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  • GOP worried about hacker threat to caucuses

    12/19/2011 1:42:07 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 9 replies ^ | December 19, 2011 |
    With two weeks remaining before Iowa kicks off the 2012 campaign with its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, the state Republican Party is taking steps to secure its electronic vote collection system after receiving a mysterious threat to its computers. A video claiming to be from a collective of computer hackers has jolted party officials with a worst-case scenario: an Iowa caucus marred by hackers who successfully corrupt the database used to gather vote totals and crash the website used to inform the public about results that can shape the campaign for the White House. Watch the video here
  • Poll: Dramatic drop in Gingrich support in Iowa

    12/15/2011 7:02:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 137 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 15, 2011 | Byron York
    A new survey from pollster Scott Rasmussen shows support for Newt Gingrich in Iowa has fallen sharply in recent days. The poll shows the former House speaker with the support of 20 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers -- down from 32 percent in the last Rasmussen survey released November 15. Gingrich has now fallen into second place in the Iowa race, behind Mitt Romney, who is at 23 percent, up from 19 percent in the last Rasmussen survey. The complete poll results are: Romney, 23 percent; Gingrich 20 percent; Ron Paul, 18 percent; Rick Perry 10 percent; Michele Bachmann, 9...
  • Robinson:King and VanderPlaats Have No Other Option but to Endorse [Hall:The Case for Not Endorsing]

    12/03/2011 1:27:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | December 3, 2011 | Craig Robinson
    When you survey the political landscape and study the multiple polls that have been conducted over the last six months, the uncertainty of the race for the Republican presidential nomination would give any would-be endorser heartburn. An uncertain field of candidates, combined with a later start to the caucus campaign season, has created a caucus cycle where more people are undecided or soft supporters than we have ever seen. While Iowa caucuses goers have been slow to throw their support behind a candidate, so too have two of the state’s most recognizable conservative leaders, Congressman Steve King and Bob Vander...
  • Exclusive: Perry posse of hundreds of Texans heading north for push to win Iowa

    11/30/2011 6:28:30 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 363 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 11-30-2010 | Christy Hoppe
    November 30, 2011 Exclusive: Perry posse of hundreds of Texans heading north for push to win Iowa By CHRISTY HOPPE AUSTIN – Rick Perry’s presidential campaign plans to bring more than 600 influential Texans to Iowa this month as part of a major blitz for a strong finish in the first state to vote. The massive Perry posse will include Republican elected officials such as Attorney General Greg Abbott and Comptroller Susan Combs, party stalwarts, consultants, lobbyists, financers and friends that will reach out to Republicans in the Hawkeye State and ask them to take a fresh look at the...
  • Rick Perry's pouring it on in Iowa, seeking to rebound

    11/23/2011 9:01:26 AM PST · by casinva · 25 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 23, 2011 | DAVE MONTGOMERY
    Just a few minutes earlier, he was standing in front of plant workers in eastern Iowa, vowing to shake up Washington by creating a part-time Congress, ending lifetime appointments for federal judges and shuttering dysfunctional agencies. Now, speech concluded, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is seated on the edge of a platform on the factory floor, scrolling through his smartphone to show 5-year-old Izzie Insisiengmay photos of the Perry family dogs. Izzie is way too young to vote. But her mom, standing nearby, is a strong bet to attend the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. For the moment, Stacey Insisiengmay of Davenport...
  • How Iowa's Social Conservatives Lost Their Influence

    11/23/2011 7:18:08 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 3 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 11/18/11 | Ed Kilgore
    This weekend's "Thanksgiving Family Forum" at a Des Moines megachurch probably seemed like a great idea to Iowa social conservatives when it was first developed. You'd have the presidential candidates arrayed around a "Thanksgiving table," obediently waiting for a symbolic serving of activist support. In the pews would be thousands of stolid Iowans of the sort most likely to show up at the January 3 caucuses. Wielding the microphone would be focus-group king Frank Luntz, probing the worldviews of the candidates to determine their fidelity to a teavangelical, big-God, small-government creed. And at the head of the table, in spirit...
  • Cain top choice in new ISU/Gazette/KCRG Poll, but voters have not made up their mind

