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

  After making a pitch to more than 1,000 social conservatives at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition presidential candidate forum Saturday night in Des Moines, a few of the candidates are continuing their visits with campaign appearances around d the state. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is ...

Author: Mike Wiser | October 23, 2011 | No comments

    DES MOINES – The polls, the pundits, and the candidates themselves have told Iowa’s social conservatives that the top issue in the 2012 election is the economy. Saturday night in an exhibit hall on the Iowa State Fairgrounds about 1,000 social conservatives turned out to convince ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 22, 2011 | No comments

WILTON -- Diana Gradert was wearing a Rick Perry sticker, not because she had committed to supporting the Texas Republican’s presidential bid, but because it was the right thing to do. “They were handing them out when we came in and it would be impolite to ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 22, 2011 | No comments

Let’s hope no one asks Texas Gov. Rick Perry if he likes the barbecue when he visits Rep. Jeff Kaufman’s family’s Century Farm near Wilton this afternoon. Apparently he’s partial to Texas-style barbecue – and doesn’t mind saying so. According to “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 21, 2011 | No comments

IOWA CITY – U.S. Rep. Ron Paul is encouraged when he visits with young people. “The future looks brighter when I visit with you,” he told a standing room only crowd at the University of Iowa Oct. 21. Judging by the welcome he received, the feeling is ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 21, 2011 | No comments

  CEDAR RAPIDS -- Rep. Ron Paul warned that the nation’s current practice of spending, incurring debt and bailing out banks and other businesses is unsustainable, and there will few bumps in the road to economic recovery. Asked how he would make changes to the economy without ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 21, 2011 | No comments

Is anyone else wondering if Texas Rep. Ron Paul will come out in favor of a “black-and-gold standard” when he makes a Homecoming Weekend visit to the University of Iowa? Paul, who has an enthusiastic following at UI – as he does on many college campuses, ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 19, 2011 | No comments

Now that Iowa has set a date for its first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses the question now is when New Hampshire will have its primary. Don’t expect a quick decision on that. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner will outwait anyone, according to Granite State politicos. Legend ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 18, 2011 | No comments

Iowans won’t have much time to stow away the champagne glasses, funny hats and noisemakers from New Year’s Eve parties before it’s time to get out the campaign signs, funny hats and noisemakers for precinct caucuses. Once again, Iowans will go from ringing in the New ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | October 18, 2011 | No comments

Like déjà vu all over again. The Republican Party of Iowa has nailed down a date for its first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses – Jan. 3. It will be just like 2008 when the caucuses came hard on the heels of New Year’s Day and smack dab in the ...

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