Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart, an Iowa native, is the online communications manager for the American Principles Project and a frequent contributor to Shane is also the Editor-in-Chief for, a popular Christian conservative blog.

Last week during the Fox News GOP Debate in Detroit, Ohio Governor John Kasich painted himself to be an advocate of state and local control of education. Kasich said, “And, frankly, look, if I were president, I’d take 104 federal programs, bundle them into four buckets, and send it to the states, because fixing schools […]

Yes, it’s true that real estate mogul Donald Trump has spoken against Common Core, but it has almost always been in the context of taking a jab at Jeb Bush. Will we hear him mention it again now that Bush is out of the race? Also, how will he deal with Common Core if elected […]

I shared some post-South Carolina Primary thoughts on Facebook Saturday night, but I wanted to expand on that here. This is a three-way race between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Currently Donald Trump is in the driver’s seat. Finally after South Carolina pollsters can finally pat themselves on the back because the polling […]

Donald Trump either misspoke or had a Freudian slip while speaking at Clemson University in Clemson, SC on Wednesday: “We are going to do something special. . . . Okay, are you ready? Common Core we’re going to keep. Trade we are going to make great. Military – we’re going to go through the . […]

I want to take a look at each of the candidates in the Republican presidential field following Donald Trump’s rout in the First in the Nation primary state of New Hampshire. In a nutshell, I believe the race effectively comes down to a Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz race. Cruz moving forward may be the […]

While in New Hampshire, Ohio Governor John Kasich told “Fox News Sunday” that he is “for total local control” when it comes to education. reports: “I propose taking 104 federal education programs, putting them into four buckets and sending them to the states. I have been clear from the very beginning that I support […]

I wanted to share some quick thoughts about each of the candidates who participated in the last Republican debate before the New Hampshire Primary. First I wasn’t a fan of the moderation. It seemed like Martha Raddatz in particular wanted to debate the candidates. Secondly, what in the world was with the introductions? How do […]

I didn’t realize that Trump is an expert on Iowa election law. Probably because he’s not. He does not have any idea what he is talking about. We can argue the ethics of what Senator Cruz’s campaign did with the distasteful mailer in Iowa and with the late email to grassroots activists, but neither are […]

Carly Fiorina made a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, yesterday, where she held a 30-minute town hall covering a host of issues. While taking questions, Fiorina was asked if she wanted to see David Daleiden, the project lead with Center for Medical Progress who was recently indicted by a grand jury in Texas, apologize to her […]

Donald Trump is banking on a “yuuuuge” turnout next Monday night. Some recent polls like Fox News and CNN are based on a large voter turnout in the realm of 300,000, which impacts polling results. While this cycle has been unprecedented, there is nothing happening on the ground in Iowa that I’ve seen that would […]

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) called out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate for his support of Common Core. Christie replied and said, “And on Common Core, Common Core has been eliminated in New Jersey.” Really? That’s fascinating. Christie has been a moving target on Common Core (Stop […]

From yesterday in Breitbart: In politics 19 days can be an eternity. In 19 days before my fellow Iowans caucus in local churches, schools, fire houses, and even homes the Republican field will have two more debates, we’ll be exposed countless radio and TV ads, and who knows how many trees have been sacrificed to send […]

Did Mike Huckabee Really Say This?

by Shane Vander Hart

Here’s my take on Mike Huckabee’s recent comments on evangelical leaders over at Caffeinated Thoughts: Buzzfeed reported on an interview that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had with Todd Starnes on Fox News Radio. Starnes asked him if he felt betrayed by evangelical leaders and evangelical organizations as they seem to have gravitated toward U.S. Senator Ted […]

(Urbandale, IA) Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee stopped by the Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale for a campaign stop on Sunday afternoon. This stop was one of many being made in Iowa this week and through the month of January as the Huckabee campaign launched an aggressive 150 event schedule […]

I wanted to piggy back on what Paul wrote last week about an article written by Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard. Barnes said that governors making the best presidential candidates is conventional unwisdom. I agree. The crop of candidates who are governors or were previously governors have demonstrated time and time and time again […]

Not so fast, Jon. While Ted Cruz is certainly in a good place right now, a month-and-a-half out from the Iowa Caucus, the results are far from certain. Taking a closer look at two recent polls — the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Poll released on Saturday evening and the Quinnipiac University Poll released on Monday […]

Don’t Count Jindal Out

by Shane Vander Hart

Alex Hanson of The Iowa State Daily said not to count Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal out as the 2016 Iowa Caucuses are three months away. He writes: Don’t count out Bobby Jindal. The Louisiana governor said recent polls showing him neck-and-neck with top-tier candidates such as Jeb Bush is a result of his ground game […]

At a meet and greet in Altoona, Iowa, Rand Paul responded to Cruz’s suggestion we need sound money “ideally tied to gold”: THE PULSE 2016: Senator Paul, monetary policy was injected into the last debate and was kind of your bread and butter. Senator Cruz talked about — actually during the CNBC debate, too — […]

(Des Moines, IA) Last week during an event for evangelicals and social conservatives hosted by American Renewal Project, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal encouraged his fellow Republican governors to defund Planned Parenthood. After the launch of a series of devastating videos linking Planned Parenthood to the sale of body parts from babies that have been aborted […]

Sunday during the “Building a New Puerto Rico” 2nd Statehood Assembly in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, current Republican presidential front runner Dr. Ben Carson endorsed statehood for Puerto Rico. “Mis hermanos Americanos, my campaign is built around the premise of We the People and through such lens I view the statehood question in Puerto Rico as settled. In 2012, […]