    11/16/2011 10:51:16 PM PST · by truthfreedom · 48 replies
    Iowa State University ^ | 11/17/11 | Iowa State University
    Cain (24.5 percent) is more than four percentage points ahead of Paul (20.4), with Mitt Romney (16.3 percent) being the only other candidate receiving more support than "Can't Decide" (8.1 percent). Cain's lead over Paul is within the poll's margin of error at plus or minus 5 percent.
  • Primary Thoughts as the Caucuses Approach

    11/09/2011 6:57:11 PM PST · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | November 9, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    I write this week’s column from a hotel room in Louisiana, a state which today provides both cause for enthusiasm about what is possible, and also reinforcement of the standard rules of statistics and politics that have always governed elections and likely always will. Louisiana was long famous for its corruption, for its colorful and ethically-challenged politicians and for an acceptance of that status quo that resisted all reasonable efforts for reform. For decades and decades. Then came Hurricane Katrina, and suddenly the public understood at last that the needed response to that hurricane in the gulf was an earthquake...
  • 2012 Presidential White Paper #7 Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (Club for Growth)

    11/09/2011 12:03:07 AM PST · by Sun · 3 replies
    Club for Growth ^ | 2011 | various
    2012 Presidential White Paper #7 Congresswoman Michele Bachmann snip Congresswoman Bachmann received a 100% score in the Club for Growth’s 2010 scorecard and has a lifetime score of 94%. The average house Republican score from 2007-2010 was 78%. snip She co wrote an op-ed in 2009 stating that as part of health care reform “real tort reform would cut down on the costs of defensive medicine and frivolous malpractice suits.” snip Congresswoman Bachmann was the first Republican member of Congress, and the first of any major 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, to publically endorse pro-growth conservative Doug Hoffman over RINO Dede...
  • GOP Candidates Vie for Iowa Edge

    10/22/2011 9:13:58 PM PDT · by casinva · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2011 | Staff
    Evangelical activists are sharply divided just 10 weeks before Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses, and a half-dozen Republican contenders hoped to gain an edge with the state's most potent conservative voting bloc. The candidates, including businessman Herman Cain, sought Saturday to sharpen their Christian conservative credentials, and at times allay doubts, among this influential group before the state's Jan. 3 caucuses, which officially open the Republican nominating process. Iowa voters have yet to rally around any single candidate and aggressively court them, seeking the kind of lift that carried former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to victory in the leadoff caucuses in...
  • Iowa: Cain's most crucial battleground

    10/19/2011 10:34:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/11 | Justin Sink
    Herman Cain has surged into the lead in several national polls of GOP primary voters, but he remains in second place in most polls of early voting states. That difference points to the challenge faced by Cain, who lacks the ground troops important in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, if he wants to turn his momentum into victories in early 2012. In the Iowa caucuses, Real Clear Politics's average of recent polls show Romney leading Cain 22 percent to 18 percent. Cain is further behind Romney in New Hampshire, where the former Massachusetts governor is a heavy favorite....
  • Perry takes a liking to Iowa

    08/17/2011 4:41:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Longview Journal ^ | August 17, 2011 | Jason Embry
    DES MOINES, Iowa — A man in a stars and stripes bandanna tricked Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday. “Governor Perry, try a corn dog,” the Iowa State Fair vendor yelled as Perry and the horde with cameras surrounding him strode down the fair’s main thoroughfare. Having already passed up a couple of food vendors, Perry grabbed the corn dog, dipped it in mustard, took a bite and gratefully looked back. ’’It’s a veggie corn dog,” the vendor said. Perry looked startled for a second but soon recovered. “As long as they make it on a farm,” he said. The...
  • New Iowa Caucus Poll: Bachmann Still Leads, Perry Enters and Knocks Everyone Else Down.

