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  • Perry, Cruz thrill Iowa conservatives at 2016 field's first big gathering

    01/25/2015 9:25:32 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 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...
  • Governor Would End Closely Watched Iowa Tradition [Straw Poll]

    12/15/2014 9:53:22 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 17 replies
    WHO TV ^ | 12/15/2014 | Dave Price
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has said it many times recently. But each time he says it, he likely makes it more apparent the Republican Party of Iowa has held its final Straw Poll. “We’ve had discussions,” Branstad said Monday morning of his talks with top party leaders about what could replace the straw poll in 2015. Branstad several times said it will be up to his party’s state central committee to make the final decision on whether to end the straw poll, a much-watched event his party has held since 1979. The party holds the straw poll in August in...
  • Branstad wants to keep GOP event, end straw vote

    12/15/2014 3:06:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 12/14/2014 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad says he would support a statewide Republican fundraising event in Ames next summer where GOP presidential hopefuls are invited to speak as long as no vote is taken as had been the practice during past straw polls that have been the focus of controversy. Branstad added that he did not want to see Iowa face possible sanctions that could cost delegates to the 2016 Republican national convention for conducting a poll in advance of the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses that could run afoul of new party rules. “I’m willing to agree to a statewide meeting...
  • ACLU lawsuit challenges Iowa’s felon voting rules

    11/08/2014 6:12:03 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Ryan J. Foley
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Friday challenging Iowa’s tough policies that bar felons from voting, seeking to restore the right to thousands of former offenders before the 2016 presidential election. The case aims to end confusion over rules that followed a 2011 policy change by Gov. Terry Branstad and a criminal investigation into people who improperly voted. Iowa is among three states where felons cannot vote after completing their sentences unless their rights are restored by the governor. “The widespread denial of voting rights on the basis of a felony conviction is the single biggest denial of...
  • Joni Ernst’s Iowa campaign makes quick work of the ‘war on women’

    09/27/2014 8:27:53 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2014 | George Will
    -SNIP_Of the five Senate contests in purple states — Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Colorado — this is currently the closest: The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows a tie (Ernst ahead by 0.2 percentage points as of Friday). Which should make Republicans anxious as they try to take control of the Senate and as they contemplate the 2016 presidential landscape. Although Iowa has voted Democratic in six of the last seven presidential elections, the Ernst-Braley contest should not be this close. Only 38 percent of Iowans approve of Barack Obama’s performance. Braley, a past president of an...
  • Hatch campaign suspends ads in 2 TV markets

    09/22/2014 9:15:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 9/22/2014 | AP
    The campaign of Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch has suspended television ads in two Iowa markets, including Sioux City, and changed its advertising strategy in two others but denies it's a sign the campaign is struggling financially. "We're just redistributing how we're doing some things to reflect the polling that we're seeing," said Grant Woodard, Hatch's campaign manager... Television ad buys in the Sioux City and Davenport markets have been placed on hold and ad schedules on Des Moines and Cedar Rapids stations have been changed...
  • Iowa Gubernatorial Debate

    09/20/2014 9:30:29 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 9/20/2014
    Incumbent Governor Terry Branstad (R) and State Senator Jack Hatch (D) met in a debate for Iowa’s gubernatorial race. The second of the series of three debates focused on economic prosperity and job creation. The debate, held at Edward Stone Middle School in Burlington, Iowa, was co-sponsored by the Greater Burlington Partnership, the local alliance of chambers of commerce, as well as KWQC Television in the Quad Cities and the Burlington Hawk Eye. [*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.] THE BURLINGTON HAWKEYE NEWSPAPERS AND THE GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP. FOR THE NEXT HOUR, TERRY BRANSTAD AND JACK...
  • Feeling Bullish about Iowa Republicans in 2014

    07/23/2014 12:34:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 7/14/2014 | Craig Robinson
    Every election cycle tells a story, but the storyline for the 2014 general election is still being written. Republicans have longed believed that 2014 would be a Republican year in Iowa, especially with the absence of a presidential candidate at the top of the ticket. Strong fundraising from Democrats seeking federal office, especially Congressman Bruce Braley who wasn’t challenged for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Tom Harkin is vacating, made it look like Iowa was leaning Democrat in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. A month into the general election, Braley’s campaign seems adrift, and Republican...
  • Chris Christie Heads to Iowa. So Do Conservatives.

