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  • Trump's Eastern Iowa visit Thursday boosts Republican prospects

    07/27/2016 10:10:28 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 7/27/2016 | Rod Boshart
    Eastern Iowa plays heavily in GOP plans to land the state in Donald Trump’s presidential column and give Republicans control of the Statehouse by ending Democrats 10-year grip on the Iowa Senate, Gov. Terry Branstad told a conservative group Wednesday. Iowa Republicans are expecting Trump’s visits to Davenport and Cedar Rapids on Thursday to fire up the party’s base as well as draw support from independents and disaffected working-class Democrats who are feeling their party’s elites have left them behind in a “rigged system” that has made Hillary Clinton their 2016 nominee, he said. Also Thursday, Branstad’s son, Eric, who...
  • Branstad Machine Still After Cruz in South Carolina

    02/10/2016 11:26:34 AM PST · by TBBT · 13 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 2/10/16 | CR Wire
    America's Future Fund, a political action committee that opposed Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa, has purchased $1.5 million in negative advertising against Cruz that will run on television in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 20th South Carolina primary. The ad, "Weak," attempts to discredit Cruz's national security bona fides in a state with a heavy military and veteran population. America's Future Fund is run by GOP establishment operative Nick Ryan. As CR's Rob Eno wrote in "Why The Establishment Fears Cruz More Than Trump": "Ryan is a longstanding force in Iowa politics, allied with the moderate Governor Branstad....
  • Iowa Governor to campaign with Christie at the 11th hour

    01/31/2016 6:02:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 31, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I'm rather torn as to whether this is some sort of indicator that's worth watching tomorrow or just a piece of inevitable political minutia like so many others which gets flushed away with the next dawn. We learned something about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's primary preferences last month at that same time that he celebrated the milestone of becoming the longest serving governor in the nation's history. He insisted that he wasn't going to be endorsing anyone or playing favorites, but he definitely didn't want Ted Cruz to carry the day. At the same time we saw how the rest...
  • Rick Perry endorses Ted Cruz

    01/25/2016 1:18:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 278 replies
    Politico ^ | January 25, 2016 | Katie Glueck
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is endorsing Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary, Perry told POLITICO in an interview Sunday night. Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination before dropping out in September, said he now sees the race as one that is between Cruz, a fellow Texan, and Donald Trump. Through phone calls and during a December day spent driving around his Round Top, Texas, home in his truck with Cruz, Perry said he found the senator to be a good listener who respects the Tenth Amendment, "knows what he does not know" and is more conservative than...
  • Insider leaks real reason for GOP kingpins' anti-Cruz venom

    01/23/2016 5:33:17 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 112 replies
    WND ^ | 1/23/16 | Greg Corombos
    It's well known that many Republicans in Washington do not like Sen. Ted Cruz, but the full extent of that antipathy is coming to light this week as several current and former lawmakers say they prefer Donald Trump as the GOP nominee, although they have little regard for either man. Some GOP consultants and strategists started the rumblings in recent days. Then Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told Republicans in his state to oppose Cruz because of the senator's opposition to ethanol subsidies. But the story broke wide open on Wednesday when former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee...
  • Ted Cruz's Former Roommate Calls Him an 'A**hole' in Epic Two-Day Twitter Rant

    01/21/2016 3:50:13 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 89 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 20, 2016 | Tré Goins-Phillips
    Hollywood screenwriter Craig Mazin, who shared a dorm room with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during their freshman year at Princeton University, spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday trashing the Texas senator on Twitter. The storm of tweets, which started Monday evening, seemed to be sparked my Mazin's influx of Twitter followers, which he attributes to people learning that he was Cruz's roommate for a short time. "I have 30k followers now, and all I had to do was be stuck in a room with Ted Cruz for a year. I'm sure you're all nice, but SO NOT WORTH IT,"...
  • Trump calls for higher ethanol mandate

    01/19/2016 12:47:48 PM PST · by Nervous Tick · 359 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/2016 | Timothy Kama
    Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. Speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Trump, a real estate mogul and the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ought to follow the ethanol volumes Congress set in 2007. “The EPA should ensure that biofuel ... blend levels match the statutory level set by Congress under the [renewable fuel standard],” Trump said. The mandate is popular in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first caucuses.
  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad: Cruz must be defeated

