Patti Branco is the Republican candidate for Iowa House District 34,Â whichÂ covers theÂ Southern portion of Des Moines.Â She is running against long entrenched Democratic incumbent Bruce Hunter, in a district that has been traditionally tough for Republicans.
Bruce HunterÂ has “LaborÂ UnionÂ Liberal” written all over him, as not only does he sit as the ranking member of the Labor Committee, his wife happens to be the State Political Director for the AFL-CIO.Â His top three priorities, in his own words, are all union strengthening give aways–leaving absolutely no doubtÂ on how he feels is the best way toÂ grow the economy.
An example of the type of candidate we are talking about hereÂ is as follows, and I am not making this up.Â Among his top priorities for next session are increasing the minimum wage, “investing in infrastructure”, ensuring that teachers are “well rewarded”, and codifying “better protection of workers rights”.Â After doing these things his plan then is to “aggressively market Iowa’s (low) cost of doing business“.Â You can’t make this stuff up, and it’s high time this antiquated nonsense is voted out of office.
Beyond this, he appears out of touch in other areas.Â Apparently his district is the only one in the state that is unconcerned with soaring taxes, and he lists one of his missions as “to work to keep Iowa school’s the best in the nation”.Â It seems he has not studied any education data since the mid-1990’s.
Mrs. Branco is a very strong candidate who brings a long and impressive business background to the table.Â SheÂ has been working hard, remaining highly visible, and doing everything it takes to wage a successful campaign.Â All Republicans, especially those of you in her district, should take the time to check out her website and resume, and get involved to help her effort.
The Conservative Reader: Iowa recently reached out to her for our continuing “3 Questions With” series.Â Below is Mrs. Branco’s take onÂ the HD 34 raceÂ and what sheÂ views as her top priorities should she win.
1)Â You are running in a traditionally tough district for Republicansâ€”how is the campaign going? And are you finding voters receptive to a change in ideology?
I feel good about the campaign.Â I have a strong business background and quite a bit of nonprofit work on boards, but this is my first foray into the political arena.Â I have had excellent mentors from the House and the Party sharing ideas and strategies that work, and I have several able and enthused volunteers.Â We are door knocking daily, attending events and getting signs out in the in the district, making calls and raising money for a final mailing in October.
I am finding that some voters are going to pull the straight ticket, Democrat, but many others seem to be disillusioned and open to my message. At one door I was toldâ€¦â€I am firing every incumbent, so if you are not one, you have my voteâ€. Â Others have indicated that maybe itâ€™s time for change. I guess the final answer to the first question will be given on November 6th!
2)Â What would you characterize as the top two major differences in political philosophy between you and your opponent?Â And how/why would your approach better serve the people of your district?
In a nutshell, I am conservative, and my opponent is liberal. I am for smaller government, lower taxes; I am for Veterans benefits,Â I am pro-life,Â I am for communication with the constituents to learn of their issues, and of the many doors I have knocked I find very little recognition or awareness of who the current 10 year incumbent is.Â Let me say, without making disparaging comments, that I believe he is the opposite on most issues, and his voting record is public information.
The first thing I would do if elected is set up a data base so that I could reach out to my constituents, learn what is important to them and share what is happening in the halls of the Capitol.Â I would be a full time pro business legislator, having no other full time career.Â I am a people person, I love Iowa and I love America.
I have been endorsed by the Iowa Right to life Organization, the Family Leader and The National Federation of Independent Small Business Owners (NFIB).
3)Â Should you prevail and enter the Iowa House next year, what are the two or three votes that you most look forward to casting? And why?
A.Â Taxes! Real estate, property and corporate.Â We have some of the highest taxes in those categories and if we want to continue to attract business to our state we need to reform the tax rates.Â More businesses in Iowa means more jobs, a robust economy, increased net worth for families!Â Lower taxes often means additional discretionary income.
B.Â I think Voter ID is an important issue and the fact that the ACLU and the courts are making it such a big obstacle course makes it even more suspect. Why would any law abiding citizen want to encourage voter fraud or prevent measures to eliminate votes from deceased voters, non-citizen voters or legal voters who manage to vote multiple times posing as others for the same ballot?
C.Â Education reform. Give tax paying parents more options. Give community leaders and local directors more control. If a teacher isnâ€™t producing let parents choose the school they prefer. Demand accountability from teachers and from the educational boards of directors.
