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  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 84 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser – Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants, according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • A Few Iowans Byron York Didn’t Interview

    01/26/2015 9:09:05 PM PST · by Bratch · 12 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 26 2015 | palinsupporter
    By now I’m sure most of you have read or heard of Byron York’s hit piece on Governor Palin’s speech in Des Moines this Saturday. (I won’t link to it because it’s gotten enough traffic as is.) I’ve learned one way you can tell if a journalist is being fair in an article is by whom they quote. Byron York quotes one Iowan by the name of Sam Clovis, who trashes Palin’s speech along with other nameless "activists".You may think, "Wow, by listening to the words of these so-called activists and the journalists who picked up their thoughts, everyone there...
  • Gone Demagoguin'! Ted Cruz and Scott Walker Stage "Fiery" Appeal to Farthest Right

    01/26/2015 3:08:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Gentlemen's Quarterly | January 26, 2015 | Jason Zengerle
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/201502/ted-cruz-scott-walker-2016
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad collapses at Iowa event

    01/26/2015 11:40:34 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/26/2015 | Robert Costa and Abby Livingston
    <p>DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) collapsed at an event Monday in the Des Moines suburbs and is currently receiving medical attention, according to an aide.</p> <p>“Gov. Branstad fell ill at an event today at DuPont Pioneer,” said Jimmy Centers, a Branstad adviser. “An ambulance was called and he was transported to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. The governor was conscious and alert during the transport to the hospital. The governor had been suffering from the effects of a cold for a couple of days.”</p>
  • I.O.W.A.

    01/26/2015 7:56:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Rich Galen
    The best thing about Iowa's self-promoted position as the opening act of the primary season is: It's only four letters long. Thank God the center of the political universe isn't located in a place called Chickasawhatchee, Georgia. I didn't go to the big rollout in Des Moines over the weekend, even though I knew I would pine for that unique feeling of the wind, having started on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, raced across the flat, Central Plains with nothing in its way until it slammed into my butt on Grand Avenue. Next January in Des Moines will be...
  • The Iowa Trap

    01/26/2015 7:14:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 26, 2015 | Scott Conroy
    It doesn’t happen often in politics, but every once in a while, someone pulls back the green curtain on a time-honored exercise in democracy and reveals an uncomfortable truth. Such was the case in Des Moines on Saturday when the circus came to town in the form of a dozen potential Republican White House hopefuls and the masses of journalists already following their every move.
  • Chris Christie starts 2016 presidential campaign PAC

    01/26/2015 6:00:32 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 01/26/2015 | MELISSA HAYES
    Governor Christie moved one step closer to running for president Friday, launching a political action committee with his supporters. The new political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, will give Christie the ability to raise money and assemble a staff for a potential run for president. Christie’s establishment of the committee came just as he was flying to Iowa to woo conservative voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state. The Wall Street Journal first reported early this morning that Christie’s team filed paperwork to establish the committee with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. The documents have not yet been...
  • Nicolle Wallace Mocks Palin Over Iowa Speech: She's Shed Those 'Annoying Handlers'

    01/26/2015 6:03:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's official: Nicolle Wallace really doesn't like Sarah Palin. On today's Morning Joe, Wallace—who was Palin's chief handler during the 2008 campaign—took the occasion of Palin's speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday to jab at the former veep candidate. Wallace had been asked to comment on conservative columnist Byron York's panning of Palin's speech as "long, rambling, and at times barely coherent." York's column also passed along criticism of the speech by a number of Iowa Republicans. Wallace said that it was interesting to see York come "full circle," since back in 2008 he had been a staunch...
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival

    01/25/2015 9:30:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 25, 2015 | LAURA WAGNER
    Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival Jan 25, 2015 By LAURA WAGNER Like a lot of Republicans with national name recognition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is "seriously looking" at a 2016 White House bid, but he says the country needs more that just for the right candidate to win. "We can't just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country," he said at a prayer rally that he attended Saturday instead of the Iowa Freedom Summit. "We can't just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails...
  • Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts

