Ron Corbett Looks To Challenge Kim Reynolds For Iowa Governor

In a radio interview this morning with Simon Conway on WMT Radio, Republican Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett announced he will not seek reelection for mayor. Instead he is taking a very serious look at challenging Kim Reynolds for Iowa Governor in 2018. Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey declined to primary eventual-Governor Kim Reynolds for the Republican nomination shortly after the annou...
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Bye Bye Branstad. Hello Governor Reynolds.

It's official: Terry Branstad will be the next ambassador to China. Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller said the President Elect announced Branstad's appointment at a fundraiser this morning. An official statement is expected later today, and there will likely be some sort of announcement or celebration of the move at Trump's rally in Des Moines tomorrow. Branstad leaving the governorship for C...
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So, This Is Really How It’s Going To Be, Eh?

At this point nothing really surprises me anymore about Donald Trump, but that doesn't make his actions any less shocking or disturbing. There were many theories just before and after the election about what kind of president Trump would become. Would he settle down, be surrounded by smart advisers and become a more traditional Republican president? Or would he govern as he campaigned, recklessly...
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Branstad To China? How It Would Impact Iowa Politics In 2018

As many predicted, Governor Terry Branstad has emerged as the top contender to be President-Elect Donald Trump's ambassador to China. Branstad will meet with Trump in New York this week, and then appear with him at a "Thank You Tour" in Des Moines on Thursday. Were such an appointment to be made, it would cause a huge shake-up in Iowa's typically stable politics. But would Branstad accept and h...
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As Trump Goes Nuclear, Could His Iowa Backers Face Same Scrutiny?

There are two reasons state and local campaigns don't typically engage in extremely personal attacks on political opponents: 1) The candidate or people running the campaign are decent-enough human beings to not bring up their opponent's very personal failings, embarrassing moments or private life, and 2) It usually backfires. Now, as we all know, some times the desire to win will overcome tha...
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A Tale Of Two Reagan Dinners

Iowa Republicans' twin Reagan Dinner fundraisers provided oddly perfect bookends to possibly the most volatile four-day stretch ever in American politics, encapsulating everything the beleaguered party experienced throughout it. The state party hosted their annual Reagan Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday night, while the Scott County Republicans held their own of the same name in Bettendorf on Tue...
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Iowa GOP’s Congressional Candidate Peters Ditches Trump

Dr. Christopher Peters, the Republican candidate in Iowa's 2nd Congressional district, is announcing today that he will not vote for Donald Trump for president. His decision comes after the release of Trump's 2005 comments where he bragged about sexually assaulting women. Peters will "abstain from voting in the presidential election," according to his press release this morning. "A large number...
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Cracks Start To Show In Iowa GOP’s Trump Unity

While the state party was as unified as ever for Donald Trump at the Republican Party of Iowa's Reagan Dinner in Des Moines last night, two defections happened outside the fundraiser. Ankeny State Senator Jack Whitver was the first major Iowa Republican to publicly call for Donald Trump to step down as the party’s nominee this afternoon. State Representative Ken Rizer of Marion announced he wou...
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Jeff Kaufmann: “Two Flawed Candidates,” Implies Bill Clinton Worse Than Trump

Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann responded to Donald Trump’s bombshell comments from 2005 ahead of the state party’s Reagan Dinner in Des Moines tonight, comparing Trump’s comments to Bill Clinton’s actions. “I find Donald Trump’s comments 11 years ago disgusting,” Kaufmann said in a prepared statement. “I condemn those kinds of comments when Clinton did those kind o...
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Time For Iowa Republicans To Abandon Trump

Wake up already, Iowa Republican leaders: this election is over. Donald Trump will never recover from the revelation of the 2005 tape that shows his abhorrent views on women and sexual assault. Yes, we've all thought any number of his earlier outrageous, sexist and racist comments would have done him in, only to be proven wrong. But this is different. It simply is. Your presidential nominee bra...
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