(This is the second installment of a continuing seriesÂ posing 3 questions to Republican candidates statewide)Â
Vicki Stogdill is running for the seat representing Senate District 18 in the Iowa Legislature.Â She has been campaigning hard for months to give this traditionally Democratic territory a new voiceÂ at the State House.Â Every race in theÂ Iowa SenateÂ this year is of utmost importance, andÂ Stogdill’sÂ effort to engage the voters of District 18Â will reveal much about the Iowa electorate at large.Â Â Voters both in and out of her district should take the timeÂ to check out her positions and background on her website, and to showÂ her support in any way they can.Â She brings to the table a long career in small business andÂ a host of new ideas to strengthen Iowa’s communities and economy.
Recently, Vicki was kind enough to sit down with The Conservative Reader:Iowa to talk about her campaign and answer three questions that will have a direct impact both on her constituents and the state of Iowa.
1.) Nearly 28% of the voters in your district are not registered with either political party, what two things would you like these folks to know about you and your candidacy before they vote in November?
A.Â I ran as an Independent/NP candidate in 2008 â€“ which demonstrates that Iâ€™m not afraid to stand up for principles before a party affiliation.Â I wonâ€™t support a bill thatâ€™s not good for Iowa, regardless of party recommendations.Â Â I want to foster greater cooperation between the two parties.Â People are tired of the â€œpartisanshipâ€ at our State Capitol, and Iâ€™d like to help minimize that.Â Instead of the two parties going to their â€œopposing cornersâ€ in a disagreement, I will attempt to sit down and discuss where there are differences and find common ground, without compromising on principle.Â I will put â€œpeople before politics.â€
B.Â I will self-impose term limits to allow more Iowans to have a chance to participate in the process.Â I want to bring my business experience, creativity and problem-solving skills to the Iowa Capitol and have a positive influence on improving the future of our State.Â Letâ€™s bring fresh ideas and perspective to the discussion.
2.) Education is both an issue you are passionate about and one that will be front and center next session.Â What major reforms need to be implemented to improve results state-wide (and in Des Moines especially), and why should voters resist the urge to not make these changes?
First of all, I donâ€™t claim to have all the answers on how to â€œfixâ€ Iowaâ€™s Education system.Â However, I believe one of the biggest keys to restoring our State to excellence in education is to restore more local control to school districts.Â I am also a strong proponent of giving parents more choices in educating their children, and to having the dollars “follow the child” in those choices.
Iowa should repeal the â€œcore curriculumâ€ mandates and instead offer recommendations which would allow local school districts to decide how and what to teach again.Â Locally elected school boards and administrators should make curriculum decisions based on the needs of their community, such as whether to enhance vocation programs for kids who do not choose a 4-year college after graduation, etc.Â The Iowa Dept. of Education should be downsized to serve as an advisory support agency instead of an umbrella.Â The State should continue to license and certify teachers.Â School districts should conduct annual assessments (such as ITBS) and scores should be published locally for taxpayers to see what kind of results they are getting for their investment.Â The State would only step in if a school district is consistently under-performing.
While technology and cutting edge learning must be a priority — we can’t lose sight of the “tried and true” teaching methods and foundational basics that have served us well in the past.Â And throwing out “old” methods just because theyâ€™re old isn’t necessarily progress.Â Teachers should have the ability to use their creativity again – to inspire kids to learn, with oversight from their local school administrators and school boards, instead of the State.Â Iowa must stop trying to mold each child into a cookie-cutter curriculum and teaching methodology that obviously isnâ€™t working. Iowa should continue to reject â€œNo Child Left Behindâ€ mandates.
In Des Moines our test scores and drop-out rates demonstrate that local voters need to recruit better local school board candidates and then â€œclean houseâ€ at the voting booth.Â The results of our local schools are unacceptable at best, and it is not the job of the State to fix it â€“ it is the responsibility of the community to demand it.Â Local taxpayers must hold their local school boards and administrators accountable.Â When searching for administrators, we should look first at the wealth of Iowa educators who are qualified to lead our schools â€“ instead of conducting expensive searches to bring in out-of-state educators.Â Â We have more than enough talented educators in Iowa who already know the landscape, challenges and history of our state.
