Former Candidates Start to Coalesce Behind Trump

With the Republican primary race all but over, GOP leaders are slowly beginning to unite behind the party’s presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. This includes three of his former rivals for the nomination. Just days following Trump’s significant victory in the Indiana primary, former candidates Scott Walker and Rick Perry announced they would be backing Trump in this year’s presidential election. Walker framed his support as a fulfilling of his pledge last August to support the Republican nominee and stated that he thinks Trump “is clearly better than Hillary Clinton for a variety of reasons.” Perry was even more complimentary, stating

The Forgotten Story: How Common Core Changed the Race in Iowa

Now that Iowa caucus-goers have spoken, lost in the discussion of Donald Trump’s underperformance, Ted Cruz’s ground game and Marco Rubio’s surge is an acknowledgement of one issue that separated the top Iowa finishers from (as Trump would say) the “losers.” That issue is Common Core. Cruz and Rubio have long been on record as opposing the national standards. Trump has relentlessly raised the issue ever since he entered the race. As the Iowa campaign came down to the wire, Trump released a Common Core-specific ad, and Rubio began devoting more and more time in his stump speech to the

BREAKING: Bobby Jindal Suspends Campaign

Sorry Shane, but it appears Bobby Jindal won’t be able to complete his comeback in Iowa.  Multiple media sources are reporting that Jindal has made the decision to suspend his campaign. In a post made to his Facebook page this afternoon, Jindal thanked his supporters and highlighted the urgent need to address the issues of growing the economy and defeating radical Islam: When I was born, we lived in student housing at LSU, and never in their wildest dreams did they think their son would have the opportunity to serve as Governor of Louisiana or to run for President. They

Don’t Count Jindal Out

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 in Iowa — visiting all 99 counties before February’s Iowa Caucus. In a phone interview Friday afternoon with the Iowa State Daily, Jindal said his campaign deliberately made Iowa a focus, thus many events with caucus-goers is resulting in growing support statewide. I’m not counting

Jindal: What If All 34 Republican Governors Defunded Planned Parenthood?

(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 in their facilities, Jindal ordered an investigation into the organization’s programs in his state. Currently Planned Parenthood does not operate abortion clinics in Louisiana but had Medicaid contracts to provide women’s health screenings, etc. Jindal canceled the contracts which prompted a lawsuit. A federal judge

New Iowa Poll: Is Cruz Stealing Away Carson Supporters?

Maggie, it might be a tad premature to be announcing Ben Carson as the GOP’s new front runner. A new PPP Iowa poll released yesterday—the first post-CNBC debate Iowa poll—shows Donald Trump and Carson in a statistical dead heat, with 22 percent and 21 percent support, respectively.  This is the first major poll showing Trump with even the slightest lead in Iowa since late September. Meanwhile, the big mover in Iowa since the debate appears to be Ted Cruz.  Following his stellar performance last week, Cruz has moved up to third in the PPP poll with 14 percent, the largest

Jindal, Huckabee and Santorum to Address Social Conservatives in Iowa

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum will speak at the 2nd Annual Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing being held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, October 31, 2015. The Caffeinated Thoughts Briefing is the annual fall public policy and worldview conference for social conservatives hosted by CaffeinatedThoughts.com in Iowa.  American Principles Project is co-sponsoring the event for the second time. The briefing will provide both novice and seasoned activists with the information and resources they need to help make a difference in Des Moines and in Washington, D.C. Topics of the conference will include: Parental Choice

Campaign 2016 by the Numbers: Carson, Cruz Shock Everyone

Third quarter fundraising reports are in, and we have the numbers for you. As we said last week when these fundraising numbers first started trickling in, these numbers do matter — fundraising allows candidates to buy air time, hire staff, and get people to the polls. It’s impossible to win without money. Here’s the GOP primary as it stands by the numbers: Ben Carson 3rd Quarter: $20.8 million raised (1st) Cash on hand: $11.2 million (2nd) RealClearPolitics (RCP) Polling Average: 19.0% (2nd) Carson should be very satisfied with his position right now. He’s raising a lot of money, mostly from small-dollar donors, and he’s

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