Looks like the Iowa straw poll just got more competitive. I think a lot of the campaigns will flex their muscles for this one, its going to be harder and more expensive to win this year.
The Republican Party of Iowa, in an effort to lure presidential candidates to its August straw poll, will provide free tent space and utilities for the campaigns at the Boone venue, party leaders said Thursday.
That's a savings of potentially tens of thousands of dollars for candidates, who have would bid between $10,000 and $35,000 in past years for prime real estate at the party's fundraiser. This year, campaign spaces will be assigned at random for the Aug. 8 event at the Central Iowa Expo.
Republican state chairman Jeff Kaufmann said the changes were
This morning we were at the HQ of Entrepreneur Magazine in Irvine, CA where Rand appeared early in the morning to meet supporters and then there was a fundraiser where we all called for contributions. Everyone was very pumped, we're off to a great start. Rand will be back in June to fundraise some more.
Tidbit that wasn't announced, Ted Gaines, a California state senator has endorsed Rand told me he is going to be rallying California Republican elected officials to join the Randwagon, or at least he'll attempt to. I think Congressman Tom McClintock is a possibility, California elected Republicans are pretty establishment from my experience, a lot of spineless do littles waiting to see what leadership is doing so they can be a team player.
John Menard Jr. is widely known as the richest man in Wisconsin. A tough-minded, staunchly conservative 75-year-old billionaire, he owns a highly profitable chain of hardware stores throughout the Midwest. He’s also famously publicity-shy — rarely speaking in public or giving interviews.
So a little more than three years ago, when Menard wanted to back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and help advance his pro-business agenda — he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention: He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret, three sources directly familiar with the transactions told Yahoo
January 20, 2015 A good political campaign is a lot like Megazord, the giant super-robot from the popular '90s TV series Power Rangers.
If you grew up watching TV in the '90s, you will recall that the Megazord was constructed from the five individual robots operated by the Power Rangers. With their forces combined, the Rangers could conquer pretty much any foe the evil Rita Repulsa threw at them.
Political campaigns benefit from a similar diversification of talent. If you have a great media team but your ground game is terrible, that's no good. Similarly, if you have a stellar volunteer base but your senior staff is a bunch of incompetent legacy hires, that
Should Rand Paul join the crowded 2016 Republican field later this spring, as widely expected, Kelley Paul will join the ranks of prospective first ladies who help define their husband's political brands. It's a high-profile role that is challenging at best, yet those who know the family suggest that she would adapt well to the next step in her husband's career.
Reserved but politically savvy, Kelley Paul worked for a Republican consulting firm whose clients included another potential presidential candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, before resigning
Tesla has a special history with the state of New Jersey, having delivered the 500th Roadster there in 2009. Fast forward to 2014, though, and the electric vehicle company is having a decidedly less-positive experience in the Garden State. In short, Tesla's ongoing dealer fight has turned sour, and thing are potentially going from bad to worse today.
Tesla says it has been working "constructively" with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) and Governor Chris Christie's administration "to defend against the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers' (NJ CAR) attacks on Tesla's business model and the rights of New Jersey consumers." In other words, the right for Tesla to open its own stores and not use the traditional dealer model. The legislative process on the fate of Proposal PRN 2013-138 (PDF) has been continuing and Tesla says it thought everyone was acting in good faith, but now it's not so sure.
Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul will retire from Congress next year after serving for 12 terms, but several Republicans influenced by the iconic libertarian-leaning lawmaker will be arriving to take his place.
Thomas Massie won the race to replace retiring Kentucky Republican Rep. Geoff Davis, beating Democrat Bill Adkins by 20 percentage points. Massie, an ally of Paul’s son, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, raised nearly 10 times as much money as Adkins, according to the Lexington-Herald Leader.
Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash, who was already vying to be the House’s next “Dr. No” in his first term, was re-elected with 58 percent of the vote. Democrat Steve Pestka had hoped to win the votes of independents and moderate Republicans who might regard Amash as too extreme, but failed to gain traction against the 31-year-old congressman.
In a neighboring Michigan district, Ron Paul Republican Kerry Bentivolio was elected to the House seat formerly held by GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter. McCotter, who had failed to gather enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot, resigned from the House amid a petition scandal. Bentivolio beat Democrat Syed Taj.
Bentivolio spent four decades in the U.S. Army, but was painted by opponents as an eccentric. He raised reindeer and was an occasional Santa Claus. He was elected to Congress by a 7-point margin.
Many other candidates endorsed by Ron and Rand Paul, as well as Paul-influenced organizations like Campaign for Liberty, were on the ballot Tuesday, including Texas Sen.-elect Ted Cruz. But these three Republicans most self-consciously identified with the Pauls’ calls for deep spending cuts, auditing the Federal Reserve, and a more restrained foreign policy.
They all raised money from Paul’s vast national network of donors, which helped them remain competitive in their primaries and the general election.
Amash endorsed Ron Paul for president and was one of three Republican legislators — including the Texas congressman and fellow Paul endorser North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones — who did not formally back Mitt Romney for president.