    07/15/2014 3:08:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    RedState ^ | July 15, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Chris Christie is headed to Iowa today. Whenever any politician heads to Iowa, the media starts buzzing about Presidential prospects. Just in case, the Judicial Crisis Network is going to greet the Governor with advertisements.There are, believe it or not, conservatives who have tried to give Chris Christie the benefit of the doubt on many issues. But one area where even those conservative get the jitters is judicial appointments. The Governor of New Jersey is a relatively powerful governor who makes many more appointments than the average governor. Christie, for example, appointed Stuart Rabner as Chief Justice of the New...
  • Governors group skirts ‘radioactive’ Common Core

    07/13/2014 12:49:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2014 2:48 PM EDT | Erik Schelzig and Steve Peoples
    Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government’s intrusion into the classroom. The Common Core standards were not on the formal agenda during a three-day meeting of the National Governors Association that ended Sunday, relegated to hallway discussions and closed-door meetings among governors and their staffs. The standards and even the words, “Common Core,” have “become, in a sense, radioactive,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican whose state voluntarily adopted the standards in 2010....
  • Iowa GOP replaces state party chairman

    06/28/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 145 replies ^ | June 28, 2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    The Iowa GOP central committee voted Saturday to fire the state party chairman and replace him with a fixture of the establishment. Danny Carroll, removed on a 14-2 no confidence vote, will be replaced by Jeff Kaufmann, formerly the Speaker Pro Tem of the state House. The bloodless coup was widely expected after forces loyal to Gov. Terry Branstad officially seized control of the party’s governing body from close allies of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a state convention earlier this month. The former chairman, A.J. Spiker, stepped down this spring and became a senior adviser to RAND PAC. Carroll...
  • Iowa Republicans gird for fall campaign

    06/15/2014 7:22:38 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 6/15/2014 | Rod Boshart
    Des Moines – Iowa Republicans forged a unified plan of attack Saturday to seize opportunities in Iowa’s fall election and begin assessing their choices looking ahead to the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating process in 2016. Nearly 1,450 delegates to the Iowa GOP state convention heard rallying cries from U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, Gov. Terry Branstad and three presidential hopefuls before finalizing a conservative platform and nominating Kim Reynolds as lieutenant governor, Sam Clovis as their state treasurer candidate and Adam Gregg for his attorney general bid. “I think we’re going to have a very strong and unified party and the...
  • Rick Perry Mulls 2016 Run In Iowa

    05/29/2014 10:10:30 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 29 2014 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) — Behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry's visit to Iowa this week to campaign for local politicians is a careful effort to remake his image from the 2012 Republican presidential candidate who couldn't remember a key message during a debate, to a more polished and prepared contender. While he denies it is a dress rehearsal for a second presidential run, Perry is studying policy, traveling and meeting with key activists as he campaigns for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker in the state expected to host the first presidential caucus of 2016. "This hasn't...
  • Is Joni Ernst the Proven Conservative Her TV Ads Make Her Out to Be?

    05/08/2014 1:27:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | May 7 2014 | Craig Robinson
    Is it possible to be the anti-establishment candidate in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and be the choice of the Republican establishment in your state at the same time? By definition, this would seem impossible. Yet, State Senator Joni Ernst has managed to be the establishment backed, anti-establishment candidate in Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Iowa’s Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds was an early endorser of Ernst’s campaign, and Governor Terry Branstad has reportedly been helpful behind the scenes, especially in the fundraising department. Ernst has also been backed by national Republican establishment figures like Mitt Romney, Sen. John...
  • Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay

    02/23/2014 3:52:21 PM PST · by madprof98 · 44 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/23/14 | Ken Thomas (AP)
    WASHINGTON — The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay. While governors from Connecticut to Louisiana sparred on Sunday over how best to improve the nation's economy, governors of both parties shared a far more pragmatic outlook on the controversial program known as "Obamacare" as millions of their constituents begin to be covered. "We're just trying to make the best of a bad situation," Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, of Iowa, who calls the health care law "unaffordable and unsustainable,"...
  • Branstad Announces Bid for Sixth Term with High Energy Rally

    01/16/2014 5:25:13 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | January 16, 2014 | Kevin Hall
    It seemed more like an election night victory celebration than a campaign launch. It was unique, but perhaps it was appropriate as well. After all, for the Branstad-Reynolds team, there were plenty of reasons to celebrate. Terry Branstad made a triumphant return to Iowa politics four years ago, promising to return the state to prosperity. The governor believes he delivered on that promise. “Four years ago, I saw the future of our state getting bleaker. I love this state. I was sick of the direction we were going. I knew we could do better and four years ago, I came...
  • Branstad Raises $3.4 Million in 2013, has Over $4 Million in Bank as Campaign Begins

    01/07/2014 2:11:25 AM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/06/2014 | Craig Robinson
    Governor Branstad announced on Monday morning that his campaign has raised a whopping $3.4 million dollars in 2013.  The impressive fundraising haul means that the Governor has over $4.1 million dollars in the bank as the election year begins.Iowa Democrats have had a difficult time finding a formidable challenger to challenge Branstad in 2014.  The lone Democrat in the race, State Senator Jack Hatch, announced a couple weeks ago that he gave his campaign $200,000.  Hatch made the move to scare away any likely primary opponents following State Representative Tyler Olson’s exit from the race due to him pending...
  • Biden 'dead meat' in Iowa, governor says

    12/21/2013 2:34:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/13/2013 | Peter Hamby
    Des Moines, Iowa - Vice President Joe Biden, widely assumed to be plotting a third presidential bid in 2016, shouldn’t bother booking any flights to Des Moines, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said. “Biden is dead meat out here,” Branstad asserted Wednesday in an interview with CNN inside his office at the gilded state capitol building. “He is not going anywhere.” Branstad, a 67-year old Republican, admitted his lack of familiarity with the passions of Iowa’s liberal Democratic caucus-goers, but he was unusually blunt when discussing Biden’s latest flirtation with the White House. “Washington, D.C. is extremely unpopular,” he said. “Biden...
  • Branstad Up, Olson out, game over?

    12/17/2013 6:42:37 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 17 December 2013 | Todd Dorman
    So, if you had December 17, 2013, in the “What Day Will Iowa’s race for Governor Effectively End?” pool, I’m calling winner, winner, chicken dinner.Yes, I know it’s so premature. So early. Ten months is a lifetime in politics. And it’s going to seem like one for Democrats who hoped to tackle Terry, smash the ‘stache, etc.First, two big ‘ol opinion polls came out, from The Register and Quinnipiac University, showing Republican Gov. Terry Branstad with a 58 percent job approval rating. In this age of American politics, when so many people loathe American politicians, that makes him Gov. Tom Hanks....
  • Dems: Cruz 'leading the Republican Party'

    10/27/2013 5:01:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats charged in a Friday memo that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is leading the Republican Party, and that his "brand of conservatism" will hurt Republicans running for office in Iowa in 2014. The memo, issued by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign committees for both chambers and the party's governors, came as Cruz is slated to headline a Friday night fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa. "Make no mistake: Ted Cruz is leading the Republican Party. Candidates want to be him. Incumbents are afraid of him. The Republican Party base is energized by him," the memo reads. It's the...
  • Ted Cruz says “official Washington absolutely terrified” of GOP’s grassroots

    10/25/2013 8:34:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies ^ | October 25, 2013 | O. Kay Henderson
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is in the midst of his third trip to Iowa this year, but his first since leading the charge to “defund ObamaCare” that led to the 16-day federal government shutdown. At a party fundraiser tonight in Des Moines, Cruz told a crowd of 600 Republicans “the fight is worth it.” “I’m convinced we’re facing a new paradigm in politics. It is a paradigm that is the rise of the grassroots,” Cruz said. “I’ve got to tell you, it has official Washington absolutely terrified.” Cruz argued the path to GOP victories in 2014 and beyond will be...
  • Veteran Iowa Republicans seek state GOP makeover (GOP-e rising)

