNN) - If Mike Huckabee hopes to be anointed victor of the Iowa caucuses once again, he better prepare to retread a lot of familiar ground. "Luck is good. Voters are better," Huckabee quipped as Nathan Johnson wished luck upon the newly official presidential candidate as he stopped by a local coffee shop Wednesday. Huckabee had Johnson's vote when he won the 2008 Iowa caucuses. This time around, the 33-year-old from Oskaloosa is eyeing a top tier: Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He's biding his time to see how the candidates perform as...
  • Presidential Candidates Begin to Flock in Sioux City

    05/06/2015 9:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KCAU-TV ^ | May 6, 2015
    Sioux City, IA (ABC9 News) - In what can only be described as a crowded field, presidential candidates are beginning to visit Sioux City in an effort to build momentum. While he hasn't thrown his hat in the ring, Jim Webb will be speaking to a group at the Sioux City Boys Club on Wednesday. The former Democratic senator from Virginia is touring the facility at 4 p.m. before hosting a "meet and greet" at Tacos el Guero at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday, May 7th, Gov. Mike Huckabee will be hosting “meet and greet” at Charlie’s American Grill, 701 Gordon...