A few other ideas that are worthy of consideration are to implement a dress code so students could focus on learning instead of fashion, which might also improve discipline and respect in our classrooms.Â We must also realize that itâ€™s not the job of schools to â€œsocially engineerâ€ our kidsâ€”that task is the duty and responsibility of parents.Â In the Iowa Senate, I will work with educators, parents and the business community to arrive at recommendations which will prepare students for a career path after graduation.Â Iowans deserve better than what weâ€™re currently delivering in Education, and I will work tirelessly to achieve positive results for Iowaâ€™s kids, parents and taxpayers.
3.)Â Should you prevail in November and enter the Iowa Senate, what are the two or three votes you would most like to cast, and why?
While there are many bills Iâ€™m passionate about seeing passed â€“ these three are among the most commonly suggested from my constituents, so they will be top priorities for me in the upcoming session:
A.Â Voter ID â€“ because NOT verifying the identity of voters is unconstitutional â€“ and my vote is disenfranchised when fraud is allowed to potentially cancel it out.
B.Â Â Property tax reform â€“ on all classes of property.Â For businesses, this will spur more expansion and investment which in turn will create more jobs when we stop penalizing the very engine of economic growth.Â For homeowners it will mean leaving more money in the pockets of those who earned it. For farmers, it will mean using a funding formula that doesnâ€™t penalize them for success.
C.Â Â Education Reform, as discussed above.
Our esteemed Senator Harkin has been holding some hearings on for-profit colleges back in D.C., and now he has penned an editorial for the Des Moines Register. In full disclosure, I dislike Tom Harkin. Intensely. Then again, back in 2008, Charles Grassley voted for the TARP bailout, and now I donâ€™t like him either.
But, back to the junior Senator from Iowa; Senator Harkin penned an opinion-editorial decrying the high tuition, poor student outcome, and massive debt of the students of for-profit colleges. If somebody would be so kind as to pass this on to the right honorable gentleman, would Senator Harkin please explain why his criticisms of the for-profit colleges are not extended to all colleges? Why does the servant of the people limit his criticism to the obvious failures of the for-profit schools, and not touch upon the failures, just as obvious, of the Ivy League, non-profit schools, endowment liberal arts colleges, and even state schools?
I have three reasons which instantly spring to mind. First of all, Mrs. Harkin sits on Iowaâ€™s Board of Regents. I donâ€™t think Senator Harkin mentioned that; being a bachelor myself Iâ€™m only assuming that it would be appropriate to disclose that information.
Second, college professors and administrators appear to have privileged status in modern American society, and being part of the Nomenklatura (Russian for â€œBook of Names,â€ these were people who had earned favors from the members of the Communist Politburo), colleges canâ€™t possibly be permitted to suffer the effects of a recession. After all, if your waitress doesnâ€™t have a degree in sociology, how can we possibly have justice and compassion in our society?
Thirdly, and I think probably the most important, higher education is critical for the current political climate. We are in a deep economic depression and college is a useful way to keep young people busy. It gets them out of their parentsâ€™ houses, gives older voters the illusion that the young will be able to support themselves and fund the welfare state, and gives elected officials a ready-made line for why they need to be returned to office and why the public needs to turn over their wealth to the state -because children are the future, and we need to invest in our young people.
Political careerists have used that stupid old trope for decades now. We must, they tell us, rack up enormous debts – as a nation and as individuals – for the sake of the children, who will then grow up as serfs and endure an intense curtailment of their liberty and prosperity to settle the debts that we racked up for the sake of the children. Itâ€™s a bit like selling your car for gas money.
So, hurry up and enroll your kids in a state school, and make sure to cosign the Federal Stafford Loan promissory notes. Of course, you need to make sure you reelect your local deputies of the Supreme Soviet to make sure your kids can still get the chance to sign those promissory notes. Our economy, after all, is built on an Education-Employment model, where young people go to college so they can become more attractive to employers – employers who no longer have access to the capital they need to expand their businesses; considering that is where new jobs come from, that might be a bit of a problem – so unless your kids borrow money from the government to get an advanced degree, they might not get that job that doesnâ€™t exist.
