Iowa

Obamacare Is Working Great… In DC

DC Health Link has 20 private health insurance options to choose from, big companies like CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente. For 2017 small businesses -- like the United States Congress -- have 151 health plan options from Aetna, CareFirst, Kaiser and United. However, if you live in Virginia, Iowa, Tennessee or someplace else in flyover country you may be down to one or no choice in health insurance.

Viguerie: Trump’s ‘Balloon has been punctured’

Paul Bremmer, WND

“He underperformed and I think his balloon has been punctured,” said Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com and a direct mail fundraising pioneer. “The only person who has gone after Trump and has won is Cruz, and now I think others are going to be emboldened to do that.”

Iowa ruins the ‘Inevitable’

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham

The results in the Iowa caucuses are a rebuke to the notion that the national media have all the influence over America's voters. Donald Trump has been the overwhelmingly dominant figure on television news. Even his decision to duck a debate was treated as bigger news than the actual event, and he almost fell to third place in Iowa.

A Good Night for Conservatives

The Editors, National Review

Ted Cruz didn’t play the expectations game in Iowa. He said he was going to win the caucuses, and he did. What’s more, he did it even while bucking the conventional wisdom that candidates who seek to win Iowa must genuflect toward ethanol subsidies — and earning the hostility of Republican governor Terry Branstad for his refusal. Senator Cruz deserves congratulations for his performance.

For Santorum, Iowa a Field of Dreams No More

Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics

This time around, with four days until Iowans caucus, there is no hint of a late surge for Santorum. No overflowing crowds. No sense of momentum. And bashing Ted Cruz for not being liked by those in Washington isn’t helping his cause.

Pro-life Leaders Urge Iowans to Support Anyone But Trump

A group of pro-life women leaders from Iowa as well as the heads of national pro-life organizations have released a devastating letter urging pro-life voters to support anyone but Donald Trump in the upcoming Republican primaries.

Cruz To Iowa Pastors: Trump ‘Unstoppable’ If He Wins Iowa And NH

Kerry Pickett, Daily Caller

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a group of Iowa pastors in Cedar Rapids Monday that if Donald Trump manages to win the Iowa caucuses next week and later win the New Hampshire primary, the New York billionaire will be impossible to beat.

Ben Carson suspends campaign after volunteer death

Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson canceled all of the day's remaining campaign events Tuesday after three volunteers and a staffer were involved in a car accident requiring medical care. On Tuesday evening, Carson's camping confirmed that one of the volunteers, 25-year-old Braden Joplin, had died.

Cruz Committing Regicide Against King Ethanol in Iowa

Give Ted Cruz his due, ethanol appears to an issue on which he put principle before politics. Whatever one thinks of his presidential ambitions, we all would benefit if Iowans engaged in regicide against King Ethanol.

Could College Kids Be Rand Paul’s Saving Grace In Iowa?

Juliegrace Brufke, Daily Caller

Presidential hopeful Rand Paul has largely been seen as an underdog during the Republican 2016 presidential primary – but his team says the support he’s garnered from the younger demographic may lead to some surprises in the early states.

Iowa Ground Game: Conservatives Crush Establishment in 2016

Patrick Howley, Breitbart

Politicians are saying one thing behind closed doors and another thing on cable news. Political consultants are busy trying to screw over their own candidates to score petty political points. And clueless mainstream reporters are covering the damn thing like they’re “Richie Rich” having to show up to public school for the first time. Turn off your television. Tune out the noise. The story of the 2016 Iowa caucus is an epic. Here’s what’s really going on.

Ted Cruz takes back the lead in Iowa

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

In the Des Moines Register poll, Cruz has a three point lead. Likewise, in the newest ABC News poll, Cruz has the highest popularity among Republican voters, which Gallup’s polling also reflects…Other campaigns are beginning to admit Cruz has outworked them on the ground in Iowa. He has operations in every county, he has Steve King’s endorsement, he has Bob Vander Plaats’s endorsement, and he has the highest popularity.

Ted Cruz Puts On a Show in Iowa

Rebecca Berg, Real Clear Politics

Bus tour? Call it the Ted Cruz road show. As he has barnstormed Iowa this week on a six-day jaunt, the Texas senator perhaps best known on Capitol Hill for his bombast has showcased another quality: his sense of humor. He has punctuated his stump speech with well-practiced one-liners even as he warns crowds that America is in “crisis.”

Cruz adds another big Iowa endorsement

Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts

Since Cruz has jumped into the race I believed he lined up well with my values, beliefs and standards. He now has my wholehearted support here in Iowa and beyond.  He may not have been my first choice in this race (Bobby Jindal), but I will happily work to see him win Iowa.

Ted Cruz Seen Gaining Among Christian Conservatives in Iowa

Todd Beamon, Newsmax

Cruz has stepped up his campaign in the Hawkeye State as the contest draws near. He made 14 stops in the state over three days last week. On Thursday, the senator was endorsed by Bob Vander Plaats, a top Christian conservative in the state who heads the Family Leader organization that opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

The underreported storyline of Ted Cruz’s Iowa surge

Neil Stevens, RedState

Back in 2008, Sen. John McCain skipped Iowa completely because he was unwilling to bend on his opposition to ethanol subsidies, and he believed it would prevent him from winning the state. But Sen. Ted Cruz has come out against the Renewable Fuel Standard, a corn subsidy by regulation. And now he’s on track possibly to win Iowa. We may be seeing Sen. Ted Cruz killing the stranglehold cronyism has had on Iowa.

Trump won't blow up, but he will fade away

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

Nothing Donald Trump could say or do would drag him down in the polls. But also, nothing the brash billionaire could say or do can prevent the slide that is coming. The offensiveness of Trump's comments and quasi-policy proposals are their virtue, politically. His true weakness is that only a sliver of his supporters actually want him to be the Republican nominee.

Cruz makes huge surge in Iowa

Ryan Lovelace, Washington Examiner

Ted Cruz has surged past Ben Carson in Iowa, according to a new CBS/YouGov poll. Carson dropped 8 percentage points since CBS/YouGov's October poll, and the Texas senator improved by 9 percentage points, a huge 17-point swing. Donald Trump has regained his lead in the state, and has the support of 30 percent of those surveyed.

Anti-establishment vote dominates Iowa GOP caucus goers

streiff, RedState

These polls show the GOP establishment has two real problems. First, nearly two thirds of the base (and I am using Iowa GOP caucus goers as a proxy for the GOP base) have had it with anyone associated with the GOP establishment or leadership. Second, at least in Iowa, Trump is not fading. The more people see him the more favorable their opinion.

Battle for Iowa Begins

Cameron Joseph, The Hill

More than a half-dozen likely candidates are gathering in Des Moines on Sat. to woo conservative activists & hone campaign messages. The Iowa Freedom Summit, organized by Rep. Steve King & Citizens United, is drawing many of those hoping to become the right's standard-bearer.