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  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment (time to move on)

    11/23/2012 1:08:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2012 | Brian Bakst
    DES MOINES, Iowa - In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover. For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll. Once a festive checkpoint on the road to the leadoff Iowa caucuses, the poll has devolved into a full-blown sideshow, Branstad and other critics contend. They say it's an unfair and false test that has felled good candidates and kept others from competing in the state. "It's just something that's gotten...
  • Iowa Caucus: First in the Nation Clown Show

    01/19/2012 10:08:41 AM PST · by Qbert · 32 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | JANUARY 19, 2012 | JAMES JOYNER
    Reacting to this morning’s news that not only has Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucuses after all but that they’ve managed to lose more ballots than the margin of victory, the Telegraph’s Toby Harnden tweets, “What a debacle for Iowa. Hard to see why candidates should take Iowa caucuses seriously in future.” Indeed. This is truly a joke. In a contest with fewer total votes (121,503 counted; goodness knows how many lost) than your average election for a school board seat, the powers that be have managed to have wild shifts in the vote count in several districts and be...
  • If Rick Santorum won Iowa, why is GOP calling it a 'split decision'?

    01/19/2012 8:26:06 AM PST · by Qbert · 45 replies
    Reuters via CSMonitor ^ | January 19, 2012 | Reuters
    The Iowa Republican Party will certify this month's presidential caucuses as a split decision between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, citing missing data from eight precincts, the Des Moines Register reported on Thursday. The party had previously awarded the contest to Romney, with an eight vote margin. The official certified caucus results are due out Thursday at 8:15 a.m. local time (1415 GMT). The Register said the new count put Santorum ahead by 34 votes. However, results from any one of the eight precincts with "missing data" could hold an advantage for Romney, the...
  • Breaking: Santorum Wins Iowa: GOP Elites Declare Race A Tie

    01/19/2012 8:24:43 AM PST · by ElIguana · 25 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 01/19/2012 | America's Conservative News
    Joyce Morris, a poster on Facebook, may have best described the frustration that is being felt by GOP voters: "The Iowa Republican Party has been caught in a lie and with their pants down trying to orchestrate a win for the 'Establishment' candidate, Romney. Isn't it interesting that on caucus night a lead of 8 votes was touted by all as a win for Romney but a lead of 34 for Santorium is a tie?"
  • Report: Santorum Currently Up 80 Votes In Iowa Caucuses Ballot Count…

    01/17/2012 8:36:54 AM PST · by Qbert · 52 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/16/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Oh my. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — It’s conventional wisdom in Republican circles here in South Carolina that if Mitt Romney wins the state’s primary this Saturday — having already won in Iowa and New Hampshire — he’ll be the GOP presidential nominee. “If for some reason he’s not derailed here and Mitt Romney wins South Carolina — no one’s ever won all three — I think it should be over,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday. “That would be quite a testament to his ability as a candidate and a campaigner.” But what if Romney did not actually win Iowa? That...
  • Iowa’s Vote Count From Last Week Still Not Certified

    01/10/2012 6:06:48 PM PST · by Mozilla · 10 replies
    New American ^ | January 10, 2012 | Written by Kurt Hyde
    The results of last week’s Iowa caucuses have still not yet been certified. The Iowa GOP leadership decided to accumulate the vote totals of the caucuses at a secret location based on a threat that they received from a group called Anonymous. But now, the secrecy decision by the Iowa GOP leadership is beginning to haunt them. KCCI-TV in Des Moines reported that one of participants in the vote count, Edward True of Moulton, Iowa, compared his totals to those posted by the Iowa GOP and found a discrepancy. The discrepancy is in Mitt Romney’s favor by 20 votes. True’s...
  • Romney apparently lost in Iowa, worst showing ever there, and poll #'s sinking in NH