    01/25/2015 11:09:30 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Jindal: Gay Marriage Should Be Decided By States, Not Courts Jan. 24, 2015, By Tom Howell Jr. January 25, 2015 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Republican leader of one of 14 states that do not perform same-sex marriage, said Sunday he’ll defend the right of states to define marriage as they see fit. The Supreme Court is set to decide the gay-marriage question this term, but Mr. Jindal said his Christian views will not sway according to the polls. If the justices make gay marriage a national right, Mr. Jindal said he’ll support congressional Republicans pushing for a constitutional amendment...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Rand Paul sets two-day trip to Iowa

    01/26/2015 2:04:44 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 1/25/2014
    Although he wasn’t among the two-dozen Republican leaders at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul isn’t brushing off Iowa and its first-in-the-nation caucus status. Paul, 52, who is one of the top visitors to Iowa among the presumptive 2016 presidential pack, will do four events over two days in February. Here is Paul’s schedule, according to his political action committee, RandPAC, and his Iowa-based strategist, Steve Grubbs: Feb. 6 Event details: Liberty Iowa ‘Audit the Fed’ Rally beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Jasper Winery in Des Moines, 2400 George Flagg Parkway. This event is open to the press...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • Palin says she’s ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 campaign

    01/25/2015 8:42:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | Robert Cosa
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016. “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid. Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • Perry, Cruz thrill Iowa conservatives at 2016 field's first big gathering

    01/25/2015 9:25:32 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 24 January 2015 11:18 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry courted Iowa conservatives on Saturday at the first major gathering of the 2016 Republican field — a chance for more than a half-dozen White House hopefuls to throw elbows, shape narratives, generate buzz and frame the choice to their advantage.Perry, making his first foray as an ex-governor, cast himself as a seasoned executive who can actually point to achievements — unlike, say, a senator.“I got a feeling that after six years of disappointment, of mediocrity and decline, a slow-course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for...
  • Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy [Accepts Common Core, Amnesty, Cap & Trade]

    01/25/2015 9:46:51 AM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    NBCNews ^ | January 25, 2015
    Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made it clear on Sunday that he's preparing to jump into the 2016 presidential race. "When you become an active candidate, then you file the FEC papers. But I think it's pretty evident that I'm moving in that direction," he told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press. Huckabee said he will decide whether to formally launch a presidential campaign by the late spring. Huckabee also defended his breaks from conservative orthodoxy on Common Core education standards, immigration and cap and trade. He said he would support a...
  • Sarah Palin appearance at Freedom Summit was a total crowd-pleaser: FULL SPEECH

    01/25/2015 9:28:18 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 66 replies
    The Right Scoop via CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | soopermexican
    While Scoop has done a good job of debunking the rumor that Palin said she was interested in running for the presidency in 2016 already, some are saying she hinted at it in this speech. Whether she did or not, she packed it full of puns and zingers and really pumped up the crowd.
  • Scott Walker takes Iowa by storm

    01/25/2015 4:57:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Scott Walker’s stock is soaring after a triumphant return to Iowa. The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday, walking them through his robust resume and ideology with a passion that surprised many. Activists say Walker came out on top after 10 hours of candidate speeches. “It was a clear Walker victory. He had expectations coming in here, he was on everyone's shortlist and he had to meet those expectations and I thought he far exceeded them,” said former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig...
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 8:56:35 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He talks about his efforts to reform public sector unions in his state, and the resistance he encountered.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 8:21:48 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He talks about the need to bring together a coalition of voters who "believe in the miracle of America."
  • Iowa Freedom Summit, John Bolton

    01/25/2015 7:30:08 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 1 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | C-SPAN
    Former Ambassador John Bolton spoke at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit held at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 7:09:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The DesMoines Register | January 24, 2015 | by Ben Rodgers
    LINK ONLY:  Two undocumented citizens arrested at Freedom Summit
  • Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 5:59:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Former Speaker of the House Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He focuses on national security issues and foreign relations.
  • Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush as possible presidential candidates at GOP event

    01/24/2015 11:59:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Jan 25 2015 | Rich Shapiro
    The Donald doesn’t think much of Mitt or Jeb. Donald Trump came out guns blazing at a high-profile GOP event in Iowa on Saturday — blasting possible presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. “It can’t be Mitt, because Mitt ran and failed. He failed,” Trump bellowed, drawing cheers from the riled-up audience at the Freedom Summit. “He choked. He had that election won.” Trump was equally blunt in assessing former President George W. Bush’s younger brother. “You can’t have Bush,” Trump said. “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
  • Palin: 'Screw the Hollywood left'

