My Latest Newsletter Articles

Should Tim Scott being single matter?
Shane Vander Hart: For me, Tim Scott being single doesn't matter, but IF he's living a life that lacks self-control, that does.
DeSantis hit the door running
After a 'meh' campaign announcement on Twitter, Ron DeSantis has launched his ground game in Iowa and New Hampshire which is impressive.
I heard some awful advice for graduates
What a superintendent of a local public school district told graduates exemplifies the spirit of this present age.
Great Scott!
Tim Scott is a presidential candidate who could lure me back to the Republican Party to caucus.
A roadblock to criminal justice reform
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley suggests the current environment for criminal justice reform is not the same as when the First Step Act passed.
Timothy Keller spoke truth in love
Timothy Keller faithfully preached Christ, loved people well - saints and skeptics alike, and now has entered his reward.
Do Iowa Republicans want to keep Trump as a standard bearer?
Demonstrating he is unmoored from any principles, former President Donald Trump tacks to the left.
Fallacies that become fashion are still fallacies
G.K. Chesterton was right pointing out that popularity doesn't make a wrong, right.

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About Shane

Shane is an Iowa native, a follower of Jesus, a husband to Cheryl, and a father of three grown children.  Shane and his family live in the Des Moines, IA area having moved back in 2002 after living in Illinois, Florida, Ohio, and Indiana.

Shane is the founder and President of 4:15 Communications, a social media and communications consulting and management firm, specializing in social media account creation, social media strategy audits, blog creation and management, social media account management, online written content for websites, blog content, public relations, and press release distribution.

Shane has 20 years of working in non-profit organizations, and ten years of experience with public relations, community networking, social media marketing, and blogging. He is also an experienced public speaker and trainer.

Shane also founded in 2006 Caffeinated Thoughts, a multi-contributor site that provides “stimulating Christian & conservative commentary” on culture, current events, faith, and politics where he writes on a daily basis and serves as editor-in-chief. He also launched in 2020 The Iowa Torch, a news site focused on Iowa politics. Shane has also contributed to The Des Moines Register, POLITICO, The Hill, Daily Caller, and Fox News. Campaigns & Elections Magazine has recognized Shane as one of the top political influencers in Iowa.

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