    01/19/2016 11:03:16 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 150 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/19/2016 | Eliza Collins
    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad would like to see Ted Cruz defeated, he said on Tuesday. The Iowa governor, whose powerful network of supporters is a prized political commodity, was speaking to reporters at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. Branstad's son Eric is leading efforts to portray the Texas senator as hostile to ethanol, a narrative Cruz has been trying to stifle in recent weeks. Asked if he'd like the Texas senator to lose, Governor Branstad said, "Yes." "I think it would be very damaging to our state," he continued, according to Iowa's Channel 13 news. "I believe it would be...
  • Iowa governor Branstad knocks Cruz on Canadian birth

    01/18/2016 10:13:00 AM PST · by Red Steel · 158 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 11, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said Monday that the birthplace of Sen. Ted Cruz is "fair game," adding to a growing chorus questioning whether the Texas Republican's Canadian birth could affect his ability to secure the GOP presidential nomination. "When you run for president of the United States, any question is fair game. So let the people decide," Branstad told reporters Monday. Cruz, speaking to reporters in Baton Rouge, La., noted that Branstad's son has thrown his support elsewhere, hosting fundraisers for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad -- surprisingly -- comments on Ted Cruz's citizenship

    01/11/2016 3:39:39 PM PST · by M. Thatcher · 15 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/11/16 | Mark Z. Barabak
    [snip] So it was a bit surprising Monday when the typically reserved [Iowa Gov.] Branstad lent credence to the inflammatory question of whether Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and co-front-runner in Iowa's Feb. 1 caucuses, is eligible to serve as president.
  • Christie's Iowa comeback plan: Branstad, Branstad, Branstad

    01/10/2016 10:17:36 PM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/08/16 04:30 PM EST | Daniel Strauss
    Nobody expects Chris Christie to win Iowa, but he does have an ace card up his sleeve: The tacit support of longtime moderate Gov. Terry Branstad, whose vast political network remains the state's most coveted human resource. Christie's goal in Iowa, according to multiple people familiar with his plans, is to do better than expected by taking votes away from Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio -- his chief competitors in the Republican primary's crowded establishment lane. Beating Bush and giving a scare to Rubio, the thinking inside his orbit goes, would give the New Jersey governor a head of steam...
  • Iowa Governor Calls for Anti-Cruz Vote on Ethanol Issue [Trump wants increased Ethanol blend]

    01/19/2016 2:01:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    ABC ^ | David Pitt
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz received an anti-endorsement from the governor of Iowa, Tuesday, host of the country's lead-off presidential caucus, on account of his failure to support renewable fuels like ethanol.Gov. Terry Branstad,a Republican who has not endorsed any of the GOP presidential candidates for president, said at a renewable fuels conference near Des Moines that Iowans should reject Cruz because he supports phasing out the fuel standard.His comments,which come within two weeks of the state's critical Feb. 1 caucus,could resonate with state farmers who grow the corn used in ethanol,and the soybeans widely used in biodiesel or risk...
  • Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Basically Endorses Ted Cruz

    01/19/2016 2:32:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | January 19, 2016 | Leon H. Wolf
    Of course, to hear Branstad say it, what he actually said was that he hopes Ted Cruz loses. The problem with Branstad's jeremiad against Cruz is that Brandstad is everything that is wrong with both the Republican Party and the political class in the country as a whole. The fecklessness and self-dealing of Terry Branstad would put any fat cat Republican Senator in the caucus to shame. It's the shameless behavior of people like Branstad who have given rise to the Trump/Cruz phenomenon in the first place. Basically, at the end of the day, Republican voters have shown that they...
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad: Questions about Cruz's eligibility are 'fair game'

    01/16/2016 1:14:20 PM PST · by Red Steel · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | January 11, 2016; 12:34 pm EST | Staff
    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad believes the question of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's eligibility in the presidential race is "fair game." "When you run for president of the United States, any question is fair game. So let the people decide," Branstad told reporters on Monday during a weekly press briefing, according to The Des Moines Register. Canada-born Cruz has said that the legal case for his eligibility is clear based on his mother's U.S. birth, and he released his mother's birth certificate on Friday. Branstad has vowed to stay neutral in the Feb. 1 caucuses. But those close to him say...
  • Pro-ethanol group to stalk Ted Cruz across Iowa