    07/25/2011 12:40:07 PM PDT · by TeaPartyBob · 55 replies
    The Conservative Journal ^ | 7/25/2011 | The Conservative Journal
    This was the poll that showed Pawlenty in second last week. Seems like Perry is really going to shake things up if he enters. Bachmann- 24% Perry- 16% Romney- 11% Pawlenty- 9% Others all below 5%, 23% Undecided. Crosstabs:
  • Pawlenty finally sees some good polling numbers, passes Mitt Romney (TCJ)

    07/18/2011 2:13:48 PM PDT · by TeaPartyBob · 2 replies
    The Conservative Journal ^ | 7/18/2011 | The Conservative Journal
    Glad to see Tim Pawlenty finally seeing a little positiveness in his campaign performance. TCJ has him behind Bachmann by 20, but ahead of Romney by 1. Pretty sure that's the first time he's been up. In other news, TCJ has crosstabs for this cycle. Check em out.
  • Paul could surprise in Iowa

    04/27/2011 9:32:30 AM PDT · by bigred08 · 4 replies ^ | 4/27/2011 | Craig Robinson
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul announced that he is forming a 2012 presidential exploratory committee in Des Moines yesterday. The expected step allows Paul to participate in a May 5th Fox News debate in South Carolina as well as to begin to act like a presidential candidate while making appearances around the country. In addition to announcing the formation of an exploratory committee, Paul also revealed some key additions to his Iowa team. Paul’s 2008 Iowa Caucus Chairman, Drew Ivers, will once again call the shots for his eventual Iowa campaign. Joining Ivers is David Fischer and A.J. Spiker. All three...
  • Santorum accuses Obama of siding with Iran

    04/27/2011 9:27:26 AM PDT · by bigred08 · 7 replies ^ | 4/27/2011 | Kevin Hall
    Rick Santorum says America might be facing its most important election since the days of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. That is how severe Santorum views the damage Barack Obama has done to the country. The former Pennsylvania Senator participated in the Iowa GOP’s “Chairman’s Speaker Series” event Tuesday evening. Talking to a crowd of 100 likely caucus goers in Cedar Rapids, Santorum spent the better part of an hour condemning Obama’s policies. His voice rose almost to the point of shouting at times. “It offends me,” Santorum declared. “It upsets me when the President of the United States...
  • Huckabee's Losing Strategy

    04/26/2011 10:44:27 AM PDT · by bigred08 · 24 replies ^ | 4/26/2011 | Kevin Hall
    Forget the polls. If Mike Huckabee truly wants to become president, his method of going about it seems designed for failure. The former Arkansas Governor could have run away with the Iowa Caucus victory if he began organizing two months ago. However, Huckabee has decided not to enter the field until mid-to-late summer, if he runs. Instead of building upon his Iowa win, Huckabee would be trying to rebuild an organization without most of its crucial members. Some of his diehard supporters are still “Stuck on Huck”, but without the candidate, there is no adhesive strong enough to keep Huckabee’s...
  • Bachmann Shows OFf Her Conservative Bona Fides

    04/12/2011 8:03:43 AM PDT · by bigred08 · 1 replies ^ | 4/12/2011 | Craig Robinson
    It was Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s turn to try to woo Bob Vander Plaats and the supporters of The FAMiLY Leader at the group’s ongoing Presidential Lecture Series. The FAMiLY Leader held its normal trio of events yesterday in Pella, Iowa City, and Sioux Center. Bachmann spoke in Pella and Iowa City, but was unable to attend Orange City. Congressman Ron Paul, whose plane was unable to land in Orange City last month, spoke at The FAMiLY Leader’s event there. Even though many Iowans still wonder how serious Bachmann is about running for president, her recent activities suggest that she’s very...
  • Herman Cain "It's Not About Color" Standing Ovation at CCPAC

    03/26/2011 7:02:43 PM PDT · by crescen7 · 38 replies
    Ax D. WhiteMan Show ! ^ | 3/26/2011 | Ax D. WhiteMan
    "But you see I get called a whole lot of other names as well for being conservative; Because I wont stay on the Democrat Plantation like I'm supposed to - just because the color of my skin. It ain't about Color, it's about Content and Character. It ain't about color. And for those people who believe that just because you disagree with the president, that that makes you a racist, I have two observations for you. Number one, if you're black, and you disagree with the president, (I told some of my callers) it may shock you, but some black...
  • Is Cain able to pull off a major upset?

