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Branstad Gives One of His Last Public Events as Governor at WCC

Branstad Gives One of His Last Public Events as Governor at WCC

URBANDALE, Iowa-Governor Branstad gave a recap of the 2017 Iowa legislative session at the Westside Conservative Club Breakfast at the Iowa Machine Shed on Wednesday.  He also expressed his excitement for his upcoming ambassadorship to China once his confirmation is complete. “This was not an easy session.  As many of […]

by · May 10, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · National, State
Blum Brings Voices Back to Constituents

Blum Brings Voices Back to Constituents

by · May 5, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Editorial, National
Loebsack Picks Up One Can For Earth Day-Admits He’s In Danger Of Losing Seat

Loebsack Picks Up One Can For Earth Day-Admits He’s In Danger Of Losing Seat

DAVIS CITY, Iowa-Congressman Dave Loebsack admitted that he faces a tough race going into the 2018 Election.  The Congressman from Iowa’s Second District, which includes southeast and south central Iowa, appeared at a series of legislative coffees throughout southern Iowa on Saturday to visit with constituents. While answering questions from […]

by · April 22, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · National, Second Congressional District
Peters Planning For Loebsack Rematch

Peters Planning For Loebsack Rematch

Dr. Christopher Peters, the Coralville surgeon who faced Congressman David Loebsack in 2016 is considering a second run. Peters attended a Loebsack Coffee event in Pella on Saturday where he interviewed with KNIA/KRLS reporter, Andrew Schneider. “I’m strongly considering running again,” Peters told KNIA/KRLS. “So at this stage of the […]

by · March 12, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · National, Second Congressional District
Ryon Rolls Out Congressional Bid With Square Wheels

Ryon Rolls Out Congressional Bid With Square Wheels

Anna Ryon, an attorney with the Office of Consumer Advocate, launched her challenge to David Young in an underwhelming event at Streetcar 209 in Des Moines. About 20 people gathered to watch what loed like an open mic night at a comedy dive bar. Local activist, Ben Gran, introduced Ryon […]

by · March 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · National
Local Constituents Drowned Out By Carpetbaggers At Grassley Event

Local Constituents Drowned Out By Carpetbaggers At Grassley Event

CHARLES CITY- The old derogatory term typically used to label a wandering politician shopping for a district of constituents has been flipped on its head. Senator Grassley made an appearance in Floyd County to answer questions from locals as part of his “Full Grassley” tour of 99 counties.  But democracy […]

by · February 23, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · National
Iowa Electors Vote Trump

Iowa Electors Vote Trump

By Phil Thompson     Political activists across the country watched closely as the final chapter of the 2016 Presidential election season was written. Very little drama ensued in Iowa as all six electors officially casted their votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence on Monday afternoon. A small band […]

by · December 20, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · National
Cruz brings in the dough after debate

Cruz brings in the dough after debate

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Today’s the day for another data dump

Today’s the day for another data dump

By Bob Eschliman Editor   Today’s the day for the third court-ordered release of Hillary Clinton es. My guess is there will be something damaging — although not terribly so — in each of the next four data dumps. The one everyone should be loing out for is the planned […]

by · October 30, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Blum supports Ryan for Speaker of the House

Blum supports Ryan for Speaker of the House

From Press Release   U.S. Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA 1) released the following statement regarding today’s vote for Speaker of the House: “Today I was proud to support my colleague and fellow Midwesterner Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House. There are serious issues with how Washington operates and after […]

by · October 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Guess who won last night’s debate!

Guess who won last night’s debate!

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Everyone won … now let’s get to stuff that matters

Everyone won … now let’s get to stuff that matters

By Bob Eschliman Editor   The morning after a big debate, it’s pretty easy to weed through the e inbox. Every candidate tries to spin out how they won the debate. CLICK HERE to see whom we think actually won. There were a lot of other things going on in […]

by · October 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Post-Debate Post Mortem: Cruz crushes media, opposition

Post-Debate Post Mortem: Cruz crushes media, opposition

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 Before we dig into this debacle … I mean debate … […]

by · October 29, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Illegals skip August court date, murder teen in September

Illegals skip August court date, murder teen in September

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 28, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Questions that won’t be asked tonight

Questions that won’t be asked tonight

By Bob Eschliman Editor   There are a lot of questions that are going to be asked tonight, beginning shortly after 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time, on CNBC. Some of those questions should be aimed at the media — and we’ll discuss those tomorrow — but there are some that […]

by · October 28, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
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Presidential Poll Power Rankings for October 27, 2015

By The Iowa Statesman   To many, the presidential polls matter. To just as many , they’re worthless. But, if you’re going to lo at them, we think you should at least lo at them all. So, taking the Iowa and national polls of the past month, weighing them for […]

by · October 27, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Huckabee: Save Social Security from the GOP