    01/04/2016 7:05:50 AM PST · by Isara · 100 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/04/16 | Shane Goldmacher
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Ted Cruz arrives Monday for his first Iowa trip of 2016, but he won't just be battling Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. He'll been fending off the state's influential corn lobby. As Cruz kicks off a six-day bus tour across the state, his critics in the state's ethanol industry will be trailing close behind in a RV. They're hoping to highlight the Texas senator's opposition to a federal mandate that ethanol be mixed into gasoline at each of Cruz's planned 28 stops."We're going to be turning out all of our allies," said Eric Branstad, the son...
  • The Iowa Corn Lobby is Following Ted Cruz Around Like a Bunch of Spoiled Children

    01/04/2016 12:40:02 PM PST · by Isara · 60 replies
    Red State ^ | January 4th, 2016 | Leon H. Wolf
    Conventional wisdom says that you cannot win Iowa without kissing the pinky ring of the Iowa corn lobby and pledging your fealty to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the anti-science policy which is bad for the environment, fuel mileage, and America at large. Iowa’s traditional role as the first Presidential contest for both parties basically ensures that anyone with even a whiff of Presidential ambition has largely taken a pass at criticizing a policy which is a bad idea for everyone except an extremely well-connected group of corn farmer lobbyists.Ted Cruz has been challenging all that with his current Presidential...
  • Branstad hits 7,642 days as governor Monday, setting national longevity record

    12/13/2015 2:26:41 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | 12/11/2015 | O. Kay Henderson
    Iowas six-term governor marks an important milestone Monday. He will become the longest-serving governor in U.S. history. On Monday, Terry Branstad will have been Iowas governor for one out of every eight days that Iowa has been a state according to calculations by a University of Minnesota political science professor. It will be a total of 7,642 days. It pushes him past record-holder George Clinton, a Revolutionary War hero who served as the governor of New York for nearly 21 years.Branstad was first elected governor in 1982, then reelected in 1986, 1990 and 1994. For that 1994 election, Branstad went...
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad (R) Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines

    11/04/2015 1:21:01 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    http://whotv.com ^ | 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Governor Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines Posted 10:11 pm, November 2, 2015, by Aaron Brilbeck, Updated at 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 DES MOINES, Iowa -- This week, the Iowa Utilities Board will discuss whether to use eminent domain to seize property from landowners to use for a massive oil pipeline. Dakota Access, LLC wants to use the land for an underground pipeline that would carry roughly a half million barrels of crude oil from North Dakota, through Iowa and to a distribution center in Illinois. Governor Branstad says he believes eminent domain can and should be used for some pipeline...
  • BREAKING: The State of Iowa Just Bowed Down to Shariah Law

    04/11/2015 11:37:12 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 62 replies
    Here’s a quick question for you: Have you ever once in your life heard of a state designating a day of the year as Christian Recognition Day, Buddhist Recognition Day, Hindu Recognition Day or Jewish Recognition Day? Earlier this week, Iowa state Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation designating Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as Muslim Recognition Day. The proclamation reportedly also “recognizes the many individuals and families of Muslim faith who make this state their home and willingly share their rich tradition and culture with other Iowans.” Apparently, the governor has been signing an Iowa Muslim Day proclamation for a number of years. However,...
  • 7 GOP governors elect not to fight Obama's amnesty

    02/26/2015 12:34:08 AM PST · by Ray76 · 34 replies
    WND ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    More than two dozen states have joined the Texas lawsuit opposing President Obama’s executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, but more eye-opening is the list of Republican governors whose names still do not appear on the suit. The seven Republicans who have thus far elected not to join the suit aimed at reining in Obama are Chris Christie of New Jersey, Terry Branstad of Iowa, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Matthew Mead of Wyoming, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Bruce Rauner of Illinois. Five of those seven states – Maryland, Iowa, New Mexico, Massachusetts and...
  • Students join governor to push for Bully Free Iowa Act

    02/10/2015 5:37:21 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 13 replies
    KCCI.COM ^ | 10 FEBRUARY 2015 | KCCI.COM
    DES MOINES, Iowa —More than 100 students joined Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for a rally at the Capitol Tuesday
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad collapses at Iowa event

    01/26/2015 11:40:34 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 31 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>
  • 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...
  • 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
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | 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
    radioiowa.com ^ | 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
    AP ^ | 10/24/2013 | THOMAS BEAUMONT and CATHERINE LUCEY
    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...