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

PELLA – Five Republicans seeking their party’s nomination promised lower taxes, less regulation and greater trade opportunities for American industry during a forum hosted by manufacturing trade association. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who highlighted his record of creating 1 million net new jobs over the past ...

Author: Rod Boshart | November 1, 2011 | No comments

  DES MOINES – Top national Republican strategists said Tuesday they plan to use Democrat Barack Obama’s own words -- in promising economic improvements, less government debt and lower deficits -- against him in “ground zero” battleground states like Iowa to make sure he’s a one-term ...

Author: The Gazette Staff | October 31, 2011 | No comments

Following Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's three-day swing through southeast Iowa, the campaign released the names of 64 grassroots activists who will play an instrumental role in organizing for the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses. "The caucuses are won precinct-by-precinct with neighbors talking to neighbors, friends talking to ...

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

Iowa has a special place in President Obama’s re-election campaign organization as the state that launched him four years ago. But the campaign is not resting on warm memories of the last campaign. In a conference call with Iowa reporters Oct. 31, Obama campaign officials said they ...

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

What’s up, Iowa? Roughly midway between two iconic Iowa contests on the road to the Republican presidential nomination Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann have reversed roles. Bachmann, who won the straw poll after entering the race less than two months earlier, and Cain, who finished in single ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 30, 2011 | 4 comments

MARION – In front of a Baptist congregation Sunday morning, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann testified to her faith in a living God, and later to reporters, confidence that her campaign will overcome weak poll numbers before the Iowa precinct caucuses. Bachmann, whose poll numbers have fallen ...

Author: The Gazette Staff | October 28, 2011 | No comments

As the 2012 Iowa caucuses get ever closer, a recent University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll released today indicates that the economy continues to be an important issue for voters. When asked to describe the country's current economic condition, nearly half of the likely Republican caucus attendees ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 27, 2011 | No comments

Here comes another Obama challenger. A Democrat. Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry is bringing his campaign for president to Iowa, including a stop this morning in front of City Hall in downtown Cedar Rapids. According to a spokesman, he’s also making ad buys in Iowa, including this one. ...

Author: The Gazette Staff | October 26, 2011 | No comments

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will visit Grace Baptist Church in Marion Oct. 30 as part of a three-day campaign swing through Iowa. The Minnesota congresswoman will meet with voters, and business and faith leaders to discuss the important issues to Iowans including faith, family and ...

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

  Note to Republican 2012 presidential hopefuls: Even if your name isn’t Mitt Romney, don’t despair. At least not yet. At this point in the election cycle four years ago, John McCain was far from the odds-on favorite to be the GOP nominee. Not only was he at 14 ...

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