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Iowa Senate Races: A Closer Look at the 8 Leaners (SD 14)

(Click for The Conservative Reader: Iowa’s complete overview of this year’s legislative races)

The Candidates

Amy Sinclair(R) vs. Dick Schrad(D)

Amy Sinclair is a former Wayne County Supervisor, and Dick Schrad is the former Knoxville City Manager.

The District

The newly drawn Senate District 14 (map) is located dead center on Iowa’s Southern border.  It contains all of Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, and Wayne Counties, most of Marion County, and a small Southern portion of Jasper County.

The Race

This Senate seat was left open by the retirement of Senate Minority Leader Paul Mckinley.  Both candidates faced primary opponents and crushed them, and during her Republican primary Sinclair won the endorsement of Caffeinated Thoughts and its founder Shane Vander Hart.  The Republican …


Iowa Energy Forum Conserves On Power

wind solar green alternative energyIt may be a matter of opinion, but I was a bit disappointed with Wednesday’s Iowa Energy Forum‘s “A Conversation On Energy Luncheon” event at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.  A similar event was held by the group, which is sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, last year (May 25, 2011).  One might think that an event hosting two sitting US Congressmen (Leonard Boswell-D and Tom Latham-R) who happen to be running against each other in this year’s election would be an opportunity to have some real discussion about the issues impacting Iowa and American energy concerns, but compared to last year’s event this was a bit of a yawner.

Last year we got a panel of experts from the Iowa energy industries discussing …


This Week: Conservative Bloggers Forum And Peter Cownie On TCR Report!

This will be a great week on The Conservative Reader Report as we host the Conservative Bloggers Forum from our Internet Radio studio on Des Moines Local Live!  Shane Vander Hart (Caffeinated Thoughts) and Grant Young (Questions Comments and Insults) will join me to talk about the big issues of the day, including the meaning of being Conservative, the war in Afghanistan, and the war on Culver.

In our second hour, Peter Cownie, President of Junior Achievement of Iowa and Representative to the Iowa House from District 60 will be on the show to talk about his passions and the upcoming legislative session only a few weeks away.

All this plus government and political news updates AND the Smart and …


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