    01/06/2012 6:18:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    1/6/2012 | Laissez-faire capitalist
    Several news reports have it that Romney did not win the Iowa Caucuses. Mr. True supposedly has a photo showing 2 votes for Romney, not 22, on a piece of paper. Barring any objective, verifiable proof that shows more than 12 votes mistakenly being credited to Santorum, Romney lost. On the flip side, if Romney did win, the Weekly Standard, in a news piece entitled "Answers from Iowa," says that Romney's 24.6% in the Iowa Caucuses was the worst ever (for either party) for a candidate winning the Iowa Caucuses. Romney spent millions in Iowa, had the worst percentage ever,...
  • What the Iowa Caucuses Determined

    01/06/2012 6:19:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2012 | Rachel Alexander
    Political analysts are scratching their heads trying to figure out how Mitt Romney won first place in the Iowa caucuses since the state is highly evangelical, he did not campaign heavily there, and his share of support in the polls has remained steadily at just under 25 percent. They are also trying to figure out why Rick Santorum surged from a lower-tier candidate to almost tying Romney. Looking at the personalities and the events leading up to the caucuses, the results are not as surprising as they superficially appear at first glance. The polls in Iowa correctly showed Santorum surging...
  • Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History? (Santorum may regain win)

    01/05/2012 6:12:47 PM PST · by mnehring · 144 replies
    Caucus Vote Counter Says Romney Mistakenly Given 20 Votes (Video report at link) DES MOINES, Iowa -- Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world's eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 50 people may just blow up the results. Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the...
  • Iowa Ballot Counter: Santorum Won

    01/06/2012 5:26:19 AM PST · by fwdude · 20 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/05/12 | Rob Quinn
    (Newser) – Mitt Romney's 8-vote victory in Iowa was the result of a typo, according to an Iowa man who helped count the votes. Edward True, a Ron Paul supporter, says there were just 2 votes for Romney at his 53-person caucus, but the Iowa Republican Party's website says there were 22. The discrepancy "says Rick Santorum won Iowa—not Mitt Romney," True asserts. Party officials say True is not a precinct captain and shouldn't be talking about results, and discrepancies won't be discussed until all results are certified, which could take weeks.
  • Iowa Caucus Results (What we learned)

    01/05/2012 3:44:32 PM PST · by parksstp · 3 replies
    Parksstp ^ | 2012-01-05 | parksstp
    For those that were wondering how my predicted simulation worked out, it was okay if you switched Gingrich and Santorum's numbers for the most part, moved Bachmann to where Santorum was and bump Paul up more. I've done some analysis on the results. I was in the process of doing a county-by-county note update, but after 30 counties of 99, it's taking too damn long. So I'll just get to the basics: As for accuracy, it seems I know the people of Davis County like Rush knows his glorious naked body /sarc. It was my most accurate projection county-wise though...
  • My Iowa Caucus Night -- Civility and Diversity in a Small Community

    01/04/2012 1:31:47 PM PST · by stillafreemind · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Jan. 4th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    As Perry's representative spoke, everyone was quiet, respectful and listened. When she stepped down, there was applause. Then the speaker for Ron Paul stood and talked for a couple of minutes. Again, everyone was quiet and respectful. The group listened, and when the representative stopped talking, they clapped again. Some candidates, like Michele Bachmann, had no speaker. The chairman asked if anyone would like to talk for her. A gentleman said he would speak about Bachmann and gave a very nice pep talk on her behalf. Everyone applauded, and so it went until all but Huntsman was represented.
  • Deval Patrick ties Mitt Romney to Tea Party

    01/04/2012 9:18:15 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 69 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | January 4, 2012 | Matt Murphy
    Hours after Mitt Romney eked out a win in the Iowa caucuses over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Deval Patrick called the victory for the former Bay State governor a win for the Tea Party. Appearing on the CBS Early Show on Wednesday, Patrick defended President Barack Obama and called the Republican cast of challengers “interchangeable.” “It’s a win last night for the Tea Party agenda. That was really the big winner. I mean the candidates in many respects are interchangeable because they’re all offering exactly the same plan, and that’s a plan that says that everybody in America...
  • DNC Reaction to Iowa

    01/04/2012 9:16:04 AM PST · by Harley · 19 replies
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Fox and Friends
  • Iowa Republican Caucuses [outright county wins]