    03/23/2011 3:00:31 PM PDT · by bigred08 · 48 replies ^ | 3/23/11 | Kevin Hall
    Herman Cain continues his string of impressive speeches to potential Iowa caucus goers. He met with 85 Polk County GOP Central Committee members and local Republicans Tuesday evening. Cain’s appearance was early on the meeting’s agenda. After he finished, at least two dozen attendees followed Cain into the hallway for the chance to visit with him individually. The radio talk show host and former Godfathers Pizza CEO was the first candidate to announce a 2012 presidential exploratory committee. Since then, Cain has made a dozen trips to Iowa and increased his support base each time. Cain took an informal approach...
  • Ron Paul in Iowa: Speech for The FAMiLY Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series

    03/08/2011 3:39:47 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 1 replies
    Yesterday Congressman Ron Paul spoke at Pella Christian High School in Pella, IA for the second installment of The FAMiLY Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series. Afterwards there was a Q&A time where Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley asked questions they were given by members of the audience.
  • Iowa Focus Group: Palin is Unelectable; Healthcare Spells Major Trouble for Romney

    03/01/2011 10:30:42 AM PST · by bigred08 · 71 replies ^ | 3/1/11 | Kevin Hall
    The Iowa, in conjunction with McClatchy newspapers, assembled a small group of conservative activists last week for a focus group. The main topic, naturally, was the upcoming 2012 Iowa Caucus. The group was unanimous, or near unanimous, on several topics. The most interesting conclusion is that most of them believe Sarah Palin is unelectable.
  • Doubting Sarah Palin’s Favorability Decline in The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll

    02/28/2011 8:31:29 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 18 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 2/28/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    Sarah Palin’s favorability ratings are slipping! Her favorability ratings are slipping! That’s what you hear from The Des Moines Register today in their latest release of the Iowa Poll. Tom Beaumont reports a drop from 71% to 65% in the last 15 months.
  • Priebus Should Move RNC Convention Out of Florida

    02/21/2011 6:49:55 PM PST · by bigred08 · 7 replies ^ | 2/21/11 | Craig Robinson
    Just because the Republican National Committee and Democrat National Committee announced months ago that February 6th would be the date for the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t mean that’s when the First-In-The-Nation Caucuses will actually take place. The rules set by the national parties don’t even guarantee that the caucuses will be the first contest in the nominating process. In fact, there is a possibility that the Republican nomination could be wrapped up by February 6th, just like it almost was back in 2008.
  • Could Chris Christie Win in Iowa?

    02/18/2011 1:02:24 PM PST · by bigred08 · 19 replies ^ | 2/18/2011 | Kevin Hall
    Christie’s biggest hurdle in Iowa would come from the social conservative base that makes up a large contingent of caucus goers. Christie focuses almost exclusively on fiscal issues. Some of his social stances might not be strong enough for Iowa evangelicals. The New Jersey Governor says he is pro-life, but he told the New Jersey Star-Ledger he would not use his office to try to “force that down people’s throats.” Christie also supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but he would veto any bill legalizing same-sex marriage. He also believes illegal immigrants are not criminals. Those stances could alienate some....
  • Who They Will Endorse and Will It Will Mean for the 2012 Iowa Caucus

    02/16/2011 9:37:15 AM PST · by bigred08 · 32 replies ^ | 2/16/2011 | Kevin Hall
    The pursuit of endorsements from Iowa’s key GOP politicians creates a new dynamic for presidential candidates. Unlike the 2008 Caucus, when Steve King was the only major elected office holder who offered an endorsement, Iowa has four top Republican officials who could play a key role in 2012. Last week’s news that Senator Charles Grassley plans to endorse a candidate as early as this summer has campaigns angling for his affection. The key to an impactful endorsement is whether or not it comes with the full political weight of the endorser. Will the endorser’s staff, advisors, donors, and top volunteers...
  • Who Helped Themselves the Most at CPAC?

