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Author: James Q. Lynch | January 3, 2012 | No comments

Putting on the caucuses should be easy, right. Just pull out the plan from four years ago and update it, right. That’s not the case at all in Linn County where Republican “location coordinator” Eric Rosenthal threw out the 2008 plan and started over when making plans ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | January 2, 2012 | No comments

Last chance: Today is likely to your last chance to see any of the Republican presidential hopefuls before the caucuses. Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney will be in the area. Gingrich starts the day at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence. At noon, he’ll ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 9, 2011 | No comments

It’s probably too late in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucus campaign to catch up to the record spending by candidates just four years ago. Still, the campaign ad buys this week by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will warm the year-end balance sheets of Iowa media companies. A ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | December 8, 2011 | No comments

  From Adams to Zollinger, presidential hopefuls have the waterfront, or the alphabet, covered. Oh, there are a few familiar names – Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry, for example, as well as Tim Pawlenty and ...

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 1, 2011 | No comments

Polls of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers over the past months suggest that somewhere between 10 and 20 percent haven’t made up their mind about who they’ll support. More of them say they could change their mind. Given that scenario, don’t be surprised if GOP caucusgoers are ...

Author: James Q. Lynch | November 30, 2011 | No comments

Four years ago, Rudy Giuliani was leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination with 25 percent of the support of Republicans and independents who leaned Republican. National polling by Gallup for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2007, showed a little-known governor from Arkansas beginning ...