    01/04/2012 3:21:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 3, 2012
    Interactive Map -- with more numbers and graphics.
  • 2008 Iowa Caucus Results (25% for Romney then & 25% now in Iowa 2012

    01/03/2012 10:23:05 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    ... Mitt Romney. 29,949 votes. 25.2%. ... Ron Paul. 11,817 votes. 10.0%. ...
  • Live Thread Iowa Caucuses - Starting

    01/03/2012 5:21:18 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 145 replies
    Free Republic | 1-3-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Lets see what happens
  • (Alan) Colmes Mocks Santorum's Dead Child

    01/03/2012 2:14:34 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies · 1+ views
    CMR ^ | January 3, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    This absolutely sickens me. It is the lowest of the low. Liberal Alan Colmes mocks Rick Santorum for treating his dead son with dignity. Colmes was suggesting that voters would shun Santorum once they “get a load of some of the crazy things he’s said and done, like taking his two-hour-old baby when it died right after child birth home and played with it so that his other children would know that the child was real." Notice the word "it." Colmes said the Santorum's took "it" home. My goodness, even a child that is born is still an "it"...
  • Alan Colmes is a heartless monster

    01/03/2012 10:11:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 112 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/3/12 | Rick Moran
    I don't see how one could come to any other conclusion when reading this piece from Mediaite about a confrontation between NRO's Rich Lowrey and the liberal pundit. The imbroglio erupted when Colmes said that Iowans would get off the Santorum bandwagon once they discovered some of the "crazy things" he's said and done. The segment was pegged to Santorum's polling surge in Iowa, which Colmes argued wouldn't last "once they get a load of some of the crazy things he's said and done, like taking his two-hour-old baby who died after childbirth and played with it
  • There Was One Democrat Who Was REALLY Excited About The Iowa Caucus...

    01/03/2012 2:22:39 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-3-12 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Rick Santorum Can Win Iowa Caucuses

    01/03/2012 8:43:09 AM PST · by NoRedTape · 58 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 3, 2012 | Andrew Romano
    "..........And this, as much as anything else, is why Rick Santorum—a man who was stuck at 4 percent in the local polls as recently as one month ago, and is still stuck at 4 percent nationally—is going to win the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday........
  • 2012 Iowa Caucus Live Thread

    01/03/2012 8:08:24 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 2,135 replies · 2+ views
    Iowa GOP ^ | 1.3.12 | Free Vulcan
    Live thread to cover today's GOP caucus. News, predictions, opinions, totals, and the like. Will be heading out about 4 pm or so to get our site ready and do a final review with the precinct chairs. I expect it to be bigger than 2008 with very heavy turnout and we are preparing for that. We are also ready for disruptions. They simply won't be tolerated. The state party sent us a memo saying if there's any trouble call the cops immediately. Anyone trying to cause problems is going to get a rude awakening. My predictions of the outcome are...
  • Chicago Jogger Critically Injured by Pit Bulls

    01/02/2012 8:55:41 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 70 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published January 02, 2012
    A Chicago man was left in critical condition after two pit bull terriers attacked him as he jogged along the city's lakefront Monday morning. The 62-year-old man was running in the city's South Shore neighborhood at approximately 6 a.m. when the mauling occurred. He sustained bites all over his body, including on his face. "They were just going after the man like he was a piece of steak," Stanley Lee, who swung a baseball bat at the dogs in hopes to free the jogger, told MyFoxChicago.com. He went on to say the dogs went for the jogger's throat, face and...
  • Iowa Caucus 101: A Complete Look at The Iowa Field

    01/02/2012 5:45:38 PM PST · by TeaPartyBob · 3 replies
    The Dysfunction Junction ^ | 1/2/2012 | Kent@The Dysfunction Junction
    t’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the end-game of countless debates and campaign moves, but Iowa is upon us. For a lot of candidates, tomorrow is make or break in the grand scheme of the election. Check out an extensive look at where everyone stands in the Iowa Caucus below:
  • CA lawmakers in Iowa to boost Rick Perry; watch new “pig” attack ad blistering Santorum

    01/02/2012 2:31:45 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 124 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 2, 2012
    With less than 48 hours until Iowans kick off the GOP caucuses, a crowd of California lawmakers have joined Steve Forbes, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other supporters making a final push for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. California Assemblymembers Dan Logue, Shannon Grove, Brian Jones and Curt Hagman have all hit the ground in the Hawkeye State Iowa Monday, ready for duty. Logue, in a phone interview, just told us that “Iowa is going to do well for Perry — and this is just the first step of many steps.”
  • 'Perry's posse' volunteers ride to Iowa as caucuses near

    01/02/2012 2:04:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | January 2, 2011 | Dave Montgomery
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ask Patrick Burke why he is spending a frigid, blustery New Year's Day in Iowa trying to help Rick Perry's presidential campaign, and he responds with a sobering answer. Burke, from the North Texas town of Allen, says he is battling mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer, and isn't sure how long he may live. Fulfilling a civic commitment by participating in a presidential campaign -- specifically Perry's -- is on his "bucket list" of things he wants to accomplish before he dies, Burke says. The 55-year-old Air Force veteran and former lawman is one of hundreds of...
  • Late-surging Santorum looks to rally voters ahead of Iowa caucuses

    01/01/2012 11:33:28 AM PST · by trumandogz · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | 1.1.12 | John Helton, Josh Levs and Paul Steinhauser
    Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) -- Rick Santorum started the new year riding the wave of a strong finish in the last major poll before Tuesday's Iowa caucuses and looked to rally his supporters in a series of events on Sunday. There were few surprises in Saturday night's Des Moines Register poll -- front-runners Mitt Romney and Ron Paul finished 1-2 as they had in other polls during the week. But the Register poll showed Santorum, who just weeks ago had registered only in single digits, pulling ahead of rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.
  • Iowa, Santorum ready for Republican caucus

    01/01/2012 9:07:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/1/12 | Joe Garofoli, Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers
    A month ago, Rick Santorum's Republican presidential campaign wasn't just an afterthought, it was a non-thought. The conservative former Pennsylvania senator had raised less money than all his major rivals, recorded dismal poll numbers and drawn attention mostly for whining about not getting enough screen time during the GOP's televised debates. But on Saturday, Santorum found no shortage of media attention as he stumped at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville. After 250 appearances similar to this in Iowa - more than all but one of the top GOP candidates in Tuesday's caucuses combined -...
  • DMR poll shows Santorum rising, Ron Paul stalling, and Romney steady

    01/01/2012 8:08:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    On the surface, the new (and final) Des Moines Register poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers basically corroborates polling from Rasmussen and NBC/Marist earlier in the week, which showed Mitt Romney slightly edging Ron Paul, while Rick Santorum gained enough ground to move into third place. The numbers are almost identical, at 24/22/15 — but it’s not the topline that is the real news. The four-day poll of 602 likely caucus-goers, which is a larger sample than NBC/Marist but smaller than Rasmussen’s single-day survey, had significant change in the final two days of polling on Thursday and Friday: But the four-day...
  • Santorum cites appeal as reliable conservative

    01/01/2012 12:54:57 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News! ^ | 1-1-2012 | ANDREW MIGA
    Rick Santorum has never been shy about picking fights, even with fellow Republicans. Just two months after arriving in the Senate in 1995 as Pennsylvania's junior senator, an upstart Santorum and some other conservative senators tried to strip Oregon Republican Sen. Mark Hatfield of his powerful Appropriations Committee chairmanship because of Hatfield's deciding vote to oppose a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. Santorum made no apologies. It was a matter of sticking to his conservative principles, he said. "I try to stand up for what I believe in and I always will. I don't run around looking for a fight....
  • Santorum Schools Yet Another MSM Journalist on Obama’s Appeasement – This Time, NBC’s David Gregory

    01/01/2012 8:16:31 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 51 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | January 1, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    Last month, Sen. Rick Santorum schooled CNN’s Candy Crowley on the subject of President Barack Obama’s appeasement of America’s enemies. Today, on NBC’s Meet the Press, it was David Gregory’s turn. Like Crowley, Gregory attempted to “fact-check” Santorum by arguing that it could not possibly be “accurate” or “objective” to describe Obama’s foreign policy as “appeasement.” In particular, he challenged Santorum to distinguish Obama’s policy on Iran from that of his predecessor, George W. Bush. (For several years, Democrats have tried to defend Obama by pointing out that the Bush administration refused to approve military strikes, either by the U.S....
  • Is Rick Perry the Iowa Dark Horse?

    12/31/2011 4:20:30 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 124 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 31, 2011 | Molly Ball
    ....... Perry is still the affable governor of Texas, and voters still want to like him, which has become easier since he's mostly stopped screwing up all the time... ...He tells the crowd that the small towns of Iowa are just like the small towns of Texas, where he grew up: "The same people, the same values." As the days to the caucuses wane, Perry has things other candidates would kill for: Crowds who want to meet him, ads all over the airwaves, a decent ground organization, an anti-Washington message people are hungry for, and terrific hair. The question is...
  • Perry trying to make a comeback in Iowa

    12/31/2011 1:55:13 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 31, 2011 | James Oliphant
    ........There remains no one in the GOP field quite like Perry, a plain-speaking governor from a sprawling, Southwestern state who, when he says he's never been a creature of Washington, is telling it straight. With the debates behind him, he's been able to play to his strengths, his record as an 11-year governor, his anti-government attitude, and his capacity to bond with voters through allusions to faith, farm work and military service. But there's no doubt he has altered his approach. Gone are the days when he tried to stand toe-to-toe with front-runner Mitt Romney and boast about his job-creation...
  • Iowa Race Keeps Shifting All the Way to the End

    12/31/2011 8:25:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Erin McPike
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- With four days left until the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum finally has become the flavor of the month in the volatile Republican presidential race here. ......If you haven't figured it out yet, the media have decided that Santorum is the one with the so-called “big mo." It's been a strange road: The winding course of the GOP primary has tended to follow the collective media narrative that develops (and re-develops) at each turn. Michele Bachmann would surge and then plummet, and she did. The same would happen to Herman Cain. The media projected Rick Perry's rise and...
  • Santorum and the Evangelical Civil War in Iowa

    12/30/2011 1:36:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies · 2+ views
    Big Government ^ | December 30, 2011 | Charles C. Johnson
    Evangelicals are in a civil war in Iowa. If they could unite behind a candidate, they could defeat Mitt Romney and Ron Paul in the Iowa caucuses, but they can’t. Part of the problem is that three candidates are running for evangelical support but Iowa simply isn’t big enough for the three of them. They’re splitting the vote. Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum are all making a play for the social conservatives they need to propel them onward. In 2008, sixty percent of the participants in the Iowa caucuses were evangelical. Eight days ago Rick Santorum won the...
  • Gingrich Considers Joining Perry in Challenging VA Election Rule

    12/30/2011 12:38:19 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    News Max ^ | December 30, 2011 | Paul Scicchitano
    Newt Gingrich said his campaign will likely join Rick Perry in challenging Virginia’s complicated elections rules, which allowed only two of the seven leading GOP candidates to get on the ballot for the Republican primary in that state. The former House speaker and the other candidates except Mitt Romney and Ron Paul failed to collect the required 10,000 signatures. “Gov. Perry filed a lawsuit, I think, where the judge has invited the other candidates to join the lawsuit, and I think we are going to, although that’s a lawyer conversation,” Gingrich told Fox News today. “I’m not in charge of...
  • New poll finds Romney and Paul in neck-and-neck battle for Iowa (Gingrich 5th pace)

    12/30/2011 4:41:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jonathan Easley
    Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are battling for the top spot in Iowa but the second tier of candidates is closing in, according to a NBC News-Marist poll released on Friday. Romney leads the poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers at 23 percent, followed by Paul at 21 percent. However, the second tier of candidates, led by Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, are suddenly within striking distance of the frontrunners. Santorum came in third at 15 percent, followed by Perry at 14 percent. Newt Gingrich has fallen to fifth place at 13 percent. The former House speaker led the same poll...
  • Is Ron Paul Hero Or A Hack?

    12/29/2011 4:52:27 PM PST · by joeclarke · 20 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 12/29/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    Yes, Ron Paul has a bead on revamping or dissolving the Federal Reserve (I did read The Creature From Jekyll Island). Lots of corruption, secret undertakings, and opacity dominate the Federal Reserve, but what would be the alternative? A presidential, or congressional commission that oversees the U.S. banking system? No. Elected representatives overseeing the quasi government agency Fed? Not likely. Governments, for eons of time, have been in charge of the coinage, and it cannot be any other way. The Buck does Stop there.Ron Paul has no alternative to the Fed that would guarantee fairness and honesty. Ron Paul...
  • Iowa GOP Caucus Poll: Paul 27.5%, Newt 25.3%, Mitt 17.5% (Romney Tanking in Iowa?)

    12/27/2011 1:25:30 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 58 replies
    ISU/Gazette/KCRG Poll ^ | 12-21-2011 | James McCormick, Dave Peterson, Mike Ferlazzo
    AMES, Iowa -- A new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll of 333 likely Iowa Republican caucus goers finds Ron Paul in the top spot among GOP presidential candidates with 27.5 percent, followed closely by Newt Gingrich with 25.3 percent. Paul's lead over Gingrich is within the poll's margin of error at plus or minus 5 percentage points. Mitt Romney is in third place at 17.5 percent, while Rick Perry is the only other candidate to poll in double digits at 11.2. While Paul's lead is just over 2 percentage points and easily within the poll's margin of error, it may actually...
  • Oh, by the way, ethanol subsidies are dead.

    12/29/2011 1:10:03 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | December 29, 2011 | Moe Lane
    Details here and here: the short version is that the Senate back in June kicked off opposition to continued ethanol subsidies via a bipartisan amendment: it didn’t pass, but Congress has just let both the ethanol subsidy and a restrictive foreign tariff (on Brazilian sugar-cane ethanol) lapse. Given that the Iowa caucuses will be finished by the time Congress reconvenes – and given that the House of Representatives is currently chock-heavy with people who spit at the very phrase ‘ethanol subsidy’ – getting back either is going to be a problem for the domestic ethanol industry. Mind you, there are...
  • Iowa's Final Flavor of the Month?

    12/29/2011 5:11:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 29, 2011 | Robert Stacy McCain
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Rick Santorum took time to shake the hands of everyone who attended his "Faith, Family & Freedom Rally" here Wednesday night, and stayed nearly an hour after the scheduled end of the event to answer questions from the Republican audience. Only then did he take time to talk to the press. "People are trying to determine right now, 'Who can we really trust?'" the former Pennsylvania senator told a small group of reporters at a brief impromptu press conference after the event. "I think it's going to build. I feel very good that we're not going...
  • Santorum Unloads on Paul: "No Track Record of Accomplishing Anything"

    12/29/2011 3:55:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | December 29, 2011 | Kevin Hall
    On the same day Rick Santorum achieved his highest poll numbers of the presidential campaign, he also leveled his sharpest criticism of a GOP rival. One hour and thirty minutes into his town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night, Rick Santorum lowered the boom on Ron Paul. Prompted by a question from an attendee, Santorum said Paul’s promises are unrealistic and scary. Paul has promised, if elected president, to cut five federal departments. Santorum says those are among several promises Paul would not be able to fulfill. “Ron Paul has passed one bill in 20 years. What makes...
  • Breaking: Michele Bachmann Iowa campaign co-chair endorses Ron Paul

    12/28/2011 6:18:33 PM PST · by TBBT · 132 replies · 1+ views
    Iowa Caucues | 12/28/2011 | JASON NOBLE
    Breaking: Michele Bachmann Iowa campaign co-chair endorses Ron Paul
  • Fearing split, pastors urge GOP candidates to quit

    12/28/2011 3:59:52 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 28, 2011 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    Two politically active pastors in Iowa's robust evangelical conservative movement said Wednesday that an effort has been under way to persuade either Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann to consider quitting the Republican presidential race and endorsing the other to avoid splintering this influential voting bloc's influence in the state's caucuses. "Otherwise, like-minded people will be divided and water down their impact," said Rev. Cary Gordon, a Sioux City minister. He said he asked Santorum several weeks ago to consider exiting the race but has since endorsed the former Pennsylvania senator, who is rising in polls. Rev. Albert Calloway, a retired...
  • Santorum: I’m More Electable Than Romney, Paul

    12/28/2011 3:02:32 PM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 28, 2011 | Chuck McCutcheon
    Fresh from his sudden rise in an Iowa poll, Rick Santorum on Thursday had harsh words for the two Hawkeye State front-runners, contending that Rep. Ron Paul’s foreign policy would “leave an enormous void around the world” and that Mitt Romney has “been all over the map” on too many issues. Less than a week before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, a CNN/Time/ORC poll showed Santorum in third place with 16 percent, with Romney at 25 percent and Paul at 22 percent. The poll saw Santorum gaining considerable ground while Newt Gingrich, who had previously led in the state, saw his support...
  • Exclusive: Iowa GOP Chair Severs Ties With Strong America Now (SAN coordinating with Newt)

    12/28/2011 9:09:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | December 28, 2011 | Craig Robinson
    Matt Strawn, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, has disassociated himself from Strong America Now after reports that the group has a Super PAC that is advocating for one specific candidate. In the letter Strawn says, “I was surprised to learn from a member of the news media that a Strong America Now SuperPAC had been created for the express purpose of advocating for one Republican presidential candidate and opposing another Republican presidential candidate.” Strawn says that he was “given assurances that the organization would not specifically advocate for a particular candidate” when he signed on with the...
  • Bachmann and Perry Fight for Votes in Southwest Iowa

    12/28/2011 1:33:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | December 28, 2011 | Kevin Hall
    Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are competing for many of the same voters. They’re even trudging similar paths. Both launched their final week of campaigning before the Iowa Caucus with events in Council Bluffs. They also spent the day spreading their conservative message throughout southwest Iowa. However, the dual appearances in Council Bluffs provided stark contrasts. Bachmann’s campaign scheduled a visit to the tiny Scooter’s coffee shop. It was primarily an opportunity for Bachmann to receive media coverage from the Omaha TV market. Only a handful of local voters showed up, but media from around the country attended. Bachmann arrived...
  • RCP: Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus Poll - December 26, 2011

    12/26/2011 6:05:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 128 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 26, 2011
    Bigger look
  • Paul and Perry Are Poised to Punk Romney and Gingrich in Iowa

    12/22/2011 7:19:22 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 90 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Besides Paul's top position, Perry is now third or fourth in most of the polling. Pundits say Iowa is irrelevant if Paul wins, as he is a one-trick pony. Could a win in Iowa ignite the Paul ground teams in other states? Paul is a force to be reckoned with because of his staunch supporters. Maybe candidates should be reaching towards Paul instead of running away from him. Perry, on the other hand, could be the dark horse in this race. If not nationally, at least he appears to be set to come from behind in Iowa. Why are people...
  • The Economics of Life and Marriage

    12/19/2011 3:05:36 PM PST · by rhema · 20 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 12/19/11 | Ken Blackwell
    Iowans are strongly pro-life and supportive of traditional marriage. These remain strong "bridge" issues that unite economic conservatives with social conservatives whenever questions like abortion funding or overturning true marriage are put on the ballot. When pollsters find that Iowa's likely caucus-goers -- including large blocks of Evangelicals, Catholics, and Lutherans -- are citing the stricken economy as their greatest concern, this does not mean social issues have been forgotten. First, most of the GOP candidates are already on board for the defense of human life and true marriage. So it makes sense for Iowa voters to tell pollsters and...