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Author: James Q. Lynch | August 23, 2011 | No comments

  Diane Crookham-Johnson chooses her words carefully when asked about the likelihood former New York Gov. George Pataki may get into the 2012 Republican presidential race. She’s talked with Pataki, but is hesitant to say whether he will announce his entry into the race when he visits ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 23, 2011 | No comments

  UPDATED: Two weeks after the Iowa GOP Straw Poll, Iowa will return to political center stage if only for a picnic. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the new leader among Iowa Republicans, according to a poll release Aug. 23, will join two other contenders for the 2012 ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 15, 2011 | No comments

DECORAH – They came to see their president – regardless of what they think of his job performance. “They leader of the free world is in my town, so I thought I should see him,” said Jason Trout, who operates an Internet marketing business in Decorah. ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 13, 2011 | No comments

AMES -- The Iowa GOP will LIVE stream the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll program scheduled to take place today from noon to 3:30 p.m. The program can be viewed online at www.iowagop.org or at ustream.tv/iowastrawpoll and will include the six candidates who reserved space for the ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 13, 2011 | No comments

  Don’t look for Fergus Cullen at the Iowa GOP Straw Poll. The former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman would be persona non grata if he showed up, so he has no plans to be anywhere near Ames. Not even to handle tin foil hat concessions. Cullen is the ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 13, 2011 | No comments

Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has won the first-ever online Iowa straw poll, capturing a commanding 44 percent of the over 6,000 votes cast in an online poll sponsored by Iowa U.S. Rep. Tom Latham's campaign. The results of the two-week online poll were announced one ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 13, 2011 | No comments

Who’s ahead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination will be clearer by the time the sun sets on the Iowa GOP Straw Poll today. However, as the sun rises over Ames, most of the horse-race polling on the GOP search for a challenger to ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 12, 2011 | No comments

The firefight between Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann during Thursday night’s GOP candidate debate wasn’t the first battle of the Minnesota Civil War. Pawlenty and Bachmann are expected to continue their intrastate feud Aug. 11 at the Iowa GOP Straw Poll in Ames. Pawlenty, a former two-term ...

Author: Rod Boshart | August 11, 2011 | 7 comments

DES MOINES – During a sometimes-raucous stump speech at the Iowa State Fair, 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney repeatedly pledged he would not raise taxes if elected president and he predicted Democrat Barack Obama will not win a majority of Iowa votes next year in ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | August 10, 2011 | No comments

2012 Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has announced leaders of his Team 10 in Iowa. Team 10 is a grassroots effort that empowers citizens to generate ideas on Facebook that will shift power away from the Washington, DC bureaucracy back home to the people. The 10th Amendment ...

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