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Ernst hosts annual Roast & Ride

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks with memebers of the media during the third annual Roast and Ride event in Boone, Iowa, on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Guests included Vice President Mike Pence; Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds; and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. (The Daily Iowan/Nick Rohlman)

Molly Hunter and Madeleine Neal, [email protected]

June 3, 2017

  BOONE, Iowa — A sea of steel encompassed the front lot of Big Barn Harley-Davidson in Des Moines on the morning of June 3 as more than 500 motorcyclists prepared for their journey. The motorcyclists headed off to the Central Iowa Expo in Boone for Sen. Joni Ernst’s third-annual Roast an...

Iowa GOP goes with Trump

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, holds a caucus event at the Sheraton Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday Feb. 1, 2016. Trump later lost the Iowa Caucus with 24 percent of the vote, while his opposition Ted Cruz won Iowa with 28 percent of the votes (The Daily Iowan/Glenn Sonnie Wooden).

Rebecca Morin, [email protected]

May 5, 2016

The path for the GOP presidential nomination is clear for Donald Trump — and now Iowa Republicans are planning their next move. Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, said the party will back Trump as the GOP nominee. “I recognize that we have some people with a very strong...

Elliot: Eternity springs hopeful (ha-ha)

Elliot: Eternity springs hopeful (ha-ha)

April 26, 2016

Beau Elliot [email protected] Best sign seen at this year’s Boston Marathon: "Run Like Ted Cruz is Behind You.” I can’t imagine better advice during these times, if that’s what they are. It’s possible, because anything seemingly is, that these times are actually somebody else’s ti...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

April 19, 2016

The future of the GOP Over the past 30 years, the most conservative minded members of the Republican Party have turned it into a haven for people who consider change a sinful thing — so much so that progressively inclined party members have been treated as RINO heretics to be driven unwelcome from t...

Editorial: Economic growth, sustainable policies not incompatible

Editorial: Economic growth, sustainable policies not incompatible

April 14, 2016

In March, Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich said something not often heard from Republican politicians or voters. During a debate, he said, “I do believe we contribute to climate change.” Kasich went on to clarify that even though he believed this, he still wasn’t sure just how...

Brady: Opportunities, problems abound for Republicans

Brady: Opportunities, problems abound for Republicans

April 14, 2016

Jace Brady [email protected] There has been mounting speculation about who the Republican presidential nominee might be if Donald Trump is unable to clinch the nomination. Several names have been floated, and one of the most popular has been House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. However, on Tuesday...

Brown: Decorum, is it too much to ask for?

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks to a crowd during a rally at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Kasich briefly ran in the 2000 presidential election. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)

April 1, 2016

Marcus Vincent Brown [email protected] From penis references to wife slander, the GOP presidential candidates in this upcoming election have single-handedly made a mockery of the race for the highest position in this country. However, that is not to say that the entire party is beyond redemp...

Studer: Anyone but Trump

FILE - In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks to a crowd at the University of Iowa Field house on Tuesday Jan 26, 2016. (The Daily Iowan/Jordan Gale, file)

March 10, 2016

Samuel Studer [email protected] There is nothing more terrifying than the idea that Donald Trump will become our president. Trump has continued to win a majority of primary contests, making it likely that the former television host will win the Republican nomination. Most of this fearf...

Elliot: Our own Waterloo

Elliot: Our own Waterloo

March 1, 2016

Beau Elliot [email protected] Last week, the Washington Post made an interesting observation: “The Texas primary next Tuesday now becomes either Cruz’s Alamo or his Waterloo, depending on what happens.” Um, hmm. Well, yes, the “Texas primary next Tuesday” is now today, but don’t ...

Elliot: Outskirts of nowhere

Elliot: Outskirts of nowhere

February 16, 2016

Beau Elliot [email protected] Hello, Republicans. What do you have to say about … What the? Hmm. Voicemail again. And I was going to ask them if they thought it’s odd that an Iowa Republican state senator would come up with a quite communist idea, apparently out of the blue. (Maybe that...

Editorial: How long can the current GOP last?

Editorial: How long can the current GOP last?

February 9, 2016

The current presidential race has solidified the emerging post-Great Recession political landscape. A Pew Research poll published Feb. 4 highlighted public attitudes that have shaped the rhetoric of the 2016 election cycle. The poll also revealed how political rhetoric has shaped public opinion, at times...

Brady: What to look for today in New Hampshire

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul appear during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

February 9, 2016

Jace Brady [email protected] Last week, Iowa caucus-attendees had the opportunity to cast their votes for their preferred candidates. Winners were declared, momentum was gained, and several candidates felt the results compelled them to leave the race. This week, New Hampshire will have the oppor...