    02/15/2011 10:17:53 AM PST · by bigred08 · 12 replies ^ | 2/15/2011 | Craig Robinson
    We are now less than one year away from the Iowa caucuses. Last week we ranked the top ten potential presidential candidates in Iowa. Since that time, we have been able to see all of them share the stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in Washington D.C. Some of the candidates helped themselves, but others didn’t. Before we get started, it’s important to know that the ranking that each candidate received is based on how their performance at CPAC will help or hinder their potential Iowa caucus campaigns. Judging these speeches and everything else that went...
  • What Grassley's Endorsement Means to the 2012 Iowa Caucus

    02/10/2011 3:47:16 PM PST · by bigred08 · 7 replies ^ | 2/10/2011 | Kevin Hall
    Unlike the 2008 race, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says he will endorse a candidate in the 2012 presidential primary. Earlier this week, Grassley told Roll Call that he will pick the candidate that he believes will make the best president, but who also has the resources to win beyond the Iowa Caucus. This is an endorsement that could carry some weight and candidates will be jockeying to win the favor of Iowa’s longtime senator. Since Grassley remained neutral in 2008, the most prized endorsement among Iowa’s Republican politicians came from Congressman Steve King. Very late in the race, he lent...
  • CPAC Will Have Little Influence on 2012 Iowa Caucus Candidate Field or Results

    02/08/2011 4:54:17 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 7 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 2/8/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    Whether or not a candidate is participating in CPAC should not be a criteria for who is running in 2012 or predicting how they will do in the Iowa Caucus a year from now. One of my contributors, David Shedlock, has pointed out that the boycott of CPAC has done little to dissuade candidates from going to speak. That is understandable since it is still a large gathering with a lot of media and blogger attention and a chance to speak to a lot of conservatives in one room.
  • Pawlenty impresses Iowans on substance; Group backtracks on Huckabee commitment

    02/08/2011 9:14:25 AM PST · by bigred08 · 84 replies ^ | 2/8/2012 | Kevin Hall
    Tim Pawlenty said all the right things during the inaugural “Presidential Lecture Series” event sponsored by The FAMiLY Leader. A crowd of 150 attendees, plus a dozen media members, gathered at Pella Christian High School early Monday afternoon to listen to the former Minnesota governor. The crowd liked what they heard, but was not blown away by Pawlenty’s delivery. If elections were won only on substance, Pawlenty would stand a strong chance in the 2012 Iowa Caucus. However, style matters too. Oratorical skills propelled Barack Obama to the White House in 2008. Pawlenty will need to become a more passionate...
  • Tim Pawlenty in Iowa: Our Country Needs Be Prosperous and Good To Continue To Be Great

    02/07/2011 6:02:38 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 12 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 2/7/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) kicked off The FAMiLY Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series to a crowd of approximately 150 people gathered at Pella Christian High School in Pella, IA today. Governor Pawlenty in a press conference before the event explained that he was delighted to be participate in this series to share his views about the continuing importance of families in our society.
  • Mike Huckabee Flirts With Iowa, But Will He Commit to The 2012 Presidential Race?

    02/05/2011 1:44:54 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 27 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 2/4/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will be coming to Iowa on his book signing tour of his new book, A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need From Washington (And a Trillion That We Don’t). Not only is he coming to Iowa, but he is visiting six cities – Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Davenport, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.
  • Huckabee sends clear signal he is running; Thune, Daniels laying groundwork

    02/04/2011 9:52:18 AM PST · by bigred08 · 111 replies ^ | 2/4/2012 | Kevin Hall
    The clearest sign yet that Mike Huckabee is leaning toward another presidential run emerged Thursday. The former Arkansas Governor plans to visit Iowa in June and participate in the Family Leader’s “Presidential Lecture Series”, according to the group’s CEO Bob Vander Plaats. He disclosed that information to a crowd of 50 in Oskaloosa.
  • Huckabee's allies already running his Iowa Caucus campaign for him

    01/25/2011 10:45:24 AM PST · by bigred08 · 49 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 1/25/11 | Kevin Hall
    If Mike Huckabee runs for President, he is obviously the odds-on favorite to earn The Family Leader’s endorsement. Vander Plaats was Huckabee’s state chair for the 2008 campaign. The former Arkansas governor’s last two visits to Iowa were to raise money for the IFPC. It is hard to imagine the group endorsing anyone instead of Huckabee. Some attendees have privately suggested that Vander Plaats’ current tour is a thinly veiled campaign on behalf of Huckabee. Indeed, Vander Plaats mentions Huckabee at almost every stop. The events are frequently held in the same Pizza Ranch locations that Huckabee and BVP toured...
  • Michele Bachmann Asks Iowans, Will America Endure?

