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Jason Linkins

Iowa GOP Worries Iowa Might Lose Relevance In 2016, Based On Stuff That Didn't Happen In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Over at The New York Times, Jonathan Martin has the story about the GOP state party officials in Iowa, fretting that they're facing the possibility th...

Hijacking the Courts

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Anthony Michael Kreis

This is a crisis that has long murmurings in our political culture, but one that the LGBT rights movement has brought to a nasty and shameful head. The crisis: a threat to judicial independence.

Social Conservative Leader Calls For Movement To 'Coalesce Around Santorum'

Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire--A group of social conservative leaders are to meet in Texas this weekend to try to coalesce around a Republican preside...

Santorum Warns Of 'Indoctrination Centers'

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

MASON CITY, Iowa — Rick Santorum isn't going down without a fight. In fact, that fight seems to be lifting him – at exactly the right time...

Santorum Endorsement Raises Question Of Quid Pro Quo

ABC News | Shushannah Walshe and Michael Falcone | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

An Iowa Christian conservative leader who bestowed his highly sought-after endorsement on presidential candidate Rick Santorum this week is now at the...

Divorce, Porn, Gay Marriage Shape Iowa Race

Urbandale Patch | Anne Carothers-Kay | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

Increasingly, special interest groups nationally and in Iowa are asking presidential candidates to put their positions in writing by signing specifica...

Statement From Bob Vander Plaats Announcing His 2012 Presidential Endorsement

Jesse Berney | Posted 02.20.2012 | Comedy
Jesse Berney

When someone asks me which of the candidates vying deserves our support, I will tell them to breathe deep and smell that crisp Iowa winter air. I'll tell them that if they pay close attention, they'll catch a whiff of something special. That something is Santorum.

Bachmann Asked To Drop Out Of Race

Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Wednesday confirmed that Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of Christian conservative group The Family Leader, had called her e...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Rick Santorum Gets Big Endorsement

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum received a boost to his presidential campaign Tuesday, picking up the endorsement of a leading...

Paul Blumenthal

Newt Gingrich Pushes Truly Radical Idea

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, the Fox News moderators announced that they would ask one question that had not been...

Jason Linkins

Newt Gingrich Pledges Fidelity To Fidelity Pledge In Lengthy Letter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

When influential Iowa social conservative Bob Vander Plaats rolled out the Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge, it was enough for most of the 2012 G...

Michele Bachmann's Iowa Campaign Co-Chair Warns Gay Marriage Could Lead To Women 'Marrying The Eiffel Tower'

Posted 11.22.2011 | Gay Voices

One of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to scaring people into not supporting gay marriage is using the "slippery slope" method. You tel...

WATCH: Newt Gingrich Tells Protesters To Get A Job, Take A Bath

Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich mocked the Occupy Wall Street protesters on Saturday, saying they need to "get a job" an...

Mitt Romney Avoids Social Conservative Forum

AP | By STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. -- For as long as he's been the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney has avoided taking firm positions on high-stakes Washington sp...

GOP Hopefuls Vie For Social Conservative Support At Iowa Forum

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — Six Republican presidential candidates dove deep into how their religious faith influences their public life, during a free-f...

Paul Blumenthal

Money Floods State Judicial Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On February 15, Wisconsin voters went to the polls to vote on a rather mundane state Supreme Court primary election. The incumbent, Davi...

Jon Ward

The Big Variable In Mitt Romney's Iowa Calculus: Rick Perry

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney faces a key strategic decision over the next few weeks: whether or not to go for a quick knockout of Rick Perry in the prima...

Tim Pawlenty Weighs In On Controversial 'Marriage Vow'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republican Tim Pawlenty says he won't sign a pledge written by a conservative Iowa group that asks presidential candidates to denou...

Iowa Marriage Pledge Drops Reference To Slavery

Posted 09.10.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) An Iowa-based conservative Christian organization has removed controversial language abo...

WATCH: Rick Santorum Explains Signing Controversial Pledge

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he was "taken aback" by a controversial pledge introduced last week by The Family Leader, an Iowa...

Jason Linkins

The Family Leader Drops Controversial Section Concerning Slavery From 'Marriage Vow' Pledge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

The Family Leader's "Marriage Vow" pledge asks a lot of the presidential candidates who sign it. You better not like gay people, for instance! Porn is...

Bachmann, Santorum Sign Pledge That Includes Ban On Porn

Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential contenders Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum have lined up behind a new pledge focused on social issues put forth by Bob Vand...

Jason Linkins

Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa Social Conservative Kingmaker, Unveils A New Pledge For 2012ers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

A few weeks ago, we delved into the world of pledges that the members of the GOP field were being pressured into signing. Turns out we should have hel...

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Welcome To Vander Plaats Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

Over at The Atlantic, Josh Green has the essential profile of Bob Vander Plaats. Despite having "lost every campaign he's ever run in," most recently ...

In Defense of Marriage: Cake

Loren A. Olson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Loren A. Olson, M.D.

Doug and I have been together 23 years. Even though he's been a part of my grandchildren's lives since they were born, I can't fault my granddaughter for thinking same-sex marriage is weird.