Huckabee: Save Social Security from the GOP

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 27, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
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Trump outkicked his coverage

  By Bob Eschliman Editor   Donald Trump used to be the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination because he was smart enough to keep the national discussion focused on issues where he was strong: immigration, economics, and the Second Amendment. But as grassroots voters demanded to know about […]

by · October 27, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
IRS will continue to abuse citizens until it’s destroyed

IRS will continue to abuse citizens until it’s destroyed

By Bob Eschliman Editor   We learned on Friday that Lois Lerner, nor anyone else at the Internal Revenue Service, will not face charges over the targeting of conservative groups. Despite what the politicians are telling you now, that wasn’t a shocking outcome, and not just because it was another […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Let’s look at the October FEC numbers

Let’s look at the October FEC numbers

By Bob Eschliman Editor   All of the major Republican presidential campaigns met their Thursday dead last week to report their third-quarter financial reports. And, after some rather low-tech number crunching, there are certainly some questions that remain to be answered. But first, let’s take an in-depth lo at the […]

by · October 22, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Immigration legislation shot down in Senate

Immigration legislation shot down in Senate

By The Iowa Statesman   A procedural vote to begin debate on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act was blocked Tuesday. The bill would allow local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities so that criminals deemed a priority for deportation are not released back into American […]

by · October 21, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
The stage is set, how will CNBC act?

The stage is set, how will CNBC act?

By Bob Eschliman Editor   Well, as we told you yesterday in our presidential poll power rankings, the ABC/Washington Post poll results for the Republican presidential primary race were released this morning. The numbers didn’t change much from the September numbers, but it does put CNBC in an uncomfortable position. […]

by · October 21, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Huckabee: ‘It’s about burning the corrupt Washington political machine to the ground and rebuilding our country’

Huckabee: ‘It’s about burning the corrupt Washington political machine to the ground and rebuilding our country’

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 21, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Presidential Poll Power Rankings for October 20, 2015

Presidential Poll Power Rankings for October 20, 2015

To many, the presidential polls matter. To just as many , they’re worthless. But, if you’re going to lo at them, we think you should at least lo at them all. So, taking the Iowa and national polls of the past month, weighing them for accuracy, here are the current […]

by · October 20, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Ernst set to complete her own ‘Full Grassley’

Ernst set to complete her own ‘Full Grassley’

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 20, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
The drawbacks of the Digital Age

The drawbacks of the Digital Age

By Bob Eschliman Editor   The dead is fast approaching for candidates to “earn” their way into the next Republican presidential primary debate, and Vice President Joe Biden has the lamestream media tied up in knots, waiting and waiting for his inevitable entry into the Democrat field. Meanwhile, “Star Wars: […]

by · October 20, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Ernst taking part in Middle East junket

Ernst taking part in Middle East junket

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 19, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
While all eyes were on Sin City …

While all eyes were on Sin City …

By Bob Eschliman Editor   The lamestream media would like you to believe all eyes were on Las Vegas and the Democrats’ presidential primary debate. In reality, most of them were probably on , watching Donald Trump react to the debate, but I digress. There was a whole world out […]

by · October 14, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
You don’t have mail

You don’t have mail

By The Iowa Statesman   Every day, we read through our e inbox in order to present you with the information from the political press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send out press releases to us, so if your favorite isn’t showing up […]

by · October 14, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
CMP responds to Planned Parenthood’s ‘policy change’

CMP responds to Planned Parenthood’s ‘policy change’

From Press Release   For three months, Planned Parenthood has tried to pass off its baby-parts-for-money scheme as totally legitimate. Today, Planned Parenthood’s latest PR stunt of so-called “policy” change is an admission of guilt. If the money Planned Parenthood has been receiving for baby body parts were truly legitimate […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Grassley discusses Iowa’s meth problem

Grassley discusses Iowa’s meth problem

By The Iowa Statesman   U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held a field hearing in Des Moines this morning. At the onset of the event, he made the following prepared statement: Welcome to everyone here this morning.  Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing is […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
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
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The Iowa Statesman’s Presidential Poll Power Rankings for October 13, 2015

To many, the presidential polls matter. To just as many , they’re worthless. But, if you’re going to lo at them, we think you should at least lo at them all. So, taking the Iowa and national polls of the past month, weighing them for accuracy, here are the current […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Santorum calls for 20/20 flat tax

Santorum calls for 20/20 flat tax

By The Iowa Statesman   With everyone waiting to see what happens tonight, there really wasn’t much in the bin today. We read through both of them to present you with the information from the press releases that are most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not all candidates send […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Tonight’s the night — or not

Tonight’s the night — or not

By Bob Eschliman Editor   CNN reportedly has a sixth lectern ready to go at a moment’s notice to insert Vice President Joe Biden into tonight’s Democratic Debate. But that’s not what the world is really waiting to see; we already know he’s going to jump in, and it won’t […]

by · October 13, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Huckabee responds to Hillary’s book stunt

Huckabee responds to Hillary’s book stunt

By The Iowa Statesman   How you win a political stunt: Expert level. In a press release this morning, Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his campaign released a series of Vines in response to Hillary Clinton’s publicity stunt in which she ivered a copy of her […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
RLC Presidential Straw Poll: Who won?

