Few Republicans Try To Close The Deal At Big GOP Event

The Republican Party of Iowa’s Growth And Opportunity event on Saturday was meant as a sort of replacement for the Iowa Straw Poll, and judging from many of the candidates’ speeches you’d think they were still in that August mindset. Few of the White House hopefuls deviated from their typical stump speeches. Despite being a mere three months from the Iowa Caucus, many contenders’ pitches remain in the introductory stage. That seemed odd considering most of the 2,000 attendees at the event were involved party activists who have seen all of these people at events or watched them online. The […]

Has The Carly Wave Crested? What Comes Next?

Carly Fiorina had a good September: she raised a significant amount of money after her strong performance at the second Republican presidential debate, she was praised by many GOP’ers for being a female in the fight against Planned Parenthood, and she attracted big crowds in Iowa and New Hampshire throughout the month. But now that the tidal wave favoring Fiorina has crested, what remains is the same old, same old Republican presidential candidate: a political outsider, steadfast on criticizing bureaucrats and bragging about her successful executive image (which many news articles and political operatives have since called into question). Fiorina […]

Sunday Grab Bag: GOP’s Keystone Conundrum, Hillary’s Immigration and ISIS

Good morning readers! As always, a lot happened in the political world this week. Enjoy our Sunday Grab Bag of shorter takes on a number of Iowa and national political topics: The Catch-22 of Keystone and Eminent Domain The most interesting exchange I’ve seen so far from the 2016 trail happened Thursday night at a Carly Fiorina event in West Des Moines. A younger man asked Fiorina whether she supports eminent domain laws. Somehow by the tone in which he said it, I just knew exactly where he was going. Fiorina did not. Of course I oppose it, she responded, […]

Republican Announce-A-Palooza. Who Really Has a Chance?

April showers must bring May Republican presidential announcements… or something like that. Three White House hopefuls have tossed their hat in the ring in just two days: Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson on Monday, and Mike Huckabee today. Let’s take a look at whether they actually have a chance, or if they’re just one of many in the ever-expanding GOP field: Mike Huckabee Republican voters wanting a dose of that old-time religion in their politics has a familiar old candidate back in the race in 2016. Mike Huckabee announced in his (and Bill Clinton’s) hometown of Hope, Arkansas this morning. […]

Could Carly Fiorina Be Hillary’s Biggest Threat?

During the same weekend where Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were swamped by supporters and a large chunk of the national political press corp in New Hampshire, Carly Fiorina embarked on a lower-key swing through Iowa. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2010 California Republican Senate nominee met with GOP activists in central Iowa, touting her message of business leadership and unlocking potential for women. She also featured her anti-Hillary Clinton rhetoric to much applause among the crowd at a Republican women event on Saturday morning. After speeches at recent conservative gatherings like CPAC, Fiorina is quickly earning the reputation as […]