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Steffen Schmidt

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Steffen Schmidt appears in the following:

Opinion: What the Cain Train Derailment Means for the GOP Field

Sunday, December 04, 2011

In suspending his campaign Saturday, onetime presidential contender, short flash-in-the-pan, and former Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain thundered, “I’m not going away!” Here's why that might not be such a good thing for the other GOP candidates.

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Opinion: Does Mitt Romney Have a Mormon Problem?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The burning question of whether Mitt Romney’s faith will be a liability in his quest for the 2012 Presidential nomination is plaguing Iowa pundits as we try to predict the GOP caucus in January.

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Opinion: Newt's Pivot to Middle Pays off in NH

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gingrich is playing a fake to the center in order to influence independents and moderate Republicans.

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Opinion: The Questions We Should be Asking the GOP Candidates

Friday, November 25, 2011

We are now recovering from gazillionth GOP presidential debate, and there is no end in sight. The ratings show that people are enjoying watching the contenders slug it out, but they can obscure the questions the candidates should be getting grilled about.

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Opinion: 2011 Ballot Wins Mean Good News for Democrats

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ohio is also a crucial state in the November 2012 presidential contest, and this victory suggests that labor unions and moderates (or even liberals) may have recovered some lost momentum. That could be good news for President Obama who will face a tight reelection.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: After MF Global, Will GOP Candidates Still Insist on Deregulation?

Monday, November 07, 2011

The election of 2012, after all, is about Republican's vision of smaller government and less regulation vs. Obama and the Democrats' “Big Government” and more robust oversight.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Axing NH and Iowa From the Calendar Would Mean LESS Democracy

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If another state moved to replace Iowa and New Hampshire at the top of the heap, the small, grassroots aspect of presidential selection will be discarded. Only candidates who come loaded with big money and a professional organization will have any chance.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Think NH Will Let Another State's Primary Go First? Think Again

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When will the primary and caucus season for 2012 officially start? Ask Bill Gardner, the Secretary of State of New Hampshire.

Gardner started his career in New Hampshire politics as a state representative, and was elected Secretary of State in 1976 by the state legislature and has remained in that ...

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Opinion: Cain, Ron Paul and the Ever-Shifting GOP Sands

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The GOP political season is littered with special interest organizations that sometimes trump and overshadow the established GOP party organizations. As I watch all of this I’m again not sure that’s a good thing.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Palin's Out, and Bachmann's Star Dims

Thursday, October 06, 2011

We can barely keep up with the unfolding political events in the past week.

The big panic is that with Nevada setting its caucus date for January 14 the whole calendar has been trashed. Iowa has to have its caucuses one week before New Hampshire so we are now faced ...

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Opinion: Why Iowa Still Matters

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Being partly an agricultural state we also watch to see if the candidates are smart enough not to step on the political cow pies that litter the Iowa landscape.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: How Chris Christie Shakes up the 2012 Field? He Doesn't

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but Chris Christie will not go down smoothly with Iowa’s Tea Party infused Republican base. He'll very likely need to skip Iowa - it’s too late to start a caucus campaign anyway - and concentrate on New Hampshire.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: After Suskind Book, NY-9 and Jobs, Obama's Week Has to Get Better

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This week is nothing less than a tsunami, the convergence of declining confidence in and support for Obama, which has been building like a pressure cooker for a year and a half.

            -Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: The GOP's Civil War in NH, and What it Means for Rick Perry

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Texas Tea Party has been warning Tea Partiers in other states that Perry is not the real thing.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: The One Way the GOP can Take Advantage of Anti-Incumbency Fever

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Obama will not face an in-party challenge for the Democratic nomination, but unless things turn around pronto, he limps towards November like Jimmy Carter.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Perry Has Disrupted Bachmann, Romney Ties to Tea Party

Thursday, September 01, 2011

There is no one Tea Party, and they have no formal political party structure or candidates. They are a movement and as such they are fluid, unpredictable, and very subject to the whims of small factions.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Hurricane Irene is a Good Test of "Big" Government

Friday, August 26, 2011

There is nothing to illustrate how much we need effective government than a disaster such as a hurricane. You can rant about how bad Big Government is and argue for cuts in spending, but even the most fiscally conservative person expects the governor and his/her staff to issue emergency orders and take over.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Could Obama Buyer's Remorse in NH, Iowa Leave Room for a Challenge on the Left?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The lesson is that presidents who are challenged within their own party are often wounded politically and lose the election to the other party. A serious challenge to an incumbent president is a canary in the political coalmine. Something is wrong.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Ames was a Win for Ron Paul (Not Bachmann) and Where the GOP Race Goes Now

Sunday, August 14, 2011

All Bachmann did was hold on to a tenuous first place in a rapidly changing and dangerous environment. Ron Paul may have actually “won” the straw poll because it’s an expectations game.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Polls of Years Past Offer Few Predictions. Here's One Anyway

Friday, August 12, 2011

The straw poll allows minor and far-fetched individuals to run in a visible contest and have a good time, but doesn't mean much. The 2007 Poll was an especially good example of this where Mitt Romney won the Poll, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took home the caucus victory, and Sen. John McCain got the nomination.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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