    01/24/2015 4:10:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jessica Taylor
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) lambasted Hollywood liberals in a rambling speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. The party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, who said this week she’s “ interested” in a presidential bid, took the stage with to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” feeding off the energy of the crowd as she jumped from conservative topic to topic. Her speech was replete with memories of her own trips to Iowa, but she also focused on one recent controversy — defending criticism over the country’s top-grossing movie, “American Sniper.” Palin detailed how she and her family were...
  • Exclusive — Ted Cruz Details ‘Path to Victory’ for ‘Epochal Fork in the Road’ 2016 Election with

    01/24/2015 11:04:34 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    DES MOINES, Iowa — In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News backstage at the Iowa Freedom Summit, potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) detailed the pathway to victory for Republicans in 2016—and he explained a new phrase he started using in his speech minutes earlier. Cruz introduced a new major theme, the “Miracle of America,” in his speech to the thousands of Iowans gathered at the event hosted by Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).“What I want to talk to you about today is reigniting the Miracle of America,” Cruz said in his speech in the Hoyt...
  • Cruz to GOP: Find a nominee who can 'reignite the extraordinary miracle of America'

    01/24/2015 4:13:46 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 24, 2015 | 5:32 PM | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Sen. Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech Saturday before conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit that called on lawmakers to pass bold reforms like abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of much of its authority.The Texas firebrand also pressed his fellow conservatives to "repeal every word of Obamacare" and to steel the southern border against illegal immigration."This country was built on incredible opportunities that if you're a single mom waiting tables, you can do anything," he said. "There's been no country in the history of the world that has let so many millions come and...
  • The Case for Scott Walker

    01/22/2015 5:55:32 AM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Bruce Walker
    The race for the Republican nomination has started. It is vital that Republicans nominate a conservative leader who will use Republican political strength to implement a peaceful, lawful, but revolutionary change in the way Washington does business. Establishment Republicans like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney do not see the need for radical change and do not have the rhetorical skills to make the case for such change. Moreover, RINO nominees have proven electoral poison in presidential elections. Scott Walker offers the best chance to win the general election and then to use a Republican Congress to transform American government.
  • Ted Cruz Just Launched His Iowa Campaign

    01/24/2015 3:51:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 227 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas conservative and his team are trying to lock down a state director for his White House run.DES MOINES -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign​ in Iowa is unofficially underway. The Texas senator and his lieutenants have been making calls to top Iowa activists and consultants for the past two weeks, multiple Republican sources told National Journal, hoping to lock down a state director for his White House campaign. Cruz has not yet made that critical hire, the sources said. But he's making other moves in this first nominating state. At the end of a fiery speech here Saturday to...
  • Cruz, King propose legislation to revoke citizenship of those joining terrorists

    01/24/2015 2:42:18 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    p>The summit, which Ed is covering live, is breaking all sorts of news. One interesting item to come out this weekend is a new proposal from Steve King in the House and Ted Cruz in the Senate which would strip the US citizenship of any persons who sign on to fight with ISIS or other terrorist groups. Two arch-conservatives unveiled legislation on Friday to revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone who seeks to join a group designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.The Expatriate Terrorist Act, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX),...
  • Texas Sen. Cruz says of 2016 field: ‘Don’t talk, show me’

    01/24/2015 2:28:12 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | 2:03 p.m
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas' junior senator is challenging early caucus state voters to back only presidential candidates with a proven conservative track record. Sen. Ted Cruz tells conservatives gathered at the Iowa Freedom Summit that the standard should be, "Don't talk, show me." The Republican was among several would-be presidential candidates appearing Saturday at the forum.
  • Love Affair Between Iowans, Ted Cruz Continues

