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PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BUDGET: The New Foundation for American Greatness

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BUDGET: The New Foundation for American Greatness

Christi Gibson May 28, 2017 The American dream is currently out of reach for too many of our families. Under President Trump’s budget policies- The New Foundation for American Greatness- the economy will boom, incomes will rise, and job opportunities will expand for all American citizens. This budget ensures the […]

by · May 29, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
The Cost of Freedom

The Cost of Freedom

  Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of the address given Monday by John Thompson to commemorate Memorial Day at the Jefferson Cemetery in 2016. Just over 150 years ago, Americans celebrated what is now known as Memorial Day to honor those that died in the Civil War. Combat […]

by · May 29, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADDRESS AT THE ARAB ISLAMIC SUMMIT

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADDRESS AT THE ARAB ISLAMIC SUMMIT

Christi Gibson May 24, 2017 For the first time in our nation’s history, President Donald J Trump selected a Muslim country as his inaugural official visit overseas, addressing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and regional leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Speaking with sincerity of heart […]

by · May 28, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
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Sexism Among Iowa Democrats Hurting Our State

  On Friday, Governor Reynolds travelled to Mason City as part of her “Building A Better Iowa” tour. Reynolds shattered another glass ceiling last week when she became the first woman to govern the Hawkeye State. Republicans have been trendsetters for women leaders in Iowa. Senator Joni Ernst is the […]

by · May 28, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Blum Brings Voices Back to Constituents

Blum Brings Voices Back to Constituents

by · May 5, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial, National
Veterans Do Not Need Special Consideration for Fireworks

Veterans Do Not Need Special Consideration for Fireworks

This Letter to the Editor was initially published in Greene County newspapers in July of 2015 and is being republished in consideration of the upcoming State Senate Debate on legalizing fireworks in Iowa.  To the Editor, This Fourth of July please be considerate to veterans by treating them like tough, […]

by · March 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Rep. Finkenauer and Senator McCoy

Democrats Kill Decorum In Des Moines

The 2018 Elections are still nearly two years away and two likely candidates for higher office have already bungled their rollout. Senator Matt McCoy is coming for your guns and Rep Abby Finkenauer has a problem being nice. The Progressive, liberal Blog, Iowa Starting , posted an article that Abby […]

by · February 19, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial, State
Open Letter To The FedEx Patriot

Open Letter To The FedEx Patriot

Open Letter to Matthew Uhrin Matthew, On January 3rd 2007 my small team of Iraqi military advisors saw the MEDEVAC helicopters overhead. We found a high spot and stopped our gun trucks. 20 minutes earlier we were pulling our friends into vehicles under sniper fire. The birds touched down. William […]

by · January 27, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
A CHECKLIST OF TRUMPS EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE CONSTITUTION

A CHECKLIST OF TRUMPS EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE CONSTITUTION

by: James Weeks Having magically regained their respect for that outdated document written by slave owners, and while still complaining about the Electoral College part of it, many on the left (and some [L]ibertarians) have now taken to attacking Trumps early actions as president as unconstitutional. But the Constitution does […]

by · January 25, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Florida Gun Laws Put Citizens At Risk

Florida Gun Laws Put Citizens At Risk

By: Richard Rogers / Iowa Firearms Coalition Legislative Liaison   While watching the coverage of the mass murder at the Ft. Lauderdale we must be aware that Florida law designates ALL airports – in their entirety – as “gun free” zones. Not only the secured areas, but the parking lots, […]

by · January 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Weeks: Trump Should Have Dylan Roof and the 4 Chicago Suspects Executed Simultaneously Live On National TV

Weeks: Trump Should Have Dylan Roof and the 4 Chicago Suspects Executed Simultaneously Live On National TV

By James Weeks  / Contributor Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman. Like most of you I was disgusted at the video footage of the Chicago kidnapping. Footage which let us not forget was LIVESTREAMED on while it […]

by · January 6, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
German and British soldiers together during one of the several Christmas Truces in 1914.

Snell: Merry Christmas…Und Fröliche Weihnachten?