    01/21/2011 11:45:52 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 1/22/2011 | Shane Vander Hart
    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was in Des Moines, IA yesterday and wrapped up her busy day that got off to a somewhat rocky start with a speech at a reception hosted by Iowans for Tax Relief that had approximately 190 people in attendance. She noted that her trip to Des Moines has sparked a lot of speculation about 2012. She said that she had an announcement to make for those of us in the audience.
  • An Interview with Herman Cain, A Common Sense Solutions Candidate in the 2012 Presidential Race

    01/15/2011 10:49:05 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 8 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 1/16/11 | Shane Vander Hart
    I was unexpectedly given the opportunity to meet with Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, conservative radio show host, an associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, and now a prospective GOP presidential candidate in 2012. Cain is one of the first, if not the first, to launch a presidential exploratory committee. I was able to have a sit down with him in his hotel room in downtown Des Moines. He had come to Iowa for various meetings. I stopped by before he was scheduled to be on the radio with Steve Deace on WHO Radio, and...
  • John Thune and Tim Pawlenty Engaged in Backyard Battle in Iowa?

    12/12/2010 5:33:57 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 29 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 12/12/10 | Shane Vander Hart
    POLITICO has an interesting article up today about Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) being engaged in a backyard battle in Iowa.
  • Dick Morris, 8 Reasons Why the 2012 GOP Presidential Race Still Goes Through Iowa and New Hampshire

    12/01/2010 5:47:03 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 14 replies
    Cafffeinated Thoughts ^ | 12/1/2010 | Shane Vander Hart
    I like Dick Morris though I can’t say I always agree with him, and Monday was one of those times.  Morris wrote: The short list of contenders for the nomination will not be chosen in the early primaries. Iowa and New Hampshire will not impose their will on America. America will impose its will on Iowa and New Hampshire. The quarter finals will not be waged in the cornfields of Iowa or the former mill towns of New Hampshire. They will be held in the living rooms of America among the Fox News audience! Morris cites Fox News’ growing audience,...
  • The overhyped value of political endorsements

    12/30/2009 12:07:51 PM PST · by bigred08 · 3 replies · 275+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 12/30/2009 | Kevin Hall
    The media loves to make a big deal about political endorsements. Campaigns hype them up. The ones doing the endorsing love the attention. But how much impact do these endorsements really have? Some, but not nearly as much as we are led to believe....
  • Ron Paul visits Iowa, gearing for another Presidential run

    11/13/2009 10:51:20 AM PST · by bigred08 · 70 replies · 1,592+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 11/13/2009 | Kevin Hall
    Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul built a nationwide army of fiercely loyal, enthusiastic, young supporters during his 2008 Presidential run. It appears Paul is hoping to expand upon that base and possibly gear up for another run in 2012. Paul visits Ames tonight for speech at Iowa State University....
  • Video of Pawlenty's Iowa visit

    11/08/2009 10:06:39 AM PST · by bigred08 · 4 replies · 586+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 11/8/2009 | Kevin Hall
    Pawlenty hit Obama on the porkulus bill, ever-rising unemployment, broken promises of bipartisanship, and the enormous federal deficit. "We've got a Democrat-controlled Congress messing around with a miserable healthcare bill. They should be focused like a laser on jobs, not acting like a manure spreader in a wind storm," Pawlenty said to laughter and applause.
  • Iowans Having MAJOR Buyer's Remorse About OBAMA

    11/03/2009 5:26:08 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 934+ views
    NY TIMES/THE LID ^ | 11/03/09 | The Lid
    The train left the station 22 months ago. Barack Obama's January 3, 2008 surprise victory in the Iowa caucuses established launched the junior senator from Illinois as a serious presidential candidate, at the same time it showed that Hillary Clinton was beatable. The POTUS returned to Iowa in July, August and finally on Halloween just a few just a few days before the November election where he made it clear that Barack Obama and the state of Iowa enjoyed a special relationship: "On the day of the Iowa caucus, my faith in the American people was vindicated, and what you...
  • Pro-life group hopes to lure Palin to Iowa