More than fifty percent of recent college graduates cannot find full time employment. All of them could get funding for a masterâ€™s degree if they really wanted it, though. It doesnâ€™t mean anybody will have the capital to invest in employing them two or three years from now, but it will keep them busy and not officially part of the â€œunemployed.â€
So, there you have it; as long as federal money is being funneled to state schools to cover exorbitant tuition for degrees not worth the paper on which they are printed, our dear Senator doesnâ€™t seem to mind. I actually agree with Senator Harkin when he condemns the for-profit colleges; but he attacks them for being for-profit, not for being useless. I attack them for being useless – the same sin committed by most every college and university in the country, regardless of who runs them.
No career politician has the courage to take on the real problems facing the American economy, so perhaps Senator Harkin doesnâ€™t warrant extra criticism for his cherry picking and selective righteousness – he certainly doesnâ€™t deserve any credit, either.
This is second installment of a 2-part interview.Â To read part one click here.
Health Insurance Exchange
The debate raging on a national level regarding Obama Care has produced 50 separate state level clashes on this unpopular legislationâ€™s viability, practicality, and future. Currently 27 states are suing the Federal government on the grounds the law is unconstitutional, while last week a referendum in Ohio resulted in 66% of voters expressing their wishes to be excluded.
In Iowa the form this debate has taken largely centers on the state level requirement to set up a health insurance exchange to work in accordance with Obama Care. Democrats tried last session to construct this exchange but the measure failed and set the scene for an all-out slug fest in 2012.
The roll-call from this Democratic attempt, in which 12 Senate Republicans voted in favor of the exchange, was a major factor Ms. Rogers cites in spurring her decision to run for this House seat, â€œIt was something that some of these Republicans campaigned against and then went in and voted for, and that was a real thorn in my side.â€
Besides viewing it as flatly unconstitutional, she would have voted no on the exchange for two main reasons. The first is due to differing interpretations on what failure to set up the exchanges would result in. Though the Republicans who voted in favor did so on the grounds that failing to do so would trigger authorization of the Federal government to do it for us, Ms. Rogers believes that not having the exchanges would result in Iowa receiving a waiver from the Executive branch:
â€œWe have to fight the full implementation of Obama Care every way we can. The Supreme Court could announce as early as tomorrow whether they will hear the Obama Care challenges. Why would we volunteer to set up a new state bureaucracy before the Supreme Court has ruled? We shouldn’t. Why would we set up a state exchange and volunteer to pay for that unconstitutional debacle? We shouldn’t. Obama has stated publicly that he feels he will be forced to grant waivers to states that havenâ€™t passed the exchanges because there is no way to administer Obama Care without them. That means that by refusing to implement the health insurance exchanges, Iowans effectively have the ability to opt out of a major portion of Obama Care.â€
The second reason is funding, and more specifically the long and destructive history the states and the federal government have in jointly paying for programs, â€œState governments, including Iowa, so often get duped on the promise of free federal money. The issue with these exchanges is that they come in partially funded, and sure there is that promise of federal money there but the other part has to come from the stateâ€”and that means from the taxpayer. Itâ€™s not just a tax hike up front with the federal government, that we canâ€™t control, but it is going to be a tax hike up front for the portion that our state has to pay.â€
Issues Going Forward
Having spoken to many Republicans, and interviewing multiple candidates and elected officials, you donâ€™t need to be a political expert to see that Governor Branstadâ€™s outline for reforming Iowaâ€™s educational system is in real trouble. Although constructed as a proposal big enough to build a legacy on, when you get equal blow-back from Conservatives and the teachersâ€™ union the chances of breaking ground, let alone building anything, are slim.
Having worked her way through college teaching private pre-school and kindergarten this is an area that Ms. Rogers has a special interest in:
Â â€œI donâ€™t think its rocket science to figure out why people arenâ€™t rushing to support a plan that takes the best teachers out of the classroom at a time when we are trying to find ways to better reach children. The major problem I have with it is that the good teachers are going to be teaching 50% less, and how on earth are you going to help children when you are taking their teachers away? What the plan does is it increases bureaucracy and decreases the number of good teachers we have in the classroom.â€
Beyond disliking it for those reasons, she fears, and was told by a Department of Education employee in the Branstad administration, that one of the effects of the reform would be to divert good teachers from Ankeny to Des Moines. If true, this would not only threaten losing quality teachers in the classroom but possibly losing them to a school district outside of HD 37.