    10/24/2013 6:04:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Fed up and ready to get off the sidelines, veteran Iowa Republicans are working to wrest control of the state GOP from the evangelicals, tea partyers and libertarians they blame for alienating longtime party loyalists. Led by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, these Republicans want to grow the state party — one that ideological crusaders have shaped over the past few years — by bringing back into the fold pragmatic-minded voters while attracting more women and younger voters. These Republicans say success would be Branstad winning re-election next fall and paving the way for a national GOP comeback in the 2016...
  • Paul Ryan Returns to Iowa

    07/18/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | Jully 18 2013 | Robert Costa
    Des Moines, Iowa — Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee, will headline a prominent Republican dinner in Iowa this fall, a visit that is sure to stoke talk of a potential presidential bid. According to Iowa governor Terry Branstad, Ryan will deliver the keynote speech at the governor’s birthday party in November. Last year, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida spoke at the event. Branstad, in an interview at his capitol office, says he’s excited to welcome back Ryan to the Hawkeye State. “He’s a key player in the House and I like him a lot,” he says. “I enjoyed...
  • Iowa Governor's SUV Clocked At 84 MPH, Cop That Called It In Fired

    07/18/2013 12:55:56 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 7/17/13
    The Governor of Iowa's SUV was clocked at 84 MPH. A senior member of Iowa's police force called it in, but the SUV wasn't pulled over. He complained about the incident. He's now been fired.P Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund observed the SUV of Governor Terry Branstad going nearly 90 MPH on the highway. He was in a state owned vehicle, but called for an on-duty officer to pursue. Another officer clocked the SUV at 84 MPH, but didn't pull them over once he saw that another trooper was driving.P Hedlund complained to superiors about the incident and how...
  • Five states where GOP recruits could make difference in fight for Senate

    06/08/2013 6:20:49 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2013
    The party has an outside chance of winning the five or six seats it needs to retake control, but needs to find top-tier recruits in several states and is running out of time to do so. ....Here are five states where the party needs to land strong candidates to broaden the battleground and have a hope of winning back the Senate. Michigan Iowa Montana Arkansas New Hampshire
  • State Sen. Joni Ernst jumps into Iowa Senate race

    07/11/2013 3:25:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    The HIll ^ | July 10, 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) will run for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) seat, she announced Wednesday afternoon. "As a mother, soldier, and a conservative, the values I hold dear, and have fought more than 20 years to protect, are being threatened by the failed policies of this president," she said in a statement on her new campaign website. "Washington has failed us. We need and deserve better leadership. And that's why I am running for U.S. Senate." Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in Iowa's national guard and first-term state lawmaker, has received encouragement from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R)...
  • Looking to 2016, Iowa GOP gets jazzed about Scott Walker of Wisconsin

    05/31/2013 12:15:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/31/2013 | Byron York
    When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Iowa recently to speak at a well-attended Republican dinner, only one national political reporter (NBC's Alex Moe) showed up. That just proves you don't need national press attention to make a strong start in the 2016 Republican presidential race. There's a Walker boom, or at least a boomlet, going on in the nation's first voting state. When you hear speculation about the '16 GOP field -- Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and others -- it's rare to hear Walker's name included in the group. But keep an eye on him; politically-savvy...
  • Patton: Red State Governors Should Be Careful What They Wish For

    03/22/2013 9:01:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 22, 2013 | Doug Patton
    Recently, Republican Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Terry Branstad of Iowa appealed to those wanting to flee liberal California. “Move your business to our state,” they implore. “We’ll welcome you with open arms here.” They should be careful what they wish for. When my wife and I used to vacation in Colorado in the 1970s, I started noticing bumper stickers that read “Don’t Californicate Colorado.” The initial movement that spawned that sentiment was a way for Colorado residents to express their disapproval of how Southern California had exploded with seemingly unlimited development. However, since that time, “Californicate” has taken...
  • Marco Rubio Heads to Iowa. 2016 Starting Already?