    10/27/2009 7:55:39 PM PDT · by bigred08 · 15 replies · 481+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 10/27/2009 | Kevin Hall
    The Iowa Family Policy Center is trying to lure Sarah Palin to town for a speech next month, and they have asked a group of Palin backers to help pay for the appearance.
  • Hillary Clinton’s Down; Now Finish Her Off

    01/07/2008 5:42:18 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 56 replies · 136+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | January 7, 2008 | Dan Calabrese
    I can’t believe I’m rooting for Barack Obama. But it’s sort of like rooting for the Cleveland Indians, whom I really don’t like, to prevent a World Series appearance by the New York Yankees, whom I really really don’t like. There is much about Obama that should give any American pause, and a conservative American for sure. But it is so gratifying to see Hillary Clinton lose – finish third, even – that you just can’t help but look at Obama post-Iowa and feel happy that he did whatever he did to pull it off.
  • Cartoons illustrate the absurdity of Iowa

    01/05/2008 11:04:40 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies · 117+ views
    Why do we give so much value to what a state with one percent of the population thinks? The absurdity of this is illustrated by cartoons that can be found at Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index. The site does not allow free hotlinking, however here are some links to a few of the good cartoons: Daryl CagleBrian FairringtonNate BeelerPat Bagley There are more good cartoons here.
  • Evangelicals were 3.24 times MORE likely to vote for Huckabee than non-Evangelicals

    01/05/2008 7:20:15 AM PST · by Edward Watson · 103 replies · 151+ views
    Townhall comment ^ | Jan 5, 2008 | Edward Watson
    [A reply to Michael Medved's "Stop Lying About Huckabee and Evangelicals!" article posted in Townhall] Evangelicals were 3.24 times more likely to vote for Huckabee than non-Evangelicals. Let me repeat, Evangelicals were 3.24 times MORE likely to vote for Huckabee than non-Evangelicals. Spin it however you like but that's an incredible difference when they comprised 60% of the Republican caucus. Here's a breakdown from the Iowa Republican vote: According to news reports, 60% of Republican voters in the Iowa Caucus were Evangelicals. Of these, 47% of them voted for Huckabee. X = 60% x 47% X = 28.2% So, Evangelicals...
  • Fox News at 3:00 PM, now dissing the Iowa Caucus(inoculating against a Huckabee and Obama win?)

    01/02/2008 12:08:43 PM PST · by Dane · 153 replies · 524+ views
    Fox News(Sheperd Smith and Carl Cameron) | January 2, 2008
    Watching Fox news and the lead at 3:00 PM EST, was a rant by Shepherd and Carl, saying how Iowa doesn't matter, as Roger Ailes and Fox News spent millions covering it. I guess Roger & Co, at Fox will not like the results(Huckabee and Obama winning and getting momentum). Roger Ailes and his friend Rush Limbaugh, are not amused, thus this little hissy fit.
  • Bye Bye Mitt

    01/01/2008 4:32:03 AM PST · by ebmiller · 325 replies · 253+ views
    1/1/07 | Ebmiller
    Mitt believers, is that headache you have just the hangover from last nights celebration or is it today's polls! The "gold standard" poll of the Des Moines Register has Huck with a 6 point lead with two days to go! Today's Zogby daily tracking poll has Huck building a lead for the past few days. Huckabee has the "big mo".
  • Certainty: Obama Clinton or Edwards will win Iowa

    01/01/2008 6:54:16 AM PST · by enewsreference · 25 replies · 39+ views ^ | 01/01/2008 | eNews Reference
    Edwards have been receiving a lot of political coverage of late and analysts have speculated that he could possibly sneak away with the race in Iowa. Edwards has injected a tough populist them in recent weeks and has even clashed with the Obama camp on issues concerning trade, Iraq and even education. Clinton has refrained from being too negative in recent days and have been content to see Edwards and Obama go at it as all of the candidates make their closing arguments. One thing is certain, all of the candidates have to campaign up until the closing hours of...
  • 2 new videos from the Huckabee campaign

    12/31/2007 12:24:15 PM PST · by wastedpotential · 49 replies · 65+ views
    Mike Huckabee ^ | 12/31/2007 |
    The following two new TV ads will air this week. "Tax Cuts Matter" will air in New Hampshire and "Our Values" will air in Iowa.