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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...