    11/08/2012 4:43:09 PM PST · by drewh · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 8, 2012 1:45pm | By Shushannah Walshe
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio is heading to the first caucus state of Iowa on Nov. 17 to headline an annual campaign fundraising birthday party for Iowa governor Terry Branstad. Last year all the presidential hopefuls, except for Mitt Romney, came to the party to court the governor and Iowa political dignitaries who attended the bash. The governor’s spokesperson, Tim Albrecht, a caucus expert himself, told ABC News that Branstad invited Rubio and is “excited he accepted.” “Sen. Rubio is a star within our party,” Albrecht said. “We were excited Sen. Rubio accepted, and regardless of what happened on Tuesday he...
  • Iowa Gets in Bed with People Who Hate Us

    09/14/2012 5:31:16 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 4 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-09-14 11:25:05 | Trent Thevenot
    As Americans were being targeted in Libya and Egypt, our governments continue to do business with people who hate us.   Just a week ago, Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad announced an incentive deal to bring Orascom Construction Industries to Iowa to build a fertilizer plant. The incentives are greater than Obama's stimulus plan, which the National Review estimated to cost $185,000 per job.   Branstad's package comes out to more than $700,000 per job. A separate package from Lee County Iowa comes out to $707,000 per job. On top of those two gifts, the federal government's Midwest Disaster Area bonds...
  • Determined Branstad charges back into public life

    07/29/2011 2:16:16 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 28 July 2011 | The Gazette Opinion Staff
    Any Iowan who possessed reservations about whether Terry Branstad still had the fire in his belly to be governor at the age of 63 and after 12 years out of elected office can put them aside. In the first six months of his fifth term as the state’s chief executive, Branstad should have erased any doubts within the state about his passion and energy for the job and its responsibilities. You may disagree with his positions on issues, but you can’t make the argument he isn’t fully engaged. To be honest, we have been surprised at the intensity and determination...
  • Herman Cain's top Iowa staff resigns

    07/01/2011 7:45:59 PM PDT · by BAW · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | July 1, 2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    A few days after two senior aides in New England, the other shoe drops on Herman Cain in Iowa: Herman Cain’s Iowa Director, Tina Goff, told that she has submitted her resignation and is no longer working for the campaign. In addition to Goff’s resignation, can confirm that Kevin Hall has also left the campaign. Hall served as Cain’s Straw Poll coordinator. Goff and Hall both worked on Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign in 2008 and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign in 2010. Goff stated that she resigned because the Cain campaign refused to make a serious effort in...
  • As Ex-Aides Speak Out, Gingrich Continues Bid

    06/11/2011 8:04:51 AM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 06/11/11 | Trip Gabriel
    Newt Gingrich vowed on Friday to campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on his own terms, saying he would do “whatever it takes” to remain in the race despite the exodus a day earlier of nearly his entire senior staff. “There is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run,” Mr. Gingrich said. “Now we’ll find out over the next year who’s right.” Even as some prominent Republicans, including Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa, questioned his viability, Mr. Gingrich made plans to deliver a foreign policy speech in Los...
  • 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...
  • Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Preschool Plan Offers Budget Reduction With Greater Parental Choice

    02/05/2011 1:49:44 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 9 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 2/5/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    I read an interesting article in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s desire to replace the statewide voluntary preschool program that is currently being funded by the state aid formula at around $3500/per student with a voucher program that would assist families who earn less than 250-300% of the poverty level with a sliding fee scale.
  • Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Begins Fifth Term Outlining a New Covenant with Iowans

    01/14/2011 12:30:55 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 2 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 1/14/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    imageIowa Governor Terry Branstad began his fifth term today after being out of public service for 12 years. Branstad and his Lieutenant Governor, Kim Reynolds, took their oaths of office, in front of an audience of more than 1800 people at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines...
  • Grading Iowa Governor-Elect Terry Branstad’s Education Picks