By Barry B. Snell John Thompson, the Iowa Statesman’s new managing editor, asked me to write something for Christmas, since due to this publication’s very recent revival most columnists are either not up to speed yet, or are too busy or traveling for the holiday to turn content in.  All […]

by · December 25, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Common Sense, Editorial, State, Uncategorized
Dreeszen: United We Stand — Using new technology to convey our message

Dreeszen: United We Stand — Using new technology to convey our message

By MacKenzie Dreeszen Central Iowa Conservative Activist   Our country is called the United States of America for a reason. After all, who would voluntarily name their country The Divided States of America? However, I feel as though our nation is becoming and fragmented. Not necessarily the states […]

by · November 2, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Grassley: Cellulosic ethanol a treat for Iowa’s economy

Grassley: Cellulosic ethanol a treat for Iowa’s economy

By Chuck Grassley United States Senator   Iowa is wiy known for our first-rate hospitality, first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses and first-class production of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs. Fewer people may realize that our state also is a rising star in America’s clean energy renaissance. In fact, Iowa is leading America’s […]

by · October 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack Iowa’s Second Congressional District   Far too many Americans have been touched by breast cancer.  This year there will be approximately 231,840 new cases of breast cancer among American women and 2,350 new cases among men.  Approximately 40,290 women and 440 men will die from the […]

by · October 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: OPM’s solution to data breach isn’t even a Band-Aid solution

Thompson: OPM’s solution to data breach isn’t even a Band-Aid solution

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman.   By John Thompson Republican Party of Iowa Central Committee Member   In 2007 I had just finished a meeting with local leaders in Mandali, Iraq. One of the local mayors with […]

by · October 28, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack Iowa’s Second Congressional District   This October, we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and reaffirm our dedication to strengthening domestic violence prevention initiatives and supporting domestic violence survivors.  As a father, I strongly believe that no one ever should have to face abuse or sexual violence […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Dreeszen: Iowa proud to be Iowa Nice

Dreeszen: Iowa proud to be Iowa Nice

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman.   By MacKenzie Dreeszen Contributing Writer   I do not get offended easily. In fact, it takes an awful lot to ruffle my feathers, but I couldn’t help feeling a little bit […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Telling others how to vote

Telling others how to vote

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman.   By Jon the Southern Baptist On the Front s of the Culture War   I’ve seen a lot of brothers and sisters in Christ do it lately, and I have a […]

by · October 22, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Sherman: Iowa folds on Internet gambling

Sherman: Iowa folds on Internet gambling

By Steve C. Sherman Contributing Writer   If you’ve watched any pro football this year or any of the major league baseball post season, unless you’re skipping the commercials, you’ve heard about FanDuel and DraftKings. On fantasy gambling has taken America by storm, some claiming it will be a $2 […]

by · October 22, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: Democrats face an identity crisis

Thompson: Democrats face an identity crisis

By John Thompson Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee Member   The Democrats are in the middle of an identity crisis. Jim Webb’s slim upset for a single term in the Senate led to the final vote the Democrats needed to pass Obamacare. He is flirting with a departure […]

by · October 21, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack Iowa’s Second Congressional District   This month, we commemorate National Manufacturing Month by recognizing the manufacturing industry’s contribution to Iowa’s economy. What I hear time and again from business owners of all sizes here in Iowa is the same thing I hear from students, parents and […]

by · October 19, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: ‘Native American’ just as offensive as ‘Indian’

Thompson: ‘Native American’ just as offensive as ‘Indian’

By John Thompson Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee Member   Another Columbus Day has come and gone with a bunch of college beatniks stepping out of their drum circles to fuss about Christopher Columbus. They decry the racism of the term “Indian” as opposed to the politically […]

by · October 14, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
ICYMI: Our founders planned for times like these

ICYMI: Our founders planned for times like these

  By Bob Eschliman Editor   Note: The following was published Nov. 24, 2014, but remains just as relevant today.   The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Common Sense, Editorial, National, Politics
That time there was a ‘Target Rich Environment’ …

That time there was a ‘Target Rich Environment’ …

Sometimes, there’s just so much good material hanging out there for the staff of The .Gif Shop to choose just one topic. That was exactly what they faced this morning during our daily production meeting. So, they decided to “roll with it,” and challenged themselves to tell as many as […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Jesus didn’t tell you to be a doormat

Jesus didn’t tell you to be a doormat

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman.   By Jon the Southern Baptist On the Front s of the Culture War   Perhaps the most ignorant defense I’ve ever heard of “gun control” — translation: violating your Second and […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
IPIB Monthly Update: How do media outlets get advance notice of meetings?