RLC Presidential Straw Poll: Who won?

By The Iowa Statesman   The bin fills up the most over the weekend, especially during presidential campaign season. We read through them all — as we do every day — and present you with the information from the press releases that most pertinent to you. Short disclaimer: not […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
The Speaker of the House horserace now wide open

The Speaker of the House horserace now wide open

By Bob Eschliman Editor   After House Majority Leader U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy to replace U.S. Rep. John Boehner as Speaker of the House, the lamestream media was quick to suggest the House Republican Caucus was suddenly in chaos. No. For once, the speakership is actually up […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
The wild weekend’s hangover still lingers

The wild weekend’s hangover still lingers

By Bob Eschliman Editor   It was a wild weekend, and not just on the baseball diamond. There was enough political and geo-political intrigue to fill an entire library of Tom Clancy novels. The sudden departure of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker of the House has […]

by · October 12, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Santorum announces setting 24-hour fundraising record

Santorum announces setting 24-hour fundraising record

From Press Release   Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s campaign marked its highest single fundraising day of the 2016 presidential campaign on Thursday. Through a “Day of Giving,” the Santorum campaign launched a campaign-wide, single-day fundraising initiative with grassroots leaders across the country. These efforts were teamed […]

by · October 9, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
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Paul: End wasteful spending by cutting their card

From Press Release   Rand Paul for President today released a new web campaign highlighting the government’s wasteful spending. Sen. Paul has been bringing attention to the wasteful spending each week in his Senate Waste Report and plans to discuss these matters at length on the campaign trail. Since taking office in 2010, […]

by · October 9, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Cruz campaign announces $12.2M raised in third quarter

Cruz campaign announces $12.2M raised in third quarter

By Bob Eschliman Editor   When the October numbers become public, likely next week, Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is probably going to be loing pretty good. His campaign announced Thursday evening it has raised another $12.2 million during the third quarter, bringing its total for the year […]

by · October 9, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Grassley questions White House’s commitment to ‘going dark’ solution

Grassley questions White House’s commitment to ‘going dark’ solution

From Press Release   U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed concern today about recent press reports that call into question the Obama administration’s commitment to balancing privacy and public safety with regard to encryption technology, and requested additional information on the administration’s efforts to […]

by · October 9, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Huckabee to tour Mexican border

Huckabee to tour Mexican border

From Press Release   Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will conduct a U.S.-Mexico border visit near San Diego on Saturday. He will be accompanied by former U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as National Border Patrol Council officials.

by · October 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Santorum to address tax policy Monday

Santorum to address tax policy Monday

From Press Release   Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will unveil a sweeping tax reform proposal on Monday in a speech to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Santorum’s plan will call for an overhaul of the tax code and end the IRS as we know […]

by · October 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Effort underway to end sanctuary cities

Effort underway to end sanctuary cities

By Bob Eschliman Editor   If you want to ignore federal law and harbor those who have entered the U.S. illegally, it’s going to cost you if new legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate becomes law. The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, introduced Wednesday by a coalition of […]

by · October 8, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Grassley, Goodlatte seek ‘swift action on sanctuary jurisdictions’

Grassley, Goodlatte seek ‘swift action on sanctuary jurisdictions’

From Press Release   Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte today are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to back words with actions when dealing with state and local jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal immigration requests. States, cities and counties […]

by · October 7, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Grassley sets record straight on judicial nominations

Grassley sets record straight on judicial nominations

By The Iowa Statesman   U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley to to the Senate floor Monday to discuss judicial nominations and the Senate’s record of confirmation for Obama Administration nominees compared to the Bush Administration. He said Democrats and the Administration have nothing to complain about. The following is the entirety […]

by · October 6, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Huckabee: Obama ‘getting rolled like sushi’ on TPP

Huckabee: Obama ‘getting rolled like sushi’ on TPP

From Press Release   Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee released the following statement in response to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration reached on Monday with 11 pacific nations.  The agreement would affect 40 percent of the world economy and still requires ratification from Congress. […]

by · October 6, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics
Conservative leaders to Congress: ‘We’re not gonna take it anymore!’

Conservative leaders to Congress: ‘We’re not gonna take it anymore!’

From Press Release   Today, 55 conservative leaders from across America signed the open letter “Vision For New Conservative Leadership.” The letter states, in part: Republican leaders have a responsibility to better align their party’s policy stances with founding American principles, the U.S. Constitution, and the will and consent of […]

by · October 2, 2015 · Comments are Disabled · National, Politics