    01/05/2011 10:21:48 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 1 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 1/5/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    Last week, Iowa Governor-Elect Terry Branstad tapped an education consultant from Ohio,Jason E. Glass, as the new director of the Iowa Department of Education. Governor Branstad said of Glass...
  • Four connected to Fort Dodge casino application face charges (Iowa Gov. Culver)

    10/11/2010 5:30:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | October 11, 2010 | O. Kay Henderson
    Charges have been filed against four men connected to a proposed casino in Fort Dodge who made $25,000 of campaign contributions to Governor Culver last year. The donations were made shortly before state regulators considered the Fort Dodge casino application. Two executives from Peninsula Gaming are among those charged with misdemeanors that carry a fine of over $1200 and the two could be sentenced to up to a year in jail if convicted. “Peninsula Gaming adheres to the highest standards of regulatory compliance, business practice and ethical conduct,” says Guy Cook, an attorney for Peninsula Gaming. ”They do things by...
  • Abridged Transcript: Iowa Governor Culver and Former Governor Branstad Debate

    10/08/2010 10:05:23 AM PDT · by · 2 replies ^ | 10/08/10 | David Shedlock
    (In case you missed it and don’t have time to read the complete transcript.) Moderator: Welcome to the Coe College Gubernatorial Debate. Opening jabs, gentlemen.Chet Culver: Coe College is the best college in Iowa, except for the others. Terry Branstad: President what’s-his-name is best college president ever. Culver: Cedar Rapids has the best mayor in the Northern Hemisphere. Culver: Iowa was the 3rd best managed state in the US yesterday. Branstad: Was not! Culver: Was too! Moderator: Will you raise taxes or lower taxes?Branstad: Yes Culver: No, you won’t. (I was the 3rd best manager in the state somebody told...
  • Who or what is to blame for Chet Culver's likely loss in November?

    09/29/2010 3:01:16 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 09/29/2010 | DI Editorial Board
    The economy Voters are not known for acting rationally when it comes to the state of the economy. Economists recognize the economy has peaks and valleys and that climbing out of a deep valley rarely happens quickly. But voters who are losing their jobs and income often feel powerless, and so they respond in one of the few ways they can — lashing out at the people in power. A strong economy on Election Day rarely helps an incumbent, because the public simply focuses on other issues. However, a weak economy almost always hurts the incumbent, often unfairly. The situation...
  • C-SPAN to cover Palin Iowa visit Friday 7PM

    09/14/2010 12:54:14 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 09/09/2010 | James Q. Lynch
    C-SPAN will provide live national coverage of the Republican Party of Iowa’s Reagan Dinner Sept. 17 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Chairman Matt Strawn said. C-SPAN’s live coverage on C-SPAN, C-SPAN Radio and will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Sarah Pailin will be the featured speaker. Tickets to the Reagan Dinner can be reserved online at The cost is $100 per ticket, or $1,000 for a table of 10.
  • Iowa Governor: Branstad (R) 52%, Culver (D) 36%

    08/09/2010 12:30:51 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 08/09/2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    Republican Terry Branstad continues to hold a double-digit lead over Democratic incumbent Chet Culver in Iowa’s gubernatorial race. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Branstad picking up 52% support, while Culver gets 36% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) prefer another candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. Most voters in the state view Branstad as a conservative and Culver as a liberal. Troubling for the incumbent is that nearly half (47%) of Iowa voters think his political views are extreme, compared to 39% who put them in the mainstream. Branstad's views, by contrast, are...
  • Branstad Pushing GOP Presidential Hopefuls to Campaign for Iowans

    07/13/2010 10:20:05 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies · 1+ views
    KCRG TV, Cedar Rapids ^ | 07/13/2010 | Rod Boshart
    AUDUBON, Iowa – Former Gov. Terry Branstad is hoping to see a good crop of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls stumping for Iowa Republican candidates between now and November. “I’m trying to encourage all of them to come in and help out,” said Branstad, who made that appeal to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich when he was in Iowa on Monday to conduct workshops designed to help prepare GOP candidates to succeed in their fall races. “I think it’s going to be a very big help to us this time.” Branstad said he believes Republicans have a strong shot at sweeping...
  • Branstad pledges to undo two executive orders

