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Ernst Presses Veterans Issues During CPAC Speech

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst was one of the few non-presidential hopefuls to speak at the Conference Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday. The Red Oak native took the stage at noon to praise her fellow military veterans an...
by Kevin Hall

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Parsing the Polls: The Presidential Primary and What’s Branstad’s Popularity Now?

Political polling is tricky. Often times, during the midst of a polling session or before the results are published, something happens that makes the poll obsolete. Such is the case with a new Iowa poll conducted by Quinnipiac ...
by Kevin Hall


Branstad Signs Gas Tax Increase

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad wasted no time enacting a 10-cent gas tax increase. The bill was passed by both houses of the Iowa Legislature on Tuesday. The governor signed the bill Wednesday morning. It goes into effect Sunday,...
by Kevin Hall



Fiorina Backers Launch Super PAC

Supporters of Carly Fiorina have launched a super PAC in preparation for the former Hewlett Packard CEO’s expected entry into the 2016 presidential race. Carly for America was unveiled Tuesday. The committee’s missi...
by Kevin Hall

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Kevin’s Korner: Gas Tax Reflux, Spiker Casting Stones and Singing ‘Kumbaya’ with ISIS

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. It’s hard to see how Iowa Republican officials can emerge from this gas tax debate lookin...
by Kevin Hall


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Paulsen Pulls Highfill, Nunn from Committee to Pave Way for Gas Tax Increase; UPDATE: Gas tax increase passes on 13-12 vote

Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen removed two Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday morning, apparently due to their opposition to an increase in the state gas tax. The committee is schedule to...
by Kevin Hall