IPIB Monthly Update: How do media outlets get advance notice of meetings?

By The Iowa Public Information Board   Question: As a news media organization, what should I do to receive advance notice of public meetings?   Answer: Iowa Code section 21.4 outs the procedures a governmental body must follow to provide notice of an upcoming public meeting. The notice and tentative […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: You should not die because a nutcase is mad at the world and has a gun

Thompson: You should not die because a nutcase is mad at the world and has a gun

John Thompson Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee Member   As our nation suffers through another tragedy of some crazy fanatic unleashing violence on a community college in Oregon I am struggling to not just jump on a partisan rant. I would prefer to talk about something that can […]

by · October 5, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
When Marco Rubio put his staff up for adoption …

When Marco Rubio put his staff up for adoption …

After eight es begging supporters — as well as the media who covers his campaign — for money on the eve of the third-quarter FEC filing dead, the Marco Rubio presidential campaign to its desperation to a new level by offering an “Adopt a Staffer for the Day” (CLICK HERE […]

by · September 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Letter: Our politically correct culture is destroying churches

Letter: Our politically correct culture is destroying churches

To the Editor: Multiple studies have shown that church attendance in the United States is declining. According to recent polls, the percentage of Americans who attend church on a regular basis (regular attendance defined as going to church at least three out of eight Sundays) is at less than 20% […]

by · September 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Two businessmen having an argument

Thompson: We need to be more interested in winning fights than arguments

By John Thompson Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee Member   Last weekend in Des Moines residents celebrated the 14th annual Latino Heritage Festival. On Sunday I volunteered at the Polk County GOP booth filling balloons for kids.  Many presidential candidates posted staff at the event to answer patron’s […]

by · September 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Stop asking for the candidate you don’t want

Stop asking for the candidate you don’t want

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman.   By Krusty Konservative Dictator of the Iowa Blogosphere   It’s time for a bitch-slap of truth — for the Republican establishment, truth for “fiscal conservatives,” and truth for Christian conservatives. I’d […]

by · September 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
The six-in-one special

The six-in-one special

By Bob Eschliman Editor   No single state had impact on the foundation of the United States of America as Virginia. That’s not to marginalize the efforts of the other 12 colonies, but the facts speak for themselves. George Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which were copied […]

by · September 25, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Why radical Muslims, Democrats make such great bedfellows

Why radical Muslims, Democrats make such great bedfellows

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman.   By Krusty Konservative Dictator of the Iowa Blogosphere   If you have come to the realization that radical Islam and the communist/socialist movement embodied by the modern Democratic Party have somehow […]

by · September 25, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Trump vs. FOX News as told by … FOX News

Trump vs. FOX News as told by … FOX News

The tenuous, on-again-off-again relationship between Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and the GOP Establishment shills at FOX News is officially off again, probably permanently. The Donald says, despite assurances to the contrary from Roger Ailes, he’s being treated unfairly by the Fair and Balanced folks in Manhattan. So, he’s boycotting […]

by · September 24, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
An open letter to Gov. Branstad

An open letter to Gov. Branstad

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa Statesman.   By Jon the Southern Baptist On the Front s of the Culture War   I know if I sent a letter to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it’s highly unlikely he would […]

by · September 24, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: Conservatives should champion policies that encourage life

Thompson: Conservatives should champion policies that encourage life

John Thompson Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee Member   Last Saturday, the Republican Party Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee passed a resolution to cease all funding for Planned Parenthood. The organization has long claimed to receive no public subsidies to provide abortions.  They claim that all the […]

by · September 23, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Pile of pills on counter