    07/13/2010 10:13:54 PM PDT · by iowamark
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | July 12, 2010 | Rod Boshart
    Former Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday pledged that, if he is elected to a fifth term as governor in November, he would reverse two executive orders dealing with voting rights for felons and project labor agreements issued by Democrats who followed him to Terrace Hill. The 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee also warned it will take time and tough choices involving government services, employees and entitlements to get Iowa’s fiscal house back in order over the next three to four years, and he did not rule out the possibility that highways users could face a future gas tax increase to fund...
  • Who Will Branstad’s Lieutenant Governor Be?

    06/21/2010 9:34:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 06/21/2010 | Craig Robinson
    Former Governor Terry Branstad is expected to announce his selection before the Republican state convention this coming Saturday. With his selection imminent, the potential list of candidates has been whittled down to just five or six names, with probably only three of them being seriously considered. Yesterday, Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register published a list of potential candidates in the mix to be Terry Branstad’s running mate. The list included Jeff Lamberti, Christian Fong, Kim Reynolds, Matt Strawn, and Jim Gibbons. Beaumont’s article focused mostly on two individuals – Jeff Lamberti, a former congressional candidates and State Senator,...
  • 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...
  • Iowa Governor: Branstad (R) 57%, Culver (D) 31%

    06/16/2010 8:13:47 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies · 264+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 06/06/2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    Republican Terry Branstad appears well on his way at this point to an unprecedented fifth term as governor of Iowa. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Iowa shows Branstad earning 57% support, while his Democratic opponent, current Governor Chet Culver, gets 31% of the vote. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) more remain undecided. This is Branstad’s best showing and Culver’s worst in surveys going back to last September. In late April, Branstad posted a 53% to 38% lead over Culver. In the previous surveys, the Republican’s support...
  • Republicans leaders predict party will unify behind Branstad

    06/11/2010 7:04:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies · 255+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 06/10/2010 | James Q. Lynch and Rod Boshart
    MARION — Top Republicans predicted Thursday their party will unify behind gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad and the GOP ticket once it becomes clear what competing ideologies are at stake in Iowa’s Nov. 2 general election. GOP winners in Tuesday’s primary — Branstad for governor, Brenna Findley for attorney general and Ag Secretary Bill Northey – stressed the need for unity in a “road to victory tour” at Branstad’s northeast Iowa campaign headquarters in Marion June 10. Branstad, who has made that tour en route to four terms as governor in the 1980s and 1990s, called the Republican “Iowa team” –...
  • Palin's backing pays off

    06/09/2010 1:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies · 258+ views
    The Politico ^ | June 9, 2010 | Andy Barr
    Some of Sarah Palin’s riskiest endorsements scored major victories Tuesday for the former Alaska governor, showing off her power in Republican primaries. Palin had four primary endorsements in play – Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, Terry Branstad and Cecile Bledsoe – and three won or moved on to a runoff. Palin served different roles for each candidate – sometimes spotlighting conservatives not well known to the national scene while at others validating conservative credentials to an unsure grassroots and even stepping in to deflect nasty attacks. Perhaps Palin’s most powerful demonstration came in South Carolina, where her endorsement propelled a major...
  • Republicans nominate Branstad for Iowa governor

    06/08/2010 8:44:36 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies · 22+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 06/08/2010 | Rod Boshart
    Former Gov. Terry Branstad completed the first phase of his political comeback Tuesday by scoring a solid victory over Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts in a hard-fought three-way primary battle for the 2010 GOP gubernatorial nomination. The Associated Press declared Branstad the winner at about 10:30 p.m. The next hurdle standing in his way is first-term Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, who was unopposed Tuesday in his bid to win re-election in the November general election. With 67 percent of 1,873 precincts reporting, Branstad, 63, of rural Boone, held a comfortable lead with 50.4 percent of the Republican ballots, while...