In place of the current system, and the Governorâ€™s proposed reform, the changes she would push to implement would have a different focus:
Â â€œEducational choice is one of my number one issues. I love open enrollment because it does introduce an element of choice into the public school system. I would also go further and allow more freedom for home-schoolers, more freedom for charter schools, and more freedom for private schools. If vouchers are a part of that, even better, because they are a tool that introduces a market element into the system that lowers the cost and increases the amount of learning that is going on.â€
Though failure to take control of the Iowa Senate last week severely reduced its likelihood, a widespread willingness of Iowa Republicans to address illegal immigration is beginning to form. Ms. Rogers indicated that she would favor potentially passing legislation to hamper Iowaâ€™s influx of illegal aliens and when asked specifically about Arizonaâ€™s recent attempt had this to say, â€œI donâ€™t see anything wrong with what Arizona has done, because when they joined the Union they basically said that we are going to give you (the federal government) the responsibility to protect us and that this is no longer just our stateâ€™s border but itâ€™s now a Federal border. All the Arizona law does is re-enforce the fact that it is still a state border. If the Federal government is going to back out of their responsibility to protect it as our nationâ€™s border I think that Arizona has every right to protect it as a state border.â€
Although the list of Republican legislative priorities is long and getting longer, itâ€™s safe to say that passing a Constitutional Amendment barring gay marriage in Iowa has a home in the top three. In one of the most cowardly and inexcusable political maneuvers in our stateâ€™s history, Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) has managed to save rural Democrats by robbing all Iowans of the opportunity to have their voices heard.
As one would suspect, being an attorney and a Conservative, Ms. Rogers has a strong opinion on the Varnum decision. From a legal perspective the two problems she has with the Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling was that they considered some issues that were not part of the legal briefs filed and â€œthey applied a heightened level of scrutiny to a new class, and created this class based on a behavior and not a real and immutable characteristic.â€ Noting that she was not surprised by the unanimous nature of the decision she added, â€œI think it was a political decision from beginning to end and that they had the result in mind before they ever read the briefs.â€
Analysis of the Race
Three factors that are likely to come into play for her candidacy are how the district views the Tea Party, how she navigates through a crowded field, and how voters react to her relative youth. Far from shying away from any of them, she actually views all three as positivesâ€”and makes some very convincing arguments in the process.
For any Tea Party politician, whether running or governing, an issue always in play is the political peril inherent in cutting government and removing services that people have become accustomed to. While its effect will be softened by the fact that this is a Republican primary, and that applying Tea party principals at the state level as opposed to the federal level is a far different animal, it still will remain an issue. An example of this is that next session will gavel in with the Governor seeking legislative approval to cut Medicaid. This is a reality that Ms. Rogers recognizes and will seek to deal with in the following way, â€œYou have to educate people and make them realize that some of these things are not theirs and that government canâ€™t give them anything that they donâ€™t first take away from somebody else. And if you wouldnâ€™t reach into your neighbors pocket and take it then you shouldnâ€™t be living your life in a way that you are willing to take it through the government.â€
The fact that there will be many other contenders vying for the seat does not intimidate her in the slightest and is something she sees as a net positive for the district, â€œIâ€™m not afraid to run in a primary against five or six other people, and really Iâ€™m excited for the district because they will have an opportunity to vote for someone who is as Conservative as this district is and that shares their principles. Even being a lot younger than the other candidates, I still probably have a longer track record of political activism and fighting for these principles.â€
As she mentioned, at 25 she will be both the youngest person in this race and one of the younger candidates in recent memory to run for the Iowa House. While I could be wrong, my sense is that this wonâ€™t play a big role in the race. I say this, first, because it would have to be brought up by another candidate and itâ€™s unlikely that this contest will devolve into that type of an unseemly affair. Second, as she notes, she has the background and the experience to offset and eliminate it as a viable factor, â€œI think that youth and inexperience can go together, but Iâ€™ve been in this long enough that inexperience isnâ€™t a word that applies to me. The two things that are really important are your motivation and your principals, and I have both in spades.â€
After spending a few hours with her, this is a claim that is hard to doubt. She has a keen sense of tactical politics and one could easily see her going toe-to-toe with both the fellow Republicans in this primary and opposing Democrats should she be selected.
The results of the recent Ankeny City Council election, in which the most Conservative candidates running all won, indicates that voters will certainly give her a chance to win them over. She will likely make the most of itâ€”and in doing so make this race very, very interesting.
Photo courtesy of Dave Davidson, whose work can be found at prezography.com
This is the second installment of a two-part interview, to read part one click here.