    01/24/2015 2:23:51 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | January 24, 2015 4:52 PM | Eliana Johnson
    Des Moines, Iowa – The love affair between the Iowa voters and Ted Cruz is going strong. The Texas senator, pacing across the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit in a tan blazer and slacks, praised the state’s “unique and special role in the political process.” Iowa voters, he said, have a responsibility ”to scrutinize every candidate for national office, to look them in the eyes and to hold them to account.” The tea-party darling urged them to be discerning when presidential contenders begin streaming through the state vaunting their conservative credentials. It helps, of course, that nobody can out-conservative Ted Cruz. “Every candidate is...
  • Scott Walker Goes Big and Bold at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 3:23:59 PM PST · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker eschewed the podium at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, opting to use the full stage to work the room with an incredibly high-energy speech that repeatedly stressed the themes of “common sense conservative reform” and the GOP’s need to “go big and go bold” if they want to win in American politics today. Walker ended by telling Iowans, “I’m going to come back many more times in the future” and pointed to a broader American revival similar to the one he said he’s led in Wisconsin. This seemed to be a clear sign that Walker intends to...
  • Ted Cruz wows Iowans with sermon-style political speech and corny Islam jokes

    01/24/2015 2:49:45 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17:32 EST, 24 January 2015 | David Martosko
    Ted Cruz wows Iowans with sermon-style political speech and corny Islam jokes: Those 9/11 hijackers 'weren't a bunch of ticked off Presbyterians'  At the Iowa Freedom Summit, he boomed a Reaganesque sermon complete with scripture references and an altar call – just send a text messageCruz had spent all week in Washington, he told a Des moines crowd, 'So it's great to be back in America'He said the US should close the IRS and post all 110,000 employees on its southern border – an army of tax agents to scare illegal immigrantsHis biggest applause line was a call to strip U.S....
  • 12 keys to the GOP presidential race right now

    01/24/2015 6:14:45 AM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES -- As the Freedom Summit marks the unofficial start of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign here in Iowa, the race is already too sprawling, with too many characters and too many crosscurrents, to have a single theme. But here are a dozen keys to understand what is happening now:
  • Watch: Livestream of Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 225 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015
    Starting Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Iowa Freedom Summit will be livestreamed in its entirety. Speakers include: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve King (R-IA), real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and many others.
  • High Stakes for Presidential hopefuls at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/23/2015 6:16:54 PM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/22/2015 | Kevin Hall
    This weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit is the first multi-candidate event of the 2016 Iowa Caucus cycle. Several presidential hopefuls will take the stage during the daylong forum. Each is given 20 minutes to address the crowd. There is a lot at stake for those hoping to woo likely Iowa Caucusgoers. The candidates who receive the biggest boost on Saturday will likely be the ones who fire up the crowd of Iowa conservatives the most. A sold out crowd of 1,000 or so likely caucusgoers and 150 members of the media from all the country will attend the summit. This event...
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • Iowa ethanol lobby starts 2016 campaign to regain influence

    01/23/2015 5:38:59 AM PST · by thackney · 75 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 22, 2015 | Associated Press
    Renewable-fuels advocates are promising to spend millions putting ethanol back in the debate for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus next year as cheap oil and setbacks in biofuels policy make the additive less central to voters. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, backed by state corn-grower and renewable-fuels associations and the Washington-based biofuels lobby Growth Energy, on Thursday formed America’s Renewable Future, to make the Renewable Fuels Standard an issue in the 2016 race. The Iowa caucus is set for early January. “We are designing it to look like a presidential campaign, but the RFS is our candidate,” said Eric Branstad, the governor’s son...
  • New Iowa GOP spokesman previously made pro-gay marriage statements

    01/22/2015 3:06:32 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 9 replies
    The Iowa Statesman ^ | 1/22/2015 | Jacob Hall
    The Republican Party of Iowa announced today the hiring of six new staff members in a press release. But, the past comments of one of the new employees, Communications Director Charlie Szold, have surprised a number of Iowa conservatives. The Iowa GOP’s press release highlighted Szold’s efforts on Richard Tisei’s congressional campaign in Massachusetts. Tisei ran in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts in a campaign that aimed to be historic because he was running as an openly gay Republican. Tisei and his partner Bernie Starr were “married” in 2013. Tisei was endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund,...
  • It Won’t Be Just Talking When Big Names Come to Iowa This Weekend