Winter is Coming – Grassley may use patent law to dethrone Big Pharma

By S.C. Sherman Guest Contributor   Crony Capitalism and collusion, throw in a back room deal, seems to be all I write about any. Too bad there is so much material on the subject. I’ve discovered amongst the hardly noticed articles on the internet many things of great importance that […]

by · September 22, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
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Grassley Q&A: Know Before You Owe

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) answered a couple of questions Friday about his newest legislation, the Know Before You Owe Student Loan Act. The bill requires lenders to provide loan counseling that shows the student what it will likely cost to pay off the loan, and how difficult it will […]

by · September 21, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Trump’s High School Reunion as told by …

Trump’s High School Reunion as told by …

Responding to a request from the senior government class at Urbandale High School, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to take part in the school’s Homecoming festivities this weekend. After speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, […]

by · September 17, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
TIS columnists break down CNN’s GOP presidential debates

TIS columnists break down CNN’s GOP presidential debates

The following conversation to place Wednesday night in a nondescript social media chat, somewhere in Central Iowa. The opinions expressed herein are those of the participants, not necessarily The Iowa Statesman. •  •  •   Bob Eschliman — Editor, The Iowa Statesman OK, so it’s been a few weeks since […]

by · September 16, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: Heroes Dinner conjures memories I had tried not to remember

Thompson: Heroes Dinner conjures memories I had tried not to remember

By John Thompson State Central Committee Member Republican Party of Iowa   I attended the Greene County Elk’s annual “Heroes Dinner” on September 11th.  It was a good event.  It also got me thinking about things that for the last few years I have tried not to think about. The […]

by · September 16, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: I’m seeing red (and that makes me happy)

Thompson: I’m seeing red (and that makes me happy)

John Thompson Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee Member   As a conservative, I am happy to see Hillary Clinton as the Democratic front-runner. There isn’t a Republican challenger that couldn’t beat her and she isn’t firing people up in Iowa. As she limps from one scandal to the […]

by · September 10, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Shep Smith’s epic anti-Christian rant as told by The Birdcage

Shep Smith’s epic anti-Christian rant as told by The Birdcage

As has been previously reported today, FOX News’ Shepard Smith unleashed an epic rant during his network’s coverage of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s “#ImWithKim Liberty Rally” outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, KY, yesterday. During the rant, Shep called the than 5,000 Christians in attendance “haters,” […]

by · September 9, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
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Trump explained … hold onto your hats

By The Iowa Statesman   The Iowa Statesman editor and co-publisher Bob Eschliman authored a piece this week that explains why Donald Trump’s campaign has been so successful, and why he seemingly can’t be brought down by missteps and gaffes that would have destroyed previous GOP frontrunners. The op-ed, written […]

by · September 9, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
That time Paul supporters made their own Iowa Straw Poll …

That time Paul supporters made their own Iowa Straw Poll …

The Ron/Rand Paul campaign’s affair with polls is legendary. They’ll quote polls that no one else even knows exist, especially if they show a Paul out front, or “gaining momentum” in the field. They also d the Iowa Straw Poll, because they’re really good at getting people to show […]

by · September 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
It’s the Law

It’s the Law

Editor’s Notes: This article was submitted over the weekend while Rowan County (KY) Clerk Kim Davis remained in jail for contempt of court. At the time it is now being published, she has been released. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Iowa […]

by · September 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Capitol Commentary with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack Iowa’s Second Congressional District   Today, we gather with family and friends to commemorate the last days of summer and pay tribute to the American workforce’s great contributions throughout our history.  From firefighters to nurses, these men and women are the backbone of the U.S. economy. […]

by · September 7, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

By Bob Eschliman Editor   The Founders were men of two minds: the deeply theological, and the deeply philosophical. The two crossed paths in the mid-18th century to light a lamp that still burns today, albeit not with the same intensity it once illuminated the world. The document that first […]

by · September 1, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial
Thompson: The Democrats’ War on Words

Thompson: The Democrats’ War on Words

By John Thompson State Central Committee Member Republican Party of Iowa   The Democrats continue their war on language. After all, if they convince people that it is bad manners to talk about bad liberal policies it is harder to fight them. It’s also thought control. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the […]

by · August 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial