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Author: James Q. Lynch | September 6, 2011 | No comments

The Iowa Democratic Party has launched its online home of the 2012 Iowa Democratic Caucuses, TheCaucuses.com. The party encourages Iowans to visit the site to commit to attend their caucus, stay up to date with caucus news and get involved with the 2012 campaign. “The first-in-the-nation caucuses ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | September 1, 2011 | 3 comments

    CEDAR RAPIDS – No Sarah Palin. No Michelle Bachmann. No presidential candidates at all. But from the opening Pledge of Allegiance to the last “God bless America,” the Tea Party Express rally in downtown Cedar Rapids Sept. 1 delivered a message any of them would have endorsed: It’s ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | September 1, 2011 | No comments

MARION – A fledgling conservative political group is introducing itself in Linn County with the help of Barack Obama. However, it’s not a mutual admiration society. The Iowa Conservative Union has a billboard on Blairs Ferry Road in Marion with the president’s image on a food stamp ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 31, 2011 | No comments

Republican presidential hopefuls made fewer trips to Iowa ahead of the GOP Straw Poll than they did four years ago, but party activists and political scientists warn against reading too much into downsized campaign activities. Several factors come into play: the number of candidates, the presence ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 29, 2011 | No comments

In hindsight, it was probably the wrong strategy for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to focus almost exclusively on ahead of the GOP Straw Poll, according to one of his advisers. Former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber, who joined the Mitt Romney campaign as an unpaid adviser ...

Author: Rod Boshart | August 27, 2011 | No comments

DES MOINES – Like a high-plains range rider, Texas Gov. Rick Perry traveled Iowa Saturday looking to mend some political fences. Perry upset some Iowa Republicans by throwing his hat into the political ring earlier this month at the same time they were holding their biggest ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 26, 2011 | No comments

  In the race for the Republican presidential nomination all the old deadlines seem to be passing, but more runners are expected to join the field. It was thought that to be taken seriously candidates had to get into the race before the Iowa GOP Straw Poll. However, ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 26, 2011 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Introductions are over and, now, five-term U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is selling himself and his message to caucus-going Iowa Republicans. At a meet-and-greet in Cedar Rapids Aug. 26, the Michigan congressman dismissed his 10th-place finish in the Iowa GOP Straw Poll earlier this ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 25, 2011 | No comments

  CEDAR RAPIDS – Sarah Palin may be making a lunch-hour stop in downtown Cedar Rapids. “She’s done about six of our rallies. I think that’s more than anyone else, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see her,” says Sal Russo, co-founder and chief strategist for Tea ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 24, 2011 | No comments

Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas will be back in Iowa on the campaign trail this weekend. He will meet with Republican voters in Madison County, sign copies of his best-selling bookLiberty Defined, speak at the Iowa Corn Growers Annual Meeting and attend ...

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