    01/21/2015 7:34:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | January 21, 2015 | Dave Price
    DES MOINES, Iowa–Saturday will be a “Who’s Who” of Republicans thinking, running or wanting you to think they are running for president in 2016. Congressman Steve King hosts his Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. But pies, books, thank you’s and speeches will fill some of the time away from the summit. The speakers’ list includes some of the most well-known names on the Republican circuit. They include: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Newt Gingrich, Marsha Blackburn, Ben Carson, Mike Lee, Carly Fiorina, Jim DeMint, John Bolton and Jim...
  • Video: Sen. Joni Ernst delivers GOP rebuttal to Obama’s SOTU

    01/21/2015 7:24:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2015 | Mary Katharine Ham
    First, let it be known that I am on the record many times declaring the tradition of the State of the Union and the State of the Union response as the worst monsters of democracy. I swear I would vote for anyone who promised to go back to sending a letter to Congress.If the SOTU is a dry, boring, laundry list of impossible goals and partisan cheap shots, the SOTU response is an even bleaker task. It has famously tripped up many a comer—Republicans more than Democrats, not because Democrats are any better but because the press is much...
  • Liberal Icon Keith Olbermann Mocks Joni Ernst for Growing Up Poor

    01/21/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by blueyon · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 1/20/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Liberal icon and current ESPN host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter Wednesday night to callously mock Sen. Joni Ernst for her growing up in a poor working family in Red Oak, Iowa. Ernst spoke of her childhood when she gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm. I worked construction with my dad. To save for college, I worked the morning biscuit line at Hardees. “We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every...
  • EXCERPTS: Sen. Joni Ernst Delivers the Republican Address to the Nation

    01/20/2015 4:16:06 PM PST · by iowamark · 41 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | 1/20/2015
    WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union. Following are excerpts from the address: “I’d like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how we plan to make Washington focus on your concerns again. We heard the message you sent in November — loud and clear. And now we’re getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country.” --- “We see our neighbors agonize over stagnant wages and lost jobs. We see the hurt caused by...
  • Unsolicited Advice: Let it rip Joni!

    01/20/2015 2:44:10 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/19/2015 | Craig Robinson
    Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Obama will likely be the most watched State of the Union address in the state of Iowa – not because Iowans are interested in all of the government handouts the President is proposing, but because Iowa’s newest U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, has been selected to give the Republican response. Ernst’s selection to give the response is not just a huge honor, but another indication that her national prominence could not be any higher than it is right now. Ernst’s meteoric rise from a rural southwest Iowa state senator to a United...
  • OUR OPINION: King should mend fences with Boehner

    In our Oct. 24 endorsement of Republican Steve King for a seventh term in the U.S. House, we said he would be better-positioned to represent the wants and needs of Iowa's 4th District than his Democratic opponent for the next two years because the GOP likely would retain control of the chamber. (SNIP) Yes, King is entitled to his opinion of Boehner and should be entitled to his choice for speaker, but ... Political realities suggest our congressman should exercise some care in pursuit of opposition to House leadership or risk marginalization. In a National Journal story last week headlined...
  • Iowa GOP votes to overturn Obama's immigration action (Ernst undecided)

    01/17/2015 2:28:45 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 39 replies
    wcfcourier.com ^ | ED TIBBETTS
    DAVENPORT | Iowa's Republican congressional delegation unanimously backed a move in the U.S. House Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, tying the measures to a Department of Homeland Security bill that now will go to the Senate. Reps. Rod Blum, Steve King and David Young all backed passage of the bill, along with the amendments aimed at undermining the president's moves on immigration that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants the ability to stay in the U.S. (SNIP) On a conference call with reporters, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said she had not decided yet whether it...
  • Mike Huckabee plans 43-stop national book tour

    01/17/2015 10:37:43 AM PST · by yongin · 24 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/1/6/2015 | Philip Rucker
    Mike Huckabee, the ordained minister turned presidential hopeful, will begin a nationwide book tour on Saturday near his home on Florida’s panhandle. But his aides say the real kick-off for the tour promoting his latest title, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” will be in (where else?) Iowa. Huckabee will be barnstorming churches and bookstores over the next three weeks, with stops scheduled in 43 cities in 14 states. Officially, Huckabee is traveling the country to sell and sign books. But the former Arkansas governor and Fox News Channel personality also will be test-driving a campaign message that he hopes might...