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Author: Bret Hayworth | December 7, 2011 | No comments

  SIOUX CITY — All seven major Republican presidential candidates have confirmed they will participate in the Dec. 15 GOP debate in Sioux City. According to sources close to the debate not authorized to talk with the media, all of the candidates — including former Utah Gov.  ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 7, 2011 | 2 comments

  Not since Avis has No. 2 tried harder. Most candidates and campaigns avoid acknowledging polls unless they are on top. No campaign more than Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s goes out of the way to publicize its second-place — or sometimes lower — standing in polls. “Ron Paul ...

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

To fill that slow time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, President Obama’s re-election campaign will host more than 50 house parties this week with volunteers across Iowa. Already more than 1,500 Obama for America volunteers are signed up to attend a caucus party this week, the campaign ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 5, 2011 | No comments

Hit the reset button: The series of “surge and fade” candidates that has marked the race for the top prize in the Iowa first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses has been succeeded by Herman Cain’s surge and suspend strategy. A month ago, Cain was leading the race according to ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 2, 2011 | 1 comment

The rise in Newt Gingrich’s poll numbers are lifting spirits in an unlikely place – the White House. That’s the assessment of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who recalls his House colleague as a “bomb thrower.” “What I’m picking up around here is that there’s a lot of ...

Author: Ed Tibbetts | December 1, 2011 | No comments

A high-profile backer of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Thursday it’s “so important” that the former Massachusetts governor get off to a good start in Iowa, a state where he’s spent little time thus far but appears to be ramping up efforts. New Jersey Gov. ...

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

Is Mitt Romney running to win in Iowa? Seems it depends on who’s answering that question. The former Massachusetts governor’s communications director Gail Gitcho said Nov. 28 her boss’s strategy “is to win there” when asked about Iowa. She didn’t repeat that during a conference call with Iowa ...

Author: Mike Wiser | November 4, 2011 | No comments

DES MOINES — Last night’s Ronald Reagan Dinner was as much of a pep rally for some of state’s most influential party leaders as it was policy forum for five candidates seeking their votes. From the opening speech to the 1,000 attendees by Lt. Gov. Kim ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | September 20, 2011 | No comments

DES MOINES – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party’s 2011 Jefferson Jackson dinner Nov. 19 in Des Moines. “Mayor Emanuel has proven to be one of the great advocates for Democratic values and middle class opportunity throughout his ...