Governor Branstadâ€™s legacy-minded education reform proposal has struggled to draw support since its release on October 3rd, and you can count Mr. Landon as one of those lacking in enthusiasm.
A core tenet of Landonâ€™s philosophy is local control. The benefit he sees in applying this principle to education is that the parents of each child, and the teachers in the actual class room, will have their voices better heard and their concerns more directly dealt with,
â€œMy first reaction (to the governorâ€™s plan) is that it drives us towards more state control and more mandates on levels of performance. I think that we are going to have to reform the system, but I think that instead of less local control we need to focus on more local control. I think we need to make sure that the families, the school teachers, and the administrators all have their say on how this should be done. I really believe that parents and school teachers, the people who are in that sector, know the best for their kidsâ€.
The Democrats failure last session to construct Iowaâ€™s insurance exchange program in accordance with Obama Care means that a nasty, brutal fight awaits next year. By all accounts this will be one of the three most high-profile issues debated by the Iowa Legislature in 2012, and one that ultimately drew fellow candidate Stacey Rogers (R-Ankeny) into the race. Landon, for one, would have voted no last year on SF 404 and sounds ready to engage in the fight,
â€œWhat would guide me is local control. The rights of District 37 residents and the rights of Iowans have to come first. Anything thatâ€™s done has to be for their benefit and their economic interests. And frankly, I view Obama Care as unconstitutional from the get-go. I am not in favor of taking care of this through the government because they (the people) will not be taken care of the way they should be.â€
On Illegal Immigration
â€œI am a proponent of legal immigration. It is probably not that big of an issue in this particular district, but there are areas in Iowa where it is. As a state issue I would say that the Federal government, like in so many other things, has failed. I am against the taxpayer having to pay for the upkeep of people who have come here illegally.â€
Barring an unexpected Federal resolution to this problem Landon indicated a willingness to possibly engage at the state level, â€œIf the Federal government wonâ€™t do it and they are going to continue to let the border be porous, from the standpoint of public safety and who is going to protect the taxpayer, there has to be a process that protects you the citizen.â€
On Varnum (Gay Marriage)
â€œThat should have been decided by the voters. That is a monumental shift in society and voters need to have their say. If a constitutional amendment is the only way for voters to get their voice heard on it, then we need to do it.â€
On The Tea Party
In response to a question seeking his thoughts on the Tea Party and if he would consider himself a â€œTea Party-ishâ€ candidate, he answered, â€œI havenâ€™t found anything in their platform that offends me or that I take issue with. I am for individual rights. I think people can make their own decisions and government would be well advised to pay attention to that. Having said that, I am part of the process and a consensus builder, I just donâ€™t think you can go out there as a maverick and get a whole lot done. What I want is for Lincoln and Douglas townships to flourish and for Ankeny to flourish. The only way I can do that is by being an effective voice, and the only way to be an effective voice is to be a part of the process.â€
Race Analysis and Summary
The contest for the Republican nomination in House District 37 will be of elevated importance as the probability is high that the nominee will ultimately be the Representative. Due to the fact that the district has a 2,400 advantage in registered Republicans over registered Democrats in what is already shaping up to be a Republican wave year, it is likely that the nominee may run un-opposed. Even more likely is that if the Democrats do choose to field a candidate they will not bother to recruit a top-notch challenger or commit substantial resources to the effort.
In what could end up being a crowded field of Republicans, John Landon is a serious contender who will be in it for the long haul. He appears both fired up for the race and ready to put in the time and work that will be required to win the seat. The major pillars that his candidacy will be built on are: less intrusive government, more local control, simplicity in legislative solutions, sensitivity to Iowaâ€™s taxpayers, and a vehement opposition to unfunded mandates.
In particular, emphasizing that the failure to make budget cuts leads to higher taxes and a crusade against unfunded mandates could garner wide-spread appeal in District 37.
As his background suggests he is clearly positioned in the race as the â€œbusiness candidate.â€ While often times the â€œbusiness candidateâ€ moniker is attached to folks who have had professional success, itâ€™s worth noting that the business-like way Mr. Landon breaks down large issues as he thinks through them suggests that he would translate these skills to governance should he be elected.
Though we are early in the process, as Republicans begin to look at the field they will find much to like about John Landon as a person and as a candidate.